Reading List:June

Moon, June, Spoon… the month of June has come and gone so quickly; and with it, many hours and pages left in the darkened silences of minutes passed.

This month was bookended by two trips to Texas and back, which seemed to hinder my reading almost as much as it enabled me to read more than I might ordinarily. `Tis somewhat complicated, but I daresay I was able to consume an impressive amount of material over the last four weeks, all things considered.

Unfortunately, I started too many new books this month to finish some of the holdovers from the previous and I know that I lingered in one book much longer than I usually do.

Perhaps taking on the 1000-page historical novel Chesapeake dominated my days a trifle more than it should have?

Nevertheless, here are the works read in entirety over June`s span of thirty-odd days:

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First Day of the Summer

Today was a long day… the longest of the year, the Summer Solstice. In the sky, the Sun moved its Westward passage without Northern or Southern deviation… through the intermittent shading and fadings, as well numerous random cloudburst from silver streaked Cumulonimbus clouds, the Sun has shone out… and the long day has ambled on, … Continue reading First Day of the Summer

Paul Potts

Paul Potts. An unknown man from an obscure corner of little England (O, land of tiny body with a mighty heart), an unknown man whose heart`s desire is to open his mouth in song… in Opera, the pinnacle of vocal performance and craft.

Humble in bearing and ordinary in appearance, his gentle voice and lilting Welsh accent give little indication of what fire may reside within.

Perhaps he is, though earnest and convivial, simply lacking any discernible talent with which he would be able to do a proper artistic justice to the many powerful arias formulated by musical genius.

`Tis no great shame in this, for very few of us are so blessed.

Nay, let us give him ear…

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Not long ago I happened upon a series of programs based around the life of a 12th century Welsh monk named Cadfael, and I have quickly become an ardent follower of his adventures. My local library has the entire series (four seasons, 13 episodes in all), and I have watched more than half of them … Continue reading Cadfael