I read so I can live more than one life in more than one place.

So says the wickedly good writer Anne Tyler.  She’s not gritty, glammy, or trendy, but her voice and view of the world always surprise me. With The Accidental Tourist, Tyler raised the fiction bar.


I’m lucky enough to live in more than one place. And I like to believe that living more than one life is possible. Past lives, simultaneous lives, future lives, it’s all good.

But for now, there are plenty of idyllic easy days in this life. Time to read. Time to wander. Time to be an accidental tourist birder.  Like today.

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Surprises in unexpected places, marking another year. (THX, J. ♥)

Well today is your birthday
We’ve traveled so far we two
So let’s blow out the candles on your cake
And we’ll raise a glass or two
And when the sun comes out tomorrow
It’ll be the start of a brand new day
And all that you have wished for I know will come your way

Well surprise, surprise, surprise
Yeah surprise, surprise, surprise
Well surprise, surprise, come on open your eyes




Toni 1/24/15

*This ID-challenged birder has an unreservedly brilliant flock of birding gurus, including blog partner Patty, that comes to my rescue.  THX, Everyone!



    1. Tyler, like the Florida bird population, is prolific, isn’t she? She doesn’t do anything fancy or tricky in her novels, but I love getting lost in her artful narrative. Once you get a taste of her, you’re splendidly addicted. Do you have a favorite novel?


      1. I think The Accidental Tourist will always remain my favorite Tyler novel. I agree, she isn’t glitzy or trendy, but she always manages to throw such gems our way. And there is a comfort in reading her writing. Like talking with an old friend.

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