An Update

October has been written off as a loss in regards to work on a new novel or regular updates. Between family visits and being sick, life simply got in the way.

The nights are finally turning cooler and the time has once again arrived to clean the wood stove pipe and to start thinking about moving split and aged wood to the back porch. Time to chop kindling and to prepare for Thanksgiving. Hopefully the weather will be good this year for outdoor activities on Thanksgiving day. If not, that's okay, too. I've always preferred catching up with family through occasional conversation as opposed to daily social media updates anyway.

Over the course of this winter, I'm planning to spend less time staring into the latest news from the smartphone. While I have always been an advocate for staying informed about the state of the world and the latest scientific and technological discoveries, my neck is starting to feel the strain. I'm not going to totally disconnect as some choose to do, but I think it's time to reevaluate the investment of my time, as we only have so much of it here on Earth.

As Halloween nears I hope everyone has had a chance to watch Its the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. There is wisdom to be had in such stories that seem to maintain staying power through the years, both for adult and child. I think I will revisit a few of my old childhood favorites this winter (both in book and video), as much to be reminded of life lessons learned as to study just how great authors were able to write such tales. I think there is a lot one can learn about oneself by revisiting the stories one identified with as a child.

Most of the stories I remember were about adventure in one form or the other, or about learning to view the world through the eyes of others. These were stories that haven’t all always been with me through the years, but they are the ones that I always seem to come back to in the end.

From Dr. Seuss to Rudyard Kipling, from Jonathan Swift to Jack London, and from Mark Twain to Carl Sagan, and Jean Auel, my winter reading list is quickly being filled.

See you again in a week or so,

Alan