jessibud2 WILL read off her own shelves in 2020! - Chapter 1
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Because I failed so spectacularly last year to follow my own promise of reading off my own shelves, I am determined to do so this year. I will be hit by BBs; that goes without saying but I will read ONLY books from my own shelves (unless there is an emergency exception that forces me to cruise on over to the library, or a bookstore). Goodness knows I have enough books, and enough shelves, to find something for every challenge and every mood or whim that might hit me throughout the year. 2020 will be my year of MY books! You are all witnesses to this declaration. Please hold me to it!
I am Shelley, a retired teacher and I have more books in my house than I probably have years left to read them. But that doesn't bother me one bit, nor does it seem to prevent me from adding more. I can't remember not reading and not being surrounded by books and I wouldn't have it any other way. Some people think I am obsessive about reading but, well, I don't think I'll find that criticism/opinion here, will I?
I am a member of a local documentary movie theatre called Hot Docs. When I first moved to Toronto in 1980, it was a repertory theatre that showed old films and film festivals. I remember one of the first shows I went to there was the Rocky and Bullwinkle film festival. Let me just say, I loved it as a kid, when it was a tv program, but I really understood it as an adult, the political satire, the literary satire (think, the Fractured Fairy Tales segments). About 10 years ago or so, it was converted to a dedicated Doc cinema and I've been going to this theatre ever since. I love documentaries, as, to me, they are an extension of my love of non-fiction storytelling. So, on my thread you will find reviews of some of the great films I see as well as the books I read.
Reading is breathing in, writing is breathing out - Pam Allyn
There are books in which the footnotes or comments scrawled by some reader's hand in the margin are more interesting that the text. The world is one of these books - George Santayana
Books are such private experiences to read but then create such bonds afterwards through sharing and discussion.
Reading is the bread of life: it feeds my brain and nourishes my soul.
When I have a little money, I buy books. And if any is left, I buy food and clothing - Desiderius Erasmus
To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all of the miseries of life
- W. Somerset Maugham
I wish I knew the source of all of these quotes so I could properly credit them but I don't. If anyone recognizes a legit source, please let me know and I will edit it in.
Another resolution is to keep up in 2020 with all my friends on LT. Happy New Year!
And, apropos to absolutely nothing, this is a fun interview! Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield speak to xkcd cartoonist Randall Munroe:
Yes to those Doc reviews...
Wishing you 12 months of success
52 weeks of laughter
366 days of fun (leap year!)
8,784 hours of joy
527,040 minutes of good luck
and 31,622,400 seconds of happiness!!
Wishing you a wonderful year of reading.
And Happy New Thread, Shelley! Looking forward to spending another bookish year with you!
"Because I failed so spectacularly last year to follow my own promise of reading off my own shelves, I am determined to do so this year." Me and you both. This will be my main objective in 2020. Lets dodge those BBs together.
Dropping a star, so I can fiollow you!
My 2020 75-book challenge thread is here
Documentaries: have you seen the Fred Rogers one? Way better than we expected. We haven't seen the Tom Hanks movie yet.
Good luck with your reading-from-your-shelves project. It's tough when so many good new ones come out during the year!
The last doc I saw was last week, 63 Up and I wrote about it and dropped some links on my last thread, as you know. I can't recommend that series enough. Next week, I am going to see a doc about Golda Meir.
So far, I am one for one in the reading off my shelves, lol. I should finish it tonight or tomorrow and will post it then. It's a book from the *Last Interview* series, this one with MLK. It's a good series.
What strikes me as so tragic, apart from his murder, of course, is that so much of what he dedicated his life to, and spoke so eloquently of in these interviews, is still so current and relevant today. Yes, slavery and segregation are now outlawed, but racism is alive and well. Poverty and access to basic dignity and human rights (food, education, housing, jobs) are still huge issues, and yes, governments move far too slowly and are far too apathetic to the plights of their own citizens. He spoke of the millions spent on space, Vietnam, and technology but how little if any, spent on addressing the domestic problem of poverty.
A sobering first book of this new decade. I wonder if these issues will still persist into the 2030s...
Edited to add the other books in this Last Interview series I have read so far: Nora Ephron, David Bowie, Oliver Sacks, and Jane Jacobs. I thought there was another but apparently not. The one I am looking for next is James Baldwin
Brava for being a ‘whim’ reader. I’m one too, except for my RL book club’s 11 books/year and the occasional personal challenge.
>32 jessibud2: Congrats on your first book of the new year.
I haven't opened a single thing this past week, except some recipe books... to consult. Old favourites, already in my LT catalogue.
I feel so "far behind" as so many 75-ers are already listing books-read for 2020. Sheesh!
>38 richardderus: - I stumbled onto it by accident, which is always a fun thing when it turns out good. There are some good ones in the series, too. They are slim volumes and I find them rather pricey for their size so I tend to seek them out at used books stores or sales tables.
>39 SandyAMcPherson: - To be fair, it's such a slim volume (115 pages( and I had started it and hoped to finish it the night before so instead, I finished it yesterday. But it's nice to have that first done and under my belt. The book I am currently reading is a hold from the library that came in (with 4 more on the way, heaven help me), and is a good deal bigger.
>40 ffortsa: - Hi Judy. Thanks for visiting. I see you everywhere on other threads and have lurked on yours but I will head over shortly and drop a star. BBs. Yes, well, they haven't yet invented a vest bullet proof for around here, have they? ;-)
>41 EllaTim: - Wow, that's a great idea. I think some of the interviews in this series of books were originally print interviews for publication, rather than tv or radio interviews, but that would be very cool if there was some video or audio component to them. Just today, I went to a wonderful museum exhibit of Nelson Mandela and there were exactly what you have proposed: lots of visuals and reading but also audio and video clips of him. I will write more on that shortly.
I love that they always seem to have someone famous on each episode. Since last night, I saw episodes with Yoko Ono, Lyle Lovett, Eric Stoltz, Carl Reiner, to name a few. Such fun!
>32 jessibud2: These sound fascinating, I've not heard of this series before. Thanks for the review.
The new revived season of Mad About You is said to air this Tuesday at 10 pm. When I googled, it seemed to say that it would only be on streaming (pay) channels but I was watching on a regular station and saw the commercial promos for it so maybe I will be able to see it after all. I had forgotten how fun it was to see famous people have guest roles or even recurring roles in this show. Carol Burnett and Carroll O'Connor played Jamie's parents. Mel Brooks played Paul's Uncle Phil. I never watched Friends but the airhead waitress from that show played that same airhead waitress on M.A.Y. I had turned off the tv to do some laundry and some cleaning this afternoon and kicked myself when I turned it back on to see the ending credits of an episode I had just missed where Alex Trebek played himself. Anyhow, just a whole lot of fun.
Back to the books this week! I need to focus because 3 more are waiting for me to pick up at the library, with a fourth on its way.
>49 Berly: - Ha! You are probably too young! I bet you'd love it, though, Kim.
>50 PaulCranswick: - :-). Did the American humour translate well over there, Paul?
