Reading Without a Plan I’ve never had a reading plan before. My personality craves independence, and I don’t like the idea of structuring my life, particularly my entertainment, so I’ve never chosen to pre-plan my reading, watching, or activities list for the year. I dread the feeling of being ‘boxed’ in. Then last year, I had a personal goal – to read 70 books in 1 year. I thought, “I can read fast. I like… Read More »Why Make a Reading Plan?
At last, I have seen the fabled captain Ahab, and slowly, over the course of 12 more chapters, I have begun to get a whole sense of his personality. And yet I still feel like I know him very little, mostly because he strikes me as a man of action, and no action has as yet taken place. Right now, he stumps around the deck impatiently, and is taciturn and silent at the dinner table.… Read More »Moby Dick Journal – Chapters 22-34
Are fairy tales an escape from reality, or a window into a more real world we cannot see? Sulamith Wulfing, a renowned fairy tale artist of the early 1900’s, is reported to have had visions into this deeper reality, and would be far from saying that fairy tales are a world of falsehood. Her artwork, an incomparable contribution to the world of whimsy and wonder, is an immersion in theological love, heavenly bodies, and pure… Read More »A World of Real Fairy Tales
Some years ago – never mind how long precisely – having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. Moby Dick, by Herman Melville Well, I am now more chapters into Moby Dick than the number of chapters that are contained in many books, and have yet to meet the character whom… Read More »Moby Dick Journal – Chapters 1-21
I have been reading Moby Dick for a good two weeks now – a fortnight, as they say – and I think I shall keep a record of my observations as I make my way through. I would like to have it later to look back on, and I’d like to invite you to join me as, each week, I update this journal on what I’ve read, what I think of it, and what I… Read More »My Journey through Moby Dick
Giving Up on Moby Dick Two years ago, I gave up on reading Moby Dick. It was an extremely well-written work, with beautiful descriptions, vivid characters, and striking scenes; it was a book of mythic magnitude, of fabled fame, of prosperous popularity, and yet – I could not get through the seventh chapter. The sixth chapter had been entirely about describing a pulpit, which I found both vivid and boring, but I was willing to… Read More »Treading Water with Moby Dick, and the App that Finally Helped Me Read It!
“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby The first time I read it, I was curled up on the armchair in my room, sick with a mild flu, and I read it from cover to cover without pause. I did not thoroughly understand it, and even at the time, I knew there were layers and layers of nuance that were passing over… Read More »The Great Gatsby
It was the winter of weepingAs they all cried out “Me too!” “Me too!”In a vale of tepid tearsOver self-inflicted sufferingWhile the root of it all, the curse of it all,Was in their deepest yearningTheir heart-sick, unheard cries forReal love, full love, true loveA love beyond their comprehension.
“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden The Secret Garden was the first really difficult book I ever read. At first I made my way through pretty easily, although I had almost no idea how to picture the first chapters that took place in India, until Martha, the English servant, builds a fire in Mary Lennox’s room. As soon as she… Read More »The Secret Garden
1. Calm Your Life Our Modern Lifestyle Does Not Provide True Fulfillment. We are creatures of habit, used to the things we experience every day, and disinclined to take up those things that would break up our natural routines. We roll out of bed, down coffee, commute to the office, work, drive home, and eat dinner in front of Netflix. It is a familiar pattern, a pattern most of us revert to when we neglect… Read More »How to Stress Less and Read More