Tried out my in-laws silent scott and mowed her little lawn today.
It felt good on my arms, but I think I will have to avoid some bumps because my wrist didn’t like it at all.
So a shorter piece today for my #FridayReads.
Have only finished one book this week. Which was the insane tale that Brew Davis wrote of his wife Jennifer Pharr Davis finishing the Applachian Trail in 46 days. And setting a new record. It’s called “46 Days: Keeping Up with Jennifer Pharr Davis on the Appalachian Trail.”
It definitely takes a LOT of help to do such a record. Ms. Davis has to travel light and have people help her along the way. The Applachian Trail is definitely an interest of mine, and I do want to do some section hiking sometime. However, I can’t imagine doing 50 mile+ days and hiking for a month and a half from 5am-10pm like Ms. Davis did. Good stuff. ***1/2
Read a lot of bits of things as is my nature.
Maine Poems by Richard Bernhardt: pg. 8 of 58. Pretty good so far.
Agreeable Friends: Contemporay Animal Poetry (Alice Persons, Editor): Yet another wonderful compliation by Maine’s own Moon Pie Press. Excellent stuff from 51 different poets. Moon Pie Press is an excellent company and look for them out there if you like poetry. pg. 70 of 113 but have read ahead a lot and in random order as I am apt to do. ***1/2
Hooking Up by Tom Wolfe: Interesting essays, some better than others. Nothing compared to his awesome “The Painted Word” and “From Bauhaus to Our House.” I like Wolfe’s non-fiction better than his fiction. *** Have read a few essays did really like “The Invisible Artist.”
Gender Outlaws: The Next Generation (ed. by Kate Bornstein and S. Bear Bergman): I have been fascinated by genderqueers for a long time. Gender is not a bipolar thing, and I love all that can come out as they are. Read a couple essays so far including my Maine’s own Katie Diamond (who I am Facebook friends with) and looking forward to this one a lot.
Who Are We Now? by Lawrence Ferlinghetti: pg 44 of 66. I may finish this one tonight. Was very pleasant to read this while watching my mother-in-law’s kitty and hearing the next door neighbors yapping outside. Not as great as “Coney Island of the Mind” but still wonderful. ***1/2
Bradbury Speaks … by Ray Bradbury: Good stuff. Essays from Ray Bradbury about lots of topics. Loved his LA essays and “Hysteria, Goddess of Flight..” about finally flying for the first time. ***
Going Gray… by Anne Kreamer: Very cool book about the stigmas of going gray in America. Personally I think Ms. Kreamer looks foxy gray, and I look forward to my gray continuing to come in. pg. 20 of 206
Westbrook College Campus by Joyce K. Bibber: Part of the “Campus History Series” from Arcadia Publishing. Interesting pictures of a campus that has been seminary, junior college and part of a larger college and part of 3 towns without moving: Westbrook, Deering and Portland. Would be more invested in this if I had a history with Westbrook College. Although the church I belong to Allen Avenue UU has roots on the Westbrook College campus in Portland, ME. ***
Wine From These Grapes by Edna St. Vincent Millay: Camden, Maine’s own poet. My friend Keith teased me about making a pilgramage to Camden for her gravesite and home. Pretty but not really my thing. The kind of poetry I glossed over in school before I discovered slam. Pg. 20 of 91 **1/2
Very surreal to do this while listening to a “Highlights from Evita” from a Best of Broadway CD. Explains why it felt like a long overture. Weird to hear the songs without someone singing.
City By The Sea: A Photographic History of Portland, Maine by John R. Moon: Very cool book to look through for any Mainer and how much and how little has changed in Maine in the last 100-200 years. A lot of before and after picture. Portland is lucky in how much is still there. ***1/2
Born to Run by Christopher McDougall: Re-reading a section I have already read of the Tarahumana doing the Leadville Ultramarathon. I would like to get back my running form. Of course I am over 100 pounds heavier than I was in high school. I have been reading this in pieces for a long time but excellent stuff. *** (33% — I think I was around 40-45% when my Kindle died).
and just a little smattering of other things .. Did try to start “Moby Dick” again, it’s is a great white whale of a book. Wondering if every edition starts with tons of whale quotes or just the Oxford edition I downloaded.
Read on, y’all. I guess I got to around 800 words even with a bad wrist.