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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow...IN OCTOBER!!!!

Nutley was blanketed in the first snowfall of the season yesterday.  Starting as heavy drops of raining slush around 10:30 a.m., it changed to heavy wet snow by 11:30 a.m.  Throughout the day it melted on the ground, however, by 4 p.m. it was accumulating on the ground. Snapping and swooshing noises signaled branches breaking and trees falling.  Going from window to window to door after every crash, we saw branches down everywhere.

Dianne called last night to say that Mayor Cocchiola declared a Nutley state-of-emergency because so many trees were down and branches and trees were still falling.  The Mayor also postponed the Survivors' Brunch scheduled for this morning.

My sister Jackie called around 10 p.m. to say that she heard we were in the middle of a snowstorm.  She was in Minneapolis at the airport hoping that flights to Philadelphia would not be affected.

This morning, the sun is shining brightly and the landscape is littered with leaves and snow and trees and branches.  Bob and Grace were here last night.  It took him a while to clean the ice and snow off of his car this morning.  He returned with coffee from Dunkin' Donuts to report that it was really bad around town. Trees were down everywhere. The Farmer's Almanac predicts a mild winter, but I wonder....

Friday, October 28, 2011

"The Reversal" by Michael Connelley

The Reversal (Mickey Haller, #3)The Reversal by Michael Connelly

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved "The Lincoln Lawyer" and looked forward to reading "The Reversal." It was interesting to see Mickey Haller as a prosecutor working alongside his former wife Maggie "McFierce."  And, of course, Harry Bosch is here doing the investigating.  Jessup is a dastardly child murderer freed for a new trial by DNA evidence.

It was a good story. The ending was unexpected, a nice twist.

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

My *heart* daughter

On Sunday, 9/25/2011, I spent the day with my delightful daughter.  We were checking out tea rooms in the city as possible fun places for her baby shower.  It was a beautiful day that ended with our visit to the Queens Museum.  I had not been to Flushing Meadow since the World's Fair!!!  I was in high school for crying out loud.  It was strange to be out of the car, passing by, and on the ground looking at the structures that I remembered from the long ago trip.

The Meadow is now a beautiful park and the Panorama Building is the Queens Museum of Art.  The helicopters that we rode in to view the Panorama have been removed, but the ramp is still there.  It serves as a viewing deck around the Panorama for visitors to walk around.

The Panorama is a scaled down model of NYC that has been kept reasonably up-to-date.  The reason for the visit was a talk by author Brian Selznick (The Invention of Hugo Cabret) who stood in the East River on the Panorama with a sign language translator to tell us about his journey to success as an author and his new book Wonder Struck in which the Panorama is a character.  If you are unfamiliar with Selznick, perhaps you are interested now :-)

Jackie was a bit rattled by the autograph session, the crowd was a little out-of-control, but, she was so determined to get her copies of the books signed to share with her kids at school that she hung in there to the end.

I have a beautiful daughter with a loving husband both expecting their first child.  She is happy to spend a day with her mom and is so in touch with her life.  My heart is bursting with pride for the woman she has become.