Birthdays, Books, and Beaches

My 58th birdthday was two days ago. I wonder if people who have 80th and 90th birthdays look back and say, wow, I never thought I would be this old. Luckily, I don’t feel ancient yet although my  body is starting to complain some lately. I have been reading quite a few books recently which is something I used to do a lot more of when I was younger. When I was a kid, one of my favorite places to be was the public library. I could spend hours in a library browsing through all the books. Today I rarely go to a library. Libraries used to be a sanctuary but today they are crowded, noisy, and full of everthing but books it seems sometimes. I listen to a lot of audio books now while I am driving because radio stations are terrible and it is a good way to fill the time during commutes to work. I usually don’t have a lot of time to read books but due to the weather and other reasons I have had a chance to actually read some good books. And I have to say, reading is every bit as enjoyble now as it was when I was a kid. Some of the books I have read recently are:

  • Jonathatn Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
  • Pushing Ice by Alastair Reynolds
  • The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson
  • Spin by Robert Charles Wilson
  • Gravities Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
  • Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra 

 We had some snow last night so winter is finally starting to act like winter around here. But I will be glad when Spring arrives so that I can go backpacking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Forest and then my vacation this summer to Alaska. And if you are wondering what the beaches refers to in the title, I have been taking a walk on the beach at Fort Monroe where I work nearly every afternoon at lunch when the weather is good. Walking on the beach brings me much pleasure and tranquility. I really enjoy being outdoors and surrounded by the beauty of God’s world.

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