Thursday, October 25, 2018


"There was a lot of halting and waiting, little acknowledgement, little affirmation, but sometimes all it takes is a wink or a nod from some unexpected place to bury the tedium of a baffling existence."

Monday, October 15, 2018

children's books 99

My Cold Went on Vacation has a very strange style by Nora Krug which goes well with its fun idea by Molly Rausch.  A boy is sick and after he gets better, he wonders where his cold has gone. He knows his aunt had it, and his grandma and uncle too. He wonders if it travels the world--such a clever concept and perfect to read to a sick child! The ending is a fun surprise in this unique adventure story.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Persian Pattern

From the freebie bin came this gorgeous coffee table book, Design and Color in Islamic Architecture.  Sonia P. Seherr-Thoss wrote the book and her husband Hans C. Seherr-Thoss took the photographs as they traveled together ten thousand miles through Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey.  Thirty mosques, mausoleums, and monuments built between 1037 and 1616 are featured in 138 full color photographic plates. It is amazing to think how long these buildings have lasted. The rich heritage of brick, stucco, enameled tile and stone, the inventive designs with relief and texture, and the methods of making these architectural structures are explored in the book's 300+ pages. A wonderful find, this unique and beautiful book is a keeper.