Saturday 17th October, this is a day when two things happened which forced a third thing to happen.

My grandma went to hospital

There was something wrong with her white blood cell count. We went to see her but I was nervous this was the first time in a long time that she has been in there for something serious. By the time that we got there she had been feeling better, mum had said that she is looking better. I was relieved but again it stuck me, she is slowly slipping away. Each month I notice that she is getting a little bit older that she seems to forget things and that her cognition is off.

This has again sparked me into the whole family tree/history thing, my desperate need to know and record my past. For what purpose and for what end I’m yet to figure out but I do know that the more that I find out the more I am interested in.

I watched “Into the Wild”

It’s an interesting movie with a suggestive sub-text. We live in a materialistic world filled with people who are desperate to impress other people. I liked the story and it seems rather romantic…from the outside, the reality is a different story. It got me thinking about what I’m doing now and how much it really matters.

I wanted to find out the books that Chris (from the movie) read for him to reach this state of mind, this is what I’ve found so far.

  • ‘Tanaina Plantlore’ by Priscilla Russel Kari
  • ‘Education of a Wandering Man’ by Louis L’Amour
  • Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
  • War and Peace (Lev Tolstoy)
  • Death of Ivan Ilych (Lev Tolstoj)
  • Call of the Wild (Jack London)
  • White Fang (Jack London)
  • Moon-Face (Jack London)
  • Brown Wolf (Jack London)
  • To Build a Fire (Jack London)
  • Doctor Zhivago (Boris Pasternak)
  • Terminal Man (Michael Crichton)
  • O Jersualem! (Larry Collins & Dominique Lapierre)
  • Walden (Henry David Thoreau)

The aim would be to read it and see if I can see (figuratively) the same things that he did.

I’ve thought again about the idea of a journal

This has all let me to the mystical journal that I keep picking up and putting down. Half of it is this blog the other half is written for myself.

I think that I’ll give it another go in 2011.