We walked the Bloedel Reserve this afternoon with its gracious vistas and green in a thousand different shades.
I’ve been a bit preoccupied for the past month with a couple of things (National Boards, my health) and it’s taken me over a month to finish a single book.
However, this book is well worth reading: How the Scots Invented the Modern World: The True Story of How Western Europe’s Poorest Nation Created Our World and Everything in It, by Arthur Herman. With a rambunctious, overstepping title like that I opened it a bit skeptically but soon found it to be must-read material for anyone with more than a passing interest in Scotland. I bought it for S, who won’t have time to read it until summer (when she’ll be working two jobs, so maybe not much free time even then).
Before that, I read Graeme Macrae Burnet’s brilliant book His Bloody Project, which is a reader’s holy grail for me: a noir of high literary merit (the novel was a finalist for the 2016 Booker prize), set in Scotland.
I also listened to the audiobook of Robert Wright’s Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment. I am fascinated by the references to David Hume, who may have been familiar with Buddhism.
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/08/07/what-meditation-can-do-for-us-and-what-it-cant Adam Gopnik’s take on the book is fantastic.
And finally, the BBC Sound Effects Library has just released thousands of sound files, and perusing their titles is a delight. Here’s my found poem:
1 man constant walking up sharp incline of loose stone
1 man climbing and slipping
1 man 1 woman approach and stop
2 people clambering over loose debris
1 man 1 woman depart
10 bells ringing, Lichfield Cathedral.
12 month baby boy, scream & blowing three raspberries
12 month old baby boy, saying “Dada” (three times)
12-bore Shotgun, load, shot & cartridge ejected
12 bells ringing, Worcester Cathedral.
1 lorry passing slowly
200-year old village pump filling bucket
6 bells poorly rung in English village church.