Reading books when ill

I finished reading Birth of a Dream Weaver

Books I’m reading. I added 2 new books: Sapiens, Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Harari and Absolutely on Music, Conversations with Seiji Ozawa by Haruki Murakami.
I borrowed both of them from our county library. Sapiens is a book, an ebook to read and MP3 to listen to. Sapiens is on the reading list of Barack Obama and Bill Gates. Mark Zuckerberg put the book on his online book club.I downloaded Sapiens, an ebook to read.

I enjoying these 2 new books.

Mrs. Abstract and I caught respiratory bugs. Hard for me to think and write but fortunately does not prevent me from reading books.

Reading books

I am reading 6 different books at the present time: Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry, The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai,Tenth of December by George Saunders, Birth of a Dream Weaver by Ngugi Wa Thiong’o, Listening Below the Noise by Anne D. LeClaire,and The Portal of the Mystery of Hope by Charles Peguy.inder
I don’t know which one I will finish first.Under the Volcano is for my book club.The Portal is a theological poetry.

I walked 7700 steps today, the most I have done since my heart surgery. I still become very tired at the end of my walk. Patience I was told.


Arrangement of trees makes its own stories
protecting birds and refugees
a bench, a mug and thank you cards are not obsolete
they remain relevant to civility
Maybe balance is exactitude mathematically
but love can drink in a glass of gold
and remain in orbit
not oblivious of other galaxies.

note: Currently I’m reading Artful by Ali Smith and Hillbilly Elegy by J.D.Vance.

Ali Smith is becoming one of my favorite contemporary writers.

Why should I?

You look for continuities and distractions in life

“Remembering time is circular”

You may find unequivocal contradictions 

     in conspicuous places

Beauty and grace and foolishness

     in niches unexpected.


Do you have to write a dissertation

     to prove a point?

A monumental work for remote

     and strange observations?

You can read your notebooks and 

     miscellaneous papers 

And find your way.


Examining your past may not be

     your common practice

You maybe afraid to see 

     the missed opportunities

Mastery is built on trials and failures

And taking the step to start 

     over again.


photo: last Monday (November 4, 2013).


 photo: 2 years ago (November 17, 2011)


note: Last Monday, November 4, I drove up-valley to capture the Fall colors

but the colors were gone. Last year I missed the opportunity all together.

2 years ago Mrs. Abstract and I went  up-valley on November 17 with our cameras.

The right time is not the same every year.


Books I’m reading: 

David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell


Chickens in the Road, An Adventure in Ordinary Splendor

     by Suzanne McMinn