Highway 1, California

bigsurWith views hazy from the ocean spray and the Californian sunshine, everything in Big Sur seemed more dreamlike than it already is. Winding and steep at times, Highway 1 was by far the most scenic drive I’ve ever been on (kudos to Dad behind the wheel); and we made frequent pauses along the side of the road to take it all in. Mile after mile, the scenery didn’t get old. Those massive waves crashing over huge, jagged rocks like they’re just little pebbles that stand between them and shore – it’s the kind of scene that reminds you just how powerful nature is. Even from way up above on the bluffs, the swirling ocean looks like billowing clouds before a storm (under the least threatening cloudless blue sky). It’s a dangerous kind of beauty.bigsur1bigsur2

“So that later when I heard people say “Oh Big Sur must be beautiful!” I gulp to wonder why it has the reputation of being beautiful above and beyond its fearfulness, its Blakean groaning rough-rock Creation throes, those vistas when you drive the coast highway on a sunny opening up the eye for miles of horrible washing sawing.” –Big Sur, Jack Kerouac

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And then textbooks took over….

longbournI’m not quite out of the exam-woods yet, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. I think that light is actually coming from the fireplace…which is where I will be curled up with a good book once I can read for fun again! If you find yourself with downtime during the holidays, here are some books I’ve enjoyed lately… Continue reading ….

On the Road — Mañana


I read On the Road in high school, but I don’t think I really got into it, and I had picked it up mostly because my favourite English teacher always raved about it and didn’t we all “dig the beat generation?!”. So when I saw a cheap paperback copy of it at home before I left for Spain I figured it was a perfect read for a my year abroad. And this quote…man. I love it. I know Kerouac wasn’t writing about Spain, but that’s what it will always make me think of — seems like one of the most fitting quotes for Andalucia, anyway.

“It was always mañana . For the next week that was all I heard– mañana , a lovely word and one that probably means heaven.”

-Jack Kerouac, On the Road (1957)

20130320-021257.jpgAs for my mañana…I’m off to meet my parents in Turkey for the Easter Break! I’m recovering from a bout of conjunctivitis (ew– don’t worry, no eye pictures!), but am so happy to be on the road.

Summer Reading: Book Group Meeting #1

Reading is cool, folks! I have some friends who question my age, because they view this book group hobby as “old”, but to that I say phooey! (And that doesn’t sound old at all, right?) The book group that some of my lovely gals and I started way back when is back for another summer instalment, with our first meeting happening this weekend! We’re going to discuss book choices this Saturday, so for our first meeting we thought we’d switch it up a bit and do some poetry. One of my best friends is an English major and a big fan of Edna St-Vincent Millay. I hadn’t read any of her poetry since my high school writer’s craft class, but remembered loving it so we thought she would be a good poet to kick off the summer with.  If you’d like to read along with our book group I’ll post what ends up on our summer reading list.  For now, here are the poems we picked for this weekend. Any poet experts around? If you want to virtually join our book group (and that would be SO cool…) just leave a note in the comments!

Happy reading!


What Lips My Lips Have Kissed, And Where, And Why (Sonnet XLIII)
Love Is Not All
Modern Declaration
I Know I Am But Summer To Your Heart
Ode To Silence
Time Does Not Bring Relief; You All Have Lied

Follow the Guidelines

I found this gem from the past while cleaning some files off my family’s old desktop.  Some girlfriends and I started a book group the summer we were 15, and these are the (kind of silly!) rules I decided our new group should follow. I particularly enjoy my use of coloured font for emphasis…

Our reading schedule sort of died once school started back up, but we managed to revive our club last summer and it was so much fun. Just the perfect excuse to make sure we all got together and caught up.  Anyone up for some more summer reading??