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Last month I read the book Still Life with Breadcrumbs by Anna Quindlen and I loved it on many, many levels.  First and foremost, as a photographer.  The entire book is centered around the story of a fine art photographer that moves from New York City into the mountains and gets a fresh look at life.  What I loved most about her story was that she carried her camera everywhere.  I’m so guilty of leaving my cameras at home and using my iphone as a “default” photo capture device if the need arises.  This lady shows that taking your camera with you everywhere is not only a good idea (because you never know what you might see), but it can also be profitable.

Rebecca Winter made her name famous by taking photos of messy dishes and macro shots of her son as a baby, but when she leaves the big city she finds herself taking landscape shots and shots of the stray dog that took up with her.  It’s a great story of fresh beginnings, but it got me thinking that I need to be more intentional with my personal photography and not rely so much on the trusty iphone.  Over the past few weeks I’ve been looking for things throughout my everyday life that would fit the “Rebecca Winters” model of photography.  Rule #1 – don’t move it, it must be photographed just as you found it.  Rule #2 – there are no rules, take photos of whatever speaks to you and whenever possible, process in black and white.

So, here’s my take on Still Life with Breadcrumbs… Thanks for the inspiration Rebecca Winters (and Anna Quindlen)!

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I really can’t say enough good things about the books I read in August.  To try and pick a favorite from this list is nearly impossible, so I’m totally bending the rules and picking an entire series.;-) Here’s a look back at what was on deck for August…

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen
*Paw and Order by Spencer Quinn (I added this one at the last minute)

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Amazingly enough, I actually stuck to the planned list and only added one more (Paw and Order).  The All Souls Trilogy by Debroah Harkness is a work of genius.  In my book it ranks right on up there with Harry Potter (just a more adult storyline).  It’s easily my top favorite trilogy of all times.  Rainbow Rowell is also a genius – I’ve read all of her books and she has this amazing ability of wrapping things up but leaving you wanting more.  I would read her grocery list if she published it.  No, seriously.

A friend recommended Still Life with Breadcrumbs because as a photographer she knew it would resonate and she was spot on.  In fact, I’ve got a special blog post planned based on this book later this month.:-) And Paw and Order is my favorite series of books written from a dog’s perspective, so I can’t leave them off of the “great” list.  I love the Chet & Bernie mysteries, and if you’re a dog lover I highly recommend.  So, like I said earlier, it was an amazing month of reading.  I’m going to give the All Souls Trilogy my top honors for the month but just know that every other book on the list was a very, very close 2nd place.;-)

So, on to September!  There’s a thing going around on Facebook where people are listing the top 10 books that have “stuck” with them and so far two of my friends have listed The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffeneger.  Hello, time travel!  How have I not read this?  So, here we go…

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffeneger
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst
Syren by Angie Sage (Septimus Heap #5)
Five, Six, Seven, Nate! by Tim Federle

And as usual, I love recommendations, so please keep them coming!

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It’s always amazing to me to see how much we pack into the summer.  The warm weather months seem to go by so fast, and if we aren’t intentional about it we’ve found that we spend way too much time in front of a screen or behind a desk.  Since we didn’t take a big vacation this year we’ve tried to schedule several “day-cations” throughout the summer and I’m really happy with how much time we’ve spent enjoying the outdoors mid-week and on the weekends.  As per usual, my insta-feed is mostly books, food and an over-domesticated fur baby, but I love seeing lots of water, napping and adventure in this year’s collection.  Thanks to the summer of 2014 for being fun and relaxing, and Happy Fall Y’all!

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