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Stretching my brain a few pages a day.

Ahhh… books.  Summer’s here, and for a lot of people, that means a stack of paperbacks and a beach towel.  As always, I used my summer birthday to get a small pile of wanna-read, need-to-read, and gotta-read titles; the only problem is deciding what to tackle first!   450 more words


Dillard's An American Childhood Inspired a Reflection on My Own American Childhood

Reading Annie Dillard’s An American Childhood inspired me to self-reflect upon my own American childhood.  Each of my personal reflections begins with a quote inspired from Annie Dillard’s work. 1,835 more words

"Why are we reading...?"

Why are we reading, if not in hope of beauty laid bare, life heightened and its deepest mystery probed?

Can the writer isolate and vivify all in experience that most deeply engages our intellects and our hearts?

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Annie Dillard on Writing - Part 7

Annie Dillard on Writing
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One of the few things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time. 99 more words


Annie Dillard on Writing - Part 6

Annie Dillard on Writing
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Why are we reading if not in hope that the writer will magnify and dramatize our days, will illuminate and inspire us with wisdom, courage, and the possibility of meaningfulness, and will press upon our minds the deepest mysteries, so we may feel again their majesty and power? 118 more words


canary that sings on the skull

We are suffering. 

This has been said before in times of war. It has probably been said in times of peace. It has probably been said every day since we breathed outside the garden. 1,153 more words


effortless freedom ... Costa Rican getaway

Every Independence Day is an opportunity to evaluate my personal freedom.  Where am I obligated?   Where am I free?  This year, we took a family vacation — actually a 6-family-together vacation — to  Tamarindo, Costa Rica. 796 more words