Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Monday, May 29, 2006
Sunday, May 28, 2006
Friday, May 26, 2006
A pretty amazing novel and certainly Boyden is someone to watch. Loosely based on the real-life WW I Ojibwa hero Francis Pegahamagabow who was a famous sniper in WW I. Wasn't quite ready for another WW 1 horror novel but I picked it up on a 7 day fast read and was totally engaged by it. Our bookclub heard Boyden read a passage from the novel earlier in the year and that whetted my appetite.
"Girl with the Botticelli Face" by Bill Valgardson
A very disappointing novel after having been quite impressed by some of his short stories. He came to our bookclub meeting and we all enjoyed chatting with him but I did find it interesting that he did 40 drafts of his excellent short story "Bloodflowers" but wrote this novel in 33 days without doing any revisions...I think that tells the tale.
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
by Annette Louise
8 x 10 acrylic on paper
Monday, May 22, 2006
11 x 14 acrylic on canvas
Saturday, May 20, 2006
Thursday, May 18, 2006
"Arbutus with Olympic View"
24 x 29 acrylic on linoleum mat
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Sunday, May 14, 2006
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Thursday, May 11, 2006
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Wow...this is quite the read. Very impressive and about a gazillion things to think about. I'm sure the world of academia could spend forever with it. Alway rather neat to have a Vancouver background (Taylor is a Vancouver writer...previous first novel was
"Stanley Park" which I didn't finish although I felt it was quite good but too many other books awaited). This one has lots to say about fame, authenticity, counterfeit, etc.
Sunday, May 07, 2006
And here is Robin who loved drinking from our pool and also was on the hunt for our doves. When the Wisteria was in full bloom I noticed Robin climbing stealthily along the arbour but couldn't see what he was after. Then all of a sudden our doves flew out....good thing I was there but Robin was unimpressed!
I just got around to printing up and posting to Flickr a number of photos I took in France Feb-May last year. The great thing about a digitial camera is that you can take sooo many photos but doing something with them is the next challenge!
These are our doves that took up residence in the arbour of wisteria at our villa.
Saturday, May 06, 2006
Friday, May 05, 2006
"Tuscan Hills with Sunflowers"
23 x 30 acrylic on linoleum mat
Thursday, May 04, 2006
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
A contemporary Canadian writer who I hadn't read before. Some stories seemed just a little forced, too unusual, some meant to shock perhaps but didn't quite ring true. All were interesting to read.
"The Blush and other Stories" by Elizabeth Taylor
A British writer (1912-1975). I believe I've read her novel "The Wedding Group" and must read more. She is really very good and more along the lines of an Alice Munro that can mine the ordinary in extraordinary ways. I see she's written "Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont"...heard of that lately...an upcoming movie perhaps?