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The Library Arrives

September 25th, 2007

Our library has arrived.

I was at first, somewhat mystified.

Evidently, I overlooked the small box at the end of the order form that said…complete library.

Though everything seems to be in very good order, with plenty of nooks and whatnots, and bins and cubbies, and higglyjoints and sputknacks…it seems that it did not have any…


I sprang into action!

Searching for the perfect book, the exact right one, to bless this humble library. The perfect book to first grace the shelves. To set the tone. To determine the character of this space for all time memorial!

I knew exactly where to go. A book of immense wisdom…unerring moral fiber. A book that nurtured me as I grew and taught me right from wrong. A book… actually many books…assembled into a flawless, seamless, whole. Where I still look for guidance and support and courage and fortitude. And I am never disappointed.

Nancy Drew

Of course.

This is my favorite cover.

Now that I have the sacred texts in place, I can move onto the lesser titles.

I just finished reading the Life of Pi by Yann Martel It truly was a good book, but I was a bit confused by a few things. First, being a person that is generally interested in religion, I really liked how the boy practiced the varying forms. But somewhere in the book, the religion thing puttered out. I mean clearly being trapped on a life boat with a Bengali tiger may make the practicing of all four major world religions at the same time a lesser priority, but for me I think it may have become a greater priority. I am not complaining, I just wonder what happened to the religion? Seems to me like ritualistic behaviors often become more pronounced during times of stress, and not sort of glazed over. Then again after 200 days aboard a lifeboat with a Bengali tiger, maybe one ceases to believe. Then again waking up every day on board a life boat with a Bengali tiger is a miracle, so how could you cease to believe? Then again, after two hundred days aboard a life boat with a Bengali tiger, you might come to think of that as normal – and no longer a miracle. Even if the Bengali tiger is you, and the hyena is a french chef. But I digress.

The ending was unfortunate wasn’t it? I believe in fantastic events. I think they happen every day. I so want to believe there was a tiger on that boat. In fact – there was a tiger on that boat. That’s all there is to it. Tiger on board!

I do wish the story was knitted a little more tightly. It is almost like two books. The story of Pi in India with religion and the Zoo and the other story of Pi on a boat with a Bengali Tiger.

It is a book that I will think about for a long time. A story that will stay with me. A book I will encourage my sons to read at some point. A book that my husband and I will talk about and that will get discussed at family events and cocktail parties and cookouts. I will be standing in the middle of the deck with a plateful of potato salad screaming – A TIGER WAS ON BOARD…A TIGER WAS ON BOARD – while everyone else quietly sips their margaritas and avoids making eye contact with me.

A visceral book, yet gently confident and full of surprises just like Pi – the boy that WAS most certainly on the lifeboat with the Bengali Tiger.

Pioneer Woman Exists?

May 21st, 2007

I am trying to decide if Pioneer Woman is real or not. Is it possible that this blog is manufactured to make the rest of us try harder? Have the computers taken over blogdom and created the perfect blog to try and control our minds? I know, I may sound like a paranoid schizo – but someone has to ask the hard questions. I have two critical pieces of evidence that may cause you to also have spasms of doubt about her actual existence.

1. Marlboro Man – Believe it or not Marlboro man actually lives or rather lived just up the road from me. That’s right – the real Marlboro man – the original and true Marlboro man lived out the rest of his days right here in my part of the country on a ranch outside Westmoreland. Here are some pictures of him, for those of you who have to see to believe. His name is Wayne Dunafon pictured with the black hat and the horizontal striped shirt

So clearly Pioneer woman’s “Marlboro Man” is an imposter. Do you think she knows? Should someone tell her?

2. The comments – I just cannot accept the number of comments she gets every day! I can’t wrap my pea sized brain around 89 comments – 120 comments, 1000 comments! Impossible! It is a trick. Someone is making this up. Who are these people that leave thise comments? Have you ever read them? It reminds me of one of those coaches shows after a big victory

Caller 1 – “Hey coach – great game, the team looked good,

Coach – Thanks, what is your question?

Caller – Just wanted to say great game coach – keep it up!

Coach – Thanks and now to Caller 2. Hello?

Caller 2 – Hey Coach – Great game…The team was INCREDIBLE!

Coach – Thanks, I appreciate that – do you have any questions?

Caller – 2 – You’re the greatest coach ever! Rock on dude

Coach Okay – so now lets go to caller 3

Caller 3 – Coach – YOU ROCK!!!

Coach – Wow – thanks – Question?

Caller 3 – We are going to kill everyone team in our path! Destroy them. Love the defense man. Perfect game

Coach – Yes – well we tried something new tonight…

Caller 3 – You ARE AWESOME!!!

Coach – Thanks

And so on and so forth.

I am a huge fan of her site. And I will continue to be a fan even if it turns out she doesn’t even exist.