At the beginning of the year, we put money down on a plug-in hybrid SUV with a gas tank and electrical system to buzz around town. No sign of it so we decided to take the plunge and get a Bolt EUV, a small SUV with around 240 miles per full charge. Not sure how far we can get but the maiden voyage will be a trip to the Oregon coast (210 miles) in October. It is quiet and zippy and comfortable with nothing under the hood but a battery. If anyone wants a 2003 VW Tuareg gas gobbler, let me know. #Bolt EV
This month a friend from our travels who suffered from Parkinson's Disease went to Switzerland for voluntary assisted death. Before she left and after we had visited, she sent me a pair of silver earrings she'd bought when we went to Syria in 2010. I would not presume to try to talk anyone out of such a serious step, but this article presents an excellent discussion of the topic in an interview with another Parkinson's sufferer who took the same step: https://www.thecut.com/2022/09/saying-goodbye-to-grandpa-david.html
Do you ever think you ought to read more or feel disappointment when a book you'd anticipated is a letdown? I fret that I'm not reading enough quality literature, writing that I would want to emulate or at least learn from. I just finished a highly touted debut novel which left me feeling "meh." So I reread Deborah Levy's memoir trilogy and felt much better. https://bookshop.org/cart I picked up the Australian writer Helen Garner's diaries https://bookshop.org/p/books/yellow-notebook-diaries-volume-one-1978-1986-helen-garner/7844089?ean=9781922268143 and started Pale Horse, Pale Rider from Katherine Anne Porter as well as Lucia Berlin's short stories https://bookshop.org/p/books/a-manual-for-cleaning-women-selected-stories-lucia-berlin/8365330?ean=9781250094735. And the poetry of Elizabeth Bishop. #amreading
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