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Monday, August 31, 2015

2015 - Reading Challenge -- Book 14

August 31-- Just finished reading "Maybe the Moon" by Armistead Maupin.  It was a fun book and was a quicker read than the last few.  Not quite as shocking as the "Tales of the City" books were but then again, I'm a bit older now than when I read those so maybe I am not shocked as easily.

Now on to book 14 -- "Friendly Fire" by C.D. B. Bryan. 

I am counting this one as a "book based on or turned into a TV show."  It was made into a TV movie starring Carol Burnett and Ned Beatty in 1979.  It is the story of Michael Mullen who was killed in Vietnam by "Friendly Fire" and how his parents sought to learn the truth from the government.  It is a book that has been sitting on my shelf for a while and I'm not really sure how it got there as it is not my typical kind of story.  I don't think I saw the movie, but 1979 was a little while ago, so I may have forgotten.

How about you?  Farther along on the list than I?   

Friday, August 14, 2015

Amazing August - 2015

 From the August 13th prompt in "Sparkles"

Our task was to write a "cinquain."  What the heck is that?  I am not really a poem person.  Most of my poetry favorites are actually lines from songs.  Apparently a cinquain is a poem with five lines, along the likes of a "haiku."  It was first created by a woman named Adelaide Crapsey.  The basis for this one was:

One word noun
two adjectives that describe the word
three action words
a four word phrase that express a feeling or make a statement
one word synonym or adjective that describes the first word.

With that as a guide, here is my cinquain:

soulful, expressive
moving, healing, exciting
makes my heart sing

and the pictures that go along with it are here:

Sir Paul McCartney
Eddie Van Halen

REO Speedwagon's
Bryan Hitt

Kool and the Gang

From Shoreline

These are some pictures that I have taken at concerts over the past couple of years.

Well, that's my attempt at a cinquain.  I think I may be trying that again.

What about you?  Ever written a cinquain?  I'd love to read it.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

2015 - Reading Challenge - Book 13

I finished "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" a lot quicker than "Zorba The Greek" thank goodness.  I must say that I found the movie better than the book but I was surprised to find that the book is written from the point of view of the Indian character.  I didn't get that from the movie.

Now on to book 13.  Hopefully this will be another quick read.  It is called "Maybe the Moon" by Armistead Maupin.

I can remember reading his "Tales of The City" when I was in high school and it was first published as a series in the San Francisco Chronicle.  It was a risque adventure for me, reading about gays and marijuana! I led a very sheltered life.  Later, I read Tales in the book form and also read all the other books in that series.

This book is supposedly based upon the life of the small person actress who played inside the costume of ET.  Apparently that person is a friend of Mr. Maupin's.  I am counting this book as my "book from an author you love that you haven't read yet."  I use small person as a description because I am not sure yet whether dwarf or midget is correct.  The book also mentions the Munchkins of Oz.  Should be an interesting tale.    

We are in week 33 of the year so unless I do practically nothing else for the rest of the year, I'm pretty sure I'm not going to make the 52 book challenge, especially considering I still have to read a book with more than 500 pages!  In any case, I am having fun exploring the different categories and that's what it's all about!  How about you?  Are you on your 33rd book of the year?

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Amazing August - 2015

August 5 -- Citrus and Rainbows

Sparkle prompt today was Rainbows.  Susannah Conway (who is doing the August Break) is a contributor to Jamie Ridler's Sparkle!  Susannah challenges us to look around our house and find a rainbow.  Start with finding something red, then take five steps and find something orange, five more steps to yellow and you get the idea.

I decided not to use my craft room as a starting point because that would be too easy.  Instead, I walked around our kitchen and this is my rainbow:

Red from my planner.

Orange vitamin C

Lemon yellow

Green from the Gain detergent container.

Blue from a basket that holds paper bags.
Purple Good and Plenty box
This is one of my favorite rainbows!  My daughter did it by melting crayons.  It hangs in the craft room.  

In August Break, the prompt is "Citrus."  Every morning I try to have a glass of warm water with lemon.  It's good for you and it starts my day off on a positive note.  When I do this, I usually am able to keep drinking water all day.  When I don't, I seem to forget to drink water during the rest of the day too.  

What about you?  Can you find a rainbow in five steps?  What's your favorite citrus?  

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Amazing August - 2015

August 4 ---

In August Break, the prompt is "Number."  My two favorite numbers are 3 and 5.  I was born 3/10 (5+5)/55.  My dad was 3/13/13 and my mom is 8(5+3)/3/23.  My husband and I have 3 children, which makes 5 in our family.  When we go to Reno, if I play Keno, I choose the 3 row or the 5 row.  When I am playing slot machines, I check the number of the machine to see if there are 5's or 3's in it.  Sometimes it works!

For Sparkle, the task was to experience things in different ways.  We were to take a poem and read it, write it and then say it aloud.  I have never been much for poetry.  I don't know why that is.  Maybe I just haven't found the right author yet.  I'm going to explore that more but for this exercise, I used a song by Bon Jovi.  I just recently listened to the words and they really struck a chord with me.  It's called "Everybody's Broken."  The main parts for me are:

Welcome to the party
Come on in and disappear
you're feeling like a stranger 
but all your friends are here
little lines and cracks
around your eyes and mouth
something's trying to get in
something's trying to get out.

It's okay to be a little broken
Everybody's broken in this life
It's okay to feel a little broken
Everybody's broken, you're alright
it's just life.

