March 19th, 2014

the development of Christian doctrine

It is 10:02 AM Wednesday morning here where I am at. Outside it is in the 40's and it is raining. The rain will melt some of the snow mountains.

I got up this morning around 7:05 AM. I made a pot of coffee when I got up and then messed with our main computer (when I read my diaries I want to scream from the pain of boredom). After messing with our main computer I made a batch of pancakes to eat for morning meals while my wife is away visiting Beth, Andy and baby Mae. A man has got to eat. After making pancakes I cleaned the kitchen and then sat in our living room wondering why? Carol came home from work and has gone to bed. This week has blown her out!

I have been reading off and on this morning a volume titled, "Acts" by Jaroslav Pelikan [Brazos Theological Commentary On The Bible]. I also wrote this morning two pages of shit in my private diary.

Carol suggested this morning I go downtown and buy our new grandbaby Louisa Mae a girl's jewelry box and after buying it put a card in it addressed to Mae "Welcome in the world baby girl." I have been thinking of buying Mae a stuffed animal since I bought each of our three children stuff animals when they were born. I am sure Carol will spend a small fortune on our grandchildren. You can not take it with you as the old saying goes.

Last night I watched television and read my books. I read from these books last night before passing out from spiritual exhaustion, "The Lure Of The Sea: The Discovery Of The Seaside 1750-1840" by Alain Corbin and "Proust At The Majestic: The Last Days Of The Author Whose Book Changed Paris" by Richard Davenport-Hines.

Well I will close to figure it out before death smacks me in the face.
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the history of the CIA

It is 12:14 PM Wednesday afternoon. It is still raining here in West Michigan. It is not a heavy rain but a slow drizzle. Life sometimes can be a slow drizzle.

I did go downtown and get a gift for baby Mae for Carol to take tomorrow when she leaves for the Southwest. Maybe someday I will hold in my arms baby Mae. I am not into leaving the house or flying long distances. I like the safety of my cell. I am always daydreaming of a perfect cell.

After getting baby Mae a gift I drove to the Salvation Army thrift store to look at their used books. I found these used books to ADD to our library this morning.

"Moby-Dick" by Herman Melville A Norton Critical Edition Edited By Harrison Hayford And Hershel Parker An Authoritative Text Reviews And Letters By Melville Analogues And Sources Criticism

"Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA" by Tim Weiner

"Lives Of The Poets" Six Stories & Novella by E. L. Doctorow

"Perfect Recall" New Stories by Ann Beattie

"Big Sur And The Oranges Of Hieronymus Bosch" memoir by Henry Miller

When I got home from my travels I ate lunch and wrote some more in my paper diary. Well I will close to face the firing squad. There is no turning back.
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interview with British writer Penelope Lively

Recently a LiveJournal friend mentioned listening on NPR an interview with the British writer Penelope Lively. I listened to this interview this afternoon and found these remarks interesting because I am a book lover.

"GROSS: You have a gazillion books, right?



GROSS: So, here's my question: Like, why hold on to all those books? Speaking for myself, we have books and records on the floor and on tables and couches. I mean, it's just - it's way too much stuff. And you're not going to be able to reread all those books. So what's your answer for why it's worth holding onto them, knowing that you probably don't need to refer to most of them, you're not going to reread them, and you might not get to the ones you haven't already read?

LIVELY: Ah, well, that's an important question, and there's a very good answer to that. It's that simply that they chart my life. They chart my - well, I don't want to sound ponderous, but they chart my intellectual life. They chart everything that I've been interested in and thought about for the whole of my reading life. So, if they went, I would, in a sense, lose a sense of identity. They identify me.

And you're quite right: most of them I shall never read again. But you never know what you may want to go back to, and it does constantly happen to me that there's something that I suddenly think, oh, I've got that book. Let me just look that up. I do it every day. I look for something along the shelves. And if I got rid of them, then I wouldn't have them.

But yes, nowadays we can quickly acquire things on Amazon, or whatever. So that's not the main reason. The main reason for me is this sense of identity, this wonderful sort of familiarity of the way that hands wave from the shelves, as it were, saying: Remember me? You know, remember when you were interested in this? Remember when you enjoyed reading her? And that kind of thing.

So that's what they're there for, and that's why I think I've got about 3,000 books, and I don't want any of them to go. I did think of moving into an apartment a few years ago. I live in a vertical, 19th-century London house. And I could never find any apartment that would have room for about 3,000 books and a lot of pictures, as well.

And I just thought, no. We'll think of something else. We'll have a stair lift, when push comes to shove."

interview with Penelope Lively NPR
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