Have I mentioned that I have taken up harmonica? It’s a very enjoyable instrument. Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson are my heroes. I even play harmonica in a band, specializing in Hoochie Coochie Man and Long Train Running (the harp solo is extremely difficult to play). In the percussion department I have started doing djembe drumming after a lifetime of Western rhythms. This is all in addition to guitar and bass guitar. Oh the joys of retirement!

I’m also reading Jane Eyre, by which I am entranced. That wonderful old-fashioned writing, purity of heart, moral seriousness, and good old romance–also made possible by not being a professor any more. It provides an escape from the moral squalor of today. Highly recommended.


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