My Own Personal Sabbath #19

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 phone. This Sunday, I try something new, checking in here on the blog every few hours during the day.

Today began with dishes. Not the most glamorous thing, but there you go. That’s how it started. It is now 10:45 a.m. and I’ve had a bowl of Special K Red Berries with with added fresh strawberries and a hint of cane sugar with soy milk. I’m drinking an iced coffee and listening to this, a show I often listen to on Sunday mornings:

Today, I plan on reading The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett after a friend mentioned the movie series and I realized I never had read any of the books. I was on hold for an ebook version at the Free Library of Philadelphia, but the wait was a few weeks. Then I remembered that our library probably had a copy. We didn’t, but it is in a Library of America Collection of Hammett’s novels we have. The print is small, but not as small as I thought so hopefully I’ll be okay.

Other than that, I’m not sure what I’ll be doing. It’s supposed to be rainy all day so I’m glad I got a walk in yesterday. Actually I went on two walks: the first, a meditative walk using an app called Insight Timer; the second, a walk to Dollar General down the street to get new sponges and cat litter (I know, my life IS exciting!). I might watch something fun later with Kim once she gets up. As a 911 dispatcher, she normally works a 12-hour shift from Saturday into Sunday and then another one tonight into tomorrow, so she’s sleeping now. Check in with y’all later this afternoon. Until then….


It’s now about 1:45 p.m. and I’m about halfway through The Thin Man. Overall, it’s good so far, except one strange diversion to an encyclopedia-like entry about cannibalism in the Old West in the late 1800s. Otherwise, I’m enjoying it. I’m about to have an omelette on a tortilla wrap and a glass of wine (hey, don’t judge me, it’s the weekend).


6 p.m., and I just finished The Thin Man, which was good if not great, after a short nap. In the notes to the collection, I learned, among other things, that the book wasn’t the first in a series and actually was the last novel he wrote. I’m now signing off to eat dinner with Kim before she goes to work.


It’s almost 9 p.m. and I’m now watching Eureka. I think I remember where I left off years ago, in Season 3, so I’m picking up there…or about there.

Hello again, Sunday Saloners

TSSbadge4Hello again. I know it’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted in The Sunday Salon. Rather than explain, let me just point you to my previous post, my first post here on this new blog, and jump right back into the fray, talking about my reading.

Since I last wrote a post for The Sunday Salon a few weeks ago (no link since my old blog is gone), I have read two books, abandoned one, added four possibilities from the library to the two I already had out, and purchased three books (last Sunday morning).

The two read were:

  • Moonlight Mile, the last in the Kenzie and Gennaro series, by Dennis Lehane
  • The Dain Curse, the second Continental Op, by Dashiell Hammett

The one abandoned was Surprised by Heaven: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection and the Mission of the Church by N.T. Wright. The four additions are:

  • 32282623¬†My Family and Other Animals, the first in the Corfu Trilogy, by Gerald Durrell
  • My Jesus Year: A Rabbi’s Son Wanders the Bible Belt in Search of His Own Faith by Benyahim Cohen
  • Fer-de-Lance, the first Nero Wolfe, by Rex Stout
  • Hell Before Breakfast: America’s First War Correspondents Making History and Headlines, from the Battlefields of the Civil War to the Far Reaches of the Ottoman Empire by Robert H. Patton.

The three purchases, which were on sale, were:

  • The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Abrams
  • Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter
  • All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot

29496453Both The Moonlight Mile and The Dain Curse were good, although the latter was a bit confusing and the former wasn’t up to many of the others in the series. I think I’ve read All Creatures Great and Small years ago, and I’ve read parts of My Family and Other Animals previously. The Hamilton book is on the Kindle, but it was cheap so I couldn’t pass it up especially when my wife and I share books and she loves everything Hamilton. My Jesus Year? Just saw it on Overdrive at Free Library of Philadelphia and looked intriguing. The Book of Joy? Who doesn’t need joy in their life?

As for the Nero Wolfe and Hell Before Breakfast, I decided to pick those up last night after talking to a friend on the phone (what a concept). He is a former neighbor, with whom I still keep in contact and we usually end up talking what we’ve been reading. He shares my interest in older mysteries, and in our conversation, we talked about Nero Wolfe, so I decided to pick up the first for a re-read. I think I’ve read most of them. Hell Before Breakfast? He said he was reading so while on the phone with him, I went to the Free Library of Philadelphia and downloaded it to my Kindle.

So how about you? What have you been reading? What do you plan on reading next?

To see what I’ve been reading over the last few years, visit my Goodreads page.

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