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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Linda Wabanimkee

I keep a dictionary and a french-english dictionary in my night stand by the bed and a dictionary by the couch. I usually try to look up the word right away most of the time or write it down for later.

Carole

One of the things I like about reading on the kindle is the ability to look up words right from the device. I do it more frequently because it's so easy. Thanks for the podcast recommendation, sounds like something Dale and I might enjoy together, he's a Dolly Parton super fan. And hooray for Read With Us, tomorrow is the BIG DAY. (Glad you're going first)

Debbie

Sometimes I will stop reading to look up a word and other times I will jot it down and look it up later. When I read on my Kindle I always look it up right away...it's so easy!
I look forward to reading your thoughts on Just Mercy tomorrow!

Dee

I actually knew that word. LOL We have an anechoic chamber in our area and I remember looking up what it was once when we drove by.

I tend to look up most words I do not understand.

Sarah

I always like to learn new words, and one of the perks of reading an ebook in my Kindle app is that I can tap on the word I don't know and get a definition, which definitely comes in handy when I'm reading in bed and am too lazy to get up and get a dictionary!

Patty

I'll look up words too if I can't figure it out. Congratulations to Lauren! Such exciting news. Looking forward to tomorrow!

Vera

Love the outfits in Dancing after 60!! Great word that I did not know. I do look up words that I don't know...not always immediately, but I will. I've also been known to read a dictionary for fun. Word nerd here.

Julia in K w

Majority of the books I read now are on Kobo, which means it is so easy to just press to find out the meaning...all my life I have figured out word meanings primarily from context (and 4 years of high school Latin!)

Jane

I usually look up a word I don't know. Easy on the kindle but for the hard copies I keep a pocket dictionary on my bedside table and a large dictionary near my desk. I often make a note in the margin of books I own as to the meaning. Happy Monday.

kathy b

Oh i must look up a new word. I gave up writing the meaning in my books, but I do look it up. Still reading about Death in the Grand Canyon: this chapter Suicide. SO sad

Mary

The Starless Sea is finally here, so my podcast listening is going to take short break - but I LOVE Dolly Parton and am really looking forward to her podcast! Also looking forward to the Just Mercy discussion (I'm picking up the book at the library today so I have words on pages to refer to ... I listened to it the first time and that was a great experience, but not so good for discussing ...)

Margene

I love Jad Abrumrad and he's the reason I want to listen to the podcast. He was interviewed Friday on our local RadioWest program/podcast. I look up words on my phone (dictionary app) when they jump out at me as something new or strange. Anechoic is a word I've never seen or heard before.

Kat

I love learning new words and, yes, I look up the words I don't know when I am reading. Not all the time, but most of the time.

I am so excited to start our Just Mercy discussion!

Vicki

OMG, THE DANCE TEAM!!! I WANNA! :)

I sometimes look up words... sometimes let the context fill me in.

Thanks for the Dolly podcast. She's a treasure...

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