Circling Back . . . Late on a Friday
Read With Us: Book Discussion Week 1

It's Monday

. . . and that means it's time to . . . 

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Here are some things I stumbled across or thought about this weekend.

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A Quote

"I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder."
     --- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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A Word

I'm reading a book right now - The Topeka School by Ben Lerner - that is . . . well . . . one of those Important books.  It's dense.  Interesting, for sure.  But . . . dense.  It's slow going for me.  Partly because I need to read it slowly -- and partly because I have to look up words every few pages.  Words I have never encountered before.  (I'm sure I'm really selling y'all on reading this book.  Ha.)

Anyway.  Here's one of the words I looked up this weekend:

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Who knew?  An anechoic chamber . . . is just a soundproof room.  (Which makes sense, once you break the word down a bit.)

A question for you:  When you're reading and you encounter a word you don't know, what do you do?  Do you drop everything and look it up in a dictionary?  Or do you just move ahead with your reading?  (I do a little of both.) 

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Over the weekend, I started listening to the Dolly Parton's America podcast.  I'd heard about it from multiple sources last week, with rave reviews from everyone who'd listened to it, and I'm here to tell you . . . it's delightful.  And interesting.  Not only is Dolly just a fascinating character -- but there is some real insight into this particular time in America in this podcast.  Nine episodes.  Give it a listen!

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Because FUN

Just when you think you can't bear one more news item, something like this article pops into your newsfeed!  Give it a read -- feel better about the day.  And aging.  (You can dance. You can jive. Having the time of your life!)

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And that's it for this Monday.  I hope your week is off to a great start.

Please join me here tomorrow for our first Read With Us book discussion post.  I'll be starting off the discussion about our current selection, Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson.

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