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June 7th, 2011

06:55 pm: First Day of Heat Wave

You know, we usually have heat waves and heat indexes and pollution ranges in July. Last night I watched TV, read the paper, and got to bed to read at 2am. I finished the book at 4:30am and came out to get the paper and check online for today's temperature. It was 88F, but there was a heat index and the pollution is orange. It may be in the 100s the next three days. I was watching early news while I was online and with that, like an idiot, I played solitaire until 7am. I changed the alarm to 2pm, but turned it off when it buzzed and slept until 4:30pm.

I'm in a lot of pain today and I don't know why. One good thing: when I dropped Spirit's half-cup Pyrex custard cup (water) in the sink, it only broke into three pieces that fit together perfectly. I have more of those. With more pieces, I would have had to call a friend in the middle of the night to come take care of it. That's a problem without a door and walls for the kitchen.

I called and rescheduled the PT appointment and checked for another doctor. After that, the only thing I'll do today is laundry because I'm very sleepy and may have to take a nap.

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07:14 pm: The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

The entire title is: The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration.

This book covers the roughly 60 years in the last century where blacks went North and West to get out of the dangerous South. She uses three (real) people from different places, to different places, who did different things, etc., to show the variations of what happened in the Migration.

Her writing of the stories adds context, for example, between 1889-1929, a black was hanged or burned every four days. During the migration, Detroit's black population grew from 1.47% to 44%. The turn of the 21st century has more blacks in Chicago than the entire state of Mississippi. One of the people of whom she writes, Dr. Foster, knows Ray Charles and is mocked in Hide nor Hair (which is not accurate about Foster).

The book has 84 pages of context and 538 pages of stories. The context is quite thorough: Notes of Methodology, Afterword, Acknowledgments, Notes, Index, and Permissions: Acknowledgments.

It is long, but the stories were very interesting and the context giving more info. I recommend it.

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