April 21, 2024

Sunday Salon for April 21, 2024



It is gorgeous here, in Illinois. So often, Spring is gone in an instant, overcome by rain or freezing temperatures. But, this year I am relishing the daffodils, the tulips, the Redbuds, and the Bradford Pear trees. Everything is a harbinger of hope, and fresh beginnings; no wonder April 1 was once the start of the New Year.

I have a new beginning myself, returning once again to Blogger. Wordpress said I was out of space, and so I came back to where it all began in 2006. This time, there are no old posts, only new ones yet to be written.

We had dinner with my son last night, in his new apartment. He cooked us Wild Caught Salmon, and grass-fed beef, with a side of stir fried vegetables. This son of mine, now age 33, brings to fruition this verse: “Train up a child in the way he shall go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”  ~Proverbs 22:6 I struggled to believe this when he was in High School.


I have so enjoyed the 1937 Club this week. There are many books I did not get to, such as Ali and Nino by Kurban Said, or The Nutmeg Tree by Margery Sharp. I wanted to reread The Hobbit, and On The Banks of Plum Creek. But finishing the longlist for the International Booker prize longlist has taken precedence, and I was lucky to squeeze in How Then Do You Live? by Genzaburo Yoshino.

I’m off to read the reviews written for books published in 1937, left on Kaggsy’s site, as well as other posts for the Sunday Salon. May your new week be as beautiful as it is here.


14 comments:

  1. The 1937 club is very tempting. One always wonders why one year is so good, and other years maybe not so much. The Hobbit and a Little House book … still being read by children. I’ve found Blogger to be very satisfactory: never left.
    best, mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. I think you were smart to stick with Blogger all along; consistency has always worked for me, so I’m not sure why I dropped the ball on this one. Maybe it was the infamous Fear of Missing Out on something better, which I hate to say could have gotten hold of me. Thanks for always visiting me here,

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  2. We live in Ohio and while it looks like spring has sprung, the temps tell a different story, LOL! Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier. Have a great week!

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    1. I went to college in Ohio, and I do find our temperatures very similar. However, I never mind cooler vs. hotter weather. All too soon it is miserably humid here in Illinois!

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  3. I'm happy you joined us at Sunday Salon. Like Mae, I've always been at Blogger, though I did add Disqus for comments (and I'm still not positive that was a good idea).

    I think the idea of reading the best books fa year is a fun one. I participated a few years ago.

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    1. Disqus is hard for me; I never quite know if my comment has taken, and I try to log in several times…but, we do what we feel is best for our blogs, and I like how we’re all patient with one another. Thank you for continuing to host Sunday Salon all these years!

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  4. Ah, a reread of The Hobbit is always a fun time! Will you still do that, or are you leaving that for sometime in the future?

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    1. I can hardly remember how many times I’ve read The Hobbit over the course of my life; it is a beloved book, but I think I’ll save it for the future. So many newer ones are compelling me now, if you know what I mean. Thanks for visiting me here!

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  5. I always loved the redbuds, and the bradford pears when I was still in Arkansas. Stunning. In L.A. the most gorgeous tree is the purple jacarandas.

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    1. Oh, I’m wondering if I remember the purple jacarandas as the ones in Florida. If so, they are gorgeous! Spring is quickly becoming one of my favorite seasons, especially when it’s as beautiful as this year’s.

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  6. Time flies, doesn't it? Your son is 33 and my daughter turned 40 last December. I can hardly believe it...

    I know I read On the Banks of Plum Creek when I was a young girl, but have never re-read it. I wonder if I would enjoy it as well as Little House in the Big Woods and The Long Winter.

    We have been on the road for the past 2 1/2 weeks and the foliage along the highways is beautiful. Lots of green grass (which seems rare for the Bay Area, but they've had a lot of rain), wild dogwoods, some redbuds, etc. Jinjer mentioned jacarandas, which I loved when we lived in San Diego. We'll have lots of rhoddies blooming when we return to the Oregon coast.

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    1. Lesley, your daughter is now forty?! How does this happen? How, in fact, have we continued to blog since 2006?! Mind-blowing.

      It’s funny that you should mention The Long Winter, as that is one of my favorite of Laura’s series. Well, I do love them all, but especially that one and These Happy Golden Years. But, Plum Creek has a delicious spot of revenge, and I remember enjoying it when I think of the “mean girls” one encounters in school. (Remember? It’s when Laura takes Nellie wading into the creek and she gets covered with leeches.)

      When I go to Instagram, which isn’t all that frequent, I see some picture of your lovely excursions, and I take a vacation vicariously through them. We haven’t been on a trip in too long! Since 2018, when we went to Japan, unless you count a trip here and there to Wisconsin. 🤭

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  7. We have 2 things in common (for starters), we both started blogging in 2006 on Blogger. I'm still on Blogger and have been thinking of moving to WordPress for various reasons, but it's complicated by the fact I've got my own domain. Glad to "find" you as I enjoy literary and translated fiction and don't often see it reviewed.

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    1. Imagine that you started in 2006, too, and I’ve not visited you before! What a big world this book blogging world can be. I’ve been on Blogger, and WordPress, and even had my own domain for awhile. It got so I just didn’t want to pay the charges anymore, although they were nominal. I’ve sort of blogged by discovery here, and there are things I probably shouldn’t have done, but we make this a joy not a job, right? And, I take what I’ve learned as part of the experience.

      If you like translated literature, or are curious about it, you will find a lot of it here! Thanks for visiting me.

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