Quotation of the Day

“May your choices reflect your hopes not your fears.”

~Nelson Mandela

 

 

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What is Real?

The Velveteen Rabbit“What is REAL?” asked the Rabbit one day, when they were lying side by side near the nursery fender, before Nana came to tidy the room. “Does it mean having things that buzz inside you and a stick-out handle?”

“Real isn’t how you are made,” said the Skin Horse. “It’s a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.”

“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.

“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”

“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”

“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”

From “The Velveteen Rabbit” by Margery Williams

Quotation of the Day

“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.”

~James Baldwin

George at the Harvard Co-op Bookstore (2010)

Quotation of the Day: Books Edition

“I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.”

~Anna Quindlen,
“Enough Bookshelves,”
New York Times, 7 August 1991

I am a voracious reader, and we have books everywhere in our house.

I must admit that most of my recent reading has been done on the Kindle app for the iPad. I feel like I’m betraying the gods of reading. Right now, though, I’m reading a paperback (Authority) which I bought instead of the Kindle version so that George can read it when I’m done. It’s nice to have the weight and smell of the book in my hands. I will still be happy to go back to my eBooks. I like to be able to search and have a built-in dictionary.

How do you read books these days? And are there any books you’d recommend?

Quotation of the Day

“Between the head and the heart is the voice, and our voice reflects our choices; the way we reconcile what we think and what we feel; what we know and what we desire. Our voice reaches the world through the manner in which we live — sound is unnecessary; we show others who we are by the way we go through life, and touch everyone we meet with who we are in that moment.” 
 ~Shreve Stockton