A ROCK IS LIVELY- Diana Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long

Our fourth grade science curriculum includes a geology unit called "Our Changing Earth." Yesterday, I found a book that I wish I would have had when I taught that unit last year. A ROCK IS LIVELY, by Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long, is part of a series that also includes A SEED IS SLEEPY, A BUTTERFLY IS PATIENT, and AN EGG IS QUIET. Not sure how I could have missed these books (I even went back to look through my history of posts, just in case I had reviewed an earlier book, then forgotten about it), but now that I've discovered them, I'm definitely going to look for the rest of the series.

Each two-page spread is a kind of self-contained unit. There is one sentence, almost a heading, done in a large cursive font. e.g. " A rock is galactic." After that, there are two or three paragraphs of related information; on the galactic page there are three paragraphs- one about meteroids, one about comets, and one about asteroids. The book covers a variety of topics, including rock formation, how people use rocks, and even cave paintings. The book circles around, and ends where it began, with "A rock is lively."

I could see using this book in a lot of different ways. Obviously, the content would be terrific for a elementary grade science unit on geology. What intrigued me even more, however, was the book's potential as a mentor text for students' science journals.Sylvia Long's glorious,  detailed illustrations make A ROCK IS LIVELY a perfect mentor text. The end pages alone, which include a zillion different kinds of rocks in the front, then the same rocks, but with labels in the back,  are worth the price of the book.

Add this series to your science collection!

Nighttime Ninja- Barbara DaCosta, illustrated by Ed Young

Met a teacher friend at Tattered Cover for coffee this morning. After we were done working, of course I had to go downstairs to the children's department. On the "Tattered Cover recommends…" shelves, I came across NIGHTTIME NINJA. The book is done in one of my favorite illustration genres, collage, and the artwork is  by Ed Young, who is one of my favorite illustrators. So of course I had to sit down and read it immediately.

The text in this book is sparse- never more than one or two lines per page. When the book begins, the clock has just struck midnight, and "nighttime ninja creeps through the house." We follow his  journey through a series of collages  made of cloth, string, paper, all the time wondering, "Who is the mysterious ninja creeping through the house?"

Of course this question is answered at the end. 

Another Caldecott possibility???

Exhibition Space

You may think a church is not always the best place to hang an art exhibit. I was afraid some of the Canadian artists participating in Tradition in Transition would think that.

But in fact the visitors to the Carrefour, and this year there were about 22,000, are oblivious to the setting.

exhibit Tradition in Transition at L'Eglise de la Madeleine

They are really looking at the art work and walk by the religious symbols.

art shown here from left to right:
Energy Cloth, Judy Martin
And so it Goes, Meredith Annett
Stars all Around, Martha Schellingerhoud
hanging above: summer strip, AnnMarie Newman

There were 10 churches, including rectories, hosting exhibits this year at the 18th Carrefour Européen du Patchwork.

South African textile artist, Paul Schutte also exhibited in a church; Eglise Ste. Rosalie in Rombach-le-Franc near Ste-Marie-aux-Mines.

Paul Schutte's work in Eglise Ste. Rosalie in Romach-le-Franc, France

This summer, I passed by an art exhibit in Arles, France, again in a church. It is a building owned by the city and there are many exhibits there throughout the year.

Painting and sculpture exhibit in Arles, France

Chung-im Kim, visit to a gallery

I just made it back to Canada in time to see Chung-im's exhibit in Toronto at David Kaye Gallery. It closes this Sunday, September 30.

She was one of the artists in the show Tradition in Transition.

Dawn, 2010
47" x45" x3"
industrial felt, silk screen, hand stitching

I chose this piece, entitled Dawn, because to me as curator it had its roots in patchwork. She sewed together by hand patches just like a 'patchwork' but instead of using quilter's cotton she used industrial felt.

The silk screen designs Ms. Kim printed over the felt brought to mind the stitches made in the act of quilting.

Her 3-dimensional work demonstrated tradition transitioned onto a very contemporary plain.

Her newer works are also very interesting.

boonyul 2012
34" x 34" x1 1/2"
She has started laser cutting the felt.

detail, boonyul
This one evokes a starry night .... Van Gogh's.

jaryu, 2012
51"x 24"x 2"
I love the way the silk screen lines
connect from patch to patch
Try to catch the show before it closes.

the invitation for Chung-im Kim's exhibit, Constructed Images

Fest Map

We'll see you Saturday!

