What On Earth Have I Done?: Stories, Observations, and Affirmations
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A gift from my wish list from my parents.
Fans of Robert Fulghum know him as storyteller with a keen eye for observing the fine details of the world around him. His stories often find deep spiritual or philosophical meaning in the most unusual sources, and his sense of humor and wonder make many of his stories very funny as well. This book returns to the form that made his early books so successful: a collection of short essays, some funny, others thoughtful, but all with Fulghum's unique take the world. For long-time readers of his work, this is a welcome return to the stories we love, and new readers should enjoy this introduction to Fulghum's world. The book starts with some powerfully thoughtful essays, which initially made me think that this was going to be a more serious work than some of his others, but there is plenty of light-hearted humor here as well. If Fulghum has any message, it is that life is too short not to be enjoyed, and it is certainly clear that this is how he tries to live his life.
Journal Entry 3
Alexandria, Virginia USA on Tuesday, April 06, 2021
For a long time, my wife insisted that I keep my copies of the Fulghum books, even though it was *highly* unlikely that she would actually read them. They've been collecting dust on a book shelf for years now, and I've decided that it is time for them to find new readers to appreciate them. This title is actually on the wish list for my recipient in the Not-so-secret gift exchange for the 2021 virtual un-Convention that is replacing the actual convention (canceled because of the ongoing pandemic), so I'm setting it aside to package together with another book in a surprise package.
Journal Entry 4
Alexandria, Virginia USA on Monday, April 12, 2021
Released 3 wks ago (4/12/2021 UTC) at Alexandria, Virginia USA
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Silver Spring, Maryland USA on Tuesday, April 13, 2021
I was a little confused as to why I have a package from ResQgeek on my doorstep when I was just talking about sending him something. Then I opened it and found two wishlist books and said, "Must be my NSS person."
Thanks so much for the books from my wishlist, especially this one which was hanging out for so long on your shelves. I have a collection of Fulghum's books and this was the only one I could not find. Anytime Sandy wants to read it, I will be happy to share!
Journal Entry 6
Silver Spring, Maryland USA on Thursday, April 29, 2021
I don't know for certain how many times I have read the author's first book, All I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. At least a dozen, probably two, since my high school AP European History teacher read it aloud to us over a few months of intense study. Fulghum has a way of capturing the profound that lives within the simple and that we all instinctively know but have never formulated into thought or speech or writing. I have read most of his other books, but had not been able to track down this one for several years.
I was gifted this book by a friend recently and when I wanted to take a weekend off from life and stress it seemed like the perfect book to be reading. I was right to think so. I enjoyed the book immensely and look forward to rereading it in the future -- although I will be sharing it with others as well. The little scraps of poetry and musings he shared with friends on a guest towel and a brick are lovely, he made me want to learn more about Epictetus, and I want to adopt and frame his 3 philosophies on writing at the end of the book. Thanks for the book, Resqgeek! It hit the spot!