I read it quite quickly

For those of you who requested a review of ‘flight of the sparrow’ by Amy Belding Brown I can say I enjoyed it very much.  Amazon delivered the paperback mid afternoon Friday and by bedtime Saturday I had finished it.  I am fond of historical fiction.  ‘flight of the sparrow’ tells the story of Mary Rowlandson, an English-born woman married to a Puritan minister living in 17th century New England and centers on her experience of being held captive by Native  Americans for 11 weeks during the time of conflict called King Phillip’s War (1675-1678) A more serious reader might want to read the account of Mary Rowlandson’s captivity that was published during her lifetime (1682) but I like it when someone else  wades through the period prose for me.  The book was so pleasurable a read that  I am putting the author’s ‘Mr Emerson’s Wife’ on my to read list.



Daily Prompt: Call Me Ishmael

Take the first sentence from your favorite book and make it the first sentence of your post.

(suggested by Spencer York)

“Unexpected obstacle.”  My first thought was I do not really have a favorite book.  Then I decided on a title and turned to the first page.  There was no place to go with that.  Like Melville’s Moby Dick it made mention of the major character.  So with that ‘unexpected obstacle’ I decided to stick with the same author but to switch novels.  So “Unexpected obstacle.” is not the first sentence of my favorite book but it is from a novel by one of my favorite authors.  Come back tomorrow and I will reveal more.  (Cheap trick?)  Meanwhile if you have the novel and/or author figured out please leave a comment.

Wacky Wednesday #5 – February is Spunky Old Broad Month

When I set up my Wednesday topics for all of 2012 I did not stop to research what I was selecting.  I just took the topics from www.brownielocks.com that at first glance seemed most plausible.  There are some things that ought to, but do not, jump right out at me.  In this case it was that ‘Spunky Old Broad’ can be reduced to SOB.

When I did research I learned that Dr. Gayle Carson CSP. CMC SOB (I am listing her just as she lists herself) coined the Spunky Old Broad term as part of her commitment to “having all women over 50 live a regret-free life”.  A press release from a few years back stated that Gayle established the S.O.B. month to “…celebrate how many women are re-inventing themselves and achieving greatness with new businesses, creating new records in sports events and sponsoring charitable foundations.”

I am not re-inventing myself, etc,, but I clearly fall into the over 50 category, and living a regret-free life appeals to me.

If you want to read an absurd (and sometimes bawdy) account of some older women having a good time getting even with folks who annoy them you might try The Murderous Urges of Ordinary Women – A Novel by Louis MeltzerThings do go overboard, it is not a masterpiece, but if you don’t think too hard, and you keep reminding yourself it is all fiction,  it does provide some excellent chuckles.  And February can be a month for seeking out some good deep belly laughs.

Wacky Wednesday #4 – Jan. 25 is A Room of One’s Own Day

When I saw this ‘holiday’ listed at www.brownielocks.com  I immediately thought of Virginia Woolf.  When I went to do a little fact checking I found that A Room of One’s Own Day is claimed by www.wellcat.com as their invention.

Here is the room I claim as my own.  As you can see it has a spot for my computer and a flat screen TV, plenty of shelf space, and as a room of my own I let the clutter be ( up to a point).

This photo is Monk’s House, which was Virginia Woolf’s country retreat.  She had a garden room that was her writing room, but it appears I did not take any photos of it when I visited the property.

Music Monday #1 – ‘Auld Lang Syne’

Did you sing, play, or hear ‘Auld Lang Syne’ over the past few days?

I didn’t, unless you want to count inner-hearing.  I have thought about it because a friend mentioned a Robert Burns specialist who spoke on the radio about the song.  She complained that she could not make out the content of his commentary due to his thick Scottish brogue I looked online for the interview but did not locate it.   Instead I ended looking at these two sources: a Lifestyle article from The Washington Post, &  the Wikipedia entry for Auld Lang Syne.

What I learned was that Burns denied having written the lyrics.  He said, “I took it down from an old man.”  Scholars suggest that Burns compiled the lyrics from a number of sources.  The tune is a traditional pentatonic Scottish folk tune (Roud Folk Song Index  # 6294) that originally might have been a “sprightly dance” which would have been played at a much faster tempo.  I can imagine it sped up and ‘jiggy’.

The Wiki entry for ‘Auld Lang Syne’ gives several translations of the lyrics.  The ones that strike me as familiar are from the minimalist English translation:

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind ?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne ?


For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.

I’d like to close today’s post on a literary rather than musical note.  I recently read ‘Rules of Civility’ by Amor Towles which is set mainly in1938 NYC.  It makes mention of ‘Auld Lang Syne’ being sung by a pudgy male undergrad in Washington Square and also refers to the song as being old-fashioned way back then.

Word for 12/3 – Hail — and the Kreativ Blogger Award

Hail to a few of my favorite bloggers:

1- I have to mention Nancy at My Life in Photos who nominated me for this pass it along, tag you’re it award.

2-  Jen of Cabin Fever in Vermont who is a new mom, a RN, has a Firefighter husband, and takes fantastic photos of her baby Emily, landscapes, and is a generally inspiring.

3- Andree Sanborn, another Vermont resident, who has a number of blogs.  My favorite is ‘meeyauw’s recipes‘.  She is yet another fabulous photographer.

4-hugmamma’s MIND, BODY and SOUL because she posts the most delightful pics of her “four-legged family” that make me smile and giggle. She also writes amusing and thought-provoking posts along with those photos.  She has some eye-opening, and to me mind expanding opinions — what can I say (?- I’ve led a rather sheltered life-?).

5- I’m going to end my list with perhaps the ‘Queen’ of all women bloggers, Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond, the ranch wife who has also become an author, a Food Network cooking show star, & who knows what else as result of her blog.  And she sponsors more  terrific give-a-ways than you can imagine, but beware she receives thousands of entries for most of them.

Now the terms of the Kreativ Blogger Award state: “To accept the award, one is to share a little about oneself that might draw the interest of others (and encourage them to check out your blog) and then pass it on. It’s a great opportunity for community building; and to find others who are just as sane (or not) as you, is an added bonus.”

So, like many things in life, I have approached this backwards, by first mentioning some favorite blogs.  Hopefully one or two of them will find the time to pass it on.  Now, what might be interesting about me?        A–I think the fact that I was able to log an average of 2 trips per year ‘across the pond’ from 1998-2010 was great.  I took a lot of photos of places I went.  Thanks to digital photography (better than sliced bread & right up there with chocolate) I could click, & click, & click.     B–I’m a life long Vermonter.  That isn’t all that interesting to me.  I have had plans at many points in life to plant myself in some other soil.  But I seem to make choices, or submit to the choices of someone near & dear,  that result in staying within my little state’s boarders.  C– While my birth certificate says Kathleen the nickname ‘Kitty’ has stuck to me like glue.  At age 52 it is way too late to change that.

Gee, I think this word a day thing is a photo challenge, so I better find one.  Then bid you adieu.

Wells Cathedral, England - August 2005