i added some photos to my travel journal a few weeks ago and finally used my iphone this weekend to film a flip through of the entire book.
now it’s finished and i can put it up on the shelf with the others.
school is in full swing and i’m busy in the classroom getting to know the new children with whom i’ll be spending the next 165 school days. i’m sure i’ve said it already, but they are a good group.
back to school night was saturday and one of the parents brought me a box of delicious chinese buns.
i’ve never been at a school before where the parents are so pleased that you are their child’s teacher. having been at other schools where this is not the case at all, i am once again reminded of how lucky i am to have landed where i did.
i’ve only completed a handful of sketchbook pages since school started, but i keep at it. bit by bit through the slow times. the expanding catalogue of my life.
since i found A JOURNEY TO VENICE in my bookcase i am enjoying copying some of the images into my own sketchbook. great practice!
i’m taking a very special winter trip this year back to that magical place i visited once upon a time.
this time i’m going with dottie & christy. i’ve been pulling my old venice books off the shelf including my old 2012 travel journal. reaquainting myself with my maiden voyage to venice 6 years ago. i especially love studying my old maps.
we’ll be staying in dorsoduro the same quiet neighborhood where i stayed before.
the thought of boarding the empty winter vaporettos fills me with pleasure.
as does the memory of the old bookstores i will revisit.
On My Bookshelf
i’m reading these 2 on my kindle:
i enjoyed ELIZA WAITE very much and wanted to read another novel that took place in alaska. that’s where TO THE BRIGHT EDGE OF THE WORLD comes in. enjoying it v.v.v. much! chris bohjalian from the washington post writes:
…is a terrific example of why we love these stories of man-against-nature. But it also aspires to be something more. It has the requisite cast of explorers attempting to survive in the uncharted and inhospitable Alaskan wilderness in the late 19th century, but it is also lush with magical realism. It’s 1885, and Col. Allen Forrester has been asked to lead a small, motley crew of soldiers, trappers and Native Americans up the uncharted Wolverine River and cross Alaska in the winter. He is a newlywed, and his young wife, Sophie, will remain behind in Oregon.
i was planning to wait till i had finished to begin A ROOM WITH A VIEW, but i’m afraid i couldn’t. i’m in a reading trance. i can’t wait to fall into bed an hour early each night and slip into another world in the wilds of alaska or the wonders of italy.
these 2 i am listening to on my way to/from school:
VENICE is a bit plodding and heavy , but so far i haven’t abandoned it. CIDER WITH ROSIE is at once lyrical, tender, at times disturbing. i find myself laughing out loud and pulling over often to bookmark a particularly beautiful passage. if you are a lover of words and language you will enjoy. laurie lee is the narrator and his old man voice is rich and wonderful.