Sunday, September 20, 2009

Sunday Salon


Happy Sunday!

After a busy week of BBAW and other things, it's nice to relax a little. Today I'll be going to the gym and later to the Boston Comic-Con, which should be a fun little festival of comics, zines and TV and movie stuff.

I can't believe it's already the middle of September, that tomorrow is the last official day of summer (or is it today?). Earlier this week I got the distressing news that my favorite ice cream shop in my neighborhood is closing at the end of next month- I'm totally devastated! Apparently a combination of bad economy and increased competition in the area for ice cream dollars has forced it under. I'm very sad. The branch in my old neighborhood has closed already- now this one is going too. I guess the upside is I won't eat as much ice cream. But it's the end of an era.

Traditionally, I go there every year on the last day of summer for one last ice cream to hold me through the winter, when my sugary vices run to hot things like cocoa and cider. Looks like I'll have to uphold that tradition one last time.

As far as reading, I'm working my way through my book club book, Our Lady of the Lost and Found, by Diane Schoemperlen. Has anyone read it? Because I'd be really interested in your thoughts. I suggested it as a "Christian" book- my club alternates between books about Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and this month is Christian month- and I'm enjoying it, but it's unusual. It's about the Virgin Mary (obviously) and on Wednesday when we meet, I'm going to bring in a selection of Mary artifacts that I've collected over the years, representing different cultures and traditions. And I'm looking forward to hearing the Muslim point of view on this in particular, because the Muslim ladies in the group have said that Mary is important in Islam and I really want to learn more about that. Naturally, I will report back!

Have a great week.

You can find more Sunday Salon posts here.

12 comments:

JoAnn said...

The summer just flew by (it seems like I say that every year), but I love fall, too. So sad about the ice cream shop...great tradition though. Enjoy the Comic-Con!

wordlily said...

No, I haven't read that book, but is sounds interesting! I look forward to your report.

rhapsodyinbooks said...

I had no idea Mary was important to Islam! I can't wait to hear what the story is on that.

debnance said...

One last ice cream tradition...that's an idea I can steal. I have a book I need to return to B&N (somehow I ended up with two copies by mistake), so maybe I can combine that with a trip to Baskin & Robins, too.

Nana Fredua-Agyeman said...

I have not read this. Hope it is interesting...

bermudaonion said...

I'm looking forward to some relaxation after BBAW but haven't gotten it yet. I've got a baby shower to go to soon.

Memory said...

I read OUR LADY OF THE LOST AND FOUND several years ago. I don't remmember many concrete details, but I do know that I enjoyed it and felt as though I learned a lot about the Virgin Mary.

Literary Feline said...

The Boston Comic-Con sounds like fun! I hope you have a good time, Marie.

It is hard to believe that September is half over. The holidays are fast approaching. I'm so sorry about your local ice cream shop closing. I was so sad when our favorite frozen yogurt shop closed its doors two years ago. Now we have a new one though that's even closer. I sure hope they're able to stay open.

I hope you have a great week! Enjoy your book.

Michelle said...

Oh fun! How was Boston Comic-Con?

justareadingfool said...

As a Catholic, I'm interested in hearing more about this book, so can't wait to hear your report later.

Dave said...

It's been a long time since I lived in Boston, but your post reminded me of all the memories that revolve around ice cream. Like waiting in a long line at the original Steve's, one of the first to do mix-ins. Or trying new flavors at Emack & Bolio's in Brookline. Or getting a giant hot fudge sundae at Cabot's. Or a simple maple walnut at Friendly's in Brighton. Now I'm hungry.

Care said...

Your book club sounds terrific! I look forward to hearing about the discussion. (and the book sounds very interesting.)