Wednesday, January 15, 2020
The Suit Rack
I went to the store the other night to pick up a couple of rolls of food composting bags -- the biodegradable bags we put in our waste food caddies so the council can collect it on trash day and compost it. The total came to £5.48, and I had £5.49 in change in my pocket! I love it when that happens -- when almost every penny counts. It's like my vigilance about picking up lost coins and keeping all my change finally paid off.
I've started my Newbery reading project. You can see at right that I'm showing two books in my "What I'm Reading" box on the blog -- the adult book and the Newbery book. I put all the books out on a special cart in the library with signs ("Mr. Reed reads the Newberys!") a checklist and a tray where I'll put my printed one-paragraph reviews. Some kids react with incredulity that I'm taking on this task, but I'm trying to show them that it's fun, not work. (Which remains to be seen, admittedly.)
I won't review everything here -- don't worry -- but I do have to mention that the first Newbery book I read, "The Cat Who Went to Heaven," the 1931 winner, was deeper and more interesting than the title would suggest. It was actually a dalliance with Buddhist philosophy, not just a story about a cat. Many of the Newbery winners center on different countries and cultures, although some of that multiculturalism will no doubt seem a little ham-handed and dated today. The one I'm reading now, "Call It Courage," from 1941, is about a Polynesian boy. (I'm reading randomly, not in order, obviously.)
Olga and I came across this peculiar contraption while walking the other day. It's apparently meant to hold a jacket, or maybe a whole suit, but I have no idea why it's a free-standing device. A suit can go on a simple hanger in the closet -- why would anyone want an entire piece of furniture devoted to the same purpose? (Obviously no one does, which is why it's on the street. Plus it's broken.)
(Top photo: The skyline from Parliament Hill, in December. I need to get out and take more photos!)