Gin and Topics

By Rebecca Todd

The shelves are eight feet high, packed tightly in no apparent order. The aisles between have stacks upon stacks of books of all sizes and descriptions.

In order to gain access to the heart of it all, you must ask permission, and directions. When I do so, she parts a few of the stacks and points me on the right path. I pick my way amongst the teetering tomes with a bag of fresh mini donuts (with cinnamon and powdered sugar, of course) and wander the rows, enjoying the smell.

That’s what summer is to me. It’s time to sit in the shade with my lazy hounds beside me, reading all those words I don’t have time for in the rushrushrush of the “busy” season.

My sticky flag highlighter pen at the ready, I embark upon a summer of hammock time with my novels.

I teased Gini Dietrich about her “summer” reading list, full of lots of death and darkness, but I headed right to the science fiction and fantasy corner to grab the next six things I will read.

I’ve had my nose firmly buried in Speaker for the Dead since then, but am emerging briefly to gather these fine videos for you.

This week’s Gin and Topics is brought to you by Amy Hingston, Paul Seale, Christina Pappas, Lindsay Bell, and me.

5. Giant Snake Opens Door, Nightmares. All my nightmares had a similar theme after watching this. Call me when you can’t sleep. I’ll be up.

4. The Difference Between Dogs and Cats. I always have the feeling that cats are just waiting for the opportunity to eat my face off. This confirms it.

3. French Bulldog Fart Scare. Bathroom humor! Bathroom humor! There is almost nothing more powerful than a dog fart (if you have a dog, you know what I mean), but this little bulldog might just be as appalled as his humans.

2. Hamlet the Mini Pig Goes Down the Stairs. I don’t know if I’ve ever wanted anything as much as Hamlet wants his oatmeal. At first he looks like he’s learning how to ski, criss-crossing down the stairs. But the best is when he finally reaches the oatmeal.

1. Russell Brand Interviews Westboro Baptist Church. This is long, but worth watching right until the end. I really admire how Russell encourages his fan to respect the courage that it takes these two men to come in front of an audience that obviously disagrees with them. To then confront their hate with a message of love and tolerance, while still demonstrating his intelligent opinions… really classy, Mr. Brand.

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Rebecca Todd

Graduating with her bachelor's of education degree, Rebecca Todd knew the classroom wasn’t for her. Her passion for adventure carried her to educational publishing, and now she travels the globe and savors life on the road as a representative for Ivey Publishing. But she’ll always be an academic at heart, as evidenced by the meticulous annotations in the science fiction novels she loves to find in second-hand bookstores. When she’s not working on her list of the world’s best vegan restaurants, she enjoys hot yoga, hangs with her dogs, and sometimes thinks about working on her Victorian home.

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