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James Thurber believed, it is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers

December 9, 2017

Since James Thurber was born in the month of December I want to take this opportunity to
call attention to some of his books that are sadly not known by many adults and children alike.
The holidays give us the opportunity to be with family and what better way to celebrate the gift of family and the love that runs through a family than to share a book that offers to much pleasure and ways to connect.

Embedded in many of Thurber’s writings is the idea that it is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers. He was a man who lived his life, very much dedicated to the belief —All human beings should try to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why. Thurber, like the best of writers, created characters who were very much trying to figure out what makes them tick and how they fit into the world. Can there be a better idea to share and ponder with those you love?

Wishing one and all a Holiday Season filled with a shared inquiry with loved ones.

A few of Thurber’s titles—
The 13 Clocks
Many Moons
The Wonderful O
Fables for Our Times

This image best captures Thurber’s own unique brand of wisdom, and always
with humor.

Read with Owl Sight, with the intent to perceive rather than merely to see

November 26, 2017

Too many people think of reading as a mental workout— How fast can they read to finish the book and cross the finish line? Speed is not a good companion for reading. All too often a person can find themselves in a cul-de-sac that takes you nowhere, with the question, did they life the book? […]

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Reading Beyond Borders

October 21, 2017

In 2014, the Man Booker prize was opened to writers beyond the Commonwealth, Ireland and South Africa. Since then, 2 Americans have won the prize—Paul Beatty’ Sellout and George Saunders, for Lincoln in the Bardo. But America has been reluctant to reciprocate the Booker’s openness. The US’s National Book Award, the Pulitzer prize for fiction […]

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Everybody is a story—front porches and kitchen tables

October 1, 2017

While reading, Finding Grace Around the Kitchen Table (NYT 10.1.17) I found myself thinking about the book Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, where the powers that be did away with front porches in their effort to eliminate communication. Clarisse points out that porches were a place to sit and talk or merely contemplate life. It […]

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Back to School, for parents and children

September 4, 2017

The beginning of a new school year is full of opportunities and heralds a parent’s high expectations for their children’s academic success and well-being. Eleanor Roosevelt said that if she could be a fairy godmother, she would endow the gift of curiosity to every child at birth. Curiosity is what drives learning and without it, […]

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