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Melanie Bettinelli

Reading Notes January 2021

Lisbeth Reading by Carl Larsson Books I’ve Finished 1. Mixed Magics by Diana Wynn Jones A collection of short stories in the Chrestomanci series.   2. Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline  A werewolf tale by a Canadian Native author...

Favorite Books of 2020

The Reader by Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot I think I completed 46 books this year– not counting audiobooks or books I read with the kids, which would add another dozen or two or more if I counted them. And I might have missed one or two, I...

Books Read in November and December

A Girl Reading by Berndt Abraham Godenhjelm November: I had a hernia repair surgery mid-month and went on a Georgette Heyer kick, both before and after. Lighthearted romances were definitely the order of the day. Six of them, mostly checked out from...

The Shelton with Sunspots

The Shelton with Sunspots by Georgia O’Keeffe Like a bride bedecked with her jewels she arises With the sun as her diadem, soars into the skies, Clouds as her veil, face obscured by the radiance That shines through her dark solidity As if it...

Rustling in the Wind: the Vocation of the Artist

Melissa Wiley has a beautiful post about about giving your creative self time to play: . . . fields everywhere invite you into them: Twyla Tharp would say: you must make a pledge to the third self. Promise her time on the throne. Mary Oliver says...

Black Door with Snow

Black Door with Snow by Georgia O’ Keeffe Blank and bare, black and white and adobe brown, baked brick remembers summer’s heat but gives nothing away. The snow whispers  its own story and soon will be gone. It lines the steps, hushes against...

Solstice, 2020— Grace Notes at the Closing of the Year

Evening comes early on this solstice day. The sky lies under a heavy veil, but it is unseasonably warm and wet. We likely won’t see the marvelous conjunction, Jupiter and Saturn meeting once in 400 years.  The parking lot is bare of snow, puddled in...

The River and the Source by Margaret Ogala

The River and the Source is available for only $8.99 on Kindle–I got it out from interlibrary loan. I loved this story about four generations of a family in Kenya. It begins with the birth of a girl, Akoko Obanda, the daughter of a chief who...

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