>51 charl08: - I stumbled on this book series by accident, Charlotte. A friend gave me the first one I read, the Last Interview with Nora Ephron. Then I found one in the used bookstore and after that, I just always have my eyes open for them. They seem pricey to me, (around $22 Canadian) for a slim (under 200 pages) paperback volume so I have been seeking them out at used bookstores. The fact that they seem difficult to find, I guess, makes the *hunt* more like a treasure hunt! ;-)
>52 weird_O: - Saw it and responded! Fantastic!
>53 ChelleBearss: - You, for sure, Chelle, would have been too young, first time around! ;-)
>54 EBT1002: - I stumbled upon this bingefest last Thursday, Ellen. It is one of those stations that shows all old nostalgia tv and although I always see it in the listings, I never bothered to watch anything there. Until this time. Completely worth it.
So funny about that last interview series because I was going to comment that I thought I had heard about them on Charlotte's thread but apparently not. Heh. I am really wanting to read the PKD one.
The Canada Reads longlist just came out:
I haven't read any of them but I did hear a terrific interview with Jesse Thistle about his book. Not sure I will actually read any of these but as always, I will certainly follow the competition when it airs. I know that one of the books, Small Game Hunting was a finalist for the Giller Prize
BTW Did you see the Jeopardy champion game today? Soo good :)
Yes, Anita, I have been glued to the tv. I am absolutely LOVING this tournament. I actually really like all three contestants a lot and can't decide who to root for. I am just a bit surprised that Brad hasn't been quicker and more active. Still, it's a nail-biter and I love it that way! I am even impressed at how many (not that many) I am guessing right! I expected that this tournament would be harder than the regular games and that I would know nothing but surprisingly, I am actually getting about as many as I usually do. Which is often easier from the comfort of my couch ;-)
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I'd never heard of Mad About You. It's not on Prime or Netflix, more's the pity.
Snowing to beat the band here, but those teensy-tiny flakes that take no time to sweep off the walk. I was sorry to see the Toronto and Vancouver weather - slushy rainy snow or freezing rain. Yuck. Only the unknowing say "my" weather is unbearable. Yeah, now I'm going to ensure a weather critique, cause I was posting some -30's and worse comments a few days ago. Ha ha.
Hope your premises are not flooded or leaking in the basement this year.
As for my basement, it was exactly last January that I first noticed the water. It took my condo board till October to finally get the ball rolling to begin the backyard work: digging down, repairing the foundation, waterproofing the foundation, removal of the massive tree which caused the roots to crack the foundation, regrading the yard. My handyman is finally set to begin to repair and rebuild the basement this Monday. I have ordered the vinyl plank flooring and we should have it within a week. Meantime, he will repair the wall that had to be broken to find the source of the water. Then he will paint, and then do the floor. I can't wait to move all the basement furniture back down there from where it has been sitting for a year, in my tiny living room and upstairs bedroom.
I guess the timing of this rain is good. I hope it proves the foundation repair and waterproofing to be solid. It had better be, that's all I can say!
We got about 5" of beautiful snow on Friday but today it warmed up to 35F and we got a fair amount of wintry mix, as they call it. It's supposed to start snowing again around midnight but I think the earlier predictions of 8 inches or so have been downgraded. We'll see. The Palouse needs snow as the winter wheat depends on it in this relatively arid climate. And honestly, snow is one of the three things I like about my current "home town." The other two are my 7-minute commute and that we have a Dairy Queen. *rolls eyes at self*
I have been surprised and a little disappointed by Brad's performance on the Jeopardy! GOAT tournament, but no more than he, I am sure. I wouldn't mind seeing him win the next match so the tournament can continue. Ultimately, I want Ken to win but not just yet.
>72 SandyAMcPherson: Well they were predicting snow or rain in Vancouver and it looks like it came out as rain, at least so far.
Have a nice Sunday, Shelley!
Cracked foundations are a total nightmare. This heavy rain in your neck of the woods is a timely testing *before* the floor and painting work.
I had an ARC of We have always been here. Fascinating look at a culture I knew nothing about, and a relatively quick read.
>75 EBT1002: - Somewhere in my googling, Ellen, I saw that all 7 seasons of Mad About You is available in dvd as a box set. I imagine it would be pricey so I checked at our local used bookstore because they often have such things in their downstairs (music.video) section. In fact, not long ago, I bought the entire 7 disc box set of Ken Burns' Baseball there for $35, which I consider to be very reasonable. But they didn't have M.A.Y. I will keep checking. ;-)
We had a ton of rain all day yesterday and when I woke up this morning, I see that it had turned to snow/ice overnight, leaving a white (shiny) coating on everything. I am hoping that by the time I go out later, the roads will have been salted or melted sufficiently so I won't have to worry.
>78 msf59: - Hi Mark. I topped up my feeder yesterday and the goldfinches were by to thank me. I think I counted 9 of them fighting for turns at the 4 ports of my feeder! I am not seeing much more than these guys, a few die-hard mourning doves, the good old Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal and the occasional downy woodpeckers. I haven't seen a single junco so far this winter and that makes me sad.
I will report on books shortly. I have 2 going at the moment and 4 on the table that have all come in at once from the library. Of course they have. So much for reading only my own books this year. Once the library ones are done though, I will try hard not to request more and return to my own shelves!
Hope they are all 4- and 5-star reads!
>85 Familyhistorian: - Wow, you have more than we have had so far this winter, I think! At least in my part of the city, I have more grass showing on my lawn than anything. We have had a dusting the other night but it rained non-stop on Saturday. I think our temps are rising though we may get more snow toward the weekend. I can't say I am missing it, if I am honest...;-)
I am not doing any kind of challenges this year regarding my reading. I think it will take the pressure off me. Sounds like you are kind of in the same boat, except for the reading off your own shelf thing. Good luck, Shelley!
Good luck with the Basement.
(it also links back to an article by Jill Lepore)
I wouldn't call this a graphic novel, exactly, more like an illustrated book. And it's NF, not a novel, either. Still, it was a quick read and I really love the author's style of art.
Author/illustrator Rachel Ignotofsy first came onto my radar after I received a few postcards from this Women in Science series (I belong to postcrossing.com, a global postcard exchange group). I really loved them and found out the author's name after some googling. When I saw that she had a book, I requested it immediately from the library.
Ignotofsky is an artist who loves science and her mission is to encourage girls to become more involved in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) disciplines. To this end, she began this series highlighting the contributions women have made to the sciences over the years. And I mean YEARS. She starts with Hypatia, who was an astronomer, mathematician and philosopher who lived around 350 CE and the books ends with mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani, from Iran, born in 1977. Also included in this collection are, among others, Katherine Johnson (who was celebrated in the film Hidden Figures), Rachel Carson, Hedy Lamarr, Jane Goodall, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Grace Hopper, Elizabeth Blackwell, Mae Jemison, Mamie Phipps Clark, Jane Cooke Wright, Valentina Tereshkova.
Here are 2 of the postcards:
I love how Ignotofsky organized this book. The left side of each double page spread shows a stylized illustration of the women being profiled and the right side gives a one-page bio of her life and accomplishments. Here is the double page spread on Marjory Stoneman Douglas:
Interspersed between the profiles are statistical and info pages. I was particularly taken with this one:
I aplogize for the sideways images. I don't know why that happens. They are not sideways on my computer. However, I have exhausted my tech knowledge so am leaving well enough alone! ;-)
Also just finished watching Jeopardy. What did you think of James joke toward Brad?
