Saturday, November 7, 2015

Leaves in the rain

There's no doubt that Autumn has fully arrived. These were taken in the back yard and on the steps.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

How did I miss Richard Russo?

Isn't it great when you discover a new writer whose work really appeals to you? Especially when there are several other titles to explore. My latest find is Richard Russo, whose 2009 book, "That Old Cape Magic" was selected for our book club to discuss next month.  I really enjoyed the book. It's a traditional American story of a man in mid-to-late life who revisits memories and in doing so threatens his marriage. Russo is a great story teller and quite a philosopher too, as well as being very funny at times.

So I looked at the library catalogue and ordered a few more. It turns out he's both a screenwriter and a novelist and he won a Pulitzer Prize for his novel "Empire Falls." There are also several movies out based on his books.

His most recent work, which I got from the library is "Elsewhere" and happens to be memoir of his life and relationships. I enjoyed finding out about his life and the ways it intersects with the novel I'd just finished.

Now I"m deep into "Bridge of Sighs" and I liking this too. His engaging style and gentle pacing are just what I'm wanting now. He writes from his experience growing up in mill towns in upstate New York.  Probably you know of his work, but if not, check it out.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

A Yukon Street Hallowe'en

It's hard not to get into the Hallowe'en spirit with an apartment house full of kids right across the street.  And with a spirited witch (aka Sue) living upstairs.  Sue decorated the front porch to be spooky. The cobwebs blocked her door and led the way to the door on the right (not shown) where we prepared to hand out candy. The kids across the street couldn't wait to come and trick-or-treat here.

Here's Sue in her witch's hat vaulting over the dog barrier to answer the doorbell. The dogs including my sister's Sheltie were happy to stay in the hallway.

Here you can see some of the kids from the six apartments across the street. They are all so happy and excited. It was fun to help make their evening special. And it helped to chase my blues away.

On the left are some parents bringing their kids to join the fun. And on the right are the two kingpin mothers from the apartment, Cathy and Alicia, who put so much energy into costumes and decorating. It really was a fun time for everyone. I am so happy to live so near to these wonderful families.