Monday, August 20, 2012


At the risk of stating the obvious, I haven't done much in the way of blogging lately. As a matter of fact, I haven't spent much time visiting other blogs that I had once considered necessary reads.

So, what have I been doing? Reading, mostly.

Currently, I'm in the middle of two books - each one is a sort of relief from the other when either gets a bit overwhelming - Tolstoy's Anna Karenina and Dead Man Walking by Sr. Helen Prejean.

The Tolstoy novel is on Kindle. I read the novel once before; back in 1979. I recall enjoying the novel then but it seems as if I've forgotten nearly every detail (just as I had forgotten those portions of Moby Dick that I had read years ago).

Not being able to download a free version of Dead Man Walking , I purchased a used hardcover edition from This used copy was signed by Sr. Prejean in December, 1993 for someone named Mary Elizabeth. I'd call that bonus, since I only paid $4 for the book....including the cost of shipping.

Back in July, I wrote a post about having downloaded a book from that had been highly reviewed by The Curt Jester. Having read Danny Gospel on the recommendation of that review, I was greatly disappointed. Without going into detail, I'll just say that I do not recommend that book.

What else have I been doing?

This year, the Catholic school where my son is in the First Grade has managed to arrange a leasing agreement with the foreign language giant Rosetta Stone. Any student of the school - or parent of a student - can take an online course, for free, to study any language offered by the company. I've signed up for Tagalog .

I tell myself I should spend a little more effort on this blog. We'll see how that works out.


Dominique Gerald Cimafranca said...

What? No Bisaya?! How unfair!

Just kidding, Bob. Passing through and saying "Hi!"

Robert said...

Hi Dom,
Actually, I would have preferred Bisaya, but Rosetta Stone doesn't offer it.