Keeping Busy

This month’s bookclub selection turned out to be one of my favorites so far: The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.

The Invention of Wings(Oprah knows best!)

The novel is a fictionalized history of the Grimke sisters, Sara and Nina, who were at the forefront of the abolitionist and women’s rights movements in the 1800’s. The storyline is a juxtaposition between the sisters, who were part of a prominent, slave owning family in Charleston, and their slaves.

On Sara’s eleventh birthday she’s “gifted” Handful, a slave a few years older to help with daily tasks. From a young age Sara is aware of the tragedy of slavery, and throughout the entire novel makes pointed efforts to combat the injustice.

The book is a fascinating take on the time period as it follows characters from both ends of the spectrum, and opens consciousness to inequalities today. A great read; highly recommend it!

In keeping up with DC activities, this weekend I headed to two museums participating in Museum Day Live!, an event hosted by Smithsonian magazine where normally ticketed museums are free for the day! Claire and I strategically chose to visit The Dumbarton House, a neighboring participant, and the Newseum, the museum with the highest price tag.

Dumbarton house

The Dumbarton House is an interesting collection of Federal period (1790-1830) architecture and furnishings. It’s used to illustrate life in Georgetown in the earliest days of the Nation’s capital in DC, and at points smelled just like Nana’s and Papa’s house.

Dumbarton house

At the Newseum we were able to check out the brand new Baby Boomer exhibit. Exciting! The most interesting boomer on the list: Erin Brockovich. Completely forgot she is a real person!?

Baby Boomers

Snuck in a delicious pizza and friend filled lunch with Emily, Amy and Claire. Dessert salted caramel ice cream topping from a not-yet on the menu pizza @ Piola = amazing.


(Emily thinks it’s great, too! With a side of Nutella pizza.)


– EmPan


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