Hal’s Blog- I just read The Island of Missing Trees by Elif Shafak. It is a fable in which a fig tree does most of the talking. Four passages in this intriguing book each reflects a new way to think about one of the words in the title. Each takes on new possibilities for me. See what you think.
Hal’s Blog- Stop acting out! I heard this a lot growing up and did not realize until long after childhood that this admonition is tough to observe. Acting means motion. To stop acting out I lose all my kinetic energy.
I just read a memoir with insights on acting out for a full career. It is Paul Newman’s book, The Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Man. Here is what sticks with...
Hal’s Blog- No, this is not about cancel culture, whatever that means. This blog entry is about how words help or hurt each other. I was prompted to write this after reading today in an ad for a window company that it featured a “Robust Limited Warranty”. Robust lost its meaning when I learned it is limited.
Hal’s Blog- I can ‘t help myself. I am drawn to lists of the best and the worst. The best colleges and universities, The most livable cities. The worst cars. The question this blog entry pushes me to think about are the factors that determine the ranking.
Hal’s Blog- This Wednesday Whimsey is about a person whose last name I do not know. The reason is that only her first name appeared on her name badge at the paint section of the Lowe’s Home Improvement Center in Bradenton, Florida.
Hal’s Blog 12/22/2021
Did you happen to read Amor Towles bestselling and wonderful book, A Gentleman in Moscow? Towles has a new book out called the Lincoln Highway. I noted a number of passages I found both gentle and provocative. Here are four of them with what sticks with me from each.