Archive for April, 2012

Sunday Salon – Mom’s 85th Birthday!

Today is my Mom’s 85th birthday! She’s a very young 85. Exercises at the local gym several mornings each week. Yesterday she was scrubbing her back porch! She lives in Arkansas so, unfortunately I can’t celebrate in person with her, but I’ll definitely be thinking of her! She’s the best Mom in the whole, wide world.

I’m afraid I haven’t done much reading since last I wrote…I’m still struggling along with Zadie Smith On Beauty…but I have been getting a lot of good exercise!

On April 22 I joined the Secret Stairs LA Meetup Group for Walk #33, Bronson Canyon Loop and a bonus walk to the “Bat Caves” where Batman and other TV shows and movies were filmed.

Yesterday I went with the Sierra Club on another Pastry Conditioning Hike. This time it was sunny instead of foggy so I was able to get a half-way decent picture at the lookout point.

I bought new shoes for today’s hike in Rustic Canyon.


Sierra Club Urban Hike: Old Towne Orange

On Saturday, April 14, 2012, I went with three of my friends on a tour of Old Towne Orange with the Sierra Club.

We had a good leader, Dana, for that tour. She kept a fast pace and had a book with her that was full of information about Orange and the historical houses and buildings.

Our first stop was the local Farmer’s Market which had very few vendors, yet there was so much empty space we wondered why there weren’t more vendors. Some of the yummy things I sampled were, honey, cinnamon coffee, and ricotta pie. I couldn’t resist the 3-for-$5.00 pastries and came home with a chocolate scone, cinnamon twisty, and a cheese danish.

On the walk we saw lots of amazing houses…Victorians, Craftsman, etc. Some of the residents noticed us gawking at their houses and were nice enough to come out and tell us about their homes.

The wife of the couple that live in the Victorian grew up in it! Her grandmother bought the house in 1937. It was interesting to hear about the house and neighborhood. Her husband said the buildings across the street were once a citrus packing plant and an ice house. The workers made the ice and packed the fruit in the ice and loaded it onto the trains.

After the tour, my friends and I had Cuban food at Felix Continental Cafe. I noticed on the back of the menu that Elmer Dill (remember him???) recommended the Chicken ala Orange and now I can recommend it as well. It was deeeeelicious!
I want to go back to Orange sometime and browse around in all the antique shops.

Reading Challenge: Pulitzer Prize For Fiction

I’m sure someone somewhere created a reading challenge for the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, but I started this one on my own several years ago before I even knew that reading challenges existed. The titles of the ones I’ve completed are in green. The ones I attempted but DNF are in red.

Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

2017 The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
2016 The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
2015 All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
2014 The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
2013 The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson
2012 No award!
2011 A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan
2010 Tinkers by Paul Harding
2009 Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
2008 The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
2007 The Road by Cormac McCarthy
2006 March by Geraldine Brooks
2005 Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
2004 The Known World by Edward P. Jones
2003 Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
2002 Empire Falls by Richard Russo
2001 The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay: A Novel by Michael Chabon
2000 Interpreter of Maladies: Stories by Jhumpa Lahiri
1999 The Hours by Michael Cunningham
1998 American Pastoral by Philip Roth
1997 Martin Dressler: The Tale of an American Dreamer by Steven Millhauser
1996 Independence Day by Richard Ford
1995 The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields
1994 The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx
1993 A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain by Robert Olen Butler
1992 A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
1991 Rabbit at Rest by John Updike
1990 The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos
1989 Breathing Lessons by Anne Tyler
1988 Beloved by Toni Morrison
1987 A Summons to Memphis by Peter Hillsman Taylor
1986 Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
1985 Foreign Affairs by Alison Lurie
1984 Ironweed by William Kennedy
1983 The Color Purple by Alice Walker
1982 Rabbit is Rich by John Updike
1981 A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy O’Toole
1980 The Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer
1979 The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever
1978 Elbow Room by James Alan McPherson
1977 No Award
1976 Humboldt’s Gift by Saul Bellow
1975 The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
1974 No Award
1973 The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty
1972 Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
1971 No Award
1970 Collected Stories by Jean Stafford
1969 House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday
1968 The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron
1967 The Fixer by Bernard Malamud
1966 The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter
1965 The Keepers of the House by Shirley Ann Grau
1964 No Award
1963 The Reivers by William Faulkner
1962 The Edge of Sadness by Edwin O’Connor
1961 To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
1960 Advise and Consent by Allen Drury
1959 The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters by Robert Lewis Taylor
1958 A Death in the Family by James Agee
1957 No Award
1956 Andersonville by MacKinlay Kantor
1955 A Fable by William Faulkner
1954 No Award
1953 The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
1952 The Caine Mutiny by Herman Wouk
1951 The Town by Conrad Richter
1950 The Way West by Alfred Bertram Guthrie, Jr.
1949 Guard of Honor by James Gould Cozzens
1948 Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener

