“a wave of unreasonable happiness”

a wind sprang high in the west like a wave of unreasonable happiness and tore eastward across england, trailing with it the frosty scent of forests and the cold intoxication of the sea. in a million holes and corners it refreshed a man like a flagon, and astonished him like a blow. in the inmost…

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notes in the margins

i love buying old musty first editions at half price books or other serendipitous booksellers and finding notes scribbled in the margins. do you write in your books? i don’t. it seems almost like a desecration to do so. the only book i write in is my Bible. (if you want to chuckle at that odd…

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“the naming of cats”

The Naming of Cats is a difficult matter, It isn’t just one of your holiday games; You may think at first I’m as mad as a hatter When I tell you, a cat must have THREE DIFFERENT NAMES. First of all, there’s the name that the family use daily, Such as Peter, Augustus, Alonzo or…

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see with your ears and hear with your eyes

i have a friend who has a lot of mind and a lot of heart. once upon a time this friend said something about hearing God’s voice that … well, made my heart hurt a little bit. i’m reading notes from the tilt-a-whirl by n.d. wilson right now, and the following passage from the chapter…

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frail and lovely

“Now Chauntecleer the Ready did a most unready thing: He sat down and stared. “Perhaps if he had seen her while she walked among a flock of Hens, clucking and pouting, this might not have happened to him. But he saw her in her weakness. He saw her lying open, where anyone in the world…

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the bookshelf and the bedroom

back in may i wrote about my “lists of lists” and the list of books i needed to read. since then i have made a little bit of progress on some of them and have finished a couple … but mostly i’ve added more. here’s an updated list, complete with a progress key. key: finished…

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when i was a child …

i should’ve read winnie the pooh. despite what dorothy parker says about his books. aren’t these quotes just lovely? “When late morning rolls around and you’re feeling a bit out of sorts, don’t worry; you’re probably just a little eleven o’clockish.” “You can’t help respecting anybody who can spell TUESDAY, even if he doesn’t spell…

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