Sunday Salon – Savoring Free Time More

I don’t know whether to describe this year as “the year of change” or “the year of work”. Either one would do. I have never worked so hard or for so many hours amidst the tremendous changes going on within my family. Did I mention my other daughter is pregnant? She joked to her sister that they are thirteen months apart, their babies may be also!

In days past I had huge chunks of free time to spend as I chose. Blogging became very important when I found others who loved to read and discuss what we read as much as I do. Nowadays those chunks of time have dwindled significantly. The economy has claimed another victim as my husband has yet to find full time work. Not that it is a waste because he is putting his skills to use as the editor for the Knight Times for his local Knights of Columbus chapter. He has modernized that old dinosaur of a newsletter and it looks great!! He is much happier now and considering what his old job put him through, it is nice to see.

It may take longer for me to get through a book these days. But in some ways that makes it more enjoyable. For instance I am now reading Saving Fish From Drowning by Amy Tan. It’s tough to put it down for a whole day, or longer. But it also gives me more time to think about the plot, characters, and the fantastic setting of Burma. In the olden days I would have breezed through it and gone quickly on to the next. The buildup is better this way. I haven’t read any reviews because I don’t want to spoil the ending!

I still review the odd book for Librarything Early Reviewers. This month I was delighted to get The Duty of Delight: The Diaries of Dorothy Day. She is one of my heroes and I can’t wait to receive it in the mail!

Dorothy Day was co-founder of Catholic Worker movement and has been called one of the most influential people of American Catholicism. She is one of those people who really is the gospel in action. She believed in social justice and the dignity of human work. As you might imagine she got called a Socialist alot. No matter, she didn’t “suffer fools gladly”!

So this is the perfect book for a busy person. It will give me plenty of time in between reading periods for reflection on this extraordinary activist for peace.

I hope everyone has a great reading week!


3 Responses

  1. You make some excellent points about the joys of savoring books. I recall that’s how it was for me, too, when I was working (prior to retirement and my freelance writing life!).

    I’m glad that I review the books I read, because then I can go back and refresh my memory, since I do tend to breeze through them nowadays.


  2. Congrats to both of your daughters! What fun it will be to have cousins so close in age.

  3. It’s been a year, that’s for sure. LOL It’s been a year of extremes. I am so happy for your daughter. Please congratulate her for me. It will be so much fun for the cousins, being so close in age!

    I am glad you are finding time to read–I am too. It is such a relief. I didn’t realize how much I missed it. It’s still slow going, of course, but at least we’re reading, right? And I’m so glad to be reading books from my own shelves for a change. Another something I hadn’t realized I missed so much.

    I hope you are having a great week!

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