My ninety-year-old Aunt Joan keeps things: newspaper articles on Spanish cuisine, records of family accomplishments, and letters–lots of letters. She sorts through her boxes of papers and sends those of interest on to the appropriate family member.
Most often I receive letters written either by myself, or a relative. Yesterday, though, I opened an envelope from Joanie and found the following: an article I wrote about teaching that was published in the Monroe-Woodbury Teachers’ Association newsletter, Crossroads.
See this excited author holding the first proof of her middle grade fantasy novel, Tangled in Magic.
The polishing is in progress. The book will be available for purchase soon!
Saachi comes to Ladythorn Place
Saachi, a Jack Russell terrier, joined our family on August 6th. She was born on June 14, so today she is exactly two months old.
She is vastly entertaining, but like any baby, she requires a lot of care and attention.
She loves to be outside, digging and rolling and chewing. Surprisingly, she’s missed noticing the frogs in the yard, even when I point them out to her.
Saachi will be wildly active, chewing on furniture legs, our legs, shoes, and toys for about half an hour. Then she sacks out for a good two hour nap.
We’ll have Saachi updates as she grows.
by James Riley
published by Aladdin, 2015.
“You just told a character in a book that he was in a book! Do you have any idea what that means?”
“No?” Owen said.
“Me neither!” Bethany shouted. “And that’s what scares me!”
-from the back cover of Story Thieves
Story Thieves is a fabulous book, and James Riley is a clever writer. The plot moves breathtakingly fast, with one dangerous, impossible situation following another.
Bethany, Owen’s classmate, is half-fiction. Her father was a fictional character and that gives Bethany the ability to jump into books. Even though her mother forbids it, Bethany continues to escape into stories to search for her father. She’s very careful not to interfere with the characters or plots, until Owen discovers her secret. He wants to go into his favorite series and perform some heroics. That’s when all the trouble begins.
Story Thieves is a fabulous, mind-stretching read. What book would you go into, if you could?
Opus 40, near Saugerties, New York, is the life work of Harvey Fite. He bought the bluestone quarry in 1938, and spent the next 37 years constructing his Opus 40.
In the visitors’ center, we watched a short film about Fite and his work.
Beside the sheer size of this sculpture/stonework, I was most impressed by an aerial photograph of Opus 40. There we could see the influence of the work Fite did in Honduras, restoring Mayan ruins.
Looking closely at the walls, I was amazed that Fite quarried and placed every single stone. As we were leaving, we met a woman sitting on a golf cart. It turned out that she was the wife of Fite’s stepson. Pat lives with her husband in the house Fite built, and works to keep the monument a busy venue for visitors and concerts.
I wished that my father could have seen Fite’s Opus and his other sculptures. My father was a sculptor whose work showed similar influences of his era: Arp, Noguchi, and Moore. He would have enjoyed Opus 40.
Learn more about Opus 40 at https://www.opus40.org/
In the main plaza yesterday there was an abundant display of the local produce. I didn’t quite know what was going on, but I think several farms belonged to the organization that was showing off their crops.
At our place in Villa Horacia, we have things growing, too: bananas
We are here only four more days. I have found many things to love in Spain. My eyes and heart are enriched. I am grateful.