My Own Personal Sabbath #20

Every Sunday since mid-May 2020, I have been taking my own personal Sabbath, where I tune out of the news and social media and turn off my ringer and all notifications on my phoneThis past weekend, I started my Sabbath early on Saturday.

I began the weekend by continuing The Moving Target, the first Lew Archer, by Ross Macdonald, which I started earlier in the week. I decided to get out of the house and drove to a local ballfield where I finished it. It was good, but I’ve heard the series gets better as it goes.

Then on Sunday, I decided to take a break from the crime noir in California and classic crime, mostly from England, I have been reading over my last few own personal Sabbaths and went to Florida with Tim Dorsey for the sixth in his Serge Storms series, Cadillac Beach. I think it is just what I needed, a hyperkinetic romp through the streets of Miami with Serge at the wheel as opposed to the slow drive along the coast of California with Lew steering. Maybe with as crazy as the world as is right now, I needed the craziness that Dorsey depicts in the late 1990s and early 2000s as a counterbalance.

Later in the afternoon, I went for a walk in a park near where we live. I ended the night by starting Last Bus to Woodstock, the first in the Inspector Morse series, by Colin Dexter, part of a collection of the first three novels in the series. My wife and I have watched much, if not all, of the original TV series and now are making our way through Endeavour on Amazon Prime. I picked up the collection on Google Play Books as part of a deal that wasn’t available on Kindle at the time, but as such, I only can read the collection on my phone. It’s not my first choice of format, but sometimes a reader has to do what a reader has to do.

9 thoughts on “My Own Personal Sabbath #20

  1. I just started watching the show Endeavor on Amazon Prime, which is Inspector Morse as he’s just starting out. Each episode is 1.5 hours so I’ve only watched 2 so far, but it’s really good. I also love seeing the town of Oxford.


  2. I’m struggling this week. This is the second week where I’ve just been feeling off. I try to make the most of my down town but I’ve been getting frustrated. Too many thoughts in my head.

    The good thing is that the sky is now blue again. It’s very pretty out. I would like to sit outside but for whatever reason, the mosquitoes are out of control this year and we do not usually have an issue with them. I have been attacked just from cooking dinner on the grill. Daughter and Hub all bitten up too so I just look out the window now.


    1. You’re not the only one, Ti, with too many thoughts in their heads. My wife and I also are having a hard time focusing. I’ve been using a meditation app called Insight Timer that has thousands of meditation exercises and courses. And I have been trying to journal along with therapy. It all helps…somewhat but some, most, days are still rough.


  3. I keep trying to switch up my reading. Nice you were able to get out of the house to read.

    We’re welcoming Tropical Storm Beta. Beta blew a big sycamore limb through the roof of the garage last night, and so we’re trying to deal with the heavy rain until we can make repairs.


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