Silent Sunday

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Sepia Saturday

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This week I’m inspired to find photos of newsboys. My paternal grandfather was a newsboy in his youth and I wish I had a photo of him in those days. He sold papers at a hospital in Chicago and even sold a paper to Teddy Roosevelt. Here are some photos of kids and newspapers.

You can see more Sepia posts here.

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State Library of New South Wales, 1935

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New York City, 1910 | Source: Flickr Commons

Note the newsgirl above.  I thought only boys sold papers.

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Newsies in DC, 1912

Sculpture Saturday

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Saturday Sculpture is hosted by the Mind over Memory’s chasingmemory.

What you need to do is:

It’s a fun challenge.

This week I’m sharing a sculpture that’s part of the Shandong Provincial Museum’s regular collection.

Photo for the Week: China

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A friend shared a photo challenge that seemed inviting: Photo for the Week.

I thought I’d join as I love both China and china. Here are the details from the hosts:

“So for your submission this week, it can be either crockery or anything oriental. Maybe a photograph of a trip to China. As long as it reflects China in one form or another, the task this week is very varied.”


 
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Workshop, Hanoi, Vietnam

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

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The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie is a cute mystery with with a precocious 11 year old heroine, Flavia de Luce. Set in 1950’s pastoral England, Alan Bradley’s novel is as sweet as can be and at times that sweetness was too much. I listened to the audio book which featured a gifted narrator, but after about 15 minutes not wanting to develop literary diabetes I had to turn it off.

The charming, brilliant Flavia is a chemistry whiz who can’t abide her older sisters. She plans and concocts a poisonous lipstick for her sister who loves wearing make up and focuses on her looks. Flavia is smitten with the Periodic Table and is an expert in chemistry, history and all things esoteric.

When a mysterious stranger is found dead on her family’s estate, her father is arrested for murder and Flavia begins to investigate. Of course, the police get involved, but as implausible as it sounds only Flavia makes any significant discoveries. The inspector’s role in the story is just as a foil to Flavia’s clever thinking. He’s not a bumbler, but I didn’t buy that the police seemed to make no progress on he case.

Bradley stuffed more clever metaphors into a paragraph than any author I’ve ever read. Flavia’s thinking was clever, but someone ought to teacher her to tone it down. No one speaks like this. Not even the most precocious child.

While I did like the mastery in small doses, I found the ending disappointing and Flavia’s character too sweet.

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Wheels

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Each week Cee challenges bloggers to share black and white photos based on a theme. This week we’re challenged to share candid photos. What will you share?

For more black and white photos from this week’s theme click here.

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Thursday Door Challenge

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Time for a New Door

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing it, between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American Eastern Time).