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French Tarts and Sweet Desserts: The Illustrated Guide

French bakers have perfected the art of baking the humble tart, creating delicious and refined treats for the taste buds. From sweet old classics …

French Tarts and Sweet Desserts: The Illustrated Guide

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

Wilted, Aging or Dying Flowers

Each week Cee of Cee’s Photography challenges bloggers with a fun prompt. This week we’re to share photos of bicycles, tricycles or even motorcycles.

What will you choose to share?

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Click here to see more fun photos, click here.

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Word of the Week

seiche

a seiche

seiche: n. a temporary disturbance or oscillation in the water level of a lake or partially enclosed body of water, especially one caused by changes in atmospheric pressure.
Last night some areas around Lake Michigan got hit with a big storm. Some people thought they saw a tornado, but tornadoes don’t form around such large bodies of water. I was told what was seen was part of a seiche.

Weekend Coffee Share

wordswag_15073188796611453091488Weekend Coffee Share is a time for us to take a break out of our lives and enjoy some timely catching up with friends (old and new)!

If we were having coffee, I’d ask you what the schools are doing in your town vis-a-vis reopening. Every school seems to have a different approach even in areas with the same CCP Virus statistics. Then they form a plan and change it. Some people think the schools require special ventilation even if they have windows that open, i.e. the system used throughout the world and advocated by healthcare professionals. Now some schools and offices don’t have windows that open, which is a shame.

I’d tell you that work is proceeding along. It’s hard to get people who don’t want to do the census to do it, but there you are. Many think that although the Census did get a two month extension it’s not enough time to complete it. They seem to not know that we’ve already got higher response rates in much of the country compared to 2010. If people have seen thousands of ads and received mailings that they throw out, another month isn’t going to help.

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Easy Living 1937

I would recommend you see Easy Living with Jean Arthur from 1937. It’s a fun screwball comedy and I’ll soon post a review.

I’m learning a lot about Albany Park, the Chicago neighborhood where I’m working almost every day. It’s a neighborhood with lots of diversity. I’ve come across a lot of people from Korea, Syria, Latin America and Mexico.

I’d tell you that we had a fun barbecue last night to honor my niece’s departure for her sophomore year of college. She leaves this morning for University of South Carolina. I hope she gets a full semester there. She’ll have 5 of 7 classes online. This year she’s in an apartment so if they do close down, she can stay down there.

Last week we had roofers installing a new roof. Every home in this subdivision has to get one. Ugh. It’s been quite a controversy for 3 years as many people don’t need new roofs but everyone’s got to have the same look. The workers from Apex roofing were terrific, but it’s a hell of a lot of noise from early morning till about 6pm. I am working in the field much of the day, but not all day. I tried to escape the noise, but there’s no seating in the library, the nearest Starbucks only has outdoor seating and across the parking lot is a fitness center that’s moved outside and the exercise music and coach’s yelling are not the same as the usual café music so that wasn’t a good spot to work. I wound up taking my conference call in my car in another parking lot.

 

 

Word of the Week

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Gambatte; v. Japanese. imperative form of gambare. try your best, don’t give up, endure, persevere — all rolled into one.

If you go to Japan and learn a little of the language gambatte is one of the first words you’ll learn and use with fluency. It’s used all the time to encourage any and all endeavors from sports to tests to every day hassles and problems.

It’s a word that works wonders even when you say it to yourself. It’s a word that encourages and spurs one on so it’s perfectly suited for 2020 when you’re down or blue during the lockdown or the political morass.

If we should import only one Japanese into English, this should be it.

Sepia Saturday

I love these woodblock prints. This one’s by Hokusai, whose famous wave, is my most favorite print.

Natsukashi Kansai

ukiyoe bridge_z Hokusai woodcut print, circa 1830, Library of Congress

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Every week Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to post based on a prompt. This week’s prompt is the Karori Electric Tramway so I’ve hunted the archives of Flickr Commons for trams. Here are my findings.

For more Sepia Saturday posts, click here to get to the hub. You’ll see lots more inspired posts.

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