I ran the category of *Great Canadians*, myself! ;-)
I hope your basement renovation goes smoothly, Shelley!
>98 richardderus: - All good. If that's what it takes for (any) people to access NF, and for them to WANT to read it, why not? And this one in particular, is lovely.
No way. Massive favourite. Teaches children the rhythm of the English language and so beautifully illustrated (>92 mdoris: said...). *Grump*
And the Snowy Day, another wonderfully composed classic. What a strange approach that Moore person took in mandating what children might like.
Thanks so much for that interesting link, Shelley.
*spoiler topic is Jeopardy! tournament.
She is one of the women highlighted in Women in Science and indeed, that is the book they are excerpting!
Delancey Place is an online book newsletter I subscribe to.
(edited to correct my lousy sentence structure)
I worry about Alex. Who will ever replace him? I doubt it can be done.
>105 richardderus: - So many, Richard, never got the credit they were due. And more than a few died young (though, not all! Marjory Stoneman Douglas lived to 108,, I think!)
Seven Songs For Malcolm X
I filled my bird feeder this morning so the birds could stock up for the storm. I looked out a little while ago and counted at least 25 to 30 goldfinches on the feeder and on the ground! I have never seen so many here at one time. I also saw a couple of juncos for the first time this winter, really late for them. Also a downy woodpecker and a few sparrows and mourning doves. I don't know how wildlife survives in such climates. Obviously, the ones who overwinter here must survive but I have no idea how!
I woke up with a brutal migraine today, no doubt thanks to the weather changes. I will never understand how the weather outside can so affect me inside. I just know that it does. I will try to read and watch a dvd today, if I don't nap. I have an avalanche of library holds sitting on my table. I've already renewed one and will hopefully finish that one this weekend. It's Volume Control, recommended by Madeline and I know Darryl is also reading it right now. It's about hearing in this noisy world of ours and while there is, of necessity, some medicalese, the author, David Owen, of The New Yorker magazine, is a great writer and has an light, easy anecdotal style that not only makes for good reading but has me laughing out loud at times.
I hope the link works.
No one will ever replace Alex. I mean, someone will, but it will never be the same.
>116 EBT1002: - Oh, now I remember. I read somewhere that Ken Jennings did not tell his kids or his parents that he had won and let them find out when they watched it all together. He told his wife, though; said he didn't want a divorce! ;-)
>116 EBT1002:, >117 alcottacre: -I continue to hold out hope, and firmly believe, that Alex will live forever....
I am also reading Notorious RBG and, for fiction, Dear Evelyn.
In other news, did you hear the news yesterday that the Ten Thousand Villages stores across Canada are closing? I was shocked and very very sad. There are only 2 in Toronto and I was in one of them today. Staff are also very sad.
>120 figsfromthistle: - He really is, Anita. It's rather amazing, isn't it? As for Ken, I don't think he would have the patience to be a long-time host. He is a bit too hyper and restless. I got that impression after reading his book, Maphead.
Lexi, happy at home with her fox pillow:
Lexi, at the vet's office. I will be punished later:
Life's so unfair.
>125 mdoris: - Thanks, Mary. She's a tortoiseshell cat, not as classically *pretty* as Mia was but she is quite the personality. I was bracing for the worst, given that she has lost a bit of weight recently (but she was also a bit on the porky side so maybe that's a good thing), so was pleasantly surprised at the test results.
Have a nice weekend, Shelley.
by David Owens. Published in 2019
Recommended by Madeline (SqueakyChu)
I quite enjoyed this book. Owens is staff writer for The New Yorker magazine. There was, of necessity, enough medical-ese to have warranted some skimming but in fact, his writing style is very anecdotal and this made for easy reading and I didn't skim at all. I enjoyed the way he was able to make the complex process of hearing understandable for the lay person and some of his analogies had me chuckling out loud.
"For most everyone else, the most common causes of earwax problems are ill-considered attempts to solve or prevent earwax problems. Major culprits are Q-tips, which, when they're used the way most of us use them, function like the long-handled rammers that artillery men in the olden days used to shove gunpowder and cannonballs down the barrels of cannons."
Owens has done an extensive amount of homework and covers many aspects of hearing loss, hearing aids, cochlear implants, research into new technologies, the controversy that still exists in the Deaf community between oralists and those using ASL (American Sign Language), among other aspects of hearing as a culture and an industry. He cites a book written about a community in Massachusetts from around a hundred or so years ago, where nearly all members of this community were deaf and everyone on that little island signed. The book was written by a graduate student as her doctoral thesis and is called Everyone Here Spoke Sign Language. I am going to see if I can get hold of this as it greatly interests me. Apparently, even the hearing members of that community moved easily back and forth between ASL and speaking English. I'll copy and paste here a little anecdote of my own, that I originally posted on Madeline's thread after she reviewed Owens' book.
I used to teach at a school for physically and developmentally disabled kids.
We used sign language (ASL) with some of our deaf students but I learned quickly and surprisingly that sign language also worked amazingly well with some of our hearing but non-verbal students. I had one little girl, for example, who had severe CP (cerebral palsy) whose speech was extremely difficult to understand. She had picked up on the ASL we were using for a deaf student in our class and when she saw how difficult it was for me to sometimes know what she was trying to say to me, she would use signs! I was stunned when I realized what was going on but once I did, we continued to use both sign and speech with her and it made a HUGE difference for us all. What a happy discovery.
I think Owens began this book when he wanted to explore his own tinnitus, that constant ringing in the ears, a condition I also have. From there, the book developed as a very comprehensive look at something probably every one of us will have to deal with, to some extent, in our lifetimes. I can't find the quote right now but somewhere he says that if we have ever been a teenager who listened to loud rock music, then our exposure to loud noise has already impacted our hearing even if it isn't evident till later in life. He also says that "Hearing problems are often aggravated by the human tendency to do nothing and hope for the best, usually while pretending that everything is fine. This is the way we treat many health problems, although it's not the way we typically treat threats to our other senses. For example, people who need glasses almost always get them and wear them"
Hearing aids aren't always that easy and plenty of people get them and put them way in the drawer after awhile (my mother being one of them).
Another quote from the book: "Sound is deeply tied to our emotions in a way that vision is not. It's also a sense that we have comparatively little control over. You can look away from something you don't want to see more easily than you can "hear away" from something you don't want to hear: you can't squinch your ears."
Owens has a lot of really good insights into the problem of hearing loss and this was a very good read.
With hearing loss, every day presents a new problem. Just this week, I told my friend Barbara's cousin Laurel that I no longer am going to the uke jams with her when she comes to visit. This past uke jam was particularly hard with many people in attendance, and a humidifier going (for the wooden instruments they sell in the store, I guess). Everything sounded like white noise. People would talk to me, and I would have no idea what they were saying so I could not hold any conversation or even respond to anyone. It made me feel like an absolute fool. One thing I've decided to do as a person with moderate hearing loss is to limit my exposure to such situations while trying not to isolate myself completely. It's going to be hard, but I'm determined to live gracefully with my hearing loss. I have faith in future technology to help me along in my endeavors.
-NMP, but the black-capped chickadee is one of my favorite winter visitors.
