Recently, I went to the local library to pick up a voter registration form. I’ve been here in Lancaster for over two years. It’s time to stop putting it off. I don’t know too much about the local politicians, but I want to make sure I’m eligible to vote for the next President this November. It looks like it’s going to be a wild and crazy election year.
While in the library, I browsed the old-fashioned way. I actually walked up and down the rows and looked at the titles that were available. I didn’t get too old-fashioned. I didn’t look at any actual books. I looked at the Audio books on CD’s. I’m a big fan of the Janet Evanovich audio books about her inept bounty hunter, Stephanie Plum. Lorelei King does a great job of voicing all the crazy characters. I chose, however, a 19 CD set called “Don’t Know Much About History,” by Kenneth C. Davis. Maybe you’ve heard of it. A decade or two ago it spent 35 consecutive weeks on the N.Y. Times Bestseller List. I figured I might learn something.
I got way more than I bargained for. It took two weeks to listen to all 19 CD’s, and I finished the last one on President’s Day. I can honestly say that I learned more about American history and the Presidents in those two weeks than I did in all my years in regular school. Full disclosure, though, it wasn’t too hard to do that. I wasn’t a very good student back then, and I learned practically nothing in school.
I won’t go into the details about the book, as I’m sure that you, the reader, would be bored stiff with any attempt I would make to retell the stories. It’s like when somebody goes to see a stand-up comedian and later tries to duplicate the show for their friends. It doesn’t work. The main point I want to make is that voting is more interesting when we know a little bit about the people Americans have voted for in the past, and why. The other point I want to make is that when the wind chill, ice, and snow make going outdoors miserable, it’s a great time to sit inside and just curl up with a good book, even if it is educational.
Stay warm. Spring is coming.
Peace & Love, and all of the above,