Tag: 2019

Reading in the Winter of Discontent


BooksA year ago I wrote an article called “Keeping Up” (published elsewhere) about my reading plan for 2019. I noted that since I have fewer reading years ahead of me than behind me, it would be a good use of my time to plan the coming year. It is part of my winter of discontent that I failed to keep that plan.

Not that my plan wasn’t good. To quote myself:

Next, read categories: This year you will read classics, next year economics. I know it is important to read broadly, but not indiscriminately. When I do that, my reading descends into pulp fiction or works of slight worth.

Pull up a stool and join Jim and Greg as they offer the second installment of their prestigious year-end awards. Today they remark on the political figures they’re most sorry to see pass away in 2019. They also share their choices for rising political stars and the political figures who appear to be fading into oblivion – rarely to be heard from again.

The 5 Best Books We Read in 2019


The book-lovers at Goodreads asked their members to select their favorite books of 2019. After 4.7 million votes, here are the top five:

  • The Testaments, Margaret Atwood
  • Daisy Jones & The Six, Taylor Jenkins Reid
  • Red, White & Royal Blue, Casey McQuiston
  • The Institute, Stephen King
  • The Silent Patient, Alex Michaelides

Didn’t read any of ’em. Over the past few years, I’ve focused on classics since I spent my school years on stuff like The Lord of the Rings and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I created a Goodreads account, which allows you to track and rate what you read, and set goals for how many books you want to knock out in the coming year.

I’ve been setting my annual goal based on the year (17 books for 2017, 18 for 2018, etc). This year I overshot my goal a bit with 21 titles; nothing like last year where I devoured 54 — that was overkill and I don’t recommend it.

Sights and Sounds of 2019 March for Life


Just wanted to share some pictures and movie clips I took at the 2019 March for Life. It was a real long day; I left my house at six AM to meet at a local church. After a quick early morning Mass at 6:30 and we were on the bus and off by 7:15 am, and the bus pulled into RFK stadium parking lot around 12:30. After a bathroom break, a walk to the Metro station, a subway ride to the Mall, and we joined the March by 1:30 pm. We were not there for the speeches. We would have had to leave the night before to make that.

Here’s a small part of my group trying to gather together before we enter the March; you want to try to keep the group together so it’s easier to regroup to get back, but really that’s a near-impossible effort. Just casually walking I found myself split away. As you can see, there was a dusting of snow from overnight.