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NASCAR, Books and Everything Else

It’s Monday already.  What happened to the weekend???  Gorgeous weather here on the Gulf.  Husband out for daily walk in a sweatshirt of all things, and I’m doing the laundry.  So.  What happened this weekend?  A huge crash at NASCAR, here at Talladega, several books read, fun with cards and kids at the library, and church.  My glasses came in so I picked them up.  They feel odd.  It’s been 2 years since my eye surgery, so wearing them’s gonna take some getting used to on my part.  Still, those fuzzy objects in the background are a little sharper.  Going to the movies will be fun again – I was seeing movies in 3D without the 3D.  Painful.  I can still read my beloved books without the glasses so that’s a plus from the surgery.  YAY!   

Books.  I read several – did I mention that already?  Karen Kingsbury’s prequel to The Bridge (already preordered) was offered on Amazon so I snapped that and read it; Davis Bunn’s All Through the Night (awesome read!); Randy Wayne White’s Dead of Night and Dark Light; started Anna Quindlen’s Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, and White’s Hunter’s Moon.  I’ve requested the last four Doc Ford novels from my local library and then I’m done with that series.  I enjoyed those books, even with the ecology and environment preaching by White.  Since I’m not a scientist, some of the facts went over my head, but they were good conversation starters with a friend at the local library who’s a great advocate for the same causes.  There are so many good books out there that I sometimes wish I could just read by osmosis.  Then I could do several at the same time.  But what fun would that be?

I have to admit that I didn’t watch the NASCAR race, but my husband did.  When I mentioned that I knew Talladega is here in Alabama, he just looked at me and smiled.  I asked if he wanted to go to a race there, he said sure, someday.  Hmmm.  Christmas present to him – tix?  That got me thinking – Christmas is coming and I haven’t done a lick of shopping for anyone yet.  I’m confident we’ll get the job done, probably in one day.  Books for everyone!!  Wait – if you’re family, and you’re reading this – forget that!

My husband helped me put bookcase number six together for our bedroom and wonder of wonders, he agreed with me that we need a seventh.  HA!  We have a wonderful master bedroom with a huge window that would be perfectly framed by two bookcases.  Can’t wait.  Well, I can, but I don’t want to.  I’m not a patient person, which is surprising.  I always thought once I retired, I’d learn to sit back, relax and let life happen.  Nope.  But I’m learning.  If I can sit still long enough to read a book in one sitting, then something must be happening, right?

Happy Monday, y’all!!

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All That From Just Twenty Words

I make no apology when I state I LOVE to read.  But being a non-political person, one thing I’ve not read with any consistency is op-ed pages of newspapers or news magazines such as Time or Newsweek.  And because I didn’t, I’ve apparently missed out on the most delightful author Anna Quindlen.  I was on an internet website that had a quote of hers at the end of the webpage.  The quote: “Books are the plane, and the train, and the road.  They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.”   Twenty words, but oh, the stunning power.

Being so not a writer, I have no desire or compelling need to pen a tome or write a romance.  There are plenty of those out there in readerland and thank goodness for them.  But how I wish I could relay to you the emotional impact from just those twenty words.  Finally, finally, someone had succinctly expressed in just twenty words the power of a book.  I should make them my new mantra.

As soon as I had calmed down, I started googling Ms. Quindlen, went to her website, read about her on GoodReads, and put her book, “How Reading Changed My Life” on hold at my library.  Except for those few words, I can’t remember if I’ve read any of her works, but I find myself looking for other quotes (I found them on Goodreads), googling her books, putting them on my wish list, and wondering about the kinship I feel with her.  I have no idea if I’ll even like her works, and I may never meet Ms. Quindlen, but I do appreciate her singular understanding of books and their power.

All that from just twenty words.

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