People seem a little taken aback here to learn that hospitalizations from COVID-19 in Texas have risen 38% since Memorial Day. I am glad to see that our hometown hero and Baseball Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan recorded a message that I hope will hit home with some of our defiant Texans:
I was thrilled to receive a copy of Set My Heart to Five by Simon Stephenson. It's a book that will be published on September 1 of this year and it is a book that I have been eagerly awaiting. Here's a little about the story: "Jared works as a dentist in small-town Michigan. His life is totally normal, except for one thing. He is a bot engineered with human DNA to look and act like a real person. One day at a screening of a classic movie, Jared feels a strange sensation around his eyes. Everyone knows that bots can’t feel emotions, but as the theater lights come on, Jared is almost certain he’s crying. Confused, he decides to watch more old movies to figure out what’s happening. The process leads to an emotional awakening that upends his existence. Jared, it turns out, can feel." I will be reviewing this one soon, but, for now, I'll tell you that I so enjoyed this book.
I'm still reading a little each day on the same set of books.
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Devotions by Mary Oliver
50 Ways to Draw Your Beautiful Ordinary Life: Practical Lessons in Pencil and Paper
A Bad Birdwatcher's Companion by Simon Barnes
The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter
I was delighted to see that Thyme for Tea announced the return of Paris in July. This will be the tenth anniversary of our virtual visits to Paris and I can't think when a virtual trip to Paris might be more needed.
Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series went virtual and closed out its season this year online with poets Natalie Diaz and Reginald Dwayne Betts. What a year it has been for Inprint. In September, I heard Colson Whitehead speak about his book, The Nickel Boys, and in October I saw Ta-Nehisi Coates talk about his book, The Water Dancer. Next year Inprint will celebrate its fortieth season, and I hope, whether Inprint is actual or virtual, I can continue to support these voices.
Good Thing #1. My husband had his birthday Friday. We celebrated with a homemade enchilada dinner and an old movie.
Good Thing #2. The protests seem to be generating lots of good changes in our world.
Good Thing #3. We've been watching Seinfeld, borrowed on DVD from the library. This week we watched Episode #22, "The Library," in which library detective Mr. Bookman accuses Jerry of failure to return a library book. Is this my favorite Seinfeld? It may be.
How are you doing?
Have you experienced some good things this week?
How are you dealing with the stresses we are facing during this time?
Have books helped in any way?
I'm very happy you found your way to the Sunday Salon. There are no requirements for linking up at Sunday Salon; Sunday Salon is simply a place for us to link up and to share what we have been doing during the week. I encourage you to link up here and then visit other blogs and join in the conversations going on there.
Some of the things we often talk about at the Sunday Salon:
- What was your week like?
- Read any good books? Tell us about them.
- What other bookish things did you do?
- What else is going on in your life?
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