Welcome to The Book Life, September Edition. It’s 106 degrees today here in my corner of California and the searing, dry heat has sent most people inside. We were already spending more time inside as we sheltered from the pandemic but now, we are forced to stay indoors even more. Pandemics, lightning complexes that triggered wildfires in all parts of the state and intense heat waves have all become our new normal. The entire area was blanketed in dense smoke and there has been loss of lives, injuries, damage to property, and evacuations. Anyone here can tell you that it could’ve been worse but for the tireless work of everyone involved: firefighters, doctors, nurses, emergency technicians in the health care field, emergency crew working to restore power and countless others. There was a children’s book that I read to my kids with the title It could’ve been worse. I remember thinking that the book title sounded pessimistic, a kind of expecting the worst, but after reading it, I realized that it’s about gratitude because as 2020 has shown us, things can always get worse. So, taking time here to express gratitude for everyone and doing what I can, as a volunteer, to help.

The Age Of Kali/The Book Life, September Edition/ Bookended

The theme for Day 6 of the 30-day book photography challenge was “book bokeh.” You probably already know what the bokeh effect in a photograph is but in case you don’t or want more detail, here is a link to an article that describes what it is. You can see my contributions (above, below) to the book with bokeh effect photography challenge. The books is William Dalrymple’s The Age Of Kali, Indian Travels and Encounters that I’ve just started reading.

The Age Of Kali/The Book Life, September Edition/ Bookended
The Age Of Kali/The Book Life, September Edition/ Bookended

In the light of all these events, my writing has slowed as has my reading because both require more bandwidth than I can currently expend. But they haven’t stopped. I hope you are doing well.