Not all chapters are so delicious, but like washing hands before dinner, are best be done with. Like when youth, proud and brash before the polishing of life experience gains power. Youth with power is not conducive to wisdom. Such a young man might decide it is his role in life to control people by continually holding feet to the fire. Now that worked out real well for Joan of Arc, didn't it?
To react, if you have read Blink by Malcolm Gladwell, you have a set of tools. Call them the "Think on your Feet" action set.
|(L-R) Authors Debra Prinzing and Paula Panich|
Paula Panich is the best writing teacher I've ever had. Since what I want more than anything is to be the best writer I can be- if I were a rich woman- daily lessons from Paula until the day I died would have made the bucket list. She is not a frequent blogger, but when she posts, it is always a gem. Like when she posted her Top 10 Book List. Fascinating to learn what shapes this scholarly woman. I admire her so- knowing these books are precious to her makes me want to read them. To absorb the life lessons they must hold.
Reading her post, I pulled up the computer and let my mind run to titles as they popped up. I decided not to admit that Put Me in the Zoo or The Velveteen Rabbit are right up there. But it is something to think about, books in the hands of a child are the beginning of a love affair. One that lives on long after the first books are loved to oblivion.
My off- the-cuff list. One I would like to add to, but would break my heart to remove these from:
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Treasury of Recipes by Vincent Price
Roots by Alex Halley
Live a Beautiful Life by Alexandra Stoddard
Maloof beyond 90: an American Woodworker by Gene Sasse
The Abundant Garden by Debra Prinzing
Think a Second Time by Dennis Prager
Happiness is a Serious Problem by Dennis Prager
Love and Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs
Hawaii by James Michener
What books shaped your thinking? Forget the number 10. Let it Flow.....