About Me


“The look with the book.”

How I Read and Write

My writing style is as a journaler–personal thoughts and reactions; a reader who likes to write. As a former book clerk with a degree in Medieval history, I am now drawn to 19th/early 20th century classic literature, which I read like primary source documents. I am inspired by Nature and the Spirituality of the Earth and likewise, those who write about it.


Me, Personally

I live with my trusty canine companion, Jess, among the surfers and other laid back folks in Huntington Beach, California. I love to ride my bike along the Santa Ana River and trail walk in the nearby mountains. I enjoy leisurely Sunday drives down the coast and old movies from the 1930s and 40s.


My bike, the beach, a bagel and a book…a good day!

Thank you for visiting ~Laurie

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26 thoughts on “About Me

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  2. 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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    • 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 πŸ™‚ 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!


    • 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 πŸ™‚

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      • Hi da-AL,

        YES, I have read it. It’s my favorite novel! I’m on a sixth read right now. πŸ™‚ 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…”


      • Here is another:

        β€œWomen 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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