Saturday, March 23, 2013

Saturday Sally/March 23


Sally: a brief journey; an excursion or trip.

Did you read Peyton Place when you were a kid or an adult? Were you shocked? After all these years, there's just one part I remember, and it was indeed quite 'racy.' There was an excellent, in-depth article in NH Magazine about the author Grace Metalious. You may read it online here

There was a really encouraging piece in The Christian Science Monitor on how independent bookstores are doing. You may read it here:

I heard a very upsetting story on the radio program Here and Now about the Monarch butterflies. There are 59% fewer that made it to Mexico this winter. The good news is that there are things you and I can do in our own gardens and communities to possibly help the situation. You may read more here. Your place may even become certified as an official Monarch Waystation. I find this incredibly exciting and am looking into it for Windy Poplars Farm. 

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  1. That is a shame about the butterflies. I'm not sure they come through our area. I've seen them, but not very many of them. I can totally see Windy Poplars Farm as a butterfly waystation, Nan. :-)

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    1. I think they might come your way! Check this out:

      http://www.learner.org/jnorth/maps/monarch_spring2013.html

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  2. I had heard a little about the butterflies. Perplexing. Thanks for the great article on Peyton Place! I remember my mom and aunt never missed that show.

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    1. It's because the milkweed habitat is being built over or sprayed and killed.
      I got my ears pierced, and got pearl earrings because of Mia Farrow. :<)

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  3. I hope you are able to plant an acre of milkweed! I wish I could. Good news about the Independent Bookstores isn't it? I read that somewhere else. Haven't seen the PP link, but I definitely remember reading that "racy" book (secretly).!

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    1. We already have a bit, but I think we might get the seeds for more.
      It is wonderful news.
      The article on Grace M. is quite wonderful. Well-written and complete.

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  4. Came back to visit the bookstore link on the Monitor. It is encouraging news and more than that brought back memories, because we visited that bookstore when we were in Mystic on our "up east" roadtrip a few summers ago. I still have a couple of books I bought there! (But I have to add that it was right after that trip that I bought my Kindle ... I had trouble finding bookstores, which is why I remember this great one! (In our earlier years of travel would were always able to find used books at RV Parks on a give-away or trade shelf. On that trip we didn't find any at all.)

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    1. I bet there's a map online somewhere showing where all the independent bookstores are. And I found one!
      http://www.indiebound.org/indie-store-finder
      Wouldn't that be a fun trip - going from bookstore to bookstore across the country, buying a book in each one?!

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  5. I don't recall reading the book, Nan, but would watch the television series, which was usually on for some odd reason when my folks weren't around. That seemed racy enough at the time. A teenager at the time, I was more interested in Ryan O'Neal.

    We do have milkweed here on the Cutoff and plants that attract monarchs (when the deer don't eat them). The garden club I belong to establish a Monarch Waystation a few years. The member who spearheaded it is a national treasure who has increased the awareness of monarchs for all of us in the group. She and another member, who actually raises monarchs and speaks to schoolchildren, have traveled to Mexico to the area where the monarchs winter over, going by plane, and bus, and donkey. I was publicity chairwoman at the time and had a great education talking to them and doing the articles. We call them our butterfly ladies. You do us all a great service by bringing attention to the monarchs' plight. Sorry. I know I'm rambling on. It is an issue near to my heart. Last summer, we only saw one monarch in our yard.

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    1. Very funny about R. O'N. He's been in the news in quite unfavorable ways recently. He's very good in Bones, as Temperance's father.
      I am so glad you did 'ramble on.' This was so very interesting. How great to be a part of this! There are wonderful people in this world. Articles on them should make the front page instead of crime. It might change things.
      So, you have milkweed, but saw just one monarch? So upsetting.

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  6. I was just reading something about the Monarchs from Mary Alice Munro's facebook page. I will have to check out the site!

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    1. I clicked on her blog link. That's wonderful that people are drawing attention to it.

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  7. Lovely photograph of tulips (thank you). We don't have Monarchs over here, but I have seen them in Canada. Bees here are depleting, and I know the same for you, and it is worrying, isn't it? Anyway, for a little cheer, you get one of my Sunshine Awards. See http://mac-adventureswithbooks.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Both the butterflies and bees are sad, and scary, situations. It's so important that we do whatever we can.
      Thanks for the award.

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  8. Odd little story about Peyton Place (the movie): My dad's cousin was John Michael Hayes (called "Buddy" in our family), who became a Hollywood screenwriter. Our family loyally went to all of Buddy's movies when they came out. Of course, as my parents stood in line at the box office to buy tickets for Peyton Place, with their two little girls in hats and gloves held fast by their hands, there was much tsk-ing and shaking of heads among the other adults. Heck, we only knew it was Buddy's movie and I'm sure that my mother and dad had no idea of what kind of story was coming. I remember it as the first of Buddy's movies that had parts where our parents covered our eyes, whispering, "Plug your ears, girls!"

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    1. The best story! Thank you so much for telling me.

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