LibraryThing recently asked the question in one of their groups: What Books Have Changed Your Life?
That’s a good thinker. I don’t know about “changed”, but some have certainly influenced. Life changing may be a bit much, but paradigm-shifting or point of view changing? Sure!
First should be Lester del Rey’s The Runaway Robot. One of the first “real” books I owned, I was nine years old in 1970 and that book turned me on to science fiction and the innumerable possibilities of imagination. Four years later, a teacher suggested I read The Lord of the Rings, and that added high fantasy to the shelf. I spent more time in the 1980s and 1990s reading fantasy than science fiction, but I come back to it as much now as fantasy. del Rey’s Time Tunnel was another that helped start me. Continue reading
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I am not obsessive compulsive but I can be a wee obsessive about certain things. I searched for years for Twilight Zone episodes missing from my collection – lots of taping marathons looking for one here and one there – so that I could watch all 156 in original broadcast order, which I did over a two and a half year period starting in 2009 (geek obsession…that was the 50th anniversary year of its premiere). Now and then, I like to listen to the entire Rush, Pink Floyd and Beatles discographies in release order. As I like classical music, among many other collections, I’ve listened to all of Mozart’s symphonies in 2010 – in numerical order, of course. When a set of the Deutsche Grammophon Complete Beethoven Edition made its way to me, well, that took a while to get through, in disc order, also of course! So yes…obsessive. I was learning about Haydn in a lecture series (more on that) and wanted to hear more, so I went seeking. Continue reading
George Carlin was a master of words, coaxing and massaging them like a poet. He liked to take them to extremes to show us how silly we can be. Being the edgy comedian, the words he usually mused were often those that couldn’t be said on television! And he did ponder how some words came to be verboten. In the (anti)social media, we’ve seen once descriptive words become labels and sadly devolve to pejoratives. When a mundane word takes on gargantuan proportions, I suspect George would have had a few words of his own on the matter, maybe asking: When did “Wall” become so divisive? (I couldn’t resist…)
It’s just a word. Such a friendly sounding word. Sometimes we want to be a fly on the wall. We’ll throw spaghetti against the wall and see what sticks. People can be on the fence, which is sort of a wall, about something. Humpty Dumpty sat on one – though that didn’t work out so well for him (curiously, nowhere was it ever mentioned that he was an egg…well, curiously to me.) When we’ve overdone it, we might find ourselves hitting the wall. Frustrated? beat your head against the wall. Continue reading
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Today I have been married to my extraordinary life partner Andrea Davis for thirty two years! Where did the time go?!
“They” like to say “time flies when you’re having fun.” Well, you don’t hit 32 years without having fun … and we’ve had fun!
I came up with a list of why she’s “Still the One“, and yet a list is so incomplete! A snapshot (in a family album?) glimpse…a moment in time…so valuable, and still, how many more things can I add? More than I can remember. A partnership is a continuum, while memories are a spectrum…they are part of the whole but don’t tell the whole story. I usually don’t mind the forgets, because the remembers tell the best parts…but there are so many more “best” parts!
Thirty two years. Wow. Where did the time go? She still reinvents herself, is adventurous and never wants to be afraid of anything. We’ve moved beyond finishing each other’s sentences to sometimes blurting the same thing simultaneously! She indulges my quirks – socks, beer, coffee, costumes – and more than not encourages them!
The Secret? It’s not a secret. Enjoy your time together. Do things together. Be together.
So, where did the time go? …it didn’t “go” anywhere. We were together, even when we weren’t (I had some Navy in my career.)
I love you, Andrea, and always will. 32 is not enough to know you…I still want to grow old with you!