Thursday, December 3, 2015

From My Perch


Foggy overcast day along the shore yesterday with temperature up to 10C.

Slow at the shop yesterday, so I continued reading 'East Of Eden' by John Steinbeck.
I am almost finished this epic novel of life in the late 1890's early 1900's
in southern California. The characters in this story are strong, determined people
who want to 'settle' and live in the west. So different but so much alike
and unchanged in many ways from today.

Are you, or have you  read anything interesting lately?



14 comments:

  1. Hey, Jim! Love that view from your perch. I'm burning the midnight oil here. As you can probably tell, I still behind in everything. What a month! I've been slowly rereading "Dragonfly in Amber" by Diana Gabaldan. It's the second novel in the Outlander series. I'm one of the probably millions of women the world over in "love" with Jamie Fraser. Have you read "The Grapes of Wrath?" That Steinbeck book blew me out of the water. I'm reeling over the shootings in San Bernadino. I just don't know what to say. It feels like Columbine and the Aurora Theater shootings all over again. Sorry to interject something horrible in my comment, but I passed through San Bernadino many times, and it feels so real. Hugs to you both.

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    1. I know I started the Grapes of Wrath years ago.....will find a copy and start on it soon!
      Forget the 'still behind in everything' and start fresh, Louise. You are the captain of your 'ship'. Oh god, listen to me! Ron would be rolling his eyes on this one!! lol

      As I said to my nephew who passes that building every day on his way to work in San Bernadino, prayers and thoughts are not enough any longer. The US is becoming the laughing stock of the world as far as gun-control goes. It is shameful that this allowed to continue with so much loss of life. Why aren't there people out in the streets demanding change?

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  2. We recently read " Of Mice and Men" for our book club, which I enjoyed. Many years since I read "East of Eden" and " Grapes of Wrath". I must see if they turn up in my Oxfam bookshop, and give them another read! It sounds very warm there! It is about 10c here this morning too. ( 25 miles north of London)
    On another note…..last weekend we ( 6 of us) travelled to Dusseldorf, to wander round the Xmas markets there. We were in an old pub having a drink, when a younger man standing at the next table ( it was one of those places where you stand at high tables) said,"Hi, where are you from?", so my husband and I started chatting to him. He said he was Canadian, and I was very surprised when I asked him where exactly, he said " Halifax". So, I told him about you and your shop, but he didn't know MacDonald House, and I didn't know / couldn't remember where exactly you are. He had married a german girl, and been in Germany for about 9 years. ( we also had the new world champion boxer, Tyson Fury staying in our hotel ! My friends all did " selfies" with him , but I contained myself! and merely shook his hand, saying, "I don't actually like boxing, but well done for the country" !! ) Have a good day. Very dull here, must get out with the dog though. X

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    1. What a small world we live in indeed, Frances. MacDonald House has been operating as a tea room cafe/retail since the mid 80's and even some locals haven't heard of the place! We are about 35 kms from Halifax and the Eastern Shore is not as popular as the South Shore of Nova Scotia....but we are getting a little more visible in the past few years.
      So you contained yourself with Tyson Fury! Good thing! One of you had to remain mature!! lol

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  3. Well, lately I'm reading not so much as I have a lot of work to do. But as I have a really great helper a writer from www.paperwriting.xyz I can let myself to read some short stories. The last one were Anton Pavlovich Chekhov short comedy novels. I love them really much. Besides I began reading Hemingway s "Today is Friday"

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    1. Hemingway.....must read something by him.

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  4. Currently, I'm on Book 2 of the Game of Thrones series. But I just finished reading a collection of short stories by Alice Munro. What a master! She deserved the Nobel Prize, that's for sure.

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    1. It's been a while since I have read anything by Alice Munro. Thanks for the 'nudge', Debra.

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  5. I've never read that book, Jim. Perhaps I should get to it at some point.

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    1. My next one by him will be the 'Grapes of Wrath' as Frances indicated above, I guess it is unforgettable.
      He doesn't mind nor does he hesitate to show the rawness of human beings.
      What a wonderful tribute to your brother this week, Martha. thanks for sharing that.

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  6. I'm currently reading books on reiki and reflexology, nothing too fun. Although I did just finish The Night Gardener, a spooky children's book with a Victorian feel. Glad to see you're seeing a natural health doctor. I'm about to embark on that path myself.

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    1. I have been trying out natural health practitioners for years now, Sonia. And will continue to do so.

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  7. I come from a long line of librarians, so I read East of Eden years ago, and still think of it as a favorite -- I'll be interested to see what you think of Grapes of Wrath. The story, I think is one that can trace parallels with the contemporary world we’re living in now, which is a little scarey...

    I'm not reading anything interesting right now, unless you count blogs! :-)!!

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    1. Blogs are the BEST, Kim!
      Good to see you missy. Can't wait to start Grapes of Wrath.

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