Each month I like to talk a little bit about what I’m doing other than writing books. That gets harder in the summer, because as I’ve often pointed out, summer in Arizona is like winter in the North: I mostly stay indoors because it’s too hot to do anything outside. This is especially true in July and August, when sudden monsoon thunderstorms can leave streets running like rivers. I remember one day back when I was working when I had to stop at a Starbucks for an hour on my way home to let the water recede enough for me to go the rest of the way.
One thing I continue to do is attend the Ladies’ Bible Study on Thursday mornings at my church. Even the name of the group sounds folksy and old-fashioned, so it wasn’t too threatening for this introvert to show up to for the first time. I originally started going as a way of meeting some women in my new church, but I’m finding the readings and discussions enlightening.
Our current set of lessons is on miracles. The point of them is to teach that miracles are a way of showing the power and glory of God, and particularly as a way Jesus and his disciples convinced people he is the Messiah. I’d never thought of miracles in exactly that way. I was like most people who saw them: impressed by the acts themselves.
The one thing I don’t like about the current study is that it jumps all over the Bible, and often passages are read out of context. Several times I’ve found myself going back several verses or to the beginning of a chapter to put the chosen verses in context. I’ll be happier when we study Romans in the fall and read it from beginning to end. Yes, the lessons will still have references to other passages in other books of the Bible (scripture interprets scripture), but I gain a better understanding from reading a book in the order it was meant to be read.
Another thing I’ve been doing is going to what I call Old People’s Exercise at the clubhouse of my apartment complex. I’ve tried several kinds of exercise recently, Curves for one and a Tai Chi class for another, but anything that involves driving somewhere is liable to be something I won’t do for very long. I got bored with the Curves circuit after a while, and the Tai Chi class proved too challenging for someone who hasn’t exercised regularly for a long time. Actually, ever, except when I formed the habit of walking before work in the early morning before I retired.
I’d known about the exercise group since before I moved into the complex, but it’s taken me a year-and-a-half to actually start going. It’s at 9:00 AM three days a week, and I can leave my apartment at 8:55 AM and get there on time.
Now, I live in an over-55 community, and most of the residents are way over 55. I’m actually one of the younger residents, and probably one of the youngest in the class. The exercise in this group is very gentle, focusing on flexibility with some strength and balance exercises. A lot of it is chair exercise. The only aerobic exercise is a brief session of marching in place toward the end.
But it suits me. Like the Bible study group, it gets me out of the apartment and with people for a while. It’s tightening up what has become loose with my weight loss. And I don’t have to drive to get there.
Summer is a slow time for selling books. Most people stock up on summer reads in the spring, and then for two or three months are doing other things, including reading those books on the beach. So to encourage people to try my African Violet Club mystery series, True Blue Murder is on sale this week for 99 cents. If you haven’t read it yet, now would be a great time to pick up a copy.