Tuesday, September 30, 2014

So InKlined

Autumn begins for me when I start to hear the local high school band drum core in the evenings, when I want to run outside again after the breathless heat of summer, and when my reading lists shift to biographies instead of quick reads.  This evening I checked all three fall items.

For those reading along, our October read is The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Cline.    Ms. Kline will also make an appearance at the Southern Festival of Books on October 10th if you're in the area.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Circle, Column, Square

It's a small world after all.

September 2014
Hope you've had a good week.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Grateful not Grating

Perhaps it takes the really hard, awful, long days to fully appreciate the early morning crispness of a dark starry sky, the wisdom from an older man solicited because you made the time, the arm around the shoulder in comradery from a fellow athlete, and the pause for a photo for a visiting stranger now friend.

At least this is what I'm thinking for Wednesday.  

Monday, September 22, 2014

Faster, Better, Stronger?

I didn't know that Annie Jones is the top competitive speed reader with a 2,246 wpm and 60% comprehension or that she has won the National Speed Reading Championship* a hefty six times.  This Guardian article was interesting for that piece of trivia and for the review of the speed reading app, Spritz.  Rob Boffard knocks out one of the Man Booker shortlist books in just under four and a quarter hours**.  I honestly don't know if I have the fortitude to sit that long with the intense focus that is apparently required when ramping up to 700 wpm.  I found the speed a little dizzying (and I don't think it was just the reading water).  There are some novels I'd love to spin through, but for others, I enjoy the time on the page, savoring the small effort and the time devoted to a simple pastime.  How about you?

*    I also didn't know there was a National Speed Reading Championship.
** This is shorter than the time to cook a turkey (old-school baked).