Here we are again, rambling on about our thoughts, our feelings, and our perspectives.  Join our host at Bookishly Boisterous, to see what others are chatting about.

I just spent an hour Skyping with my eldest son who lives in Berlin.  After years of being a writer/photographer in various parts of Europe, including Prague, he has been in Berlin for around six years.  He and his new wife are contemplating coming to the states for a visit.  It has been 8 years since I saw him in person.

Skype is great, though, and we stay in touch on Facebook and via email. 



Craig, Gabi...and the Queen

He mostly photographs events, although he spent a few years specializing in destination weddings.  Exciting for him, since he could travel through various parts of Europe, all expenses paid.

So now I am feeling great, as if we actually saw one another, even though it was by video.

It’s challenging, since I have to add nine hours to my time here…and then take into account what might be going on there.

A sample (below) of one of his pieces that I enjoy. 




I have another photo framed in my office, which he captured in 2009, when artists created images on the wall in celebration of the twenty year anniversary of the wall coming down.






Now that I’m feeling connected to one of “my tribe,” I can talk about bookish things.  Like the book I just finished from JoJo Moyes:  One Plus One. (Click for my review).





And currently I am reading a Nancy Thayer book that has been on Sparky for a while…Nell.  This book was published years ago, but just came out in e-book format last year.  It was one I missed along the way.





Nell St. John is not living the life she imagined for herself—not by a long shot. She was once a glamorous young actress married to influential director, Marlow St. John. Together, the A-list couple was the toast of the town. But then Marlow’s star fades and tensions at home skyrocket. Marlow takes up with another woman and abandons Nell, leaving her to pay the bills and raise their two boisterous young children. A string of attractive suitors is not the answer to her lack of fulfillment, but what is?

When she’s offered a job at a posh clothing boutique on Nantucket, Nell uproots her young family and moves to the island. Soon, her college age ex-stepdaughter Clary, who has her own romantic troubles, moves in with her, and Clary and Nell fall in love with island life and its gentler pace. Nell also captures the attention of an eccentric man about town. And in that carefree, romantic summer of tender passion, she looks within and discovers much more than she ever dreamed possible.


I had other reading plans, but because I am considering upgrading from my old Kindle (sorry, Sparky!), I created Word docs. of all my books on the device, just in case the upgrade didn’t show them in my current “collections.”  And discovered books that have been languishing on Sparky…sad, like little orphans.  I wrote about my plans at An Interior Journey – Books, Blogs, & Devices.

I am glad I have those docs. to peruse when thinking about what to read next.  Scrolling through the Kindle is time consuming…LOL.


Coming to my mailbox today or tomorrow:  Second Life, by S. J. Watson.  Another book I’m eager to read.






Julia’s life is comfortable, if unremarkable, until her sister’s brutal murder opens old wounds. She finds solace in her sister’s best friend, Sophie, but when Sophie reveals the extent of her sister’s online life, Julia becomes convinced that the truth about her death lies deep in the dark, sordid world of online chatrooms and internet sex.

What begins as Julia’s search for the truth about her sister quickly turns into an exploration of herself and her own desires. After all, the internet is her playground, and why be just one thing when you can be as many as you like? What could possibly go wrong? After all, it’s only cybersex, isn’t it? No one’s going to get hurt.

But then she meets the dark and mysterious Lukas in an online chat room, and things begin to get very dangerous indeed.



What bookish or non-bookish events are happening in your world? 



  1. Brandie

    That is very cool that your son lives in Berlin and has been able to travel to fun destinations. One thing I wish I could do is travel. It’s great you got to see him. 🙂

    I’ll be anxious to see your thoughts on the SJ Watson book. I got it from Netgalley but have been very hesitant to try it.

    Glad to see you’re still considering a new Kindle!


  2. My family lives in Canada and I visit them each summer. After the vacation ends, I find that it helps to talk with them through video. I use MSN Messenger, instead of Skype, but either way it takes the edge of missing them.


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