One of the things that is guaranteed to hotwire your brain is reading Plato. Between this and a wide range of other miscellaneous events I haven't been able to update this site for quite a while but hopefully that will change from now on.
I kept on reading Happold on mysticism and it gets better and better. He goes through most of the religious traditions and gives a report card on how they answer the human condition. His most interesting comments are on the mystical path and how far each tradition is able to go. I never knew about the mysticism of action.
I have started to read 'Islands in the stream' again by Hemingway. Because it is a posthumous book you get the idea that it is not as polished as other books and that some parts are autobiographical jottings that he may never have intended to publish. There is one incident where he is living on a small Caribbean island and his children start to play a game with a group of tourists. The children start asking for gin and this enrages one of the girl tourists so much that she has a tantrum then runs out and possibly starts a romance with one of the kids.