a bit of new content

following a week of evenings writing book reviews and summaries i'm pleased to launch my recommended reading page. its link has taken its permanent place with the rest of the local content, in the top right section of this page. at launch i've listed 113 books. all the titles link to their amazon.com listings, so visitors might get another opinion or more easily follow an impulse to purchase and read these fine works. as i haven't stopped reading books, i'm sure the list will expand. by all means give the new page a glance.

otherwise nothing particularly noteworthy has taken place this week. i've spent some time reading Jonathon Strange & Mr. Norrell. it's a very interesting and amusing book, occasionally very funny, sometimes approaching creepy, that most people are summarizing as a sort of Harry-Potter-for-grown-ups. i'll wait until i've completed it to make my own review. Loren's spent some time here over this President's Day weekend, and of course i'm enjoying his company. today Scott came up to acquire Phoenix for an overnighter at his house, and he stopped by here to pick him up. we took the boys for a very short trip to the skate park to ride their bikes on the ramps. it was entirely too short an outing as it was late in the day and the light had failed considerably upon our arrival. nevertheless it was good to get them there after nearly an entire day of waiting around for something to happen. i'll have to make it up to Loren by taking him to the park for a longer stay another time. this evening we watched a video of Star Trek: Generations which i've had lying around for about six years. it's a good movie, and Loren liked it; he likes all things Star Trek at the moment, which is very much to my liking. anything we can mutually enjoy is ok by me.

yesterday Loren's mother managed to land a respectable blow with the blunt side of an axe head on her ankle, effectively immobilizing her. the jury is still out on how bad the damage is as no one at the doctor's office she visited was capable of reading the x-ray they took. it certainly looks very painful; at least they got her some crutches so she might be able to get around, but at the moment driving is out of the question.

tomorrow Loren has a basketball game in the afternoon; time to break out the video camera again. i'm sure i'll write up a post-game summary, as usual.

i suppose when the most exciting thing you've mentioned happened to someone else, it's time to stop writing. i'll take my cue to get offstage before someone sends for the hook.

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