Read, It’s Good for You

Yes! Read!

We have a bunch of great to read. Oh, OK, this is for youth. And it started in June and ends on August 31. Well that’s no reason to not read.

You can read all about it, summer reading, at the Multnomah County Library site. They are open now. As you can see from the image to the side, you don’t need to be an English reader to enjoy it.

Now, I have to admit I’ve not read much. My reading speed is slower since my stoke and my visual issues. I keep trying. At least a book a month, instead of a book a week. Perhaps, just maybe, I will regain my faculty. And you know the only way to get there is to practice – by reading.

What is your excuse for not reading? Or reading more?

Pick Your Sources

Without naming names, consider these two descriptions:

Overall, we rate [redacted] Right-Center biased based on international reporting that slightly leans left and Right biased for Indian national news reporting. Therefore, on the whole, we place them Right-Center. We also rate this source mixed for factual reporting based on poor sourcing.


Overall, we rate [redacted] on the left side of Least Biased based on infrequent stories that favor the left. We also rate them High for factual reporting based on transparency and proper sourcing of information.

Which would you rely on? Which do you trust?

This is, for the record, writing from Media Bias Fact Check. I understand that some readers may consider that source in itself biased. It is widely cited by people who need to know. However, they are described as “amateurish”. (I am troubled by them describing the source as amateurish, without looking at the work they produce.) Compare this site with Ad Fonts Media, source of The Media Bias Chart. That chart is analyzed by a team of people from a wide range of the spectrum. It is also praised. For better or worse the Media Bias Fact Check site and the two places I referred to are not rated.

If you want to know about something, look it up with a news source listed in The Media Bias Chart. There is plenty of reliable, and biased, places that cite unreliable sources.

It is the best you can do.

Morning Thoughts

If I could read my own handwriting it would help. I think I wondered about these things.

Buying things on a whim. I used to do this all the time. Those days are gone. I’m living on savings! Yesterday I bought replacement pens for those that went’s not like II/we don’t have plenty of pens around the house. But I’ve gotten attached to a ballpoint pen and these models specifically. I’ll have them soon enough.

Kent Peterson seems to buy a bunch of things via eBay. As it turns out he does. For small things, he can buy things for half the price he’s found them elsewhere. That does come with the cost of waiting for the items to be shipped from China. He’s willing to wait.

Last night at Bella’s, an Italian bakery and market, their guy Matt came by with or bottle of wine and another bottle. He was pouring samples of a white. It was a mixture of varietals from southern Italy. It was dry, it was great. We’re hoping he can get it in for all the time. It was a fine start to our evening. (Thursday night is Pizza Night – from 4:00 to 8:00.)

While I’m on my whim I ordered up refills for my pens. Like Kent, I have time to wait for them to arrive. I noticed that Amazon’s listing also stated “Note: Available at a lower price from other sellers, potentially without free Prime shipping.” The “other sellers” were from Japan, who also ships for free. I had ordered from these other sellers a while ago. I’m looking forward to receiving them. Especially with the thank-you note.

As to the last thing I noted this morning, well if you can figure it out please let me know. I’ll talk about it then. Yes, I have a pack of table order things, like they use in restaurants. They’re great for keeping todo lists.

It Is Quiet Here

If you are reading this you are special. Because nobody reads this on most days. That is OK. This is written to write things. Whatever “things” might be getting written. You cannot write without writing. So I write to make my writing better.

It is quiet here. Where I can write. To hear myself. To make what I do write, when I have something to write, comprehensible. I do not always have something to write. And so I come up with something to write.

It is quiet here. I can write without people interrupting. I can write and wonder if I’ll write (or should that be “wonder if I will”?) about hearing aids, or meeting someone for PCT talk, or Camino de Santiago, or well whatever. Come on back, I’ll be here.