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I have stacks of books everywhere. This one is pretty typical of my reading--a mix of fiction and non-fiction, with poetry, magazines etc. mixed in. I have not read Cloud Atlas yet, but I will this winter. The Canon is a wonderful book on the basics of science; perfect for someone like me who is interested in, but never studied science. I've read it before, but of course I've forgotten almost everything. It came to mind when I was in New Mexico near Los Alamos, where the atomic bomb was developed, which brought up incredibly disturbing thoughts. It was the astronomy section of The Canon that helped me understand thermonuclear fission and fusion, the power of stars that
alone can start with the simplest lightest atoms, like hydrogen and helium, and forge them into the whole periodic palette of the elements, into all the Rubenesque beauties with their thickset nuclei--nickel, copper, zinc and krypton, silver platinum and gold... (from The Canon)
Also in the stack is Image and Imagination, Georgia O'Keeffe which juxtaposes black and white photos taken by John Loengard of the artist and her surroundings, with her paintings.
It is early morning in Massachusetts and our power has already gone out briefly, so it may go out for a longer time once the storm effects really reach our region. If you don't hear from me for a while, that's why. I have books, bottled water, candles and peanut butter--I'm ready for anything. Stay safe, everyone.