Random Friday Night Stuff

My goal was to read 20 books in 2018. They all burned up, but here is what I read (in reverse order):

  1. The Presence of God (Brother Lawrence)
  2. In Praise of the Useless Life: A Monk’s Memoirs by Paul Quentin
  3. Lab Rats: How Silicon Valley Made Work Miserable for the Rest of Us by Dan Lyons
  4. Living with the Monks: What Turning Off my Phone Taught Me about Happiness, Gratitude and Focus by Jesse Itzler
  5. Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi by Richard Rohr
  6. Eternal Diamond: The Search for our True Self by Richard Rohr
  7. Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward
  8. The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens
  9. Alou: My Baseball Journey by Peter Kerasotis
  10. The Healing Self: A Revolutionary Plan for Wholeness in Mind, Body, and Spirit by Deepak Chopra
  11. Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress by Steven Pinker
  12. Meditation for Figety Skeptics: A 10% Happier How To Book by Dan Harris
  13. The Last Kind Words Saloon by Larry McMurtry
  14. Hombre by Elmore Leonard
  15. The Long Goodbye by Raymond Chandler
  16. 12 Rules for Life:An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan Peterson
  17. All They Will Call You by Tim Hernandez
  18. Meditation is Not What You Think: Mindfulness and Why it is so Important by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  19. How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcedence by Michael Pollan
  20. The Outsider by Stephen King
  21. The Seven Storey Mountain by Thomas Merton
  22. The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights and Other Appreciations by John McCain
  23. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe by Douglas Adams
  24. Paul Simon: The Life by Robert Hilburn
  25. Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson
  26. Looking for Rachel Wallace by Robert Parker
  27. Road Dogs by Elmore Leonard
  28. The Deep Blue Goodbye by John D. MacDonald
  29. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
  30. What Am I Living For: Lessons from the Life and Writings of Thomas Merton
  31. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
  32. The Judas Goat by Robert Parker
  33. Pursuit: A Fox Walker Novel by Indy Quillen
  34. Sapiens: A Brief History of Mankind by Yuval Noah Harari
  35. Valdez is Coming by Elmore Leonard
  36. I Am Brian Wilson: A Memoir by Brian Wilson
  37. The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris
  38. The Subtle Art of not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

I also had a goal of playing golf 20 times and fishing 20 times. I read too many books; only fished 7 times and played golf 8 times.

Attended a wonderful concert by LeAnn Rimes this week. I splurged and got seats about 8 feet from her. It got weird though. I was tired after working all day, and still sleeping very poorly after the fire, and she was a bundle of energy, positivism and, wow, so much talent. Sitting that close, I was concerned that my tired body language might upset her rhythm, so I kept trying to smile whenever she’d looked my way. Now I am not a natural smiler, so I had this series, I am sure of, stupid looking and probably really creepy grins on my face for 2 hours. Lesson learned: Sit further back (and save some money.) But, I highly recommend seeing this incredible warm-hearted and supremely talented artist in person.  I would rate the show up there with the Three Dog Night concert we went to in 1973. I was tired that night too.

Conversation between two of my grandchildren this week:

Grandson (12 years old) To his 8 year old female cousin): “When I die, I want my ashes to be shot up into space!” (tenderly) “It will be a long time from now, but where would you like your ashes to be spread?”  (I know this is a really weird conversation for children to be having!)

Granddaughter ( 8 years old and rather spunky): ” Just throw them on somebody I don’t like.”