My Approach

How I Read and Write

I love old books, especially the classics of 19th and early 20th century Britain and the US.

I read classic literature like primary source documents finding interest not only in the story, but the social and political atmosphere, its cultural context, even its gastronomic display. I like knowing something about the author, the motivation for the story and how the book was received in its time and I often include this in my posts.

I am not an authority on these books, or a book critic or a former college English major (go Medieval history!). I am just a reader, a former book clerk, a regular Jane who loves to read and ponder.

I am not a quick reader or writer and am often in a state of ‘book-affectedness’ as I go through my day. I love when that happens; when a writer has caused me to pause, to think, to feel.


withjessI live in Huntington Beach, California with my trusty canine companion, Jess. I love to ride along the Santa Ana River snapping photos of the waterbirds along the way and trail walk in the nearby mountains. I am a Sunday drive enthusiast, an old movies maven and a vegan gastronome reveling in the diverse cuisines of Southern California.

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I am inspired by these 10 things:

~ A Sand County Almanac

~ Beshalach, Ex. 13:22

~ Snæfellsnes, Iceland

~ crows and turkey vultures

~ the crescent moon hanging low in the early night sky

~ Anza Borrego

~ the equinoxes and solstices

~ Mom’s home cookin’!

~ South Fortuna, Mission Trails Regional Park, San Diego, CA

~ and “The Lark Ascending”

The Huntington Library, San Marino , California.
The Huntington Library, San Marino , California. This library has been my favorite room since age 14!

Thank you for visiting ~Laurie Welch

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13 thoughts on “My Approach

  1. N@ncy

    I have been to Huntington Beach and had lunch in the restaurant at the end of the pier!
    Surf boards and shirts….cherry red booths and a juke box.
    Great atmosphere! Also enjoyed all the “surfing stars” embedded along the boulevard.


    1. Hi Jillian! No, I didn’t. I loved it, but it was taking up too much time. I am going to finish it this summer. Don’t worry I don’t blame you 🙂 but it’s not just that it is hugely looooong, but so interestingly detailed that I had to keep stopping to look something up or stop and just think about it. This is one of those books that if you haven’t read it you think you know it and that is just not true!


    1. haha! what a combination! Right now I am concentrating on classic 19th and early 20th century literature, but if I ever got into a situation where I had to choose ONE genre or time period or fiction or non….yikes!


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