READING: The Forest Lover by Susan Vreeland. No, no this is not some sort of romance novel, it is a book about Emily Carr, a Canadian painter who traveled (in the early 1900s) through the forests to locate Indian totem poles so that she could paint pictures of them in their natural habitats to preserve the memory of them as they were in danger from natural disintegration, destruction, theft, and being sold to private collectors. It is interesting to learn about the totem poles, the stories they represent, etc. and has inspired me to learn more about them in a historical context.
SWIMMING NEWS: College recruiting season continues and Matt is enjoying meeting swimmers who come in each weekend to check out the IU swimming/diving programs. They come from all over the United States so Matt likes to hear from them about their areas of the country, their swim programs, and to show them what IU is all about. One of the things he is in charge of on Friday mornings (since he has no classes on Friday morning) is showing the guys the dorm rooms that the swimmers at IU have. He says it is also a good excuse for him and Ian to have their room very clean and vacuumed each Friday!