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I wish I could get paid for this…

A million years after the fact, I finally get what my last college photography instructor was trying to teach me.  Of course at the time he made me cry, quit photography, and take up painting instead.  He wanted us to make a still life, but not the kind with fruit and flowers.  It was suppose to be something completely constructed, and I just couldn’t seem to do it at the time.  It was only recently I realized that I have been doing it all my life, but just never thought of it as art.

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and my top book pick for 2012 was…

For the second year I met my self imposed reading challenge of 36 books.  I read 38 books to be exact, although truthfully many of them were children’s books read with Jack.  I was trying to get through as many Pulitzer prize winners as I could, but it turns out that they are mostly all the same book, they just change the name and sometimes the gender of the characters.  What did I like about my 2012 reading list?  Drum roll please…my top 5 favorite books in no particular order were:

1. The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon- an unusual Pulitzer prize winner that follows the lives of two Jewish comic book writers during WWII.  

2. The Road by Cormac McCarthy-also a Pulitzer book, disturbing to say the least, and not a bad movie either.

3.The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins-an excellent young adult book even if it is widely popular.

4. Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv- a nonfiction take on why children need nature and why their parents should be more concerned about giving it to them.

And 5. A Cricket In Times Square by George Selden- a sweet and pure children’s classic, made better by a visit to Times Square.

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