And so it begins

The end of a certain part of family history, that is . . .

Today TRQ told me and my sister-in-law Becky over lunch that the nuns' house where we have stayed for years on Capistrano Beach is being sold.  We'll never stay there with our families again.  And the truth is that whoever is buying it will tear it down and build a Kardashian-type home.

The funny thing is that the whole time we were there this summer, I had the strongest feeling that this would likely be our last time in that house together, which made me deeply sad.  Because you know that's how I like to do sad.  Deeply.

As it turned out, we didn't have enough beds, so I spent most of the week sleeping in the courtyard under the stars, listening to surf pound beneath a waxy moon.  I let the all of it--the sounds, the smells, the sights-- settle in my pores so I could remember.

All good things must.

A Sympathy Card

Hi guys
I thought seeing as i hadnt shared anything in a while due to personal stuff i would share this with you!! i was asked to make 2 sympathy cards for a poor chap who passed away recently and i find them very very hard to do!!
I always think that the clean and simple route is the best? what do you think???
This card was made using the stampin up stamp set and is lovely,
here is the quote close up, isnt is beautiful and so approproate
I did make this about 2 weeks ago and havent shared it as yet so thought it would be nice to make a crafty post lol,
I have made another card yesterday for an order also so i will share that soon,
Its been chaos here but i am hoping to get back to all things crafty next week lol as im soooo behind with my dt work, but thankfully the lovely gals in charge have been good to me lol,

A trip to Verona

The dates are official! The Verona trip, which incorporates the Verona Tessile event, is on from Friday, APRIL 12 to Sunday APRIL 21, 2013. That's in SEVEN months!

St Georgio's church seen from a cafe

The trip is open to anyone who loves quilts and textile art and wants to experience the Italian culture. You should be interested in sewing/creating with fabric as we will be having three classes with Italian big-name quilters and textile artists. The studio space where we will have those lessons is the meeting place for Ad Maiora, an association of amazing women who sew but above all support each others' activities and ideas.

Ad Maiora studios

The trip starts in Verona and so if you are from another country besides Canada (where I am writing from) you are welcome to join us and meet us there. The trip will be facilitated in english.

One of the old city doors,
down the street from the apartments
where we will be staying

The trip will be for a small group of people, minimum 6, maximum 12.

View of the city from across the Adige river

To see the full itinerary click here.

View of the city from the Roman Theatre

There will be a meeting in Toronto in November. All the details of the trip will be discussed. Also attending will be past travellers. It will be a good time for you to ask questions and see their photo albums from 2010. If you want to be notified of this meeting please email me.

Fest Must-Dos

What's on your list of must-dos at the fest?  Interactive arts?  Starting your holiday shopping with artsy gifts?  Checking out all 9 stages of free entertainment?  Creating art with the crowd?

Start with tickets to the Noyes Museum Wine & Cheese Experience.  You're ticket includes a wine glass to take with you, a distinct selection of over 30 wines and cheeses paired perfectly and presented by experts of the industry. All of this wrapped up in lovely live musical performances and surrounded by a most unique gallery of art. You may enter the tasting at any point while visiting the Festival- plan to take some time to enjoy!
$10 per ticket - Buy Your Tickets Here

Don't miss the Art of Spice Chili Cook-Off, a competition highlighting local restaurants, caterers and professional chefs competing to be named the “Art of Spice- Best Chili 2012”. Two winners will be selected, the first by a panel of judges and the second as a “People’s Choice” Award.  Pre-buy your Tasting Kit today or purchase the day of the event for ONLY $6

Billy Bussey
ART BATTLE AT THE WOODBURY FALL ARTS FEST is an absolute do not miss.  6 artists.  6 blank canvases.  4 hours.  You can watch, stop back to see the progress, get information on these artists, vote for your favorite and best of all  -  you can buy the pieces you are watching be created.  There is a silent auction all day so take home the greatest souvenir from the fest by investing in art.   Artists include Andre Trenier , Ariel Jesus Colon, Jamar G. Lilly, Rosae Reeder, Billy Bussey and Darren Toliver.

