Saturday, January 31, 2015
The past few years I have had the pleasure of getting to know my older son as a fellow adult. While we still have the occasional parent-child tension that will probably never entirely go away, it is turning into a fun relationship for both of us. I am trying to take up backpacking again which is the subject of another post, and the photo here is from my most recent foray into the mountains around Seattle.
Another recent source of bonding is that my son has become a reader. Although he liked to read when younger he was too often distracted by school and computer games to put in much time. A year or two ago he suddenly and surprisingly, to me, got the reading bug and more recently still, we have begun to exchange books. His tastes are varied and he is consciously trying to educate himself so he is seeking recommendations from me and some of his friends. I am overjoyed since I haven't had a fellow reader in the family to chat about books with for some time.
Over the holidays my son sent me a copy of Cry, the Beloved Country which he had read and liked. I challenged him to share book reviews with me on Goodreads just for fun and here is the text of my first review:
This is a book often assigned in high school but I managed to miss it at the time. My son read it recently and shared a copy with me so I made up for lost time. Cry, the Beloved Country is a beautiful and highly readable book. Most people probably know that it is about race, injustice and inequality in South Africa. Equally though it is about love for one's homeland, the kindness of strangers, the importance of family ties and hope for change in difficult times. "Wise men write many books, in words too hard to understand. But this, the purpose of our lives, the end of all our struggle, is beyond all human wisdom," writes Paton. I judge Paton well worth reading and his novel contains considerable human wisdom.
I hope more reviews will follow, along with the usual photos and miscellaneous rambling. Happy reading.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Very old tree seen on University of Washington campus where we had a college tour for my younger son. I love the French common name (learned from Wikipedia) which is desespoir des singes (monkeys' despair). It could also be a monkey's delight for it looks like it might be fun to climb, if prickly.
For Thursday Challenge: Trees
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015
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Sunday, January 18, 2015
We had our snow days earlier this month and now is the January thaw. The past two days we've had highs in the 40's and a sort of vague spring fever hits us when this happens. I managed a walk on the lake, skirting mud, slush puddles and snow to get these photos. The skies were just stunning.
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Thursday, January 15, 2015
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Monday, January 12, 2015
I have been taking pictures from my car. It turns out the windshield doesn't obscure the image all that much. It has the advantage of not requiring me to look for parking or get out when it is cold or blustery. Occasionally it might be a stupid move but anything for a good shot (or maybe not).
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Sunday, January 11, 2015
Happy 2015. I am trying to convince myself to post more regularly but every time I think I will I let it slide. Here is a picture of the ceiling of the train station in Limoges, France. It is a lovely place and makes one want to depart on an adventure. For Photo Sunday: Circular
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