A fascinating story about George Washington and The Barber of Seville was scheduled for this week, but events conspired to prevent my finishing an excellent biography of Beaumarchais and so the subject is postponed until next time. On the upside, that will be perfect timing for the Fourth of July and there is no downside, just an excuse to introduce Alice, who came before books this week.
Alice – not her real name, since she was a stray – spent eight weeks at the West Los Angeles Animal Shelter before getting a new home. Why she wasn’t snapped up is a mystery, but perhaps there is rampant ageism at work in animal adoption – she is 7, which makes her a very middle-aged beagle.
But she has a great disposition and a beagle’s enthusiasm for the thousand messages carried by every breeze; once indoors, she conks out completely so as to be well-rested for her next foray into the world. Our shake-down cruise is proceeding nicely and soon there will be plenty of time for books.