May 30, 2023
May 29, 2023
I might have mentioned this book in the past, but it's worth adding to this list. It's been a lifesaver when it comes to having an awareness of steep grades and mountain passes that may or many not be suitable for RV travel. I've annotated my copy with reminders of how our RV handled a particular pass/grade, as well as notes from RV bloggers warning of dangerous situations and roads to avoid.
We each have our "work stations," which we can easily stow away when it's time to eat. Rod has a new book contract, so it's important for him to have a place to write, even when we're on the road.
May 28, 2023
Soon after I began working for the Professor, I realized that he talked about numbers whenever he was unsure of what to say or do. Numbers were also his way of reaching out to the world. They were safe, a source of comfort.
As we reached the top of the stairs that led to the seats above third base, all three of us let out a cry. The diamond in all its grandeur was laid out before us--the soft, dark earth of the infield, the spotless bases, the straight white lines, and the manicured grass. The evening sky seemed so close you could touch it, and at that moment, as if they had been awaiting our arrival, the lights came on. The stadium looked like a spaceship descended from the heavens.
May 27, 2023
May 26, 2023
May 23, 2023
If the back room was supposed to be a punishment, it never worked that way. In all the steps needed to take a story from writer to reader, the unpacking of a box in a bookstore was a ridiculously small one, and yet to Kit it always felt like being at a party where the books were the guests of honor. He liked to take each one from the box, raising it slightly in the air.
May I present the honorable Great Gatsby/Snow Child/Olive Kitteridge...
It was something she would tell her son later, when he was learning to read himself--how your first read of an extraordinary book is something you can only experience once. The most fitting analogy might be losing one's virginity with the perfect partner--but that wasn't a comparison she was going to use with a four-year-old.
"It's like eating the best ice-cream cone of your life on a hot day," she told him. "You want to eat it fast, but have it never end."
A narrator has to be able to inhabit a myriad of ages and accents, both genders and all their various permutations, without ever relying on the visual of a crooked eyebrow, the mood enhancement of a musical score. And, unlike screenplays, where stage directions were generally clear and directions stood at the ready, a book required the narrator to hunt for clues.
I enjoyed No Two Persons, but it was a lighter read than I'd anticipated. I read the print edition, and I'll bet the audio is great with its full cast of narrators (Barrie Kreinik, Braden Wright, Carol Jacobanis, Cassandra Campbell, Gabra Zackman, George Newbern, Jesse Vilinsky, Max Meyers, Rachel L. Jacobs, and Stephen Graybill).
May 21, 2023
May 19, 2023
Looking Back... In an effort to transfer my book journal entries over to this blog, I'm going to attempt to post (in chronological order) an entry every Friday. I may or may not add extra commentary to what I jotted down in these journals.
May 17, 2023
May 15, 2023
May 12, 2023
May 9, 2023
"Many assume love is straightforward," Angelina continues, "when really it is the most complicated of things. There is a right way, a preferred way, for each individual, to love and be loved by someone--but there isn't only one way. I believe the difficulty of life has much to do with understanding and then navigating how the people you love both express and receive love themselves. It cannot be your responsibility, your burden, to reshape people into someone you'd like them to be. Ultimately, you must either accept a person for who they are, how they behave, how they express themselves emotionally, and find a healthy way to live with them, or let them go entirely. Either way, you must release yourself from that responsibility."