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1. Two Things on Tuesday


Thing One

I am so looking forward to going to one of my MOST favorite schools tomorrow. And how can I not love seeing this as the students prepare?



Thing Two

Don’t sit down in the middle of the woods. If you’re lost in the plot or blocked, retrace your steps to where you went wrong.
—Margaret Atwood 
 

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2. "Life’s too short for anxious score-keeping"

photo of Teju Cole by Wayne Taylor

 From a Q&A in the New York Times with Teju Cole:
What books are you embarrassed not to have read yet?

I have not read most of the big 19th-century novels that people consider “essential,” nor most of the 20th-century ones for that matter. But this does not embarrass me. There are many films to see, many friends to visit, many walks to take, many playlists to assemble and many favorite books to reread. Life’s too short for anxious score-keeping. Also, my grandmother is illiterate, and she’s one of the best people I know. Reading is a deep personal consolation for me, but other things console, too.

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3. Teaser Tuesday: wonder-filled words

A wonderful lady sent this to me in an email this morning and it inspired me, and so I want to share it with you too. Have a wonder-filled week!

“We lay there and looked up at the night sky

and he told me about stars called blue squares and red swirls. 

I told him I’d never heard of them.Of course not, he said,

the really important stuff they never tell you.

You have to imagine it on your own.”

-Brian Andreas, Traveling Light, Stories & Drawing for a Quiet Mind


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4. Follow your bliss

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You know how sometimes the perfect quote comes along at the perfect time? When I read this a few weeks back it breathed new life into me. This quote made it very clear that I am exactly where I need to be. I hadn’t been paying attention to my own bliss for a very, very long time. Life is too short to give your bliss away. Are you following yours?

I’ll announce THE STORYTELLERS giveaway winners tomorrow….


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5. "Everything is contingent, of course, on what you take yourself to be."


From "James Baldwin, The Art of Fiction No. 78" at The Paris Review:

INTERVIEWER
You read contemporary novels out of a sense of responsibility?

BALDWIN
In a way. At any rate, few novelists interest me—which has nothing to do with their values. I find most of them too remote for me. The world of John Updike, for instance, does not impinge on my world. On the other hand, the world of John Cheever did engage me. Obviously, I’m not making a very significant judgment about Updike. It’s entirely subjective, what I’m saying. In the main, the concerns of most white Americans (to use that phrase) are boring, and terribly, terribly self-centered. In the worst sense. Everything is contingent, of course, on what you take yourself to be.

INTERVIEWER
Are you suggesting they are less concerned, somehow, with social injustice?

BALDWIN
No, no, you see, I don’t want to make that kind of dichotomy. I’m not asking that anybody get on picket lines or take positions. That is entirely a private matter. What I’m saying has to do with the concept of the self, and the nature of self-indulgence which seems to me to be terribly strangling, and so limited it finally becomes sterile.

INTERVIEWER
And yet in your own writing you deal with personal experiences quite often.

BALDWIN
Yes, but—and here I’m in trouble with the language again—it depends upon how you conceive of yourself. It revolves, surely, around the multiplicity of your connections. Obviously you can only deal with your life and work from the vantage point of your self. There isn’t any other vantage point, there is no other point of view. I can’t say about any of my characters that they are utter fictions. I do have a sense of what nagged my attention where and when; even in the dimmest sense I know how a character impinged on me in reality, in what we call reality, the daily world. And then, of course, imagination has something to do with it. But it has got to be triggered by something, it cannot be triggered by itself.

INTERVIEWER
What is it about Emily Dickinson that moves you?

BALDWIN
Her use of language, certainly. Her solitude, as well, and the style of that solitude. There is something very moving and in the best sense funny. She isn’t solemn. If you really want to know something about solitude, become famous. That is the turn of the screw. That solitude is practically insurmountable.

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6. Blogging Advice from L.M. Montgomery

Two years is about long enough for things to stay exactly the same. If they stayed put any longer they might grow mossy. ~ Anne of Avonlea

If we have friends we should look only for the best in them and give them the best that is in us, don't you think? Then friendship would be the most beautiful thing in the world. ~ Anne of Avonlea

It is never pleasant to have our old shrines desecrated, even when we have outgrown them. ~ Anne of the Island

We mustn't let next week rob us of this week's joy. ~ Anne of the Island

But FEELING is so different from KNOWING. ~ Anne of the Island

We are never half so interesting when we have learned that language is given us to enable us to conceal our thoughts. ~ Anne of the Island

Experience teaches sense. ~ Anne of the Island

When you've learned to laugh at the things that should be laughed at, and not to laugh at those that shouldn't, you've got wisdom and understanding. ~ Anne of the Island

But a few italics really do relieve your feelings. ~ Anne of Windy Poplars

One can always find something lovely to look at or listen to ~ Anne of Windy Poplars

Are there, or are there not, two 'c's' in recommend'? In spite of the fact that I am a B.A. I can never be certain. ~ Anne of the Island

Somebody else's experience can never be yours. ~ Blue Castle

Oh, if I could only put things into words as I see them! Mr. Carpenter says, 'Strive--strive--keep on--words are your medium--make them your slaves--until they will say for you what you want them to say.' That is true--and I do try--but it seems to me there is something beyond words--any words--all words--something that always escapes you when you try to grasp it--and yet leaves something in your hand which you wouldn't have had if you hadn't reached for it.  ~ Emily Climbs

Well, it all comes to this, there's no use trying to live in other people's opinions. The only thing to do is to live in your own. ~ Emily Climbs

Don't let a three-o'clock-at-night feeling fog your soul. ~ Emily's Quest

There is always such a fascinating expectancy and uncertainty about the mail. ~ Emily's Quest

However, I feel much better now than when I began this entry. I've got quite a bit of resentment and rebellion and discouragement out of my system. That's the chief use of a diary, I believe. ~ Emily's Quest

© 2013 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

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7. $75 of WiseDecor Wall Decals | Giveaway

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8. Quote of the Week: Nicola Morgan

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10. Quote of the Week: Ray Bradbury

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11. Quote of the Week: Ray Bradbury

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12. Quote of the Week: Logan Pearsall Smith

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14. Quote of the Week: Jane Yolen

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15. Quote of the Week: Jane Yolen

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16. Quote of the Week: David Jauss

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17. Quote of the Week: David Jauss

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18. Quote of the Week: Edward Albee

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19. Quote of the Week: Neil Gaiman

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20. Quote of the Week: C.S.Lewis

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21. Quote of the Week: Franz Kafka

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23. Quote of the Week: Stephen King

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25. Quote of the Week: Edward Albee

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