I have been loving the discussion and good fun, while dipping my oar in over at The Hannah Coulter Book Club.
The current entry at the HC Book Club is about membership. Some people are put off by that term and prefer community. How does “membership” work in modern life? Thoughts have been careening around in my head as I’ve worked this afternoon.
Now it is evening; I’m a bit lost since I finished my Christmas Sudoku book last night. I love, love, love to puzzle out a difficult Sudoku before I sleep.
The key, I found, to finishing difficult puzzles is to put the numbers together in a “community.” When I first played Sudoku, I would try to find all the twos until I could go no further. Looking for groups of numbers changed my approach. For example, if you have a box (or row…or column) with four numbers in it, figure out the five numbers missing. Say: 1,3,4,6,9. Looking for that combination of numbers in every cell gets better results in a shorter time that looking for single ones, single threes, single fours, single sixes and single nines.
There’s a lesson lurking underneath the surface.
When we are alone it is harder to find each other, harder to see where we fit in.
Or perhaps it is just time to turn off the light and go to sleep!