Anyway. Last night instead of watching TV for an hour or two while I painted my toenails "cherry berry," I sat in silence. And enjoyed it. I felt peaceful. Calm. Maybe not as "zoned out" as when watching TV, but much more relaxed.
And then I read the rest of Alice Sebold's "The Almost Moon," which was quite depressing. I found myself rushing to finish it just so I didn't have to live through this middle-aged woman's anguish any longer. I enjoyed her other two books ("The Lovely Bones" and "Lucky") much more, even though they were also about dark topics.
Currently on my nightstand: "Breathing Water" by Tammy Greenwood. I read her book "Nearer Than the Sky" and enjoyed it immensely. "Breathing Water" is about a young woman still recovering from an abusive relationship, and doing so at her family's lake cabin. It reminds me of Keuka Lake.
Ramble. Ramble. Ramble.