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Jazz Girl Asks You

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Jazz girl (namely my daughter) wants you to help with this post. As I wanted to write a post but I wasn’t sure what to say, I decided to ask questions. Pick any or all and answer in the comments.

  1. Are you reading or have you read any good books? Care to share?
    I’m reading The River Midnight by Lilian Nattel; I found it buried in a stack of books at the Highland Park Public Library book sale on Sunday. It’s a novel about women in a shtetl in Poland: one in particular who has not been able to have children and her friend and neighbor who has many, more than she can handle.
  2. When you think of a photo from any blog other than your own, which photo first comes to mind?
    I had in mind one post of an old house by EG Wow, but somehow I landed on this house by Lake Ontario.
  3. Can you name any recipe from a blog other than your own that influenced your cooking or baking?
    It would have to be Batya’s cake recipe (from 2005!) – she no longer talks about cake. Last year she talked a lot about diets, and this year she has been posting about simple cooking.
  4. If you are a lurker (someone who reads this blog but rarely or never comments), will you delurk and say hello?

By the way, my daughter danced with a different teacher tonight, and it went well. So we probably have a new dance studio for her for September. And if you haven’t yet visited my free postcard giveaway post, you still have a few days left to join just by leaving a comment on that post.

Daniel Saunders says

I'm currently re-reading Bleak House by Charles Dickens and really enjoying it. I first read it when I was eleven and I think I'm getting a lot more out of it now. I'd like to review it on my Livejournal, but I'm not sure if I'll get the time.

Is the photo in imitation of the World War I recruitment posters?

Leora says

"Is the photo in imitation of the World War I recruitment posters?"
I suppose subconsciously when I saw the photo (long after taking it), I thought of those posters for this post.

I read Great Expectations this year (because my son had to read it for school - he found it dull, I enjoyed it) and David Copperfield. I'll have to keep Bleak House in mind when I'm looking for a book at the library.

Daniel Saunders says

I also read Great Expectations at school. I've never read David Copperfield, though. Hard Times is also worth reading, although it's quite different to a lot of Dickens' work (i.e. it's much shorter and with less humour).

Rayna Eliana says

Great photo...I love it. What a beauty!

I finished reading Day After Night by Anita Diamant.

Leora says

You should see her dance - thanks for the compliment.

Robin from Israel says

You're daughter's growing up into a lovely young woman.

I'm reading garbage this week - crime dramas and the like, easy summertime by the pool books :). Good fun, but nothing I can particularly recommend.

Photos I'm thinking of? It would have to be these beauties, in an etsy FPOE (Female Photographers of Etsy) treasury I created for yesterday's treasury blitz.

My photography is available for purchase - visit Around the Island Photography and bring home something beautiful today!

My photography is available for purchase - visit Around the Island Photography and bring home something beautiful today!

Leora says

The Etsy collection is quite pretty - it certainly evokes summer.

Batya says

thanks for the mention of that plain cake recipe. It's a google favorite.
I'm reading a gorgeous, tempting, delicious cookbook to review, Persian Food from the non-Persian bride.
I can't think of specific pictures from other blogs. You once had a great one at an "Israel celebration" with flags, and there's ~Sarah~ and Ilana-Davita who photograph very different sorts of places.

So your daughter is a dancer, I love dancing!

Leora says

Persian Food from the Non-Persian Bride - yum, that sounds like a cookbook I would enjoy (as would my husband - we both love Sephardi food).

Carver says

I love the photo of your jazz girl.

I recently finished Little Bee by Chris Cleave and I'm getting ready to start reading Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. Little Bee was good but heartbreaking. It was about a girl who was a Nigerian refugee in England. I have put Cutting Stone on my bed side table to start but haven't read the first page yet. I know from the back cover that it's about twin brothers whose parents were an Indian nun and a British surgeon and the twins were orphaned.

There are so many photos that come to mind from other blogs I can't think of one individual to mention.

I haven't tried any blogger recipes in a long time, maybe I will soon. I could use a change in food.

Leora says

Hmm, both books sound interesting. Thanks!

Ilana-Davita says

Lat weekend I read The Help by Kathryn Stockett and really enjoyed it; I don't know why I had never heard about it until then.
I am currently reading Hangman by Faye Kellerman and will then read a book entitled Un juif improbable - an autobiography by the son of two Holocaust survivors.

felisol says

Your daughter always was a beauty. I like the teasing glipmse in her eyes on this photo. Joy is such a valauble, but elusive state of mind.
I am a "flower girl" and love anything that's growing, dandilionas inclusive.
Today I have visited Maira Stahl's garden and cannot wait to go out and work in my own. Pictures ARE inspiring.
I guess I'm reading at least three books simultaniously. I had reached the "biography age" and am enjoying the company of Bob Dylan and the Norwegian author Arne Garborg for the time being. I also keep reading science litteratur, just now Eric Fromm's "To have or to be", bought on a flee market. On my night stand I keep paperbacks about local history, Peanuts and vintage "Reader's Digest Magazines. I like to keep my mind in neutral mood when I'm going to sleep.

I am a lousy cook, but I found a wonderful and moist pure spelt bread recipe, which Gunnar is continuously making for the two of us.
I also found information and recipees about ramsons and black elderberry flower in blogs and they have become a part of my general knowledge and everyday use. From April tilll September we are eating ramsons on a daily base. I also freeze some for the winter.
Hope I have answered most of your questions.
I just want to add, I'm praying particularly for Israel these days.
From Felisol

Grace Olsson says

I´m reading THE PRICE OF INDIFFERENCE, Refugees and HUmanitarian Action in the New Century because I need to improve my English since I´ll start Mastercourse in August. I research about refugee life. I work as photographer and the photography gives me what never I imagined...PEACE and HUMANITY.
nice day


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