Browsing Archives for March 2011

Book Giveaway!

March 8th, 2011

For a chance to win a free copy of either Phillip Pullman’s Northern Lights or Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time – please visit Bridge to the Stars, a website dedicated to all things Phillip Pullman.  Pullman is the author of the His Dark Materials trilogy. If you are a fan of Pullman’s books, you will love this website which includes what appears to be a very lively forum.

You may remember a few years back when The Golden Compass came out as a movie starring Nicole Kidman.  The movie and the books have long been berated for their subtle atheistic message.  I wrote about my experience of reading the books here.





As to Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, I have never read this book, but have long been intrigued by the title.  I entered the giveaway myself in a sort of haphazard attempt to finally satisfy my curiosity.

The two books in this giveaway are part of World Book Night – an even that promotes world wide literacy and the love of reading.  All the books that are given away as a part of World Book Night contain a six digit code inside the cover which can be registered at and then tracked as it passes from one reader to another. One million books were given away as a part of this project which includes twenty titles.  Visit Bridge to the Stars for your own chance at a free book.

I’ve been going through some of my old photos lately to find certain images for certain posts and as a result have found large numbers of images that have never seen the light of day. Some of these photos I like quite a lot. Other of them aren’t really very good at all, but for sentimental reasons I feel compelled to place them on my blog at this time. This would be why blogs will never be the same as books. Book writers have editors that slice away the sentimental nonsense. Blog writers edit themselves.

This is the d’Bronx cafe on 39th street in Kansas City.  39th street is a short passage adjacent to the KU medical school that boasts a fabulous variety of funky shops, bars and restaurants.  When my husband was in medical school, I worked at the school of nursing at KU med as a Secretary I (not to be mistaken with the far more titillating position of Secretary II).  During my tenure at the KU school of nursing, I would frequently walk down to d’Bronx for my lunch.  Although famed for their New York style pizza, I was in the midst of a heated love affair with their daily soup special and their baked calzones.  My son Calder was born later that year.  We have never publicly admitted to the troubling uncertainty regarding his paternity.

Across the street from d’Bronx is Prospero’s a fabulous used book store.  My friend and singer songwriter Forrest Whitlow plays at Prospero’s several times a year.  On a few occasions, I have played with Forrest (singing back-up and opening his set with a few of my own tunes). It is always a great evening.

Here’s Forrest playing one of my favorite tunes.

The Jerusalem Cafe is also in this neighborhood.

Here you can get a fabulous lunch of middle eastern cuisine.

After you have explored the extent of 39th street, you can drive to Pryde’s – a kitchen store extraordinaire, located on the far eastern edge of Westport.

Where you can wander in utter delight just soaking up the lovely items everywhere.

At some point during my day in Kansas City, I took a photo of this car because I love Narnia too.

We had dinner with Mike and Liz that evening at an Indian cafe in Brookside.

And the country doctor ate some goat.


An Urn Extravaganza!

March 7th, 2011

This gardener is in the early pangs of child birth.

Her seeds have arrived.

She plans to place them tenderly in a cradle of black, loamy potting soil today.

And scooch them up to the southern windows in the dining room.

Where she hopes they will grow!


Until then, she gives you her urn photos.

The one above from a lawn in front of a home in Atchison, Kansas.

You can find this urn and the amazing glass house behind it at Kew Gardens in England.

These begonias and these urns can be found in Bath, Somerset County in Southwest England.

And then we come to Castle Combe…

A tiny village located in Wiltshire England

Raise your hand if you want to move to Castle Combe!

Back home to Kansas.

The above photo is from Lee Creek Gardens in Manhattan.

This one from the Valentine neighborhood in Kansas City.

And this little ole urn is from my very own garden.

Dreaming of Spring,