Summer Reads 2017 update

Monday, June 12, 2017 0 No tags Permalink 0

 summer reads 2017

I’ve been slowly working on my reading, and so it is time for the Summer Reads 2017 update, the first of its kind. I am still managing to get some done on the John Kabat-Zinn. Much of it is similar to what I learned in the eight week MBSR course through the Grand Rapids Center for Mindfulness but it’s a good reminder to stay in the moment. I did finish Lincoln in the Bardo, which was indeed a very unusual book.



I’m not sure it’s everyone’s cup of tea. It takes a bit to get used to how it’s written. The story is strange and it’s stayed with me after I finished reading it. I found the ending was not entirely satisfying. If you want to read it, let me know and I will mail it to you. If not, it will likely wind up at the library as a donation. I have started My Grandmother…which also seems to be a very unusual book. I believe I may need a palate cleanser of a breezy beach read when I am finished with it, so for sure I will be adding to my book list as I go. I always seem to do that.

What are you reading? Have you read any of the books on my list? Let me know your thoughts!


Summer Reads 2017:

Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel by George Saunders

Like reading? Check out previous summer reads:

Summer Reads 2016

Summer Reads 2015

Summer Reads 2014

Summer Reads 2017

Thursday, June 1, 2017 0 No tags Permalink 0

summer reads 2017

It’s that time of year again – ready for Summer Reads 2017. It seemed to go straight from February to Memorial Day; time really moves more quickly the older you get. While I’ve been reading off and on this past winter (Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter by Kate Clifford Larson which was really excellent, Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett which I hated, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood which was amazing, Commonwealth by Ann Patchett which was ok), I never get as much reading done as during my Summer Reads project. It is a true hedonistic endeavor…I pick eight or so books to read from Memorial Day through Labor Day. I generally pick my books from recommendations, the New York Times Bestseller list and book reviews by NPR’s Maureen Corrigan.

Anyhow, I  believe I have set my list for Summer Reads 2017:

Lincoln in the Bardo: A Novel by George Saunders

The Gustav Sonata: A Novel by by Rose Tremain

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, Abraham Verghese

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

Perfect Little World: A Novel by Kevin Wilson

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman, Henning Koch

I started adding books to the list several months ago and don’t even really remember what all of them are about. I suspect I will slide in a nice easy beach read in the mix as well. You really have to have a book like that in the summer, don’t you? I have started the Kabat-Zinn and am reading a bit each morning before I start the day. I started the Saunders book on Memorial Day and it’s so unusual. What are you reading this summer?

Like reading? Check out previous summer reads:

Summer Reads 2016

Summer Reads 2015

Summer Reads 2014


Monday, April 17, 2017 0 No tags Permalink 1

Sandcastle Lido Beach

Motel Economy – Hotel Luxury – Apartment Efficiency
100% Air Conditioned
Directly on its own private Gulf of Mexico Beach at famous Lido Beach, Sarasota, Florida
“You’ll be the Royalty at the SANDCASTLE”

This lovely vintage postcard was mailed from Sarasota March 18, 1956 using a red 2 cent Jefferson stamp. It was mailed to Dr. James C Fox Jr, 85 Jefferson St, Hartford Conn. It reads:

We’ve has a pleasant visit here and are now beginning to think of going home
Our best regards to you
Juliette & Herm[unintelligible] Rome

Holy cats you guys, I love this card. The palm trees. The decorative balconies. The staged guests in the chairs. The guy standing in the khakis and white shirt. The billowy clouds in the background. It is glorious and I wish I was there. No wonder Juliette and Herm had a pleasant visit. But I’d never want to go back home.

Dr. James C Fox Jr was born September 20, 1895. He attended Johns Hopkins medical school and married Alice Fox. He passed away November 23, 1980 at age 85. From the August 13, 1948 Hartford Courant:


And his obituary from the Hartford Courant November 24, 1980:



Like the Sandcastle? More here:



Clearwater Beach Pier 60

Monday, April 10, 2017 0 No tags Permalink 0

Vintage Postcard – Clearwater Beach Pier 60

clearwater beach pier 60

Looking east from Clearwater Beaches Big “Pier 60”, one of the finest fishing piers on the west coast of Florida. Thousands of visitors and residents alike enjoy year round swimming in the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico and sun bathing on the beautiful white sandy beach.
Color Photo by Sparky Schumacher

Florida Natural Color, Inc., 2652 N.E. 189th St., Miami, Fla. 33163
FNC 4955

This lovely vintage postcard with the questionable pluralization of the word ‘beach’ is unused. Not sure, but it looks like the two gentlemen walking on the pier are holding hands, which might be a bit unusual for this time frame. I would love to do some stand up paddle boarding right there for sure.

