Saturday, April 30, 2016

Postcards Received 4/30/16

298.  Switzerland Map
+17 degrees C
Hello Chris,
A map for you!  I'm living ner Basle in the northwest of Switzerland in a small village.  I love to visit at Basle, the old city, the river Rhine, the art museums, and the zoo.  My other hobbies are reading, learning Spanish, walking, swimming, and painting.  I love to trave to Spain.  I wish you a nice day and all the best.
Happy Postcrossing, Claudia

299. Think Skink
Ontario, Canada
Common Five-lined skinks have the ability to "drop" their tails if grasped in order to escape.  The moving tail gragment will distract the predator while the skink escapes.  The missing tail with grow back over time, but will not be the same colour or length as before.  The Common Five-lined Skink is Ontario's ONLY lizard and they are a species at risk.
Hello!  I love telling people about Canada.  I hope that some day you can visit the "Great White North".  I love camping at Pinery Park!
31% of Canada is forest...
Canada has more lakes than all other countries combined!
20% of the world's fresh water is in Canada.

April Letterboxing

I've gone to a number of "traditional" sites this month, but was unwilling to venture into the undergrowth of desert because of snakes.  I saw one at the beginning of the month, right out in plain sight while I was looking for my first Munzee, and it freaked me out a bit, so I'm being really careful.  I only had 25 paces left to go just this afternoon to find a box, but after a-not-so-lengthy deliberation, scrapped the idea!

My 4/30/16 stats:

P1 F94 X46 (not much change here)

New in April:
Traditional:  1 find
HH: 1 find (now 9F)
Postals:  19 found, 1 carved and planted (Now 9P 87F)
LTCs: 4 quisps found (Now 1P 16F)
Travelers so far 40F
Even Boxes so far 18 F

My only carve this month was the Road Trip - AZ to ME (above)

Friday, April 29, 2016

Postcards Received from Africa - Yes, AFRICA!

Cape Nature, South Africa
Monday, 4 April 2016
Temp 30 degrees C.
Dear Chris,
My name is Sonette and I live in a small town, Ifafi, in the north west of South Africa.  I love nature, reading, photography and cross stitching.  My home language is Afrikaans.  It is similar to Dutch.  A few words in my language:  "Lekker" = nice; "Pragtig" = beautiful; 'Vrede" = peace.  I hope you enjoy the postcard.  It is taken in a reserve called "The Hell" because it is so remote!
Warm regards, Sonette.

MOVIE - Risen

PG-13 (1:47)
Wide release 2/19/16
Viewed date at Kolb Cheapie Theater 4/29/16
RT Critic:  53  Audience:  77
Critic's Consensus:  Risen benefits from a lighter tone than many faith-based productions, as well as a unique take on the Greatest Story Ever Told and a terrific turn from star Joseph Fiennes
Cag: 4 - Liked it a lot
Directed by Kevin Reynolds
Sony Pictures

Joseph Fiennes, Tom Felton

My comments:  I only went to this movie because I was craving a movie, didn't want to drive way across town, and was the only one left at the Gateway that I hadn't seen (other than a Disney flick, which I wasn't in any sort of mood for).  I was really, really nervous because I thought it would be preachy and religious. I was hoping for a decent historical fiction piece (I ate up books about this time period....The Robe, The Silver Chalice....when I was in high school.).  And it stars Joseph Fiennes, who I ADORE (jeez is he gorgeous.....)  So, with only a little bit of trepidation I bought my popcorn and soda and prepared myself for an unknown experience.  And I really enjoyed it!  Nice piece of storytelling set in 33 AD.  Set was great.  Acting was great.  Story was interesting, as was the perspective - of the Roman centurion, Clavius,  who was sent by Pontius Pilate to "solve" the case of the "risen" Yeshua. The disciples were happy, mellow fellas (Jesus-era hippies?), the miracles were a nice fantasy touch, and the actual religious/God aspect was played down entirely.  Jesus was pretty cool, too!  I liked this movie a lot, believe it or not!

RT Summary:  Roman military tribune Clavius (Joseph Fiennes) remains set in his ways after serving 25 years in the army. He arrives at a crossroad when he's tasked to investigate the mystery of what happened to Jesus

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

PICTURE BOOK - Will's Words by Jane Sutcliffe

How William Shakespeare Changed the Way You Talk
Illustrated by John Shelley
2016, Charlesbridge
HC $17.95
40 lovely, thick pages.
Goodreads rating: 4.36
My rating: 5, no question!
Endpapers:  Dark Rust
Setting:  1606 London
1st line/s:  "Dear Reader:  We have to talk.  I have failed you.  I set out to write a book about the Globe Theater and its great storyteller, William Shakespeare.  About how the man was an absolute genius with words and wove those words into the most brilliant and moving plays ever written."

