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imagine being around art & book enthusiasts. creativity – yours & other’s – has always been a powerful motivator, something you’ve always craved. high time to immerse yourself gratefully into it.

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[Reading Amor Towles’s wonderful A Gentleman in Moscow]: wanton destruction of people & the treasures of their history. but also reading of their resilience. reaction to despair can lead to destruction or regeneration. a choice, as is everything.

      

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Dominant Hand: I’ve gotten to the part of [Mary Karr’s] Lit where she’s going to AA meetings & starting to pray/ask for help. One woman told her her higher power was her non-drinking self. I’m kind of leaning toward Little Betty [my inner child].

read Penelope Lively quote about children being the only ones who can see things clearly, not colored by previous experience. you have many distinct memories of early childhood. 

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The Maze at Windermere talks often about ‘mere’ diary writing, but you’ve felt that necessity since age 10. a part of who you are: have always recognized the importance of recording your life. a way to make it more real in a way, & let earlier ‘versions’ of yourself speak many years later. a priceless gift to yourself.

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[Molly G. Manning‘s] When Books Went to War is really a wonderful story, a little-known part of American history to be proud of & inspired by. repercussions long-lasting: made readers out of many soldiers who went on to college. it shows the best of the human spirit.

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Newberry book [Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly] mentioned young girl wondering if everyone has their own God, which you’d never considered. seems true in a way. not the idea of millions of Gods but universal Loving Kindness with power to be everywhere & with everyone at once. soothing to think you don’t have to understand to know it’s true.

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watching [a child I mentor’s] interest in an Erik Blegvad book from the ‘80s was lovely. as was her preferring reading to playing cards or games.  truly hope you can instill the gift of loving to read in her. an accomplishment to be proud of.

 

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