Brushes: Although I haven’t posted recently (so much for my resolution!), I have been painting. I’m currently exhibiting my watercolors at the Millennium Harvest House Hotel (1345 28th Street in Boulder) through the end of March. Colleen Hoerner (pastels) and Ann Marie Murthy (photography) also have work on display. Please join me for the opening reception on Friday, January 22, 2010, from 6-8 pm.
A Chair With A View invites you to sit and take a look around you. I happened upon this isolated and inviting scene when I took a hike in the Indian Point Blagden Nature Preserve when we visited Maine last September. I spent several quiet hours hiking and sketching, and I only saw one other hiker and a group of sea kayakers. This lovely area is a part of Mt. Desert Island that most tourists miss.
Books: I recently finished the latest installment in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, An Echo in the Bone. As always, it was a great escape from real life. If you aren’t familiar with the series, Ms. Gabaldon has written a series of well researched books that are somewhat difficult to categorize. Book stores usually end up shelving them in the Romance section, which I found so off-putting that I refused to read these books for years. They are wonderful, well researched historical fiction, but they could also be categorized as science fiction–time travel is involved, and that is what first drew me in. The premise for the series is that a woman from the 20th century (just after WWII) travels through time back to 18th century Scotland, meets the love of her life, and takes part in the critical events taking place in Scotland and America. These are long books (the audio book was almost 46 hours!), but I’m always sad when I finish one, knowing that it will be some time before another book in the series is published and I can again spend time with Claire and Jamie.