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From Columbus, Ohio USA
Age 44
Joined Tuesday, January 25, 2005
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"Why does anybody tell a story? It does indeed have something to do with faith; faith that the universe has meaning, that our little human lives are not irrelevant, that what we choose or say or do matters, matters cosmically." -- Madeleine L'Engle, interview

"A society capable of naming itself lives within its stories, inhabiting and furnishing them. We ride stories like rafts, or lay them out on the table like maps." -- William Kittredge, The Nature of Generosity

"Ideas will not save us, he thought. Not right or wrong, not peace or retribution. Our stories are all we have. The only thing that can ever save us is to learn each other’s stories. From beginning to end….For every life we know, we are expanded. There is no forgiveness without stories. There is no dignity. There is no way to speak in tongues but that." -- Karen Fisher, A Sudden Country

"But you know, [...] you cannot pretend to read a book. Your eyes will give you away. So will your breathing. A person entranced by a book simply forgets to breathe.
Why Dickens? I point to the one book that supplied me with another world at a time when it was desperately needed. It gave me a friend in Pip. It taught me you can slip under the skin of another just as easily as your own, even when that skin is white and belongs to a boy alive in Dickens' England. Now, if that isn't an act of magic I don't know what is." -- Lloyd Jones, Mister Pip

"Everything is true, and everything is false. It is the storyteller and the listener who decide what-what is what." -- Anita Rau Badami, Tamarind Mem


That's me and my big "muppet" on a walk near where we live. Her name is Lainie -- she's a sweetheart!

Early in my BC time, I started a second bookshelf -- for my vast collection of children's books that are PC or available for trade. I've since thought that wasn't a great idea, but it seemed like an OK one at the time. If you are interested in looking at my children's book collection, please see ScoobyGang's bookshelf. (PMs must come through this shelf.)

My absolute favorite wild catch (for one of my releases) and the reason I love BookCrossing is here.

Books I have read -- for the first time -- in 2011:

My Reading List from 2005 (69 books)
My Reading List from 2006 (59 books)
My Reading List from 2007 (99 books)
My Reading List from 2008 (just 25 books listed)
No list for 2009 or 2010

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