Happy Sunday, Shelley. Glad to hear the positive report on Lexi and I love her fox pillow.
>133 msf59: - Oddly, I haven't seen any chickadees at my feeder so far this winter, Mark. I usually do have them. But I have seen TONS of goldfinches, and I mean tons! I have no idea where they are coming from. Can't be babies at this time of year! They completely emptied out my feeder yesterday, with only a tiny bit of help from the cardinals and downy woodpecker. They are even keeping the sparrows away, lol! Last weekend, at the height of our big snowstorm, I counted around 30! At one time! Crazy
I've had tinnitus since my 20s. Sometimes it bothers me, sometimes not. The worst is loud restaurants.
My previous 2 cats lived to 17 and 18, and my beloved Mia died last August, at 18 and a half. All rescue cats. I won't bring in new cats until Lexi is gone but there will be 2 more then.
with Anu Garg
An idea is a textually-transmitted disease. A great idea puts one out of their comfort zone -- makes them feel dis-eased. Never underestimate the power of a single solitary idea. It may be a Magna Carta, limiting powers of a king; theses nailed to a door, pointing out that godliness doesn’t necessarily means goodness.
And what’s a book but a collection of ideas. The medium may change -- rock face, tree bark, animal hide, papyrus, magnetic tape, or a Kindle -- but what doesn’t change is the purpose. A piece of writing takes an idea from one mind to another.
Or as a cartoonist said: You can use books to install new software into your brain. This week we’re all about books. We’ll feature words about books.
noun: The love of books.
From Greek biblio- (book) + -philia (love).
“If you’ve ever flirted with bibliophilia, ever dabbled in recreational sniffing and fondling of books, be advised: this magnificent volume Winter Papers 5 might push you over the edge.”
Kevin Barry and Olivia Smith; A winter wonderland; Sunday Times (London, UK); Dec 22, 2019.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
A fellow of mediocre talent will remain a mediocrity, whether he travels or not; but one of superior talent (which without impiety I cannot deny that I possess) will go to seed if he always remains in the same place. -Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, composer and musician (27 Jan 1756-1791)
Many instantaneous memories are evoked (for me) when I hear the call of certain birds. I'm suddenly that 5 year-old, in my rural home. These are very poignant memories that seem so vivid and responsive to sound.
Maybe I should note the title on my NF list of TBRs!
I have trouble concentrating if the venue is even moderately noisy. I can't read if the TV is on, for example. In waiting rooms, for instance, especially if I'm the only person in there and the TV is blaring. (I've been known to turn it off.) I use foam ear plugs a lot (even at home), and I wish I could try noise-cancelling headphones to
In my ongoing project to watch as many of Ken Burns' documentary films as I can, I picked up 2 from the library today and another is *in transit*. The 2 I have now are Defying the Nazis, which I will watch tonight. It seems appropriate given that today is the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp. This isn't about that place but it's a story of that time. The other dvd is called The Address and that one sounds good, too. I will report back after I watch them. So far, I have seen 9 so far and there are plenty more before I am done.
And now, for the Tuesday entry. I will admit, I have never heard this word before:
with Anu Garg
1. A volume of selected literary passages, usually by one author.
2. A selection of literary passages from a foreign language, especially one assembled for studying a language.
From Greek chrestomatheia, from chrestos (useful) + manthanein (to learn). These two parts of the word ultimately derive from Indo-European gher- (to like or want) which gave us yearn, charisma, greedy, exhort; and mendh- (to learn) that resulted in the terms mathematics and polymath. Earliest documented use: 1832.
“In a word, they think Ted Cruz is a supremely self-absorbed show pony. Perhaps relevant: The Ted Cruz 2016 pocket Constitution that his volunteers distribute features a Ted Cruz introduction and a Ted Cruz chrestomathy before the document’s text.”
Joseph Rago; Ted Cruz Likes Being Hated; The Wall Street Journal (New York); Jan 23, 2016.
See more usage examples of chrestomathy in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Sit down and put down everything that comes into your head and then you're a writer. But an author is one who can judge his own stuff's worth, without pity, and destroy most of it. -Colette, author (28 Jan 1873-1954)
They were among the soundtrack of my growing up years, as my dad played their records on his *stereo* a lot, often as I was going to sleep. I now own several of those vinyl records of my dad's. A couple of years go I read a terrific book about this group, Greenback Dollar. Shane was 85 and still performing when he could, oxygen and all! If I can find it, I will repost my thread about that book which include my binging on youtube and linking to so many of their terrific songs.
I should finish my current book, Notorious RBG tonight and if so, will review it tomorrow. I have been reading a lot about this remarkable woman lately, it seems, but I always learn something new. I leave for Montreal on Saturday so I have been mulling over what books to take. So far, I have 3 but I may change my mind before then.
I associate the sound of it with The Chronicles of Chrestomanci (Diana Wynne Jones). I wonder if DWJ chose the name because of its Greek etymology?
>154 jessibud2: My folk heroes when I was 14 or 15 y.o. I may still have a KT album along with the other vinyl that's stored! Thanks for the nostalgic trip. (NO! no pun intended. KT predated that era).
>155 jessibud2: basement repair done! Fabulous. So pleased this stress is resolved!
Happy travels to Montréal. Hope your Mother is in fine fettle.
>157 SandyAMcPherson: - Yes, Sandy, I also loved the Kingston Trio and the book I read really gave a good background at each of them (and even at some of their replacements over the years).
>158 Familyhistorian: - Thanks, Meg. It feels good.
>159 mdoris: - Thanks, Mary. I hadn't read that one and just requested it from the library! Sounds like a message I need to keep in mind!
with Anu Garg
noun: One who destroys or mutilates books.
From Greek biblio- (book) + -clast (breaker). Earliest documented use: 1880.
“Mr Raving was none too subtle a blend of born-again Christian, mini-arsonist and my computer studies master. Once during a lesson, I had to retrieve a text-book from my bag necessitating the removal of everything else. Raving went, well, raving when he saw a copy of Eric Von Daniken’s Chariots of the Gods appear. He grabbed the book almost before it landed on my desk and, with a zeal that would have made a Nazi biblioclast proud, set it alight and threw it into the bin while crossing himself with a ruler. A week later I was summoned to the office of the school library to explain why I hadn’t returned said book. I said: ‘Because Mr Raving destroyed it, sir.’ Aghast he replied: ‘Another one?!’”
Spike Breakwell; Disabled: Joe Egg’s School Days; The Independent on Sunday (London, UK); Feb 29, 2004.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against its government. -Edward Abbey, naturalist and author (29 Jan 1927-1989)
Glad your basement has been taken care of!
Here is a link that you may find useful for your cleaning woes.
Now the backyard reno sounds really fun!
>165 figsfromthistle: - Thanks for those links, Anita! I will start my homework when I get back next Tuesday.
>143 jessibud2: I get that newsletter, too. I’m definitely a bibliophile, but I’m also a bibliomaniac. *smile*
>150 weird_O: and >151 jessibud2: I can’t be in a room with a TV or radio playing when I read. If Bill’s home and not asleep, the TV is on, but it is 2 rooms away and I consider it white noise when I’m in the Sunroom reading.
Bill and I just finished watching Ken Burns The West, which is actually a film by Stephen Ives but co-produced by Burns. Have you seen this one?
