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About girasoleazzurra

GraceAnne Andreassi DeCandido. 70+. Feminist. Flower child. Works with words. Thinks with music. My belief system involves food and family. Wrote and spoke and published about libraries, librarians, writing, editing, and reading. Now retired. Putting some of that writing here.

Music from many places

17 February 2012 @ 09:31 pm Richard Thompson Valentine’s day in New York City at the City Winery. Richard Thompson doing an all-request show. Bliss. The City Winery is a wonderful venue, tightly packed to be sure, but good food … Continue reading

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Reading, How to

After food, and sex, and occasionally, sleep, the deepest and most sustaining pleasure of my life has been reading, reading stories. For the past few years, since chemotherapy and radiation treatment for Stage 3 endometrial cancer, I have read very … Continue reading

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Hair story the last, probably

Since I was 14 years old, I had long hair, often nearly to my waist. I loved it. I was vain about it. It was lush and wavy and deep chestnut brown. I thought it was my best feature. In … Continue reading

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HAIR: A Story

This is a series of short entries about my relationship to my hair. They take place over several years, so there is some repetition. They include a bit about cancer treatment. 25 March 2009 “Gimme a head with hair, long … Continue reading

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a joy from Twitter

“One of the great joys of being a librarian is that it is one of the last refuges of the renaissance person…” #NLW17 @GirasoleAzzurra pic.twitter.com/fVZ0kaOc6V — ProQuest (@ProQuest) April 14, 2017 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

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A Rose No More

Leave a comment 16 June 2013 @ 03:34 pm A rose no more We moved to the house I grew up in when I was six and my twin brothers were three, in the autumn of  1953, I think. One … Continue reading

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Georgia O’Keeffe

07 September 2013 @ 10:42 am Georgia O’Keeffe We took two days to go upstate, to see a collection of 32 paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe in a small museum in Glens Falls, NY. The family of Alfred Steiglitz, whom O’Keeffe … Continue reading

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Farewell, my linen

23 August 2014 @ 06:55 pm I wrote this in October 2012, and unaccountably did not post it. Farewell, my linen In the late 1980’s, I was a senior/executive editor at a professional/trade magazine. A friend and I were known … Continue reading

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Milk tea

19 February 2015 @ 02:50 pm  MILK TEA Put as many mugs of whole milk into a pot as you are making. Bring the milk to a full, rolling boil. Add two heaping teaspoons of your favorite strong black tea … Continue reading

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Paris May 2006

 May 10, 2006 11:36 am: The Infomancer and Girasole in Paris A long, uncomfortable but uneventful flight, except for the fact that we had a female pilot, a first for me after decades of flying. [Girasole was so stunned by … Continue reading

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