This may be the last you hear of me. I have just about succumbed to cabin fever. I have done my taxes, except for a couple of Form 1099’s that people owe me. I have read everything in the house and the basement. I try to spend a little time outdoors everyday, even if I am just getting in a small load of wood. I am beginning to hope we have another blizzard; at least I was busy for several days pushing snow. And this arctic air and temperatures in the single digits are not helping matters.
Adding insult to injury, the one thing I could look forward to was getting my daily paper and reading it from front to back. Then the blizzard hit and disrupted that, and it still is not back on schedule. I came through Front Royal the other day and Southern States had a sign out saying, “spring seeds are here.” I don’t know what I would do with them if I stopped and bought some. Maybe the ground in Front Royal is not frozen quite as hard as it is here in my garden.
I will share this with you. I have gotten such good comments from people about the book “The Man Who Moved a Mountain.” One nice lady even took the time to sit down and write me a real letter, telling me how much she agreed with me about the book. And when my sister, Irene, called from High Point to wish me a happy day, she told me how much she had enjoyed it. So, if you can get a copy, I can tell you that a number of people have shared their feelings for the book, and they have all been positive. In case you decide to go looking for it, the author is Richard C. Davids.
A friend stopped by a few weeks ago and left me the whole series of books by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, “Killing Lincoln,” “Killing Kennedy” and “Killing Jesus.” The truth is I had not expected that I would enjoy them. I knew each one had been on the New York Times bestseller list, but still, the subject matter just didn’t seem like something I would enjoy. I am happy to report that I was wrong.
I am not sure what I expected, but I started with “Killing Kennedy,” since that event was something that I had lived through. I was amazed at the research and resulting detail that had obviously gone into the writing of this book. Some might think there was a bit too much information about Kennedy’s “extracurricular” affairs, but I found it a very good read.
Going back in time to a year or two before I was born, I next read “Killing Lincoln.” I was most impressed by the way the authors set the historical context. Information about the Civil War and the battles leading to the end of the conflict were included, as well as the feelings among the common people about the war. There was also a wealth of information about the assassination plan and the events surrounding the capture of John Wilkes Booth and his co-conspirators.
I will admit that I was somewhat apprehensive about the final book, “Killing Jesus.” After all I had learned in Sunday school and church and from singing the old hymns all my life, it very well may have been that I didn’t want to read a “factual” account of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. I was glad I read it, but it turned out to be my least favorite of the three books. Again, however, full disclosure would require me to tell you that my reaction to the book probably had more to do with personal beliefs and feelings than to any shortcomings of the authors.
So, there you have it. That is what I have been doing trying to get through February. I trust you have had something to keep your mind and spirits occupied while we wait out the cold weather. I hope you are staying well and warm.