>153 jessibud2: I am currently reading a chrestomathy – A Year with G. K. Chesterton.
>155 jessibud2: Congrats!
And thanks for reminding me to post today's AWAD entry. I meant to, earlier, but got distracted.... ;-)
with Anu Garg
the final syllable is nasal
1. The part of a European newspaper devoted to light literature, criticism, and the like; also something printed in this section.
2. A novel published in installments.
3. A short literary piece
From French, from feuillet (sheet of paper), diminutive of feuille (leaf), from Old French foille, from Latin folium (leaf). Ultimately from the Indo-European root bhel- (to thrive or bloom), which also gave us flower, bleed, bless, foliage, blossom, and blade. Earliest documented use: 1845.
“Finally, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung offers tongue-in-cheek reading of the situation on the front page of its feuilleton section, saying, ‘Germany is a world champion -- at least in exporting goods. We even offer up our students to study abroad, especially when they are talented.’”
Germans Stew Over Joblessness; Der Spiegel (Hamburg, Germany); Mar 15,
2005. “He’s to run my next as a feuilleton. This -- this venture is to be rather more serious in tone than any that he’s done hitherto.”
Joseph Conrad and Ford Madox Ford; The Inheritors; William Heinemann; 1901.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The power to command frequently causes failure to think. -Barbara Tuchman, author and historian (30 Jan 1912-1989)
Dee-lighted about the basement!
>174 richardderus: - Very true, Richard. Linda Ronstadt will likely be the first of those 3, given that she has Parkinson's and the other 2 are (as far as I know) still healthy and going strong. There was a recent bio documentary about Ronstadt called The Sound of My Voice. I know I posted about it after I saw it last year but I don't know how to find that thread. Anyhow, if you ever have an opportunity to see it, do so. It was great.
Thanks, re the basement. I smile every time I go downstairs. Yeah, I am easily amused...;-)
>154 jessibud2: I was a big fan, too--all of the folk music of that time, like the Weavers, Burl Ives, Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger on his own, Arlo Guthrie, and my heroes, Peter, Paul and Mary! I'll definitely check out that documentary.
>176 jessibud2: If you go to your profile page, it will show YOur Groups, find the group for last year, and then look for your thread. Or, much easier, go to the top of this page, see option in the left column Started by You, and click.
I saw Ronstadt receive the Kennedy Award this year on PBS.
Oh yes!! Congratulations on finally getting your basement back, and your living area as a result as well!!!
with Anu Garg
noun: One who loves to read books; a bookworm.
From Greek biblio- (book) + -phage (one who eats).
“An author and publisher himself, Karl Lagerfeld was a bibliophile of epic appetite. (Practically a bibliophage, he is said to have torn the pages out of thick paperbacks as he read them.) He bought French books, English books, books of poetry, signed books, first editions, monographs, everything he could find.”
Lauren Collins; The Lagerfeld Economy; The New Yorker; Dec 2, 2019.
Also see, “I Am the “Book Murderer”, But I Tear Them Apart Out of Love.”
Bibliophage or biblioclast? You decide.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
To blame the poor for subsisting on welfare has no justice unless we are also willing to judge every rich member of society by how productive he or she is. Taken individual by individual, it is likely that there's more idleness and abuse of government favors among the economically privileged than among the ranks of the disadvantaged. -Norman Mailer, author (31 Jan 1923-2007)
I mostly fake it and fool around a whole lot to see if I can google-info my way to solving a problem, but it was no good this time.
Hope your basement stays dry if you get rain along with the snow!
I like your quotes. I think I have read several chrestomancies (is that the right plural?) in school for foreign languages studies. The feuilleton sounds familiar as wel.
We had one full day of rain a couple of weeks ago and everything stayed dry. We truly don't have much snow and the forecast calls for a high tomorrow of plus 6C! And above zero the rest of the week just not that high. No complaints. Except that I am in Montreal where it is colder but not too much. I just went for a walk and it is lovely out.
>184 EllaTim: - Hi, Ella. I hope your back is on the mend and also, that Marc is feeling a bit better these days.
The main protagonists, Harry and Evelyn Miles, met as young adults, just as he was about to go off to war (WWII). He wrote letters while posted in North Africa and those letters form the beginning of the book. Page's writing is often lovely, lyrical. She delves into the backgrounds of both Harry and Evelyn, and that gives them dimension and depth. However, once home from war, that's it. No more letters. They married and had a child right before he left and that was fine. Where the story began to lose me, was the utter lack of a sense of time. Well, that's not exactly accurate as the novel spans those early years, through to the final years, in their 90s. But there are no dates to indicate when in time we are as the story progresses. The letters are never dated, the chapter headings give no indication of what year it is. Lily, their first child is a baby when Harry is at war, then suddenly, she is grade one. Another chapter suddenly mentions Valerie, and only after a bit do you realize that she is the second child. On more than once occasion, the author makes an obscure reference to something that will happen in the future, then barely mentions it again. Only the third child, Louise, is mentioned in some detail as hers is a surprise pregnancy and a troubled childhood. Then, all of a sudden, without any preamble, all three daughters are adults, married with children. Only one line, near the end, mentions that Evelyn had had 2 miscarriages in her married life. One might think, if chronicling the life of a married couple, that milestones such as miscarriages, weddings of children, birth of grandchildren, might merit *some* mention, but it never happened.
The writing was lovely, and I loved Harry, a sensitive, hard-working and devoted man. But by the middle and certainly by the end of the book , I truly began to despise Evelyn. She treated her devoted husband so badly, with such disrespect and disdain. She is a control freak extraordinaire and not at all a likeable character, in my opinion. She had not an ounce of kindness or compassion in her. She began to remind me of my mother's husband and maybe that coloured my enjoyment of this book. I was rather dismayed, and surprised, when I saw that of the 5 reviews this book has on LT, all gave it between 4 and a half and 5 stars!
Oh well, win some, lose some. This was not a winner for me. Let's leave it at that. I am probably just marching to my own music, given the other reviews but what can ya do.... It will be easy to cull this one.
Welcome home, Shelley!
I saw a preview on tv last night of this upcoming exhibit here in Toronto and I can't wait. Van Gogh 5 stories tall?! Wow:
One of the best things about LT is finding like-minded readers who rate books according to their own preferences and then say on Talk what they prefer. That's how I find books for me.
Books can be over-hyped and given misleading good ratings, sometimes because it was an ARC. So I was glad to see you were entirely candid and explained what was weird. I like Susan's (quondame) pithy comments, for example. I mostly don't read sci-fi so it's good to know exactly the kind of book she's reviewing.
Good to see you are back home again, Shelley.
Too bad Dear Evelyn was a bad read.
>189 jessibud2: I saw that on the news the other day. Looks to be fantastic!
>191 Familyhistorian: - Hi, Meg. We are having a snowy/slushy icky mess here today. I went out this morning to go to yoga but am happy to be in this afternoon doing other things!
>192 figsfromthistle: - It was not a good read *for me*. C'est la vie. And yes, I thought this exhibit sounded and looked to be quite brilliant. I also heard an interview yesterday with one of the guys who is responsible for bringing it here. I really can't wait!
