Category Archives: Reading

To The Lighthouse —

“If you are writing the clearest, truest words you can find and doing the best you can to understand and communicate, this will shine on paper like its own little lighthouse. Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for … Continue reading

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Of Making Many Books, There is No End — or Reward?

“Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh.” Ecclesiastes 12 It was that way right from the beginning, I’m sure. Carvers in stone, makers of runes,  scribes in papyrus and parchment, … Continue reading

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A Little Game of Tag — Wanna Play?

Fellow blogger Jen of Random Acts of Writing [ + Art]  challenged me in a recent post to a little game of Tag. Nowadays the idea of playing tag leaves me languid in an armchair, but when I was a … Continue reading

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Forbes Library, Volume II

When we were still in the Berkshires and considering a move to Northampton, every person we mentioned it to had exactly the same comment: Oh, it’s so vibrant! It got so we expected it, and sure enough, it came every … Continue reading

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I Saw A Ship A-Sailing —

I saw a ship a-sailing, A-sailing on the sea; And, oh! it was all laden With pretty things for thee! There were comfits in the cabin, And apples in the hold; The sails were made of silk, And the masts … Continue reading

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Aiding the Spelling-Challenged —

Lots of people don’t spell at all. Never did. But now that there’s Spell Check on computers it’s more than ever before a dying art. I was a pretty good speller, probably due to visual memory strong on letters — … Continue reading

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To Make It Taste A Bit Better —

(Poetry lovers, maybe you’d better skip this post. It may strike you as irreverent — although those who appreciate and love good food may find it a refreshing, even provocative, observation.) Prolific author Alexander McCall Smith’s first fictional creation is … Continue reading

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