Weather: Rain. Rain. Rain. We had a 'bomb cyclone' rainstorm this week. The name alone is scary!
Halloween music: Listen while you are reading this post! Enjoy. Peter Bence Halloween Medley.
Baptism: Last Sunday our grandson Jamie was baptized. My sister, her husband, daughter, and son-in-law were able to join us at church and afterwards for brunch. Jamie's other grandparents were also able to attend. What a wonderful way to welcome Jamie into the family of God. See photo collage above.
|Batman, Joker, and Bat-mom at Candy Catch at church parking lot.|
Spokane and Eugene: Don and I have been tearing up the freeways making our way to Eugene, mostly, and to Spokane, last weekend. One good thing about making long-ish car rides together -- we finish audiobooks. Since the beginning of September (the beginning of football season, I should say) we have finished three audiobook together: This Is How It Always Is; The Plot; and Magpie Murders.
Books (This is a book blog, after all. I hope you don't mind allowing me a moment to plug my reading obsession. Phew, it's been a busy two week.):
- Completed the past two weeks (titles are hyperlinked if reviewed):
- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
- 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff-- a series of letters written back and forth between a used books dealer and Helene from the late 1940s until the late 1960s. I will publish a review soon.
- The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates
- Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
- On Tyranny: 20 Lessons from the 20th Century by Timothy Snyder-- the graphic edition of this book. It is so disturbing to think about what is happening in our country around non-Democratic ideals right now. A review is coming.
- The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley -- an audiobook for an upcoming book club.
- A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson -- I love this poetry collection.
- Currently reading:
- The Legend of Auntie Po by Shing Yin Khor -- a YA graphic novel based on Chinese-American folklore. 34% complete.
- Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson -- I've never read this swashbuckling book before. 45% complete. Audio.
- Transcription by Kate Atkinson -- a book club selection. Don and I are listening to this on yet another car trip. 39%.
- Current challenges:
- Victober: To read Victorian authors during October. I've read one book by Wilde and two by Stevenson.
- Classic Club Spin selection: Treasure Island.
- Upcoming challenge:
- Nonfiction November. Reading and reviewing nonfiction titles. I hope to read at least four books, including:
- Sexual Justice by Brodsky
- The Other Talk: Reckoning With My White Privilege by Brendan Kiely
- Black Birds in the Sky: The Story and Legacy of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre by Brandy Colbert
Carol's Journey: What Facebook Knew About How It Radicalized Users. (NBC News, Oct. 22, 2021) This is so alarming how Facebook send users down radical, QAnon-type rabbit-holes. I wish I could quit Facebook but still stay in touch with friends and get photos of grandkids. Sigh.
The Five Universal Laws of Stupid People. If you only have a little time to read articles today, tag this one and read it later. It is both funny and terrifying. I highly recommend you read this. (Pocket Worthy)
- The Health Department in Salt Lake County (Utah) decided to keep the conversation going on vaccination rates by giving some rather odd, but discussion worthy, data:
- Opinion: Why 'Evangelical' is becoming another word for 'Republican'. My family and I have been talking about this all weekend. We hate it that evangelicals have hijacked Christianity and made it into a shell for a political party. Read it if you can, since it is behind a paywall (NYT, Oct. 26, 2021)
On the lighter side:
|I hope this book fairy trick-or-treats at my house tonight. We are expecting over 100 children as in years past. (Thanks for finding this for me, Rita.)|
|Ha! I started reading this one as if it were aimed at people in their 50s-60s.|
|This one makes me laugh out loud since I've been there: seriously trying to fold a fitted sheet which just ends up in a wad anyway.|
|Our grand-kitties LOVE boxes. Love them!|
Fred and George and boxes!
|Top left: Fred playing with wiggle worm (Yes, he is a big boy!); Top right: Fred in, George attempting to get in, says 'make room for me'; Bottom left: George in, where is Fred?; Bottom right: Fred in, George out.|
More Halloween music: This one you will want to watch. Peter Hollens Epic Halloween Medley.