Tomorrow, I will Start Reading Proust.

Like many others, I have been living in a state of constant vigilance since early November of last year.

The world I knew and trusted has been turned on its head and shaken out sideways. Keeping a weather-eye on the news has become a way of life. The news keeps coming. It is a continual flow, disgorgement, spewing 24/7 and it is beyond my control. Since I can exert no control over the situation, its become my habit to check for the latest online every 15 minutes or so, just to be in on whatever is going down. I'm tired. It is making me ill and I cannot keep this up much longer. It is time to disengage; if not fully, then partially. I need to slow down as well.

This week I plan to check the news only at 6pm. Instead I'll work on my little projects, enjoy my garden, converse with people either in person or on the phone instead of texting. I will avoid political “shares” on Facebook, and listen to “Nightvale” instead of the BBC. While walking with the dogs, I'll skip the music and tune in to the world around me; I may even take photos with my Canon (not my phone). Since its easy to bike to the grocery store, I'll shop for dinner and cook new recipes every night. Instead of watching TV, I'll challenge all comers to a game of Scrabble or Gin. Tomorrow, I will start reading Proust.  

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Comment by Julie Johnson on July 17, 2017 at 8:02am

you know what?  I think, I will try to find that old book again, bow the dust off of it, and yes I too will read it tomorrow!  

Comment by Foolish Monkey on July 17, 2017 at 11:38am

good luck with all your good intentions.

me?  Im going nuts watching the news, which I will sometimes watch or have on nonstop.  why? I don't know  nothing changes, everything changes from second to second.  I too feel as though it's making me sick but I also know this is my country and I must stay on top of this, regardless.   

I've never read proust.  I probably never will.  I JUST BOUGHT FOUNDATION - it was today's kindle deal so I picked it up for 2 bucks.  everyone's read it.  I should have - I love SF or loved SF - don't as much.  But anyway I will start that.  reading doris kern goodwin's book about growing up and being a dodger's fan.  it's a stunner...reminds me of growing up by russell baker - it has that same kind of goodness to it.  

in these times, I try to keep my reading entirely engaging, so I stay with it and don't look at the news so much.  also - very interesting particularly in light of what rodney just said, I'm painting again.  and you did a piece about painting.  so maybe all this strife and angst is inspiring us creatives to be creative.

it's a thought.

Comment by Veronica Corso on July 17, 2017 at 11:58am

@ greenheron-- I love David Sedaris! The story about his sister in "Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim"--good lord that made me laugh!

@ Terry McKenna--- Shelby Foote---didn't he also write " Love in a Dry Season" ? 

Comment by Veronica Corso on July 18, 2017 at 6:44am

Thats one I did read. Didn't know he was a (an?) historian. I just liked the name "Shelby" so I bought the book.

Comment by Veronica Corso on July 20, 2017 at 7:41am

Bored of Proust. Switching to Wodehouse.

Comment by Julie Johnson on July 20, 2017 at 11:57am

aha!  It's true.  Tomorrow never comes.  

I just got done reading The Bone People by Keri Hulme.  It got a bunch of awards, but I didn't really 'get' it.  

Comment by Julie Johnson on July 20, 2017 at 12:00pm

Oh...this was great!  Thank you! I'm going to have to find a copy


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