Andre Trenier


So last night when I was working at TKE, a mother and her fourth-grade daughter asked if I would help them find books by a local author because the daughter has been assigned to study one of my kind.  Of course I immediately started pulling out books by Shannon Hale and Jessica Day George, but Margaret (bless her) said, "Give her some of your books."

The mother was immediately interested.  An author!   Right here, right now!   The daughter, on the other hand, looked at me like I was possibly trying to scam them both.

I gave them THE CHIHUAHUA CHASE and said it was about chihuahuas being kidnapped in Salt Lake, which suddenly sounded pretty stupid to me, too.  The daughter was unimpressed.  So I gave her CHARLOTTE'S ROSE.  The mother said her daughter loves historical fiction.  I brightened.

"This is like LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE!"  I gushed.

The daughter eyed me.  "I hate LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE," she said.

In the end her mother made her buy CHARLOTTE.  And hopefully she'll like it better than LITTLE HOUSE.  But the whole experience was a good reminder to me that the more enthusiastic adults get when trying to sell a kid on a particular book, the less likely a kid will want to read it.

Intermezzo : Wishlistku di Hari Rabu

Sudah lama sekali saya ga bikin postingan wishlist. Seperti biasa, selain mood kurang, wishlist saya sebenarnya banyaaak sekali. Jadi memilihnya agak susah ;D. Kali ini saya akan memuat buku - buku yang ada di wishlist saya. Saya pengen baca buku - buku ini, tapi sayang budget beli buku bulan ini udah yang menipis, pis, pis. Jadi sembari menabung, sembari berharap ada yang mau berbaik hati mau kasih buku  (ga tau malu banget yah saya X) ), yuk dicek apa aja yang ada di wishlist saya untuk bulan ini.

Buku Terjemahan

Dari Asap dan Tulang - Laini Taylor

Sinopsis :

Pada zaman dahulu,
seorang malaikat dan iblis jatuh cinta.
Kisah cinta mereka tidak berakhir indah.

Langit terbelah dan banyak sosok asing berwajah rupawan turun ke bumi, menyembunyikan sayap api mereka dalam ilusi agar bisa berbaur dengan manusia. Birai-birai pintu di penjuru dunia mereka tandai dengan cap tangan hitam yang melesak terbakar pada kayu atau logam.

Sementara itu, di suatu tempat di Praha, Karou, gadis 17 tahun, siswa sekolah seni di Praha, menjalani kehidupannya yang tampak normal. Tetapi ia selalu membawa-bawa buku sketsanya yang berisi gambar monster-monster aneh dan menyeramkan––chimaera yang merupakan makhkluk terdekat yang ia punya sebagai keluarga.

Kehidupan Karou akan berubah dalam semalam. Tanpa ia sadari, peperangan antardua dunia yang kejam akan melibatkan dirinya.

Saya sudah tahu tentang buku yang judul aslinya adalah Daughter of Smoke and Bone ini sejak lama. Sudah sekian bulan yang lalu membaca review orang - orang yang semuanya suka sama buku ini. Bahkan reviewer Goodreads yang terkenal sadis dalam mereview juga memberinya rating yang sangat bagus. Jangan salahkan kalau saya penasaran. Apalagi mau dibuat filmnya (salah satu aspek yang bikin penasaran lagi :)) )

Deadly Fear- Cynthia Eden

Sinopsis :

Sang Profiler—Monica Davenport

Dia terkenal akan kemampuannya membuat profil para pembunuh berantai. Sosok yang seksi, cantik, dan cerdas ini tentu saja bisa membuat pria mana pun bertekuk lutut. Namun, kali ini dia harus bertekuk lutut kepada pembunuh yang mampu membangkitkan ketakutan terbesar di dirinya. Bagaimana ia memastikan keadaan aman, sekaligus mengamankan hatinya dari sosok cinta masa lalunya, Luke Dante?

Agen Khusus—Luke Dante

Keahlian utamanya adalah menaklukkan trauma para korban kejahatan sehingga mereka mampu bersaksi. Kali ini dia harus mencari jejak sang pembunuh berantai, sekaligus menaklukkan hati sang partner, Monica Davenport.

The Dream Team

Mereka adalah tim yang sempurna untuk memburu sang pembunuh. Namun, keadaan menjadi berubah ketika sang pembunuh mengincar ketakutan dari mereka berdua.

