As a big John Steibeck fan, one of my favorite books is Travels with Charley his 1960 travelogue depicting a roadtrip with his standard poodle Charley. The trip was Steibeck's chance to see the country one last time before his death. I love the idea of the book, and while I have not made the estimated 10,000 mile trip Steinbeck made with his dog, Ella (my rescue pup) and I have made plenty of journeys over the last year. Ella on a foggy morning walk You see, pre-Covid Ella would get two, maybe three walks per month if she was lucky. It was not until the shutdowns hit that I realized how much time I really have in a day (and how much I wasted I laying around doing nothing). I made a decision to walk every Ella at least two miles every day that I could (the only reason we would skip a day would be due to poor weather). In previous visits with my doctor, he would always say it only takes two weeks to build a habit, and I have to tell you he was correct. It was not long before Ella
It sure is nice, that when randomly texting with a friend they ask what you are reading this summer. I explained that I had started a book (my May read) but was in a funk and looking for something new. Within an hour there was a knock on my door and my friend had a new book for me to read. My July "Read of the Month" that a friend was so nice to share is The Traveler's Gift by Andy Andrews. July 2021 Read of the Month I have started the book and it is on the path of a self-help book intertwined with fiction. I am over 50% complete and should have a review soon. I guess I really don't like term "self-help" and will use "leadership" in its place. I do enjoy leadership books, as I use information from them both in my personal life and in my role as a teacher/student council adviser. Look for a review here in a week or two. Happy summer reading everyone!