Hey, Boo. We’re baaaaaack!
Another August, another blog birthday. Alphabet Soup is now 8 years old!
What other possible reason to spend
hours days cranking out posts for invisible, sometimes imaginary readers licking their lollipops out in the ether?
Well, come to think of it, there are several good reasons:
- A lifelong love of books
- Creative expression
- A habit of eating
- A hungry mind
- Colin Firth, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, et. al.
- Curiosity and self discipline
- Good excuse to set the table and play with teacups and teddies
- Cultivate positivity in a harsh world
Oh, and one other thing (best reason of all). I’m nuts about YOU.
That’s right. You — that enigmatic, elusive, literary, whip-smart, caring, fun-loving child at heart a writer like me dreams of reaching.
Thank You So Much for continuing to read, follow, and comment on this blog — proof positive that you’re not imaginary or invisible after all. 🙂
So, how was your summer?
Mine can be summed up like this:
- Aidan Turner
- Windswept locks
- Topless scything
- Mining for copper
- “I belong here.”
One could say I’m
enamored of mildly obsessed with stark-raving nuts about Poldark. This shiny new PBS Masterpiece series materialized just in time, since Downton Abbey will be bowing out with Season 6 early next year (sob).
Set in the late 18th century, Poldark is chock full of just the kind of ingredients I love in British period dramas: interesting main characters who are not afraid to push the boundaries, beautiful setting and costumes, compelling rivalries, sweeping romance, riveting depiction of class struggles, comic relief, and a roller coaster of emotions.
Oh, and there’s this little matter of lead actor Aidan Turner. Suffice to say, he’s blown wet shirt Mr. Darcy out of the water when it comes to sizzling and sultry heartthrobs. Oh, those unruly brown locks, dark penetrating eyes, brooding demeanor, ripped torso, deep sonorous voice, disarming smile! Dear Reader, I swoon at every turn. There are no smelling salts in all the world potent enough to restore my composure. Mr. Turner can scythe my tall grass anytime. 🙂
If you somehow missed this fabulous 8-episode eye candy feast, do something about it IMMEDIATELY. I’ve started reading Winston Graham’s 12-novel Poldark saga and researching Cornish recipes in anticipation of Season 2, which airs in the U.S. next summer. SIGH. They’ve promised 10 new episodes instead of 8, since Season 1 was such a huge hit. “It is 20 years till then.”
8 Things to Look Forward to This Fall:
- Colin Firth’s Birthday September 10
- More Indie Artist Spotlights
- Hosting Poetry Friday October 23
- New Maira Kalman book (Beloved Dog, October 27)
- Eloise’s 60th Anniversary in November
- “Jacques Pépin, Heart & Soul” (new PBS cooking series) + Jacques’s 80th Birthday in December
- Book Giveaways
- More Hot Hot HotTEAs
Can’t wait to feature these books:
- The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations, compiled by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong (Pomelo Books, 2015)
- Fab Four Friends by Susanna Reich and Adam Gustavson (Henry Holt BYR, 2015)
- Double Happiness by Nancy Tupper Ling and Alina Chau (Chronicle Books, 2015)
- Eat Your U.S. History Homework: Recipes for Revolutionary Minds by Ann McCallum and Leeza Hernandez (Charlesbridge, 2015)
- Jumping Off Library Shelves by Lee Bennett Hopkins and Jane Manning (Wordsong, 2015)
- Flutter and Hum: Animal Poems by Julie Paschkis (Henry Holt BYR, 2015)
- Sharing the Bread: An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving Story by Pat Zietlow Miller and Jill McElmurry (Schwartz & Wade, 2015)
- Happy Birthday, Cupcake! by Terry Border (Philomel, 2015)
As I look forward to the cool, crisp, color-drenched days of Autumn, I’ll be keeping these 8-word quotes in mind.
Can you guess who said them?
- Once upon a time you dressed so fine . . .
- A person’s a person, no matter how small.
- Whose woods these are I think I know . . .
- Tomorrow may rain so I’ll follow the sun.
- The book. Calming object. Held in the hand.
- Do not go gentle into that good night.
- Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your father’s passing.
- Wherever you go, go with all your heart.
Hope you’ll join us at the Alphabet Soup table often. For now, I leave you with
8 Things to Love:
- British accents
- The “Notting Hill” soundtrack
- Jingle jangle mornings
- Warm cookies
- Tiny music boxes
- An Irish actor from Dublin
- Dan Santat’s eyebrows
Have a good week, and Happy Birthday, Alphabet Soup! 🙂
P.S. Did I mention how much I love Poldark? Here’s a favorite food scene featuring Ross and Demelza. How many gentlemen would sit at table with his kitchen maid?
♥ This post is brought to you by the number 8 and the letters A (Aidan), B (books), C (Cornelius), D (Darcy), E (Eloise), F (Fall), G (Graham), and H (HotTEA). Regular programming to resume shortly.
♥ Quotes by: Bob Dylan, Dr. Seuss, Robert Frost, Lennon-McCartney, Maira Kalman, Dylan Thomas, Harper Lee (TKAM), Confucius.
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