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2016 in Pictures

December 31, 2016

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Here are my 366,000 words for 2016!
Click here for an 8 minute recap of all of my 2016 photos of the day.

“For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning."
~ T.S. Eliot, "Four Quartets"

December in Pictures

"I heard a bird sing in the dark of December,
A magical thing and sweet to remember:
"We are nearer to spring than we were in September."
~ Oliver Herford, "Hope"


December 31, 2016 (366/366)

“Which of my photographs is my favorite? 
The one I’m going to take tomorrow.” ~ Imogen Cunningham

CHEERS another year of daily inspiration, 
to 366 days of growing and learning,
to 1,461 photos since January 1, 2013...
and to 365 more in 2017!  

To All a Good Nite

December 30, 2016
December 30, 2016 (365/366) Sailing in December

"There are good ships and wood ships, ships that sail the sea, 
but the best ships are friendships, may they always be!" ~ Irish Proverb


December 29, 2016
December 29, 2016 (364/366)

"With beauty before me, may I walk
With beauty behind me, may I walk  
With beauty above me, may I walk
With beauty below me, may I walk
With beauty all around me, may I walk
Wandering on the trail of beauty, may I walk"
~  Navajo: Walking Meditation 


December 28, 2016
December 28, 2016 (363/366)

"In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary."  ~ Aaron Rose


December 27, 2016
December 27, 2016 (362/366)

"Cousins are friends that will love you forever." ~ Constance Richards

[There have been a lot of Piper pictures this month, 
but this is cuteness x 2 -- Lucky & Piper ❤ ]

Winter Weather

December 26, 2016
December 26, 2016 (361/366)

"Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather." ~ John Ruskin [...but it is strange to experience them all in the same weekend.]

It's Christmas

December 25, 2016
December 25, 2016 (360/366) 

"Christmas, my child, is love in action.
Every time we love, every time we give,
it's Christmas." ~ Dale Evans

("Thank you, Uncle Rob, Aunt Heidi, 
Alec, Chase, and Lucky!" ❤ Piper)

Every Time a Bell Rings...

December 24, 2016
December 24, 2016 (359/366)

Missing the angels who are shining down upon us today

"And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were afraid. And the angel said unto them, 'Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.' And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.'" ~ Luke 2:9-14

That's a wrap!

December 23, 2016

 December 23, 2016 (358/366)

"Every gift which is given, even though it be small, 
is in reality great, if it is given with affection." ~  Pindar

Christmas Vacation

December 22, 2016
December 22, 2016 (357/366)

For the next eleven days, I want for nothing more than this: 
fires in the fireplace, a good book or two, Vince Guaraldi holiday radio, 
It's a Wonderful Life and White Christmas, time with friends and family, 
lingering over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, and lots of cuddling with her.

Winter Solstice

December 21, 2016
December 21, 2016 (356/366)

"How many lessons of faith and beauty we should lose, 
if there were no winter in our year!" ~ Thomas Wentworth Higginson

The Reason for the Season

December 20, 2016
December 20, 2016 (255/366)

"Christmas is inner joy of light and peace." ~ Pope Francis

Baby, It's Cold Outside!

December 19, 2016
December 19, 2017 (354/366)

"Who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer 
will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter." ~ John Burroughs

All this snow is for the birds...

December 18, 2016
December 18, 2016 (353/366)

I spy 5...

All Spruced Up

December 17, 2016
December 17, 2016 (352/366)

"There is no better designer than nature." ~ Alexander McQueen

Tea for Two

December 16, 2016
December 16, 2016 (351/366)

"Small ways of making one's own life better: 
acts of love, acts of tea, acts of laughter." ~ Alexander McCall Smith
[Today we celebrated a (half-) birthday and started a new holiday tradition.]

Guilty & Not-So-Guilty Pleasures

December 15, 2016
December 15, 2016 (350/366)

OK, I'll admit it: I binge-watch Gilmore Girls on Netflix. It's a quite a guilty pleasure, and even though I don't completely identify with either Lorelai or Rory, I do thrive on their witty banter, especially the cultural and literary references.

