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I made the process of picking a name really easy on myself. I enlisted the help of one of my kids to do the heavy lifting. When Kaitlyn returned with the little bag full of names she had a great big grin. One of those triumphant, accomplished something important today, sort of smiles on her face.

Excited, she said, "It's Heather."

And then she looked at me a bit crosswise and said, "Who the heck is Heather and why did I just pull her name out of a bag?"

Heather, for those of you that may be missing the hypothetical blog boat, is located here..... . I've personally read her words for a long time now and consider her blog a must read. Very well written. Intimate. Emotion and experience that touches one's interior. Witty. Authentic. A portal into the thoughts of an extraordinary life. It doesn't get much better then that.

And Heather darling, I think you're pretty amazing and consider myself privileged to witness your journey through life. I'll send out the book on Monday and it's my wish the words will only enhance your world. Lets email the details........

Now, beyond that piece of excitement, I don't really have much more to say.

However, I do have a question.

And I'd like people to be honest to your literary core. Who out there likes, enjoys and intentionally reads classic books......for pleasure (key word) ? I ask, because I'm currently trying to swallow down "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte and well......if I read that someone has ejaculated their thoughts again I shall wither and jump from a great height.

I'm just a curious soul and evidently, I am missing the hypothetical boat when it comes enjoying the brilliance of a time before me. I can't be the only one who forces themselves to read them?? Am I??

Or perhaps I should pen.........Pleading for absolution, I ejaculate in a vain churlish manner, pardon my insolence and abstain from bleeding my perilous condition.

Or something to that nature.

31 Additional Thoughts:

Yay! : ) I'm glad for Heather (who is ama-zing) and your daughter is so darned cute!

I have tried Wuthering Heights ... and still it sits on my shelf to be read. Just too hard to get into. : )


February 07, 2009 12:05 PM  

Congrats to Heather! I'll try next time!

I remember reading Wuthering Heights, I think when I was in high school. I remember enjoying the story, but I suspect I'd find it a little overblown now.

A friend at work started a book club, and we're reading the 100 best novels as chosen by the Modern Library. I'm a few months behind, unfortunately, but I've read books that I never would have read otherwise, and enjoyed some of them very much. Wuthering Heights may be a classic novel, but it's not one of the BETTER ones, if you see what I mean.


February 07, 2009 12:31 PM  

The classics, hmmm a bit like pulling teeth at times isn't it? Not often unless it's a subjective requirement for torturing my already primal lack of speech fodder. On the other hand who would of thought you could get me hooked line and sinker on the Twilight series. I'm halfway through the 2nd book and I started the first one Wedn.

If it's got a dangerous appeal I'm likely to bite more readily. I do believe that's why I read an unlimited supply of horror. There is one branch of classic which I would never outgrow...The entire works of Edgar Allen Poe. My daughter shares my fondness for his writing as well. She should I used to read her the "Raven" for a bedtime story (it doesn't get any more morbid than that).

As for dear Heather, I'm so delighted she will be a recipient of one of your books. I know how much genuine pleasure I get from mine. She's an amazing read, we share an infinity of life stories. In the past few months our friendship has grown by leaps and bounds.

It's amazing that tenuous line that connects us all on so many levels. (Hugs)Indigo

February 07, 2009 12:54 PM  

Indigo......your right,I am the one that found the Twilight series a fun read, so perhaps I just don't carry the capacity to switch from mindless reading enjoyment to painstakingly monotonous classic. This is probably a 'me' issue rather then something I was hoping was a 'general' issue.......

Gasp. Am I closed book minded?
The horror in that honor.

February 07, 2009 1:27 PM  

Not one for the classics. When I get around to reading a book (about one per month), I like to be entertained, not to struggle.

February 07, 2009 2:43 PM  

Glad you stopped by & left a comment! Wasn't sure if I should laugh or shake my head in horror! I'm always afraid that he will jump in while I'm not looking!

I tried reading Wuthering Heights...a couple of times. The only reason being that I had this nightmare of being at a party where everyone is discussing the classics & I would have no idea what they were talking about!

Hope you stop by again!


February 07, 2009 3:43 PM  

the stuff i have read and re-read and explored more of were the works of john steinbeck, ray bradbury, and carson mccullers.

i had to read grapes of wrath, the heart is a lonely hunter, and dandelion wine freshman year of h.s. and they were well chosen books because they hooked me.

i never cared for either of the bronte sisters.

congrats to heather on her prize and i will go check out her blog now.


February 07, 2009 5:43 PM  

I've been reading a classic with Trevor....Catcher In The Rye. What? It's a classic to me. The kid also loves Poe. Funny thing is that his teacher won't count any of that towards his AR reading. She can kiss my ass....or so said Holden C.

