Currently | In mourning

You won’t see this on Twitter or Facebook, only here for you, my blogging friends, because while I share my joys with you, I also share my sorrows. I also wanted to let you know why even though I had planned to be around on the blog and on social media for Thankfully Reading Weekend this week, I might not be or not as much anyway. Yesterday afternoon, I received a phone call from the director of the library where I work that one of my coworkers – no, not just one, but the main one, who had been there the longest, on and off for 15 years, even longer than the director – died in a fire.

The fire was so intense that firefighters couldn’t get into the house and only found her remains hours after the fire was extinguished. Her husband, who works night shift, was at work. She has had two grown children, and a granddaughter born last November to her daughter. It still seems surreal and I’m sure it will be for a while especially when I return to work next week and she’s not there in her usual workspace. I don’t have much more to say for now, other than if you have a chance, say a quick prayer for her husband, children, and the rest of her family and remember, of course, to be thankful for those you have in your life: family, friends, and sometimes even coworkers.

I probably won’t be responding to comments here, but know that I appreciate all your thoughts and prayers, my friends.

Adding this from the library’s Facebook page this afternoon (click through the date link for the full post):

We at The Green Free Library are all deeply saddened by the loss of staff member Sandy Webster. She was employed here…

Posted by The Green Free Library on Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Defining the borders of the river

ThankfullyReading-300x228So by now, you probably already know that I’m off all this week and that I had planned on extending Thankfully Reading Weekend (click the button to be taken to Jenn’s post on the event), which is scheduled from Nov. 26 through Nov. 29, to the entire week since I’m off. If you forgot, or didn’t know, here’s where I highlighted the books from which I planned, still plan, to choose. I said then that I wasn’t going where the river flows anymore with my reading and that in fact, I was throwing out the metaphor.

The best response to that post was this from Michelle of the blog That’s What She Reads:

For what it’s worth, I do think you are still going where the river flows. For instance, you have a list of books that have caught your eye and for which you have placed holds at the library. However, you are still going to choose what you read when the time comes. Your river may have more defined borders, but to my way of thinking, you are still not limiting yourself to anything by posting potential reading selections.

I commented that I like that description of “more defined borders” and that is probably what I should have written instead in describing my philosophy on reading. So to that end, I’m writing this, defining the borders of my river for the rest of this week, especially based on my last two Thankfully Reading Weekends.

In 2013, I read two books in the entire month of November. In 2014, I read four books during Thankfully Reading Weekend. However, during both of those events, culling information from Twitter via the hashtag #thanfkfullyreading, I binge-watched shows on Netflix: Criminal Minds and CSI: NY being among them. This year, I’ve already started binge-watching Jessica Jones last night (loving it so far), and the rest of this week, along with my reading, for which I have a goal of reading at least three books, not sure which ones yet, I plan on binge-watching more Criminal Minds on Netflix and the original CSI on Hulu.

Also my wife and I are celebrating our 19th wedding anniversary, but are having our special dinner (at home) and then a movie (Mockingjay) tonight. I’m also going over to a neighbor’s to watch the last NASCAR Sprint Cup race of the season and hopefully see my driver Jeff Gordon win his fifth NASCAR Cup championship in this his final year.

I’ll leave you with a clip from the album Junun with Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood (from Radiohead), and the Rajasthan Express that I discovered Friday and I actually am digging more than Adele’s latest album, 25, that I bought:

To be honest, I was anticipating Arca’s new album Mutant that came out on Friday more than I did Adele’s and also which not surprisingly, I like more too than Adele’s. Arca, in case, you haven’t heard of him is the stage name for Alejandro Ghersi, who is “a Venezuelan producer, consultant, mixing engineer and DJ based in London.” He has worked with Kanye West (especially on his Yeezus album), FKA Twigs, and Björk on recent albums of theirs.

So what are you reading, watching, and/or listening to lately that’s catching your eyes and/or ears?

On Friday I could be found over at Book Bloggers International as part of their “Featured Favorites” month. My Featured Favorites? This probably won’t surprise you but it was on the subject of diverse fiction. Hope you’ll stop by there and leave a comment or at least give the post a look. Thanks.