Recent Reading

I’ve fall­en out of the prac­tice of writ­ing book reviews, for some rea­son. There are two lit­tle wid­gets there to the side of the blog that always show the cov­ers of the books I’m cur­rent­ly read­ing and some of those that I’ve recent­ly read, though.

Yes, I do keep that many books going at once, because I keep one ebook in progress each on my Nook, phone and iPad in addi­tion to an audio­book and a dead-tree book or two. I real­ly hate being with­out read­ing mate­r­i­al, so that way I know I’ve always got some­thing good at hand. The book on the Nook is pret­ty much always fic­tion, while the oth­ers are usu­al­ly non-fic­tion.

The most note­wor­thy of my recent fin­ish­es is Reamde, by Neal Stephen­son (one of my favorite authors). No, I didn’t mis­spell the title, but the spelling is an impor­tant plot point. Those who enjoyed Crypto­nom­i­con are espe­cial­ly like­ly to enjoy this one. I rec­om­mend it to every­body, though, includ­ing those who think they don’t like sci­ence fic­tion.

I’m con­tin­u­ing to slog my way through George R.R. Mar­tin’s Song of Ice and Fire, recent­ly fin­ish­ing A Storm of Swords and imme­di­ate­ly pick­ing up A Feast for Crows. Read­ing the books while watch­ing A Game of Thrones has been inter­est­ing, as it brings the changes into sharp focus.

The book I’ve been read­ing on my phone for quite a few months (I sel­dom have rea­son to read on that) is Michael Shermer’s The Believ­ing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Pol­i­tics and Conspiracies—How We Con­struct Beliefs and Rein­force Them as Truths. It is inter­est­ing mate­r­i­al but writ­ten in an exces­sive­ly dry man­ner, and I’m start­ing to think that per­haps I should have cho­sen to lis­ten to it as an audio­book.

My iPad read­ing is rel­a­tive­ly new, Hap­pi­er: Learn the Secrets to Dai­ly Joy and Last­ing Ful­fill­ment by Tal Ben-Sha­har. While Ben-Sha­har isn’t as well-known in pop­u­lar cir­cles as some oth­er authors, his work is inte­gral to pos­i­tive psy­chol­o­gy and the study of hap­pi­ness as a phe­nom­e­non.

I find it peace­ful to lis­ten to audio­books while stitch­ing. My cur­rent audio­book is Qui­et: The Pow­er of Intro­verts in a World That Can’t Stop Talk­ing by Susan Cain. I’m find­ing it so rich that I keep hav­ing to go back and lis­ten to bits over again, or pause the record­ing to reflect. I strong­ly rec­om­mend this one to absolute­ly any intro­vert or any­one who deals with intro­verts (that means every­body). I may well write an entire post about the sub­jects it brings up lat­er.

My main print book is Polyamory in the 21st Cen­tu­ry: Love and Inti­ma­cy with Mul­ti­ple Part­ners by Deb­o­rah Anapol. I owe thanks to Uncle Ron for loan­ing me his copy of this one, but I real­ly need to get my own copy. More thoughts on this lat­er, as well.

My sec­ond print book, which I intend to review for Fibrant Liv­ing, is The Fibromyal­gia Den­tal Hand­book: A Prac­ti­cal Guide to main­tain­ing Peak Den­tal Health by Flo­ra Parsa Stay.

With all the dark­ness and the huge size of the Mar­tin books, I’m start­ing to crave some light read­ing, so I’m seri­ous­ly con­sid­er­ing putting Feast on hold for some­thing fluffy. I don’t think there’s any­thing incred­i­bly fluffy in the Nook, but I’m sure I’ll find some­thing before too long, even if I have to stoop to a light beach romance or the like. There’s only so much death, doom, and despair one woman can stand!

What are you read­ing? What do you sug­gest I read?

Broken Bones

Plinky asked, “Have you ever bro­ken a bone?”

Gs cast

Not a full break, but I’ve had a hair­line frac­ture in my left elbow and right fore­arm. I remem­ber trip­ping and falling down steps at someone’s wed­ding and crack­ing the elbow, but I no longer recall how I hurt the fore­arm.

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Defining Love

Plinky asked, “If you even­tu­al­ly break up with some­one, was it ever true love?”

Divorce and Chil­dren

What sort of sil­ly ques­tion is that? If a per­son dies, was he tru­ly alive?

