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Sunday, August 6, 2000

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Eating and rain

We had a good storm last night. Everything flickered again and my computer went down but the lightning and the rain were wonderful. This morning I ran some errands on my bike and it was almost not hot. The breeze as I rode had a bit of coolness in it. It warmed up as the day went on but at least it started out great.

I've spent the rest of the day reading and eating. I don't mind the reading since I love that but when I read, I eat. It's a real problem. Even when I eat healthy I still end up eating too much. I'm so tired of trying to lose weight and not. It's an exhausting way to live. I'm just above what's considered a good weight for myself but I feel good so why do I want to lose weight so bad? I guess it's partly because I was always thin and it irritates me that I'm not anymore.

I did read two more mysteries today. The first one was "The Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers Murder Case" by George Baxt. This is set in the 50s in Hollywood and, of course, involves Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, a Russian ballet troupe, just crawling with spies, all the well known figures in Hollywood making cameo apprearances, and just about every stereotype you can think of. It's a fun book but more of a parody than a serious mystery.

I also read "The Wandering Arm" by Sharan Newman. This is a series with Catherine LeVendeur who is the daughter of a Christian who has hidden his Jewish background. The story starts in 1139 and involves the arm of a saint that is stolen from a church in England and ends up in France, leaving behind a trail of deaths. Catherine, her husband, Edgar, and various friends, both Christian and Jewish, try to find the relic before more people die, or are falsely accused.

I found the interplay between the Christians and Jews, which was full of suspicion and fear, and the total devotion to religion that each of them had to be very interesting. I certainly wouldn't have killed for the bone of a saint, even when I considered myself to be Christian. I've never understood the devotion and fear that would drive someone to kill people just because of their religion. There are several books in this series and now I want to read the earlier ones.

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