Goodreads: Joining a Community of Readers During the Holidays

The holidays are fun, sometimes exhausting and upon us. When I find myself frazzled and unable to endure one more football game (never thought I’d say that) I plan to scurry into an unoccupied corner and read a book. It is almost as healthy as a mindfulness excercise. I guess the point of all this is if you find yourself getting a little holiday blues working, a book may be the answer.

I am not completely caught up in technology (I say as I blog) but it is amazing how technology can unite us — we can gather based on interests as well as geography.

One of the places I’ve found recently is Goodreads — it’s a community of readers (as well as writers) that does a great job of connecting people to books they might want to read. There are so many books out there, and so many good professional reviewers, but Goodreads provides a high-tech version of good, old-fashion word-of-mouth recommendations.

Of course, you can now find me on Goodreads. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read from me — or even if you just want to announce that you WANT to read either or both of my books — Goodreads lets you do that.

The page for Morgan’s Point is here, the page for Anahuac is here, and my author page (which includes my blog) is here. I am still learning how to navigate the site, but it is fun to see what your friends are reading even if they are a thousand miles away. If the holidays get overwhelming remember that a book is an excellent friend that won’t give you an ugly sweater. Happy Holidays to all.

Sundown on Austin December 23, 2017. Trail of Lights on the right.

Sunsets, Raptors and Living in the Sky

Living in a high rise has proven to be interesting. For a man who was never fond of heights it has been an adjustment. I am adjusting and can venture out on the balcony with impunity.  The picture is from a recent sunset out our window. It is surprising how many evenings are punctuated with beautiful sunsets. 

One thing that I have had to get used to is the absence of sparrows, mocking birds and the like. None of the song birds that I see at the ranch want to fly up twenty-six floors to visit. This morning there was an epic visit from a large raptor who crashed into one of our windows. After the crash I looked out and saw a raptor flying back and forth near the balcony. I was relieved because we had several owls and other large birds fly into a picture window at our former home, some with tragic results. I told Kathy the bird had flown away and all had ended well. She took a closer look out the window and reported that there was a huge bird on the balcony. To my horror I saw a giant raptor staggering around the deck looking as if he had been in a boxing match. I cautiously opened the door and it seemed to recover. It spread its wings and flew off seemingly no worse for the crash. We are doing research now to determine what it was. It was not a red tail hawk which we have seen before. It was larger than a red tail and all chocolate brown. Let us know if you have suggestions.

So when you think of friends  who live in the sky, don’t think that the wild kingdom can’t come visit them. I’ve had enough excitement for one day. I don’t think our friend was hurt, but doubt he will be visiting us again soon.