Recent arrivals (left to right):
- Song of the Court by Katy Farina - from Sterling Children's Books for review
- The Witch of Willow Hall by Hester Fox - sent by my friend Susan (thanks, Suz!)
- A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn and
- Queenie by Candice Carty-William - both purchased
- All About Us by Tom Ellen - from HarperCollins for review
- The Magic in Changing Your Stars by Leah Henderson
- Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix
- Becoming by Michelle Obama
- I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez
- In Persuasion Nation by George Saunders
- The People Speak: American Voices, Some Famous, Some Little Known - Ed. by Howard Zinn
- Writers and Lovers by Lily King
- The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
- The Great Influenza by John M. Barry
I'm considering ditching The House of the Seven Gables, for now, because it's good but not the spooky read I was hoping for. I've set it aside for at least two days, now. I'll have to think about whether or not I want to continue hacking away at it. Writers and Lovers is one I had on-hand and I commented about how much I enjoyed Lily King's Euphoria to an Instagram friend. She asked me to hurry up and read Writers and Lovers so we could discuss. Why not? It's good, so far. And, I'm learning a good bit from The Great Influenza, which is not only about the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918 but also the state of medicine in the United States from the mid-19th Century up to the time of the pandemic and how rapidly things changed, the people and institutions involved in that dramatic change in medicine, and the reason influenza is so dangerous and we have to get new flu shots yearly. It's a little bit of a slog, at times, but worth the time investment.
Posts since last Malarkey:
- Fiona Friday - Mine, all mine (cat photo)
- The Magic in Changing Your Stars by Leah Henderson (book review)
- The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni (book review)
- Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman (book review)
- Finna: Poems by Nate Marshall (book review)
- Fiona Friday - Meowdeling (cat photo)
In other news:
Hmm, is there any other news? I guess a little. We went on a day trip on Saturday. Unlike most people, we really have pretty much stayed in lockdown mode or close to it. After our state's mask mandate began to work, though, we did at least feel comfortable shopping during regular hours instead of getting up to do the grocery shopping at 6 AM. The mask mandate unfortunately expired but I predict its return in about 3 weeks. It doesn't take long for the uptick after people fling the masks and other precautions aside.
Anyway, our day trip was to Rocky Springs, a site off the Natchez Trace with camping, hiking, and some very interesting historical interest. Rocky Springs was the name of a town that was on that site in the 19th century. All that remains is a smattering of objects (a safe, a cistern), the church (still in use), and the cemetery, which is surprisingly well-tended. The campsite is in terrible shape, unfortunately. The bathrooms are closed, the trash cans and fire pits overflowing with trash, the amphitheater unmowed and the trail a bit overgrown with weeds that tickle and fling up little itchy-biting bugs. I got a lot of mosquito bites. But, we had a nice picnic and enjoyed our little hike.
Art-wise, my last project was a bit of a failure. I used to sketch people all the time, but I haven't done so in years. So, I decided my next project should be an attempt to paint a portrait. But, then I decided maybe it would be best to start out by doing a collage and just painting over a photograph. I printed and cut out a lovely Edwardian woman, sprayed her with matte fixative, pasted her to some watercolor paper, and then painted over the photograph. Ugh, she looks like a cartoon character. I may work on her some more to see if I can give her some definition but at this point it's just a big disappointment.
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