Finished a Book

I finished The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest this week, one of a trilogy of books written by Swedish author Stieg Larsson, the others being The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, and The Girl Who Played With Fire.  According to an article in today’s Seattle Times, 50,000 copies of these books are selling each day in the U.S., so obviously I added this last bit of information for the one person who has not heard of them.

I was able to read the 563-page book fairly quickly, because I had time to just sit down and read.  This led me to today’s wondering:  what constitutes a good day when one is retired.

In some sense every day is a good day.  I usually do work around the house, exercise, read, sometimes play the piano, sometimes see friends, and volunteer.  Little to no stress, which has been my goal for the last year.  But is this really what constitutes a good day?  I don’t have the answer, so for now I can only paraphrase a saying in the Dhammapada —  With our thoughts we create the world — and conclude that a good day will be whatever I decide it is, whenever I finally make that decision.

About stillalife

I retired June 30, 2010 after working for 40 years in the field of education and most recently doing school public relations/community outreach in a mid-size urban school district. I wrote for superintendents and school board members. Now I'm writing for me and I hope for you. In this blog, I offer my own views coupled with the latest research on how to preserve our physical and mental health as we age, delve into issues most of us over 50 can relate to like noticing wrinkles and forgetting where we left our keys, discuss the pros and cons of different ways to engage our minds and bodies after we leave the workplace, and throw in an occasional book review, all peppered with a touch of humor, irony, and just plain silliness. Also, I'm on the third draft of my second novel since retirement.
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2 Responses to Finished a Book

  1. Cesar says:

    Thanks for the link to The Big View!

  2. Jackie Smith says:

    I had not heard of the author or any of the books until a visit with relatives in Manson last weekend had me flipping through the Tatoo book as my sister-in-law said she had become hooked on them. I am curious about the now deceased author, something new to research in my free time.

    You’ve posed an interesting question about what makes for a good day; I often question whether reading a book, or posting a blog should be as guilt-free as dusting or mopping the floors. . .what is the right balance?

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