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‘Lente hora, celeriter anni‘ (An hour passes slowly, but the years go by quickly)
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I’ve seen so many beautiful postcards and photos of Crater Lake over my life. None of them, including this one I took today from the crater’s edge, capture the true beauty of this place. Yowza.

Crater Lake, OR
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We’re one week into a six-week circuit from Arizona through Nevada and Oregon to Washington State, then down the coast through Oregon and California. We’re staying primarily in National Parks in our little self-contained RV, but we’re not rushing: three days at each stop. We’re at 6,000 feet elevation her... robertbreen.micro.blog
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Currently listening: The Fellowship of the Ring: Being the First Part of The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien 📚 How could it be that my wife of 27 years, a bookworm like me, has never read The Lord of the Rings? We’re heading out on an extended roadtrip in our little RV, and we were struggling to agree... robertbreen.micro.blog
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Currently reading: Dead Lions by Mick Herron 📚

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@7robots Oh, that’s good to know about The Passenger and Stella Maris. I put down the Passenger after about 30 or 40 pages. I could not get into the writing style. It felt too indulgent on the part of McCarthy, kind of like he ignore all the rules of writing without any consequence. But, I recall having the same difficulty with Blood Meridian, which eventually turned out to be incredible. I’ll give these final two another chance. Thank you!

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@paulmccafferty It must be close to twenty years since I read The Road, and I’m still haunted by it. Blood Meridian had a similar effect on me. McCarthy was one of a kind.

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Finished reading: Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt 📚 I enjoyed the setting of the fictional small town on Puget Sound. I liked the premise of the story. I loved the octopus. But, in the end, the author was too young/naive to be inside the head of a grief-stricken 70-year-old woman. It would ... robertbreen.micro.blog
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Finished reading: Consolations by David Whyte 📚

Ah, what a treasure. Two to three page poetic essays on 52 commonplace words or themes like Curiousity, Heartbreak, and Forgivness. I’ve been ruminating on this definition of Beauty for the past month:

Beauty is the harvest of presence.

Whyte often shared a take that surprised me, and sometimes changed my very paradigm of a long-fixed, but one-sided belief. I can see spending a year with this book, one theme per week, and digging deep, deep, deep into the purpose of life. This one is a permanent addition to my bedside table. ★★★★★

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@rscottjones That does not look like Arizona!

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@manton I bought a Boox Palma to replace my Kindle Oasis, but I returned it. I thought I would carry it around with me in place of my iPhone, but I found myself carrying both, which seemed silly because my iPhone has the same reading apps, and I don’t read for long stretches when I’m out and about. I tried reading on the Palma at night in bed like I do with my Oasis, but the ergonomics were wrong. After an hour, my hand ached, and my thumb hurt from the hard-to-press page-turn buttons. Going back to the Oasis felt like a warm, fuzzy blanket. I could focus on the words instead of the cramp in my hand. Just one person’s experience, but if you pick one up, make sure there’s a good return policy in case you don’t take to it.

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@thestevepbrady Patience is a virtue with Libby, especially when you first use it. Put holds on lots of books that you’d like to read, then any time you find a book you might want to read, put a hold on it in Libby. After a few months, you’ll have more books ready to check out than you could possibly read. It’s super easy manage a loan if you’re not ready to read a book when it becomes available. Libby also supports multiple library cards, so your area has more than one library (i.e. city and county), you can add both cards. Libby will pick the library with the shortest line automatically. Enjoy!

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@rscottjones Wow! Beautiful! I might just play this on loop for the day. Thank you for sharing.

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@adam What a great newsletter! I’ve got some back issues to savor, and the promise of more to land in my RSS feed. Well done!

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Currently reading: Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt 📚

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@adam Thanks for pointing out the connections between Regulators and Desperation. I had no idea!

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David Whyte:

A life’s work is not a series of stepping-stones, onto which we calmly place our feet, but more like an ocean crossing where there is no path, only a heading, a direction, in conversation with the elements. Looking back, we see the wake we have left as only a brief glimmering trace on the waters.

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Finished reading: The Regulators by Richard Bachman/Stephen King 📚★★★☆☆ Continuing my quest to read every Stephen King novel … The Regulators was published on the same day as Desperation. Many of the same characters bedeviled by the same evil spirit Tak, but set in a parallel universe. The book covers of ... robertbreen.micro.blog
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There are 10,000 books in my library, and it will keep growing until I die. This has exasperated my daughters, amused my friends and baffled my accountant. If I had not picked up this habit in the library long ago, I would have more money in the bank today; I would not be richer.

— Pete Hamill

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@writingslowly That’s the one I read — in print! The footnotes were longer than the book!

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@manton Welcome to Arizona. We’ve brought warm temperatures to greet you! We moved to Phoenix two years ago from Seattle and are still adjusting to the summer heat.