Cynthia Eden bukan pengarang baru bagi saya, karena saya sudah baca karya beliau yang bergenre paranormal romance dan cukup menyukainya. Makanya saya agak kaget juga melihat salah satu bukunya yang bergenre thriller suspense romance diterbitkan disini. Melihat tagline "nominasi RITA award" cuma bikin saya bergumam "hmm karena dinominasikan toh". Hahaha, maafkan saya yang agak skeptis, bukan berarti buku Cynthia Eden jelek, tapi saya curiga ini diterjemahkan karena masuk award, hehehe. Walaupun begitu, saya memasukkan Deadly Fear dalam daftar wishlist, karena genrenya adalah favorit saya. Mari berharap agar isinya yang seksi menjadi tidak seksi seperti cover terjemahannya ;).

Buku Bahasa Inggris

Full Blooded - Amanda Carlson

Sinopsis :

 Born the only female in an all male race, Jessica McClain isn’t just different—she’s feared.

After living under the radar for the last twenty-six years, Jessica is thrust unexpectedly into her first change, a full ten years late. She wakes up and finds she’s in the middle of a storm. Now that she’s become the only female full-blooded werewolf in town, the supernatural world is already clamoring to take a bite out of her and her new Pack must rise up and protect her.

But not everyone is on board. The werewolf Rights of Laws is missing text and the superstitious werewolves think that Jessica means an end to their race. It doesn’t help when Jessica begins to realize she’s more. She can change partway and hold her form, and speak directly to her wolf. But the biggest complication by far is that her alpha father can't control her like he can the rest of his wolves.

When a mercenary who’s been hired by the vampires shows up to extract information about the newly turned werewolf only days after her change, they find themselves smack in the middle of a war and there's no choice but to run together. When it’s up to Jessica to negotiate her release against her father’s direct orders, she chooses to take an offer for help instead. In exchange, Jessica must now swear an oath she may end up repaying with her life.

Saya sudah lama mengincar buku ini, tapi harganya mahaaaaal bener di BD :(. Ada 100ribuan lebih. Saya juga udah ikutan giveawaynya buat dapat secara free (yah saya ga malu kok ngakuin ini). Sempat menang sih, sayang dianulir, karena katanya giveawaynya US/Can only. Ihhh, kok gitu? Perasaan saya dulu ikut dan liat rulesnya itu dibuat international deh. Berhubung saya malas ribut, jadi ya saya ikhlaskan aja. Siapa tahu nanti masih beruntung dapat ini, atau ada yang mau kasih #kedip. Dari reviewnya sih so far, banyak yang suka. Dan saya juga menyukai sinopsis buku ini yang menurut saya unik banget.

Fear the Darkness - Alexandra Ivy

Sinopsis :

The Guardians of Eternity are embroiled in an epic battle for survival. They are as dangerous as they are sensual—and their lustful appetites are legendary...

Her Visions Lead Her To Danger

Beautiful Cassandra is a Were, a prophet both vulnerable and defiant, blessed with visions that portend the fate of the world. A rare and delicate creature, Cassie must be protected at all costs. Enter Caine, a powerful cur turned pureblooded Were whose recent tangles with a demon lord have left him in serious need of redemption. Caine is duty-bound to keep Cassie out of danger—and that means resisting his potent urge to seduce her.

And Only He Can Save Her

As Cassie's mysterious visions lead them in and out of danger, Caine believes he has found his true mate, the woman with whom he is bound for all eternity. Cassie is both charmed and frightened by Caine's magnetism, and unsure if he—or her feelings for him—can be trusted. But Cassie can't afford to doubt Cain now. A deadly enemy bent on destruction is closer than they realize—and only they can keep chaos from ruling the world.

Saya mengikuti seri Guardian of Eternitynya Alexandra Ivy. Bukan termasuk seri favorit saya (mengingat buku 6,7,8 masih numpuk di lemari :)) ) tapi saya tetap menikmatinya. Kenapa khusus buku ke 9 , Fear the Darkness ini saya ga mau menunggu versi Dastan, tapi lebih memilih yang asli? Yah karena pasti versi terjemahannya ga bakalan ada stepback seksi yang ada di buku aslinya. Dangkal banget yah alasan saya, tapi saya emang suka kok stepbacknya! :)). Bagi yang penasaran seperti apa, silakan lihat di link ini yah : Fear the Darkness stepback
Note : yang masih 18tahun kebawah, jangan di-klik ;)

So, inilah buku - buku yang jadi wishlist saya di penghujung bulan September ini. Adakah buku yang lagi kamu idam - idamkan saat ini? Jangan lupa share ya :D (PS : Kalau ada yang mau hibahin saya buku2 yang di atas, boleh banget ;D)

Paul Schutte

While in the Val D'Argent area of France for the textile forum, I had the pleasure of meeting artist Paul Schutte from South Africa.

