February 2022

If I were critiquing months, I would have to say that January left a lot to be desired. The portions were small, it smelled a little off, and we never really resolved the scene where the whole family got COVID.

It’s true. Despite our best attempts at staying safe, we still got the dreaded virus. Thankfully we were all twice-vaxxed – and only a few days away from the booster when it hit. It didn’t feel wonderful but it didn’t kill us. I’m grateful for science and the scientists who still practice it.

This month someone left the barn door open, and now I’m staring at a pile of freelance writing projects. They’re just milling around my desktop, grazing on the crumbs in my keyboard and making funny noises. I hope I can get them all back into the barn before their deadlines.

I just read a fascinating article about Kansas: Would You Take Free Land in Rural America?

In other news, I also just read about Why You Should Quit the News. It’s a long article, but worth a look.

Last little thing: Do you say Febrew-ary or Febyoo-ary?

Grab a cup of something and let’s read:

Prince of Tides, Pat Conroy

Still reading this since I picked it up in January. I forgot what an amazing story it is. It’s multi-layered, spans three generations of the main character’s family, and sometimes takes place in NYC. What’s not to love? Also, Pat Conroy’s writing style is rich and beautiful. He paid me to say that.

With Liberty and Dividends for All, Peter Barnes

This is a fascinating look at the current economic condition of the middle class in America and what we can do to save it. I don’t think he’s talking about the Trickle Down Theory.

Peace is Every Step, Thich Nhat Hanh

It’s kind of a weird story about a guy who gets into this fight club, but then he – oh, wait. That’s a different story. This is a book mostly about breathing. And experiencing. And fighting. No, not really. Just read it.

How I choose to link the books I share. A sort of linking manifesto.

Quote of the Moment

“Blasphemy: a law to protect an all-powerful, supernatural deity from getting its feelings hurt.”

Ricky Gervais


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