Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
-- Macbeth, Act 5, Scene 5
Slim and Franke
Monday, May 16, 2016
ROBERT LOUIS STEPHENSON
Question/s Of The Week 5-16-16
Do you read? Has any particular book influenced you or left a life-changing impact?
Which are your favorite authors?
I find your book choice so interesting! There are so many books
that changed how I look at things: Black Like Me which I read in Middle
School, Heidi which I read as a child, and Charlotte's Web which I read
but not sure when...and so many more.
Hinds' Feet on High Places is a GREAT read!!! It is an an
allegorical novel by English author Hannah Hurnard written in 1955. It
is the story of a young woman named Much Afraid, and her journey leaving
home from her 'Fearing family' and UP into the High Places where the
Shepherd is found. She is guided on her journey by her two
companions...both Sorrow and Suffering. It is an allegory of a Christian
devotional life from salvation through maturity. I will never forget
this book!!! If you haven't read it, you must!
My mind went to childhood favorites, such as Anne of Green Gables
and Little Women. But as an adult, one book I've read over and over is
Blue Highways, by William Least Heat Moon. He was at a place in his
life at which he could just take off and drive around the country. The
book is his experience during that trip. I've so often just yearned to
do something like that. My sister asked me once, "Are you reading that
AGAIN?" Yes - and my copy still has the Nestles Crunch wrapper I used
as a bookmark the first time I read it.
I was thrilled when he messaged me a thank you on facebook, when I commented there about what that book has meant to me.
I still have my copy of No Children, No Pets, the first book I
picked out and bought myself through a school program. Now I love Toni
Morrison and Alice Hoffman. A day without reading is a day without
I've been a "book worm" since I was a child. However, when I was a
teenager, I read A Death in the Family by James Agee, and it resonates
with me to this day. I still have my original dog-eared copy. All my
children read it, too. I lost my father as a child, and the book's plot
and theme helped me realize that my personal feelings are often
I read. I read a lot. Maybe too much. I currently have two very
large stacks of books waiting to be read on my bedside table. My library
has about 500 books. As for my favourites that is hard to say. So many
different genres, I really can't decide.
I've had quite a few, I guess. As a child, all Louisa M.
Alcott's books...from "Little Women" forth. "Black Beauty"....I loved
that book. "The Yearling". "Jane Eyre"....the list could go on and
on...and it still does. :)
Ayn Rand's "The Fountainhead", "Atlas Shrugged", "We, the Living" etc.
I read all the time, probably since I was. Never did the
children's section while growing up, always the adult section. And I've
always read mostly non-fiction. Been adding a little fiction to the mix
though. There never were any books that influenced me, but certain book
titles have stuck with me.
One was an early memoir by Judge Judy
called "Don't Pee On My Leg And Tell Me It's Raining.", about her days
as a family court judge in NY.
The other was by former child
(like 1930's) actor Richard Moore called "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,
But Don't Have Sex Or Take The Car".
I'm an avid reader. I just wish I had more open ended time to
read like the old days. Now I'm lucky to grab a little bit each day.
have too many favorites to name them all, but I will name one of my top
favorites that is an unbelievable book, "Infinite Jest" by David Foster
Wallace. It's an unusual book, though, and I don't know that I'd
recommend it unless you like convoluted plots.
Toole's "A Confederacy Of Dunces" isn't life changing, but darn good
satire. A comedy of errors with some characters that you'll love to