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January 25, 2021

Book Club for February & March 2021

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Maisie Dobbs. Coming in March is the new Maisie Dobbs novel “Consequences of Fear” will be released. As a group we are all going to read any one of the novels from this wonderful series. A quietly intelligent female investigator in a Georgian and World War I world, is a great female character. Born working-class, Maisie works as a maid in a London townhouse until the day her aristocratic employer catches her in the library reading the philosophical works of David Hume. Her benefactor sends her to off to Cambridge and her adventures begin. A story similar to many novels before her but uniquely her own woman in these memorable tales. Our group is on different progressions, from having never read her to devoted fans who have read every one so as if often our way, we are reading any book in the series. Check out the series for yourself at https://jacquelinewinspear.com/books/maisie-dobbs/

Book for the new year. January 2021

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GirlWomanOther

 

A National Bestseller and Winner of the Booker Prize  Girl, Woman, Other by Berdnardine Evarist

A fascinating contemporary novel, both blunt and fierce through stories that dig deep into the lives of 19 black British women ages 19–93. I was thoroughly engaged by the fully realized stories of these engaging women. Sharing each of their struggles, full of love, laughter and pain, was time well spent.

November 7, 2020

Biden & Harris Victory 2020

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Many of us gathered to celebrate the turn in election results today. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are now officially our president and vice-president elect for the United States of America. The current admin will not exit quietly but for today, there is dancing in the streets across the country. I haven’t posted much from the ladies since the lock down in much, focusing on “Life in the time of…” but the joy and celebration of today was too powerful and the ladies had the champagne corks popping.

For half of the country, I feel their disappointment and disapproval. The other half celebrate this moment as we watch our country choose dignity, honor truth and the free press, put their trust in science and education again and move toward common decency through civility and diplomacy, my hope returns that we can rebuild our democracy together— seeing us potentially aspire to be better and more representative of all is such a relief, yet — hearing Biden refer to us as not red or blue states but the United States, it made me weep for our division. I am painfully aware that until both sides can actually listen and hear each other clearly, it’s going to be a very long haul to make any progress. I fear more unrest at home, with unwavering loyalty to Trump overtaking love of this country and its people.

But today, today I will join the dancing in the streets and say well done America.

With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation’s wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just, and a lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations.”

—Abraham Lincoln

In celebration

March 23, 2020

Art Goes Online

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With these days of self isolation, artists are having to find alternative ways to share their work and make a bit of income. Something like this hits creative people in so many ways. My hope is that we help each other and share the special artists with each other.

Laura Meddaugh, Jubilant Contemporary Folk Art Acrylics

Book List 2021

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MaisieDobbs-New

Coming in March the new Maisie Dobbs novel “Consequences of Fear” will be released. As a group we are all going to read any one of the novels from this wonderful series. A quietly intelligent female investigator in a Georgian and World War I world, is a great female character. A story familiar in many novels, the quiet crime fighter,  but uniquely her own woman in these memorable tales. Our group is on different levels, some having never read her novels to devoted fans who have read every one so as if often our way, we are reading any book in the series. Check out the series for yourself at https://jacquelinewinspear.com/books/maisie-dobbs/

 

 

 


GirlWomanOther

A National Bestseller and Winner of the Booker Prize  
Girl, Woman, Other by Berdnardine Evaristo

A fascinating contemporary novel, both blunt and fierce through stories that dig deep into the lives of 19 black British women ages 19–93. I was thoroughly engaged by the fully realized stories of these engaging women. Sharing each of their struggles, full of love, laughter and pain, was time well spent.

 

 


 

ElephantWhisperer

Finally getting around to posting again after a long break. We actually planned this book before the time of self isolation and the pandemic of 2020. Unlike so many others, we live in a time of computer technology and with more time I can find some moments to blog.

We chose to read anything from Africa and make a dinner around it. I chose two books, because why limit oneself to just one. The first is The Elephant Whisperer. Lawrence Anthony’s is a man who devoted his life to animal conservation and protecting the world’s endangered species. He was asked to accept a herd of “rogue” wild elephants on his Thula Thula game reserve in Zululand. Knowing that it was the herd’s last chance, Anthony found a way to take them in. As he battled to create a bond with the elephants, he came to realize that they had a great deal to teach him about life, loyalty, and freedom. It’s a captivating story with all the drama and heart of any great drama. I was often on the edge of my seat, then laughing, and at times tearing up.

