Old books are like old friends

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From Anne of Green Gables

I have been a book lover since I was a small child. My Mamma always read to me when I was little. Once when I was only about three, my Mom was so impressed with me. She thought I had already learned to read because I was reading along with her as she read to me. I hadn’t learned to read yet, but I had memorized  passages of the story. Jenny’s Surprise Summer was one of my favorites.

I still go back and read some of those childhood favorites and it’s so comforting like a warm hug from an old and dear friend. I’ve even reread some of the old classic Nancy Drew books. They are a little silly when you reread them as a grown-up but they take me back to a happy time.

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Nancy Drew books

In the winter of 2014, not long after my Mamma passed away, I happened to reread The Secret Garden. It was such a healing thing for me to read. Mary’s sourness in the beginning of the story, and Colin’s, too, reminded me of own sour mood. The joy as the two cousins meet Dickon and begin to garden gave me hope as well.

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From The Secret Garden

My good friend Jessica has been reading books aloud via Periscope of late and it has been so much fun. Who doesn’t like to be read to? I remember my fourth-grade teacher Mrs. Gullion would also read aloud to us and I loved it. You can find Jessica here on Periscope. And also, be sure to follow along with her wonderful magical tale of the Society of Moss and Lace.

Another childhood favorite I’ve been wanting to reread is Island of the Blue Dolphins. I’d love to hear about your favorite childhood books! Tell me about your favorites in the comments.

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The magic of The Secret Garden

In the Night Garden by Catherynne Valente

I had to reshare this blog post from an awesome site and written by a friend who also has an awesome blog!

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The Orphan's Tales by Catherynne M Valente“Never put your faith in a Prince. When you require a miracle, trust in a Witch.”
― Catherynne M. Valente, In the Night Garden

Tales of shape-shifting witches and wild horsewomen, heron kings and beast princesses, snake gods, dog monks, and living stars. Each story more strange and fantastic than the one that came before. From ill-tempered mermaid to fastidious Beast, nothing is ever quite what it seems in these ever-shifting tales even, and especially, their teller.

Catherynne Valente solidified her space as one of my favorite authors with this exquisitely written duology The Orphan Tales.

The first volume, In the Night Garden, introduces us to a mysterious storyteller and her curious upbringing in the lush gardens of a Sultan’s palace. Our guide weaves nested tales within stories within myths that flow along the pages as if we are in a dream.

While amidst this tapestry of tales…

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Book Review: Big Magic

IMG_3917I have been a fan of Elizabeth Gilbert since “Eat, Pray, Love” and so I was eager to get my hands on her latest “Big Magic.”
For starters, I’m a big believer in magic so I loved the title. I will admit that part of the title gave me pause. Under the main title “Big Magic” is the phrase “Creative Living Beyond Fear.”

Now, granted, I am actually a pretty creative person. I act in community theater productions, I write for a living and have a blog. Yet something about that phrase incited my inner doubter to snidely say, “yeah, you aren’t that creative, this book may not apply to you.”

I can imagine that Liz herself would berate me for this attitude.

But aren’t we so often our own worst critic?

Luckily, I silenced that inner doubt and started reading. Y’all, this book is amazing. You really feel as though Liz is just a friend sitting down and sharing her experiences and advice with you. I love her conversational writing style so much. And I love the entire concept of the book.

The primary message of the book is to create for the sake of creating. Inspiration, Liz says, wants an outlet and it wants to use us as that outlet to make something wonderful. Is that something wonderful going to change the world and make you tons of money? No, not necessarily and in most cases probably not, but it still is meant to be created.

For me, the real message of the book is to do what brings you joy whether that is cooking, gardening, writing, painting. Just do it. Do it for the pure enjoyment of doing it.

If you love the book, you will also love her podcast Magic Lessons. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the book if you read it!

 

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