Where I’ve been

Really, nowhere.

But my mind has been all over the place.

Mostly, my mind has been unfocused because of changes at work, but also the national, international, and even local news that has gone national. The borough mentioned is less than 20 miles from where I live. Of course, with the news, I have zero control; with work, I have a little control, mostly with how I respond or if I respond at all.

Which is why I haven’t been here on the blog or on Instagram, the last social media platform I’m on (at least for now).

I’m reading very little, finishing two books in the last couple of weeks:

  • Angelica’s Smile by Andrea Camilleri, which is part of the Inspector Montalbano series, and which I’ve been trying (and not trying) to finish for the last six months.
  • The Art of Living: The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness, a new interpretation of Epictetus’s Manual (or Enchiridion), by Sharon Lebell.

The Manual, as described by Lebell, is “a pithy set of excerpts selected from his multi-volume Discourses that forms a concise summary of Epictetus’s essential teachings.” Last year and the year before, I read a modern translation of Marcus Aurelius’s Meditations by Gregory Hays and this year, I selected Lebell’s interpretation of Epictetus’s Manual, which I’ve been reading since January. Next up, I’ll seek out a translation of Seneca’s Letter from a Stoic — to complete the trilogy? the Stoic triumvirate?

I’ve been watching this and that, with the only movie of note that I’d recommend being The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent with Nicholas Cage. It lives up to its trailer:

Well, and Paddington 2, which Cage mentions as one of his favorite movies, and is one of our favorites too. No, really, watch it.

12 thoughts on “Where I’ve been

  1. Two things: First, I can’t wait to see that Nic Cage film, it looks so hilarious!! Second, if I recall correctly, you’ve spent some time in Pennsylvania, I think? I’m trying to learn all I can about Pittsburgh right now. I don’t know if you know anything about Pittsburgh (in terms of living conditions, etc), but if so, can you take a look at my most recent Sunday Coffee post and either comment or reach out via Insta? I’d appreciate it!


    1. Amanda, I know of a blogger who lives in the Pittsburgh area. Melissa Firman. Let me see if I can put you in contact with her. Sorry for the late reply. Mind hasn’t been tracking well…well, the last month.


  2. The news can be so depressing and often difficult to avoid. I hope you find a more uplifting outlet to boost the spirits.


  3. It was you, Bryan, who told me about the Stoics, I think. I’ve been making my way through The Daily Stoic since the beginning of the year. I also have Lives of the Stoics in my tbr.

    I will definitely look for Paddington 2.


  4. I enjoy Paddington but it’s been a while since I saw it. I did not realize the news about the shooting was in your county. The news lately, from all over our country, has been insane.


  5. I really need to watch the Paddington movies. It seems that everyone loves them, especially the second.


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