Procrastinating on a Cloudy Day in Annapolis

It’s a crab weekend coming up, with a number of all-you-can-eat crab feasts in the region including the big Rotary crab feast at the U.S. Naval Academy Stadium. But with all this warm soggy weather, I’m not thinking positively about sitting outside picking crabs. In fact, when it turns gray, folks tend to become a tad grumpy and want to stay inside where there’s some cool air conditioning.
It does, however, lend itself to reading and writing, which happen to be two of my favorite activities. Although I do keep procrastinating on completing some of my editing chores.
When there are things I don’t want to do, I alternate them with things that are more fun such a crafting a story on a new topic I’ve never written about and learning something new, as opposed to revisiting something that has been written about before and checking research that has been done by another writer.
It is the first week in August and we just completed our September Eastern Shore magazine and the Annapolis magazine follows close behind while we work on the final touches for October and complete November’s content. Part of my brain is wrapped around pumpkin carving, piles of raked leaves, and the plans that go into Thanksgiving feasts. It’s an interesting reality on a hot summer’s day.

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Summer Reading Courtesy of Annapolis Book Club

Some great ideas for summer reading.

There are many wonderful book clubs in our fair city but the book club I belong to is the best (Not that I’ve belonged to any others) But I do believe we serve the best dinners, have the best conversations, and choose the best books. Oh yes and we do have a great time.
Each year we pick a theme and then each hostess picks her book which she tries to associate with the theme, or not. Our theme is “water”. Our book for this month is Anita Shreve’s “The Weight of Water”. Set on a sailboat docked near an island off the coast of New Hampshire it utilizes the parallel timeline of an historic event to highlight the life choices and challenges of a present day character, a photographer who unfortunately is more in touch with the past than the present. It’s a page turner.
On a lighter note, an earlier selection was “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society” by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. What was life like for the British residents of the Channel Islands occupied by Germany during the second World War? The story is told through the colorful correspondence of a journalist communicating with her colleagues, friends, and members of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. While a potato peel pie may not be delicious, but the in’s and outs of the characters’ lives make for some delicious reading. Enjoy your summer.