Paul Schutte in front of his work entitled,
"Barren Mountainscape", 2011,
58 cm x 78 cm
He is full of energy! I love his accent!

Acid Mine Drainage, 2011,
56 cm x 77 cm

He often uses African fabrics in his textile work.

Acid Mine Drainage, detail.

He created a series of 12 panels introducing himself and his battle with prostate cancer. He was very brave to share his experience with others and did it in a very unique way. Some visitors who had themselves experienced cancer had tears in their eyes as they read his poetry that accompanied each panel.

poem #10, detail 
 poem #5

poem # 12

I was disappointed I was only able to dedicate 10 minutes to his exhibit! Shameful but it was either that or nothing. I am so glad I drove up to Romach-le-Franc even for that very short visit. 

Shown here are four of Prof. Paul Schutte's pieces in his environmental series.
He is the director of Communication Studies at
North-West University in Potchefstroom, South Africa.


Okay.  If you walk into a store five minutes before closing time and the employees are nice to you, you should know they're only faking it.  I know.  They should be happy for your business.  And yeah.  The Customer is King.  But in their hearts they are secretly wishing you had never been been born, because you are (in all likelihood) preventing them from getting home in time to watch the season premiere of CASTLE.

Last night at the store, Sally and I got a phone call from someone who said HE'D BE RIGHT THERE.  This was at 8:45, which did not make us happy.  What if he showed up after nine?  Would he expect us to still be there?  Should we still be there?  The answer is yeah, we probably would have waited--which is why we were relieved when he showed up minutes before closing time and headed straight for the shelves.  He was a man on a mission.  We wouldn't have to wait around for long, because he knew precisely what he wanted--which turned out to be THE TWO TOWERS by Tolkien.

I recognized the look on his face.  He had discovered LOTR, and he could not wait until morning to resume his adventures in Middle Earth.  The same thing happened to me when I was sixteen on a sunny summer afternoon in southern California.  I picked up THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE RING and (much to my surprise) tumbled headlong into its pages.

I envied the customer and wished I could be taking that journey for the first time all over again.

Review : Street Magic oleh Caitlin Kittredge

Judul : Street Magic
Pengarang : Caitlin Kittredge
Penerbit : St Martin's Paperback 
Tebal : 326 halaman 
Diterbitkan pertama kali : 2009
Format : e-book
Seri : Black London
Buku : ke-1 (satu)
Target :  Dewasa
Genre : Urban Fantasy
Bahasa : Inggris

Beli di : Bookdepository
Review Goodreads : Click here


Her name is Pete Caldecott. 

She was just sixteen when she met Jack Winter, a gorgeous, larger-than-life  mage who thrilled her with his witchcraft. Then a spirit Jack summoned killed him before Pete’s eyes—or so she thought. Now a detective , Pete is investigating the case of a young girl kidnapped from the streets of London. A tipster’s chilling prediction has led police directly to the child…but when Pete meets the informant, she’s shocked to learn he is none other than Jack. Strung out on heroin, Jack a shadow of his former self.  But he’s able to tell Pete exactly where Bridget’s kidnappers are hiding: in the supernatural shadow-world of the fey.  Even though she’s spent years disavowing the supernatural, Pete follows Jack into the invisible fey underworld, where she hopes to discover the truth about what happened to Bridget—and what happened to Jack on that dark day so long ago…

Pete Caldecott baru berusia 16 tahun, saat dia melihat pria tampan mantan kekasih kakaknya, Jack Winter tewas di depan matanya. Saat itu Pete dan Jack pergi ke makam, karena Jack ingin menunjukkan sesuatu pada Pete. Jack memanggil arwah seorang penyihir, tanpa tahu bahwa sang arwah berniat jahat. Sang arwah membuat Jack berdarah - darah, dan Pete yang ketakutan meninggalkan Jack sendirian. Pete mengira Jack mati saat itu, dan dua belas tahun kemudian dia baru tahu bahwa dugaannya salah.

