This will be brief because I have spent the day finishing grading final papers and starting averaging grades for the semester. Wednesday of this week will be the last time I see this particular group/class of students. I have become very attached to them and am glad to report that all are doing well.
What I Am Reading: Wayfaring Stranger by James Lee Burke, which is the first book in his trilogy about the Holland family. This first book starts during WWII and I am currently in River Oaks, Houston, in the 50’s. Two buddies from the war have gone into the oil business, one’s wife is a big Hollywood actress and the other’s is being investigated as a Communist during the 50’s Red Scare/Witch Hunts that took place. Life isn’t easy.
Conor Kelly and the Four Treasures of Eirean which takes place 4,000 years ago and is my first step into studying/reading Irish/Gaelic mythology. It is also the first book I am reading on my new Kindle app on my laptop.
Ali Smith’s How to Be Both, which I don’t fully understand but am enjoying a great deal for the wonderful writing, and I’m already planning to read it again when I finish, maybe during Spring Break when it will seem like a brand new book.
The Arthritis Cure by Theodoakis, Adderly, and Fox, which was a totally new concept when published in 1997 (treatment via Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate) which I intend to discuss with my family doctor next week when I see her. I am in need of relief from osteoarthritis. (It could be much worse, rheumatoid arthritis, so I feel blessed in spite of the constant pain.)
What I Watched Last week: Lots of mindless TV for frequent breaks from paper grading and to rest up–My favorites so far are the following: “Timeless,” where I went to the Alamo and was involved in Watergate in two different episodes; “Gray’s Anatomy”, the medical soap opera I think I’ll never give up on; “This Is Us”–It looked good so I taped it. I have watched three episodes and am so glad I have followed it, excellent acting; “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries” which can be summed up in one word–delightful!
I have also started Christmas baking and decorating the house just for the two of us. Pretty soon I will start in on Christmas cards and letters, for some early birds of our acquaintance send theirs out Thanksgiving weekend–no kidding. I refuse to send ANY until December first. I will probably be sending the last around December 23rd.
I am opening my unfinished, in-progress- house to any PWR members who want to get in out of the shopping hustle and bustle for a few minutes, put their feet up on my sea chest (coffee table substitute) and drink coffee and take a few deep breaths. Mi casa est su casa!