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Welcome back! I don’t own the stack of books above, but Your Heart is the Sea is a pretty interesting title. Maybe I’ll look that one up.

I finished Michael Stoneburner’s He Was a Boy Who Smiled. Once I read a couple more autobiographical books (already have I’m Much Better on Paper by Kristin Hunt), I’m going to do a big review of them all together. Probably need about two or three more, so send those links — or the books themselves, that would guarantee that they’d be read and reviewed — my way. Contact me with any questions, comments, or concerns.

If you’re feeling bookish, check out my review of my favorite book, Hemingway’s The Garden of Eden, which came out this week. Not quite hooked? Well, did you know that Hemingway wrote about a woman who yearns to be a man? Head on over to the review to learn more!

My short story “Elegy” was a runaway success, if I may say so myself. It’s also so sad that even I, the always dry-eyed, nearly tear up by the end. Every time, without fail. It’s about a modern-day elegist mourning his best friend and almost-lover.

By the way, all these links will open in a new tab, so you can open ’em all and read ’em all with ease. Or pick and choose a few for your reading pleasure. As always, it’s in your hands.

About that YouTube channel I mentioned a while back (probably in this post). I’m sorting out the filming situation now — as in, I need to find a good place to film. It’s difficult with everyone home. I’m thinking I’ll invade my brother’s room, since it has a table (which I’ll need to clean off) and bookshelves. Maybe I’ll enlist him in the process. The channel, at any rate, will start off slow, which me reading episodes of This is Not a Sad Story aloud. Then it’ll progress to bigger things: a discussion panel with my partner-in-crime Dylan Luongo (Twitter handle @vanhelsquirrel, website mapsandmodules.com). Just wanted to give you some news in that department.

If you’re feeling in the mood for a long-form article about big things, you have two choices: Pete Seeger and American socialism, or education inequity and COVID-19. The latter is the newer of the two, and it examines a topic that’s close to my heart. Education inequity, that is, not COVID-19.

I’ve had a busy week myself, blogging here and working as intrepid writer and editor of Blue and White, my mystery novel. If you still haven’t checked out the first sneak peek of many regarding that piece of work, get on with it! Sneak Peek #2 will come out this coming week.

Other things I’ve been working on… I’ve added several recipes to Good Eats, including a delicious take on chicken and broccoli Alfredo. It has a secret ingredient or two that will leave your diners guessing! I’ve also started a companion series to the trailblazing Netflix foodie show Chef’s Table — you can check out Part 1, which follows chef Mashama Bailey of The Grey in Savannah, Georgia and discusses the connections between African Americans and Southern cuisine.

Also, if you’re looking for current events, read yesterday’s Q&A column. I’ve talked some writing, some current affairs. The only thing I missed, I believe, was the SpaceX/NASA takeoff, which I watched live yesterday.

And, to fill out this digest, This is Not a Sad Story, Episode Two came out on Wednesday. Visit this page for more information and links to the first two episodes.

Now, onto the rosy news…

You’re probably wondering why I called you here to celebrate in the first place. Friends, fellow travelers, this Voyage of the Mind is really heating up! This week, the blog reached (by far) more people than it’s ever reached before, in a variety of locations around the globe. I’m actually not a huge fan of technology, which may come as a surprise, but this is the power of the Internet! We may be a world apart, but we are not strangers, you and I. We are connected via electricity and beams of light. You could call our connection… kinetic.

Let me stop before I explode your mind. In the next week, you can look forward to a review of the pioneering (and Academy Award winning) film Parasite, plus a review of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and its lackluster (in my opinion) sequel The Testaments. There will also be a discussion of protests and police brutality, and an original short story from yours truly titled “For Love of Homer.”

Over and out!

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