The Pulitzer Prize for Novels

1947 All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
1946 No Award
1945 A Bell for Adano by John Hersey
1944 Journey in the Dark by Martin Flavin
1943 Dragon’s Teeth by Upton Sinclair
1942 In This Our Life by Ellen Glasgow
1941 No Award
1940 Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
1939 The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
1938 The Late George Apley by John Phillips Marquand
1937 Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
1936 Honey in the Horn by Harold L. Davis
1935 Now in November by Josephine Winslow Johnson
1934 Lamb in His Bosom by Caroline Miller
1933 The Store by T. S. Stribling
1932 The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
1931 Years of Grace by Margaret Ayer Barnes
1930 Laughing Boy by Oliver La Farge
1929 Scarlet Sister Mary by Julia Peterkin
1928 The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
1927 Early Autumn by Louis Bromfield
1926 Arrowsmith by Sinclair Lewis
1925 So Big by Edna Ferber
1924 The Able McLaughlins by Margaret Wilson
1923 One of Ours by Willa Cather
1922 Alice Adams by Booth Tarkington
1921 The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
1920 No Award
1919 The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington
1918 His Family by Ernest Poole
1917  No Award

Sunday Salon: Who Will Run The Frog Hospital?

Yikes! I’m a day behind in posting to The Sunday Salon.

I didn’t finish my book, Who will Run The Frog Hospital, until the end of last week.

Saturday morning I was busy makng Jane Leeves Cottage Pie before heading off to The Brewery ArtWalk. That night my 7-yo neighbor girl invited me over for ice cream. She created a menu and everything!

Sunday I went on Walk #3  (Glassell Park) with Charles Fleming, author of  Secret Stairs: A Walking Guide to the Historic Staircases of Los Angeles. Charles leads walks from his book every month. It’s a lot of fun and great exercise!After the walk we had lunch at Auntie Em’s Kitchen. The food was good and I recommend going there, but if you want any of their specials of the day, get there early. They were out of several items by the time we got there. And no soup on weekends!!!  I had the Indian spice chickpea sandwich and a small dish of arugula, sliced strawberries, creamy goat cheese, and toasted almonds. So good! Auntie Em’s loves their canine guests and will bring out a bowl of water for your doggie.

Today was back to the office so here I am, finally writing my book review at 2 minutes til Midnight.

Who will Run The Frog Hospital is about adult, married Benoite-Marie Carr, “Berie” looking back to 1972 when she was 15, living in a small town in upstate New York. It’s about her friendship with Silsby Chausee, “Sils” who Berie idolizes. They work at an amusement park and at one point have to deal with an unwanted pregnancy.

This book was only 160 pages but so wonderfully written. I loved, loved, loved it. “A literary jewel” one reader appropriately said.

Brewery Art Walk – 03-31-12

I’m so glad my friend invited me to go with her to the Brewery Art Walk! It wasn’t anything like what I imagined, even though I understood the concept…that we would be walking through lofts where the artists live and work. Yes it was exactly that, but kicked up 20 notches.

It’s a community of artists (approximate population 500) and they all live in the old Eastern and Pabst Blue Ribbon buildings and warehouses. Some of the buildings are even older from when it was SoCal Edison.

You walk around from loft to loft, sometimes traipsing up and down stairs and through various corridors. Each one is vastly different from the next, and so is their art.

My friends and I had lunch at the onsite restaurant, Barbara’s.  One friend had the caesar salad, another had the chicken tacos, and two of us had the pulled pork sandwich with horseradish sauce. Everything was really good and the coffee was only $1.00. An ArtWalk special our server said. Had I known I would’ve had two.

We were there from around Noon-6pm and hadn’t even seen half of the lofts so…see you on the next Art Walk in October!

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