"Outside a dog a book is man's best friend, inside a dog it is too dark to read!" -Groucho Marx========="The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid." -Jane Austen========="I don’t believe in the kind of magic in my books. But I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book."-JK Rowling========"I spend a lot of time reading." -Bill Gates=========“Ahhh. Bed, book, kitten, sandwich. All one needed in life, really.” -Jacqueline Kelly=========

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Sunday Salon, September 29

Minnie Muffy
Weather: Stormy. Rainy. Cold.

This week-end my church hosted an event called Faith in Action. Everyone is encouraged to go out into the community to provide service. In other words we are being the church instead of just going to church. We had about 15 service projects to pick from. My husband and I spent three hours at L'Arche Farms yesterday working in their greenhouse helping them prepare for their Fall festival. L'Arche is an international community of disabled persons and people who come alongside to help them. It is a very cool program. Today I stood outside a grocery story collecting food for the FISH food bank. FISH stands for Friends in Service for Him. Tonight our congregation gathers for a simple meal and a worship service where we can share our stories of the week-end.

Today my daughter returned from her trip to Disney World. She and her husband drove across country to deliver a car for a friend who is moving to Florida. As "payment" they were given passes to get into Disney World and Hollywood Studios theme parks. She brought home the Minnie Mouse ears that she put on our dog (pictured.)

Banned books week: I didn't promote it as much as I usually do because my library clerk was out all week and I was swamped running the library by myself.  But I did make a display of frequently challenged books and had some fun conversations with students about it. I also blogged about it three times. If you look back in previous posts you will find them.

Books read this week:

  • Orphan Trains by Christina Baker Cline... a good book club selection
  • Primates: the Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdakis by Jim Ottaviani... a graphic biography about these famous primate scientists.
  • Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins...a reread, audiobook selection 

Currently reading:

  • A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway...I thought it was about time that I get around to reading one of his books.
  • Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick...one of our Mock Printz selection, part mystery, part romance, part horror story.
Quote: "Time has fallen asleep in the afternoon sunshine." ---a line from a poem by Alexander Smith; it was this line that Guy Montag read that caused him to become a book reader instead of a book burner in the classic book by Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit  451.


  1. You are tackling Hemmingway. Good on you! I read Old Man and the Sea, which was enough for me :-)

    1. I'm not sure I will make it. It's not doing it for me. I'm wondering how come this guy is so revered in the writing world.

  2. Muffy looks cute! What a good dog to put up with those ears. :)

    1. Well, Rita is holding her chin in the photo which was necessary to keeping the hat on.

  3. Aha! So I'm not the only person on earth who has NEVER read any Hemingway?? I was looking at some of his novels for Banned Books Week (plenty of them on the banned lists!), but I chose Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - fabulous. Blew me away.

    Enjoy your books this week!


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