My plans: reading…sleeping…reading…sleeping…reading…
What about you?
When I was in elementary school, I collected rhinestones and little wooden animals.
I wish I still had them!
Why are the small collections of others so interesting?
What’s on your banned books list?
Well why not?
Some outlets here (with the exception of Starbucks) are giving away free coffee today because, somehow, Sept. 29 has been declared National Coffee Day in the US.
Out of fairness, I think we should have a National Tea Day as well. Don’t you?
This is AMAZING. I can’t wait to see this movie!!
The little boy is a 13-year-old Jeopardy winner. He’s making his acting debut! And Toms Hanks is the dad…
Of course it’s based on the brilliant book by Jonathan Safran Foer.
(He dedicated the book to someone very special.)
This made my morning.
It’s surprising and interesting that people have such strong opinions about it. Here’s one explanation from comma supporters: The Oxford comma is the difference between “We invited the strippers, JFK, and Stalin” (3 attending the party) and “We invited the strippers, JFK and Stalin.” (2 attending, and both are strippers).
I used to be a newspaper reporter and Oxford commas were banned — as a means of saving money on ink. Since space on the Internet is infinite, I guess we now have the luxury of using them.
But I think it’s too late for me…
As long as no one’s banning the exclamation point, I’m happy!
For awhile I was doing a lot of mix and matching, but lately I’ve been wearing only L’Artisan Parfumeur’s La Chasse Aux Papillons. I love it. It’s so light and beautiful like its name, chasing butterflies. I just have a tiny bit left, so I’m saving up for a new bottle!
What about you?
PS: If you love perfume, the blog Now Smell This is fantastic for information and reviews…
UPDATE: Thank you Judy for discovering the origin of the photo: It’s from the blog A Life in Focus. The mural was created by the Greenville Literacy Assn. in Greenville, South Carolina. And it is indeed in a parking garage. (Yay for Google Image Search.)
I’ve also been swamped with projects, which I’m really happy about! So I’ve been slipping in my reading time here and there — mostly in the two minutes before I fall asleep at 1 am.
What about you?
By the way, thank you for taking my little survey. I will reveal the results at the end of the week!
#3 Bec Winnel
The big sis to Liss Winnel of Daydream Lily, Bec is a noted artist in Australia. Her Instagrams feature her artwork and the things that inspire her. That beautiful, etherial sensibility runs in the family!
#5 Sandra Juto
Sandra is a Swedish artist living in Berlin. She captures the city so beautifully in her Instagram photos. She’s also an avid knitter/crocheter and has become known for her charming “wrist worms.”
I think she’s amazing!
Who are your favorite Instagram photographers?
What do you think? Is this a hit or miss?
PS: Don’t forget to enter to win the beautiful (and very pink) Vanity Fair book in this week’s giveaway!
Hello everyone, I’m very excited to announce this week’s giveaway: The very pink new edition of William M. Thackeray’s Vanity Fair, with illustrations by Donald Urquhart. This lovely book is part of the Four Corners Familiars series that invites contemporary artists to illustrate and produce a new edition of a classic novel or short story. Urquhart’s drawings are inspired by the fashions and iconography of 1930s Hollywood.
You’ll love it!
The winner will be picked Friday. Leave a comment and
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In honor of Milk + Bookies day here in our corner of the Internet,
I wanted to ask the question: What’s your favorite children’s book?
Mine was Snow White and Rose Red, one of the Grimm fairy tales about two girls living in the most enchanting forest cottage. (And of course there’s a handsome prince involved.) I remember they had two rose bushes growing on an arbor — one was red and the other was white. At age five growing up in the desert, this sounded so wonderful to me. I wanted a little cottage of my own some day covered with climbing roses.
All these years later, it remains my enduring ideal of home.
Books have so much power to change the way we see ourselves and the world, which is why it is so important to read to our children. I’m very honored today to take this moment to talk about Milk + Bookies, a charity I learned about through my friend Melisa at The Lil Bee.
I was lucky to have a lot of books growing up, but not all kids do. That’s where Milk + Bookies comes in. The group raises funds to purchase books for underserved children. It also encourages children and their families to donate new copies of their favorite books to youngsters in need. The idea is to instill not only an appreciation for reading, but also an understanding of what it means to give back to the community. It was started by several moms here in Los Angeles. I really love the idea!
There is much more information on the Milk + Bookies website if you’re interested.
Thank you for reading!
So what’s your favorite book?
She photographed some of her favorite things: books (Henry James and Jane Austen), a vintage black dress, Miu Miu ballerina flats, macarons, a pretty pink package.
She neatly displayed the contents of her leather satchel: a little beaded purse, a pair of glasses,
a tube of red lipstick…
The page offered a candid look at her life as a young woman seeking to define her style
and her place in the world.
And then, without warning, she posted this in August:
It was a reminder of how fragile the web of connections is on the Internet.
Without notice, a person can be gone, leaving little more than a broken URL.
The gossamer glimpses into other people’s worlds are beautiful but often fleeting.
They are always best savored in the moment.
Looking forward to a new year!
What are you doing this weekend?
UPDATE MONDAY: THANK YOU so much for the lovely birthday wishes. I think you sent me good luck because it turned out to be THE BEST BIRTHDAY EVER!
“I think of you in the in-between spaces. In the pause before the next heartbeat. In the clench of my chest before I exhale. In the swell of courage before I say hello. And perhaps, one day, our lives will occupy one space. Touched shoulders. Clasped hands. Shared secrets.”