Like Clearwater? Check these out:

Clearwater Causeway Sunset

Clearwater Beach

Clearwater Causeway

Palm Springs, California

Thursday, April 6, 2017 0 No tags Permalink 0

Vintage Postcard – Palm Springs, California

Palm Springs, California

Looking south along the world-famous Palm Canyon Drive which is a mecca for winter vacationers from all over the world. Along this exciting palm-bordered avenue you will find some of the nation’s smartest shops.
Color photo by H. Lowman

Copyright 1955 Ferris H. Scott, Santa Ana, Calif.
Mirro-Krome Card by H.S. Crocker Co., San Francisco 1, Calif.

There is some mighty fine mid-century modern architecture still in place in Palm Springs on Palm Canyon Drive.

Like California? More here:

Oxnard California

San Clemente California

Redondo Beach

Oxnard California

Monday, March 27, 2017 0 No tags Permalink 0

Vintage Postcard – Oxnard California

Oxnard California

View of 5th Street, Oxnard, Calif., one of California’s fastest growing cities.

Schulze News Co., Ventura, Calif.
Plastichrome by Colourpicture Publishers, Inc., Boston 15, Mass., U.S.A.
Color by Walt Dibblee

This lovely vintage card is unused.

The building on the corner, Oxnard Cut Rate Drugs, was located at 105 Fifth Street. And there still is a pharmacy there, but the building is not the same. In 1946 (Oxnard Press-Courier) has an ad for the Oxnard Cut Rate Drugs with Y.A. Reyes & Sons listed as the owners. Ynez Aragon (Y.A.) “Joe” Reyes passed away in November 1987. His wife was Antonia and he had sons Charles C Reyes and Robert A. Reyes. Joe was a pharmacist. Antonia passed in 1978.

Oxnard is 30 miles west of LA.

Like California? More here:

San Clemente

Redondo Beach Pier

Skyways Hotel

Golden Beach Apartments

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 0 No tags Permalink 0

Vintage Postcard – Golden Beach Apartments and Motel

Golden Beach Apartments


Golden Beach Apt’s and Motel
“Directly on the Ocean at 19475 Collins Ave.”
Miami Beach 54, Florida
Delightful Accommodations for One to Six Persons – Heated – Air Conditioning Optional – T.V. Available – Tropical Patio – Shuffleboard – Large Private Bathing Beach – Close to Shopping Centers, Restaurants and all Points of Interest.
Louis L. Goodwin, Resident Mgr.   Phone Wilson 7-9103

Pub. by Color-Ads Productions, Box 38-594, Miami, Fla.
Made by Dexter West Nyack, N.Y.

This lovely vintage postcard was mailed from North Miami Beach April 4, 1959. The stamp has been removed. It was sent to Miss Elva Durie, Lakeview Avenue, Clarkson, Ont. Canada. It reads:

Dear Elva:
Spending three weeks in Miami. Got fed up with the long cold winter so took off for the South. Weather perfect. Regards, Marion

Goodness, this place does look like it has delightful accommodations. Love the decorative iron on the balcony. Love the sign. Love it all. I understand being fed up with the long cold winter and heading to Miami for three weeks. I feel that way myself, roughly from October through April.

This history on the City of Mississauga has some photos and information on Elva Durie (pages 109 and 120), as does this (pages 64,84 and 90) . The Durie family had a store and merchant bank. The Golden Beach no longer stands, and it is a shame.

Like Miami Beach? Check these out:

Greetings from…

New Suez Resort

Buckingham Waterfront

Sandcastle Lido Beach

Monday, March 13, 2017 0 No tags Permalink 0

Vintage Postcard – Sandcastle Lido Beach – Sarasota, Florida

Sandcastle Lido Beach

Lido Beach, Sarasota, Florida
Telephone 388-2186    TWX SSTA 8093
60 superb hotel rooms and efficiencies located on 300 feet of magnificent pure white and private Gulf Coast beach. Coffee Shop and Cocktail Bar. Free golf and Continental breakfast. Fully air-conditioned, room TV, heated pool and putting green.

