Listening: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

"The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time" by Mark Haddon

I was excited to discover that a favorite book that I listened to was made into a Tony winning Broadway play! "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time"  follows fifteen year old Christopher Boone as he sets out to find who killed his neighbor's dog. Christopher has Aspergers Syndrome, a condition similar to Autism. This makes a most interesting and compelling main character. The narrator convincingly gives Christopher the voice of a boy with a peculiar personality. I found this to be funny, honest and incredibly moving.

Collecting: Shells

Summer is here and soon, we'll be at the beach! Which means I'll be doing one of my favorite things, combing for shells. I like to get up early to bicycle over to the waterfront and walk along the shore to see what the ocean left on the sand. Every morning I marvel as the sun moves up the horizon and colors a huge display of cloud formations, and as I walk and pick through shells, I feel pure and utter peace...lost in the moment.

I have large glass jars filled with my collection, which bring back those warm memories when I'm home in the winter. What do you do with your shells?

A Grand Affair

I collaborated with my father on this painting which has been juried into the "Best of West Virginia" show in the David L. Dickinson Art Gallery at Tamarack.

This painting is a compilation of several of the photographs he took at a party he attended during the late 1940's. Although he is no longer living, I feel his exuberant personality whenever I look through any of the numerous photo albums he left behind. He was a real "shutterbug".

The Best of WV show runs from June 21 through August 9 at Tamarack, Beckley, WV

Listening - The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

This is a double header. In order to fully be immersed in the second novel I recommend starting with the first.

"The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" by Rachel Joyce

This is Rachel Joyce's remarkable debut and best-selling novel.

Harold receives a letter from his long ago friend, Queenie Hennessy. She is writing from a hospice to say goodbye and thus Harold inadvertently sets off on foot to see her, believing as long as he keeps walking, Queenie will live. Taking place in a small English village, Harold embarks on a cross country odyssey. Along the way he meets one fascinating character after another, each of whom unlocks his long dormant spirit and sense of promise.


"The Love Song for Miss Queenie Hennessy" by Rachel Joyce

This is a follow up to Harold Fry. This time focusing on Queenie Hennessy and the life events that brought she and Harold together to become friends and later part ways.

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy underscores the resilience of the human spirit and the power of love.


Collecting Watering Cans

I have long been attracted to vintage watering cans. I like hanging them around our garden and so do the birds. As I was getting ready to fill one of my cans with water the other day I discovered a bird nest  with baby hatchlings inside. It's a good thing that I have several.