We interrupt this program…

Bookshelf Fantasies is taking some time off this week. I’m away from home due to a loss in the family. I originally thought I’d find time to keep up with my normal blogging schedule, but it hasn’t quite happened that way.

So, no Monday Check-In or Shelf Control this week. I may pop in here and there if I feel inspired to write a book review. Meanwhile, I have plenty of books on my Kindle, and right now I’m enjoying my first-ever read of Anne of Green Gables!

I hope to be back on track as of next week. Meanwhile, some kitties and a rainbow to brighten the day!

rainbow kittie

The mountains are calling and I must go

Ha, look at me quoting John Muir.

So in case my absence has worried anyone, fear not! I’m away from home for 8 days, traveling around Montana and visiting Glacier National Park. Here’s a taste of where I was today:

The hubby and I did a couple of short-ish hikes, saw waterfalls, lakes, and mountains, and are now resting our weary feet… so we can go out and do it again tomorrow!

So… in terms of my blogging schedule — well, I have none. I’m not particularly planning to do much of anything while traveling. Heck, I don’t even have cell service where we are right now.

Thanks goodness for decent wifi though — thanks to which I was able to watch the Game of Thrones premiere last night. Wooooo.

Oh, and fun trail encounter: I’ve had this t-shirt for years:

Back home in San Francisco, I’ll occasionally get comments from fellow geeky Firefly fans. But today, two different people I ran into on the trail said they liked my shirt because of the Chinese lettering. I never knew what it said (or if, in fact, it meant anything at all), but now I know that it means “never give up” — which was pretty perfect considering how hard I was breathing on my way up that hill.

Besides the great outdoors, I’m enjoying my Kindle and have read two books so far. I’m sure I’ll post a wrap-up recap of my vacation reading when I get home.

Meanwhile, the mountains are calling me again, and I must go.

Ta-ta for now. See you next week!

Happy Election Day!

Due to my inability to think about much today except the election, my regular weekly features — Shelf Control and Thursday Quotables — will not be happening this week. If you’re participating in either meme this week, please leave your post link in the comments!


hilaryIt’s a day of pride, excitement, anticipation, and anxiety. I don’t remember ever feeling this way on election day before. It’s scary, and exhilarating, and it’s history in the making.

Of course, here in California, there are other issues on the ballot besides our next President, such as school bonds, plastic bags, soda taxes, and…


Still, we all know what’s at stake. I don’t use my blog to get political, but today’s a big day, and I can’t wait to cast my vote for our next President.


and therefore:



Happy Election Day, all!


For my son

I’ve been away from my blog, and pretty much everything online, for the past week because of a big, joyous family event — my son’s bar mitzvah! My little guy is 13, and (according to Jewish tradition, if not reality), a man!

The celebration was wonderful, my kiddo did an amazing job, and it was great (but exhausting) to have family and friends visiting from all across the country. I managed to get through the ceremony itself without shedding any tears, but I was absolutely bursting with love and pride.

I gave a little talk as part of the service, focusing on the kiddo’s achievements and my hopes and prayers for his future. I kept it pretty brief and straight-forward, because he didn’t want to have to stand there while I engaged in emotional drama, so I didn’t include one thing that I really had hoped to fit in.

I came across this incredible poem last week, and felt that it summed up so perfectly what I wish for my son. I couldn’t include it at the bar mitzvah, but didn’t want to not use it in some way, and hope to find some nice way to share it with the kiddo (in a way that he won’t think is lame).

Meanwhile, I thought I’d share it here, and hope that you all find it as beautiful as I do.


Please Bring Strange Things
by Ursula LeGuin

Please bring strange things.
Please come bringing new things.
Let very old things come into your hands.
Let what you do not know come into your eyes.
Let desert sand harden your feet.
Let the arch of your feet be the mountains.
Let the paths of your fingertips be your maps
and the ways you go be the lines on your palms.
Let there be deep snow in your inbreathing
and your outbreath be the shining of ice.
May your mouth contain the shapes of strange words.
May you smell food cooking you have not eaten.
May the spring of a foreign river be your navel.
May your soul be at home where there are no houses.
Walk carefully, well loved one,
walk mindfully, well loved one,
walk fearlessly, well loved one.
Return with us, return to us,
be always coming home.