Proud Owner

21 07 2007

Well, I waded my way through the sea of Potter fans at the Border’s store in Bridgewater and am now the proud owner of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I got home and could not resist reading the first chapter. I’m sure this book will not disappoint.

I must admit I picked up my wrist band this morning to secure my place in line at midnight with some indifference.  After all, this is just a book. But tonight, when I arrived on line and began talking to the woman ahead of me, she did remark that this is something of an historic event. And I guess that is indeed true. She went on to say that it’s nice to be part of a good historic event rather than some of the more tragic historic events we’ve all witnessed in the last 6 years. And, I admit, that is indeed true as well.

And so, here I am, with my poster and my new book…well, really, they are for Ian. He gets first dibs tomorrow when he arrives home after being in the woods for the last 4 weeks. I’m eager for him to return. I’m curious to see how much he’s grown in that time if that is possible.

Too bad, I must get up early to pick him up…otherwise I might stay up reading…


The Wild Trees: A Vertical Eden

10 05 2007

I just finished reading Richard Preston‘s new book The Wild Trees. I was so enthralled that I just have to pass it along. The Wild Trees is a true story of how scientists discovered the isolated biosphere suspended above the ground in the canopy of the giant redwoods on the US west coast. This self-contained ecosystem is home to trees, huckleberry bushes, mosses, and lichens that grow on the trunks and branches of the redwoods as if they were rooted in the earth. It’s a fascinating story, told by the author, who climbed over 350 feet into the trees to witness this lost world for himself.

 I listened to the audiobook read by the author. I had to look for reasons to be in the car just to finish the book. Check it out.