Weekend Update 24

Happy weekend everyone! As you can see, I decided to chop my hair off today. It’s never been this short before, so this was a big move for me. My cough is much better on my new steroid inhaler, though I’m still feeling uber-fatigued. The haircut and lunch out with my friend was about all I could handle today.

I’m already tired from a long day yesterday driving my mom to the library, grocery shopping, and a follow-up appointment after her recent ER visit. Looks like she might have COPD. After that, I took the kids to swim lessons, and I could hardly stand up anymore. But the cough is gone!

On the blog

This week I published notes on chapter 4 of Kugel’s How to Read the Bible, a review of Powers’ No One Cares About Crazy People, and a review of Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451.

I am thinking about hosting a very informal readalong of a classic like Plath’s The Bell Jar, or Goethe’s The Sorrows of Young Werther in September for Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month, if anybody would be interested in one or both books (perhaps two weeks per book?).

There are also two Coursera courses that I’m considering posting notes on for that month: Psychological First Aid, and The Social Context of Mental Health and Illness. But we’ll see what I can manage.

You are welcome to join me in any of these activities, or reviewing other suicide-related books as a guest blogger. Just let me know.

Currently reading

Due to lying in bed and typing this on my phone, I will list a few, rather than make a composite picture like usual:

Nonfiction: Hillbilly Elegy, by J. D. Vance

Fiction: Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood & Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by J. K. Rowling.

Audiobook: Doctor Who: 10th Doctor Tales, by various

Well Educated Mind: Gulliver’s Travels, by Jonathan Swift


Beyond Belief, by Jenna Miscavage Hill

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J. K. Rowling

Pilgrim’s Progress, by John Bunyan

12 thoughts on “Weekend Update 24

  1. Usually, when I see a lady with long hair cut it short…I’m not a fan, but sincerely…that’s a good look for you.


  2. I love your new hair style! It will feel good to have your neck “free.”

    Enjoy those books. I loved Handmaid’s Tale and Hillbilly Elegy. I think I read Pilgrim’s Progress when I was a kid. Enjoy your week, and feel better. Thanks for visiting my blog.


  3. Very pretty new hair style. I usually keep mine very short but been letting it grow out so I can start a new style. Wrong time of year for long hair here. LOL I plan to chop it off again soon. So much easier to take care of. I hope you feel all better soon:)

    My Sunday Post


  4. Wow, I like your haircut. I’ve been thinking of cutting my hair short too, but I have a problem with hairdressers. I won’t be joining in any read along but happy reading and enjoy your books!


  5. Congrats on the haircut! As a guy I have to have short hair in the summer lol- it’s too hot!

    Hillbilly Elegy is one I’d like to get.

    Best wishes to your mom with her COPD


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