What I am reading:
A History of the American People (c) 1997 by Paul Johnson, originally published in Great Britain in 1997 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson; published in the USA by Harper Collins Publishers. I began by reading the section on Industrial America 1879-1912, and was so impressed with the book, I started at page 1 and read through page 99 yesterday.
I am also re-reading Nicholas and Alexandra (c) 1967 by Robert K. Massie, published simultaneously in Canada by McClelland and Stewart Ltd. and in New York by Atheneum.
Book I read in high school or college I want to find a copy of and re-read:
Black Like Me. I do not remember the author’s name, but will find out and check second-hand booksellers locally. Just noting it here so I’ll remember to do so next time I go out.
What I am thinking about:
Economics. Specifically now, Value. The “true” valuation of goods and services. Especially this morning, of real estate. And the lie of “Location, Location, Location.” (That the 3 most important factors that affect the value of real estate are location, location, and location.) I have always believed that to be a lie. Which is why my home is in what is called “Urban” Grand Rapids, but was until very recently called “the Inner City.” The Value here is tremendous. The materials and craftmanship of my home could not be replicated today without emormous expense. The fertility and beauty of my back yard pleases me very much. I have public transportation, nice neighbors, nearness of churches and stores. But where I live, until very recently, most of my contemporaries were “afraid” to come, because I live near so many of “those people” — you know, the ones with the same ethnicity as our President-Elect. Sigh.
What I have to do today: