Usually I write my blog posts a couple of days before they need to be published. I don't like to read anything that starts with the phrases: when I woke up, need coffee, no idea what to write. So I try not to burden you with anything like that.
Still, I don't know why this week's blog post came to me so late. It could have been the holiday season taking its toll or the effort of keeping my youngest son fed while he visits from Oxford or the anticipation of my childhood friend's visit to Amsterdam. In any case, here it is, fresh from the press: 2017 in Words & Pictures.
The photo above did not make it into this collection though it is pretty cool. These are examples of bee hotels from the wonderful open air museum in Muenster called Muehlenhof-Freilichtmuseum. I imagine these designs will work for other types of insects as well, whatever it takes to sustain bio-diversity. Of course, neither bees nor bio-diversity have anything to do with Shanghai or my writing. Other than, well, the obvious need to keep our world alive. So if my husband ever lets me near the power tools, you may see my own version of a bee hotel!
In the meantime, I will stick with safer pursuits. Like this review, Madame Bovary Revisited, or an interview that recently appeared in the Fall / Winter issue of the Georgetown Law alumni magazine.
That's me: unsafe at any speed.