Good News And A Vermont Haiku

So, the first bit of good news is that my in-laws just surprised us with a brand-new laptop! Yay! I must say, it is much easier to blog when one owns a computer… although you can manage without one.

I realize that I’ve neglected this blog terribly and I hope to start posting more consistently now.

The second bit of good news is that I am writing a memoir! I’ll be self-publishing “Baby, Don’t Leave Me” through Amazon’s Kindle Direct program. I have another blog, which is solely devoted to my new book: www.babydontleaveme.wordpress.com. If you take a look, just bear with me… it is still under construction.

For those of you who are still wondering about the Social Justice Ebook Project that we began a few years ago, it didn’t die and it isn’t forgotten. Actually, writing my memoir has inspired me to dust off the Social Justice Project. There were several problems with it, one being that it just didn’t have enough content to make up a whole book. It also got shelved because of some very hard personal struggles that my family has faced over the past two years. I’m hoping reboot the idea sometime soon and add more contributors. I’ll be talking more about that on here in the days to come.

For now,  I’m working on finalizing my manuscript for “Baby, Don’t Leave Me”. I still need to take and add photographs to the story, get it proof-read and edited, and touch up the formatting a bit. The whole process has become a bit of a passion for me and I haven’t worked on much else lately.

 

Here’s a haiku about our lovely Vermont weather… (…hear the sarcasm, people…)

 

 chocolate ice skim

framed by falling fairy flakes

mud and snow combine

 

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Reading Book Award Lists

Hello world!

I’m sorry, I know I’ve been terribly neglectful lately, only tossing out a bone of a story or poem, now and then. My life has become quite crazy over the last year and I feel like I can barely keep up with life from day to day, never mind my dear blog.

Anyway, I wanted to let you all know about one of the many projects I am working on. Many of you will remember that I am a librarian by trade and a reader by birth. Earlier this year, I posted a list of books I wanted to read. That list can still be found in the right hand column of this blog. But, in addition to those books, I’ve also decided to try and read most of the Green Mountain Book Award and Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award titles for this upcoming year. I’ve gotten off to a good start and I’m excited to see if I can get them all read!

Here’s the DCF list: http://www.dcfaward.org/lists/DCFMasterlist12-13.pdf

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And the GMBA list: http://libraries.vermont.gov/sites/libraries/files/gmba/GMBAMasterlist12-13withimages.pdf

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I will also be adding an updatable checklist to the right side of this blog for both lists OR you can follow my progress on Shelfari, a wonder social network for books and readers: http://www.shelfari.com/tonilacross

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The Third Book of “Confessions”

 

I have now listened to the third book once through and then reviewed it yet again. It was practically bursting at the seams, especially compared to the last volume.

I found Augustine’s thoughts on the entertainment of his day to be most thought-provoking and still applicable now. The only real difference between his day and ours is the fact that we watch movies instead of plays. Don’t get me wrong- I love watching movies. But of late, I’ve often questioned the value and worth of some of the things I watch. 

“Why does man like to be made sad when viewing doleful and tragical scenes, which yet he himself would by no means suffer? And yet he wishes, as a spectator, to experience from them a sense of grief, and in this very grief his pleasure consists. What is this but wretched insanity?” For a man is more effected with these actions, the less free he is from such affections. Howsoever, when he suffers in his own person, it is the custom to style it “misery but when he compassionates others, then it is styled “mercy. “But what kind of mercy is it that arises from fictitious and scenic passions? The hearer is not expected to relieve, but merely invited to grieve; and the more he grieves, the more he applauds the actor of these fictions. And if the misfortunes of the characters (whether of olden times or merely imaginary) be so represented as not to touch the feelings of the spectator, he goes away disgusted and censorious; but if his feelings be touched, he sits it out attentively, and sheds tears of joy.”

I loved the part of the book where he spoke of his mother’s prayers! It made me hopeful for the day when some of those I pray for will come to a full and personal relationship with our Savior and awaken from the dulling sleep of erroneous teaching. 

“And Thou sendedst Thine hand from above, and drewest my soul out of that profound darkness, when my mother, Thy faithful one, wept to thee on my behalf more than mothers are wont to weep the bodily death of their children. For she saw that I was dead by that faith and spirit which she had from Thee, and Thou heardest her, O Lord. Thou heardest her, and despisedst not her tears, when, pouring down, they watered the earth under her eyes in every place where she prayed; yea, Thou heardest her. For whence was that dream with which Thou consoledst her, so that she permitted me to live with her, and to have my meals at the same table in the house, which she had begun to avoid, hating and detesting the blasphemies of my error? For she saw herself standing on a certain wooden rule,  and a bright youth advancing towards her, joyous and smiling upon her, whilst she was grieving and bowed down with sorrow. But he having inquired of her the cause of her sorrow and daily weeping (he wishing to teach, as is their wont, and not to be taught), and she answering that it was my perdition she was lamenting, he bade her rest contented, and told her to behold and see “that where she was, there was I also.” And when she looked she saw me standing near her on the same rule. Whence was this, unless that Thine ears were inclined towards her heart? O Thou Good Omnipotent, who so carest for every one of us as if Thou caredst for him only, and so for all as if they were but one!

Whence was this, also, that when she had narrated this vision to me, and I tried to put this construction on it, “That she rather should not despair of being some day what I was,” she immediately, without hesitation, replied, “No; for it was not told me that `where he is, there shalt thou be,’ but `where thou art, there shall he be'”? I confess to Thee, O Lord, that, to the best of my remembrance (and I have oft spoken of this), Thy answer through my watchful mother-that she was not disquieted by the speciousness of my false interpretation, and saw in a moment what was to be seen, and which I myself had not in truth perceived before she spoke-even then moved me more than the dream itself, by which the happiness to that pious woman, to be realized so long after, was, for the alleviation of her present anxiety, so long before predicted.”

I could continue, but my lunch hour is up, so I must draw to a close. Onward, to Book Four!