Bye Bye Summer

September 1.

The end of summer.

The true beginning of the new year in some respects. Continue reading “Bye Bye Summer”

What is Rome?

The passage “What is Rome?” below is from Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr.

I read a few pages of his book every few days.  It is like sitting down with a friend.

I am learning a lot from his experiences living in Rome with his wife and twins.

This was a book club selection for my Italian Book Club.*  Some loved this book.  Some found it boring.

Read reviews at Four Seasons in Rome….

Four Seasons in Rome

“What is Rome? …

“It’s like America before coffee was “to go”, when a playground was a patch of gravel, some cigarette butts, and an uninspected swing set; when everybody smoked, when businesses in your neighborhood were owned by people in your neighborhood; when children still stood on the front seats of moving cars and spread their fingers across the dash.

“It’s a health-care service that ensures assistance to both Italians and foreigners in an equal manner and allows a doctor to make a decision such as keeping Shauna overnight without having to worry about costing her several thousand dollars.

“It’s our friend Cristiano Urbani, who is the first male in his family in at least four generations not to become a fishmonger…..

“It’s an economy in recession, the lowest birthrate in Europe (1.3 children per woman), 40 percent of thirty-to thirty-four year olds still living with their parents.

“It’s a place where stoplights are open to interpretation, lattes should never be ordered after lunch, and a man is not considered a failure if he’s forty years old and still spinnig dough in a pizzeria.

“It’s a country where parents let their kids play soccer in the streets and walk home from school unaccompanied, where your first thought when you see an adult man talking to a child in the street is not necessarily child molester.  ”   Four Seasons in Rome

 

Why This Passage?

I miss the somewhat “good old days” when kids walked to school, we did not lock our houses or cars and people knew their neighbors.

I miss small stores where I could receive help before and after the purchase. The owners were often on the premises and lived in town.

I miss Walter Cronkite.

 

No Place Is Perfect.

I grew up with opportunities.

I grew up safe, fed and clothed.

I want the same for all children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anthony Doerr

Italian Book Club

Saint Honore Boulangerie

Saint Honore Boulangerie is one of my favorite places to meet friends, to relax in the sun, to escape the rain, to slow down and enjoy life.

The food, from pastries to entrées, is always excellent.  The service and the ambiance are delightful.

For a short while I feel as though I am in France.  Often, I hear French being spoken by other patrons.

Continue reading “Saint Honore Boulangerie”

The Sun Rises

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Portland, Oregon August 2017 ~Lori Greer

An early morning walk…

The perfect start to my day.

Just my dog and me.

Quiet and cool along the water.

Continue reading “The Sun Rises”

Oyatsupan Bakers

I am in love with this Japanese bakery!

The baked goods are different and delicious.

I feel as though I am in Japan without having endured a long airplane flight! Continue reading “Oyatsupan Bakers”

Breakfast of Champions #1

Good morning!

Here’s a healthy breakfast to start the day.  Continue reading “Breakfast of Champions #1”

Wasabi Warrior

Delayed gratification.

Going the distance.

All the little steps that add up to big strides in life.

Wanting to give up when it seems too hard.

When it seems like I just won’t make it.

Continue reading “Wasabi Warrior”

Allow Mistakes

To my friend who was so upset about a mistake: Continue reading “Allow Mistakes”

Being Watched

It’s creepy to feel that I am being watched.

It happens almost everyday when I walk.

It happens in a shady lane where I seek respite from the hot sun.

Walking, I feel someone watching.

There is no one in the lane.

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My walking path.   ~Photo Lori Greer

Continue reading “Being Watched”

Genesis: Art

“Genesis links ancient creation stories and the human compulsion to make.”

Quote from the scuptor, Sharon Warman Agnor, Vancouver Washington about her scupture “Genesis”.

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“Genesis”by Sharon Warman Agnor//Stainless steel, kiln-cast glass. `Photo Lori Greer