 


HalfofaYellowSun

The second recommendation is by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun. Partly because President Obama recommend it and also because it appeared on every “great book from Africa” list that I came across. It explores a key period in modern African history: Biafra’s struggle to establish an independent republic in Nigeria. The novel follows the lives of three intertwined characters during a time of upheaval.  Half of a Yellow Sun is an incredible novel about moral responsibility, the end of colonialism, about ethnicity, class and race, full of promise, hope, and disappointment in a time of war.


I also thought I would share one of the recipes which was a huge hit. West African Peanut Stew. A hearty stew that’s easy to make and great for peanut butter lovers. I made a few modifications to make it a vegetarian version—curly kale instead of collards, chickpeas instead of chicken, vegetable stock (I like Seitenbacher Vegetable Broth & Seasoning or “better than bullion” broth concentrate), and make sure that the peanut butter is chunky and without sugar.

 

March 29, 2017

Circling the Sun

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Funny how time goes by, circling the sun in the blink of an eye. The ladies have been busy with their hectic lives, many glasses of wine and margaritas to contemplate our lives. Family obligations have kept me from keeping up on the reading, and from writing here or anywhere. I wonder if I will ever find a routine and find the time to share how incredible the journey is with these fine women. With all the madness and chaos around us these days, the pages of a good book allow an escape. Right now I am taking one day at a time, one page as I can. I was inspired to quickly share this little gem, Circling the Sun by Paula McLain. A story celebrating a woman far ahead of her time, flying around in a unique time and place. We all need that for ourselves, a sense of independence and the will to be brave when the world around us is fighting against us as strong women. All I can do is one day at a time, one book at a time and one post at a time.

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So many books, so little time.

Book Club May/June 2016 ‘Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’ by Irin Carmon & Shana Knizhnik

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Remarkable women

Notorious RBG

 

Excerpt from the New York Times Review

“Notorious RBG” began in 2013 as a saucy Tumblr blog by Shana Knizhnik, then a law student, shortly after the Supreme Court decided Shelby County v. Holder, which discarded a crucial provision of the Voting Rights Act. (For the hip-hop unlettered, Notorious RBG is a play on the Notorious B.I.G., the rapper who was murdered in 1997.) Justice Ginsburg read her dissent from the bench, which in the genteel, marbled universe of the Supreme Court, is most unusual — the equivalent of shaming your spouse in front of dinner guests. More unusual still was that she’d read two other dissents from the bench the day before.

October 11, 2015

Book Club October 2015 The Master Butchers Singing Club by Louise Erdrich

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Book Info:

Having survived World War I, Fidelis Waldvogel returns to his quiet German village and marries the pregnant widow of his best friend, killed in action. With a suitcase full of sausages and a master butcher’s precious knife set, Fidelis sets out for America. In Argus, North Dakota, he builds a business, a home for his family—which includes Eva and four sons—and a singing club consisting of the best voices in town. When the Old World meets the New—in the person of Delphine Watzka—the great adventure of Fidelis’s life begins. Delphine meets Eva and is enchanted. She meets Fidelis, and the ground trembles. These momentous encounters will determine the course of Delphine’s life, and the trajectory of this brilliant novel.

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Fermentation Fest 2015

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After and incredibly long haitus from blogging, I am roaring back with the 5th Annual Fermentation Festival 2015. On the final day of the fest, we wandered the backroads of Wisconsin in Sauk County’s through beautiful working lands and natural landscapes.

The DTour is dappled with temporary art installations and stands selling fresh, locally grown produce. There are educational sites, Farm Forms, Pasture Performances and more!

Standout moments—Brenda Baker’s laundry on the line, Monday is Wash Day and the Driftless Brass Quintet reminding us that it’s Blue Skies from now on! Sometimes, there is no place like home. I am happy to a Wisconsinite…keep fermenting until next year!

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The Driftless Brass Quintet

CanndBeets

Pickled beets, my favorite!

CannedVeggies

Salad in a pickled jar

Billiards

Bails of billiard balls

Candy bail of hay

Wrapped candy in the corner

Ball_LittleGIrlandCow

and just because kids and cows are so cute…

 

April 27, 2014

Merging Muses II

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My new exhibition is up and almost ready for the opening reception on May 2. The show runs from May until August at CoffeeBytes in Madison, WI.

Moroccan Montage: Merging Muses II

Moroccan Montages:  Merging Muses II  May-August 2014 at CoffeeBytes in Madison WI

 

Also currently on display until the July is a show at the Academic Staff Gallery on the UW Campus.

Montages & Moments: Memories & Miscellany

Academic Staff Gallery Exhibition:  February 2014 – July 2014

 

 

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