Side Benefits

One of the things I’m really enjoying about being retired is the time I’m able to spend not only on my own blog but on following other blogs.  I’ve reblogged several episodes from 101 Books but there are other bloggers who are capturing my interest and teasing me into branching out in my reading tastes.

In my blog list at the right-hand side bar, there is one called book’d out.  This blog is written by an author in Australia named Shelleyrae Cusbert and she reviews books written by Australian authors.  It’s a whole different culture that I know very little about besides what I learned in grade school (something about a billabong leaps to mind), from a friend who went there on a visit, and from the movie, Australia.  The books that take place in this faraway land sound intriguing and while I haven’t yet purchased one, it is on my to-do list; probably not until I finish reading Game of Thrones, though, which I just purchased and haven’t taken out of the cellophane wrapper yet.  One of the things that first attracted me to this blog was her Monday blog title.  Every week begins with:  It’s Monday!  What are you reading?  This lady is pretty busy with several kids and a husband and yet manages to read several novels every week, review them for her blog and attend the odd authors’ conference.

Another blog that is really quite amazing is Rolbos ©, written by Amos van der Merwe, a retired Christian cancer surgeon from South Africa.  He is an author, not a reviewer, and he has created the most interesting characters living in a small mining town in the middle of the Kalahari who have discussions that touch on politics, war, inter-personal relationships, and a particular segment of South African culture that is completely foreign to me as it probably is to most of us in North America.  Of writing, he says, “There are characters that keep you awake at night in their quest to become  heroes or villains. It is a strange world – but never dull.”  Of his situation, he writes, “I live on the south coast of South Africa where my writing room overlooks the endless Indian Ocean. For company I have a family of mongooses that recycle my kitchen scraps and a pheasant with an attitude. They live the way they should: free to roam in the nature reserve where I stay.  In a way they are just like me: our world knows no boundaries.”  His site often include unusual pictures of wildlife in South Africa.  Below are 3 of my favourites.  (I like the hippo best!)  I guarantee you will find his writing thoroughly engaging.  Go have a peek; you’ll be hooked!

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About mysm2000

Having taught elementary school for more than 25 years and been involved in many amazing technology and curriculum projects, I find I've developed a myriad of interests based on literature I've read and music I've heard. I've followed The Wright Three to Chicago, Ansel Adams to Colorado, The Kon Tiki Expedition to Easter Island, Simon & Garfunkel lyrics to New York City, Frank Lloyd Wright to Fallingwater, Pennsylvania, and have only just begun.
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