LITERARY STROLLS
IOWA CITY: A UNESCO CITY OF LITERATURE 
Sidewalk Book Stack

Sidewalk Book Stack

At the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, we enjoyed the whole experience—the festival and all of Iowa City—where the streets are dotted with book sculptures...

Around the Bend

Around the Bend

...illuminated with quotes on corner street lamps, and paved with literature...

Iowa Avenue Literary Walk

Iowa Avenue Literary Walk

This is the start of the Iowa Avenue Literary Walk. Posted here are some (but far from all) of the quotes made into artwork and embedded int the sidewalks. (Artist: Greg LeFevre) Let's stroll... :)

Solitary Confinement

Solitary Confinement

"We're all of us sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life!" Tennessee Williams

Poetry...

Poetry...

"Poetry: boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions, all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words" Paul Engle

Right Word

Right Word

"Sometimes a word is found so right it trembles at the slightest explanation." Rita Dove

A Few Solid Points

A Few Solid Points

"And the color yellow regrets it was never green, and the east and the west long to trade places, and the shadow would like just once to come out on top." Marvin Bell

An Acquired Taste

An Acquired Taste

"Maybe being oneself is always an acquired taste." Patricia Hampl

Careful!

Careful!

"We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be." Kurt Vonnegut

Friendly Observation

Friendly Observation

"I have noticed before that there is a category of acquaintanceship that is not friendship or business or romance, but speculation, fascination." Jane Smiley

A Writer's Type of Bench

A Writer's Type of Bench

Book Bench Reader

Book Bench Reader

The Beauty of Listening in Iowa City

The Beauty of Listening in Iowa City

Reader enjoying "The Beauty of Listening" 😊

Artist at Work

Artist at Work

That's Jeff, carefully positioning (and repositioning) the book as I tried to get the shot on a windy day. :)

Spirits at Play

Spirits at Play

"Actors between plays are like ghosts looking for bodies to inhabit." Gail Godwin

Lonely

Lonely

"It is true, It is true then, I am a lonely human being." Ray Young Bear

The Meadow

The Meadow

"Posted: The history of the meadow goes like this. No one owns it. No one ever will." James Galvin

Love

Love

"If you love me you will, he said. And because she loved him, she did." Jeannette Eyerly

From the book, "Shoeless Joe"

From the book, "Shoeless Joe"

“Three years ago at dusk on a spring evening, when the sky was a robin’s-egg blue and the wind as soft as a day-old chick, I was sitting on the veranda of my farm home in eastern Iowa when a voice very clearly said to me, ‘If you build it, he will come.’” W.P. Kinsella *********************** This was from the book, "Shoeless Joe," which was made into the film, "Field of Dreams." The movie set for this was just a few hours away, so we took a little side trip... ***********************

Field of Dreams

Field of Dreams

Dyersville, Iowa

Dream Games

Dream Games

People come from all over to toss the ball and run the bases at The Field of Dreams. (On some days, they also have games, and you can watch players walk out of the cornfield and play.)

Dream Catcher

Dream Catcher

Little Girl Catching a Ball in the Field of Dreams

View from the Baseball Diamond

View from the Baseball Diamond

Field of Dreams

Jeff Disappearing into the Cornfield

Jeff Disappearing into the Cornfield

Field of Dreams

Shoeless Little Bear

Shoeless Little Bear

Field of Dreams

Jeff found a baseball...

Jeff found a baseball...

...our good-luck souvenir :)

Looking Up

Looking Up

Field of Dreams

Pianos Around Town

Pianos Around Town

...back to Iowa City, where poetry and music fill the streets, and public pianos invite anyone to walk up and play.

Open Book

Open Book

Iowa City

Bookshop Bear

Bookshop Bear

We met this dapper bear at Iowa City's Haunted Bookshop.

Prairie Lights

Prairie Lights

This landmark bookstore features fantastic readings and events.

Street Scene

Street Scene

Walking down an Iowa City street, we happened into this little storybook mural. From there, we walked off into the sunset and lived happily ever after. :)

JACK LONDON STATE HISTORIC PARK  
Sun Shining on the Cottage

Sun Shining on the Cottage

with Jeff :) Glen Ellen, CA

Beauty Ranch

Beauty Ranch

Sherry Barn

Sherry Barn

This was one of the barns, originally built for a winery, then converted to a stable.

Jack London's Office

Jack London's Office

Clothesline Dripping w/ Inspiration

Clothesline Dripping w/ Inspiration

To accommodate late-night and early morning writing hours, he set up this little sleeping porch by his office. Over where he slept, he hung a clothesline pinned with notes, writings and letters.

