Monday, August 25, 2014

Vacation in Kingston

Last week we were in Kingston, Ontario. We visited with our friends who live there, walked along the lake, and just relaxed.

On the way there, we stopped to take a picture of The Big Apple, a site I've seen often but never photographed. This appeals to my love for quirky things. It's a restaurant which specializes in apple pie, oddly enough. :-)

We had beautiful, sunny weather every day except one, when it poured.

I love looking at the sailboats in the harbour, no matter the weather. M and I would fantasize about which yacht we would like to own. M liked some of the motorboats; but for me sails are essential.

Best of all, I did lots of writing on my next work-in-progress.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Wednesday in Stratford

Yesterday we drove the 90 miles to Stratford, Ontario to see a matinee performance of King Lear.

Although we drove under some dark clouds that threatened enough rain for the storm scene in Act III, by the time we arrived, the sun came back for its encore.

After a picnic lunch, we watched the play.

We took a stroll along the river to look for swans before leaving for home, taking the slower, more scenic highway.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Redesigned my website

I've been working on a fresh look for my website for about a week.

It's now ready to unveil. Take a look:

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Mystery Man

The Apollo 11 moon landing was on July 20, 1969, 45 years ago today.
Here is the villanelle I wrote about it.

Mystery Man

One small step can seem like almost nothing,
a quarter million miles for three to fly,
as we held our breaths to watch that first landing.

Four billion hopes--a planet's wondering
reflected in the mirror in the sky--
is one small step away from almost nothing.

Buzz followed you, while Mike was orbiting.
How could your tiny step not make us cry
as we breathlessly watched that first landing?

The media frenzy you found stifling,
a leap to fame that you would soon decry.
One small step can seem like almost nothing.

Who is this man? The press is suffocating.
Cocooned within your silence you just sigh,
and hope news will eclipse the first landing.

Mystery Man, no moon songs do you sing.
Can astronauts be brave, but also shy?
One small step that changes everything
at once. We exhale, hope for safe landing.

Copyright Barbara Etlin 2014, all rights reserved
by Barbara Etlin, Deco Owl Press.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Too literal

Too Literal: A one-minute play

Me:                   I should have kept that Philosophy of Existentialism textbook from university,
                          BEING AND TIME by Martin Heidegger. I should have schlepped it
                          from house to house all these years. I couldn't read one page of it without feeling    
                          sleepy. It was the perfect cure for insomnia!

Husband:         Your birthday's coming up soon. Would you like that for your
                          birthday present?

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Farewell to Tulips, 2014

Most of the tulips have faded, except for a few purple ones. Here's what the terrace looked like about a week ago.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Fabulous review for ANTIQUE PIANO & Other Sour Notes!

ANTIQUE PIANO & OTHER SOUR NOTES got a great review on Book Viral Spotlight!

Take a look: