A relaxing day
Today was far too nice (weather-wise) to spend it in-doors with head-in-the-books. Instead, I strolled around the campus and did some snapping. Click on the Flickr link on the side bar to see the result. Of course, the place looks much more fetching last week when the cherry trees were in full pink bloom. My loss!
Just in case, I got book-withdrawal symptoms, I bought some new ones. The only positive thing I can say for book readers is that they are space-saving. I have over-flowing shelves at the moment that require a clear out that’s not coming fast. Yet, there is something reassuring and comfortable and real about a proper physical book.
Today’s paper-based purchases:
- The Eye-Witness guide to Madrid – early summer holiday planning
- The critics raved about My Lazy Eye but I’m not usually swayed by critics. I am swayed by hardback at €4.99, reduced down from €16.00.
- “The strange true life growing up adventures of Oran Canfield”. I’ve always been fascinated about the different courses peoples lives take. Some people just seem to have everything good fall into their laps, serendipity is on their side, they have an excess of talents and everyone loves them. Other people have entirely the opposite. Psychologists constantly stress the role of childhood in determining the adult personality. How then does the son of two therapists (one of whom is Jack Canfield, author of the world famous “Chicken soup for the soul”) end up with such a broken life, freefalling into drug addiction?
- A title such as “How mumbo-jumbo conquered the world” is eye-catching in its own right. A flick through confirms the title. The author wonders how things that are implausible or just plain wrong are accepted as normal. Homeopathy comes in for a bashing. Other aspects are more surprising e.g. a study of Wall Street stock brokers is quoted as claiming that 48% of brokers consult their horoscope before buying / selling. That claim alone explain a multitude!