November 30, 2014, Prescott- This was a quieter day than I expected. The invited house-guest never called, or showed up, despite my TM and follow-up phone call. It was a good day anyway, though. I had breakfast with fellow American Legionnaires, courtesy of our Riders (veterans who ride motorcycles and do a wealth of charitable work on behalf of other veterans). There has been plenty of time today for me to indulge in rest, and in healing foods and beverages, along with my essential oils.
An online friend noted, with regard to my post from yesterday, that my life couldn’t possibly be that organized. He’s right- plans and goals are worth making, but none of us should be overwrought if the plans and goals don’t all get met. After all, last year, eastern Canada was on my planned itinerary. Life happened, and the area will be a goal for another year. The bottom line is always “God willing”.
I read fewer books this year than previously- a fair amount of attention was spent on Lonely Planet Guidebooks: Belgium & Luxembourg; France; Germany. Then there was The Discovery of France: An Historical Geography, by Graham Robb. In anticipation of next summer’s activity, I purchased and read sections of Lonely Planet Guides to Alaska and to Canada. Looking further still, at 2016, brought me to delve into Open Veins of Latin America, by Eduardo Galeano. It’s an examination of the abuse of that part of our world by both colonizing nations and by those who came along after independence was achieved. I read the biography of Geronimo, by Angie Debo, Awakening Intuition, by Mona Lisa Schulz and Survivors, a novel of a possible dystopia, by James, Wilson Rawles (comma inserted by Mr. Rawles). This last is intriguing, as it offers hints as to how one survives in a time of total economic and transportational calamity. I don’t put much stock in tea-leaf reading, when it comes to catastrophe. We do need to have at least two game plans, in case it does come to pass. Dwelling on the worst case scenario, though, tales away from living intelligently.
As for the twelve months I have just started, I will finish reading Lies My Teacher Told Me, by James W. Loewen. Then, it’ll be time to dive into: The Science of Skinny, by Dee McCaffrey; The Biology of Belief, by Bruce H. Lipton; Free Radicals: The Secret Anarchy of Science, by Michael Brooks; The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak; City Repair’s Placemaking Guidebook; Ecovillages, by Karen T. Littfin. These will take me through summer. In the Fall, Gandhi, An Autobiography; John Adams, by David McCullough; and Killing Kennedy, by Bill O’Reilly & Martin Dugard will occupy my quiet hours.
Yes, it’s true that everything, or just a small something, could serve to keep my goals unrealized. Still, working towards something discourages indolence, as Benjamin Franklin might have said.