Thursday, July 30, 2015

Author Joyce Oroz: Lunch With Shakespeare.......by Joyce Oroz

Author Joyce Oroz: Lunch With Shakespeare.......by Joyce Oroz: Recently my friend and I were looking for a place to eat lunch.  “In a pickle,” (The Tempest) we were looking for a good fish  rest...

Lunch With Shakespeare.......by Joyce Oroz



Recently my friend and I were looking for a place to eat lunch. 
“In a pickle,” (The Tempest) we were looking for a good fish 
restaurant in Moss Landing. It was only eleven o’clock in the 
morning and the town was “as dead as a doornail” (Henry VI) 


Photo by Robert Scoles

We parked the car and entered a rustic looking building with 
a shingle that read, SHAKESPEARE SOCIETY OF AMERICA. 
They do not serve food, by the way. We just wanted to poke 
our noses inside to see what the place was all about. 
Forty-five minutes later we left the building, our heads 
spinning with facts and trivia on William Shakespeare. 
We saw so many antique books, paintings, statues and 
stuff relating to William.

The gift shop, however, was completely modern and full 
of great jewelry and gifts. The sales help to support 
the society. “There’s a method in their madness.” (Hamlet)
The big question is; why Moss Landing? Some things are 
simply unexplainable, “neither here nor there.” (Othello)


“In the twinkling of an eye” (The Merchant of Venice) we 
found The Whole Enchilada just two blocks away, and had 
“too much of a good thing.” (As You Like It) We were 
“a sorry sight” (Macbeth) as we waddled back to the car, stuffed full of enchiladas and knowledge about the most famous writer ever!
 
Shakespeare Society of America
New Shakespeare Sanctuary
7981 Moss Landing Road
Moss Landing, CA 95039
(831) 633-2989



Sonnet 18
"Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date".


Thursday, July 23, 2015

Author Joyce Oroz: Life as a Gnome......Joyce Oroz

Author Joyce Oroz: Life as a Gnome......Joyce Oroz: Just finished clearing the cobwebs out of my desk, and a  dumpster full of other stuff. I finished writing book #7,  named it Scent o...

Life as a Gnome......Joyce Oroz



Just finished clearing the cobwebs out of my desk, and a 
dumpster full of other stuff. I finished writing book #7, 
named it Scent of a Swindle, 
took the dog for a walk, arranged the 
desktop and rearranged the desktop. I asked my husband 
why I’m short of words when I finally have time to print them. 
He says I can’t be short of words, I’m a woman.
That’s when the fight began—not really. 


The best part of marriage is when you both mature and 
get to a point where you can say anything. 
Even if the thing said was the awefullest thing in the world 
we would probably just laugh or counter 
with something worse. 
My husband would call it a clever riposte.


But life is not all words. My alarm-owl says that Book 7 is 
finished and in Tomi’s capable hands, so it's time to paint 
a cover picture. I’m thinking it should be a cute little gnome 
with a bullet hole in his cute little pointy red hat.

If you are wondering what kind of message 
this picture sends, you’ll have to read the book 
to find out. 

Hopefully this September!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Animals In Our Books.....by Joyce Oroz



It’s Monday night, almost Tuesday and here is Tuesday’s blog.
How many cozy writers can write a mystery without including a dog, cat, bird, anteater or Javalina? We love to read and write about animals. They add interest and background to our stories, not to mention plenty of “awe” moments. We write about them freely, believing we know what makes them tick.

My protagonist has a basset hound named Solow. He’s not very athletic, trips over his ears, but is quick to sniff out the bad guys and he’s a good listener when Josephine has a new clue to share.
As up-right, up-tight, thumb-toting creatures, we live in the complex world and we have gobs of electronic apps to prove it. We motorize, harmonize, polarize, synchronize and subsidize. We fuss, stress and overreact on a regular basis while our pets keep a cool head.



