Haven't participated in the Sunday Salon for an age and a half, and yes, I feel a teeny bit guilty. It's been a busy few months, though.
So, what have I been up to? You mean aside from shepherding three children? Or, rather, chauffeuring them around God's creation? Well, work, for one thing. Been working loads of those, but the good news is summer's almost upon us and that means more work during the week rather than weekends. Because I won't have to do nearly as much driving children hither and yon.
A couple reading obsessions have gripped me lately. One, American Colonial history and the Salem Witch Trials. In the car I'm listening to a bio of Benjamin Franklin:
Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson. Good stuff! Loads of information about this popular American icon, lots of it shocking. He really got around, if you know what I mean. At least one illegitimate child, and many, many very close friendships with women. He liked them very much, you know.
One thing I don't like about him, he ignored the fact his wife was dying and let her die alone. I ask you, is that worthy of a founding father? Didn't think so.
Then there's this for general history:
American Colonies by Alan Taylor. It's a good overall treatment, nothing comprehensive but that's okay. It's what I wanted to start out.
Next up, for my Nonfiction Group I'm reading:
The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell. It's okay. Not riveting, but it has its moments. Discussion on it is next week.
For the Classics Group:
Pere Goriot by Balzac. It's a reread a couple times over, and a favorite.
Then, for the Fiction Book Group I've inherited at work:
The Story of a Marriage by Andrew Sean Greer. Alright, haven't actually started this one yet, but it'll be this week.
I'm reading other things, too, dipping into this and that. But I'm far too lazy busy to list those today. Hope you'll understand!
And that's my life, in a nutshell. Reading-wise it's booming as always. Life-wise? Well, too much and too depressing to think about.
Have a lovely Sunday!