I woke up today feeling a little bit more like me. After ordering a biscuit and gravy to go, I read the Sunday paper without having to take a nap. I folded and put away a month's worth of laundry while catching up on Top Chief--Washington DC. Since today is July 4th, I grilled some chicken on my George Foreman. And then took a loooong nap.
A few weeks ago, I found this column online that asked if you could have just ten, what books would you keep?
What if I had to choose just ten books to last me for the rest of my life?
It is a question I ask sometimes when I look at the shelf in my room. It is stacked with many books and magazines. I can't imagine not having books in my life.
It has taken me about three weeks but here are my selections.
1. A blank book for my writing. It is not good for my thoughts to stay in my head.
2. The Bible: I am a spiritual person. My grandmother read the Bible to me as a child. And when she became ill, I read the Bible to her. Some of my best times were reading with her.
3. A good dictionary: There is something about looking up words old school. Google is great but sometimes you need to get back to the basics. Plus, sometimes I like to open it at random and learn a new word.
4. Prince Ombra by Roderick MacLeish: This is my favorite book of all time. I have two copies. One that I found in a bookstore by chance. The other copy is from my junior high school library that shows where I checked it out so much. When the junior high moved to a new building, the librarian made sure I got it.
5. The Stand: Expanded Edition: For the First Time Complete and Uncut by Stephen King--This books speaks to me on so many different levels.
6. The complete works of Shakespeare: He should be included.
7. Green Eggs and Ham-- Dr. Seuss: It is my favorite book to read and act out to my son.
8 The World Almanac and Book of Facts-- I learn something knew everything I thumb through it.
9. Night by Elie Wiesel: A powerful memoir of a childhood suffered in concentration camps during the Holocaust.
10. Grandmother's Kitchen Wisdom: I have learned so much from this book. It is the best 50 cents I have ever spent at a library.
What ten would you chose? It is not easy to do. I hope I never have to make that choice. I posted a picture of my bookshelf along with a picture of my favorite guy in the whole wide world.
1. The History Channel is pretty cool.
2. Grilled chicken
3. Starting to feel like me again.