Minding Our Minds

You Can Color Our CHAOTIC World !

One of my oldest, dearest and definitely, artsiest friends sent this to me. I have loved navigating through the site and seeing the Masterpieces transform before my eyes.  Amazingly clever and interesting.  Click on link below.  It’s a treat for the eyes and another way to pass the time.
Have fun!!
Choose a color on the upper band and you will see a collection of art works in which that color predominates.  Upon clicking on them, the name of the artist, the year the painting was made, and the Collection or Museum to which they belong appear.
2020-06-29T20:34:45+00:00June 30th, 2020|Minding Our Minds|0 Comments

Favorite Fiction – Books

Just the other day, my daughter, a voracious reader, asked me to send her a list of my top 10 favorite books of all time. I knew this list would take a lot of thought on my part and, as I was pressed for time, I emailed her my list of some of the books I’ve read over the past couple of years. Yes, I do keep a list.  Mainly, I think, because I would forget that I’ve read something and would, for the very same reasons I was attracted to it the first time, re-purchase the very same book months later. I’ve done that.

Anyway, I sent a list to Jeanne that contained a rolling list of more than 80 titles. promising her I would get to her specific request ASAP. But try as I may, I still have not determined my 10 all time fiction favorites – I don’t know if I could ever whittle down all the books to just 10 favorites. But here are a few titles that would likely make the list.

The Red Tent by Anna Diamante

We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

2020-06-01T16:44:49+00:00June 2nd, 2020|Minding Our Minds|0 Comments

Are Cookbooks Really Obsolete?

“No one who cooks, cooks alone. Even at her most solitary, a cook in the kitchen is surrounded by generations of cooks past, the advice and menus of cooks present, the wisdom of cookbook writers.”

Laurie Colwin, whose words these are, was, among other things, a food writer for Gourmet Magazine.  I’ve always liked this quote and think of it whenever I am alone in the kitchen.

I love to cook and have lots of cookbooks.   But the image on the right comes from the collection of my friend, Lynn.  Needless to say, Lynn is an excellent cook and a truly gracious host – this is only a portion of her collection.

With all the recipes available on the internet today, why, you ask, do people still invest in cookbooks?

As one who gets recipes from many different sources, including cookbooks, I can think of a lot of reasons to actually buy a cookbook.  First of all, let’s look at internet recipes.  I’m a messy cook and I have a tiny kitchen.  Got the picture?  Liquids splash, flour fills the air.  Trying to keep my device clear of all these mishaps is virtually impossible.  […]

2020-06-02T00:18:26+00:00June 2nd, 2020|Minding Our Minds|0 Comments

What We’re Reading – Books

On Our Bookshelves

The Book of Longings: A Novel by [Sue Monk Kidd]

I promised you a review of The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd once I finished reading it.  I loved it!  It reminded me so much of The Red Tent by Anita Diamant, that I read long ago.  I’ve loved all Sue Monk’s Kidd’s works and wondered if this would stand up to what came before.  It’s a departure for her – she brings us to biblical times as her main character, Ana, fights to rid herself of all the restrictive expectations imposed upon women of that time.  Ana’s determined spirit draws much attention – welcomed and not.  She is spurred on and supported by a few strong women and her husband, Jesus, who encourage her to pursue her dreams.  Done with great reverence and based on scrupulous research, I highly recommend this one.

Now on to Normal People by Sally Rooney.  Anyone read it?





My sister Susan is my favorite go-to source for good novels – both fiction and non.  So, naturally, as I seek to enlist more readers’ suggestions for this space, I […]

2020-05-26T15:08:05+00:00May 10th, 2020|Minding Our Minds|0 Comments