THIS WEEK IN REFLECTION
I’m concluding spring break, which is weird to write because I have not been on campus in almost three weeks. However, Nick had planned ahead to take the time off with me. We booked the recording studio at the library again and filmed two new videos for my website. You can see them (with translation) on my videos page. I also changed my home page photo so the person on the computer screen is me, not a stranger in a free photo. Thank you to Biscuit for being my model. Thank you to Bill for the encouragement and support! Thanks to Nick for all the help with lighting and other tech issues.
We’re still in the process of buying the house because the county needed to approve the parcel split. We were told the meeting was Wednesday at 1:30 on the 4th floor, but after pestering everyone, we could not find it. I was reading each office sign looking for clues, including, “Let’s see… The cor-o-ner’s office. Ope, wait, that’s dead people.” Which the coroner found quite hilarious (I did not realize she was sitting at her desk and could hear me reading signs aloud). We discovered the meeting was Thursday morning and could join via Zoom. It literally took 5 seconds.
Earlier in the week I got a calendar reminder that my youngest niece’s birthday was approaching. There’s something about the first week of March that makes me forgetful… so I’ve missed a few of her birthdays. This year, we got in the car and headed for central Michigan to see the birthday girl. We haven’t seen my family since Christmas, so it was a nice visit. I even convinced Nick, my brother, and my sister-in-law that we should head to the theater and watch Studio 666, the new horror-comedy starring the Foo Fighters. It was quite fun though a little confusing at the end (demon possessions, a book made our of skin, etc.).
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Due to traveling, this week also felt timeless and weird. Biscuit said it feels like Twilight Zone time right now. I know there were many, many comments about my review of Sounds Like Home by Mary Herring Wright, and I realized my responses all basically say, “Perhaps Herring Wright’s memoir should be read more as a historical artifact than a memoir.” I’ll be checking out some new books by and about D/deaf people and their families soon.
My second review, Crip Kinship by Shayda Kafai, was hard to write because I wasn’t sure how to describe a book about a movement made up of people in the San Francisco area who are disabled and LGBTQ and not white. And yet the author embraces a world in which everyone’s contributions and dreams are valued and supported, and when things feel scary and judgmental, isn’t a book about supporting people where they are a gift?
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
I have a bunch of books that are just over 100 pages. I bought them from Press 52, which focuses on short story collections and novellas. I truly enjoy the work they put out! On Tuesday I’ll share a post about Strange Weather, a collection by Becky Hagenston. Instead of writing a review, I’m doing another “reading experience” post to see how it goes. Sue @ Whispering Gums has been giving me encouragement in this direction, and I want to see how it plays out.
Thursday I’ll share a mini review of the audiobook What Diantha Did by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. I’ve already read a couple of Perkins Gilman’s books just recently, and I’ve realized that for as much hype as “The Yellow Wallpaper” received, I never internalized it. Instead, it seems the novella is where this writer shines, and she’s quickly becoming a favorite.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Owned Books on TBR at Beginning of Year: 202
Owned Books on TBR Last Week: 193
Owned Books on TBR Today: 190
Thank you, Sue @ Whispering Gums, for her recommendation.