Holding on, loosely, not letting go

It’s been over a month since my last blog post so I thought I’d give you all an update on what I’ve been up to.

5-foot, 7-inches still. Ha.

But really, still the same…in a holding pattern (with work mostly, but also some personal), holding on – loosely? Like REO Speedwagon. Yeah. Sure, let’s go with that.

This morning I finished my first book in forever with The Silent Speaker, the 11th in the Nero Wolfe series, by Rex Stout. I’m now starting the 12th, Too Many Women. I’ve read most of them over the years, but a year or two (or three or more, I don’t know) ago, I decided to start over and read all of them eventually. I’ve been reading them via Libby at the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Other than reading (and work…

), Kim and I also have been watching this and that. Recently, we’ve been enjoying Reboot on Hulu more than we thought we would…or maybe more than I thought I would. And we go down YouTube rabbit holes and shuffling through Robot Chicken on HBO Max.

Because my bandwidth is limited after working six days in a row this past week, I’ll leave you with what I’m listening to today as I journal, read and even writing this blog post:

How have y’all been doing?

Hello again 👋

Sorry that I’ve been so out of touch lately here on the blog. In my defense, it’s just not here, but everywhere in my life that I’ve been out of touch. It’s mostly work-related stress, a combination of real and perceived issues. And learning how to adapt as/when things are changing, but still staying the same. Maybe not much different from what’s going on in the wider world.

When I last had a proper blog post, one that wasn’t a repost from Instagram, I mentioned that one of my favorite podcasts, Calm it Down with Chad Lawson, was back from a summer break. However, he won’t be back until after Labor Day.

Now I’m thinking that’s what I am going to do here on the blog for the handful of you that are still reading my blog. I’ll be back after Labor Day. Next weekend, my wife is having her Labor Day Weekend as she works the actual Labor Day Weekend. A friend is visiting and then the following weekend, I’ll have all three days off. Who knows? Maybe I’ll actually read a book. 🤞

See y’all in early September.

On where my head is, according to my Kindle queue

I thought this week, for a change of pace, I’d share what is queued up on my Kindle. This might, or might not, give you, and me also, an idea of where my head is. So here goes:

  • A Beam of Light by Andrea Camilleri
  • Bittersweet by Susan Cain
  • The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday
  • Hard Cash Valley by Brian Panowich
  • No Man is An Island by Thomas Merton
  • A Prayer in the Night by Tisha Harrison Warren
  • Radical Compassion by Tara Brach
  • Selected Letters of Seneca, translated by Elaine Fantham.

So two fiction books and six nonfiction books, which is odd for me because I’m not a big nonfiction reader. By my choice of nonfiction, you might think my mind is calm, but not really. I think that’s where I am trying to get with the help of most of the nonfiction. So this might not be so much where my head is, but where I want it to be: calm.

Addendum: Speaking of calm, this morning I learned one of my favorite podcasts is back after a short summer break: