Wednesday, August 24, 2016

A couple of cooler days had me anticipating autumn.  No, not yet.  There is another month of summer and at least two or more weeks of summer-like weather before we can expect cooler, milder days.  There is little sign of autumn.  Days are noticeably shorter.  Crepe myrtle trees still bloom, but there are few new blooms.  Foliage is at summer full.

On a Recent R to A Walk, here are things I enjoyed:  a large tract of woodland, which I plan to explore in late autumn and winter; a solitary dogwood tree on an embankment; a large lot with grass and one large oak tree; another large lot with grass and two large oak trees; hardwood trees in yards and only one pine tree of some kind in one yard; many crepe myrtle trees; sounds of chickens and the crow of a rooster; a couple of hills that give good views of land beyond; in one yard, a tabby cat, lazing under an oak tree and watching me with some interest; in a driveway a calico cat sitting proudly and disdainfully ignoring me.  Drivers I met, without exception, waved.

Notes on Reading.  Fiction.  Graphic Novel.  Conor McCreery and Anthony Del Col, Kill Shakespeare.  Art by Andy Belanger.  IDW, 2014.

A friend enjoys graphic novels.  He gave me the book.  This was my first graphic novel, essentially a literary comic book.  It concerns  Hamlet’s quest to find Shakespeare, kill him, and take his quill to Richard III, who has convinced Hamlet that it is his fate, as indicated by prophecy, to do so.  He travels with Iago and Falstaff.  He and Falstaff visit Merry Wives of Windsor, here the name of a brothel in the forest.  They dress as women to escape when opposing forces arrive.  They ally with Juliet and Othello.  Juliet becomes an inspiring war monger, and the quest continues.  At the end of the book, we find that the story is to be continued.

I do not plan to continue the story.  Stephen Sondheim, in Into the Woods, combined characters from different fairy tales into a charming fantasy.  McCreery and Del Col’s blending is merely combination of characters without wit or insight to produce a mere adventure story.

I did enjoy one scene, where Hamlet meets the ghost of his father in a swamp.  The art work greatly enhanced the eerie and disturbing qualities of the episode.

Some pages were filled with art work of fighting and battles, with the only words being those like CRAACK, FWAK, SNAP, WHOMP, YAAGH, CLOP CLOP, THWONK.  Those pages were fun.

When I visit a book store again, I will browse and perhaps find another graphic novel.  Perhaps I’ll learn to enjoy them.

Notes on Reading.  Nonfiction.  Maya Magee Sutton and Nicholas R. Mann, Druid Magic: The Practice of Celtic Wisdom.  Llewellyn, 2013.

The twenty chapters, each devoted to a spiritual concept in Celtic and Druid wisdom and its application to our spiritual development, can be read in any order for reference, ideas, or spiritual enrichment.  My favorites: “What Is a Celt?”  “What Is a Druid?” “So You Want To Visit the Celtic Homelands?” “Learning the Druid Path from Nature” and “Using the Celtic Tree Alphabet.”  Throughout the book, ideas are enhanced by the inclusion of Celtic myths and legends.


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Retired high school English and French teacher.
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2 Responses to Wednesday, August 24, 2016

  1. mcrawford07 says:

    Mr. Oliver. I just shared your blog with Diane Brown – who you may remember was a distant second to me in class. As was David Setji – her then crush. We miss you, and hope you will reply soon – you have a big mid-forty-year-old fan club.

  2. Diane Brown says:

    Mr Oliver, this is Diane Brown reporting to set the record straight. Marc and I continue to be great friends but quite childlike and competitive despite being old enough to know better.

    We reminisce about you often and I just want you to know that I think of you any time I read poetry. Billy Collins is my favorite.

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