Although Rory's poor life choices annoy me, she and I do share a not-so-guilty pleasure: a passion for reading. Next week, students and staff at Pewaukee High School will be encouraged to pledge to read at least twenty-two minutes per day -- the equivalent of the average time it takes to watch one show on Netflix. It isn't that we are denying ourselves the pleasure of watching our favorite programs, but rather than watching "just one more" episode, perhaps we can spend some time with a book instead. I was honored to work with our literacy coach to create this video explaining the health benefits of reading everyday. The demands of work and school are stressful enough without adding the 21st Century pressure of constant connectivity. #READ22, aka the Pirate Reading Pledge, is a promise to ourselves:

"I pledge 22 minutes.  I pledge to read:  to read in a book, to read in a magazine, to read on a computer, to read on any device.  I pledge to read fanfiction and guilty pleasure novels, prose and poetry, fantasy and nonfiction, websites and blogs.  I pledge 22 minutes of my day to slow my world -- 22 minutes for my health, 22 minutes for my happiness, 22 minutes for my education, 22 minutes for my well-being.  I pledge 22 minutes to read."

In her valedictory speech, Rory Gilmore affirmed the escape that reading provides: “I live in two worlds, one is a world of books,” she said. “I’ve been a resident of Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha County, hunted the white whale aboard the Pequod, fought alongside Napoleon, sailed a raft with Huck and Jim, committed absurdities with Ignatius J. Reilly, rode a sad train with Anna Karenina, and strolled down Swann’s Way.”

Rather than the place itself, Ernest Hemingway sees books as inhabitants of his world, stating that "there is no friend as loyal as a book." Many Hemingway's novels have been my closest companions since I studied literature in college. Yet my devotion to books began much earlier. As a young girl, I devoured the Anne of Green Gables and Little House series before reading all fifty-eight Hardy Boys mysteries (By that time I was 10 and in love with Joe Hardy aka Shaun Cassidy). In high school, I read Little Women, Jane Eyre, and Pride and Prejudice over and over.

As an English and French major at Marquette, I read poetry and prose in Old French, Middle English, regional American dialects, and even Anthony Burgess' Nadsat (A Clockwork Orange). I memorized soliloquies, sonnets, odes, and the prologue to The Canterbury Tales. I poured over every line of The Waste Land, trying to make sense of the footnotes that were even longer than the poem itself. I marveled at Ernest Hemingway's brilliant simplicity, as well as the cryptic creativity of James Joyce and J.R.R. Tolkien, whose original, handwritten manuscripts of The Hobbit are housed in the Marquette archives. I became obsessed with the expatriate writers who lived in Paris in the 1920s long before Woody Allen's fabulous movie, Midnight in Paris. I, too, traveled to The City of Light to follow in the footsteps of Hemingway, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, et al. I spent countless hours in the second incarnation of Shakespeare and Company, wishing that it were actually Sylvia Beach's famous book shop frequented by my favorite writers. I sat in the cafés of Saint-Germain des Prés and Montpartnasse writing and observing, just as the expats and existentialists did before me. In graduate school, I traveled to Florence, Italy to research and actually experience the "view" before writing my master's thesis: "An Impressionist Interpretation of E.M. Forster's A Room with a View."

A few years ago, the literacy committee at PHS surveyed faculty members about our favorite books. It was nearly impossible for me to choose just five until I thought about Hemingway's idea that books are the most loyal of friends. I finally chose those who have been there for me the most -- the friends whom I visit over and over again, never tiring of their company: Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, Hemingway's A Moveable Feast, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's Le Petit Prince, Forster's A Room with a View, and Anne Morrow Lindbergh's Gift from the SeaI wonder who Rory Gilmore would choose.

Last year, Australian writer, Patrick Lenton, compiled a list of every single book that was referenced on Gilmore Girls and created the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge. The list is formidable and Lenton is currently on number 18.  I have unintentionally, by virtue of my profession and my passion for reading, quite a head start (see the list below)! Maybe you aren't up to this big of a challenge, but can you at least commit to #READ22? It's not a New Year's resolution -- although it is good for you -- rather, it's a gift that you can give yourself this holiday season!

