Sunday, October 15, 2017

Here for the booooo!-ze. Friday the 13th and festive.



What's more festive than a Friday the 13th that falls in October? Spooooooooky.







My two-year task of re-reading all of Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles is almost complete! Here are the final three:



I did have to make it back home for a Halloween party the next day--a COSTUME party!

I give you: David Lee Roth.









Autumn in State College, PA



I saw a rainy forecast for the two days I was to spend in State College, PA. But it didn't matter! Seeing friends, hot coffee, used books, author talks, and spooooooky mountain views make for the perfect October getaway.

Along the way: Mellow Minded Cafe in Harrisburg

The first thing I did in town was attend this year's Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry awards for children's poetry. I got my copy of Garvey's Choice signed by Nikki Grimes and I cannot recommend this YA read enough!

A real address.

Best breakfast at Barranquero Cafe



Dial-a-poem at Webster's Bookstore Cafe:



A mystery inside a used book:



Leave me here:



Exploring quaint Lemont, PA:



We are SO! QUAINT!






Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Leaves change, but some friends are forever


Nothing like a 90-degree late-September weekend to catch up with some of my oldest friends for day trips (and so much food).

Including: A Saturday in funky New Hope, PA.













Friday, September 1, 2017

Sister Trip to Rehoboth Beach, DE



If 65-degree weather makes you want to sip on pumpkin spice and talk about Anne Rice vampires, boy do I have a vacation to tell you about!

While it was unseasonably rainy, and then sunny but cool, for our mid-week beach adventure, we were reminded that strange weather can't really stop us from doing what we love: checking out art museums, singing along to '80s jams in the car, taking long walks, exploring state parks, and drinking craft beer. Oh, and our hotel had a hot tub. We were fine.

Nice midway stopping point: The Delaware Contemporary art museum in Wilmington, DE.

It seemed like half the museum was under construction for new exhibits, but the two exhibitions I did walk through, I loved.

The "Spiral, Recoil" group exhibition alone is worth a trip to the Delaware Contemporary. The exhibition is curated by Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell and aims to cover the experience of Black American artists. It did indeed spiral into unexpected directions.

I stopped in my tracks to really absorb Jamea Richmond Edwards' "The sugar-icing of Henrietta Lacks," which juxtaposed the real discrimination and hardships Lacks faced in life and the way she has become a household name due to a best-selling work of nonfiction and even an HBO original series starring OPRAH. I had not considered that the title of the exhibit would evoke a strand of DNA or genetic code sequencing, which the cells of Henrietta Lacks eventually led to.

"Behind the Lines" by Ola Rondiak was another impressive exhibit that merged political graffiti, traditional Russian Orthodox iconography, and intimate portrait techniques to give us a look at Ukrainian personal and political identity:

"Together We Stand" by Ola Rondiak
At the Delaware Contemporary until October 15, 2017

And then we were on to Rehoboth!

Here's some perspective: If it had been a 90-degree and sunny day, we never would have hiked through the beautiful Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes, DE. That would have been a shame, because we took a 2+ hour walk that began on an overcast morning and watched it clear into a gorgeous day.



Climbing the Overlook in the park: Cannot recommend enough













We did get to enjoy the sunshine, fish tacos and funky shops, the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk and Dogfish Head beer.