Big day around here. At 10:30 a.m. our Jack Russell Terrier, Ginger, will have been with us for 7 months.
No mean feat, considering how bossy she’s turned out to be, once she got her paws planted firmly on my chest.
Lucky for her, I’m a life long veteran of staying on the good side of bossy females. The good side being up-wind and outside of swinging distance.
Ginger, though, doesn’t play by the rule book.
When I don’t immediately do her bidding, she gets right in front of me and starts howling at me. Which is bad enough, but she won’t stop until I get up and serve her in the grateful manner she’s convinced she deserves.
Thank goodness she’s pretty clear about what she wants…
Other than that, she’s a great dog and a welcome companion. Being 8 years old when we got her, she’s well trained, fastidious in her habits, and is an excellent ‘ride-along’ when we run errands.
Plus, she’s not clingy, a trait I particularly find unbecoming.
In a recent post I asked you what books you’re reading and told you what 4 books I was then reading. As promised, today we’ll talk about a couple of them…
The first book up is a book I’ve finished:
Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead ,by Sara Gran.
This is supposed to be a mystery/detective story. I guess it is. Yet, it’s a strange book for that genre.
I know because I’ve loved these kinda books since I read the Bobbsey Twins and the Nancy Drew adventure series when I was a kid.
Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead sure as hell ain’t nothing like those adventure stories.
True to the form of legendary detectives, Claire Dewitt, is a hard-drinking and as hard-boiled as any you’d find in novels by Mickey Spillane and Dashiell Hammett.
She’s also a enthusiastic druggie, who can’t say “no”.
The setting is post-Katrina, New Orleans. Which, of itself, is bizarre enough. But, not for Gran. She’s added voodoo, out of body detecting, and surreal Louisiana witch doctors into the already putid and odorous mix.
When the self-proclaimed world’s greatest detective isn’t sharing a bottle with homeless people and smoking formaldehyde soaked dope with young gangstas’, her lively story through the mayhem of the torn and beaten neighborhoods of New Orleans, is vivid and transports you into a place and time of weirdness that ringed authentic.
The quirky story starts out as a missing person case and soon enough evolves into a murder mystery. While the ending is well crafted, it was the only thing about the book that wasn’t unexpected.
I’ll say this for Sara Gran, she’s a brilliant and entertaining writer. And, I’ve bought two more of her books on the strength of “Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead“.
My bathroom book isn’t finished because I spend so little time there.
The book currently lodging therein is: Living Healthier and Longer: What Works, What Doesn’t. (Reading health-related books while on the porcelain has always seemed appropriate to me).
This 219 page book is written by two doctors and is a follow-up to their previously published book: The Science and Art of Living a Longer and Healthier Life.
Carl E. Bartecchi, M.D. and his partner, Robert W. Schrier, M.D., don’t srew around with platitudes or story telling. They just deliver what they promise in the title.
Thankfully they don’t bore the juice outta you with too many figures and charts. And, the ones included were interesting, to me anyway.
Although I’m not reading the book in any order, the first part is about diseases. Here they cover:
- Coronary Artery Disease
- High Blood Pressure
- Bone Diseases
- Infections; HIV and AIDS
In the section titled: Other Problems (well, they are doctors, not professional writers), they cover subjects like sex (they like it), injuries (they suggest we avoid them), and illegal drug use (they’re pretty much against it).
The good doctors (and their writing certainly strikes me as being sincere and genuine) also take on risky behaviors like smoking and excessive alcohol intake. They don’t preach but offer practical advice and suggest where to get help if you so need.
They also discuss cholesterol, obesity, stress, depression, immunizations, diet issues, exercise, sleep, dangers of taking aspirin, vitamins and supplements.
Also included, is a sensitive section about aging.
All in all, it’s an easy read, with top notch information for us kids living on the far side of 55, that’s written in a style that’s easily accessible to us laypeople.
I strongly recommend Living Healthier and Longer: What Works, What Doesn’t if you’re at all interested in learning about those kinda things.
I don’t remember where I heard about this book. And, I think it’s out of print, but I got mine on ebay for about 8 bucks.
Hey, that’s enough book stuff for today.
I’ll think about whether to review the other two books soon. Until then, take care of yourself and tell me what you’re reading in the ‘comments’ section below.
Ideas for me, your aging related story, or comments are very damn welcome…