It’s Not All Mary Poppins


Thanks to Simon over at Upright and Breathing for this peek into my book life. If you find it the least interesting, you may thank him; if you don’t, you may go over there and spam him. 🙂

1. Total Number of Books I Own: Very rough estimate, seven hundred. Quite possibly a couple hundred more, probably not less. Most of them are still in boxes, awaiting the time (six years or so in the future), when the attic will no longer be required as a bedroom, and can assume its proper use as spectacular library!!

2. Last Book I Bought: two, in fact. “Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child”, by Marc Weissbluth. It’s full of good advice, although its very poor editing makes that information quite difficult to dredge out. And “ish”, a children’s book, by Peter H. Reynolds. I bought one for each of my daycare kids last Christmas, but liked it so well I had to buy my own to keep!

3. Last Book I read: Oryx and Crake, by Margaret Atwood. My son had to read it for English class, and I picked it up. Sad to say, I didn’t enjoy it much at all, though it was an easy enough read. Atwood, as it happens, lives in the town that houses the hospital where my mother, a nurse, used to work. But I still didn’t like this book, though I’ve quite enjoyed others of hers.

4. Five Books that Mean a Lot to Me: this one was much harder. I am a voracious reader, going through 4 to 7 books most weeks. With that kind of volume, it makes it difficult for any one book to stand up too much above all the others. Let’s see…

“Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”, by Steven Covey. I love his notion of the space between stimulus and response that allows us our choices. I love a lot of things about this book.

I like “Sense and Sensibility” by Jane Austen. It’s my favourite of all her books.

For a while, I would read “The Egoist” by George Elliot about once a year.

For professional reading, I love Barbara Coloroso. My favourite is probably the first I read: “Kids Are Worth It”. I am a “backbone parent”.

And, although my beliefs have changed a lot in the intervening decades, I’d probably have to put the Bible in there, too. When I was a teenager, in the heart of my formative years, I read it every day, memorized huge chunks of it, and tried to live by its precepts. It’s undeniable that the skills of evaluating, digging into a text, looking for layers and picking things apart for deeper meaning that I learned then, stand me in good stead now.

5. Tag five people: The people I tag, I’ll tag by email.

June 20, 2005 Posted by | books, memes and quizzes | 9 Comments

Vicarious Learning

A forklift passes us, and rounds the corner. This is unusual: thus far, all the machinery has been staying on our block. Thomas, of course, notices.

“Why’d that forklift go there?”

“I don’t know, Thomas,” I reply, and, predictably now, turn the question back to him. “Why do you think it went there?”

“Because…because it was…it was going…because it needs…” he flounders a little more before giving it up. “I don’t know!”

George has seen this played out too many times not to see what’s coming next, and beats me to it: “Well, Thomas, neither does Mary.”

June 20, 2005 Posted by | Developmental stuff, individuality, the things they say! | 5 Comments