My Own Personal Sabbath #39

Almost every Sunday since mid-May 2020 with a few exceptions, 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 phone. Throughout the day, sometimes the day before, and/or sometimes the next day, I share what I am reading, listening to or watching during my Sabbath.

After working Saturday, I was off from Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. What follows is what I read, watched, and listened to over those few days.


The day began with journaling, then I finished The Dance of The Seagull, the 15th in the Inspector Montalbano series, by Andrea Camilleri. I’ve been making my way slowly through the series this year and have enjoyed every single one.

In the early afternoon, I read the first 69 pages of What is Grass: Walt Whitman in My Life by Mark Doty. I am planning to finish it over the next three Sundays, as it is split into four parts.

After a long nap, I ended the day and night by watching the original Bourne trilogy of movies starring Matt Damon. I wasn’t sure I’d seen all three so I decided to watch all three. After watching them, I think I had seen the first and third but, for some reason, not the second. I loved all three of them and made me fall in love with this song:


Kim and I bingewatched, and enjoyed, this on Peacock:


We watched, loved, and highly recommend, this on Hulu:

We also listened to a little bit of Broken by Jenny Lawson, which we have been listening to a little at a time.

So, what have you been reading, watching, listening to or doing lately?

The Golden Age of Television

This week, I thought I’d share a few links a friend, John, shared with me from an online course for adults he’s been teaching at a suburban Philadelphia university. The course is on “The Golden Age of Television,” with each session covering a TV play from the early 1950s. Here are the three plays in chronological order of when they aired, with a few notes from John:

Marty; broadcast May 23, 1953 on NBC’s Philco Television Playhouse

The Strike, broadcast on Studio One, June 7, 1954, on CBS:

This was Rod Serling’s first major teleplay about war, based on his personal experiences and observations in World War II.

Twelve Angry Men Restored Kinescope. Originally Broadcast live on Westinghouse Studio One, September 20, 1954:

It was written by Reginald Rose, produced by Felix Jackson, and directed by Franklin Schaffner. The cast was Robert Cummings, Franchot Tone, Norman Fell, Edward Arnold, John Beal, George Voskovec, Joseph Sweeney, Lee Philips, Walter Abel, Bart Burns, Vincent Gardenia and Larkin Ford. Fell, you might remember, as the landlord from Three’s Company: Gardenia, the father in Moonstruck. For those older folks among my reader, Furness was the long-time spokesperson for Westinghouse who said at the end of the commercials “Remember, you can be sure if it’s Westinghouse.”

John also shared this interview with Delbert Mann who directed Marty talking about the television production and Paddy Chayefsky:

Summertime and the readin’ is easy…

…or at least, that is the plan, now that life might be settling down here to a calm hum.

For the last couple of months, life –and death— has interrupted my reading flow. I’m going to try to finish The Age of Doubt, the 14th in the Inspector Montalbano series, which I have been trying to read, and finish since April. I also might dip into The Network Effect, part of the Murderbot Diaries, by Martha Wells.

Other than reading, the only other plans I have this weekend are watching Buster Keaton movies (recently rented a few along with a documentary about him) and listening to chill music Sunday afternoon into Sunday evening for the 15th edition of The Chill Out Tent, a special “Summer Solstice Sleepover.”

So whatchya up to this weekend? Reading, watching, listening to, doing anything good this weekend? Please share in the comments.

Our Week With Wine – and Family

This past week, my wife Kim and I visited seven wineries in upstate Pennsylvania and upstate New York – and more importantly, with my parents, my sister, nephew and niece last weekend. Below are photos from each of the seven wineries plus the bed and breakfast where we stayed. The wineries we visited were: Antler Ridge Winery, Grovedale Winery, Pleasant Valley Wine Company (I’m holding up the bottle), Bully Hill Vineyards, Ventosa Vineyards, Three Brothers Wineries & Estates, and Rasta Ranch Vineyards. The bed and breakfast was Ginger Cat Bed and Breakfast. (I’m not providing links as y’all have the power of the Interwebs since y’all are reading this.)

We hadn’t visited with my parents since last year so it was really good to see them. Saturday night, we played Aggravation with Kim dethroning my dad, who, according to my sister, always wins, and then on Sunday, my sister, nephew and niece visited and we had lunch together.

It was a very good week. As for this weekend, we have no plans as Kim went back to work last night. However, I don’t work this weekend so I plan to catch up a little on reading, continuing with The Age of Doubt, the 14th in the Inspector Montalbano series, by Andrea Camilleri, and maybe the next in the Murderbot Diaries, Network Effect, by Martha Wells. I finished Exit Strategy earlier in the week.

How about you? How you doin’? Reading, watching, listening to anything good? Share in the comments.