Category Archives: Books and Reading

2020 Reading Re-Cap: The Top Ten

If you look back at 2020 as a total loss, you just didn’t spend enough time reading. For me, at least, books were the saving grace of a year of living fearfully. Books were a refuge and an escape, so … Continue reading

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2020 Reading Re-Cap: The Realm of the Real

It’s hard to know what to call non-fiction anymore, given that everything seems to be written with a slant in some direction. Maybe that’s why it’s just easier for me to reach for a novel. But ultimately, the “real” world … Continue reading

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2020 Reading Re-Cap: More Purely Fiction

Many’s the time I’ve been admonished that reading fiction is an indulgence, a waste of time. I see the point. But there’s the rub, I might say (and keep in mind whom I quote). You miss some things along the … Continue reading

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2020 Reading Re-Cap: Purely Fiction

A lot of what passes for reality today seems made-up, so why not just bury ourselves in some good novels and hope for better days. Ten to consider: The Bell Jar: A Novel by Syliva Plath Published 1963 (England) Kindle, … Continue reading

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2020 Reading Re-Cap: A few more voices

I suppose it is my own prosaic life that draws me to read biographies and memoirs. If I were doing anything more interesting than cleaning the chicken coop I wouldn’t have so much time on my hands to read. Here … Continue reading

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2020 Reading Re-Cap: Other Voices

As a child, I lived in an inauspicious neighborhood in a small, inauspicious Midwestern town. Everything about my life was inauspicious, really. Which made my school library, such as it was, seem like a palace. I still remember the day … Continue reading

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Some fizz and some fizzles.

One of the great things about being in a book club is that one ends up being exposed — well, sometimes dragged kicking and screaming — to a different genre, a new point of view, a stretch of one’s reading … Continue reading

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2020 Reading Re-Cap: Lighten Up!

“Wow that year sure flew by” …said absolutely no one about 2020. Yet, somehow there were still more books than time. For the first time ever, I managed to fail my reading goal which makes absolutely no sense given that … Continue reading

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Canceling Culture.

Whew! We’ve finally boot-kicked 2020 to where it belongs – the rear view mirror. Everyone’s circumstances were different, and thus, one’s means of coping varied – (bourbon, anyone?) My personal long distance memory of it might eventually be summed up … Continue reading

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Brief detour for a pilgrimage.

There’s really nothing remarkable about the stretch of Highway 101 heading north from Paso Robles. More adventurous souls would cut over to Highway 1 and bask in the amazing coastal views. Absolutely worth the price of admission, but the route … Continue reading

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