Weekend Coffee Share

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

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you I really wish we’d stop daylight “savings” time. Just pick a time and stick with it the way they do in Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, Costa Rica, Mali, Singapore,India and many more. The whole change makes me feel off-kilter for a week or so.

I’d tell you that I got to spend some time with my friend Kristi who lives in France and her tween-age son, who’s developing a more laconic, slightly “too cool for school attitude.” Kristi’s a bit shocked at the metamorphosis as her son was so chatty and upbeat. Now there’s a twinge of sarcasm and that common embarrassment to be around his mom, even when she’s buying him new Nikes. Is this inevitable or can parents limit this negativity?

I’m enthralled with the online course on the U.S. Constitution put out by Hillsdale. Today I watched the lecture on Legislature & Regulation. In a nutshell while the framers of the constitution spelled out the process for creating law, when the Progressives added administrative lawmaking to the constitution via agencies, they didn’t specify how the agencies should create regulations. As you’d guess this led to several problems and trips to the Supreme Court.

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I’m missing Masterpiece’s Victoria. There’s a little void, but I think I’ll catch up on the Doctor Who episodes, I forgot I recorded. I did watch a documentary called The Rebel Princess about Princess Margaret. A lot of what it showed was in The Crown. I wonder how Queen Victoria would deal with Princess Margaret.

Outside the weather’s warming up a little, but it’s so ugly with the brown grass, leafless trees and dirty snow. I know this isn’t a popular view, but I wish we’d get another snowfall to make things look prettier.

I am fascinated by the Literature Map which enables people to discover new authors they’re likely to like through this website.

I just finished Bill Bryson’s The Sunburned Country. If that doesn’t make you want to pack your bags and head Downunder, I don’t know what would.

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Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Murals

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Chiang Rai, Thailand

Each week Cee challenges bloggers to share black and white photos based on a theme. This week she’s challenging us to share black and white photos of murals. For more black and white photos, click here.

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Patterns

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Each week Cee of Cee’s Photography challenges bloggers with a fun prompt. This week we’re to share photos highlighting texture. What textures will you share?
If you want to see more fun, smooth fotos, click here.

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Weekend Coffee Share

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

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that the more I read Arnold Bennett’s The Old Wives’ Tale, the more I love his writing. Bennett is a 19th century novelist that I’ve never heard of, yet he should definitely be on par with say Elizabeth Gaskell. This is the story of two sisters who grow up in the same small town. Each one’s life is full of challenges, though Constance takes the familiar route of staying in her town, marrying and raising her son, while her wilder sister elopes and runs off to Paris with a cad. I’ll definitely look for more of Bennett’s books.

I was sorry, but not surprised that the Hanoi Summit between the US and North Korea did not result in a deal. I do hope that in a few years these efforts bear fruit. My heart goes out to the people who live under the DPRK regime.

My good friend Kristi is in town from France, where she lives with her husband and son. She and Max, her son, are here during his spring break to help with her step dad who’s in the hospital. I saw them on Wednesday when I picked them up at the airport and hope to have time for a good long chat this week.

We’ve had cold and ugly weather this week. We’ve got some sunshine, but often gray skies and a lot of the snow’s melted so it’s patches of snow, often dirty, mixed with patches of brown and greenish grass. I’d be fine with a few more inches of snow. It’s really too early for spring in these parts.

I’m sad that the Masterpiece/BBC Victoria series has concluded for the season. I long for the times when such a series would have more episodes. PBS doesn’t have much on the docket for Sunday nights in March.

Work on my play is proceeding slowly. I lost the latest revision. Somehow it got deleted. I do have a PDF version so I’m using that to recreate this latest draft. The loss could be worse, but it’s a pain to go back like I’m playing Chutes and Ladders.

I had high hopes for the film Shoplifters, but the ending left a lot to be desired and the characters’ lives were quite depressing. A lot of their troubles could have been avoided.

Which Way Challenge

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Beijing

The Which Way Challenge, that Cee began, has been picked up by the Sonofthebeach69 blogger.  The beauty of it is that it’s free form. You can include images of doors, gates, roads, streets exits, signs, paths, waterways, you name it.

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Pekanbaru

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Seoul

See more Which Way photos by clicking here.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Smooth

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Chicago, Illinois

Each week Cee of Cee’s Photography challenges bloggers with a fun prompt. This week we’re to share photos highlighting texture. What textures will you share?

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New York, New York

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New York, New York

If you want to see more fun, smooth fotos, click here.

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Weekend Coffee Share

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

If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that overall, I had a good week. I got some writing done, but not as much as I’d like. I did write an email to a family connection asking for some feedback on this play I’m working on entitled Dora McDonald: On Trial. It’s about the wife of the Clark Street Gambling King, Mike McDonald. Dora had a long affair with her neighbor Webster Guerin and poor Webster winds up dead. Who did it? Will the murderer get off scot-free?

I loved the Japanese classic, Samurai Rebellion and liked the biopic of Freddie Mercury Bohemian Rhapsody. I admit the more I watch old movies the more I prefer them. I didn’t bother watching the Oscars, which tend to drag. Instead I watched Victoria and the end of Bohemian Rhapsody.

I went to the dentist and was stunned that my exam and cleaning ran me $300! I hadn’t been there in a year. (Shame on me, I know.) I remember the visit costing about $120. I feel like my price was upped because I hadn’t been for a while. I really like my dentist and if I was gainfully employed, I’d have gone when I should have.

I had a one-on-one meeting with my new boss. These are a month event and we had a good talk. She’s lovely and fun to work with. What a difference that makes!

Saturday I went to a free play reading at the Newberry Library. The script of Back of the Yards was a tad outdated, but the acting was solid.

I’m reading a book called Partisan Journalism. I’m beginning chapter three. The book describes the relationship between reporting, editorializing and our political parties going back to the 18th century. While it’s a bit academic, it’s a significant work. You can probably get it from the library.

Lastly, I’d say in an effort to see less of that rainbow beach ball whenever I use my computer, I went to a fairly good session on Mac Maintenance. I’ll share some tips with you soon. My laptop does run faster, I have to tweak my desktop.

I hope you’ve had a good weekend and that your week’s starting off well.