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I just read the most amazing book: A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller. I’ve spent the past few days trying to figure out if I can officially say that it’s the best memoir/biography I’ve ever read. Could anything really be better than He Leadeth Me or Endurance? I’ve decided that they’re each so different that I can’t rank them; they’re all tied for first. But here’s a telling detail: I’ve already started re-reading Miller’s book, and I’ve never read a book in this genre twice.
Now, I was about to write a note along the lines of, “IF YOU DO NOT CLICK ON THIS LINK AND HIT ‘ADD TO CART’ RIGHT NOW YOU HAVE ONLY YOURSELF TO BLAME, ” but then it occurred to me that it might not touch everyone the same way it touched me. It’s the memoir of a writer who tries to live his life as if it were a story, so all the insights about what makes a good story — on the page and off — were right up my alley. But I think anyone would love it.
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Speaking of awesome recommendations from online friends, last night I was doing some work and wanted to watch a TV show on Netflix. I asked the Twitterati for recommendations, and @feebeglee and @KateOH immediately recommended Downton Abbey. I’ve only watched half of one episode, but I’m hooked. It involves dry British repartee…and butlers! Butlers ironing newspapers for “his Lordship”! Butlers steeping tea for “her Ladyship”! If I’m suddenly offline for about a week, it’s because I’m busy watching every episode of this show.
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So how fascinating were the comments to my post from Monday? For those of you who haven’t had time to read them all, I’m going to do a post with a highlight reel condensing all the comments, since it would take a long time to read every one of them. Look out for that soon!
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I have an idea. It is an idea that, were I to execute on it, would make me a very rich woman. You see, I’m teaching my kindergartener son to read. He’s doing fine, but I can tell that he could do a whole lot better if he were motivated. I’ve tried everything to help him understand how great it will be when he’s a proficient reader, with only limited success. And then. A while back he came across the word “but” in a book. Mistaking it for a different version of that word, his eyes filled with delight. He immediately devoured this wonderful, perfect book that he thought included a discussion of his favorite (albeit forbidden) word.
And so I had an idea, an idea to instill young boys with a passion for reading so intense that they’ll be ready for War and Peace in the 1st grade. It would not be a reading program to start with. It would, in fact, be one you’d try to avoid, a program of last resort — and you’d never, ever admit to your friends that you used it. You would simply shrug when people wondered aloud why your six-year-old with average reading skills was suddenly an obsessed bibliophile. And you’d never tell them that it all started when we met in a secluded parking lot, me wearing a trenchcoat and oversized sunglasses, looking both ways, then quickly slipping you a copy of my self-published children’s book, Bobby Buttfart Poops on the Ninjas.
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A notice to my neighbors to the south: apologist extraordinaire Patrick Madrid is coming to San Antonio next weekend! Check out this site for more details. It’s only $10, and should be a great event.
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Here’s a great article to start your weekend: Dr. Peter Kreeft talks about what it would take to usher in an era of peace and love in the culture at large. He has a unique take on the issue. Lots of great ideas.
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Do you celebrate Valentine’s Day? It seems like most couples I know either don’t really do anything for the holiday, or do something toned down like just having a movie night at home. I’d be interested to hear if anyone has any elaborate, fancy plans!
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