If you catch me reading a book, it is usually non-fiction. I do deeply enjoy fiction, but the pull of fresh, new information about neuroscience, genetics, psychology, marketing, etc. is most often too strong for me to ignore. For me, nothing can replace the feel of a physical book, but my recent venture into actually using eReaders has lead me back to some old friends. Many of the all-time classics are available via services like GoodReads (goodreads.com) as they are in the public domain. My summer reading has been a romp through copyright expired works such as: H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine, The Count of Monte Cristo by Dumas, and one of my all-time favorites- Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky. I am now feeling behind on my non-fiction, so I will be leaving the realm of the imagined soon. Before I go, I had the pleasure of reading a short story by a talented local writer, Sophfronia Scott. Sophfronia is an example of the gems hidden among the hills of Newtown. Read her story “The Night Viera Kissed Her” here: http://sleetmagazine.com/selected/scott_v4n2.html
Speaking of local talent, what a joy it was to watch the Labor Day Parade. It was my first one in Newtown, and it was very impressive. Congratulations to the organizers, participants, and the crowds for showing such great enthusiasm despite the muggy weather. I had the pleasure of watching most of it from the Booth’s front stoop, which I considered to be the best seat in the house.
On a sad note, we learned of the passing of local artist Jean Mann last Friday. Jean donated the stunning dragon boat that we have on display in the Booth. Rest in peace, Jean-