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Dominant Hand: I’m enjoying Pigs Might Fly [by Dick King-Smith] a lot. Kind of a Babe precursor, 1st published in 1980. Adorable little hero.

Alternate Hand: very clever & sweet book. fun to learn things from a book for kids.

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feel you get as much or more than you give when mentoring. it’s good for your spirit to be in service to children & books.

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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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