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Peggy Parish Is Amelia Bedelia

Posted: 4 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Pride Of Place | Read Time: 3 minutes, 23 seconds
 "I guess I love mischief as much as Amelia Bedelia. I simply enjoy laughing at life." - Margaret Cecile "Peggy" ParishI love words. Two of my favorites are arugula and Bok Choy because of the way they roll around in my mouth. When I first read Peggy Parish's book about Amelia Bedelia, I was delighted to follow Amelia as she took a standard ph...
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Manning, South Carolina

Posted: 4 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Pride Of Place | Read Time: 3 minutes, 32 seconds
 Recently, my granddaughter asked me to read to her a charming book titled, Amelia Bedelia. Amelia, the heroine of the story, works as a housekeeper and is a true literalist. When asked to dust the furniture by her employer, she lightly covers all the home's furnishings with a fine powder. The story is a funny glimpse into the use and meaning of words. To celebrate the last hooray of su...
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Madeleine L'Engle: A Wrinkle In Time

Posted: 4 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Pride Of Place | Read Time: 2 minutes, 46 seconds
Meg, Charles Wallace, Calvin, the twins, Sandy and Denny, Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which area all characters from Madeleine L’Engle’s juvenile novel, A Wrinkle in Time.  Each character has his or her idiosyncrasies that makes then magnetic and pleasing but my favorite is Mrs. Who. Mrs. Who is new to the human form and speech is difficult for her. Her solution to the en...
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New York City: The Upper East Side

Posted: 4 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Pride Of Place | Read Time: 3 minutes, 25 seconds
{View of Upper East Side from the Jacqueline Onassis Reservoir}The sun is shining and the temperature is mild so I have chosen to sit outside in our courtyard to write about New York City and Madeleine L’Engle. It is a bit of a struggle because a hullabaloo of sound is vying for my attention. A myriad of birds bellow lyrically at one another from above as heavy truck...
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New York City: The Flower District

Posted: 4 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Pride Of Place | Read Time: 3 minutes, 4 seconds
{Dutch Flower Line}For years I imagined the NYC flower market to be a large warehouse type building with stalls for vendors; an imagining solely based on my experience with the farmer's market of my youth.  As I learned the New York City flower market is really more of a district and is located on West 28th between 6th and 7th Avenue. This past Wednesday I took a crowded, early morning tra...
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Carl Hiaasen: The Funny Man Crusader

Posted: 4 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Pride Of Place | Read Time: 4 minutes, 1 second
Hello one and all. I have returned to New York to finish up this round of writers and schedule my calendar with the next group. As I was contemplating what to say about Carl Hiaasen I was struck by the notion that each writer in this series has his or her compelling differentia. Michael Chabon is a world builder, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings is an anthropologist, Padgett Powell is a risk taker and Car...
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Plantation, Florida

Posted: 4 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Pride Of Place | Read Time: 3 minutes, 48 seconds
Writer Carl Hiaasen and Plantation, Florida are the next subjects on my Pride Of Place Tour. I drove from Cross Creek to Plantation in only a matter of hours but the distance between the two places was not limited to only the number of miles. If Cross Creek is a glimpse of Florida's southern past, then Plantation, Florida is the quintessential representation of Florida today. Plantation is one of 3...
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Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings: Oranges, Snakes & Hammocks

Posted: 4 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Pride Of Place | Read Time: 3 minutes, 48 seconds
The thesis is simple, place crafts and molds the individual generally and writers and artist specifically. Of all the writers I've studied to date, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings is the one most influenced by a place. Cross Creek, Florida touched her soul and out of her love affair with the place and its people she composed a Pulitzer Prizing winning novel. The Yearling was required readin...
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Cross Creek: A Trip Back In Time

Posted: 4 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Pride Of Place | Read Time: 3 minutes, 57 seconds
I love Florida. There I said it. And just like a teenage girl defending her bad boy sweetheart to her skeptical parents, I declare to you, you don't know Florida. The Florida of my youth can be found today but one must get off the beaten path and venture beyond Orlando and the coastal cities. Our next author, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings moved to Cross Creek, Florida in 1928 well before my fam...
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