* read it (150/339)
° taught it (17)
+ saw the movie (75)
  1. 1984 by George Orwell * °
  2. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain *
  3. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll * +  #Disney #JohnnyDepp
  4. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
  5. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser *
  6. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt *
  7. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy * #Disney
  8. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank *
  9. The Archidamian War by Donald Kagan
  10. The Art of Fiction by Henry James *
  11. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  12. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner *
  13. Atonement by Ian McEwan +
  14. Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
  15. The Awakening by Kate Chopin *
  16. Babe by Dick King-Smith +
  17. Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi
  18. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
  19. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett *
  20. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath *
  21. Beloved by Toni Morrison *
  22. Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney *
  23. The Bhagava Gita
  24. The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a Village in the Forest, and Saved 1,200 Jews by Peter Duffy
  25. Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel
  26. A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy
  27. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley *
  28. Brick Lane by Monica Ali
  29. Bridgadoon by Alan Jay Lerner +
  30. Candide by Voltaire * °  
  31. The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer *
  32. Carrie by Stephen King +
  33. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller * +
  34. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger * °
  35. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White *
  36. The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman *
  37. Christine by Stephen King +
  38. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens * + #play #Scrooge
  39. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess * +
  40. The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse 
  41. The Collected Stories by Eudora Welty
  42. A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare *
  43. Complete Novels by Dawn Powell
  44. The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton
  45.  Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker *
  46. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  47. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas * +
  48. Cousin Bette by Honore de Balzac
  49. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  50. The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
  51. The Crucible by Arthur Miller *
  52. Cujo by Stephen King
  53. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon *
  54. Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
  55. David and Lisa by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin M.D
  56. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens *
  57. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown * +
  58. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
  59. Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  60. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller *
  61. Deenie by Judy Blume
  62. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson *
  63. The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx
  64. The Divine Comedy by Dante *
  65. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells * +
  66. Don Quixote by Cervantes
  67. Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv +
  68. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson * +
  69. Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe 
  70. Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook
  71. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
  72. Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
  73. Eloise by Kay Thompson *
  74. Emily the Strange by Roger Reger
  75. Emma by Jane Austen *
  76. Empire Falls by Richard Russo
  77. Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol *
  78. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton *
  79. Ethics by Spinoza *
  80. Europe through the Back Door, 2003 by Rick Steves
  81. Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
  82. Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer +
  83. Extravagance by Gary Krist
  84. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury *
  85. Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore
  86. The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan
  87. Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser
  88. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson +
  89. The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien * +
  90. Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein
  91. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom *
  92. Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce *
  93. Fletch by Gregory McDonald +
  94. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  95. The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
  96. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  97. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley * +
  98. Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger *
  99. Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers +
  100. Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut
  101. Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
  102. George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our 43rd President by Jacob Weisberg
  103. Gidget by Fredrick Kohner * +
  104. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen * +
  105. The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
  106. The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo +
  107. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
  108. Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky *
  109. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell * +
  110. The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford *
  111. The Gospel According to Judy Bloom
  112. The Graduate by Charles Webb +
  113. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck * +
  114. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald * ° + #Redford #Leo #TeamLeo
  115. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens *
  116. The Group by Mary McCarthy
  117. Hamlet by William Shakespeare * +  #MelGibson
  118. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling +
  119. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling +
  120. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
  121. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad *
  122. Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry *
  123. Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare *
  124. Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare *
  125. Henry V by William Shakespeare *
  126. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby +
  127. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
  128. Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris
  129. The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton
  130. House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
  131. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
  132. How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer
  133. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss * + #cartoon #JimCarey #cartoonisbetter
  134. How the Light Gets In by M. J. Hyland
  135. Howl by Allen Ginsberg *
  136. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo * + #Disney
  137. The Iliad by Homer +
  138. I’m With the Band by Pamela des Barres
  139. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote * +
  140. Inferno by Dante *
  141. Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
  142. Iron Weed by William J. Kennedy
  143. It Takes a Village by Hillary Rodham Clinton
  144. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte * +
  145. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan * +
  146. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
  147. The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain *
  148. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair *
  149. Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito
  150. The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
  151. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
  152. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini *
  153. Lady Chatterleys’ Lover by D. H. Lawrence
  154. The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal
  155. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman *
  156. The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield +
  157. Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
  158. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
  159. Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken
  160. Life of Pi by Yann Martel *
  161. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
  162. The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway
  163. The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen * °
  164. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott * + #KHepburn #Ryder #TeamKate
  165. Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
  166. Lord of the Flies by William Golding *
  167. The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson *
  168. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold *
  169. Love Story by Erich Segal +
  170. Macbeth by William Shakespeare * +
  171. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert *
  172. The Manticore by Robertson Davies
  173. Marathon Man by William Goldman
  174. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  175. Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
  176. Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman
