I seem not to be keeping up with email or journaling much lately. I am not sure what is wrong with me, but I seem occupied with other things. Maybe since I brought everything up to date today I will begin to do better.
I have been reading a lot. Invisible by Paul Auster is very good. The sexual content in this novel is high and it is out of the ordinary. Heart Shaped Box by Joe Hill is an excellent novel. It is a different sort of ghost story and I highly recommend it. Treasure Hunt by John Lescroart is an interesting detective story with lots of twists. Hope in the Age of Anxiety by Anthony Scioli and Henry B. Biller is a good book, but I was a little disappointed that it did not have more concrete ideas on how to bring hope into one’s life. Hidden Empire by Orson Scott Card is the sequel to Empire, which I read long enough ago that I only have vague memories of it. The sequel stands alone and is very good. It is set in the not too distant future and has some very interesting thoughts in it. After the Prophet by Lesley Hazleton is an excellent book on Islam. It gives some ideas on why the Shia and Sunni sects are always at war. I found it very enlightening. The Faith Instinct by Nicholas Wade is a very good book. It gives reasons why religion developed and how faith impacts our lives. The End of Faith by Sam Harris is an excellent book. It has me really questioning some of my beliefs. The book is challenging and has some great points on why faith in God might be questionable. I do not agree with all of it, but the points are well written.
We have been staying relatively busy. I have gone to physical therapy several times and we have had other appointments. One thing that I did that was very enjoyable was that last Sunday I went to the mall by myself. I spent a lot of time looking at clearance merchandise in Belks and bought some awesome bargains. I also went to Borders and picked up a couple of writing books. I really did not need them, but I had a coupon, and I could not resist.
I have talked to Alex several times and he seems set on getting married and moving to California. I am not exactly thrilled about either one, but there is not a lot I can do to influence him. I just hope whatever he decides works out well.
The weather has been warmer, but we have been having a lot of rain. I have not gotten out walking with Hope much. The last time we walked my nostrils started burning and when I came inside, I noticed I was wheezing. That kept me from walking anymore that day.
My mood has been good. Mom and I are getting along quite well. She is a little miffed at times that I go to my room to read when she is running the television, but we do not have significant problems over it.
Well that gets me to today and I really have nothing else to say. I hope everyone’s weekend goes well.