Monday, September 20, 2021
Sunday, September 19, 2021
fake book /fāk bo͝ok/ noun = a book of music containing the basic chord sequences of jazz or other tunes.The first sentence in the Introduction even admits that it's a fake book:
"Throw away your bass clef and give your left hand a break — melodies in the right hand, chords and rhythms in the left hand."
This looks like a beginner's book, and in one sense it is. But the women who bought it so I can teach them how to play the piano will be learning only half of what I expected to teach them. It's something. It's a beginning of sorts, but I feel like I'll have to either come up with a way to teach them how to play with the left hand or get us "real" piano books that teach fingering for the bass clef.
Saturday, September 18, 2021
"Haptics is that subsystem of non-language communication which conveys meaning through physical contact."
A swipe is a gesture, and punching two buttons is another gesture.
Friday, September 17, 2021
In the beginning, there was a question.
"Will you do my eulogy?"
I don't understand, I said.
"My eulogy?" the old man asked again. "When I'm gone."
- The Five People You Meet in Heaven (Book 1 of Heaven's Books) ~ by Mitch Albom, 2003, fiction, 9/10
- The Next Person You Meet in Heaven (Book 2 of Heaven's Books) ~ by Mitch Albom, 2018, fiction, 10/10
- Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family ~ by Mitch Albom, 2021, memoir, 10/10
"And he [Mitch Albom] finally understands what both men had been teaching all along: the profound comfort of believing in something bigger than yourself."
Thursday, September 16, 2021
This photo is from 2011, when Bishop Spong signed a couple of his books that are now on my bookshelves across the room. I have about a dozen of his books. I just learned today that he has died. June 16, 1931 — September 12, 2021
Monday, September 13, 2021
- In 2019: Gratitude #1 = I found a book (yes, you know books make me happy). Gratitude #2 = I found a book, actually, the same book, which I gave to my BFF Donna to make her smile. I never finished the list.
- In 2020: The first four answers I gave were all about books, so I'll try not to repeat it this time.
Sunday, September 12, 2021
One item on my long to-do list really IS laundry. It's mid-afternoon, and I haven't gotten around to it yet. According to the monthly calendar I post from the Action for Happiness folks, this is what I should do today: "September 12 ~ Get active outside, and give your mind and body a natural boost." It's even a sunny day, and it isn't raining. I decided early today that I would at least walk around the block. I haven't done it yet. Okay, my excuse it that it's 88° out there right now, and it feels like 90°.
The Midnight Library by Matt Haig, 2020, fiction, 288 pages ~ "Between life and death there is a library ... And within that library, the shelves go on for ever. Every book provides a chance to try another life you could have lived. To see how things would be if you had made other choices ... Would you have done anything different, if you had the chance to undo your regrets?"