My comments:  This is more than a book that tells about how many of our everyday word choices and combinations were originally penned by W. S.  There are wonderful explanations included for each and the opportunity to read them in context, which is more-than-excellent.  It also tells of the times, of the theater, of how it all "worked."  You learn lots!  And the illustrations are a blast - there's so much to take in as you look and look at the details.  Great timeline and bibliography included as well.

Goodreads:  When Jane Sutcliffe sets out to write a book about William Shakespeare and the Globe Theatre, in her own words, she runs into a problem: Will's words keep popping up all over the place! What's an author to do? After all, Will is responsible for such familiar phrases as "what's done is done" and "too much of a good thing." He even helped turn "household words" into household words. 
           But, Jane embraces her dilemma, writing about Shakespeare, his plays, and his famous phrases with glee. After all, what better words are there to use to write about the greatest writer in the English language than his very own?  As readers will discover, "the long and the short of it" is this: Will changed the English language forever.

Postcards Received from California

Solvang, California
Nestled in the Santa Ynez Valley is the beautiful town of Solvang.  Unique architecture, gift shops, and bakeries are just some of the attractions to the area enjoyed by many visitors every year. (cag note:  I've been here 3 times, once with Laura, once with Dede, and once alone)
Hi Chris,
this is a great little town that is about two hours north of me.  We explored the bakeries and found some great treats.  There were wine tasting rooms, fun gift shops, and even some outlet stores.
Best wishes, Susan

Mission San Juan Capistrano, California
Founded Nov. 1st 1776 by Father Serra
this is a view of the beautiful Front Garden with the famous pigeons that greet the visitors.
(reproduction of a postcard postmarked 1946)
Hello Chris!
I am pleased to send this card to you.  I live a few minutes drive from this mission.  It is one of many missions along the California coast.  They were important in the settlement of this state.
Best wishes, Mary

281.  Santa Barbara, CA
Hello class!  I live in Santa Barbara.  I work at a Law Firm that you can see in this photo.  My kids like to surf and I enjoy reading on the beach while they do.  Keep learning!
Best Wishes,

San Francisco Bay Bridge
Linking San Francisco and Metropolitan Oakland, in California, is the longest bridge in the wrl - extreme length, including approachers is 8 1/4 miles.   One pier of the bridge is 242 feet high, equivalent to a 20-story building.  (cag note:  this is an old postcard, I wonder what bridge/s top those statistics at this point in time?)

Postcards Received from Japan

292.  Unknown artist (the description is in Japanese)
Hello, My name is Satomi from Japan.  I live in Toyota City where is famous for car company so there are many factories here.  I hope you'll like this card.  Happy postcrossing!  Satomi

PICTURE BOOK - Secret Tree Fort by Brianne Farley

Illustrated by the author
2016, Candlewick
HC $16.99
32 pgs.
Goodreads rating: 3.73
My rating:  4
Endpapers:  Simple.  Pale green with individual leaves flicked in.  A great outdoors-in-the-yard kind of feel
Title Page:  Older sister curled up in comfy chair reading.  Younger sister creating a block masterpiece on the floor.
Illustrations:  charcoal, pencil, and ink.  Colored digitally.
1st line/s:  "It's a beautiful day!  Go play outside!"

My comments:  Ha!  The first pages definitely remind me of me and my own sister.....  And, it's dedicated to "my favorite sister." This book is cute, clever, and imaginative - a little Where the Wild Things Are meets Bink and Mollie.  And, unlike what really happened with my own sister, it has a wonderful, perfect ending.  Great picture book.

Goodreads:  Even a bookish big sister is drawn in by the promise of her imaginative sibling’s spectacular hideaway.
          I have a secret tree fort, and YOU’RE NOT INVITED!
          When two sisters are ushered outside to play, one sits under a tree with a book while the other regales her with descriptions of a cool fort in a tree that grows ever more fantastical in the telling. What will it take to get the older sister to look up? The promise of a water-balloon launcher in case of attack? A trapdoor to stargaze through? A crow’s nest from which to see how many whales pass by or to watch for pirates? Or the best part of all, which can’t be revealed, because it’s a secret?

Monday, April 25, 2016

Postcards Received from Indonesia

132.  Received 12/8/15
Probably one of my all-time favorites

Postcards Received from France

291.  Received 4/25/16
Toulouse - Le Cloitre des Jacobins
Hello Chris,
My name is Julie, I'm a teacher with little children.  This postcard represents one of my favorite places in my town, Toulouse.  This town is nicknamed  the "pink town" (the color of ...?) This place is so quiet, I love it.

