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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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read a great quote in Lincoln in the Bardo. re-read it & remember that patience is cue:

“All we can control is the spirit in which we give.”

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keep reading. books come to meet you, per Jonathan Safran Foer.

 

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