An apology to the author

On an earlier post I was giving a brief review on a book I was reading – A Life of Bright Ideas by Sandra Kring.  I gave it a ho hum review even though I was barely into the book.  Unlike some readers, I tend to keep on plodding through books looking for something to speak to me.  I have revised my review… still in the early pages.   The book has spoken to me.  I found a passage that is quiet and powerful and that passage alone makes the book worth reading to me.

  “Whatcha doing, Uncle Rudy?” I asked, saying exactly how I used to..
     “Just sitting here being with the breeze,” he said.
     Other than a glance up to make sure the sky was clear as I hurried down the steps, I hadn’t noticed anything about the day’s weather.  I paused, feeling the air, then asked, “What breeze?”
     “Close your eyes, ” Uncle Rudy said.  “You gotta be still, though, or you won’t feel it.”
     I sat up straight and did as he instructed, turning my palms up.
     At first all I felt was the sun warm on my skin, but then I felt it.  A breeze so soft it was like an echo from a whisper.
     “See?” Uncle Rudy said quietly.

I loved that moment.  Hopefully we all have those moments where we really stop and absorb the total experience of our surroundings whether it be a beautiful day, a family gathering filled with the chatter of many voices, a beautiful garden or painting, or a song that brings with it memories.

(Photo taken in Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina.  It was one of those days.)

Library Appreciation Week

Library Appreciation Week is now over.  But the poster is still true.  It’s even harder when you work at a library.  All those books just beckon to you.  Take me!  Read me!  Everything looks good… good thing they are fat free.

I read and listen to books.  I have a few favorite readers and Jim Dale tops the list.  He read all the Harry Potter books and was amazing!  He also did the Peter and the Star Catchers series by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson.  I read and listened to all of those books and when Jim Dale reads it transports you there.  You get lost in his world.  He’s a good listen for a long walk because you get totally involved and will walk longer than normal… good for the heart!

On my reading table right now are:

  1. When Parents Text by Lauren Kaelin and Sophia Fraioli.  This is a great book to pick up and read in snippets.  It is hilarious, especially to “older” texters like myself.  It is based off a website the authors created.  Click on the book and it will take you to the website.
  2. A Life of Bright Ideas – Sandra Kring.  This is an okay book.  Interesting, but not demanding of my time.  I have no problem putting it down to knit and watch Modern Family.  I’m only 33 pages in… it may end up grabbing me and holding me hostage… if it does I will post an apology for giving it a ho hum review.
  3. A NIght Circus – Erin Morgenstern.  I am listening to this book.  And Jim Dale is the reader.  A very mysterious book.  It is one of those books that slowly introduces you to a cast of characters and then starts weaving their lives together and the whole thing pulls together beautifully.

I think it is time to go pick up one of those books. Hm mm… which one?

Gratuitous photo and my start on the technology path

I tripped and fell head first into technology.  Nobody would ever label me a geek, but I would willingly label myself curious.  In fact, that is one of my traits I value highly.  It all began at Ball State.  Stretch’s (significant other) daughter was in freshman year and called in a panic because she had to turn something in on a computer in a lab somewhere on campus.  The year is 1986.  I look to my former IBM salesman husband and, as is typical of an IBM salesman, he said he knew how to sell them not how to work them.  So guess who drove to Muncie and helped out.  Gene wrote using the no fail technology of pencil and paper and I typed away on a terminal.  After many trips back and forth to a little glassed in room to find out how to center, double space and other formatting tricks, we were finished.  On the way home I decided we had to get a computer.  We needed to know how to use these darn contraptions.

Buying a computer in ’86 was crazy.  Once again, the sales people wanted to sell them without showing you how they worked.  After much study and frustration I bought an AT&T 6300 with dual 5.25 floppy drives, an RGB monitor and no hard drive.  And the printer was a state of the art Epson dot matrix printer.  I won’t even tell you the price… ugh!  It was a very scary piece of equipment.  It sat on our dining room table for at least 45 days before I gathered the courage to use it.  If it hadn’t cost so much it might still be sitting there.  Anyway, from then to now and the phone I carry in my pocket is more powerful than that monstrosity on my dining room table.  (My husband still doesn’t quite get how computers work, but he loves his i Pad which I keep updated and loaded with all the apps he will love the most.)

You will find I have very mixed feelings on technology, but one thing I love about technology are the book sites.  I belong to two sites.  Shelfari and Goodreads.  I have recently switched to Goodreads and have to admit to preferring it over Shelfari.  It is very possible I like it better because I know more people on Goodreads, but I also find it easier to find out about genres of books I enjoy and the reviewing and record keeping is not as long and convoluted as that of Shelfari.  And with that I will end this piece with a book recommendation for the child in all of us –
David Wiesner’s FLOTSAM.  If you follow the link you will find the author’s site.  I saw him present how he conceived and created this book.  I know there is a video on YouTube.  It is wonderful.

And the author and his making of Art and Max.