Silence is Golden

I’ve been writing and actually getting to some of kind of workout place and I haven’t had much to say in the little time allotted for it, so I’ve been quiet. Why say anything when you really have nothing to say?

One of the other things I’ve been doing is reading. (Well, of course I am. Reading comes right after breathing  and eating in my list of Life’s Necessities. I’d say sleeping, but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve foregone sleep in order to keep reading. And, really, it’s not what you say but what you do that matters.)

In the last week or so, I read Alexander Waugh’s The House of Wittgenstein: A Family At War. It was good reading, but I don’t think it really lives up to the subtitle. I knew nothing about any of the Wittgensteins, and don’t feel I have a great deal more knowledge now, but it was an interesting look at Austria from the end of the 19th century to the middle of the 20th, seen through the lens of an unusual family.

I read, but haven’t finished, The Sacredness of Questioning Everything by David Dark. It’s basically an argument that any faith — religious or otherwise — that is true welcomes the test of questions, and that questions are necessary for one’s and one’s community’s health and well-being.

I also read — and recommend to anyone who liked Sebastian Junger’s The Perfect StormThe Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman. It’s the story of how members of the Coast Guard, in a nor’easter that produced 70 ft. seas, managed to save the crews of two seperate oil tankers that cracked in half off Cape Cod. It’s an amazing, unimaginable story, well-told.

And now I’m not sure what to read. As usual, I have a bazillion books out — well, nearly 30 — and none in particular is calling out to me.

Watch: I’ll re-read something. Because that’s the way it goes.


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