View from Sleeping Porch

View from Sleeping Porch

Garden Reflections

Garden Reflections

Garden View

Garden View

Chairman's Piano

Chairman's Piano

Jack London's wife, Chairman, played this 1910 Steinway, on display in The House of Happy Walls museum building.

Ragtime Jazz at House of Happy Walls

Ragtime Jazz at House of Happy Walls

Musicians still fill the House of Happy Walls with music from that Steinway.

Ragtime

Ragtime

This was during full afternoon of fabulous musicians and entertainers during the Wine County Ragtime Festival.

Grave Site

Grave Site

Jack London's ashes are buried with his wife's, under this volcanic rock, overlooking The Valley of the Moon.

THE O. HENRY HOUSE & MUSEUM
O. Henry Home & Museum

O. Henry Home & Museum

Austin, Texas

O. Henry: Original Slacker

O. Henry: Original Slacker

“The story of a Renaissance man & his freedom from all cares.”

Favorite Writing Desk

Favorite Writing Desk

Retired to a Sunny Corner

Retired to a Sunny Corner

Inkwells

Inkwells

O. Henry Portrait

O. Henry Portrait

The Saturday Evening Post

The Saturday Evening Post

Letters

Letters

The museum offers books filled with stories, drawings, and countless letters creatively asking for money.

Lots and Lots of Letters

Lots and Lots of Letters

"Could you without inconvenience cash this enclosed check for $10?" ... Then the PS - No check enclosed. :)

HEMINGWAY HOUSE & MUSEUM
Hemingway Home & Museum

Hemingway Home & Museum

Key West, Florida This album has photos of Hemingway's house, studio, and gardens in Key West (but most focus on the cats). :)

The Writing Studio

The Writing Studio

Portrait with Cat (in  the studio)

Portrait with Cat (in the studio)

Hemingway loved cats.

Cat Naps

Cat Naps

The Hemingway House is home to dozens of cats. He was a cat lover, and he especially loved polydactyl (six-toed) cats, which are thought to be good luck.

Snow White

Snow White

His first polydactyl cat was named Snow White. Many of the cats at Hemingway House are her descendants.

Spencer Tracy

Spencer Tracy

Each cat is named for someone famous. Meet Spencer Tracy.

Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson

Joan Crawford

Joan Crawford

Archibald MacLeish

Archibald MacLeish

Playing with Little Bear (:3

Cat House

Cat House

Cats had the run of the big house and also their own special houses throughout the beautiful trees and flower gardens.

Kitten Curtains

Kitten Curtains

(in kitchen)

Memento

Memento

When his favorite bar was moving, Hemingway took home this little memento—a urinal. He said he'd pissed away so much of his money there, he wanted to keep it. His wife beautified the garden eyesore...

Fountain

Fountain

...by pairing it with this old Spanish olive jar and making it into a fountain for the cats. :)

CHARLES SCHULZ MUSEUM
L. B. & Me with Charlie Brown

L. B. & Me with Charlie Brown

Santa Rosa, CA (If you don't know our friend, L.B., you can find his bio below...) 🐻

Peanuts Tile Mural

Peanuts Tile Mural

This massive mural was composed of 3,588 Peanuts comics reproduced on 2 x 8 inch ceramic tiles. Artist: Yoshiteru Otani

Peanuts Tile Mural (Close-Up)

Peanuts Tile Mural (Close-Up)

Jeff - Reading the Comics

Jeff - Reading the Comics

L.B. Visiting Snoopy's House

L.B. Visiting Snoopy's House

Jeff, L.B. & Me with Snoopy!

Jeff, L.B. & Me with Snoopy!

Schroeder & L.B.

Schroeder & L.B.

Woodstock's Bird Shower

Woodstock's Bird Shower

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65 Year Celebration - 2015

65 Year Celebration - 2015

Charlie Brown's Christmas Tree...

Charlie Brown's Christmas Tree...

& "The Fir Tree" by Hans Christian Anderson with L.B. (:3

Early Animation Gallery

Early Animation Gallery

Part of the Early Animation Gallery

Part of the Early Animation Gallery

Part of the Early Animation Gallery

Part of the Early Animation Gallery

Happiness is...

Happiness is...

Writing your own story.

Snoopy's Home Ice Skating Rink

Snoopy's Home Ice Skating Rink

In the Sculpture Garden

In the Sculpture Garden

Sculpture

Sculpture

This beautiful, romantic sculpture was created as a special gift for Charles Schulz and his wife.

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