Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Don't All Vacations End In A Cemetery?

Georgia Aquarium
We visited Atlanta over Memorial Day weekend and fell in love with the city, the people, the soulful flavor and sacred history of the south. 

Atlanta Zoo

We explored all the touristy places. Banqueted on local cuisine. Some of us read while others frolicked in the pool. It was both exhilarating and relaxing. Pretty much perfection.

 Of course I brought library books:
Creating Room To Read (John Wood = my newest hero)
 
But nothing could have prepared me for the Oakland Cemetery. I had read about it in the tourist guide you find next to the hotel room phone. It was  conveniently located two blocks from the zoo, so convincing hubby we couldn't miss this sacred ground only required a beer and appetizer of calamari at lunch.

The Oakland Cemetery

Consulting the visitor center map we made a game of finding the Lion Of Atlanta statue. He stands guard over almost 3000 unknown confederate soldiers. I'll skip the part of navigating the map upside-down, consequently searching in the opposite direction for the better part of an hour until youngest son had a V8 moment. John took me by the hand and led me to the most heart-wrenching statue I've ever laid eyes on. I sat on the bench and wept. Leave me here, I told the family. Persuading me to depart only required a Haagen Daz Coffee Almond Crunch bar, but it's the first place I'll want to visit if we are lucky enough to go back to Atlanta.

 As Pat Conroy once stated, this is The Iliad with a southern accent.

I should mention that Margaret Mitchell is also buried in this historic cemetery, which prompted a date this weekend with Arielle to watch Gone With The Wind, and for me a re-reading of the timeless classic. A dear girlfriend also recommended this and this.

Had a vacation end in an beautifully unexpected location? Please share.

xoxo Michele

Why buy happiness when your library shares it. Free music downloads through Freegal E-books, audio-books, and digital downloads are at your local library, just visit here or your local library website for complete information.
 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Library For The Win


I'll be on a bloggy break for a few days. We're celebrating heroes (like Jimmy Doolittle) and fourteen years of marriage. That makes me feel like a bit of hero, fourteen years.

How do you celebrate Memorial Day Weekend? The library can help you share more and spend less.

If you miss me, come follow our celebration on instagram.

xoxo Michele

Why buy happiness when your library shares it. Free music downloads through Freegal E-books, audio-books, and digital downloads are at your local library, just visit here or your local library website for complete information.




Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Life Is Short

Live your dream and share your passion. ~ Holstee Manifesto


I've been doing what I love this year, and sharing my passion of all things literary with virtually everyone I meet. I'm grateful that the library is allowing me and Arielle to create displays that showcase their borrowed beauty. This month we are swooning over gardening. This is her favorite. This is mine.  

Are you living your dream and sharing your passion? Tell me more.

xoxo Michele

Why buy happiness when your library shares it. Free music downloads through Freegal E-books, audio-books, and digital downloads are at your local library, just visit here or your local library website for complete information.
 

Monday, May 20, 2013

Rested And Ready {With The Avett Brothers}















Is there anything smoochier than watching Scott and Seth read? Possibly listening to them sing February Seven while watching them read.  You can borrow all their beauty at your local library.  

xoxo Michele

This is for you, Natalie.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Spring Reads That Are Meant To Be Shared



"It was not the sea that was cruel, but the people." ~ The Lifeboat

Here's what I'm not: a cook, a house decorator, a runner. Here's what I am: a reader, a novice birder, a lover of the library.  

When Mother's Day arrived on Sunday, the children were quick with hugs and wishes for a fun filled day of reading and birding. I'm blessed with knowing they know me, and they accept and love me as I am. They don't focus on what I'm not - they cherish what makes me their mom. At least, that's my hope.


"Love is the only thing that cannot hurt your neighbor; that is why 
it is the answer to every one of the commandments." ~ Letter of Saint Paul

The library does the same thing - they cherish our individual passions and ideas. Rather than push the latest fashion or agenda, they offer a variety of old and new. I see them as the anti-agenda, a place to escape what others are either wanting or expecting of me. Best of all, the emphasis is on sharing rather than spending. 

"Word by word, the language of women so often begins 
with a whisper." ~ When Women Were Birds

Please share - what borrowed beauty are you reading right now?

xoxo Michele

Why buy happiness when your library shares it. Free music downloads through Freegal E-books, audio-books, and digital downloads are at your local library, just visit here or your local library website for complete information.

Monday, May 13, 2013

The Great Gatsby And Guardians Of Greatness



This is a repost from 2011 - perfect for the just released movie.

The Greats

Drink: Michael Jackson's Beer Companion

We went to Asheville this past weekend. 
And were inspired by greatness.

   
The grandeur of the mountains.
The beauty of a door.
The majesty of stone.


The craftsmanship of artists.

Asheville has inspired
 aristocrats, activists,


artists and authors
since its inception. 

Photo Courtesy of the Grove Park Inn

Oh, and golf.
The movie is a family favorite.
Okay, it is mine. All mine. Love it. Can quote it.
But I won't. You're welcome.


 I used to play back in the day when I was 
single and carefree. And had spending money.
And a defined waistline.

Now when we go to Asheville, I drink beer.
That doesn't sound too good, does it? They 
have so many great local beers it is hard to choose. 
Michael's beer companion is a trusty guide. 

The Great Gatsby is timely, considering all that is
going on in our big beautiful world. A classic summer read.

And Ella, she is timeless.
 Introduce her to your children today.
The trip would not have been possible without 
these great people, my children's grandparents. 

The Library - guardians of greatness.

xoxo Michele

Monday, May 6, 2013

Where I've Been...And A Few Mother's Day Ideas



I've been everywhere except in front of the computer. Life has been happily rolling along without time for posting. Please forgive me. Last weekend included our local library book sale. Remember how I said I don't buy books unless I've read them first? Well, I make an exception for William Faulkner. Because my brain might surprise me and magically become smart enough to understand his brilliance at any moment. 


Kinda like my oldest, who goes to bed and magically reappears each morning several inches taller. A season of new growth is happening inside and outside of our home. This mama's heart is freshly pondering the mysteries of life and hoping to discover some of its secrets by quietly observing the beauty all around us. This spring feels like a gift; my present is to simply watch with youthful eyes and a curious spirit. It's how we grow.


Also, I'm finishing up a great read about Gussie, a (fictional) young girl in need of heart and lung transplant but finds daily joy in the beauty of the natural world around her. Did you know the (factual) male Bower bird will search high and low for blue objects (flowers, buttons, paper, shells, berries, etc.) to decorate his bower in the hopes of wooing a female? Check this out.
My hubby could have saved a lot of money while we were dating and just wooed me all the way to the library. No worries - now we spend less and share more.

Support your local library by sharing their borrowed beauty in honor of Mother's Day - here are a few ideas.

My laptop allotment this month is brief, but you can always find me on Instagram.

xoxo Michele

Why buy happiness when your library shares it. Free music downloads through Freegal E-books, audio-books, and digital downloads are at your local library, just visit here or your local library website for complete information.