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Summer 2012 #1

 The lazy, crazy days of this summer threw off my monthly blog schedule, but fear not, there’s still much I have to share with you.  To do that, until October I am forgoing a monthly schedule to post summer editions to catch up in August & September.
National Zoo, Washington, DC
Since I last wrote about the April 22 reading of Tea Party by Anna Mione at the Conference House, I was on vacation with friends that included stops in Washington, DC, Luray & Natural Bridge, VA, Black Mountain & Cherokee, NC, and Savannah, GA. This issue I want to share a couple of photos from that trip that might be of interest to you. 
Air and Space Musuem
Washington, DC
Luray Caverns,   VA
Natural Bridge, VA
In Savannah, GA we found an artist working in the park in the Historic District who was fascinating to watch as he created paintings on canvas with spray paint, newspaper, plastic wrap, credit cards, etc. 
Here he begins the painting I chose from his portfolio.
            While here I pose with the artist and his finished masterpiece. 
Once home, I attended the annual picnic for the Feast Day of Our Lady Help of Christians on May 20th; the South Shore Artists Group’s 45th annual Conference House Art Show; and the June 30th  Shake Rattle & Roll Over Dead fundraising show for the Conference House.  I will cover these events in detail, with pictures I took, and links to further information, over the next three summer editions of this blog.
July in Tottenville seems to have alternated between heat alert days & thunderstorm watches, and save for a few days where humidity was bearable, August seems to be continuing that tread.  That’s what we get for having had a mild winter!  Can anyone still believe climate change is not happening?
In July, after completing an unpublished manuscript critique for an author, I took a two night self-made writing retreat to organize and get current on the book reviews that I do for my website, as well as later in the month going on an overnight trip to Atlantic City with friends as their early birthday gift to me.  The first week of August has been birthday celebration week: My grandson Aug 1st, my son Aug 3rd, mine Aug 4th, and friends on Aug.5th & Aug 7th.
Now it’s time to catch up on this blog.  I have repeatedly said that all the reading I do for book reviews strengthens my own writing. Well, so too, does traveling and meeting old & new friends.  The image of a writer locked up in one’s room, shut off from the world living in one’s mind & plugging away at the computer, is an image I could never accept.  To me, it’s reading, combined with living life to the fullest, that gives a writer the most to share. 
So while I have not been on schedule with the blog, hopefully you will discover much in what I share now to forgive the lapse in issues. 
I’m looking forward to your comments.
Step Out Walk to End Diabetes Sept 16, 2012

In Memory of  my husband Carmine Mangino

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