Monday, August 29, 2011
Things I Learned
1. Wolf is a very good dog.
2. I'm not the only one in the neighborhood with scraggly end-of-summer yard and gardens.
3. Wonderful bells Sunday morning near Epiphany Church.
Things I learned driving my daughter to school this morning on a Blue Monday:
1. I love her music, which she plugs into the whatchamajigger.
2. The mist is rising off the cornfields out there even when there's no mist in town.
3. The cattails are high in the ditches.
4. The O/D Off switch (Overdrive Off) had been inadvertently pressed, perhaps during a previous music plug-in.
5. How to turn off the O/D Off switch.
Things I learned by starting to read The Weird Sisters, by Eleanor Brown, our next book-group selection:
1. I am not the only one who reads various books simultaneously; so do the Weird Sisters.
2. This kind of "weird" used to be spelled "wyrd" and meant fate; I think I used to know that via Macbeth.
3. [I was briefly a "wyrd/weird" sister in Macbeth in the Dark, a truncated Macbeth with flashlights, and an excellent way for the Free Shakespeare Company to save money on the utility bill. (I "learned" that I still remembered this...was also Lady Macduff in the same production.)]
4. This book is set in Ohio, where I lived for a time.
5. I cannot escape corn; from pages 33-34:
7. I am not sure about Eleanor Brown's use of "fertile" above, but she's using a community voice of sorts, the voice of all three "weird sisters," so maybe it's OK. Likewise, "dizzying array," which is a readymade phrase. But a narrator, even a community voice narrator, does have to talk the way people talk.
Jonathan Koch for fabulous fruit art! And, hey, he's got a sports series up now!