Greetings and welcome to the Full Harvest Moon Edition of You Are What You Read. The Full Moon on Sunday is indeed not only the Harvest Moon but also a Super Moon, a Blood Moon AND a Full Lunar Eclipse. You can read about that here. The moon is busy and you should be too. It’s time to get those crops in People. Get on that. Thanks to Work Wife Sally I (her real name) for that heads up. Isn’t that what Work Wives are for? There were no offerings this week and The SoNo Loft is still quiet.
It would appear that The Pope isn’t the only visitor to New York this week. There was a very charming piece in the Times this past week that can be read here about a seemingly unlikely city visitor. And no, I am not talking about Pizza Rat. I am still puzzled as to the fascination with that. How is this even A Thing? Let’s be real here People. New York has Pizza, and New York has rats. The two are bound to cross paths. Nope, according to the Paper of Note it would appear that this is the perfect time to spot of all things Hummingbirds! These tiny aviary masterpieces are hanging in some Hoods as they make their way toward warmer climes. Hummingbirds fascinate. They are the tiniest birds on the planet and yet! their brains are 4.2% of their body weight, the largest ratio in the Aviary Kingdom. Their metabolism is so insane that they spend the day eating anywhere from half their body weight to eight times their body weight. So be on the lookout for the Migrating Hummingbirds! It’s probably easier to spot one than getting to see The Pope and it’s a whole lot more pleasant than watching a rat drag around a slice.
This week we have some donuts, strife, and a hen party.
Of course The Playlist is with us in all its glorious colors!
Let us begin!
Of course Sweet Ann is reading 100 Hundred Days of Happiness by Fausto Brizzi. What else would Sweet Ann be reading? “This is the engaging story of Lucio Battistini and his final days, to be exact, the last one hundred days of his life. This is not a sad, drawn-out story of a man who knows his death is imminent but joyful in the telling of his life story and planning to spend his last one hundred as well as he can. As a reader you can picture Lucio with his friends, his father-in-law with whom he shares donuts with every morning, and his wife and their two children. Lucio is a man that lives and loves passionately. When he arrives in heaven he is told he can pick whatever age he would want to be for the rest of eternity. It is an interesting question and one you can also ponder. You might be a bit sad at the end of the book, but you will be smiling about the life Lucio shared with us. “
Laura is watching this week. “The Honorable Woman, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal is a heavy experience. Like the Israeli/Gaza conflict the story is complex, tense, surprising, and disheartening. Ness Stein, played by Gyllenhaal is an idealistic business woman that believes her family company’s communication venture will be the answer to end the bitter strife of the region. What she finds instead is the riveting tribal back-story that pervades the “surface” politics that the world is given to see. International intelligence agencies of Great Britain, the United States and Israel circumvent, through the shadows revealing the cat and mouse games between agencies and within their own agency ranks. All of it spills over into the maelstrom of the peace process in the Middle East. All the players have secrets and no one is safe. The series is compelling to watch, and ambitious, taking all sides of this painful conflict.
Virginia the Tall Cool Texan is reporting in with In a Dark, Dark, Wood by Ruth Ware. “Ten years ago, Nora left high school and never looked back. She created a new life for herself as a successful writer in London. As far as she sees it, her life is in a comfortable routine, and she doesn’t ever want to think about that period of time. But as we all know, you can never really escape the past, and Nora’s comes knocking in the form of an unexpected invitation to her childhood best friend’s hen party. On impulse, Nora accepts and heads to the country house in the woods. From the start, the party seems off to her, with the house feeling menacing and the other guests having hidden agendas, but she would never have guessed the weekend would end in murder. In a Dark, Dark, Wood by Ruth Ware is a fantastically fun thriller, which kept me guessing until the end. This book is what The Girl on The Train should have been.”
DJ Jazzy Patty McC is here from her new home in The State Which Shall Not Be Named with paintbrush firmly in hand. What’s good Pats? “In preparation for our big move, I’ve been busy painting walls all week. The kids chose their bedroom colors and let me just say that these were not easy colors to paint. Dark colors show wall imperfections despite meticulous spackling and sanding. After a week of non-stop painting, I am happy to put down my own brush and check out some of the vibrant public art scene that’s happening here. Murals in the Market is a project in Detroit’s Eastern Market. Public art has always been part of the experience of the market and this year 45 artists, both local and international, have been invited to create murals on specific buildings surrounding the market area. We will also be trekking out to Grand Rapids to vote on Art Prize . This art event lasts 19 days with displays of public art at various locations three miles around Grand Rapids. It’s a radical contest for artists. The winner is chosen by the public who cast their votes via an app. It is described as ‘unorthodox, highly disruptive, and undeniably intriguing to the art world and public alike’. Frankly, I’m just geeked to be able to share such unique public art experiences with my children. Art is everywhere but a whole, heaping lot of it is happening here right now. “
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