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Library Loot

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Back at the Oldsmar Library this week. After a “more aggressive” shoulder therapy session with Dr. Joe, I still had a full travel-cup of coffee from rushing out the door to make the appointment on time, and so I didn’t want to go somewhere where I had to buy a coffee to justify my taking up space. I remembered the” library cafe” and decided to head that way. Before getting settled in at one of the little tables, though, I visited their books-for-sale shelf – hardbacks $1; paperbacks 25¢. Score!

My writer’s shelf can always use another Joseph Campbell mythology reference book.

A Journey North is about a woman’s hike along the entirety of the Appalachian Trail – something I have always wanted to do, at least along part of it.

The Lost Boy is Dave Pelzer’s book about being in foster care, a sequel to his book, A Child Called ‘It’, about his early life as the family target of his mother’s insane abuse. I read the first book years ago. It was pretty horrifying and I could never bring myself to read more about it, but now I work in child services and our foster parents are often encouraged to read this, so when I saw it I decided it was time for me to read it, too.

I’ve read several books by Mitch Albom, so I grabbed this one, too.

Conversations With God as a fairly strange book. Neale Donald Walsh, as a writing and/or philosophy exercise, wrote out questions to God (whom he wasn’t sure existed) to see if he got any answers. As he wrote the questions, and thought about them, he felt answers coming into his mind that felt as if they were from outside his normal thinking process. He continued this over the course of weeks or months and ended up with some pretty profound answers that he believes came from somewhere besides his own brain. I read it several years ago and when I saw it, decided I’d like to read it again.

And finally, an Eyewitness Travel guide to Great Britain. I’ve always wished and hoped and longed to travel all over the world. I recently realized that I have never actually planned to travel. So, now I’m starting to make some travel plans. First, a Caribbean cruise out of the Port of Tampa, just to see if we like cruises, and also because Mother can go with us and I think she’ll actually enjoy it. And after that, yes, a trip to Great Britain will be in the works. Just thinking about it gives me butterflies.

What I’m Reading Now

I’m almost finished with America’s Hidden History: Untold Tales of the First Pilgrims, Fighting Women, and Forgotten Founders Who Shaped a Nation. I’m fascinated by the stories that help make our historical figures more than two-dimensional ones about which we were made to memorize name/date/battle factoids. I’m glad I didn’t arrive with the Puritans!

I chose Conquistador: Hernan Cortes, King Montezuma, and the Last Stand of the Aztecs because I just finished the Gary Jennings novel Aztec Autumn his sequal to Aztec both about the Spanish conquest of the Americas, but told from the conquered point of view.

Tuned In: Uncover the Extraordinary Opportunities That Lead to Business Breakthroughs just looked interesting.

I’ll let y’all know.

(A sub-note: Blogger is making me learn HTML in order to format this the way I want it. I’ve resisted learning HTML this long; I resent having to learn it now. Hmph!)

My New Library Card and What I’m Currently Reading

First Week in Tampa

For those of you who are not already aware – I’ve moved to Tampa, Florida! Steve finally won the “Move to Tampa/Move to Kerrville” debate, since his better-paying job coupled with still-teenaged son argument pretty much trumped the Kerrville is prettier argument.

So, here I am, alone in the apartment, ostensibly conducting a jobsearch (I HAVE sent out resumes!), and updating this blog that I haven’t touched in several weeks.

Mom is currently staying with my niece in Kerrville, and we have the move set up for the end of the month, after Mother and I go to Dallas for my granddaughter’s 2nd birthday. How did that baby get so big so quickly???

So many things have happened since the last blog, that it’s difficult to even know where to begin, so I may not even try to recap. Suffice it to say that I’m really happy, and while Mother is not exactly excited about the move, she does like Steve, and doesn’t seem to be overly fearful with the process.

While the last 17 months in Kerrville have been safe and restful and recuperative, I am so glad to be returning to a metropolitan area. It was nice to not have traffic and noise; it was REALLY nice to be able to see all the stars at night, and way fun to have deer feeding in our yard on a daily basis, but I have so missed having basic goods and services readily available, not to mention the availability of interesting community activities. Tampa has a very active drumming community, so I may actually be able to have a place to go to play on/with my little doumbek.

The area Steve’s apartment is in is not the area we will be househunting, so things like getting a library card and finding the closest whatevers will have to wait until I know just what area we’ll be settling in, but I should be able to start looking around for a writer’s group, at least.

We picked up the Sunday paper for the employment ads, and one of the first things I see is a section with all these headshots of individuals who have been laid off for extended amounts of time, coupled with the salaries they USED to make. Put a little bit of a damper on my job-search enthusiasm, but not too much. There are still quite a few jobs posted in the newspaper that seem quite promising, and I have sent out several e-mails with resumes attached already.

Perhaps during the downtime amidst jobsearching, I will commit myself to writing something each day. Well, something besides e-mail. Something that might eventually turn into something a publisher might want to buy. I was reading a book about writing by the guy who co-wrote the “Left Behind” series (Jenkins, maybe?). I had to turn it into the Kerrville library before I was finished with it, but I really liked it and plan on finishing it at some point in time. One of the things he said that I have said about myself (in variation) for years, is that no one really enjoys writing, but enjoys having written. He said that putting one’s butt in the chair and producing quality writing is hard work and not fun. Satisfying, when it’s done, but not fun whilst being done. And this is my problem. It’s difficult for me to stick with things that are tedious and Not Fun. *sigh*

But, I remind myself that anyone who was able to get her BA on the 17-year plan has the gift/skill/fortitude of perseverance, and should be able to accomplish anything she truly sets her mind to. Now, I just have to get to the productive butt-in-the chair part.

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