Nope. You're far too attentive and intelligent a reader for me to say, "...but the critics say..." in contravention. I'll end up agreeing with you and annoyed by having slogged through hours of becoming acquainted with someone I'd cross the street to avoid (Evelyn).
I got home from Montreal Tuesday, and today, I had a call from the hospital to let me know that the CT scan scheduled for early March for my mother can be changed. They had a cancellation and so, next Tuesday, I head back, returning home on Saturday. Exhausting, but I am happy she doesn't have to wait so long. I am also happy not to be travelling today! Snowy mess here, though nothing compared to Montreal. They got socked with a blizzard today, nearly 40 cm of snow. But they are a city which is prepared and equipped. All will be fine by Tuesday. The real craziness on the rails today were some protesters who blocked the rails. All train travel between Toronto and Montreal was cancelled. Can you imagine the chaos?! It took hours to get through on the phone to change my tickets but it's done and all is good. I sure hope their protest is over by Tuesday, though! As Gilda Radner used to say, it's always something!
I have begun another book from my shelf. It's been languishing there for ages. Has anyone here read Martin Dressler by Steven Millhauser? It apparently won a Pulitzer Prize. So far so good.... I am starting to feel restless with my reading. I need a good one to really grab me. This one is ok so far, if a bit slow. I just hope it picks up a bit soon.
However. There is wrench thrown into the plans now. There are a lot of protests in western Canada, in British Columbia, over the building of a pipeline through Indigenous lands. I am not sure I know or understand all the details but I certainly understand their objections and I respect their rights to protest. What I don't get - and am, if I am honest, rather aggravated and pissed off - is why that needs to affect me here in Ontario and Quebec. See, last Friday, protesters blocked the rail tracks and all trains between Toronto and Montreal had to be cancelled. It is now Sunday and not one train has moved between those 2 cities since. I called the train company and they said to just phone on Tuesday morning and that's when they would know if the trains will be moving.
Sure, the protesters want to stand in solidarity with their brothers in BC. Fair enough. But surely there is another way to do so? How disrupting and stopping commuter trains on the other side of the country is supposed to achieve anything for them in BC, is beyond any logic I can see. I will have to cancel my mother's CT scan appointment and reschedule it. And hope we won't have to wait weeks for it. I will, of course, be refunded for the train ticket but changing a ticket is the least of it. I truly don't want to be sitting for 6 hours on a bus to get there and flying is a pain in the ass (for me). I will not drive my car there again, especially not in winter so really, the train is my only option.
Ok, end of rant. I am just grumpy right now.
In other news I watched another Ken Burns documentary last night. The Address was excellent. It focussed on a special boys school in Putney, Vermont (USA), a school for boys who have had a lot of difficulties in learning, whether in academics or socially, often in combination. This school is a kind of last resort for them. The school focusses their curriculum around the Gettysburg Address, and each boy is expected to learn the Address by heart, and recite it in front of an audience. Sounds grim, if you ask me, but it was a wonderful film, told by the students and educators themselves. You (I) couldn't help but shed a few tears by the end. This brings to 11, the number of Ken Burns docs I have seen so far, in my ongoing project to watch as many as I possibly can. The next one I have here (and will likely have to renew tomorrow), is The National Parks.
I hope it gets settled and that your mum will be fine.
' It's a rather inefficient and slow process and the resulting install base is prone to corruption.'
>202 Familyhistorian: - I actually really feel for what they are protesting. But it makes no sense to me to target people who have no power to do anything to help them or change anything. That is what is bothering e most. Well, that and the fact that it is causing so much stress and inconvenience for me, personally. Yeah, I'm selfish that way.
>203 paulstalder: - Hi, Paul, welcome to my thread!
>204 torontoc: - Hi, Cyrel. I don't think I could sit on a bus for 6 hours. At least on the train, the seats are comfy and it's easy to get up and walk around. I don't think I have been on the bus to Mtl since I moved here in the '80s!
It only took me three calls this morning to get through to a human and achieve some small victory. I got my mum's appointments switched back to their original date in early March. Now, if I could only get through to VIA Rail, maybe I could get my original train reservations back. But the lines are totally blocked now and the recording says to just call back later. This could take awhile...
Sorry to hear about all the train cancellations. Annoying indeed!
I had to bail on the Ken Burns dvd of The National Parks because it was damaged. It's a 6-disc (12.5 hours!) series and by the half hour mark in the first disc, it had frozen, stopped and started at least 5 times. I phoned the library and they are requesting another copy (4 copies in the system) and I will return this copy tomorrow.
I also bailed on a book and I fear I am sliding into another reading slump. I am just not being grabbed by anything I pick up at the moment- like I have nothing in my house to read. Geez.
I spent half an hour on the phone yesterday with my mother, explaining why I was not going to arrive at dinner time and making sure she had a pencil and her calendar when I was telling her what to cross out (appointments-wise) and what to write in for the rescheduling of them. I had her read back everything and she seemed to understand and said it was ok. Then, this morning, she phoned to ask me what day it was, and what date. She then said, oh no, I think I missed an appointment. So, I explained it all over again. As of tonight, trains still aren't running. I fear that, when I have to leave in 3 weeks' time, I may end up having to go by bus. Yuck.
I did go out today for a little retail therapy. I bought a couple of planter pots for my back garden, whenever that happens... and a completely unnecessary jigsaw puzzle of a room full of books. I was also looking for a new birdbath but didn't find one. The one I had snapped in 2 a few months ago and that rendered it rather useless.
Thank goodness tomorrow is yoga. I need to get a grip and just breathe!
I wish I were up there with you to do the jigsaw puzzle. I love doing them. We used to do them every summer at the beach. I don't do them at home because I don't have a large enough surface under a good enough light with good enough eyesight and away from two-year-old granddaughter's itchy fingers! :D
On a pretty cool note, I found out the other day when Jose and I were babysitting, that my six-year-old grandson can now play chess! I was really impressed. I'm terrible at that game but agreed to play with him because he is only a beginner. I won two games, but was most impressed that he lost with good grace. I hope we can play some more chess in the future. Maybe he can teach me a thing or two about improving my game. I cannot strategize...therefore I always expect to lose. :D
>208 SqueakyChu: - Madeline, my pea brain does not (and will likely never) understand chess. Good for you and even better for your grandson!! I am impressed!
As for the puzzle, we used to do them as a family when I was growing up. I LOVE jigsaw puzzles. I subscribe to the daily puzzle over at jigzone.com. I love it. You can change the number and shape of the pieces. You can upload your own photos and turn them into puzzles and even send them through email. I discovered this site when I stopped doing physical puzzles, thanks to the cats, who liked to *help* ("Here - swipe - that piece goes THERE!". You get my drift).
I am suddenly having difficulty transferring photos from my phone to my computer. It just isn't working. I have already put in a call to my computer guy. Once it's fixed, I will edit in here some pics of the last 3 puzzles I have bought. I can't resist. Now that Mia is gone (she was the agile jumper so no way to leave a puzzle on the table), and Lexi is too arthritic to jump, I am actually itching to crack one open and get into it again.