February 07, 2009 6:21 PM  

I AM SO ECSTATIC! Thank you! ;]

I couldn't get into "Wuthering Heights" and I've tried numerous times. Maybe I'll take it to AZ when we go on vacation! Laying by the pool, I could force myself to be into it ;)

Thanks for the glowing recommendation to read my blog-- It means so much to me. ♥

February 08, 2009 9:58 AM  

Ok it looks like I'm in the minority, I love reading Dickens, The Brontes, I could read Hemingway until my eyes bleed, John Steinbeck, Henry James, Robert Lewis Stevenson, and I could read Don Quixote anytime anywhere.

February 08, 2009 10:41 AM  

HA! Laughed out loud and longly at this one!! :) I felt the same way and thought it was just me! Having said that, there are some classics I've enjoyed, but haven't read any recently.

February 08, 2009 4:35 PM  

If the volume was on the top ten list of current fiction, and you felt the same way, would you put it down or continue the struggle.....
Just a thought...

;) Leigh

February 08, 2009 6:22 PM  

Hello !!! I can say that I am into the classics a little. I liked Wuthering Heights but I do like Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. I am reading at the moment a book by Linda Lael Miller called "Montana Creed: Logan" which is about a cowboy named Logan Creed who returns home to Stillwater Springs, Montana after being gone for a while. I am getting into her books and I am enjoying the guy in the book. Linda Lael Miller is a great writer.

I would like if you would send me a few books that you may have read. Do keep me posted !!!!

February 08, 2009 7:09 PM  

Yeah, well, I'm not happy for Heather. I'm jealous. I'm pouting here. If Heather could see me now, she'd see me sticking my tongue out. At her. "Pfbpthbt!" That's what I say to Heather.

On the other hand, seeing as the decision was made in the best spirit of American democracy (just closing your eyes and picking something at random), I celebrate it. Congratulations on your successful election to the priveledged few, Heather. But remember, with great power, comes great responsibility. Or something.

Also, I read Wuthering Heights in high school. At least my English class did. I have no memory of actually having opened the book. I'm a big fan of Shakespeare, though. Also, Cervantes rocks!

February 08, 2009 9:58 PM  

I went through a stage when I read nothing but the classics - and I loved them all. Now though, I find them a bit "wadey", a bit like having to get through thick custard - but, I think it has a lot to do with frame of mind. There are times when nothing does better than a classic and there are times when nothing does better than complete fluff. Balance, I suppose - as with all things :-)

February 09, 2009 2:00 AM  

I have a love of opera thanks to my dad. I was playing some lovely Corelli one day in my office and the most cultured doctor of the practice came into my room and said: I know I should like opera. I have tried to like opera. I do not like opera.
I understand really, I told him, but he still looked so sad.

Personally, I found Gone With The Wind narcissistic,insincere & vapid. AND BORING. I didn't make it through. I have my mom's copy of the book and she didn't make it through either. We still felt we were basically good people. And NO I do not consider it a classic, but I am upbraided whenever I say I could not take it, not for one more second.
WH I read, a small part, & then I think I said: What the f*** are they talking about? and put it down. There are many classics I've loved enough to read 3-4 times, that sure wasn't one of them. ~Mary

February 09, 2009 6:24 AM  

Give me a nice horror or a good detective any day, actually any book . What a book has to do is capture my imagination in the first few pages otherwise I find it very hard to pick up again.

February 09, 2009 10:55 AM  

Yeah, I have tried to read a few of the clssics for pleasure.

It does take effort though, so I must admit, most of my classic reading has been attached to a more formal assignment or goal.

February 10, 2009 9:05 AM  

Love Paul's response. I can relate So glad it is Heather...A great gal with depth and talent....Very real and authentic

February 10, 2009 9:04 PM  

I gave up on classics and moved to cliff notes.

February 12, 2009 4:20 PM  

I have to admit that Wuthering Heights ranks in my personal experience as the most boring book I have ever read (awful, just awful). As I described it to Judi just last week, I read and read and read and read and read, and then finally, finally, turned the page.

I read more "classical" books when I was younger, in part because it was all I had access to in the small conservative town I lived in. I trade "classical" now for ones that inspire me, like Talking with Nature by Michael J Roads, which I am sure the churches in my little town would have banned from our library. I was raised on the concept that "everything old is good, everything new is bad."

To speak the language of my town: hogwash to that!

Peace, Virginia

February 14, 2009 8:21 AM  

I had the classics drilled into me in high school. It's hard to open one now. The thought of even taking Madame Bovery off the shelf sends chills down my spine (so why have I kept them and drug them coast to coast?). Now I read SKI magazine and think of younger days.

February 14, 2009 4:12 PM  

All in all I think that when you read a 'classic' you spend as much time adapting to the style and language as you do enjoying the story. That said I've enjoyed a few classics and the struggle (overall) is worth it.


February 17, 2009 3:10 PM  

Haha, I do 'force myself' with some, because I think classical literature is important in a variety of aspects...

most of them I do enjoy though, after all, they are classics for a reason (because they're dope)!

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