Well, it’s good to get back to this venue. I did not do a Sunday (Evening) Post last week (12/11/16) because life got in the way, a planning meeting at school popped up (after the fact of the semester), and I was busy finishing up things, as you will see.
Finished last week: Ali Smith’s How to be Both, which you will find reviewed here previously. It was one of the hardest books to review, but one which gave me a great deal of pleasure to attempt. Astray, a book of short stories by the award winning author, Emma Donoghue, also reviewed previously on this blog. A cozy mystery, reviewed last week also, The Cat, The Quilt and the Corpse, which was my escape from the craziness of the two-weeks-before-Christmas-hurry-up-and dos. Conor Kelly and the Four Treasures of Eirean, my first attempt to read a book on my kindle app. (It was easier and more pleasant than I expected.)
Finished on TV: The season finale of “This Is Us” ,which left me all feel-goody until the cliffhanger at the end. ” The Big Bang Theory” for this past week. If this was not the season finale, it should have been. The baby is here! and (spoiler alert) she takes after Howard’s Mom, judging from her wails and complaints in the nursery.
Continuing to read: The Bone People–disturbing and beautiful at the same time. I have a luncheon date set for before-going-back-to-school with the friend who recommended the book to me, to discuss it. She re-reads the book every year or so, and I am finding out as I read, why. Coming of Age in Mississippi, again on the kindle app, and even though I am only on chapter five, I already see why it is a classic and required reading in some classes.
Started: Barely started —Jealous Heart, the sequel to James Lee Burke’s Wayfaring Stranger. We are in River Oaks in Houston, Texas, in the 1950’s and I’m just starting to see the connections with the first book, which are very interesting and promise another great read from Burke.
And, I watched a movie, Max Lucado’s (my favorite inspirational author/see the review of his Before Amen last week) “The Christmas Candle.” I expected it to be sentimental and smalchtzsy, and in one sense it was, but everyone should watch a Christmas movie and wipe away a sentimental tear or two. After watching the movie, I have lost my “Bah Humbug” attitude toward Christmas and believe in Christmas miracles, as I told the Sunday School Class this morning.
Which brings me to the last thing on the post (This WAS a long one!). I had the privilege of subbing for my Sunday School class since our teacher was out with laryngitis and the “Texas crud”, and one thing that really struck home was this: We were studying Psalm 119 which is an acrostic poem that proclaims the wonders of God’s Laws, precepts, commandments. Last week I taught as well, and the lit major in me had a field day with the poetry “angle.” Today the psalmist was exalting in the good life one was blessed with which made one WANT to obey God’s laws. One commentator said,” Reading [and meditating on] God’s precepts doesn’t make us sinless, but it makes us sin less.”