Thursday, February 23, 2006

Anne of Green Gables

The girls and I have been listening to the audio-book of Anne of Green Gables in the car over the last 2 or 3 weeks as we tootle about our errands. Of course I've read it umpteen times before but this is the first time I've listened to someone else read it! The reader does a great job! I am really enjoying it. I just love "Anne-with-an-E"! (My new little niece's middle name is Anne (with an E!). I suspect her mommy was inspired by this literary character, as I was by another one!)

One quote I heard today made me laugh out loud. Diana's aunt who took a shine to Anne said, "...She makes me love her and I like people who make me love them. It saves me so much trouble in making myself love them."

I thought that was great! I feel that way myself!

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Children's Lit

I love children's literature! Lately I've been re-reading some of the books I enjoyed as a child. I don't know if it's the nostalgia factor or if books written back then just really were better than most of the newer stuff. Actually, a lot of the stuff I read when I was growing up (in the '70s) was written in the '40s and '50s.

I didn't start school till I was nearly 7. (The school where I started didn't offer kindergarten at the time.) I learned to read that year and just devoured books! I was reading full-length chapter books by the end of 1st grade. I remember that summer between first and second grade our tiny little library couldn't keep me in books. They would send off for books for me from a larger library in the county. The only books I was really familiar with at the time were the Little House on the Prairie books. I read that whole series that summer, and the librarian picked other books for me.

One book I remember reading was about a little girl who could read minds. I didn't remember the title of the book or much about the plot other than her brothers helping her win a spelling bee by sitting in the audience looking up words in the dictionary so she could read their minds and spell the words correctly. For some reason, I just really enjoyed that story. We moved away before too long and I never had a chance to read that book again, and I never could look for it in other libraries because I didn't remember the title, much less the author.

Imagine my delight last week when this book [The Trouble with Jenny's Ear] just jumped out at me at my favorite local book thrift store. The minute I saw it I just knew it was that book I have been looking for since 1973! And for a quarter! I finally got to re-read it, and guess what? The plot was exactly as I remembered it. Fun!

I also came across a copy of an out-of-print Lois Lenski book, Judy's Journey. I remember reading all of Lois Lenski's books (at least all that I found in the libraries over the years), but these days only a couple are available, even at the library. After I re-read Judy's Journey, I realized why. They wouldn't be considered politically correct any more. Such a shame.

I found a list of Lois Lenski titles and added them to my wish list on www.paperbackswap.com. Maybe I'll get lucky and find some more. I'm also looking for Betsy-Tacy books.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Just Ramblin'...

Currently Reading
Double Vision
By Randall Ingermanson

I really enjoyed this book. The espionage kept me guessing. The most interesting thing was that the hero of the story had Asperger's syndrome. A young man I know has that, and definitely has some challenges to deal with. This book helped me understand a little bit more about it.

In other news...

I joined www.paperbackswap.com this week. Looks like a pretty neat deal! Swapping books I've read and am ready to pass on for "keepers"! My user name there is "karlacinid" if anyone wants to sign up and give me a referral credit... or add me to your buddy list. You get 3 free credits (each credit is worth 1 book) just for listing 9 books, whether anyone requests them or not. After that, it's 1-for-1... one credit for each book requested.

I had some major dental work done Friday. A filling, a crown replacement, and a wisdom tooth extraction all in one sitting. I was doing pretty good until last night. I think I got a "dry socket" where the wisdom tooth was. Pretty painful. The dentist called in a stronger pain med for me, so now my brain is in slo-mo. It was weird through the night. I would doze off and dream, but in my dream I was always in pain!

Monday, February 6, 2006

Revival

Currently Reading
Revival Fire
By Wesley L. Duewel

Our pastor has a burden to see a real revival in our day... and I'm finally beginning to catch the vision. We have gone for so long without it, that I'm afraid I am (or was) almost to the point of not believing it could really happen again. Yesterday the pastor gave me some notes of a sermon he preached on revival some years ago (before we lived here). I haven't worked my way through all of them yet... but the following really struck me...

"...Most Christians talk about wanting God to have His way, and sing about it, but would be scared to death if He did. Regardless of what we say and sing about, God won't come unless He is welcome. We really don't want Him to come and upset our programs and plans and direction of life. It's that comfort thing all over. We don't come to church expecting God to move. We don't want Him to interrupt anything that we have planned. There is no place in our time-managed, clock-oriented, appointment-filled lives for any interruptions...

"And that is the precise reason why God comes so seldom on the church today. We can get along without Him. We go about doing the work of the church with our abilities and our strength, and we can be certain that we will reap the harvest of mere human endeavor." (--W.L. Boone, 1994)

God help us all!

Thursday, February 2, 2006

Blogging...

I keep putting off posting because I keep thinking I'll come up with something more profound than just the daily happenings in my rather mundane life. And, really... I do think about things I could post. Just never when I'm in front of the computer. I think the problem is mostly that I don't want to take the time to organize my thoughts.

I attended a writing workshop one time and one of the speakers said that most writers don't really like to write. They like to "have written". That's me. The writing process is hard work! It takes a lot of thought to come up with just the right words to express my thoughts. However, I do get immense satisfaction when a thing is done!

Okay. See. I posted!

More later.