Steve P Brady

Found these through the Recommendo newsletter. Cheaper than regular toothbrushes so I figured I’d give them a shot.

Currently reading: The Virgin by Geoffrey Ashe 📚 This is an investigation into the origins of the cult of the Virgin Mary in Catholicism and includes influences from biblical text and from older goddess mythology. Written in the 70’s the scholarship is dated, but it’s a legend I’m …

📚 I ran into someone mentioning the 48 LAWS OF POWER by Robert Greene 3 different times today. Is the universe trying to tell me something? Normally it’s not a title that would appeal to me all that much. Anyone read it? Thoughts?

Been a long day and I was scrolling through the channels looking for something easy to watch and saw THE NATURAL is on. Mood instantly improved.

Final snow squall of the year. Sigh.

Evergreen post: You don’t have to have a public opinion on everything.

Good morning from the forest. Here’s “Wooded Landscape with Hunters and Fortune Teller” from Abraham Govaerts (Flemish, 1589 - 1626)

Ok, Patty the Batty won me over. I’m in officially a fan. #UFC

Just did some maintenance on my social media feeds. Deleted almost all posts from Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, which is something I do on a semi-regular basis. I also put this on all my profiles: I’m not here. I’m there 👉

Currently reading: Girls Who Lie (Forbidden Iceland Book 2) by Eva Björg Ægisdóttir 📚

As part of my job I keep track of people looking for work on LinkedIn. The past few days my lists have been full of Russians looking to work anywhere outside of Russia. Poland, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, you name it. It’s quite sad to see it playing out in real time like this.

Local weekly spot decked out like Hogwarts. Made our Sunday “business” meeting pretty cool.

For the Constant Reader of @stephenking the signs are everywhere. Which reminds me, I scored a copy of “Billy Summers” for Christmas that I need to get into.

My city ended it’s mask mandate weeks ago. Yet when I went grocery shopping about 70% of people were masked. I wore one happily when we were in the thick of it, but it feels like that time is past. I wonder how long it will take until people feel comfortable .

“If the first convenience revolution promised to make life and work easier for you, the second promised to make it easier to be you.” - NYT, The Tyranny of Convenience. The comodification of the self seems to be a byproduct of techonogical progress. But it doesn’t have to be. I …

Currently reading: Cunning Folk by Adam Nevill 📚

Had a much belated anniversary dinner at an inn that was around before the U.S. was a country. Maple Old Fashioneds, New England baked scallops and indian pudding. My idea of heaven.

Instant white out. It was sunny 15 mins ago. And yes, I still need to take down my Christmas garland.

February break could not come soon enough. I’m going to enjoy working on some side projects, planning to teach FAHRENHEIT 451 and getting some reading done. Also looking forward to seeing my student’s actual faces when we return after the repeal of the mask mandate. Who are you again? 😷😁

“This house will never stop taking what they have. She can smell its terminal illness, the constant need of the sickness in the mildewed plaster, in the dusty air currents she hears like wheezes, dragging the dead skin of ages from beneath the floorboards and into their lungs. And this is just …

New bedside table is perfect for a Field Notes collection.

Commencing shoulder rehab.

“Jonathan Malesic points out in “The End of Burnout” that burnout is caused by the gap between our ideals of work and its reality; we expect work to fulfill us on every level, and then are disappointed when it does not. We place too much of our need for meaning on our jobs, and …

“[W]e humans have the hubris to think we can build eternal cities, stop the aging process, control the climate, and create utopia at the point of a gun.” That would be Dean Koontz’s titular main character in his latest, QUICKSILVER. Koontz’s later writing is often going back …

Trying out some All Birds. They are supposed to be the most comfortable shoes you can but. We’ll see.