Pete yang saat ini berusia 28 tahun, seorang detektif polisi di Scotland Yard (kepolisian di London), dipusingkan dengan kasus seorang anak yang hilang. Saat itu dia mendapat panggilan dari orang yang bisa memberinya informasi tentang anak itu. Ternyata orang itu adalah Jack. Pete sangat terkejut melihat Jack yang ternyata masih hidup. Tapi dirinya lebih terkejut lagi melihat kondisi Jack. Jack yang dulunya berkharisma dan punya aura bad boy, sekarang menjadi pecandu heroin. Jack memberitahu lokasi Bridget, anak hilang yang dicari Pete. Sayangnya saat Pete menemukan Bridget, anak itu bagaikan boneka rusak. Pandangan matanya kosong dan tidak ingat apa yang terjadi selama penculikannya.

Dua anak hilang lagi, dan kali ini Pete meminta bantuan Jack kembali. Pete bertekad untuk membuat Jack bebas dari heroin. Pete tidak tahu kalau Jack menjadi pecandu, untuk menutup kemampuannya melihat dan mendengar hantu serta makhluk supranatural lain. Walau marah pada Pete karena mengira telah meninggalkannya pada malam naas 12 tahun lalu, Jack yang sudah sembuh membantu Pete dan mengajaknya ke sisi lain London. Sisi lain yang disebut Black, dimana makhluk supranatural berkeliaran dan mencari petunjuk dimana anak - anak yang hilang itu berada. Situasi menjadi rumit ketika seorang gadis kecil bernama Margaret yang hilang, karena Margaret punya kemampuan yang sama dengan Jack. Belum lagi beberapa penyihir dan makhluk seram macam banshide (banshee) menyerang Pete dan Jack yang mereka sebut sebagai crow mage (penyihir gagak). Siapakah yang menculik anak - anak itu? Bisakah Pete menyelamatkan mereka tepat waktu? Dan , bagaimana Jack yang sudah tewas 12 tahun lalu, justru bisa kembali hidup?

Street Magic adalah buku pertama seri Black London, dan buku karya Caitlin Kittredge yang pertama kali saya baca. Saya sudah tahu buku ini sejak lama, terutama dengan covernya yang ehm2, ada model cover favorit saya, Paul Marron ;). Saya memilih buku ini saat ada reading challenge grup yang mengharuskan membaca buku yang dark dan angsty. Street Magic adalah cerita urban fantasy yang sangat misterius, dan juga sangat emosional. Upaya Pete untuk membersihkan Jack dari pengaruh heroin, lalu kemarahan Jack pada Pete yang dianggapnya telah meninggalkannya. Belum lagi Pete yang stress dan berusaha memecahkan kasus para anak hilang. Dimana dia harus berhadapan dengan sisi gaib London yang tidak bisa ditebak dan berbahaya.

Kekuatan buku ini, selain setting cerita di London, adalah kedua karakternya yang punya chemistry sangat kuat. Tidak ada indikasi romance diantara keduanya, walaupun Jack dan Pete peduli satu sama lain. Beda usia yang cukup jauh diantara mereka (10 tahun) tidak membuat hubungan ini jadi canggung. Pete adalah salah satu heroine favorit saya, tangguh dan tidak berkompromi. Kepeduliannya pada Jacklah yang juga menyelamatkan Jack dari kebiasaan pecandunya dan kembali menjadi penyihir hebat. Jack bagi saya adalah anti-hero. Sikapnya sama sekali bertentangan dengan kebanyakan hero2 yang ada di buku romance maupun tidak. Pecandu, kasar, seenaknya sendiri dan punya selera humor yang nyeleneh. Tapi, dia mau bersusah payah kembali bersih demi Pete. Bahkan pada saat dia berada di ambang kematian, saat berusaha menyelamatkan Margaret, Jack kembali demi Pete. Pete, yang mengorbankannya diri untuk membawa kembali Jack ke dunia orang hidup. Bagi saya, ini jauh lebih romantis dari romance manapun. Karena tanpa ada kata cinta, saya bisa memahami hubungan dua orang yang saling peduli, tapi ga mau ngaku ini.