  177. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris *
  178. The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
  179. Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken
  180. The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare *
  181. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka *
  182. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  183. The Miracle Worker by William Gibson * +
  184. Moby Dick by Herman Melville *
  185. The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin
  186. Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor
  187. A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman
  188. Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret
  189. A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars
  190. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway * (Favorite!)
  191. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf *
  192. Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall * + #ClarkGable
  193. My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and It’s Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh
  194. My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken
  195. My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest
  196. Myra Waldo’s Travel and Motoring Guide to Europe, 1978 by Myra Waldo
  197. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  198. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer *
  199. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco *
  200. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
  201. The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin +
  202. Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen
  203. New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson *
  204. The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
  205. Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
  206. Night by Elie Wiesel *
  207. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen * +
  208. The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke, Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan *
  209. Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell
  210. Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski
  211. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck * °
  212. Old School by Tobias Wolff
  213. On the Road by Jack Kerouac *
  214. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey * ° +
  215. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  216. The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan
  217. Oracle Night by Paul Auster
  218. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  219. Othello by Shakespeare *
  220. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
  221. The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
  222. Out of Africa by Isac Dineson * +
  223. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton * ° +
  224. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster *
  225. The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan
  226. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky * ° +
  227. Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
  228. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde *
  229. Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington
  230. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi * +
  231. Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk by Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
  232. The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
  233. The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker *
  234. The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche *
  235. The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind
  236. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen * + #PBS #Knightly #TeamFirth
  237. Property by Valerie Martin
  238. Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon
  239. Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw *
  240. Quattrocento by James Mckean
  241. A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall
  242. Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers * + #Disney
  243. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe * °
  244. The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
  245. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
  246. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier +
  247. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
  248. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant *
  249. Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman
  250. The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien * +
  251. R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
  252. Rita Hayworth by Stephen King
  253. Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert *
  254. Roman Holiday by Edith Wharton * +
  255. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare * ° + #1968 #DiCapprio/Danes #Team1968
  256. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
  257. A Room with a View by E. M. Forster * + (Master's Thesis: "An Impressionist Reading of A Room with a View"
  258. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin * +
  259. The Rough Guide to Europe, 2003 Edition
  260. Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi
  261. Sanctuary by William Faulkner
  262. Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
  263. Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller by Henry James
  264. The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum
  265. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne *
  266. Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand +
  267. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir *
  268. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd *
  269. Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman
  270. Selected Hotels of Europe
  271. Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell
  272. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen * +
  273. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  274. Several Biographies of Winston Churchill
  275. Sexus by Henry Miller
  276. Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  277. Shane by Jack Shaefer
  278. The Shining by Stephen King +
  279. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse * °
  280. S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton
  281. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut *
  282. Small Island by Andrea Levy
  283. Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway *
  284. Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers * + #Disney
  285. Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World by Barrington Moore
  286. The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht
  287. Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de Burgos
  288. The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker
  289. Songbook by Nick Hornby
  290. The Sonnets by William Shakespeare *
  291. Sonnets from the Portuguese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning *
  292. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
  293. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner *
  294. Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
  295. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
  296. The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
  297. A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams * ° +
  298. Stuart Little by E. B. White *
  299. Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway * ° +
  300. Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust *
  301. Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett
  302. Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber * +
  303. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens * +
  304. Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald *
  305. Terms of Endearment by Larry McMurtry +
  306. Time and Again by Jack Finney
  307. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger * +
  308. To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway *
  309. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee * ° +
  310. The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare
  311. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith *
  312. The Trial by Franz Kafka
  313. The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson
  314. Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
  315. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom * ° +
  316. Ulysses by James Joyce *
  317. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath
  318. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe *
  319. Unless by Carol Shields
  320. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
  321. The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers
  322. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray *
  323. Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third series) by Joe Harvard
  324. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
  325. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett * °
  326. Walden by Henry David Thoreau *
  327. Walt Disney’s Bambi by Felix Salten * +
  328. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy +
  329. We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel Sinker
  330. What Color is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson Bolles *
  331. What Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell
  332. When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
  333. Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson *
  334. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee
  335. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire *
  336. The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum * +
  337. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte * +
  338. The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  339. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
"All 339 Books Referenced In Gilmore Girls". BuzzFeed. N.p., 2016. Web. 13 Dec. 2016.


