I'm a little bit of a weather junkie. When I went out to run errands on Friday, it was heavily overcast as I entered a store but the sun was shining and the back side of the weather system that had clouded us over was lit by the lowering sun when I exited the store. A new weather system was rolling in from the other side but it wasn't quite as interesting. I snapped the exiting system while driving. Good thing there weren't many other cars around, 'cause you really shouldn't do that. I edited out the bug splats.
I got a little butterfly made from a carrot with my meal at a Japanese restaurant, recently. We thought it was so cute that we actually brought it home, photographed it and then tried to make one. Rather a failure, actually, but here's the original:
A few books arrived, this past week (including today - sorry, no stack photo):
- All Woman and Springtime by Brandon W. Jones - Unsolicited from Algonquin, the new paperback copy. All Woman and Springtime is still one of the most important books I've read in the past year, a story about the human trafficking of three North Korean women. You should read it; it's quite eye-opening and human trafficking is absolutely everywhere, even in the U.S. Isn't the new cover gorgeous? I think it does a good job of showing the emotion of the story.
- Son of the Morning Star by Evan S. Connell - via Paperback Swap. Connell just recently died and when Tom Franklin mentioned his death, I noticed the replies mentioned that he was under-appreciated. I probably should have known his name, since he's written some titles I've heard of, but I didn't. I figured I need to understand why so many people gushed in response and chose Son of the Morning Star, his novel about Custer's Last Stand, at random.
- Thinking of You by Jill Mansell - from Sourcebooks for review
- Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Cohn and Levithan - via Paperback Swap
- To War With Whitaker: The Wartime Diaries of the Countess of Ranfurly 1939-45 - purchased to use for research on my upcoming writing project and it's a wreck. I swear I ordered a "very good" copy, but I got an "acceptable". Not thrilled with Abe Books, at this point.
That's all the malarkey I've got, at the moment. Thoughts are with the people of Hattiesburg, MS, who are cleaning up after yesterday's tornado. Grateful thanks to God that, in spite of many injuries, not one person lost his or her life. If you've seen the images, you know that's a miracle.
Gotta go. Laundry and all that. Happy Monday!
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