Come Read With Me

Oh, I love to read! I can't think of anything I would rather do than to curl up with a good book. I have been that way since I was a little girl. My parents had a set bedtime for me but I would get a flashlight and read under the covers. Nancy Drew, Hardy boys and the orange covered biographies of every famous person around. Then, of course, the Library was the source of all my books. I remember the summer the librarian recommended "A Star-Spangled Summer" -my first teen romantic book - and I read the whole series. Very tame nowadays!

 In my life I have had three stages of acquiring books. First and longest - the public library. Thank you Mr. Carnegie! Then came the bookstores - Borders, Barnes & Noble and the many small independents. Unfortunately, many of them have closed. Today, I choose my books on the Kindle app of my iPad. My love of reading has not changed and it is nice to take my library wherever I can take my iPad. I will share just a couple of my favorites from the last couple of months.

 "The Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd. Wonderfully written and the kind of book that stays in your memory for a long time. It is the story of a young black girl who is born a slave in Savannah, Georgia and is given by her owners to their daughter of the same age. We follow the two girls as they grow into adulthood.

"The Boys in the Boat" by Daniel James Brown. I discovered a portion of history that I did not realize existed. In Hitler's Nazi Germany, this brave and bold team of rowers represented the United States in the Olympics held in Munich. Wonde
 rfully written, it covers a time in sports history that I did not know much about.

"The School of Essential Ingredients" by Erica Bauermeister. If you love cooking and interesting characters, you won't be able to put this book down. Each chapter deals with an individual character and a recipe or meal that they make in this cooking school. I can't wait to read her next book!

 My love of mysteries has not changed since the Hardy boys and Nancy Drew. I manage to read as many mystery or detective novels between my other novels as I can. Some of my favorite authors are Michael Connelly, John Sanford and Daniel Silva.

Happy Reading.

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Can I Make A Difference?

Can I Make A Difference?

I'm just one person. There are so many things that are beyond my control. Each day when I read the newspaper or listen to the news, I'm overwhelmed by the enormity of the problems in our world. What's a person to do? It seems beyond my grasp.

Last Sunday, while sitting in church, an answer was presented. In our sermon, Father Sam talked about a visit he made to the National Museum of Science in Chicago years ago. He heard a talk by Buckminster Fuller, the noted architect. He was talking about ocean liners. They are so large that you cannot use a single rudder to turn them. Instead, they have three rudders. A small one that makes a small change in direction. This moves a larger rudder to make another turn which finally allows the large rudder to begin turning the liner.

Fr. Sam compared this to trying to change events in the world. We as individuals cannot change events (famine, disasters, war, etc) but we can be the small rudder which causes a minute change. That is our cause. Do not say I can't change anything. Do a small thing that you can accomplish. Be a small rudder.

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