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I was chatting on the phone with my brother, Mark, today and he informed that Amazon owns Abebooks.com.  How discouraging. He also said that the same books at either site will be priced differently. He mentioned Betterworldbooks.com as a good alternative that is not evil.

He and I agreed that using Amazon.com and Abebooks.com is still in both our future despite their evilness. But when possible it’s nice to buy a bit less evil.

I miss my wife but I enjoy my solitude.

Today I was reading Park Honan’s Shakespeare: A Life. He mentioned the translation of Ovid that Shakespeare was probably taught from (as well as learning to read the Latin original).I thought it might fun to look at it. After a little poking around I found a newish edition that was published in 2000. It was sitting on the shelves at the library and is now in my grubby little hands.

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I do love libraries.

Here’s a quote I heard recently and liked:

“Expletives are language spice. Sometimes they are too hot, but sometimes they are just right.” Marlon James link 40:08

I am still reading a dozen or so books at once and enjoying that. I also have found some pretty cool stuff on YouTube to listen to as I exercise. The video linked in the quote above is one of them.

I am reading James’ Black Leopard Red Wolfe and enjoying it. I finished a reread of Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. I am rewatching the TV series and enjoying it.

Writing — Meghan O’Gieblyn

Mark mentioned this writer today. She is giving a workshop at this year’s Calvin Festival of Faith and Writing conference.  (The link for the workshop above is to all of them. You have scroll down to find OGieblyn).

Emily Wilson is scheduled to be at this conference. Or so it says on her website. I can’t find it on the Calvin website  but it’s still updating.

I have  more links but it’s time to quit and read.

 

Eileen safe in England and 2 American Treasures

 

So Eileen made it safely to Calvert Green, England. According to her the flight was  ok. She has been suffering from sciatic nerve pain. She purchased a slight upgrade to get ore room and that seems to have made a difference.

I’m on my own here in Holland from three weeks. Maybe this means I will return to posting her more often. Who knows?

I had my first therapist appointment of 2020 today. I was not happy to learn that he didn’t know who Paul Robeson or Andrew Wyeth was.

So for the record:

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Paul Leroy Robeson (/ˈroʊbsən/ ROHB-sən; April 9, 1898 – January 23, 1976) was an American bass baritone concert artist and stage and film actor who became famous both for his cultural accomplishments and for his political activism.

I stumbled across a 1977 Documentary about him recently in two parts on YouTube.

Robeson was a bit of a genius and years ahead of his time in regards to speaking up for the rights of African Americans as well as many other downtrodden people.

He is an American treasure and part of our heritage that we all should know.

I brought up Andrew Wyeth to my therapist because on the drive down I noticed the browns and reds of the bulging bulrushes and stark vegetation looked like an Andrew Wyeth painting.

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He’s another American treasure.

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Jes sayin.