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The husband and I just binge-watched a fabulous mystery series during a very rainy weekend. Robert Galbraith (a pen name for J.K. Rowling) has written three mysteries with an investigator named C.B. Strike as the main character. BBC1 and Cinemax made them into a TV series and it is wonderful. There are currently seven episodes, each one hour long, that are taken from the three existing books. One of many things I love about them is that there is a minimum of graphic violence. I scare easily and am squeamish so I appreciate a good mystery that isn’t unnecessarily violent. That is not to say there’s no suspense or scary moments during the investigation, there are! I love the actor who plays Cormoran Strike (Tom Burke), and the actress who plays his assistant Robin (Holliday Grainger). Of course there is romantic tension between these two professional co-workers that’s delightful. A fourth book has been written and four new episodes will air in 2019. Not a moment too soon! C.B.Strike can be watched on Cinemax or Vudu.
Watch a You Tube trailer.
Wild Geese by Mary Oliver
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
from Dream Work by Mary Oliver
published by Atlantic Monthly Press
© Mary Oliver
In 2017, NPR Music debuted Turning The Tables, a list of the 150 greatest albums ever made by women from 1964 to 2017. I have loved listening to most of them over the past year and a half.
Turning The Tables 2018 concentrated on the 200 greatest songs by women + in the 21st century.
The Living New Deal is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to research, presentation and education of all the New Deal public works across the entire country “often of outstanding beauty, utility and craftmanship”. From 1933-1943 many federally sponsored programs put millions of jobless Americans back to work. Post offices, courthouses, airports, parks, forests, gardens and artworks were created in that decade. The team at The Living New Deal is building a national database of information, documents, photographs and personal stories in an effort to protect New Deal art and architecture from destruction or privatization. They will do that by properly marking all the sites.
They are developing maps of New Deal sites for areas in the U.S. There is a New York City map with 1,000 New Deal works of all kinds. It folds into a pocket size. $5.00. There is also a San Francisco map for $3.00.