Ironically, it’s our pets who make us smile, bring our blood pressure down and teach us the real laws of nature—respect, thankfulness, joy and peace. They have it, we want it. Just by being around our pets, we learn how to be better people.
How can we not write about the wonderful four-legged creatures when they automatically enrich our lives and our stories? Josephine loves her basset hound, Solow, and puts up with Fluffy, the cat next door. Just talking about them, I feel all warm and fluffy.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Water Tank Trivia.......by Joyce Oroz



Today I am revisiting a blog I published many moons ago because it is so relevant to our situation here in California. Since I wrote this article, I have discovered that it only takes two or three little rains to fill a good-sized barrel. You might want to have a barrel ready when winter comes. If El Nino arrives this year, all bets are off. Even if we have good rains this winter, when summer of 2016 comes, your parched plants will love chlorine-free barrel water. 550 gallons sounds like a lot, but if I could do it all over again I would go for 1,500.

Elliot riding the range

Top 5 Reasons to Harvest Rainwater!
·      Protect our rivers and streams from runoff pollution
·      Divert water from the municipal storm drain system
·      Conserve this vital natural resource and reduce your water bills
·      Use the rain water to grow healthy and lush plants
·      Control moisture levels around the foundation of your home
I convinced my husband we should install a rain barrel in our backyard because I thought it was a cool idea. Being a lucky person, I was right. Our Big Bubba water tank holds 550 gallons of rain water, collected from the roof of an out-building. I turn the red lever at the bottom of the tank and the water is free to move through one hundred feet of hose, down a slope to my precious plants.

My husband and I installed the tank ourselves through trial and error—or you can follow the easy instructions when you buy the tank. There is a big hole in the top of the tank (with a screw-on cover) so you can look inside and see the water level. A little further down is the overflow port so you can direct excess water somewhere else—maybe another storage tank. At the bottom is an outlet hole where you hook up a hose. It’s all very simple, especially if you are of the male gender. For other genders, the tanks and barrels come in many sizes and colors, but nothing in hot pink or leopard.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Viscosity in BC.......Joyce Oroz




                                             Scott Graham & Cristy Aloysi

of Viscosity Glass Studio, 

in Boulder Creek, CA. 

create an array of beautiful 

contemporary blown 

glass objects, 

from functional 

to fantastic.

 

Scott Graham & Cristy Aloysi, 
a husband & wife team, began their
glassblowing careers at Urban Glass in Brooklyn, NY, where they 
became fascinated with the ancient process of glassmaking. 
The challenge of forming beautiful handmade objects out of 
this molten material captivated them. While in New York they
 became involved in the city’s energetic art and design world 
and have brought this influence into their work. After Urban Glass, 
the couple went on to study at the Pilchuck Glass School in 
Stanwood, WA., Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in 
Deer Isle ME., Centro Studio Vetro in Venice, Italy and Pratt Fine 
Art Center in Seattle, WA. Scott and Cristy have taught 
glassblowing at Urban Glass, Snow Farm in Williamsburg, 
MA, Pratt Fine Art Center and at Maho Bay on St John in the
 US Virgin Islands. In 2002 Scott & Cristy moved to Seattle WA,
 the center of the American art glass movement, to create a line 
of contemporary glass objects for the home. Their goal was to 
create pieces that are unique in their clean lines and simple designs. 
After 11 years in Seattle the couple moved to Boulder Creek, CA. 
In the serene beauty of the redwoods they continue to design and 
original blown glass pieces. The beauty of Viscosity Glass is that 
no two are exactly the same. Each piece has been carefully shaped
 by the hands of the artists creating a uniqueness that cannot be 
imitated by any machine. Each piece of Viscosity glass is made 
to order and signed by the artists. When you purchase Viscosity 
glass you are supporting the 3000 year old tradition of glass making 
and the American art glass movement.


Christy and Scott


Learn the amazing art of 

glassblowing!

Make Your Own Glass Bowl!
Sunday June 14th

In this mini workshop students will design and
form their own glass bowl with one-on-one
assistance from an experienced glassblower!
Sunday June 14th from 10am-3pm,
2 students per hour. Ages 6 and up
(children under 10 may need help from an adult).
To register call or e-mail 
Cristy-206-669-1955  
 
Showroom in Boulder Creek