>211 alcottacre: - Hi Stasia. To be honest, I am not a re-reader. Rarely, anyhow. Just too many books in the house, not enough time, and all that jazz, which is hardly a problem, except when I get into a funk and can't make a decision. I did just start another one last night that I am hoping will be the one to hold my interest. I have some transit commuting tomorrow, when I head downtown to meet a friend so I will have captive reading time on the subway. The book is Harriet and Isabella, a fictionalized accounting of the 2 sisters of Henry Ward Beecher. So far, so good. I am only on chapter 2.
>212 Familyhistorian: - Yep, Meg. Sometimes, retail therapy hits the mark. And I think the puzzle was a good choice. I was at Winners and certainly wasn't looking for a puzzle but when I upload the pic of it, you will see why I didn't hesitate. :-)
It's a pic by Rebecca Campbell and is titled *Do Not Disturb*. Apropos for an LTer, I thought! Apologies for the poor quality of the photo.
I would never glue a puzzle together! You can't do it again then. :(
i would always write on the bottom of the box where I bought it, where we put each puzzle together and who helped. I still have most of the puzzles. We usually did 2.000 piece puzzles and tried to finish one during each week at the beach. Sometimes we succeeded. Other times not.
So, I started the puzzle in >219 jessibud2: last night, while watching Jeopardy (7:30 pm). Next thing I knew I looked up and it was after 11 pm! I know the lady I bought this one from (I go to her garage sales every year). She assures me that no pieces are missing. But for the life of me, I could not find 3 of the 4 corner pieces. Unless they are not simple right angle pieces, which is possible. My legs were killing because I was standing the whole time I worked on it. On the right side on the table, those are 3 layers of cardboard where I sorted pieces by colour and design. It's harder than I remember from the last time I did it. I am now a bit intimidated about trying the puzzle in >217 jessibud2:. I think that one may do me in.
I am about 50 pages into Harriet and Isabella. Not the most stellar writing but I am curious about them as people and know almost nothing, really, about them. I'll give it another week or so. If I'm not caught up in it (or finished) by then, I'll move it along and find something else. My mantra is: there is ALWAYS a next book! :-)
One time I did a puzzle and found an extra piece!
“We are always looking for the book it is necessary to read next.”
― Saul Bellow
Do you have a preferred puzzle brand? I always liked Springbok the best, and then I added Ravnesburger to my favorites list.
I grew up with puzzles. I remember the first one I ever completed on my own. It was a picture of kids sledding down a hill on a late winter afternoon. The shadows on the snow were in shades of blues and purples. I loved it. I also have a beautiful photo (one of my favourites) of my grandmother sitting at the very dining room table I now own, with a partially completed puzzle in front of her. That was before she lost her eyesight. We always did puzzles as a family. I hadn't realized how much I missed it. I may have to figure out a way of covering or storing unfinished puzzles after I get new cats (which I hope isn't for a long while yet!). I don't want to have to wait another 20 years to break them out again! :-)
I could never do a jigsaw puzzle. Too easily distracted by all the shiny pretty books.
Sending love and hugs dear friend.
>234 richardderus: - Well, Richard, they are a time suck, that's for sure. But for me, the timing is good right now. And I can listen to music or the radio or a podcast at the same time as I work on a puzzle, something I am unable to do when reading. There's that, at least until I get my reading mojo back!
>235 johnsimpson: - Oh, John, how awful! Severe weather *events* are becoming more and more common as climate change punishes our species for messing up the planet. They scare the bejeebers out of me! Stay safe!
>236 charl08: - More progress today, Charlotte. I now have 3 of the 4 corners in place and though nowhere near done yet, I am definitely getting closer to the end. I am down to only 2 cardboard trays of pieces left instead of my original 3.
It has tons of detailed people all travelling on this space station. We loved doing it!
I looked on the bottom of the box of our own puzzle where I wrote that I bought it on Valentine's Day in Gaithersburg, Maryland, in 1991. Our kids were 5, 9 and 11 years old at that time. Our oldest will be 40 years old this year. We still have that puzzle!
Years ago, one could only buy Springbok puzzles from Hallmark...and that used to drive me up a wall. It was the best domestic puzzle manufacturer, but had such a limited market because only Hallmark stores could sell it. I used to go from Hallmark to Hallmark to see which one had the best puzzle to take to the beach for that summer. It was a great tradition over the years.
Well. goodbye books and reading! I just went to Springbok online and ordered two puzzles! :D I ordered a bookstore picture and a home-canned vegetables picture. :D
Thanks for the inspiration, Shelley! I was missing doing jigsaw puzzles, and now I'll do them again.
The action at my feeders is pretty good this year (last year was insane, hardly ANYTHING at all. No idea what that was all about). I am seeing TONS of goldfinches, more than usual. I have no idea where they are coming from. As well as the other usuals: cardinals, downy woodpeckers, sparrows, red-breasted nuthatches, mourning doves, etc. Oddly, not a single chickadee or junco this year. :-(
Did you know there is a bird forum here on LT. Not too active but yesterday, I chatted there with some folks. I love the *exotic* reports, from places I will never see!
(last year's thread had many posting beautiful photos, too)
Hi Shelley! I can listen to stuff or I can do stuff. I can't do both at the same time...and listening lasts ~15-20 minutes before it shades into sleeping. This can happen with films and TV as well, though I watched The Aeronauts on Prime and was utterly enrapt from giddy-up to whoa. Even re-watched it because the last third was so pulse-pounding I hadda take breaks.
It's two-sided--one side with the photograph of his "Falling Water" home and the other side with the architectural drawing of the home.
>231 SqueakyChu:, yes I like Ravensburger puzzles, too--very good quality and their kids' games are good, too.
>250 richardderus:, >251 jessibud2: Yep, no listening to music while reading...I get distracted by the music. However, during the last puzzle I did, I listened to an audiobook, and that worked out really well. Now I'll always associate that puzzle with the book.
Kathy, that is a beauty! Do you do one side then take it apart and do it again, on the other side? Cool idea!
>253 paulstalder: - Thank you, Paul. So pretty. It will be quite some time before we start seeing anything live and colourful emerging from the garden around here! It was relatively warm here today, 0 degrees C and will get a bit warmer during the week before temps drop way down again. Spring is a long way off...
Interesting that you are into puzzles right now. I got one out for the first time when my son was over for his birthday at the end of January. It was a 500 piecer and he found that one of the pieces was a duplicate. It turns out that there was a piece that was missing from the puzzle and the duplicate that was left over. So it was a 500 piece puzzle, just not all the pieces were correct. It was a Croxley puzzle.
I heard on the news that your Port Coquitlam area is plugging for Terry Fox to be on the new $5 bill. I have to check and find the website so I can vote for him! I think it's well past time to get rid of the old founding fathers (and queen, if I'm honest) and replace them with more modern Canadians. We certainly don't lack for worthy candidates! I think Viola Desmond was a brilliant choice and Terry Fox would be a terrific next one.
The thing is, over the years I have developed a real aversion (ok, anxiety) to flying. I don't think I have even stepped foot inside an airport in a decade. The whole process of flying (paying for checked baggage, items you can and cannot take, insane security, etc) has changed so drastically since I last flew (around 2009, I think). I went over to my friend's house this afternoon and together we searched and found and booked. Eek.
It is easily going to take me as long just getting downtown, getting the airport express train, being there 2 hours before the flight, for security checks, all for a 60-minute flight. Geez. This better be the last time I need to do this.