Take a look around
tell me what you see
is who you think you are
who you want to be?


So I read it, I wrote it and then Bon Jovi and I sang it together in the car while I was doing my work deliveries.  The last line is one I have really been struggling with lately..."Is who you think you are, who you want to be?"  I am pretty sure that the reason I am participating in these August experiences is to find the answer to that question!

What are your favorite numbers? Do you notice anything changing when you experience things in multiple ways?  Love to hear your comments!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Amazing August - 2015

August 3 --

The prompt in August Break is "Skin."  For that I asked my daughter if I could use her arm.  She recently exercised her right as an adult to get a tattoo, even though she knows that I am not a fan of so called "body art" as a general rule.  My older daughter has a few tattoos, mostly in relatively inconspicuous spots such as her ankle or on her wrist.  I don't even notice them much.  So, when Rachel came to me and told me that she wanted a tattoo, of course I made a face (moms, you know the one!)  Then she asked me to write a phrase for her and told me the design of the tattoo.  It was going to be on her forearm and was going to say "La Vita e Bella" and have 6 swallows, one for each member of our family and one for our pet cat, Whisper, who had died earlier this year.  Our swallows would be fully darkened and the one for Whisper was to be just an outline.

Knowing that she was 18 and could get any tattoo she wanted, and the fact that she wanted me to write the phrase, made this tattoo a little different in my opinion.  I was thinking that she would get something small, down by her wrist perhaps.  Imagine my surprise when she sent me a picture of it:

That definitely is my handwriting!  Had I known she was really going to use it exactly as written, I probably would have written smaller!  But, the sentiment is so right, Life is Beautiful, and I am happy she as that reminder with her (don't tell her I said that!) When I asked her if I could use her arm for this prompt, she got a really great smile on her face and immediately jumped up to take the picture.  I'm glad I asked.

For Sparkles, the task was to Scribble!  How fun is that?  Scribble like you did when you were in kindergarten.  Scribble to music.  Scribble with two hands, two crayons, both!  This is my scribble:

I had the baseball game on, turned the sound down on the TV and put on a little ACDC "Let's Play Ball."  It was fun.  I didn't use two hands but I did use smelly pencils:  lemon lime fizzle, watermelon, orange lollipop, cotton candy, bubblegum and strawberry cupcake.  Man the room smells great!  Such a freeing experience, not having to stay within any lines or have any form.  Sometimes I feel like I am too rigid in my thinking and actions.  I am hoping to remember that playing is fun.

Looking forward to seeing what comes next?  I am too!  

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Amazing August - 2015

August 2 --

In "August Break" the prompt was "air."  This is my take:

We were in Reno for our 30th wedding anniversary last year and we went for a walk.  I stepped over this air vent and did my Marilyn Monroe impression.  I didn't realize until I was posting this picture that the back of my skirt is actually up pretty high and anyone behind me got a pretty good eye full.  Yikes!  Good thing I always have on nice underwear when I travel!  We had a great time and although we didn't win any big money, we didn't lose it all either.

In "Sparkles" the prompt is from Andrea Schroeder. at Creative Dream Incubator.  (I love that name).  She challenges us to "Sparkle on the inside."  She says,"  Imagine that there are sparkles all around you.  Each sparkle is a little burst of inspiration and creative energy.  And each time you breathe in, you are breathing in these magical sparkles."  This is what I think of:

Of course what I could be breathing in is the sulfur, but I'd like to think that I am actually getting filled with creative energy.  I know that I get real pleasure when I am making something new and sometimes I have so many ideas floating around in my head it feels like all those pops going off.

What about you?  What is your take on the Air and Sparkle on the inside prompts?  Love to hear it.  Leave me a comment below!  See you tomorrow.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Amazing August - 2015

August 1

I have a busy month planned for myself.  First up is "Sparkles" with Jamie Ridler.  I have been following Jamie now for a few years and the last month-long thing I did with her was the Kickin-It Old School Blog-a-thon a few years ago.  What great fun it was.  This time it is "Sparkles" which theoretically should take only five minutes a day.  Today's prompt was:  "Say cheese!"  I am not really fond of taking pictures of myself, but this is me, today, beginning this Sparkle:

It is taken in our living room.  I am watching a movie with Bill.  It is a Saturday morning and although I have work to do, I decided to start that later and watch the movie.  I'm glad I did.

You can join the Sparkles group too, just click on the link above.  Your registration will help with her rescue of three little kittens.  That's a cute story in itself!

The second thing I am participating in this month is August Break with Susannah Conway.  I did the April Love Challenge with her this year and used Flickr for the first time.  This month we are going to take a picture a day. That doesn't seem too difficult either.  Her prompt for today was "Breakfast."  I could have cheated and used the same picture for both because coffee is the first thing I have every morning but I didn't think that was fair.  So:

This is a scramble of egg beaters, bacon bits, spinach and cheese with a low cal english muffin.  Trying to follow Hungry Girl again.  So easy a plan, I just need to continue to commit.

So, that's what my Amazing (hopefully) August is going to be filled with.  I am also finishing the last few weeks of the Inner Excavate-Along, although to be truthful, I am not able to do every prompt each week.  That's okay though because the book is filled with such goodness that I will have fun working through it several times!  

I hope you will come along with me this month.  Should be some exciting things happening!  We also have 3 more concerts at the Mountain Winery, Rachel goes back to college on the 22nd and Bill should have his back surgery as well.  Wow!