Thursday, May 25, 2017

Photograph: "Peony"

Another May flower.  This one a close up of a garden peony.  Can you find the photobombing bug?

by Bruce H.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Book: Sylvain Neuvel's "Waking Gods"

For my third book of the year, I chose the second book of the Themis Files, Sylvain Neuvel's "Waking Gods".

The book is written in the same memoir style as the first book "Sleeping Giants".  The story is told through transcripts and journal entires.  The machine, a huge robot christened Themis after the titan, has been assembled which has attracted the attention of the alien creators.

The action is paced well and what I thought were major characters lost their lives, a surprise as I read.  Unfortunately, two of the characters who died were also my favorite.  Oh well.

I enjoyed this chapter of the Themis Files and I look forward to the next ... yes, the book ends with a classic cliffhanger.  I gave the book four stars on Goodreads as it kept me interested and wondering what would happen next.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Photograph: "Flower Inspector"

An insect inspecting another May flower in our backyard.  In this case, the flower is allium.

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"Flower Inspector"
by Bruce H.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Photograph: "Purple Clematis"

Continuing my May flowers postings, a couple of purple clematis blooms from our backyard.

Purple Clematis
"Purple Clematis"
by Bruce H.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Book: Charles Fernyhough's "The Voices Within"

It seems like it's getting harder to find non-fiction books that interest me.  The crop of non-fiction books are either retreads of subjects I've already read or are biased one way or the other.  So for my next read, I selected a field that I haven't really given much thought to ... the psychology of thought.  Specifically, what we can learn about thought from the voices in our head.  The book is Charles Fernyhough's "The Voices Within".

We all talk to ourselves, silently or out loud.  I know I do ... a lot.  I hope to learn something from this book but I have to say that there wasn't much in this book that I didn't know already.  Oh, there were a few little tidbits here and there that were new to me but all in all, there really wasn't much of a revelation in the book.  If there is a revelation it's that there is very little known and very little consensus about what we do know about the voices in our head.

I gave this book three stars out of five on Goodreads.  I was expecting more than what I got.

Monday, May 15, 2017

My Sixth Caminoversary

Today is the sixth anniversary of the start of my first Camino.  This was the view at 8:27 am soon after I left Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, France.
The start of my first Camino.
It was the first of many beautiful vistas along the way to spiritual healing along the Camino.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Photograph: "A Small Flower Up Close"

It's been a beautiful May so far and the May flowers are blooming.  This is a close up of a rather tiny flower on the window sill of our guest room.
A Small Flower Up Close
"A Small Flower Up Close"
by Bruce H.