Musings and Amusings

Sum-Sum-Summer Time


My favorite golf holes:






Plus my favorite bike trails:






Plus my good-grief-where’d-all-these-come-from summer reading stash:






Equals not a whole lot of blogging time this summer!


Book List:

An Anthropologist on Mars by Oliver Sacks

The Baker’s Daughter by Sarah McCoy

This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection by Carol Burnett

Waging Heavy Peace by Neil Young

Danny: The Virtues Within by Jeremy Dunlap with Dan Dietz and Cindy Dietz-Marsh

Proof of Heaven by Eben Alexander, M.D.

Pentimento by Lillian Hellman

Tiger, Meet My Sister … by Rick Reilly

The Light in the Ruins by Chris Bohjalian

My Promised Land by Ari Shavit

The Inheritance by Louisa May Alcott

Crazy Salad & Scribble Scribble by Nora Ephron

The True Secret of Writing by Natalie Goldberg

Right Before Your Eyes by Ellen Shanman

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen

Imaginary Friends by Melanie Lee

Collected Stories of Wallace Stegner

DK Eyewitness Books: North American Indian

DK Eyewitness Books: Mesopotamia

Comments on: "Sum-Sum-Summer Time" (63)

  1. Lol, good photos, enjoy the sunshine! That golf course looks amazing ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Some days I love it and some days I hate it. That’s golf. ๐Ÿ™‚ do you play? Are there courses where you are? I just started playing a few years ago after retirement.

      • We have a couple of small courses near us. I like playing but don’t get to very often and to be honest I am a fairweather golfer! I do love crazy golf in all weathers though, lol. Do you get to play a lot?

      • A couple times a week but only if it’s sunny and warm and my body feels loose enough to co-operate. So I guess I’m a “conditional” golfer. I only took it up to share an activity with Hub, and I do love the beauty of the golf courses.

      • lol, didn’t someone once describe golf as something that ruined a great walk?! It is a lovely way to spend an afternoon together ๐Ÿ™‚

      • That is so true :-). I do take time to enjoy my vistas and clouds no matter how bad my golf is ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Summer is wonderful!
    Biking is wonderful!
    Reading is wonderful!
    And you’re quite right. It won’t be as much blogging as usual, as long as it’s summer and possibility to bike and be outdoors.

  3. looks so lovely and sunny and what a book list! woohoo, happy golfing x

  4. Oliver Sacks, eh? That one sticks out from the rest, to my mind anyway. I went through an Oliver Sacks phase… started with Uncle Tungsten.

    • This is the only one of his I’ve picked up. The title and snippets were intriguing. It’s a tad tedious to work through some of the stories, but the afflictions and studies are quite fascinating. Humans have so many “parts” that can malfunction, and the human brain is remarkable in its compensatory abilities.

      • Couldn’t agree more as regards the fascination with brain. PBS did a series on the brain many years ago, and Sacks was interviewed/cited.

        I found out more recently that the good doctor is also has a rock collection, so there’s that, too!

      • Cool – great minds ‘n all that ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. What a great reading list! Looks like a fun summer to me. ๐Ÿ™‚
    (Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words, you know?) ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Heh,heh. I’m always tempted to write a treatise pointing out all the things in a photo I don’t want viewer to miss. That defeats the purpose of a picture being in the eyes of the beholder, eh?

      Hope your summer is going well.

  6. You have to tell me how The True Secret of Writing by Natalie Goldberg turns out!

    • Oh sure. Like I’m going to spill the secret ๐Ÿ™‚

      I read first chapter last night – she, and her career, have evolved so much since ” the bones”. I’ve not been successful (or admittedly dedicated enough) at ” sitting” or “meditation” and hope her insights and practices will help me see the beneficial connection with writing and deeper “me”.

      • Oh come on, spill! I did her writing exercises. They were excellent, and after a short time greased the wheel to allow me to get down ot writing on any day I chose. Have to admit, I was already a meditator . . .

      • :-). I’m a daydreamer. I SHOULD be able to transition that to meditation. It’s my own stumbling blocks that keep me from what I know would be beneficial. Work in progress!

        I have seen how much you “live” in spiritual nature, and use your meditative practice. You do inspire me.

      • AW. I learned to meditate or go crazy — seriously — had a monkey mind that was overactive.

      • Yeah,me too. Anti-anxiety meds help me enormously (I had to start during a crisis and realized they help with little stuff, too), but I still would like to find the quietness that meditation is supposed to facilitate. This fall, after outdoor stuff is done, I’m going to “get serious” about establishing a routine so I actually put some objectives in practice.

  7. That Wallace Stegner collection looks awesome1

    • Thank you for visiting, Jane. I just picked up that book at my favorite used bookstore, and the clerk was so excited ( he hadn’t seen the book on the shelf), I thought he might not let me have it ๐Ÿ™‚ I haven’t read Stegner in a long time, and knew when I saw this collection, “it’s time”.

  8. Life, not to mention summer, is short so enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚ Looks like you have some lovely areas in your neighbourhood Sammy. As for reading lists – I have a huge stack as well, including Neil Young’s. Cheers!

