On the needles:
More than half-way through the Lenten season isn't exactly the time to think about what to 'give up' for Lent. Cheating, wouldn't you say? But for these last two weeks of Lent, I've decided to give up some small pleasures...some indulgences perhaps and do what I should have done weeks ago (if not months ago). I cast on for another church pew shawl. (UGH.) I've temporarily 'given up' all the great, happy, spring 'indulgences' (some lovely silk blends, a scrumptious cashmere, and a few spring-like colors in cotton) and am focusing on this project----mindfully, prayerfully, and positively. (well, mostly positively. It's hard for me to be positive knitting with #8 needles.)
The knit 3, purl 3 pattern is meditatively 'zen'. (TRANSLATION: boring as you-know-what). The color matches our church pew cushions pretty perfectly (and is not a color I would ever EVER buy or knit for myself). This is the third shawl for me (and I next to NEVER knit something twice, let alone !!3!! times, especially something I hate knitting. oops that wasn't very positive, was it? ). It WILL be done in two weeks. (It hopefully will be done in LESS than two weeks.)
I really enjoyed the book I was reading last week....so decided to pick up another true crime non fiction. I'm mostly a fiction reader, but Murder of the Century by Paul Collins is another book where I'm finding that the truth is more bazaar than most fictionalized detective novels. This grisly dismemberment-murder takes place in the 1890's; the book focuses on solving the case more than the gross details of the case. (Well, there are gross details, too.) What I found fascinating, though, was the role that the tabloid newspapers played....particularly those owned by Hearst and Pulitzer. If there wasn't enough action on the case---they would send out their own investigative 'detective-reporters' to muck in the evidence, often scooping the police and the forensic work being done. Nothing for a good headline? They would create something--truth had little to do with what was printed. Slow news day? One paper offered a $500 reward for the solution to the murder---only to be outbid by the other, offering $1000 reward (making sure that their edition wasn't released until 5 minutes after their competitor's hit the streets). Some papers during this time printed a morning, afternoon, AND evening edition....and with no television, radio, computers, phones, or FACEBOOK!!!....you can quickly see that in almost all respects, newspapers were the social media of the day.
Freddy and I have devoured this book. (He, rather literally---note the lower right corner. Shhhhh. Don't tell the library.)