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Row, Row, Row Your Boat


[Originally posted October 28, 2011]

Susan Fox did an excellent job in “My Reach” exploring the hidden depths of the Hudson River by kayak. She interwove the story with the loss of her parents within a short time of each other. It was poignant  without being overly sentimental. It was well done and interesting. I loved studying the map of the areas she explored on the inside covers. This woman is daunting in her independence and fearlessly dives, no pun intended, in to whatever challenge she undertakes. I still find it hard to do certain things without the moral support of my friends. Traveling alone doesn’t appeal to me but I do admire her spirit and the sights she’s seen and explored I envy. There are trade off’s. Would you want to travel alone just to see if you could? I didn’t experience camping until I was in my mid twenties and loved it when I didn’t think I would.  I love my comforts too much now but I do know there are only things you can see from experiencing them. 


What experience would you like to challenge yourself with? Hope to see you at movie night!  Marsella

Marsella Is a Scaredy Cat


[Originally posted October 24, 2011]


My kids refuse to watch scarey movies with me ( which pretty much eliminates all creepy movies) because I cover my face and then I beg them to tell me what happened. The ones that I did manage to suffer through were “The Shining”, “The Sentinel” and the one that scarred me forever…”The Exorcist”. I decided that it just wasn’t worth it to torture myself, especially if it was going to cost me money. This Saturday at 7pm is adult movie night featuring “Abbott and Costello. A chubby, hilarious, hapless hero who Dracula wants for a brain transplant. Just my speed! I’ll leave the horror movies to grownups.


I read a new murder mystery over the weekend by Louise Penny. It is the Chief Inspector Gamache series and takes place in Canada near Montreal. It is what one would call a cozy mystery ( what I call happy murder and mayhem) but I would say a little more sophisticated than most. Gamache has class and is a force to be reckoned with. A well loved, retired teacher is found murdered on Thanksgiving morning in a charming rural village south of Montreal. I liked the rookie that is sent to work with the admired Gamache and learns more than she bargained for. I’ll try the next one in this series and see what happens.


I am now engrossed in a non-fiction selection about a professor that decides to travel the Hudson River in a kayak. She intertwines her story with that of her mom who is dying from cancer. That sounds like an odd combination but she does a very good job moving back and forth. She is fearless and rather intimidating so her dialogue about her mom softens her somewhat. The Hudson was well known for pollution decades ago and has gone under a lot of transformation. I’m sure all the pricey real- estate located there didn’t hurt the cause. I’ll get the title to you next time. See you at the movies…Marsella