(Oakland, CA. Photo courtesy of my pal, Asma.)
I have a goal to read a certain number of books by the end of the year. As summer draws to a close, I’m not nearly where I “should” be to get that goal met. But the little dictator and calculator in my mind who typically monitors these tasks of intellectual pursuit and fortitude here rests quietly appeased and sun-drunk like a sleeping babe.
Despite laxing on my summer reading, I’ve had such a delightfully satisfying fill of the season… playing frisbee at the beach, going on a picnic, to a baseball game, watching outdoor movies, swimming in the pool, the sea, and a river, too…
At the end of summer, then, my assessment is that no reading-, or other summer-regrets, are required.
Here’s what I did manage to read this summer while in pursuit of the sun:
“The state of Texas is now producing more oil than the country of Iran.” (Sept. 11, 2013)
“In 2012 November the IEA stated that the United States would surpass Russia and Saudi Arabia and become the world’s largest oil producer sometime between 2017 and 2020.”
“…a Gulf region thought to be largely tapped out, it turns out, hadn’t even begun to give up its real spoils, leading to an oil boom that has turned the United States from a net gasoline importer to a net exporter for the first time in 50 years.” (Sept. 14, 2013)