Saturday, August 07, 2010

Monday Mixtape [mid-vacation edition]

i made you a mix tape of all my favorites from this week!

I'm in the middle of a two-week get-away-from-it-all vacation.  We have about 24 hours between coming home from one location and heading out to the next.  I thought I'd send the mix tape that's been accumulating in my draft folder the past couple of weeks.

I should warn you that I'm reading like a mad woman during this break!  I won't know what to say when I put all the books here, but I'm sure it'll be witty and delightful, all the same.  Stay tuned...

  • Hipster Christianity by Brett McCracken:  Baker Books sent me this first release from McCracken.  I'm working on a written review to post when I get back in town next week.  Without saying too much at this point, it was definitely an interesting read and made for some great family conversations!  
  • My review of the IAM Reader's Guild July title, Dark Water by Robert Clark.
  • Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri
The August title for IAM Reader's Guild and we'd love to have you join us!

Tuesday, August 24, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
The Murphy's house, 106 Jefferson Ave., Endicott
RSVP to me:
Bring your book, discussion guide and a snack or beverage to share!

  • Cocktail Hour at Good Letters: The Image Blog:  Not only been reading like a mad woman on this vacation; been drinking a bit, also.
  • Living in a Small Valley:  Look who's joined the blogging world!  (Sorry, friends, he just jumped to the top of my favorites list!)
  • Art House America Blog:  Another new blog added to my favorites.  I guess Charlie Peacock and his tribe belong right up there alongside the best of them on my list.  The website is beautiful, too.

  • Rally Day by Driftwood:  Good bluegrass music on original tunes from a local band -- show some love!

TV & Film:

  • Friday Night Lights season finale - There's one more season for you to watch this show, but it won't start for a while.  Catch up on Hulu or something.  I know, I know -- it's got lots of marks of soap drama, but there's a lot of beauty in the look of this series.  Plus, I've never seen better husband/wife character development on television.  
  • Not sure if it was the film or the the location we watched it but our family sure had a great time watching a double feature (Despicable Me and Dinner for Schmucks) at the Unadilla Drive In during our vacation week in the country.  If you live in the central NY area, you really should pack the tailgate supplies and hit a show under the stars this summer.  Next time, we are so taking our grill!

Granite Tumbler
Letha Wilson

  • Letha Wilson Artwork:  Photo sculptures?  I can't really tell if I like this or not, but I think the concept is marvelous!  Once again, Design for Mankind introduces me to some unique work.
I'm headed back out for another week off the grid, as they say.  Reading, soaking up sun in a natural habitat that does not include cell service or wireless or even Dunkin Donuts iced coffee.  And it'll be worth every little second!

I leave you with this delightful snippet my mother reminded me of last week.  I'm seriously considering making it my new blog title:
"One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words."
 - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)
Enjoy the beauty of an August week!
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