Of course, the weird thing is, in my 20s, 30s and even 40s and 50s, I always flew and it never bothered me. I never *loved* it but it certainly never held me back from going anywhere. I can't even remember what caused this anxiety but I would be quite happy if I never had to fly again. Oh well. If my mother didn't have dementia, she would appreciate to what lengths I am going for her!
About getting to Pearson, my Toronto family have always booked an airport service for my trip out to the airport. Well worth the reasonable cost (I think cheaper than a taxi and reliably clean!). This airport limo picked me up at the house, looked after my luggage and delivered me in very good time. My family actually engages them for the round trip. The service generally arrives a little before the time you book, I think they are very conscious of potential traffic snarls.
I was looking for the card so I could tell you the name / phone number. But must have thrown it away. I'll e-mail and ask what is the right limo service.
I found the link in my travel folder (duuuh), so that must have been why I ditched the card. I should head for bed... fuzzy thinking.
>260 vancouverdeb: -DEB!! Sooo good to see you back! I hope all is well with you. Will you be starting a thread this year? Even if not, please don't disappear. Thanks for sharing your experiences. You are so right about phobias/anxieties. I have quite a few and have mostly managed well to avoid or just live with them. I am grateful that I did all the travelling in my younger years because now, I truly don't have a travel bug. Anywhere I can't get to by train or car just doesn't call to me and so, for the most part, it isn't really a problem. Except now, of course. But this too shall pass. And I hope soon! I agree with Sandy, Trudeau has been a real disappointment in dealing with this. I believe that this is his test and he has failed. Jody Wilson-Raybauld said it best the other day when she said a leader should lead and if he wanted to show his leadership, he should have got on a plane, picked up the BC premier and gone to meet the hereditary chiefs in their territory instead of talking to media.
I am enjoying Fifteen Dogs and should finish it today. Odd little book, but very well-written. I can see why not everyone likes it.
So, once a year I go to Sunnybrook Hospital for the mammogram and I always visit the gift shop after. They always have cool things there. A sort of reward to myself for doing this.
Yesterday was that day. I bought 2 things, one, rather unnecessary, and one that was probably very timely and I hope will be useful. The first was a purse. A rather large one but it's gorgeous, if a bit more pricey than I would normally spend on a purse (as the old cliché goes, because I am worth it, lol).
The other was a book (are you surprised? ). It's called The Cow in the Parking Lot - A Zen Approach to Overcoming Anger by Leonard Scheff and Susan Edmiston. I just hope it won't be too *woowoo* for me or too religious. But I have begun to feel (again) that I am filled with too much anger, much like I was last year, before and after moving my mother away from that disgraceful husband of hers. I am not as weepy now as I was then, but I am feeling close to the edge. And the next few weeks don't bode well for alleviating any of it. As Kathy said so well in >229 kac522:, maybe this is a book I need now. Goodness knows I am not reading much else at the moment. I am in another reading slump.
And in other news, I picked up a book from the library yesterday, too, a BB from someone here. It's called Here and is a (chunky!) graphic novel type book. I also grabbed a couple of kids' books about Sojourner Truth, because the library's display of books for Black History month was right there and I just couldn't walk by it without browsing and picking something. Also, I didn't know too much about her and figured this was a good way to slide into wanting to know more. I was right. Also, though, I borrowed a dvd from that display about Barack Obama. It almost made me cry but in a good way (sort of). Here is my review of it. He has set a very high bar, this man.
The Obama Years; The Power of Words
This dvd, less than one hour long, highlights the gift of Obama. Watching it last night, it also highlights to me what has been lost. It is a tragedy that from such heights, America has chosen to go to such depths. There is no overlap, nothing at all shared between this man and the one who followed. Not intelligence, not dignity, not integrity, not values, not vision. I am not American and maybe have no right to say this but I will, anyhow, mainly because I know I am preaching to the converted, as they say. But it seems to me that every American who voted for trump, and every one who will vote for him again, should be deeply ashamed of themselves. trump is a disgrace, not just to Americans, but to humanity.
If you can find this dvd at your library, watch it. I can't rate it highly enough. Except maybe it should have been longer. It could have been 3 hours long and I would have been as rivetted.
Surely he is writing another book by now? I can't wait.
That The Cow in the Parking Lot is a BB for me. Not that I spend much time being angry but I do struggle with over anxiousness. And anger often is a secondary emotion to anxiety. So thanks. I put in a hold request!
I am in *complete* agreement with your comments in >263 jessibud2:. I feel that in different ways, Trudeau is just as self-centred and lacking in the qualities that Obama demonstrated (as is Trump). The pair of 'em (T & T) are disgraceful charlatans. Grump.
I can't say that I like flying but I have been doing it since I was 2 so it is a part of my life. My father and uncle worked for Air Canada and I actually worked a brief stint for PWA before an offer from the Post Office came through. I short flight between TO and Mtl may just overcome your dislike of air travel or at least show that it is not so bad but hopefully trains will be running sometime again soon.
I saw a news flash that VIA Rail is going to start laying off staff. The protests keep disrupting traffic at rush hour in downtown Vancouver. It makes me wonder how this will end.
>250 richardderus: Richard, I prefer puzzles that have bright colors, but sometimes the theme is what attracts me to them.
I wanted to say a big well done on being active in promoting mammogram programmes as I really think early detection of cancer is so vitally important in not letting it beat us. I caught my prostate one very early and it caused me only minor discomfort. I know so many ladies find the procedure uncomfortable and a little embarrassing but it can be such a life saver.
My mind boggled for a while as to what they would sell at a gift shop in the Mammogram Centre, but purses and books put my mind at ease!!
>265 Familyhistorian: - There are so many sides to the rail dispute, Meg. So much discord and division everywhere, even within the Indigenous communities. I have no idea when or how it will end but I hope it doesn't descend into violence. It is being compared to the Oka Crisis and Ipperwash, of so many years ago and those sure didn't end well. Geez.
>267 SqueakyChu: - It's a beauty, Madeline! Wow! I haven't been able to take my completed one apart yet. I may, this weekend so I can start another one.
>268 PaulCranswick: - The Imaging Centre is inside a large hospital, Paul. This hospital has centres for Cancer, Heart and trauma, among other areas. So the gift shop is there to service many visitors (and patients, too, I suppose). Since I only go once a year, it is always a *reward* to myself. Yes, I am happy to endure the discomfort for a little while if it might help research. There have been a few cases of cancer in my family (mother's side) so it is not beyond the realm of possibility that it might hit me at some point in my life.
>270 alcottacre: - Hi, Stasia! :-)
I suppose I should start a new thread soon. Maybe tomorrow...
I agree, so many sides to the rail dispute. No easy answers. I am sorry that you have to take a plane. Best wishes on your journey. I answered a bit about A Single Thread on my thread. It's the first I've read by Tracey Chevalier, so I cannot compare it to her other books. It's character driven , much more that plot driven. A so called surplus woman, a single woman after WW1 lives with her mom, who is quite a sour , unhappy person. So she moves out on her own, goes to a boarding home and tries to eke out a life with other surplus women. It was quite a quiet and lovely read. I think you'd enjoy it, depending on your mood.