Saturday, November 5, 2011

sketch journal

sketch journal by megan_n_smith_99
sketch journal, a photo by megan_n_smith_99 on Flickr.

This is a bit from my sketch book. click on the photo to see the whole thing, for some reason it is cropping strangely lately. the software did not used to do that. it's an "improvement" i suspect.

i had a sort of quiet and melancholy day. it's that time of year. And not the easiest week. i did at least go out. i went to the library and pharmacy and got a pumpkin spice latte.

i've been reading a lot lately. i reread Sybil, Which has just been debunked, I had put a hold on the 2nd book from the library and thought i might as well reread the first.

Then today I read A Little House Traveler, some later writings of Laura Ingalls Wilder. She lead quite a life. First crossing the prairie in covered wagon, later by train, and finally in a car. How the world changed in a short time. When the railroads were first laid out everyone was so excited about them and thought they were amazing. A journey that had taken months could be made in a week. Of course now we've replaced trains with cars and realize we need them back, at least those of us in the city do, so we are having to start over again.

Also, Laura and her husband were excited to drive on gravel roads - that was the height of luxury. Well, times change.

Her writing about her visit to SF in 1915 for the world's fair were quite enjoyable - and less sparse that the other writing in this book. Her journals were more like logs to set her memories. Her letters were more like the writing she published. It made me want to go back to SF. I've only been once. It's amazing how much it has - and HASN'T changed. It's kind of sad that only one building remains from the fair and it was rebuilt so that may not count!

ok. back to my books.

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