History and Genealogy

Sports is running America. Sometimes it's hard to find a hole to hide in when the TV comes on for a sporting event. It's not always safe to be in the room with avid sports fans as they can be dangerous. I leave all the books on sports for their reading pleasure. History can be very boring. I do better reading historical fiction. I need people in what I read. I've learned the hard way to stay away from politics and religion. Neither of those subjects do well in public conversation. Both were subjects I was passionate about in my younger years. I've laid them down now and no longer read on those subjects because I can't keep my mouth shut in public. Genealogy is a very interesting subject but I've found people's eyes glaze over quickly if that's not their interest. If it is their interest they likely don't want to listen to your family stories. They'd rather listen to their own family stories. Genealogy drops like a rock in public conversation. Cooking is another popular subject. My eyes glaze over very quickly on this topic. I don't cook. I don't want to cook and I don't want to read about cooking. Now I have a problem. I could go on and on about reading interests but this post is already to long. What do I enjoy reading? I'll be back tomorrow to tell you. What topics do you enjoy reading?

Different Strokes for Different Folks

This morning I was reminded how different we are in what we read. My sister-in law called to tell me how much she was enjoying a book I'd sent her on the subject of mental health. She went on and on about how that subject fascinates her. Not me. You won't find me near those kinds of books. Art is a subject many people enjoy. They read about it and visit galleries and museums. I can't say that's a subject of great interest to me. When visiting such places I seem to enjoy the modern art most, and tend to like abstract paintings. That's all I know about art and have no interest in reading about it. Music is a good one. The world if full of people who travel great distances to listen to music. I must have a tin ear. Tone the noise level down to the level you would use when listening to easy listening music and I can listen to anything and never know the difference. From time to time I listen to easy listening / background music but that's about it. I have no interest in reading about musicians. I always feel dumb when working crossword puzzles because I never know the names of the actors that starred in any movies. When people refer to movies and tell me the actors in hopes some spark of intelligence will cross my face they're disappointed.