Posts Tagged ‘Why We Broke Up


2.16.13 … a walk on the wild side … spring to winter in 45 minutes …

“Solvitur Ambulando”  – It is solved by walking,  2013 Lenten labyrinth walks, Myers Park Baptist Church, snow, thunder snow, Charlotte, early spring, winter, Why We Broke Up, YA literature: 
I’ve waited all day to walk because I wanted to walk in the snow. But Charlotte’s not going to get snow. But if it does overnight, I can walk tomorrow morning. I hate that about the South, that we wait for winter with anticipation. Other people wait for spring …
So finally at about 4 pm, I drove over to Myers  Park Baptist Church.  I was  amazed at how much spring is already here (yet the homes still have giant hearts on the doors to celebrate Valentine’s).  Yards are  just filled with yellow daffodils. There’s a pink tree in  bloom. The Bradford pears are budding. It is just amazing. However, I am waiting for winter.
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I’ve been listening to young adult fiction today, specifically a book called Why We Broke Up. I am amazed at the angst which is always a part of young adult fiction. I wonder if at 53 I am filled with the same angst of 15-year-old.  I think about what I would put in a box if I were 15 and broke up … realizing I probably have such stuff still in a box in my house … I would never have had the guts to deliver that box to my ex …
My  walk was brisk. I notice that the lines marking the seams in the concrete are water stained … collecting as it dries. I feel like it’s trying to dry for the snow.

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I think, “hope I get to come back tomorrow and walk on it  snow-covered ”  My other thought is that I now feel very out of sync when I walk this labyrinth and reach the center. I am out of sync because I now know that the number of petals in the center are not true to Chartres. (But the labyrinth  makes up for it by having a stone inlaid in the  center that was quarried from the same quarry that stones of Chartres were quarried.
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As I left I noticed that someone has stolen the sign that tells everyone that this is a “sacred place.”  I wonder what would make someone steal that sign. I’ve concluded that it may go in someone’s box  of mementos from a relationship. They stole the side of the labyrinth.
As I got in the car, I heat ice …and rain and SNOW!
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I also see lightning and hear thunder … Thunder Snow …
Within 15 minutes Charlotte is covered in snow ….
Now I really must go back and walk the labyrinth in the morning … early before anyone else.
fyi … I first experienced thundersnow while I lived in Chicago … I have now experienced it 3 times, the same number that mY kids have experienced …

Thundersnow, also known as a winter thunderstorm or a thunder snowstorm, is an extremely rare[1] kind of thunderstorm with snow falling as the primary precipitation instead of rain. It typically falls in regions of strong upward motion within the cold sector of an extratropical cyclone. Thermodynamically, it is not different from any other type of thunderstorms but the top of the cumulonimbus is usually quite low. As well as snow, graupel, or more rarely hail also commonly falls.

via Thundersnow – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.


2.2.13 … “Spring,” says Queen Charlotte … Happy Lunar New Year!

Groundhog Day, Candlemas, spring, traditions, Queen Charlotte – Charlotte’s Groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, LOL:  Who knew … 1. we have our own groundhog, Queen Charlotte and 2. Groundhog Day is associated with Candlemas Day. And what is Candlemas Day?  Anyway … ‘Spring!’ says Queen Charlotte.

The old Candlemas Day tradition says that if the groundhog sees its shadow on Feb. 2, six more weeks of wintry weather are ahead. No shadow means an early spring.

While a hit with the hundreds of children who gathered behind the Nature Museum on Saturday to see her, and despite her apparent prowess on social media, Queen Charlotte hasn’t been quite so spectacular with her weather forecasts.

She predicted six more weeks of winter last year, but the Charlotte area experienced one of the mildest winters on record.

Over the past five years, she’s been correct twice.

But at least she was well-behaved.

via ‘Spring!’ says Queen |

For only the 17th time since 1887…Punxsutawney Phil did NOT see his shadow. So his forecast: an early Spring! Happy Groundhog Day!

via Twitter / DanSkeldonNBC40: For only the 17th time since ….

