Saturday, August 22, 2015

Flood of Fire

Seattle, Washington
Saturday, August 22, 2015

I just finished reading Flood of Fire, the third book in the Ibis Trilogy by Amitav Ghosh. It's been long enough ago since I read the second book that I could barely remember all the (many!) characters. Consequently, it took a while to get into this third book. But it was worth it. He really is a master of the historical fiction genre. Now I am seriously considering going back to the beginning to read them all again...

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Mercer Slough berry stroll

Bellevue, Washington
Sunday, August 9, 2015

Went for a wonderful walk along the Mercer Slough marsh walk this morning. A lovely 2+ mile walk with stray blueberry bushes dotting the edge of the trail--and blackberries, of course. Bring the kids!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Summer reads 2015

Seattle, Washington
Saturday, August 8, 2015

It's been a busy summer in the Reading Department, and I am ready to make some recommendations. Herewith:

The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh. This was my favorite book of the summer. This is a wonderful modern tale set in the Sundarbans--tigers, mangrove forests, and a dolphin specialist from Seattle... Read it! (from Wikipedia: "The Sundarbans is a natural region in the Bengal region comprising Bangladesh and Eastern India. It is the largest single block of tidal halophytic mangrove forest in the world.")

All the Light We Cannot See by Athony Doerr. This was one of those books that I could not put down--both from the pleasure of reading it and the suspenseful plot. Set in World War II era Germany and France. I only found the movement back and forth in time a bit confusing--though maybe that was one of the goals...

Eight Months on Ghazzah Street by Hilary Mantel. I enjoyed it but found its portrayal of the Middle East a bit too one-dimensional--and I was quite disappointed with the ending...

The Coffee Trader by David Liss. I enjoyed learning about that period of Dutch/European history but found the plot a bit over-convoluted...

A Delicate Truth by John le Carré. Wow, that was a fun read!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

"Sassy Salmon" sushi

Seattle, Washington
Thursday, August 6, 2015

Tonight was Parents' Night Out and we celebrated at Seattle's oldest Japanese restaurant in the International District: Maneki. It was jam packed but we squeezed in at the sushi bar--and enjoyed sushi and a few other delicacies. Frank's favorite was the "Sassy Salmon" sushi and mine the California roll. We'll be back--this time with a reservation!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Berries, beaches & art

Lopez Island, Washington
Thursday, July 23, 2015

Just finishing up a lovely week at Lopez with friends: lots of beach time, berry picking (yes, blackberries, too), and lots of art for kids of all ages. Thanks again, Mom!




Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Barnacle domains

Lopez Island, Washington
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Beach combing with the kids today when I came across this miniature barnacle compound on a palm-sized shell. The shape of the barnacles reminded me strongly of Dirichlet domains. Do barnacles indeed grow according to the principles of Dirichlet boundary conditions?


Monday, July 20, 2015

Bumper crop

Lopez Island, Washington
Monday, July 20, 2015

The yellow plum tree is laden to the breaking point with fruit this year. It's been at least 30 years since Dad planted these trees...