I forgot about daylight savings time. That I skipped a day in posting in November was not so much a conscious choice as a mis-reading of a deadline. I had first noted back in January that the WP.com server seemed to advance to the next day’s date at 4pm in my time zone. That slipped back to 5pm when we began observing daylight savings time. I kind of forgot that it would go back to 4pm now that we are in standard time. And so was startled and annoyed with myself when I pressed publish at 4-something on the ninth and published on the tenth. Ah well. Just as when I first realized that I wasn’t going to manage every day in 2012, but kept on with it anyway, missing the smaller November goal won’t stop me from trying to keep up with the rest of the month anyway. And if I do manage to publish on each of the other 29 days, that would make for 96% which is a solid A in my book.
The words Turtle Beach bring first to my mind Pat Conroy’s novel Beach Music, in which several of the characters on a South Carolina island were working to preserve the endangered loggerhead turtle. While it was certainly easy enough to summon up an image from Wikipedia, I have to admit that I most know and know abut these extraordinary turtles from reading Conroy’s novel. Novels can inform us about so many things, it seems to me and I feel so fortunate for all of the novels I have been able to read and all those that I will yet get to. I’ve lived a life rich in fiction and for that I feel blessed.
Sponge has me remembering an actual sponge I used to own. I think I was like eight or nine years old when my parents took me on a driving trip to Florida. And somewhere near a beach we stopped and ate a Greek restaurant where I bought an actual sponge. I was amazed when told that local divers cut them from the rocks underwater. I brought it home and displayed it proudly on my book shelves for years and years. Though I have no idea whatever finally happened to it. My thanks to Doug Wolfgram for suggesting today’s words.