I read the news today, oh boy.
So sings John Lennon in the Beatles song “A Day in the Life.” I’m feeling that these days when I look at the news. Climate change becoming apocalyptic. Covid refusing to leave. Countries falling into evil hands. Politicians and people acting more dimwitted than ever.
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There’s an episode of the old Dick Van Dyke show (one of my all-time favorite sitcoms) where Rob (Dick’s character) borrows a friend’s cabin in the woods so he can finally get the time and space to write his novel.
He sets up his writing equipment then…
He plays paddleball a long while, then tries to fix the slight slant of his writing table, then repairs an old crate to use as a trash basket. When he finds a cowboy hat, holster, and pistols, he can’t resist strutting around like a cowboy and drawing his pistols for a mock quick fire.
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I recently read Jules Verne’s 1871 classic novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea—and found myself as enthralled as when I read the comic book version as a scrawny kid.
Three men lost at sea are taken aboard the Nautilus, a secret submarine that traverses the world’s oceans because Captain Nemo never wishes to live on land again. Here the narrator, Professor Aronnax, walks on the seafloor for the first time:
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