Call Me Ishmael (1/5/14)

PROMPT:  Take the first sentence from your favorite book and make it the first sentence of your post.

First sentence:

In the shade of the house, in the sunshine of the riverbank near the
boats, in the shade of the Sal-wood forest, in the shade of the fig tree
is where Siddhartha grew up, the handsome son of the Brahman, the young
falcon, together with his friend Govinda, son of a Brahman.

(Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse)

RESPONSE:

I was but a lowly serving girl to the Prince and his court. In secret I longed, not for Prince Siddhartha,
but for his dear-heart, Govinda. How I longed for him to take me in his arms and make me his but alas it was not meant to be.
Govinda loved only Siddhartha and would never turn his eyes or heart from him.

To be continued…

 

This is very nearly me…

I am reading

    The Ares Decision

by Kyle Mills and on page 123 he describes the office of one of the main characters…

Her tiny office was crammed with books that looked like they’d spent most of their lives in the field, but most were completely obscured by her fetish for sticky notes. There was hardly a square inch available anywhere that didn’t have a reminder of some type attached to it.

I think I may already have the book angle covered and I’m pretty sure I’m only a few more sticky notes or lists away from this description!

More on the book once I finish it, hopefully this weekend.

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Everyone, everywhere should have a favorite book – something that inspires, comforts, entertains… something that lets us live outside ourselves if only within those pages!

If You Ask Me…

I just finished reading

    If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won’t)

by incomparable Betty White. What a beautiful woman – inside and out! I really enjoyed reading her honest and poignant thoughts on life. This is a quick read folks, and delightful. If you can find an hour to spare I highly recommend it!

I love that she loves the stationery store, can’t throw out a book because it’s ‘against her religion’ and that she collects stuffed animals! Ha ha! These things make me feel like she’s a soul sister! I also love this quote from her Mom and believe it to be true:

Bets, you can lie to anyone in the world and even get away with it, perhaps, but when you are alone and look into your own eyes in the mirror, you can’t sidestep the truth. Always be sure you can meet those eyes directly. Otherwise, it’s big trouble, my girl.

[pg 7]

in the last chapter she addresses being older and how she views death. On page 258 she writes:

If you’ve ever lost a loved one, or witnessed it, you can’t help but see that the body is an envelope for the letter.

I love that. What a great attitude and what wonderful wisdom from a true American icon.