Tuesday, October 30, 2007

I've been away

Sorry to all you faithful readers (all 3 of you)- I have been away. Mostly I have been mentally away, although I was also away physically a couple of times since my last post here in July (hard to believe it was that long ago!).

I was focused elsewhere. Not on reading, not on writing, not on ideas but on just getting through "stuff" - mostly other people's "stuff". I just haven't felt I had much to say in this forum. My reading has been minimal and hasn't inspired me to much thought. I have also left my book circle so I have been less pressed to keep up my reading or to think seriously about what I do read.

But I don't want this blog to just die so I came back - to read a few past posts, and to say I am still here.

I have finished a few books since my last entry. The most recent was Wanderings: The History of the Jews by Chaim Potok. This was a repeat read. I read the book many years ago and wanted to refresh my memory. Of especial interest to me was the early history of the Middle East, full of bloody, tribal jealousies, bitterness and long memories. Since it was published in 1990 I wondered what he might have written as an additional chapter if he had revised it before he died in 2002. I have read, also many years ago, several of his novels - The Chosen, My Name is Asher Lev, The Book of Lights. Great novels they are too, full of insights into not only the Jewish soul but humanity.


jar said...

glad your still here.

canary said...

Hi jar!
I like your new look and what a gorgeous picture that is. Is that part of your two acres? If so, lucky you to be surrounded by such beauty. We have almost 2 acres too! How about that. I also notice one of your books listed in your sidebar- 84 Charing Cross Road, One of our very favorite books. The movie version didn't quite do it justice but was also good.
I'll try to be more active here and also to look in on your blog more. My daughter is getting married though and that is taking up alot of my concentration ...

jar said...

The lake is not part of my land unfortunately. It's 3 miles away.

I have the 84 Charing Cross Road dvd next to the tv waiting to be watched. I'm glad you mentioned the liking the movie. The previews made it look more like a love story than I felt it was but then I'm more of a literal reader so some things may have been lost on me.

Oh, life is a glorious cycle of song,
A medley of extemporanea;
And love is a thing that can never go wrong;
And I am Marie of Romania.
Dorothy Parker, Not So Deep as a Well (1937)