Reading

2019 Reading Challenge

I am halfway through my yearly reading challenge! So exciting! To my knowledge, I’ve never read 50 books in a year – and certainly not so many long ones! Making a reading plan at the beginning of the year was definitely a huge help to getting this done. Even 25 books in a year is a huge achievement, and I highly recommend making a reading plan for yourself for the rest of the year! You… Read More »2019 Reading Challenge

Moby Dick Reading Journal Chapters 65-70

Huh. I thought I read a lot more this week…I seem to remember sitting down every day to read from Moby Dick, but it must’ve only been a page or two each day, because I really didn’t get that far! The action has slowed down, and it’s mostly technical descriptions of how to splice up a dead whale.Sometimes you just don’t know what you don’t know. For instance, I had no idea that there had… Read More »Moby Dick Reading Journal Chapters 65-70

Moby Dick Reading Journal – Chapters 53-64

Over 52% read! I am feeling very accomplished right now!I fell behind in my reading for a little while, and skipped my entry last week altogether because I had read so little that I had nothing new to say. But I’ve gotten over the hump. That 35-50% hump, which seems to be the place that I always stop reading a book, and struggle to pick it up again. By 50% through a book, the turning… Read More »Moby Dick Reading Journal – Chapters 53-64

Do I Have to Finish the Book I Hate?

Ever sloughed through a painful book, wishing you had not committed to it, but feeling guilty if you put it down and pick up something new? You feel like there’s something wrong with you for not liking a book that everyone else has exuberantly recommended, so you want to finish it to keep up appearances. After all, maybe it will improve as you go? You won’t know until you get to the end, right? And… Read More »Do I Have to Finish the Book I Hate?

17 of the Best of the Ancient, Ancient Classics

These are the really old classical texts I read in high school and college that I actually liked! Full of passion, love, sacrifice, fate, and prime storytelling, they contain deep insights into human nature, and I highly recommend them! What’s the oldest book you’ve ever read? Mine is the Epic of Gilgamesh, but I didn’t like that one very much! 😴😄 1. Homer’s The Iliad 2. Homer’s The Odyssey 3. Sophocles’s Agamemnon 4. Sophocles’s Eumenides… Read More »17 of the Best of the Ancient, Ancient Classics

RISE

With a glance behind and gaze to fore I pushed myself beyond the door Door that closed upon my past And now the future die is cast Cast to breaking on the shore Shore that’s breaking on the floor Floor of deep embedded beads That time has wrought to sandy seeds Seeds mix and jumble up inside My newfound person stepping wide Wide the round and fertile earth a promise – a paean – of… Read More »RISE

Weirdly Whimsical Words

As I was falling asleep the other night I ran through words to help me fall asleep, and I was using the letter W. What came out ended up being a lovely vignette! Why worry when The woman begins To wield the weirdly words? — A whimsical charm A mystical yarn That reveals itself to the world. Read more poetry!

The Barren Garden

Where barren bones bring no life to straggling gardens, some seeds new and vibrant should be planted.But where do we find such soulful seedlings? Where should we plant our special plantlings?Plant and do not worry, for yesterday has passed away. Plant and rejoice, for tomorrow has a way of coming.Plants aplenty come and go, some regal and some low, but without today last years would be a myth. With today, tomorrow’s a gift.Rejoice and cry… Read More »The Barren Garden

A Whole New World in the Hundred Acre Wood

(An add-on article for my original post: how to motivate children to read more and my 2018 reading list)I grew up on Winnie the Pooh. I watched the classic movies, of course, and also the late 90’s and early 2000’s TV shows on Disney Channel on Saturday mornings, but my fondest memories of Winnie the Pooh are of the nights before bed when my dad read the A.A. Milne books aloud. He would do all the… Read More »A Whole New World in the Hundred Acre Wood

A Brave New World I Never Knew

Brave New WorldIn January at the beginning of the year, I was staying with a friend in New Hampshire for a couple weeks and browsing her bookshelves. I caught site of A Brave New World, and asked her if she thought I’d like it. As both of us were liberal arts students who had attended the same college together, she was in utter astonishment that I had never read it before.“Will I like it?” I… Read More »A Brave New World I Never Knew