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November 11, 2008

Bedside reading

Another title in my bedside stack of books is Geoffrey Ward's First Class Temperment. It's about Franklin Roosevelt and focuses on the period of his life between his marriage to Eleanor Roosevelt and his election to the presidency. Therefore it includes his entry into politics, his service as Assistant Secretary of the Navy (in the Wilson administration), his Vice-Presidential candidacy in 1920 and his struggle with the effects of polio. The story of his return to politics and governorship of NY is fascinating.

Tuesday's thoughts

Last Wednesday night, Michael Perry visited Morris as the annual Rodney A. Briggs Associates featured speaker. His presentation was enjoyable and elicited constant smiles and outright laughter. His visit has prompted me to start reading his book : Population 485. I recommend it for everyone who has lived in a small town, grew up on a farm, or enjoys real life experiences combined with a world view and command of literature and a gift for the use of language.