The idea for this blog came about thanks a wonderful book group that Michelle and Sarah belong to and Sarah’s annual March obsession with The Morning News’ Tournament of Books. (Not that she’s read a single book in contention.) But reading the judges’ reviews, the moderators’ thoughts, and the comments reminds us of how much people care about books! So do we!

A once-a-month book group and the occasional, in-person, bookish conversation is awesome, but sometimes we want to be able to continue the discussion, or share a thought right away, or explore an idea by writing it down. So, a blog.

A quick note on the blog name and header. The imagine is from a John Singer Sargent painting called Two Girls Fishing from 1912, and it depicts his nieces fishing while on a family trip in the French Alps. It currently hangs in the Cincinnati Art Museum. Michelle and Sarah like to think about which of us is the girl in white (Michelle—duh), and which of us is the girl in black (Sarah—come on!).

In real life, we also enjoy: reading, writing, thinking; walking, talking, being; living, learning, loving. Thanks for joining us here!


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  1. yer gonna think i’m stalking, or whatever … but i’m finding COINCIDENCEs through-out at your site. i toured an art museum in Denver just two daze ago — Clyfford Still — and thought of a past art exhibit i toured, that of Sargent, how i would stand REAL close (nose almost touching) the Sargent paintings (i was real popular with the art-hall guards) and note the SPLOTCHeS of paint, how quilt-like they were, at that range (a few inches) there was little or no “sense” whatsoever. i’d slowly back up … and at about 6 or 7 feet away the picture/painting would come swimmingly into focus. how Mr. sargent could know, sense, intuit, what it would like like many feet away when on the surface it was, uh, a kind of pointillism. um, splotchulism?

  2. Hey, betunada! Nice to see you here, and thanks for commenting. I’m curious about how you found us?

    That’s very cool that you were just at a Sargent exhibit. He is my favorite artist, and it’s a lifelong love. When I was about 11 or 12 I became obsessed with the painting The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit. There is a wonderful book that was published a few years ago all about the history of that particular painting, the family depicted in it, and it’s importance in Sargent’s career. It’s called Sargent’s Daughters: A Biography of a Painting by Erica E. Hirshler, and I highly recommend it, if you’re interested in that sort of thing.

    Well, I’m loving the coincidences you’re finding here! And I look forward to checking out your blog. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  3. i typed in a search for “narnia” — partly to see if my post would come up (it did, eventually) and partly wondering why and how certain search terms direct people to my site/blo(r)g. (i don’t “blog”, i BLORG). anyhoo: one search term which brought someone to my cave was THE WHY PEOPLE DON’T LIKE ME TEST. another was OUR GIVE A SHIT EXPIRED LONG AGO. more recently someone typed FOUR IDIOTS WAITING FOR THE TRAIN. so, as i think you might agree — is my blorg that, uh, weird? negative? macabre? negative?

    glad i stumbled by (to here), though.

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