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, of course, I survived the so-called Polar Vortex, which was frigid. Luckily, we had heat continually, which wasn’t the case with parts of the town south of me. Imagine losing heat when it’s -10°F/-23°C. Some people lost heat in the middle of the night for hours. Now it’s 35°F and it feels balmy.

Last Monday my car wouldn’t start after work. Luckily, my brother lives near that library and he came to my rescue. The car was towed to a repair shop, but they couldn’t look at it till Thursday, when they discovered it was a problem with the electronic key mechanism. Go figure. We had other keys so all’s well. Since he was so helpful with the car, I made my brother a pecan pie.

I have discovered that Hoopla Digital offers many of the Great Courses courses. I’ve happened on one about Mental Math, multiplying double digits like 36 x 78 or adding 395 +882+130 in your head. The professor Alexander Benjamin, PhD teaches at Harvey Mudd College and is quite engaging. mental math keeps your brain sharp and isn’t as hard as you think.

I watched Cary Grant in The Batchelor and the Bobby-Soxer and just finished Heart Beats Loud last night. Both were pure entertainment, but I’d say the former was the better film.




I Saw Sunday

Here’s a new meme: I Saw Sunday

So, what did you see this week?

One thing or a whole list! – Words or photos or both!

Share it here with us.

The Rules

1. Write your post on your blog and include a link back to I Saw Sunday.
2. Leave the link to your post in the Mr Linky widget so we can find you.
3. Leave a comment after linking so that I know you have been here.
4. Please be sure to visit the other participants and share what they saw.

Chicago's Wrigley Building


It’s been a whirlwind, a lovely cultural whirlwind the last few weeks in Chicago.

I got to see a clever production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night‘s Dream at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater and at the Art Institute I wandered through their Asian and European galleries.

I loved the Japanese Woodblock prints from the 1960’s and 70’s.

Modern Japanese Print

Modern Japanese Woodblock

Wandering downtown lead me to the Chicago Cultural Center, which has interesting exhibits. Their Project Onward, a gallery that sells art created by artists with disabilities charmed me. Lots of whimsical and thought-provoking work.

At the Chicago Cultural Center

At Project Onward

I loved Showboat at the Lyric Opera. Anyone in the city must take this in! I had no idea how much I’d like this musical or how many of the songs were well known.

Although I was leaving for China on Tuesday morning, I couldn’t pass up tickets to Showboat. That was a wise choice. The Lyric put on an excellent production, which knocked me off my feet. For days the songs lingered in my head. By all means go see this if you can.

I just saw that this meme has been closed. Oh, well. I’ll find another or just keep up with these Sunday reviews on my own.

“Slow down and take the time to really see. Take a moment to see what is going on around you right now, right where you are. You may be missing something wonderful.”
– J. Michael Thomas