What I'm Reading This Week--
I'm just finishing up The Apostle by Brad Thor. This is a satisfying political thriller involving an American doctor kidnapped in Afghanistan and the special team hired by her rich mother to rescue her. Features Scot Harvath, Thor's series character, who is a former covert counterterrorism operative.
Next book on the list (just became available from the Hold I had placed on it at the library): The Neighbor by Lisa Gardner. I've heard a little buzz about this book so am anxious to get started. The beginning of the synopsis says, "...dangers lurking closer than you think. Because even in the perfect family, you never know what is going on behind closed doors."
What I'm Thinking About--
H1N1 flu and pandemics. We now have a few cases on our university's campus. For the first time today, I used one of those sanitary wipe cloths on my cart handle and my hands at the grocery store. I'm stocking a few extra supplies (about the same as we collected for hurricane season when we lived in Florida) in case we're told to stay home at any point.
I have two airplane trips to take this fall, and two writers' conferences to attend. I suspect social distancing will be in order, frequent hand washing, and use of sanitary wipes or hand sanitizer.
This is not a silly virusphobia. The CDC seems to think older people are less vulnerable than younger folks, but I wouldn't want to innocently transmit the H1N1 any more than I'd want to get it myself.
Pay attention to this thing. The CDC couldn't keep up with the testing, so doctors/hospitals are now only required to test and report the cases that are hospitalized. Those are the confirmed numbers you'll see in the paper. For more information, see the H1N1 flu page at CDC.gov.
My Quote of the Week:
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
This Week's Recommended Blog:
Problogger: 9 Things to Do To Make Sure Your Next Blog Post is Read By More Than Your Mom
The Best Thing I Had to Eat This Week:
The grilled buffalo with barbecue sauce at a lunch buffet at (get this) a little French restaurant in the small town of Berthoud, Colorado.