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.

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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24 thoughts on “My Approach

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  2. 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.

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    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!


    2. Jillian – have you read it? I haven’t, just saw the movie & have always felt like it is not kind to women at all.

      Laurie – love this site!!! my goodness what great taste you have 🙂

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      1. A Lady

        Hi da-AL,

        YES, I have read it. It’s my favorite novel! I’m on a sixth read right now. 🙂 I’m not sure what you mean about the book being unkind to women? Unless you’re not seeing how it dismantles the Southern treatment of women because you’ve seen the film {written by a man} & not read the novel {written by the daughter of a fiery suffragette.} It’s about the way the treatment of Scarlett early life failed to prepare her for what was coming, & turned her into a desperate, groping monster.

        I shall quote:

        “Ellen’s life was not easy, nor was it happy, but she did not
        expect life to be easy, and, if it was not happy, that was woman’s
        lot. It was a man’s world, and she accepted it as such. The man
        owned the property, and the woman managed it. The man took the
        credit for the management, and the woman praised his cleverness.
        The man roared like a bull when a splinter was in his finger, and
        the woman muffled the moans of childbirth, lest she disturb him…”


      2. A Lady

        Here is another:

        “Women knew that a land where men were contented, uncontradicted and safe in possession of unpunctured vanity was likely to be a very pleasant place for women to live. So, from the cradle to the grave, women strove to make men pleased with themselves, and the satisfied men repaid lavishly with gallantry and adoration. In fact, men willingly gave the ladies everything in the world except credit for having intelligence.”

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    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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