My reading this month was a little dissatisfying. I’ve been going through the Uncle Fred books by P.G. Wodehouse, which are amusing, but not my favorites of his, and become repetitive and self-referential by the end. And I tried an Agatha Christie for vacation reading, but did not get on with it — sorry Christie fans! Then I looked forward to great things from another Richard Rohr book, but was disappointed by sloppy scholarship and a too-vague and fuzzy exploration of an important topic. Ah well, on to better things this month I hope.
- I asked, Are e-courses better than books?
- I shared my review of Hidden Valley Road at Shiny New Books.
- Make me read it: I challenged blog readers to choose one something off my unread shelf for me.
- Year of the Fat Knight by Antony Sher
- Dragonsinger by Anne McCaffrey – Reread
- And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
- Young Men in Spats by P.G. Wodehouse – 1936 Club
- Uncle Dynamite by P.G. Wodehouse
- Cocktail Time by P.G. Wodehouse
- The Universal Christ by Richard Rohr
- The Invisible Gorilla by Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons
I’m still plugging away with German. I try to watch a video or listen to a podcast each day, and read a little bit. I changed our subscription to the local supermarket (Coop) consumer magazine from French to German. The reading level of the articles is fairly basic, so with help translating unknown terms with my phone I can get through a few each week. And there are quite interesting topics, not only about food — this week I learned about beavers, an animal that was common to my former New Hampshire habitat as well.
April brought us from winter to spring, with snow still falling till mid month (and a ski trip in the mountains), followed by warmer days with the local wild daffodils and primroses spreading their cheerful blooms across the meadows. Nature is not affected by lockdown conditions, but human beings certainly are. If you don’t have a way to cope with anxiety, with the unknown, with the removal of support systems, and with the disruption of all our usual routines, it’s really difficult.
Along with being so fortunate to have meaningful work and my family to sustain me, I keep up the daily practice of silent prayer or meditation that I’ve been doing for the last few years. This was a lifesaver in times that were chaotic for me before the pandemic started. And now I can’t imagine not doing it. The results are subtle, and took time to reveal themselves, but very real. And these days it is good to have at least one thing to be sure of.
What is helping you to stay afloat these days?