I’m feeling better today, after getting a lot of sleep last night, and also taking a good chunk of time to meditate this morning, and taking a walk, and finally getting outside to do some yard work. Sometimes I just need to get out of my mind, and focus on something else. That something else, in addition to leaves-raking I was in the midst of, was an audio recording
of Simon Winchester
‘s book, The Man Who Loved China
. I have this confession to make about Simon Winchester
: if I could write like anyone, I would want to write like Simon Winchester. I would also want to have as amazing a voice as Simon Winchester, and as dignified and cool a name as Simon Winchester.
Thank you for existing, Simon Winchester.
I first stumbled upon his book, Krakatoa, several years ago. It took me a while to get through it, but Winchester has this way of taking a central thing, like the massive 1883 eruption of the title volcano, and weaving it into and connecting it to so many other facets of life. It’s a gift he has, a truly amazing gift. His writing style is really conversational, which makes listening to his books lovely for road trips also 😉
My SOD today is a little Beth Orton number that I like because it’s lighthearted and sweet. The video is a little trippy, so don’t stare at it for too long!