Thursday, January 04, 2007
It's another one of those days where the photos and the text here have absolutely nothing to do with each other. But sometimes that just feels normal, doesn't it? Like last night when I was simultaneously sewing a patchwork pillowcase, watching bad TV (CSI Miami: a guilty pleasure when Todd is travelling and I want a little noise and distraction), and emptying the kitchen cabinets so the plumber and the exterminator could work while we were away visiting my sister today. Perhaps that sign above refers to my ability to concentrate on a single task without distraction?
Anyway, in between the usual routine around here, I spent Tuesday and Wednesday of this week nearly glued to C-Span, watching President Ford's memorial services. I guess it's the Grand Rapids connection that draws me. After all, many of the most important people in my life have ties to Grand Rapids: my husband and parents were born there, my in-laws and Grandparents all live(d) there, and Todd and I met at college there. But maybe I'm also attracted to the person President Ford was: his modesty, spirituality, loving marriage, and deep friendships.
In any case, the experience of watching it all on TV has impressed on me how little I really know about the recent political history of our country and about our presidents. Something else I need to add to the 2007 reading list, I guess. (It seems like the older I get, the more I realize how much I want to learn.) Any suggestions for a great book about U.S. politics and Presidents, post-revolution?