Update: Decided to read Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. Arundel by Kenneth Roberts – another book that was neglected in my
youth, to my loss. I picked it up a few weeks ago and have been engrossed. At
the beginning it reminded me of the favorite of my youth, Treasure Island. Arundel didn’t
continue in such a high esteem, but never-the-less is well worth the read.
I do a lot of commuting these
days between the technical college I adjunct at and other work I pick up. I am
always looking for good books on CD from the library. I have found that most
mysteries and westerns available are just not worth it. The language is usually
too crude to my taste and often there is subject matter which is described in such detail
that a man shouldn’t be listening to (or anyone else for that matter.) Louis L’Amour
westerns are an exception. They hold my attention (so I don’t fall asleep on
the road) and are generally very clean. (Just finished Mustang Man on CD from the library.)
Libravox.com has many worthwhile
books. My problem is that if you download them and put them on CD, you are
constantly using CD. If you play them straight from the computer in the car,
you have to hit a new track after every chapter-which is not safe. From
Libravox.com I have listened to some of Chesterton’s fiction, Zane Grey, and a
few others. (My youngest son complains that Zane Grey's are simply romances dressed up as westerns - I guess he's pretty on the mark for the most part, although Lone Star Ranger was an exception.)
I have listened to Lighthouse CD’s
when I have new ones available.
My next handheld fiction foray
(as I usually have something non-fiction in the works also at any time) my be
to return to Kenneth Roberts (maybe Rabble
in Arms or Oliver Wiswell, or I
heard he wrote about Cowpens also, which is in SC and deserving a visit from
the Curley’s in the near future. Or possibly I will return to James Fennimore
Cooper. I have both read and listened to The
Last of the Mohicans and read The
As you can guess, my fiction interests tend towards 1-2 centuries ago and the outdoors!
Christmas season is officially
over (although some celebrate til the Presentation), but our Christmas tree is
still up and beautiful-although I think its days are numbered this weekend.
Much work has been done on the homestead this past month as we built a new
horse pen, slaughtered a couple hogs, several chickens, started cutting and
splitting wood for next winter, and burned much yard debris. Our Fall square dance
was held on January 2nd this year and a success (by our counts
The freezer is full; the boys
back at college; and the schedule is full. Life is good-although we miss the
Sinner, husband (don't they go together?) and father of .... well, counting. Also patent agent, physics instructor, homesteader, sometimes writer, ex-quail farm hand, ex-paper boy, ex-publisher, ex-editor, ex-research engineer, and ... well you get the picture.
I am available to speak for large and small fees on just about any topic, especially those I am interested in.