Yes, rela­tion­ships based on true love some­times end. That doesn’t mean that they are fail­ures, any more than lives that end are fail­ures. The “hap­pi­ly ever after” thing is for fairy tales, and the idea of “one true love” should stay there as well.

It’s clear that most peo­ple are only pay­ing lip ser­vice to monogamy now by prac­tic­ing ser­i­al monogamy, so I don’t see why these out­dat­ed ideas hang on to cause mis­ery for so many.

I have been in many rela­tion­ships. I have loved each of those peo­ple. I don’t con­sid­er any of those rela­tion­ships fail­ures, nor do I doubt that I loved those peo­ple sim­ply because we are no longer togeth­er and don’t feel the same way about each oth­er now. I feel some affec­tion, at the very least, towards most of them, and more for some of them. That doesn’t both­er me at all, as a polyamorous per­son. It doesn’t set up any sort of con­flict. I’m not going to act on those feel­ings, because there were valid rea­sons for the end of each rela­tion­ship — but where there was deep love, there’s always some­thing left.

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Recent Finishes

I’ve been stitch­ing away late­ly, and while I can’t talk about my most recent project yet, I did add my most recent two fin­ish­es to my long-neglect­ed Fin­ished Works page today. The first piece is a for-no-rea­son one, the sec­ond a baby gift which was also my first coop­er­a­tive project (and a big suc­cess).

I’m cur­rent­ly work­ing on a Mother’s Day gift (why yes, I’m late get­ting it fin­ished), the hymn “‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus.”

What are you work­ing on?

Date Tonight

This is a cheater post, but it is a post. I have a date tonight and almost for­got to make a post for the day! It does, how­ev­er, count as a post. I’ll just ask a ques­tion — what would any read­ers out there like to see me write about instead of answer­ing prompts?

A New Hobby?

Plinky asked, “What new hob­by would you like to try out?”

Camille Sil­ver­man — warp and weft

I would love to try weav­ing. I mean the great big loom sort of weav­ing, done with hand­made fibers — maybe even with fibers I spun myself. The entire idea of weav­ing has always been so very attrac­tive to me, and I adore all man­ner of fibers. The idea of hav­ing anoth­er way to play with col­ors and tex­tures that would lead to big tapes­tries or rugs is so entic­ing that if I knew any­one with a loom they’d prob­a­bly find it impos­si­ble to get rid of me.

Bar­ring a big loom, I’d take even a lap loom, just some­thing to get me going on it. I went to town mak­ing those pothold­ers back in Girl Scouts!

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Earth Day

Plinky asked, “Do you cel­e­brate Earth Day?”

Earth Day

Not real­ly. I do my best to be envi­ron­men­tal­ly respon­si­ble every day, instead of sav­ing it for one day of the year. I recy­cle, use mass tran­sit, buy local­ly pro­duced food as much as pos­si­ble, and take oth­er steps so that I real­ly have a very small car­bon foot­print these days.

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Biographies or Memoirs?

Plinky asked, “What’s the most inter­est­ing biog­ra­phy or mem­oir you’ve read?”

Dreams are nec­es­sary to life~Anais Nin

Anais Nin’s books come to mind right away, hon­est­ly. They’re so intense and sen­su­al that they’ve stuck in my mind, although I only read them once and my copies dis­ap­peared 20 years ago.

Cam­ryn Manheim’s auto­bi­og­ra­phy was quite good, too. I don’t read many of that genre (or haven’t since child­hood), so I don’t have that many books to choose from here.

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Breakfast for Dinner, Yes!

Plinky asked, “Break­fast for din­ner: Are you a fan?”

IHOP Bis­cuits and Gravy

Absolute­ly! Break­fast is my favorite meal of the day, but I don’t usu­al­ly take time for the great big meal that I remem­ber fond­ly from Sun­day morn­ings at my par­ents’ house. But­ter­milk bis­cuits, sawmill gravy, eggs, bacon, sausage, and grits are a “real break­fast” and that’s just too heavy for the first meal of the day most of the time. They’re great for sup­per, though, if there are enough peo­ple around to share!

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Favorite Coffee Shop

Plinky asked, “What’s your favorite place to grab a cup of cof­fee?”

Star­bucks Cof­fee

I’m pret­ty hap­py hav­ing cof­fee at home, but if I’m out and about, I’ll swing by Star­bucks with the rest of the mob. It’s nice and pre­dictable, and I’m admit­ted­ly not a cof­fee snob. I just want my rasp­ber­ry-vanil­la mocha with the whipped cream on top, and that counts as dessert treat as much as any­thing else.

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