Postcards received from the Czech Republic

290.  Received 4/25/2016
10.4.2016 Diksany, Czech Republic, 9*C
Ahoj - Hi Chris! 
Greetings from the spa town Podebrady, founded in 1223 where I was visiting for my mother, who was there for rehabilitation after heart surgery.  Have a nice Day!  Pavel

Postcards Received from New Hampshire

  New Hampshire

Received August, 2012
A plow, they say, to plow the snow.
They cannot mean to plant it, no
Unless in bitterness to mock
At having cultivated rock.
-Robert Frost

289. Received 4/25/2016
Love the coast of Maine!  I live in central NH and visit it often.  My sister lives in Bangor and I usually take the highway north and then the coastal route on the return.  Jean.  April 19, 2016

Postcards Received from The Netherlands

288.  Received 4/25/2106
Hello, I am not a religious type, but I live in "Roermond", with several churches ha, ha, ha.  In my country I love "the keukenhof" in lisse (not sure of the spelling, hard to read the handwriting) with lots of flowers in beautiful colours.  And driving a Solex bike with my sons and husband.  And in the end dinner near the lake.
302.  Close-Up Map of the Netherlands
4th April 2016
Dear Class,
My name is Ruben and I am a 21 year old student of geography!
I am also planning to become a teacher.  On the front of this card you can sere the map of the Netherlands.  I live near the city of Gronigen.  Can you find it?
Have a nice day,
Greetings, Ruben

Postcards Received from Canada

299. Think Skink
Ontario, Canada
Common Five-lined skinks have the ability to "drop" their tails if grasped in order to escape.  The moving tail gragment will distract the predator while the skink escapes.  The missing tail with grow back over time, but will not be the same colour or length as before.  The Common Five-lined Skink is Ontario's ONLY lizard and they are a species at risk. 
Hello!  I love telling people about Canada.  I hope that some day you can visit the "Great White North".  I love camping at Pinery Park!
31% of Canada is forest...
Canada has more lakes than all other countries combined!
20% of the world's fresh water is in Canada.

Postcards Received from Russia

Hi ther!  This is a card of Russia and I marked a place where my little city is.  I like living here, calm town with rather adequate people :)  Also I like to travel to Moscow, but I get tired of it too fast.  People always hurry, angry and never smile.  Have a good day and take care.

Happy Postcrossing!
I live in the old Russian city of Bryansk.  It's famous for its beautiful landscapes and churches.  I hope you'll like my post card with matroskkas.  Tatyana

287.  Yalta, Cathedral of St. Alexander Nevsky, 1902
Greetings from Russia!  This orthodox church is located in Crimea, southern Russia.  Happy postcrossing!

Church of Our Savior and the Protection of the Mother of God; Vytesgorskii Graveyard
This photo was taken in 1909 by Russian photographer Sergei Mikhailovich
08 April 2016
Hello, Chris!
Many greetings from Moscow!  My name is Anna.  I am 45 y.o. I am married.  I have adult son.  I live in Zelenograd (translation "green city').  This is one of the districts of Moscow.
All the Best!

261. Moscow, Spasskaya Tower, St. Basil's Cathedral
Hello!  My name is Natalie.  I live in Moscow.  My favorite aphorism:  "All that does not kill us makes us stronger."  ~ F. Nietzsche

Moscow.  St. Basil's Cathedral at night
I sent for you a [postcard with the view of night Moscow famous and beautiful buildings!  It is very old, big, and fanstgastic b eautiful.  I think you like this postcard!  Best wishes from Russia, Anna

Moscow.  The Novodevichy Convent
Hello Chris, I'm Alex from Moscow.  I hope you'll like the card.

St. Petersburg. The Hermitage
The State Staircase (1860s)
Dear Chris,
Greetings from Russia!  It's view of The Hermitage in Saint Petersburg.  I visited it twice - great!  Good book and interesting reading, Tatulya

I live in the city not far from Moscow.  We proud of the Cosmonautics State History Museum and K. Tsiolkovski Memorial Home.  Merry Christmas, Happy New Year.
Best Wishes,

181.  Russian Painting
Petrozavodsk, Russia
She mailed this in an envelope covered with stamps - see below.
Hello Chris!
I live in the Republic of Karelia in Petrozavodsk city.  This is in the north-west (of) Russia.  I send you postcard with the picture of one of the city squares.  The Republic of Karelia is situated near to the border with Finland.  And I really like Finland and Finnish culture.  It's an amazing country.  But I would like to tell about my region.  :)  We have amazing nature, wonderful forests and lakes.  Apart from (that) we have interesting traditions and culture (it's somewhat similar tot he Finnish culture);.  There are Karelian pies, the Russian word is "Kanumku" and it sounds like "calitki."
I hope you like this postcard.
Best wishes,

Emperor Nikolay II with the heir Czarevich Alexey
Hello, Chris!
I send you a historical card.  Nikolay II was one of the first state figures, who raised a question of global disarmament.  The end of Romanovs' ruling is tragic.  All the family was executed in Ekaterinburg at the night from 16 til 17 July 1918.
So, happy postcrossing!