Category: Books

Recent Reads

I read a lot, not having cable only increases the reading done in our house. While we visit Half Priced Books and Hastings with regularity I often find a lot of my reading is also done online. I wanted to share a few of my favorite reads lately. Most of these are short stories.

I also recently picked up a couple of books (yes, good old fashion books with lots of pages of paper bound together) – a few by Steve Martin (yep, that Steve Martin who also has a really great Bluegrass album), Betty White’s memoirs, another Michael Critchon and “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card. Books that run the genre gamut for sure, hopefully the boys will follow. More soon….

I read a lot, not having cable only increases the reading done in our house. While we visit Half Priced Books and Hastin...

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“The Island”

The boys are almost done with their summer reading list for school. We are in the final stretch of the 20 required books and CaseyJ (aka Jelly) was reading a book of poetry by A.A. Milne and I had heard him giggle at a few of them. So when he handed me the book when he was done I flipped through it and read a short poem about a bear, noting the bear really looked like Winnie the Pooh…. Later that night I slapped myself in the forehead, duh, Milne later wrote “The Adventures of Christopher Robin” and Winnie the Pooh. Hence the total resemblance. On to the post title for today, I also found the poem “The Island” in A.A. Milne’s “When We Were Younger” and it fits me like a glove. I am beach girl at heart and I’ve often said I’d like to have my own island (as long as it high speed internet of course). If you’ve ever seen “Nim’s Island” that’s my dream living place (who wouldn’t want to live on an island with Gerard Butler?)… but I’m not opposed to living near beautiful snow topped mountains either. Enjoy –

Nim's Island Tree House

The Island, by A.A. Milne

If I had a ship,
I’d sail my ship
I’d sail my ship
Through Eastern seas;
Down to a beach where the slow waves thunder –
The green curls over and the white falls under –
Boom! Boom! Boom!
On the sun-bright sand.
Then I’d leave my ship and I’d land,
And climb the steep white sand,
And climb to the trees
The six dark trees,
The coco-nut trees on the cliff’s green crown –
Hands and knees
To the coco-nut trees,
Face to the cliff as the stones patter down,
Up, up, up, staggering, stumbling,
Round the corner where the rock is crumbling,
Round this shoulder,
Over this boulder,
Up to the top where the six trees stand….

And there I would rest, and lie,
My chin in my hands, and gaze
At the dazzle of the sand below,
And the green waves curling slow
And the grey-blue distant haze
Where the sea goes up to the sky….

And I’d say to myself as I looked so lazily down at the sea:
“There’s nobody else in the world, and the world was made for me.”

The boys are almost done with their summer reading list for school. We are in the final stretch of the 20 required books...

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Quote of the Week

I finished the book “The Simple Faith of Mr. Rogers” and it was great. I would highly recommend it to anyone, Christian or not. It’s filled with wonderful reminders to slow down and that the mantra of treat your neighbor like yourself is really what we all need. That being said I’ll try a new weekly feature – quote of the week. Without further ado here it is –

“To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.”
~ St. Thomas Aquinas

I finished the book "The Simple Faith of Mr. Rogers" and it was great. I would highly recommend it to anyone, Christian...

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Expanding Your Mind

I’ve always wanted to set up certain weekly or monthly postings like book of the month or wine of the month type things. I am so undependable on my blog lately I haven’t taken the time to implement any of this. But since I am working late today and have already fed the boys their dinner now is as good of a time as any. I’ll start with books first. Keep your mind sharp and learn a thing or two maybe, or just entertain yourself. Yesterday I found a book in the clearance area of Hastings called “The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers“. I picked it up and decided it looked interesting enough for the $6 price tag. It was written by Amy Hollingsworth who had a friendship and correspondence with Fred Rogers until his death in 2003. I’m only about 20 pages into the book and it’s absolutely wonderful. Most of America grew up with Mister Rogers Neighborhood, we remember him changing into his sweater and sneakers, Trolley and the land of make believe. I think even folks who have no religious or spiritual beliefs could benefit from and enjoy this book. I certainly recommend it and as soon as I finish I’ll do a better review on it.

I've always wanted to set up certain weekly or monthly postings like book of the month or wine of the month type things....

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