The thing about books is that they’re real. And not in the sense that they aren’t a figment of my imagination. Not in the sense that they are, in fact, solid entities. No, books are even more real than that. When I pick up a book, whether it be fantasy or biography or even instruction that book comes alive to me. The girl who never really lived – I become her. I live her life, share her sorrows, and take pleasure in her joys. I see life as it was through the eyes of the WWII veteran. And the way outlined in the instruction becomes the only way to do it – unless, of course, I take the opposite point of view and argue with the book. But you see, that is exactly how it works!!! How does one argue with an object that is supposedly inanimate? How does one know and even become the little girl or the old man who may never have existed, and that I have certainly never met in the flesh? It’s because books have a life of their own. All they need is for a reader to come and open them up, and then they divulge all their secrets. Or at least enough to make us come back again and again. It does not matter if we come back to the same book or merely continue reading other books. Books are not selfish. They don’t envy the book that is worn to tatters because it has been so loved and read that it is falling apart. They all share in the joy we find in their worlds. Because they are alive.
Not literally. But I walked into work an hour early this afternoon. My coworker looked at me a bit strangely. Oh well,such is life. At least I get paid for an extra hour 🙂 And I brought my tatting to work on. Maybe I’ll try to find a new pattern to work on in green variegated thread…A very simply pattern…
Did you know that going running makes you hungry? And not just that night, but the next day, and the next…and it goes on and on. It can be a real pain.
Wow. You would think that coming off a break like we just did here Monday (and Tuesday) morning wouldn’t hit as hard. Actually I’m having a harder time today than yesterday…
Anyway, I’ve been meaning to tell you about a good book I just finished on Sunday.Let me get into lecture mode *ahem*
C.S. Lewis is best known as a children’s author. His Chronicles of Narnia are beloved by those who read them and have been made into movies both in the past and the present. But Lewis wrote more than just children’s stories. Lewis was born into a religious family, but in his teen years he left the church. Later, because of the influence of several friends such as J.R.R. Tolkien, he accepted Jesus Christ as his Saviour and became part of the Anglican church. Mere Christianity started out as a series of radio broadcasts during WWII, but Lewis decided to expand it later, perhaps because of the wide response it elicited. A small book, Mere Christianity using logic to prove Christianity – the logic that persuaded him to be a Christian. Many people seem to view Jesus Christ as a good man, but Lewis reasons that because of Jesus’ claims to perfect divinity, He must have either been a liar or a madman or telling the truth. The book was challenging to me personally as a Christian. I hope you will take the time to look it over. You can read or listen to it free here:
(If I were cool I would know how to make that a convenient clicky link…)
Well here at my university we are coming off a week of rest. We don’t exactly have Spring Break – we don’t have classes, but we have speakers come in and speak to us about the Bible. Pretty cool. So while we didn’t have classes we still had a lot going on this week. And you know how when you have free time you schedule yourself to do lots of random cool stuff? ya. So while this week was restful, it was still busy. Just a different kind of busy.
But now the time has come to gear up for school again. I’ve read most of the book for my book report, done my projects for Monday, put my laundry in the wash, etc. I feel accomplished. If only there wasn’t so much still to do.
Spring is in the air. Here at my university we students have finally finished the last week of school before a much-needed and well-deserved rest. People are lounging around, hanging with friends, and basically doing nothing that needs to be done – because we’ve got a week to do it. I love this time of year.
And happy St. Patrick’s Day! Are you wearing green? (Does green eye shadow count?)
Final performance of opera tonight. Here’s to the last hurrah!
I just submitted my recital request date. I’m hoping for Friday, April 19 at 5:00. Be there, be square. (And yes, I do know that’s more than a year away. Wow. A year is a long time…)