On Being Distracted – and 2021 Reading Challenge Weeks 32 & 33

Working global security, I have to stay aware of global events just enough to monitor the company’s sites worldwide. Everything going on in the world today is….. a lot. I used to avoid watching the news, but Fox News plays at my current job 24/7. It’s difficult to watch. Now more than ever, I read to forget, if only for a little while. Sometimes it’s good to be distracted.

Sir Arthur Evans among the Ruins of the Palace of Knossos by Sir William Blake Richmond (image from WikiMedia Commons)

Last week, I read Secrets of Minos: Sir Arthur Evans’ Discoveries at Crete by Alan Honour. It’s got adventure, it’s got history, and it’s so easy to read that it can easily be finished in a night! Although it describes human suffering, it also talks about humanitarian aid. At any rate, it isn’t nearly as graphic as the videos shown on Fox. For the most part, Secrets of Minos is a friendly account of pioneering archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans’ life & adventures, his work at the Ashmolean Museum, and his contributions to the science of archeology. One such contribution was the unearthing of the Palace of Knossos at Crete!

The north entrance at the ruins of the Minoan Knossos Palace by Richard Martin

This week, I’ve been reading Olympia: Paris in the Age of Manet by Otto Friedrich. However, it’s taking me a little bit of time to finish it. I’ll tell you about it next week.

Even though I’m falling behind on my reading challenge, I’m happy. I’ve read more books this year than perhaps any year prior! These things take time. Time, though, is something I’ll be having even less of for the foreseeable future. You see, I’ve taken up a part time job! Do I need a part time job? No! But I’ve got an opportunity to work in a library and intend to take full advantage of the position! Who knows, maybe this university job might lead to better opportunities. Hopefully!

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