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@adam Ahhh, The Stand is one of favorite Stephen King novels. I re-read it a couple years ago, otherwise I would definitely join you. Fun choice!

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Finished reading: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley 📚 This book was nothing like I expected. Frankenstein (the scientist) is arrogant, self-absorbed, and makes incredibly bad decisions. The story itself is unbelievably far-fetched. There were times I wanted to throw my Kindle on the floor at the dumb-assedness of our unreliable protagonist. Taken more broadly, it’s a cautionary tale about mankind’s continual push for scientific advancement, which feels more relevant today than ever. "Learn from me, if not by my precepts, at least by my example, how dangerous is the acquirement of knowledge, and how mu... robertbreen.micro.blog
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@adam A summer read-along project is such a great idea! I like your selections of past books. Which Stephen King book are you considering for this summer?

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@adam I just started The Regulators, and now I understand why you asked about this when I was reading Desperation. It's always fun when the same characters pop up in different SK novels!

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@rscottjones Thank you for reading and sharing!

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Currently reading: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley 📚

Slow to post this, but I’m doing a group read of this classic on BlueSky (#hotfranksummer).

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Currently reading: The Regulators by Richard Bachman 📚

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@drewbelf Oh, I love that book. I think it found me at the exact right time and place. I hope you enjoy it.

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@JohnBrady Thanks and congratulations!

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@jean Yay for you, Jean!

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@dgreene196 It’s a classic. I read Bleak House last year, which was also amazing, but much, much darker.

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Finished reading: David Copperfield by Charles Dickens 📚 I had an idea that this was a story about the trials of an orphan in Dickensian London. It was about that, but so much more. This novel has warmth and sadness and joy and despair. Characters that will stick with me for a long, long time. I’m relucta... robertbreen.micro.blog
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I celebrated a big milestone today: Three Years of Sobriety.

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@ovr Oh, the irony! Honestly, if time travel were ever invented, we should only go back in time, never forward. We can laugh about what old Barnaby might think today, but I’m pretty sure my head would literally explode if I tried to process the technological landscape of the year 2424.

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Currently reading: The Age of Reason Begins by Will Durant 📚

One of the great diseases of this age is the multitude of books that doth so overcharge the world that it is not able to digest the abundance of idle matter that is every day hatched and brought into the world.

Barnaby Rich, known primarily for his Elizabethan short stories, wrote this in the year 1600. I wonder what Barnaby would think of our always-connected and ever-distracted present day?

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Currently reading: The Age of Reason Begins by Will Durant 📚

I took a short break in my marathon read of the 11-volume Story of Civilization by Will and Ariel Durant. Back at it with Volume VII.

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Finished reading: 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff 📚

I know I’ve read this a long time ago, but it was nice to be reacquainted with Helene, the zany book-loving American, and Mr. Frank Doel, the reserved British bookseller. The abrupt ending catches you off guard, but it’s also perfect. ★★★★☆

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The Booksellers documentary is so, so good. All the bookshelves, rare books, home libraries … and so many kindred spirits talking about their love of books. The whole documentary is beautiful and a little melancholy. Booksellers and librarians are my favorite people. Watch it on Amazon Prime.

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@paulmccafferty i love your taste in books!

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@danalcantara Welcome to Bear!

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Finished reading: Stories of Books and Libraries by Jane Holloway (ed.) 📚

A book of short stories, excerpts and essays about the love of reading and libraries? Of course I’m going to love it. A good father’s day gift for a dad who loves books. ★★★★★

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@paulmccafferty I've had this one on my to-read list. What did you think?

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David Copperfield and the Magic of Amazon WhisperSync robertbreen.micro.blog
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@Annie This is a beautiful essay, Annie. Thank you for sharing it. I read it and then listened to your reading of it. You have a terrific reader's voice, and I picked up on a point you made that my eyes skimmed over in the first reading. Again, thank you.

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Currently reading: David Copperfield by Charles Dickens 📚

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Finished reading: The Death of Grass by John Christopher 📚

A short 1950s SciFi novel about a virus that kills grasses. Starvation and violence breaks out. Governments fall. Civilization crumbles. Except for the very dated portrayal of women, the story felt current. ★★★★☆

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@rscottjones That's the beauty and curse of Obsidian for me -- there's almost always a community plug-in to solve whatever problem you face. When I used it, I found myself searching and tweaking plug-ins, and then troubleshooting why the plug-ins weren't working -- stuff I love to do -- instead of the harder and more nebulous task of writing and thinking. I still use Obsidian as a bridge to download ReadWise highlights into Bear, but I have to put blinders on when I use it to avoid falling back into its clutches!

And whoa! Your digital garden is filled with insights and wisdom. I skimmed a bit and realized I need to schedule some quality time to review. Well done!

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@rscottjones Good reminder on the random dice roll in Obsidian. Can you limit that to a particular folder or tag? I love “Return on Adventure” — I’m totally stealing that!