December 14, 2016
December 14, 2016 (349/366) 

“Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.”
Merry Christmas from Piper (and Melinda & Eric)

 « La joie est l'infallible signe de la présence de Dieu. »  
~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin


December 13, 2016
December 13, 2016 (348/366)

“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says ‘Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.’” ~ Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass

Four Seasons

December 12, 2016
December 12, 2016 (347/366)

"A year is made up of a certain series and number of sensations and thoughts 
which have their language in nature." ~ Henry David Thoreau


December 11, 2016
December 11, 2016 (346/366)

"Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; 
not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand." 
~ Henry David Thoreau

On y va!

December 10, 2016
December 10, 2016 (345/366)

"Walking with a friend in the dark is better 
than walking alone in the light." ~ Helen Keller

Ageless Companions

December 09, 2016
December 9, 2016 (344/366)

"Wine and cheese are ageless companions... 
like good people and noble ventures." ~ M. F. K. Fisher


December 08, 2016
December 8, 2016 (343/366)

“When you follow a star you know you will never reach that star; 
rather it will guide you to where you want to go.” 
~ Jeanette Winterson, Boating for Beginners

The Wisemen followed the star in the East to reach their destination,
but some of us need more help navigating our way.
What is buoying your spirits this holiday season?

[Throwback Thursday photo - Sturgeon Bay, Winter 2012]

The Debate

December 07, 2016
December 7, 2016 (342/366) Real or artificial? I'm still torn...

“...freshly cut Christmas trees smelling of stars and snow and pine resin 
- inhale deeply and fill your soul with wintry night...” ~ John Geddes

(And then there's the struggle with lights, the needles, the sap, the mess...)


December 06, 2016
December 6, 2016 (341/366)

"Believe in love. Believe in magic. Believe in Santa Claus. 
Believe in others. Believe in yourself. Believe in your dreams. 
If you don't, who will?" ~  Jon Bon Jovi

I ♥ Snow

December 05, 2016
December 5, 2016 (340/366)

"Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things,
but just look what they can do when they stick together."
~ Vista M. Kelly 

Despite trying three times with both my iPhone 7 and my Sony a6000, I wasn't able to capture Sunday's beautiful snowfall. The light and the motion of the falling snow were a challenge for me. That's the great thing about photography -- it's a perpetual challenge.

Playing in the Snow

December 04, 2016
December 4, 2016 (339/366) 

“I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny, 
but we can have lots of good fun that is funny.
Today was good. Today was fun. 
Tomorrow is another one." ~ Dr. Seuss

Christmastime in City

December 03, 2016
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"Christmas is joy -- an inner joy of light and peace." ~ Pope Francis

Through the Grapevine

December 02, 2016
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Cheers to "old friends, old times, old books, old wine." ~ Oliver Goldsmith


December 01, 2016
December 1, 2016 (336/366)

"Nature always wears the colors of the spirit." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
... and this holiday season, my garden still dons shades of red and green.
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