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Book Review: Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton

Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book is one that will stay with me. It defies the descriptors – beautiful, yes, but spare; evocative, yes, but universal; finely wrought, yes, but poured out in one extended cry for justice. Paton weaves together parallel lives; an odyssey or…

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Review: Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver

Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver by Mary Oliver I finished this today. I understand that these are Oliver’s personal selections for anthology from a lifetime of writing poetry. Presented in reverse chronological order (newer poems first), I definitely preferred the newer, beginning poems to the older ones at the end. In fact, my…

Fighting Gravity
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Fighting Gravity

 We don’t actually have a lot of real hills in Central Ohio.  I took an hour long walk in the neighborhood this morning and Strava tells me I had a 39 foot elevation gain. The local state park where we do most of our hiking has slightly more varied terrain. It’s around a reservoir and…

Reversing Course for New Perspective
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Reversing Course for New Perspective

Most of the trails we follow are “in and out.” We walk in, there may be a loop, but then we follow the initial trail back out. It isn’t unusual that we follow the trail in and then turn around and follow the same back out.  Have you ever read a book that was ……

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Review: I’d Rather Be Reading

I’d Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life by Anne Bogel My rating: 4 of 5 stars Truly this is a 3.5-3.75 star. I did enjoy this read. I laughed often, I felt a kinship often. Anne talks of the idea of the reader and how the reader lives her life;…

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Book Review: When in Rome by Ngaio Marsh

When in Rome by Ngaio Marsh My rating: 3 of 5 stars Two years and six days later, after at least 2 restarts, I’ve finished. It isn’t that I didn’t want to read it, or that I wasn’t enjoying it, rather it wasn’t a priority and I wasn’t entirely engaged. It would fall down below…

Hide and Seek
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Hide and Seek

When we first started walking in the late winter, all was brown – except when it was white with snow.  Variation on the theme of brown was cause for notice and celebration. When the harbinger of spring and ramps were out and noticeable, they were noticeable specifically because all else was sameness.  But as the…

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Review: Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art

Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art by Madeleine L’Engle My rating: 5 of 5 stars Twenty years ago when I first read this book, I loved it. Admittedly I loved the feel, the atmosphere of it, but struggled more with the ideas and ideals. I didn’t have the relational background for many of…

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Review: Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury My rating: 5 of 5 stars The irony that I listened to this through shell-shaped ear buds is not lost on me. Nor is the fact that I listened mostly while walking in the out of doors (and some while cleaning). Nor that Tim Robbin’s soothing tone could be compared…