Journal 6/30/19

Berkeley, Monday, July 1, 2019 3:03 AM

Goodbye June.

We have made, well someone did a great job, in prior generations, for timing the cyclical times of earth and beyond movements.

In the west is the current Gregorian calendar was introduced by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582. It was developed by Aloisius Lilius, a lecture in Medicine at University of Perugia. (Swerdlow, 1974)

The Gregorian Calendar has 365.25 days. Thus every four years a day is included to the year, Febraury 29, to make an adjucement of the time.

Those days of life, then became deadlines. Actually, there always have a time to finish a task, which is benefitial.

Who created the deadlines? A manager, an authoritarian politician, a commander, a fair boss, or strict parents?

Might be when I complete my coming deadlines, I can check that question.

Sunday afternoon I attended to mass at the Dominicans in San Francisco. On the way back home, I finally got the books from Tolkien. Three subsequent Sundays already that I have bought books.

I am using two of them in a daily basis, plus a third one of continuous reading. Therefore, the supply of words to be read during my spare time has surpassed by far the great words I daily intake over those times.

However, I need to exercise and active those books, which are now in my bookshelf, otherwise, books, like the ones by Plato, to cite an example, who has remained young forever, now from 2,500 years already, had the risk to become old, and worst abandoned if I do make the time to read such a wonderful guests that are sleeping on my bookshelf.

Amazon and the creative bookstores in Berkeley have gave the possibility to receive those guests. Although, the other way have happened to me in order. One great advantage of Amazon is that one definitely finds what one wants. In the bookstore, one might or might not find one was looking for. And after looking around definitely finds sometime else. At least me, at the end, I ended up buying more books that I wanted in the used bookstore. That is the great thing to be in the bookstore as well. Because one finds something that might not necessarily was looking for at the beginning, though it might be from the same author or on the topic of interest. It happened to me in the book that I am reading now: The Pilgrim’s Regress by C.S. Lewis.

Another good thing of buying the books in the bookstore is that I explore them right away, as the excitement to read them comes together and timely to buy them. Well, I do the same when the books from Amazon arrive.

I actually need to buy two books in Amazon at least from the ones that are awaiting there in the cart, as I also need to clean up that shopping cart to buy a tea infuser for ‘campus’, as saying office, could be too much for saying just desk, a desk too little for describing the office space. I want to read, I will say that as first goal or proper verb, for planning better the time to buy, the books (i) Pensees by Blaise Pascal, and (ii) The Idea of University by John Henry Newman. I will get them this week.

I think that I have had, definitely I have had, at least an instant conversation with all the good guests, who are sleeping in the bookshelf, although not all them are that good. I warmly receive them at their arrival. I have a conversation with them right away. Of course they dominate the conversation. That is why they came here. I catch and hold some of their thoughts by underlining them. I ask questions in the margins, or express my reactions there. Or I write there a word to summarize their thought.

These relationships which are promising to be good, and that I remain a loyal reader to it, until I reach the end, barely happens now for the amount of guests I have brought, and the realistic one that I have a conversation until the end. The reason is because it is better to read a book at the time. Particularly novels. The conversation could be hard to follow if I try to attend all of them. Plus, I have just two eyes, to read one per time.

I will be a faster host, to grasp their knowledge.

References

Swerdlow, N., 1974. The origin of the Gregorian civil calendar. Journal for the History of Astronomy, 5, p.48-49

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