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I Read Two Books

I Read Two Books

This is notable because my library use had plunged over the past three years. I read Michael Pollan’s “How To Change Your Mind” for a Gnosis discussion. I couldn’t believe he spun nearly 500 pages on how hard it was for him to get high. I learned very little, except that he started about forty years late and had medical issues about trying things without a cadre of doctors and licenses. Sigh.

I just finished Michelle Obama’s “Becoming.” Maybe she is charming and funny in person, but the book was a grind about how hard her life is. I am hoping it was deliberately written to the eight-grade level, the way the Early News is. How can a 40-year-old woman not know that the First Lady’s job is to plan state dinners, roughly once a month?

I’ll admit that growing up in the Washington, D.C. area, pretty much all the high schools girls knew this, regardless of race. And we all knew that the motorcade stops traffic, but not for long. I’m sure her post-9/11 security was way worse than it was during the Eisenhower and Kennedy years when I lived there. I realize now some of the qualities Barack saw in her were tenacity and stamina. Sometimes, being first lady is hard like coal mining is hard. The story of her first Inauguration Day, for example. The book ended with her sounding grateful to be getting out alive.

MeetUp Guests at SoCoPhil

MeetUp Guests at SoCoPhil

Now there are more than 200 members of the MeetUp group “Finding Female Friends Over 50” which was started in January. Yesterday four members joined me for the final performance of the Sonoma County Philharmonic, and the reception afterwards for artists, volunteers, donors and sponsors. A wonderful day!


Oboe-player Ruth joined us
Lorinda and Debora

Fairy Worlds at the Cannery

Fairy Worlds at the Cannery


September 2 was the final performance of Shakespeare at the Cannery, and Barbara H. and I saw Fairy Worlds which was a version of Midsummer Night’s Dream. Barbara had been preoccupied all summer with her daughter’s wedding and move from the state of Washington to Novato, so she won me back by taking me to dinner at LoCoco on Fourth Street. Because the Labor Day weekend was so blistering hot, she got away with buying me only a salad and a glass of wine, but it was good!

My skirt has no pockets, so my Fiat key is dangling from my bracelet. The politics of seat placement was interesting. I had a low, beach chair but Barbara’s was normal height, so we were sidelined. The performance was very energetic and fun. Beautiful acting, beautiful costumes, great audience participation, much enthusiasm.

Fairy Worlds

So much Shakespeare for me this year. Next year I hope to see both performances at the Cannery.