Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Travel memoirs, the pope & a romance drought

Can't believe it has been five days since I posted. Not that I've gotten much done, mind you! lol ;0 They say housework is overrated...
Finally gave up trying to read A Greek God at the Ladies' Club. It just doesn't appeal. No matter how many times I picked it up, I read one, maybe two paragraphs & put it back down again. Life is too short to force yourself to read what doesn't appeal.
Borrowed a whole bunch of books from the library. Several Ellis Peters books I've not read yet. An old Andrew Greeley Father Blackie Ryan mystery. A Bitter Brew by Christine Young which looks deeper into the mass poisoning at a rural Lutheran church in Maine back in 2003. Ultra Marathon Man by Dean Karnazes. Tales From the Drones Club by PG Wodehouse. And, last but not least, Honeymoon With my Brother, a travel memoir by Franz Wisner.
From the looks of it, the romance drought continues. I'm not going to fight it though. The TBR waits patiently, knowing I'm faithful & will return eventually. Look at it this way, I'm saving money! Sounds like I'm trying to convince myself doesn't it?
Anyway, the book Honeymoon With my Brother has captured me. I've dragged it everywhere. Also, the Dr. Phil book has been calling me, lol. I got so far as the part where you write out your goals & plans to reach them & then decided I need a break! Hahaha. SO it has sat there watching me while I read other things. I actually touched it today though. :)
Another issue which, surprisingly, brought me to somewhat of a standstill was the death of Pope John Paul II. I'm not a Catholic, although I do attend church regularly & am very active in my parish life. I didn't really pay overly much attention to his teachings, although I followed his travels regularly & I've kept up to date regarding the pedophile issues in the worldwide church. As a result, my reaction when he died took me aback. I've really been grieving. Of course, there was a major family tragedy late last month which really knocked me for a loop too...
Anyhow, it's good to be back in the saddle so to speak.

4 comments:

Tara Marie said...

For some reason the Pope's death has been difficult for most Catholics. Even though we knew he was sick and on some level knew this would be coming soon it still seemed somewhat surprising. Watching the news coverage, we were constantly reminded of the toll illness was taking on him. But, seeing pictures of him from 20 years ago truly brought home how much he was suffering.

I'm curious, since your active in your church and parish, why haven't you ever converted? You don't have to answer if it's too personal, I'm being nosey--lol.

Sorry to hear you picked a romance lemon, hopefully you'll find something good soon. To be honest, I've been in a drought also, but I keep plugging away at them in the hopes I come out of my funk. Everytime I read a different genre I ended up missing romance.

Tara Marie said...

Boy, am I long winded--lol. That was a long comment, sorry about that.

Bookwormom said...

I didn't convert because I have serious theological differences with certain beliefs & practices of the Catholic Church. Unlike some, I couldn't be a "cafeteria Catholic".

I was educated by the Church & retain tremendous respect for our shared history. I am currently a practicing Episcopalian (a so called 'high church' Episcopalian, if you are familiar with that term).

Glad to see you posted a cover on your blog!

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