Its that time of year…


Why We Broke Up,  Daniel Handler, Maira Kalman, quotes, bookshelf, YA fiction, quotes, The Why We Broke Up Project, movie – Why We Broke Up : Loving this easy read that is illustrated by Maira Kalman …

… and turned up the music and the night began to begin. – Why We Broke Up, 15.

“It’s not you, it’s me — you’re great.” “I’m so sorry, but this just isn’t working out.” “I think we should see other people.” Whether it was the boy who dumped you in the sandbox for that kid with the bright red fire truck or the girl who abruptly stopped answering your notes during algebra, no one makes it through life without exposure to that miserable condition known as the breakup. And now we have Daniel Handler (who also writes as Lemony Snicket) giving us the lowdown on the rise and fall of one dissolution in particular in “Why We Broke Up.”

via Why We Broke Up – By Daniel Handler. Illustrated by Maira Kalman – Book Review –

Would you share your story?  Interesting project …

Why We Broke Up is my new novel, in the form of a long letter from a girl named Min Green to a boy named Ed Slaterton. The letter comes with a box, and inside the box are all of the souvenirs from their love. Each of the items is the subject of a painting by Maira Kalman.

In order to write and illustrate this tale of heartbreak, Maira and I dug deep into our own romantic histories, remembering all of the times we’ve been dumped, particularly by [name redacted] and, in Maira’s case, [name redacted]. It was almost like getting our hearts broken all over again, several times, and it doesn’t seem fair that we would have to do this and you wouldn’t.

This website allows you to share your stories of heartbreak with us, just as we shared ours with you. Our hope is that the Why We Broke Up project will enable all of our heartbreak to reach critical mass, so that, unlike [name redacted], it will never bother us again.

via The Why We Broke Up Project.

Hailee Steinfeld is in final negotiations to join Fox’s comedy Why We Broke Up. The film is an adaptation of a book by Daniel Handler, who also wrote the Lemony Snicket novel series.

The actress plays Min, a high school sophomore who enjoys hanging out with friends at their favorite coffee shop. She falls for Ed, a senior and captain of the basketball team, and gets caught up in their roller coaster romance. The story unfolds a few weeks after their break-up, when she drops off a letter and a box of mementos on his porch.

via Hailee Steinfeld Joins Why We Broke Up –

labyrinth walks, “Solvitur Ambulando” – It is solved by walking:

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Quick walk to focus on blessings. And think about a few of my friends and family who are in need of blessings.

Chimes playing for the entire walk which is unusual. Their clanging went well with my cold brisk wet walk.

As I left the center I left my yard clogs and walked out sock-footed. One of the most interesting observations was that parts of the brick path were cold and some were warm. And it wasn’t because I was used to it. It seems that one side of the labyrinth was warmer than the other. Much love – d

via (1) Feb 2, 2013.

fireworks, Chambers Lawn, Davidson College, Lunar New Year:  Happy Lunar New Year! Neither John nor I have ever heard of Davidson having such a celebration … love it!  Molly’s roommate was sad because this was the first time she missed the holiday away from home.  She is Asian-American.

Fireworks on Chambers Lawn. Happy Lunar New Year!

source: The Davidsonian


Laughed out loud. It’s all true!

via Noble Pig Vineyards.

2013 Budweiser Super Bowl Ad, The Clydesdales: “Brotherhood” , YouTube: By far my favorite!

2013 Budweiser Super Bowl Ad — The Clydesdales: “Brotherhood” – YouTube.

Paris, Notre-Dame de Paris, bells:  Love this post …

Arrivée des nouvelles cloches à Notre-Dame de Paris

Updated on Friday

Dans le cadre du 850e anniversaire de Notre-Dame de Paris, un nouvel ensemble de neuf cloches est arrivé par convoi exceptionnel à Paris. Revivez en photos l’impressionnante arrivée de Gabriel, Anne-Geneviève, Denis, Etienne et les autres, sous les vivats de la foule.

via Arrivée des nouvelles cloches à Notre-Dame de Paris.

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