It’s the smoke

Been tired this week after lunch. In the morning, I’ll make a couple calls, walk the dog. Then do a little gardening and write for a couple of hours. Then all I want to do is sleep.

A friend said, “It’s the smoke.” The Bootleg Fire. Canadian fires. You can’t really see anything here, but others nearby have noticed.

Almost done with the Durrow novel. Protagonist, Rachel, is the daughter of a Danish woman and a Black GI. Father takes off and entire rest of family (except Rachel) dies after a fall off a nine story building. We read to find out whether it was murder or suicide. We read to see how this biracial girl grows up with her Black grandmother, trying to understand herself and her world (first Chicago, then Oregon — Portland, I think). We read to see how Rachel will make peace with her past.

I’m reading it on my kindle reader in the phone so I can tell you I have roughly 23 minutes left. I guess I’ll go finish the story.

Update: it turns out I only had about five minutes left of reading, which is too bad because it means that the BIG moment we’d been waiting for came and went too quickly.

5 thoughts on “It’s the smoke

  1. Nancy

    Dee~ This is such a beautifully composed post, with the words and the colors telling the story of this moment. I think the east is getting more smoke than I am this time around. The CA-NV fires really blew up recently. That Durrow quote is a good one and a good read it seems. Take it easy.

    1. deemallon Post author

      I’m glad the smoke is avoiding you! I feel terrible for everyone with asthma or COPD. This is not easy for them, as you know.

  2. Mo Crow

    I am such a dinosaur, don’t have a kindle or mobile phone so don’t understand why you only had 5 minutes left to read the book?! Just finished reading one of my favourite books of all time, ‘Love in the Time of Cholera’ by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, it improves with age like a fine wine!

    1. deemallon Post author

      The electronic readers are weird. Because you can change font size, they don’t do page numbers. Instead, they show you what percent of the book you’ve read and, based on your reading speed, how much time it ought to take you to finish.


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