    • Debbie, I’m glad you are a Neil Young fan. I play his Prairie Wind CD in my car all the time. He has the richest “down home” lyrics in his songs about his family.

      • I love Neil Young! We saw him in concert, Nov, 2012 and he did NOT disappoint. I’ve missed you around the blogosphere If you have time, check out my post today. Guaranteed to make you smile. ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Thanks, Debbie. So glad you got to see Neil. He is awesome. Headed to read new posts now ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Enjoy the summer! I think you are going to need that extra month!!!

    • Or fly to Southern Hemisphere when winter gets here !!

      • Well I did manage to have an 18 month summer once – Cape Town then UK then Johannesburg! And it was 1976 when the UK had a drought ๐Ÿ˜€

        I wish I could afford to have two houses – one in each hemisphere, and the funds to move between them!

      • No kidding! “funds” is key because I’d want two comfy homes with cars and bikes and $$ for first class travel between the homes :-).

        That said, I’m very satisfied with what I have and spend little time yearning for anything else /0:-) but I’ll be happy to visit you Heh Heh.

  10. Gorgeous photos! And I totally love that you have not one, but TWO piles of books TBR. Enjoy your summer!

    • ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks, Laurel. I knew I had “over-acquired” when I couldn’t fit them in one photo! Some shop for clothes; some get nails done; I buy books!

  11. I’m dying for some good reading time. Too much construction at my home this summer. Ug!

    • Ooh, yes, that can be so intrusive – people wise, noise wise, and messy wise! Are you re-modeling or adding on?

      Thanks for stopping by!

  12. Sammy D., you and I just seem to go in the same directions. I just looked at my pile of stacked up to read books and magazines and decided I was going to take the time to go to the beach every couple of weeks for a few days and read where I can’t, won’t be interrupted or distracted with other projects and take long walks on the beach in between. These five days of being unplugged and no work have spoiled me. I need to get outside cuz summer doesn’t last long around here. I am going to copy your book list and check them out too. I have a friend who usually keeps me in plenty of books, but , alas, she has gone back to full time working and has no time to browse for me. And then there is the zentangling. Spent the weekend showing and drawing with my daughter and grandson, and he has already out tangled me. He is 10, and has the imagination that fills in those blank scribbles at lightning speed. He doesn’t even think about it. Talk to you soon.

    • Linda -I’m so glad you had a good time unplugged with your family. I will be curious to see if your daughter finds the tangling as soothing as we have. Beach walks and books sounds heavenly; this summer seems especially fleeting. Right now the wind is gusting rapt 30MPH and ther must be at least 6 different types of clouds in the sky as we go from sunny 100 degrees today to rainy 80 degrees tomorrow. Not a normal summer at all!

      Enjoy and know I’m thinking of you and look forward to connections when we’re plugged in!

  13. That looks like a great trail for biking! And I have a few book stacks that resemble yours…even though I’ve been reading from my e-reader for a couple of years now. The actual book form will never disappear, thankfully! There are definitely books out there that I would rather read in their “natural” form, instead of the electronic format. Stay cool, Sammy! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  14. Being outdoor for summer is so much more fun!! After all, winter just took a break. I took my bike out but its a three wheeler. LOL. I get interesting stares, but I don’t mind, I just make sure I look cute! LOL. Nice photos.

  15. My oh, my, what a beautiful scenery. Good luck with the reading stash. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Looks like a fun summer to me!

  17. That bike trail is beautiful, looks like the perfect place for a summer ride.

    And that is a serious stash of books, always so exciting when there’s a whole pile of them to be read isn’t it?
    Although I tend to find that I add books to my pile quicker than I can read them so it keeps getting bigger!

    You have one lovely summer stretching out in front of you ๐Ÿ™‚

    • You are so right, Celine. The book pile grows faster than I read! And I keep reserving books at the library on top of my “home pile”. We’ve got some stormy afternoon/evenings headed our way so I will curl up and listen to the thunder while I lose myself in the pages. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Looks like some good reading matter there, Sammy ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Hi Sammy, looks like you have summer all sorted! I live in walking distance of three golf courses, but have never yet found my way out of the stunning restaurants on site! Around here, the golf course is one of the few places where we see grass that is as green as intended, elsewhere it’s brown and parched from the sun. The golf courses can afford the water bills, whereas it seems our local council can not. Still, better a little greenery at the golf course than none at all – and the food is pretty good there too ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Ha ha – that’s great. You have your priorities straight!!

      About halfway through our game, I start salivating about food on the patio myself ๐Ÿ™‚ you are so right about the green and brown dichotomies in water usage because it’s the same here. I do know the courses pay dearly for water rights and use recycled water.

      Great to hear from you, Lynne ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Let me know if you like Niel Young’s book. I’ve heard mixed reactions so far, but from a very small sample. I prefer bike trails to golf courses, but either beats the view from behind a desk. Nice post.

    • Thanks, Dan. Will write a post on Neil after read book.

      Hub and I both loved our jobs and careers, but now we say “a bad day of golf beats a good day at the office.”

  21. Love the pictures! Wish I was there. LOL Have fun reading!!

  22. Gorgeous photos! And I’m so jealous of your summer reading library! Enjoy!

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