It’s Monday, what are you reading?—a weekly blog meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.
Today is Labor Day in the United States, and I’m grateful for this paid holiday off work. While I love a good grill out on a day off such as this, I also like to reflect, remember, and read about the history of this holiday and all we’ve achieved thanks to hardworking union members. I know it’s not much, but to honor those that have fought and sacrificed (and died) for a decent living wage, fair hours, weekends off, and myriad policies we all benefit from today, I’m reading a bit more of There is Power in a Union by Philip Dray today. I have it on ebook, and it’s a chunkster, so you know those always take me a while to get through. I’ll probably also read a chapter or two more of Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States. I’ve also come across some great articles online this morning:
- The Forgotten Radical History of Labor Day (Talking Points Memo)
- Top Ten Labor Day Songs (The Nation)
- Labor Day: Why You Get to Day-Drink like a Blogger Today! (Wonkette)
- 7 Union Heroes to Remember This Labor Day (Think Progress)
During this three-day weekend I also had a sort of mini-readathon for myself, finishing Our Souls at Night by Kent Haruf, The Beautiful Bureaucrat by Helen Phillips, and (almost done with) Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Reviews coming this week!
Otherwise, I’m having a lot of fun with my (old) new stereo set up. I had my mom’s old Dual 1019 turntable from the 70s all through high school—besides my guitars it was my favorite thing I had. I didn’t bring it with me when I left for college because I was first in the dorms, then I didn’t want to subject it to frequent apartment moves. And after graduating, I felt like I might be on the verge of moving to a different city anytime, so why bring it down then? Well anyway I finally decided I wanted it, moving issues be damned, and I’m so glad! My dad fixed it up and helped me gather up the other components I needed. Nick and I are having a blast listening to records at home!
Another thing I recently started was an Instagram account. You can see the thumbnails in the right-hand column here on my blog now. I’m having a lot of fun with it, even though it can be a little awkward using an iPad mini and my regular camera instead of an iPhone. Follow me at @kristinshafel!
Lastly: I hit my 6th blogoversary about a week ago! And also 500 followers this week! Thank you for joining me here 🙂
What are you reading this week?