At the start of Europe's heat wave in July, we decamped for cooler climes in the Alps. We stayed in the delightful town of Bivio in Val Surses, just across the Julierpass from the famous Engadin valley where my husband and I had stayed shortly after we were married 18 years ago. We got to … Continue reading Postcards from Switzerland: Val Surses and Engadin
It started when I was about nine years old, feeling lonely and displaced after my family had moved from California to Washington. Food became a major source of solace for me, junk food that I could not stop eating once I took the first bite. Potato chips, of course; I could not eat just one, … Continue reading Uncovering my eating disorder
Literature This month saw the end of the Narniathon, which made me sad. Happily, next month Annabel of AnnaBookBel is starting a readalong of the five books of Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising sequence, which will take us through the end of the year. Hooray! I enjoyed doing the Six in Six meme as … Continue reading Month in Review: July 2022
The Classics Club Blog is celebrating its tenth anniversary, and it brings back lots of fond blogging memories. From 2014 to 2019 I participated in this challenge to read and post about 50 books from a self-determined list of classics in five years, and I had lots of interesting experiences along the way. You can … Continue reading Happy tenth anniversary to the Classics Club!
One of challenges for this month's One Word linkup at Lisa Notes is "Google your word or look it up on Wikipedia or in a Bible concordance or dictionary. Find out something unique about your word this month. See if you get a new insight." The word "connect" yielded no results when I searched for … Continue reading #OneWord2022: Connecting with the head
I met my Summer in Other Languages goal of reading Le Grand Meaulnes, the classic novel by Alain-Fournier, in French. I'd read it some years ago in English, but I forgot most of the plot and it was like reading it for the first time! As with previous French reads, it was great to participate … Continue reading Summer in Other Languages: Le Grand Meaulnes
Reading through the Chronicles of Narnia has been a delightful experience, especially with all the stimulating and thoughtful commentary from our host Chris of Calmgrove and other participants. I will miss my monthly journey to this magical land; each one has brought back memories of childhood along with much to consider from an adult perspective. … Continue reading #Narniathon21: Farewell to Narnia
For the next couple of weeks I'm on holiday in the mountains -- I hope to share some pictures with you when I return. I am looking forward to having lots of time to read, relax, and do some hiking in the beautiful Engadin region. Wishing you all a good summer!
Over at The Book Jotter, Six in Six is a meme that helps book bloggers look back at the first half of their year's reading. I've seen it on other blogs I follow, but I've never done it myself. You can choose from Jo's categories (as I did) or make up your own. Six categories … Continue reading Six in Six: A mid-year recap
Literature In the course of the Narniathon we've reached the last volume of the Chronicles of Narnia, a bittersweet event. I have loved revisiting these childhood favorites, which really were a formative force for my imagination, and finding that while there is much I now question or would like to say differently as an adult, … Continue reading Month in Review: June 2022