1) Saw another fox last night. It was sitting calmly in someone's back yard, very close to their house, and at first I thought it was a puppy because I could see the rounded ears and white chest. We all looked at each other for at least a minute, and then Layla couldn't contain herself anymore and barked. The fox bounded away, then stopped and looked back. Its eyes shone golden in my flashlight beam, and then it was really gone, dashing behind the other side of the house, giving me a last glimpse of its bushy tail. It amazes me the way they are so calm and curious -- the first one, a few weeks ago, and now this one, must have heard us coming a mile away, and yet they waited for us to get there
2) After the fox, I think
I saw a Perseid meteor. It was just out of the corner of my eye, but again it was that thin pen-scratch across the night sky.
3) Finished reading Janice Nimura's non-fiction Daughters of the Samurai
and REALLY liked it. This was just a great read for me -- young women (one of them only a child) sent to America in the 1870s to learn the ways of the "advanced West" and then bring those lessons back to Japan. And it's a true story! The young women were interesting, their Western mentors were interesting, life in the 1870s in both Japan and the U.S. was interesting, Nimura's writing was clear and direct -- seriously, two thumbs up and a strong recommendation for this forgotten chapter of history.
4) Started reading Kim Stanley Robinson's 2312
. I loved his Mars Trilogy and so far I am liking this.
5) I have watched the movie Snowpiercer
twice now, and I LOVE IT, except omg why
did Chris Evans have to make that Exposition Speech near the end and just drive the narrative into a goddamn WALL? Oh my god. Cut five minutes -- maybe ten -- from this film and it would be perfect. :D
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