Sunday Ramble: Various Books, Various Destinations, and Jane Austen

My new reading glasses finally arrived this week.  I’m still getting used to them; my old pair broke several months ago so I’ve been leaning my head way back while wearing my progressives for some time now. It’s still a bit odd to be reading with my held held upright. If you don’t know what…

My New Favorite Book: Fat City by Leonard Gardner

Add Fat City by Leonard Gardner to the list of great anti-California novels. That’s a new sub-genre I’m creating.  The anti-California novel looks at the great California dream’s underbelly.  What happened to all those people who came to California and didn’t strike it rich, but stayed here anyway? Think Nathenial West’s The Day of the Locust, Charles Bukowski’s Ham and…

Sunday Ramble: Columbus, Jane Austen and New Favorite Books

C.J. and I went out for breakfast in Benicia this morning, which we usually do on Sundays whether I’m on summer break or not.  Afterwards, we wondered round Charlie’s Attic where we found this cool pop-up book about Columbus.  It’s from 1960, so I won’t bother reading the text. I bought it for the pop-up…

The Shipwrecked Man by Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca

In 1527, Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca served as treasurer on an ill-fated expedition to the Florida Peninsula.  Early on, the expedition was shipwrecked near what is now Tampa Bay.  Cabeza de Vaca tried to convince the expedition’s leadership that they should remain on the shore until rescue arrived, but the thirst for gold and…

First of the Summer Mail Art

Make something every day. That’s my plan for the summer. Not counting travel days.  There’s plenty to do around here. . I started today by finishing off a bunch of mail art cards I’ve been working on for a while.  The first one is made inside a small jewelry box.  I picked up a bunch…