I’m back to The Phantom Banjo after taking the weekend to read Upgrading. The Phantom Banjo brings two things irresistibly to mind. First, my mother’s Ozark Trilogy books. Second, C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters.

Yesterday in church our corporate prayer included thanks for “the solace of literature.” I think that was a first.

I’m still decreasing for the toe of my sock. I’ve now fooled around with the lace so much — decreasing in surprising spots in order not to disrupt the pattern — that I am not sure I will be able to reconstruct it for the second sock.

At least I won’t have to felt it before I can tell. But I foresee a certain amount of frogging to make sure the two socks match. Ideally, I would have made notes as I did it.

For all those who are starting classes today — and especially you, Pokey — have a terrific day! Be sure to eat a good breakfast, and tell us all about your classes!