What's New: April 25

Dear Henry,

I feel like the Spring is floating away without getting the opportunity to get out and create. The weather has been rather odd this year, hasn't it?

Of course, the "shelter in place" orders haven't helped much either and once again, I am grateful that I live in a rural area and haven't been trapped inside an apartment.

Fortunately, I have plenty to do in the garden and I have discovered a new foe.   Squirrels.

Review for The Secret Garden
There are a lot of squirrels in the area.  Too many and despite the tips I wrote about in the post "The Squirrels are in the Garden. What the Nuts?", I suspect they will be keeping me busy the entire gardening season.

I hope I get a tomato this year.

One of the advantages of stormy weather is that I get to spend more time reading and this week, for www.riteoffancy.com, I got quite a bit reading in.

The Lamb's Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth - Scott Hahn discusses the symbolism and language of the book of Revelations as it applies to the Catholic Mass.  It is a rather deep book about theology and may not be for everyone.

The next book, Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens, is a beautiful story about growing up good, despite very bad parents.  I loved the imagery.  This was a gift from my cousin and I truly owe him one for sharing the story with me.

The next book I picked up was The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry - Gabrielle Zevin.  This is a tale about booklovers, books, and a book store.

It would have been a difficult story not to like.

The last book I read this week was the Interpreter of Maladies - Jhumpa Lahiri. A great collection of short stories about the lives of Indians, as they have been affected by American culture.  It is a good look at the problems of immigration and cultural adaption.  I highly recommend it.

The military can be a dangerous job and the military nurses are worth their weight in gold.

This week at www.everydaypatriot.com, I have created a compilation called "Nurses of Note" to highlight and honor five of those nurses.

In addition to researching the nurses, I have also looked up the story of US Army Sergeant Ralph Gordon Griswold who served during WWI and deployed to France.

I also discovered US Army Major Thomas C.M. Zeugner, an ordinance officer who attended the Virginia Military Institute and who would die from wounds sustained during Desert Storm/Desert Shield.

Next week, the sun looks like it will make an appearance, and hopefully, as the virus gets under control, the trails and gardens will start reopening.  Of course, if I end up spending a lot of time at home next week.  I can always read a book.

xoxo a.d.


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