An April resolution is to very much limit going down the rabbit hole on FB and TWTR. What I mean is that I will do my best to stay out of the comment sections on certain groups, particularly sports and politics.
There's no winning to be had there. Except for the odd outlier, there is almost no rational discussion. I can almost feel my IQ degrading when I read comments.
This isn't all that easy for me, for by personality I am more of a listener than a talker, or reader rather than writer, this blog notwithstanding. I like listening to or reading about what people have to say. But when I click on many posts, I am confronted by childish comments that add nothing to my life and even subtract from it.
I am not done with either posting or following on either platform. but I am working on the urge to follow comments and to gt involved.
I have promised not to get too detailed about my monthly reading. You may recall that my goal has been to read 1 fiction and 1 non-fiction each month, I have been meeting both goals and well exceeding my fiction target.
In March I completed 2.5 works of fiction and 1 non-fiction (although it took me a few days into April to finish the non).
The list was quite mediocre. Darkest Before the Dawn was a Sergeant Windflower mystery set in Newfoundland. The setting and characters were appealing, but I found the prose to be ... um ... prosaic. That was much better than One Last Prayer for the Rays by Wes Markin, which I was too macabre and horrific for my gentle tastes.
I did find Played to Death, a Scott Drayco mystery by BV Lawrence, to be good enough,to the point where I would read more of the series if they were to come my way. However, I'm not sure that I would go out of my way to find more volumes.
My non-fiction work was Celtic Lightning: How the Scots and Irish Created a Canadian Nation by Ken McGoogan. It consisted of 30 character studies of various Scots and Irish who might be said to have influenced Canada and Canadians in some way. Many of the figures are deeply historical, and the lines to the present day can be a bit tenuous, but it is mostly in terms of temperament and character that the influence is felt. There were studies of William Wallace, Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, Sir Ernest Shackleton, and many more. I got a bit bogged down at times reading short studies about people who were altogether new to me, but on the whole I am glad that I read the book.