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Portrait of Sarah

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In case I haven’t told you before, my wife Sarah is a voracious reader. I admire that trait very much and often wish I read more myself. However I’m dyslexic and content myself to more visual activities. I took this picture of her in our local Starbucks as she was chugging along trying to finish a book that she didn’t like.

Why read a book you don’t like you ask? She belongs to a book club of very fierce opinionated ladies and it was required reading for this month’s meeting.

The Printed Page

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The sharpness of this photograph is not the best but I like it anyway. It was taken in the wonderful new cafe at the Boston Public Library. Clustered around the coffee bar were a group of people all reading books or newspapers. Nobody was looking at a digital device. Refreshing!

Mr. Analog Escapes Facebook

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I’m drawn to people reading paper books. No kindles, no Ipads just those old-fashioned things that we grind up pine trees to make. I think it’s partly because this digital world we now find ourselves in seems increasingly overwhelming. 

For a couple of years now I’ve been badly addicted to Facebook. It’s a big black hole. A time waster without equal.

It’s time to cut back on all my digital time wasters!

 

The Sunday Times & Bill Cunningham

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Hard to beat this journalistic institution, even with the terrible state of national and world affairs it is currently writing about. As an example of some of the more upbeat things to read today, take a look in the Sunday Style and Fashion section at the outpouring of tributes to the legendary photographer Bill Cunningham who died this week. The man lived like a monk, didn’t care much about money and was totally dedicated to his art. Would that there were more like him.

Take a look here Bill Cunningham. I think you’ll enjoy the articles and while you’re at it if you get the paper in print look at the paid tributes as well. People certainly loved the man.

A Pretty Reading Room But Few Books

 

 

L1000572small.jpgThe Boston Public Library’s main branch fronts on Coply Square. Recently I have been going over there daily to donate books that we no longer have room for in our much reduced new condo home. Today I went upstairs to look around and found a lot of people hunched over their laptops. Some were reading books but they were in the minority. To me that overwhelming digital presence seemed sad. 

Colorful Heavy Reading

R0320146smallIt is becoming increasing rare that anyone reads anything on paper these days. Especially in public. This dazzling colorful lady was totally engrossed in what appears to be a pretty heavy tome. 

More power to her!

Frog Pond Follies

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Here in Boston little kids (and big ones too) love to wade and splash in what is called “The Frog Pond”. This shallow little body of water is also the site for some great skating in the winter.

Now while bouncing around in the water is great sport for some, others prefer to sit near the shore and read.

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No right or wrong just doing one’s own thing on a lovely summer’s day.

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