Karena bersetting di London, maka wajar kalau Jack dan Pete juga memakai banyak omongan khas orang British. Sang pengarang sendiri adalah orang Amerika, tapi dia bisa menangkap nuansa British di buku ini dengan baik. Oke, saya masih ga ngerti bedanya Inggrisnya orang Amerika dan orang British, apalagi dari segi aksen. Walau sudah nonton Sherlock yang versi BBC , masih sulit bagi saya menangkap nuansa Britishnya. Di buku ini banyak umpatan khas Inggris, macam "bollocks" (kalau yang sering baca buku In Deathnya J.D.Robb, pasti tahu ini ;) ). Untungnya dengan banyaknya slang dan istilah khas British, saya masih bisa menikmati buku ini. Penggemar film - film supernatural yang misterius dan gelap macam film Constantine, Hellboy atau serial Supernatural dan Grimm, akan menyukai Street Magic. Bagi yang suka romance, mungkin akan tidak suka, karena romance memang bukan bagian yang utama. Tapi saya dengar sih, di buku selanjutnya akan ada :) . (dan covernya tetep kok modelnya. Paul Marron ;)) )

Favorite Quote :

Pete squeezed Jack's hand, hard as she could. "You're not alone," she told him. "If you've made up your mind to die, then I'll be with you here, until the end. I'd follow you into death if that's what you asked, Jack. Heaven, Hell. Anywhere at all

Rating Cerita :

Philadelphia Art Alliance

The Woodbury Fall Arts Fest is proud to welcome our esteemed partner, The Philadelphia Art Alliance.  If you know anything about the arts community in Philadelphia then you know that this organization is a cornerstone and arguably one of the most influential forces in the Philadelphia art culture now and since its glorious inception.  Founded in 1915 by philanthropist Christine Wetherill Stevenson, The Philadelphia Art Alliance is one of the oldest multidisciplinary arts centers in the United States for visual, literary and performing arts.  Most would reference it as the first real art gallery in Philly and that is arguably true.    The founding of this organization gave a home to the arts community.  Andrew Wyeth held his first-ever solo exhibition at the Alliance in 1936; Paul Klee was featured in 1944; Merce Cunningham and John Cage performed together at the Alliance 1950; Robert Venturi exhibited in 1969.  And this is just the start of a long list.  In fact, with almost 100 years behind it, the Philadelphia Art Alliance is an institution with a history that dwarfs museums several times its size.

This success was certainly born out of vision but the property has certainly added to the esteemed reputation.  Since 1926, the Alliance has been located in the Italian Renaissance-style palazzo on Rittenhouse Square that once belonged to the Wetherill family.  A jewel of Philadelphia residential architecture, the building was designed in 1906 by Charles Klauder of Frank Miles Day and Brother Architects.  Today, the Wetherill mansion is one of the few grand houses remaining on the Square and an ideal location for an encounter with the arts. Three to four exhibitions and more than sixty performances are presented each year in seven Alliance galleries, totaling 4,063 square feet. A bar and restaurant are also available on-site. Consistent with its rich history, the Alliance is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Rittenhouse Square Historic District.

The most recent initiative of the PAA is to recapture the pride once found in the word "craft" which has more recently acquired a rather undeserved identity as the lesser of the arts.  Craft used to signify the art of the craftsman, those that took the highest level of skill and applied it to something by hand.  Craft is a verb, the making of something with love and dedication.  "We are focusing on contemporary craft and design in our new series The Craft Of which highlights the art that goes into the making of something," explains Interim Membership Manager Jared Miller.  The most recent installment of this series focused on the craft of ice cream making with local Old City favorite shop, The Franklin Fountain.  
On September 29th, The Philadelphia Art Alliance brings the love of craft to the Woodbury Fall Arts Fest with a lecture, demonstration, interview and discussion panel live at the Art of Spice Chili Cook-Off stage.  What makes a great chili?  Is there an art to the selection and combination of spices?  Foodies be warned - this is an event not to be missed!

Pre-buy yourTasting Kit today for ONLY $6
 Tasting Kit includes:

  • Bowls, Spoons, Napkins
  • Voting Ballot
  • Tasty Portion of Cornbread

$1 of every tasting kit sold to a local art program.

