Six Books Behind

Goodreads informed me that I’m six books behind on my annual goal. Yes. I’m falling behind after a great start to the year.

I have several books started and I’ve almost finished many of them. I just haven’t been pushing myself to do my for me reading. I need to remember to get some of these books done, too.

I’m coming up on finals week, so I’m going to fall a little further behind before moving forward. Summer session might be a little breather, or it might be a little more difficult than expected. I’m going to try to use the week between Spring and Summer sessions to breathe and take a little vacation. Hopefully a book or two will be finished on this breathing time.

Back at the Easel

I’m nearing the end of the semester. I was assigned a creative exercise for one of my classes. I thought and thought and finally figured out that I had all the equipment for a painting.

I made a fruit basket based on one of the poems we read, and using an abstract technique. I had to do an artist statement that included comments about the help from the animals. Hopefully the grade will be a passing grade.

As always, there’s a story. I had help with my painting. Molly decided to taste test the brushes. Just a lick of a clean brush was enough. She moved on to the chair for nap and observation time.

Later, when I had my music going, I forgot that I had an open tube of red paint in my hand. I was singing along, talking to Molly and moving to the music. Before too long, I had dripped paint onto the floor and into a box. It ended up all over. I closed the lid and cleaned up what I could. Paint was everywhere, especially on my hands. I called for help because my extra rags were in the drier and I didn’t want red paint on the clean clothes.

I managed to keep the paint off everything else. I cleaned up but still had paint under my cuticles for a few days. At least it was not on clothes or door knobs.

When it came to taking the photo, I had to enlist help. You can see my assistant’s finger impressions on the upper parts of the painting, since she was holding it from the back, so we could get the lighting with minimal background.

Now I get to finish up one more paper for this class and then I’m done with this class. One step closer to graduation. I’m checking things off the todo list slowly but surely.

Star Wars by Drag Queens

Star Wars Day by Drag Queen Story Hour

I love the idea of drag queen story hour! They are all over the country, but today’s was on Zoom. The link is above, if you’d like to watch it.

Felicia “Fefe” Minor read several books about Star Wars for the children, and after the Star Wars books, she read Hidden Figures, but the children’s version. She included the displeasure of knowing how much the white males at NASA dominated the black women there. The book shows how important the female calculators were.

What a wonderful program!

On my mind lately

I haven’t been writing much here because I’ve been busy with trying to get a lot done. I can’t really say I’m failing because I have been getting things done by their deadlines. I’m just not getting ahead.

I’m 3 books behind on my annual reading goal, but I am pretty much caught up for school.

I haven’t finished packing for an upcoming trip, but I managed to get the suitcase out of the closet and put a few things into it.

I haven’t finished my school papers for the week, but nothing is overdue.

I haven’t written reviews for several books that I finished, but I’ve finished the books.

I know I’ll catch up soon, but I just need to be patient. I’ll get there.

Zami by Audre Lorde

Zami

Zami by Audre Lorde
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I picked this up as required reading for school. Audre Lorde is a favorite author and I was happy to read it.

I really enjoyed her story, even though there were so many ups and downs. This book ended when she was only in her early twenties, and she had already lived so much.

I really recommend this book, especially if you are familiar with the author’s other works. It was well worth the time.

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Heritage month guide

Heritage month guide

As you know, February is Black History Month. According to the above linked article, here are the other heritage months that we observe.

MonthHeritage Celebrated
JanuaryNone to date
FebruaryAfrican American History Month
MarchNational National Women’s History Month, Irish-American Heritage Month
AprilMarch 13 to April 15 is National Deaf History Month
MayAsian Pacific American Heritage, Older Americans Month and Jewish American Heritage Month
JuneGay Lesbian Pride Month
JulyNone to date
AugustNone to date
SeptemberNational Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)
OctoberNational Disability Employment Awareness Month and National Italian American Heritage Month
NovemberNational American Indian Heritage Month
DecemberNone to date; are two international commemorations

In the past, I have posted for Black history month, Women’s history month, LGBT Pride month, and Hispanic-Latino Heritage month. I plan to do the same this year, as best as I can.

Happy Heritage month when your favorite arrives!