Simple Joy Saturday #56

Simple Joy Saturday #56

In 2019, I am posting a roundup of “simple joys” on the last Saturday of every month. Feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments!

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Enjoyable Reads

July’s edition of “Enjoyable Reads” is dedicated to short stories because I’m currently enrolled in British and American Short Fiction.

1.  If you have 5 minutes and love a good plot twist, then you need to read “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin.

2.  If you have a little more time and don’t mind sad endings, check out “Paul’s Case” by Willa Cather.

3.  And if you just need a good laugh (and you are willing to read for a little longer), then read “Xingu” by Edith Wharton.

P.S.  American short fiction might be my favorite genre.

P.P.S.  I did read several books from the 100 Books Bucket List this month, but none were good enough to recommend.

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Soar-asota

I used to claim that I was afraid of birds.  Wings and the beaks make birds completely unpredictable—you never know when those feathered appendages will flap.  The problem with my claiming this fear, however, is that ducks are my favorite animal (and flamingos are probably my third favorite animal, following after jellyfish).

While on a family trip in Sarasota, I realized another flaw in claiming this fear:  I photograph birds a lot (here’s evidence from Arizona, Michigan, and my own backyard).  In fact, I let a snowy egret wander within 3  yards of me so that I could get a good picture.  I guess I will have to find a new fear.

 

June Photo Challenge 2019

June Photo Challenge 2019

I’ve officially reached the halfway point of this year-long challenge.  Every month, I end up posting a few photos that I really like, a few that are acceptable, and a lot that I hate.  I’ll let you decide which are which.

Six months down.  Six months to go.

Simple Joy Saturday #55

Simple Joy Saturday #55

In 2019, I am posting a roundup of “simple joys” on the last Saturday of every month. Feel free to share your own simple joys in the comments!

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Enjoyable Reads

1. This was the month of Robert Frost in my graduate studies.  One of my favorite poems by Frost is “Accidentally on Purpose,” but I couldn’t easily find a link to it online.  Instead, I will share “Fireflies in the Garden”.

2. I gave myself a break from all the heavy books that I have tackled in the past few months, and I listened to the audiobook Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race by Chris Grabenstein.  It is a children’s book, but it is great!  I would recommend it for anyone who loves literary allusions, venerates vivid vocab, or adores agreeable alliteration.

3.  That being said, my favorite book from the 100 Book Bucket List this month was Anna Karenina.  It’s long, but it’s much better than I expected.

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A Glimpse of Saint Paul, or All About PLO Charts

A Glimpse of Saint Paul, or All About PLO Charts

If you saw my post on Thursday, then you know that I recently returned from the Twin Cities.

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America’s Shopping Mall

America’s Shopping Mall

Work met play this week . . . sort of.  I attended a conference in Saint Paul, Minnesota, so of course I had to visit the Mall of America.

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A Year Late, A Year Early

A Year Late, A Year Early

I was surprised last week when one of my closest friends asked me to take her graduation photos.  For one thing, I haven’t done many photo sessions since I started grad school.  For another thing,  she graduated over a year ago.

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