I have four indulges. Actually, I have more. But for today, I’m sharing four.
I love to get lost in watching a television show. You know the kind. Downton Abby, The Big Bang Theory, and my most recent binge with the likes of Justified, Bosch, and The Newsroom. They were awesome. I think of them as research on steroids. The writers of these series are (were) extraordinarily clever. Elmore Leonard, who’s short story Fire in the Hole was the basis for the Justified series has been a favorite author of mine for years. These TV shows hooked me like many books do, which leads me to my next indulgence.
Books. Books of all flavors, sizes, colors, styles, and topics. It doesn’t matter if it is fiction or non-fiction. I have an entire room, which is supposed to be called a library filled with them on shelves, in stacks on the floor, and in boxes, bags, or crates. What books? The typical research collection from mathematics to the black arts of murder. And then, I have a serious collection of certain authors. Of course, the fore mentioned Elmore Leonard’s Rum Punch and about ten or so of Patricia Cornwell. There is also the complete series of Harry Potter and works by Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler). Yes. I’m a hoarder of books. But, that is not all.
Magazines. Now, unlike books. There are only certain mags I’ll hoard. I recently came into possession of a stack of Ladies’ Home Journal from 1922. Yes. They are not in the greatest condition, but what a treasure. I love all of the stories, pictures, advertisements, and …Well, you get the idea.
Radio Classics. I had not planned to talk about this one. But while visiting my lovely hairdresser, Gail, she reminded me of my need to listen to all things “Old Radio.” I grew up in a children’s home–350 strong. With that many young folk running around. You learn to dream with noise in the background. I like white noise when I work. Lots of it. If I’m not listening to music (another indulgence), then I’m listening to radio shows. Gun Smoke, Have Gun Will Travel, The Shadow, Green Hornet, and my all time favorite–Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar. Greg Bell does an excellent job curating the show and you can find it on Sirius XM Radio channel 148. To learn more about Greg and his work, you can see a listing of future shows on his Greg Bell Media website.
By the way, I have other indulges. I’ll talk about them in future posts. How about you? What are your indulgences? Go ahead, you can even share a secret one or two. Until next time…
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