Monday, December 07, 2009

What are you reading?

My header is the steeple of a tiny little Lutheran church right outside of Mt. Horeb. I think, if measured the steeple is probably longer than the length of the church. I'm not sure of the history of steeples, I suppose they were put on building to try to get God's attention. Or as a funnel to send the prayers straight up to God? When I have time someday I'll research that just out of curiosity.
I think it's interesting that pyramids are pointed and big, trying to reach the sky.
Maybe it's a message, lost in time, to a star and it's people, that we still remember them?
That some of our sacred buildings try to reach up to the stars?
I know this is probably why my husband doesn't want to retire. My mind works like this 24/7.
I'm sure he gets tired of my constant questions about things.

IF I ever get one of those book reading gadgets that you hold (and I read a lot and they are very tempting, especially for trips) I think I would like to download a complete encyclopedia. How could a person EVER be bored if they had from A-Z to read about everything.

When we were first married, young children that we were, my husband a recent English major graduate, was working on his Master's in English. He felt that my limited exposure to the classics was a negative. He wrote out a suggested reading list for me. I didn't take offense. I love to read. These were books that my little high school English class hadn't deemed necessary for me to read. I worked my way through the list.

When my middle son, in high school at the time, got a college suggested reading list, I grabbed it, made a copy and worked my way through those titles.

I don't believe everything I read but I try to keep an open mind about things. I know science tells me that atoms exist even though I can't see them. Heck, the Internet seems like magic to me. There are things that I don't understand but I believe them to be true.

The act of reading does something to our brain. Again, a mystery that I need to research. There just isn't time in the day for everything I want to do. sigh

I'm worried that kids today aren't really reading any more. I think the Harry Potter books and the recent Vampire books probably brought many children and young adults back to reading. That's a good thing.

So, dear friends, what are you reading? Have you come across a really good book and you would like to share the title with us? Remember, I READ cookbooks, too. :)

I'm taking Corita's rules seriously again. I need to start a list of ideas that have been appearing in my night dreams and day dreams. I need to set deadlines so that I follow through and get these projects done. I also need to put some "structure" around them so that my focus stays on the mark and then my creativity can take over.

Right now, I need to go do the laundry, wash the dishes and get over to the studio.

:)Bea You know what to do, dance, sing, create and let your soul express it's JOY.


  1. Well, our little 100 year old church has a bell tower with no bell at the moment. When I first came here I was interested in steeples also and the bell tower. The Internet will give you some info. It dates back to Gothic architecture I believe and has changed over the centuries. Very interesting really. I'll have to take a photo of our bell tower.
    As for a book. I read a lot. My memory is so bad now that I can't remember what I read like I used to. But right now I'm reading abuot Georgia O"Keefe.

  2. OOOh Yvonne, before we went out to New Mexico, last year, I got a book of her paintings, out of the library.
    It was a big book with everything she ever did and a lot about her life. I really wanted to drag that along with me, on the plane. Zeus, said no. lol :)Bea

  3. Yvonne, I was thinking about some of the Stone sites in Europe and some of them are just huge stones pointing up to the sky. They may be grave markers but it's almost like even back in the bronze age people were still trying to send a message, up to the skies, HEY, BIG SO and SO DIED, are you interested? Can you come and pick us up? :)Bea

  4. I went to the O'Keefe museum in Santa Fe and it was wonderful. Such an interesting woman. A big book of her paintings is on my wish list for one day.

  5. I've seen some of the stone sites in Europe and I know what you mean. I think the obelisks of old were reaching for the heavens.

  6. We stopped by the museum when we were out there but they were in the process of changing the exhibit and it was closed. I was very disappointed. Maybe, next time. :)Bea

  7. I think you are right they are all "reaching for the heavens" but why?
    Gods? Their Gods or ones that the oral tradition passed down visited one time. When you see the carvings of the ancient priests in Peru they all have cone shaped heads. As infants they used boards to shape the head that way. Why? I find it all so interesting when I'm doing the mundane, like laundry, bills and dishes. :)Bea

  8. i love love love to read and honestly dont understand people who dont ;) it is such a wonderful thing...i love to curl up with a good book. there are so many that I love...and I also love to read young adult lit because I think those are the books that mold you...and they dont worry about having racy content just for the sake of selling. I also love biographies...I always think people's real lives are so interesting. I am also nosey, lol...

  9. What are these recent Vampire books, Bea? I haven't come across those yet. I did a similar thing with a book list when I met a friend of mine who was very well read and I started making my way through suggested books. I loved them. Now the internet takes up too much time.

  10. I'm reading 'The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte' So far so good. The author, Syrie James, used Charlotte's actual diary as reference.
    You know I read and read, I get nervous when my unread stack gets skinny...Bookaholic?
    Love to you

  11. Well, I went to the library to check out a couple of books.

    One is called "B is for Beer" by Tom Robbins.

    Not much into reading fiction unless its historical or western (go figure, eh?) but someone left a comment on my blog about how one my stories reminded me of this particular writer. I knew nothing about this one, so I looked him up on Wikipedia. Seems interesting enough, so I when I saw this title, I checked it out. It's a very funny book: about a little girl and how they make beer.

    The other was "The Divine Comedy". 'Nuff said.

  12. Heather, I love books too. I often read two or three at the same time. I'll put one down in one spot, sit down in my chair and there's another one I'm reading.
    I don't seem to have a problem keeping them all straight. At least, so far. :)Bea

    Gina, the Vampire books are New Moon and somthing else, I forget. She writes for a younger crowd but my daughter saw New Moon, the movie and said there is no way an eleven year old should even see that movie. :)Bea

    Lisa, that sounds like a good one. I put that on my list. Thanks chickie! :)Bea

    Hey, G, let me know how you like that book when you are finished. I'll give it a shot. I'll read most anything but if I don't like the characters or the writing or even too much of some things I'll toss the book. There are too many others waiting to be read.

  13. Bea: I finished that book in two days. I thought it was an incredibly funny book. He melds a little girl's curiousity about beer with beer basics 101 quite well and the book did meet all of my personal criteria for an enjoyable read. A very entertaining read at 125 pages.

  14. Thanks, G. I put it on my To REQUEST from the library list. I was remembering how my Great grandfather used to make home made root beer.
    It was strong! Strong but good. :)Bea