Soda: the New Smoking

I may or may not write a column about this.  But I am interested in what a lightning rod soda (i.e. "pop," if you grew up in Utah) consumption has become.   The snarkiest comments I get from readers often involve my Dr. Pepper habit.  Because I drink soda I am, in some people's eyes, an obese white trash loser of flabby moral character who abuses children and destroys rain forests whenever I get the chance.   And it seems like the more progressive a person's politics are, the more likely he or she is to feel this way.  INTERESTINGLY.

And you know what my response to this is?  Pass me another can, honey.


Not a very good reading week. I have a terrific stack of TBRs, including CAPTURE THE FLAG by Kate Messner, but I didn't get much read this week. I had made a 1000 mile round trip to Utah the weekend before and had "jet lag" or "car lag" or whatever you want to call it, most of the week.

I read NIGHTSONG standing in Barnes and Noble and immediately started to cry. I think it could be a classic parent to child gift, along the lines of LOVE YOU FOREVER or THE PLACES YOU'LL GO. Written by Ari Berk and illustrated by one of my favorites, Loren Long (OTIS, MR PEABODY'S APPLES, OF THEE I SING), NIGHTSONG is about a little bat named Chiro. Chiro is growing up and his mama has decided it's time for him to make a solo flight. Chrio is a little afraid of the dark, but his mama tells him, "Sing out into the world, and [listen to] the song the world sings back to you. Sing, and the world will answer. That is how you’ll see.” Chiro starts out timidly, but gradually gains confidence. And Loren Long's illustrations are absolutely perfect-- I'm thinking this one could even get some recognition as a Caldecott.

My other read this week was adult memoir. DREAM NEW DREAMS was written by Jai Pausch. Her husband, Randy Pausch, was in his mid-forties, a professor at Carnegie Mellon, and the father of three small children, when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. His book, THE LAST LECTURE,  was hugely popular about three years ago. DREAM NEW DREAMS tells their story from Jai's perspective. It's a book that could be really helpful, I think, for someone walking through the caregiver journey.

This week I really am going to get to CAPTURE THE FLAG.


White with One Challenge this month is
LOVE this colour combo.
This is my daughter absorbed in her latest obsession...the Hunger Games.
(she has already read it 3 times)
Thanks for stopping by.!
oh and this is project 6 of my Use Your Stash challenge....
and that is it!!
Too many yummy papers at my LSS!!

The Old Dodge Buckboard

I created this for the Sheoak Cottage (my LSS) using a kit that will be available soon.
Using the Bo Bunny Weekend Market range, which also include some Twiddleybitz mini cogs...which were perfect!

The men in this photo are my husbands maternal grandfather and Uncle.
My husbands mother remembers that her father learnt how to drive in this old dodge buckboard, and she had to sit next to him and pull the handbrake if it was needed.
I am so lucky to have such a great range of old photos to use...and slowly and surely...putting a story to them.
thanks for stopping by.

The Music Lounge - Megan Knight

Megan Knight is fourteen but don't hold it against her.  There is little evidence of her age in her music.  While she has spent years on the stage, the world of music is new.  On a bit of a whim in the summer of 2011, Megan decided to teach herself guitar.  By September she had made her first open mic appearance.  She is now booking gigs throughout NJ and Philly and has found a home in songwriting.    This Thursday, a little over a year after her first public performance and after weeks in the studio, Megan is releasing her original EP at Lazy Lanigans in Sewell, NJ which will soon be available on itunes and CD Baby.

Her strong, belting voice is hard to ignore but her sound isn't easy to identify as any particular genre. That is perhaps due to the range of musical influences from Johnny Cash to Led Zeppelin to Nirvana.  Her taste in music rests in the heaviest of rock legends and the latest, darkest music but she brings something refreshing to it all without loosing her edge.  As she surfs through the first waves of the entertainment industry, Megan has found that her age has worked both for and against her for different reasons.  Most underestimate her and assume her songs will be pop princess fare.  Others see her as something they can mold.  Both are wrong.  This young songstress has a strong sense of identity despite her current state of limbo between teenager and top billing.  

The Woodbury Fall Arts Fest is proud to welcome Megan Knight to the Music Lounge sponsored by Radio 104.5.  This is a performance you don't want to miss.