This post was inspired by Clanmother’s On the Road Book Club and her 2014 Reading Programme …..
and by The World According to Dina on the subject of landscapes, and the difference between looking and seeing………
and by my miscalculated comment to Ms Vickie Lester of Beguiling Hollywood that I would struggle to find time to review her book, It’s In His Kiss, because I only had about 15 minutes free, each day, in which to read.( Yeah Right! No wonder I wasn’t a maths scholar.)
SO, I thought I didn’t read much and that I didn’t have much time to read. But when I looked around me, this is what I saw.
starts with a read of The Press and a page of poetry. The Press comes with breakfast coffee; the poetry comes as a prelude to bed-making, always read as I sit on the edge of my unmade bed, facing the morning light.
Somewhere, between doing the laundry and the breakfast dishes, I steal a moment with my current living room display book.
And, as the day progresses, I flit from page to page of books and magazines that arrive in the post or are delivered by hand of friend
And when I need a change of pace, I read your blogs and write my own and catch up with reading that can only be done via my computer…Facebook, email, It’s In His Kiss, international news sites….
new duties call and old ones unwind for the day,
and, eventually, some time closer to 2 a.m. than midnight, my head finds the pillow once more and I do my “15 minutes” of dedicated, purposeful, slow, daily reading.
Last month, I finished Common Ground and, this month, I began Heaven on Earth.
Thus the day passes, from word to word, from page to page, from book to book, without much rhyme or reason, but quite nicely all the same, thank you.
Clanmother says that “reading is the catalyst for transformation”. Despite the random nature of my reading habits and choices, I find almost everything I read transforms me, in some way or another. I love the ideas and experiences that come to me through the written word.
I thought I read so little but, indeed, I read a lot
and that realisation transforms my view of myself in my home landscape.
Thanks Clanmother, thanks Dina, Klausbernd, Selma and Siri, thanks Ms Lester.
ps There are some days when I truly don’t get any reading done apart from my 15 minutes at bed-time and there are other days when I barely manage that.
pps To add to Mr Muldoon’s statement/question “Why Brownlee left”, it occurs to me that Brownlee was needed to turn the earth in another corner of the world ie Christchurch. Who would have guessed? 😉