Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Color in the Snow

A flash of red in the forest...a welcome sight during this snowy, icy winter. Perhaps it heralds spring.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Reading on Horseback

I don't recommend actually reading on horseback, or especially driving a motor vehicle. However, this statue at the Bethel Public Library is a great reminder that we need to fill our idle moments with input. And the best thing to do is to read a book. I keep books (letters, diaries, etc) in the bathroom. I keep books in the car. I keep a book in my briefcase, in my office, by my bedside, in every room in my house. Snatching the idle moments and turning them into reading opportunities is the way to make a life.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Snow Days

Lots of snow days recently. I am reminded of the year 1741, when between January and April the rivers could all be crossed on foot, animals died by the hundreds, and one lunatic drove a sleigh along the edge of Long Island Sound (over the water on the ice) from Cape Cod to New York City. That was the winter that Benedict Arnold was born in Norwich...the most fiery patriot, the coldest traitor...I wonder if weather affects us in that way...

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Hemingway's Cats

Read Hemingway's Cats with my own cat Django this month. Hemingway seems like such a macho jerk to some people...understanding his love for his cats (and dogs) is a step to understanding that we all have the same feelings, especially about the pets who give us so much strength.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

R.J. Julia's for Homegrown Terror

I enjoyed the release party for Homegrown Terror: Benedict Arnold and the Burning of New London at R.J. Julia's this week. The room was packed, and I sold a lot of books for them. While there, I asked about getting my photo up on the wall (since I have been there four times now) and was told that they don't do that any more. But I was encouraged to bring my own photo next time and just kind of put it up somewhere. I might just do that!