Top — View of patio court looking towards the Gulf.
Bottom — Teeing off at Bobby Jones’ 27 hole golf course.
Rev. 5-62
Printed by Seaward-Edison Corp., N.Y.C.

The Sandcastle Lido Beach is an old favorite (see here). They seem to run their cards dual image, vertical print. Here’s the Wiki on Bobby Jones, of the golf course: Robert Tyre “Bobby” Jones Jr. (March 17, 1902 – December 18, 1971) was an American amateur golfer, and a lawyer by profession, who was one of the most influential figures in the history of the sport. Jones founded and helped design the Augusta National Golf Club, and co-founded the Masters Tournament. The innovations that he introduced at the Masters have been copied by virtually every professional golf tournament in the world.

The lady golfer reminds of of a Nancy Drew mystery. There’s plump Bess Marvin and Ned Nickerson with Carson Drew in the background. Seems like the Sandcastle would be a lovely place to stay. And stay you can. Here’s the image on the top of the card, today (courtesy of the Sandcastle Resort website):


Like Sarasota? Check these out:

Beach & Sun

Tower Court


Motel Row Miami Beach

Monday, March 6, 2017 0 No tags Permalink 0

Vintage Postcard – Motel Row Miami Beach

motel row miami beach

Some of the fabulous motels that line Collins Avenue on Miami Beach.

This lovely vintage postcard was mailed using a 4-cent purple Lincoln stamp from Fort Lauderdale January 26, 1967 to Mr. & Mrs. August Pelto, 6815 East 11 Mile Rd., c/o Twin Pines Trailer Ct., Box #71, Warren, Michigan – 48092. It reads:

Wed 1-25-67
Hi: Gus & Betty: Yesterday we drove down U.S. Hwy #1 to Key Largo to check some trailer lots that are for sale. It was almost dark when we looked them over – couldn’t see much. So are going down again tomorrow leaving early enough to see the Glades Nat’l. Park also. Louise is doing the laundry in West Broward Shop. Center – Jack.

If you look closely, you can see not only the Dunes, but the Driftwood and the Desert Inn. I have another Motel Row card that is worth checking out here. I have a postcard from the Dunes here.

The Twin Pines Trailer Court still stands in Warren. August Pelto passed away in August 1984 and his wife, Toine Elizabeth passed away in May 2009.

Like Miami Beach? Check these out:

Indian Creek Miami Beach

Suez Motel

Olney Inn

Travelers Motel Mackinaw

Thursday, March 2, 2017 0 No tags Permalink 0

Vintage Postcard – Travelers Motel Mackinaw

travelers motel mackinaw

Located on U.S. 23, 1 block east of intersection of U.S. 31, U.S. 23 and I-75 at approach to Mackinac Bridge along Lake Huron.
30 fully carpeted units with T.V., showers and tubs. Private sandy beach. Shuffleboard. Near shops and restaurants and Mackinac Island Ferry.
The Place to Stay when in Mackinaw City 49701
P.O. Box 496 — Phone: Area 616 HEmlock 6-5539
Your Host – Alfonso Lieghio

Pub. by Leon Foster, 221 No. Fifth St., Blanchard, Mich. 49310
Made by Dexter Press, Inc.
West Nyack, New York

This lovely vintage postcard is unsent.

Last week had us feeling like summer here in Michigan. With a few days in the 60s, you could almost imagine that we were past spring break and getting ready to think about our summer plans. Of course, reality returned and it is after all just the very start of March. We still have 18 days left until winter is officially over.

Are you already making your summer plans to head up north? Of course you are. And what better place to stay than the Traveler’s Motel (much better than traveler’s diarrhea). Sit yourself in a lawn chair out by the sign (and the road) and watch the world pass you buy. It’s, as the card says, The Place to Stay when in Mackinaw City. And it has a lovely sign…bet that arrow lights up with neon.

The Travelers Motel was purchased by the Lieghio family (mother Isabella “Lisa”, father Giuseppe “Joe” and son Alfonso “Tony”) in 1964. Lisa passed away in 2013 (obituary here). There have been a few lawsuits regarding the property over the years. It exists now as Tony’s Travelers Motel, aka the Clarion Hotel Beachfront at 905 S Huron Ave. However it looks nothing like it and I’m not entirely sure the original building still stands.

Like Mackinaw? Check these out:

Surf Motel

Fountain Motel

North Star Motel