alrescate: (read)
A couple of years ago I sent a couple of boxes of books to a Bookcrossing soldier in Baghdad. Well the other day I got two journal entries from two of the books I sent. The soldier first journaled anonymously but signed up for BookCrossing before he journaled the second book. Being pleased that the books had been heard from, and even more pleased that a soldier had a couple of hours of entertainment from them I sent him a message asking if he needed any other books to read.

Well he would love some more books. In part, his response was:

Hello alrescate,

I will gladly accept any and all you wish to send.
I am a voracious reader of any and all genre's.
I grew up in the boonies of Oregon and for the 1st ten years of my life, we
had neither electricity or running water. We used kerosene lamps, wood
fires and had a wonderful spring coming out of the mountain running about
50 gallons a minute. No electricity also meant no TV and the radio was used
sparingly on battery power. I probably did not
do my eyes any good, reading with such poor light, but read I did.
Everything I could lay my hands on was consumed.
~
That was also about the time I found our wonderful County Library and got
lost in all the volumes of knowledge and fantasy it had to offer. Science
Fiction became a favorite and Robert Heinlein had a wonderful selection of
Juvenile Sci-Fi that fit the bill exactly. I still love that.
~
I am in a position here for the next six months or so to help distribute
any and all books you would like to send.
The two books I read from your offering were the first ones I had ever seen
with the registration card and number.
So if you send, I will distribute and report back reviews and reactions.
(Of course I may read them all first, before I give them out!)

Thank you very much...

So I'm rounding up books for this fellow. If by chance you have any books you like to add please let me know. I'll gather them up and send them over. I figure it's the least I can do!


I plan to cross-post this to the BC LJ.
alrescate: (glass)
As some of you know, my stepfather is an artist and has done a couple of books. He now has a new website & if you feel so moved please go take a look and spread the word too if you don't mind. (The site is still under construction so please keep that in mind.)

In his words:

My name is Domenic, spelled with an e. I became an illustrator because I'm a philosopher. I became a poet to keep from being bored in algebra class. I got over the algebra but not the poetry, which brings me to this little project, Dragon Stew. I tried to talk other people into writing poems about dragons which I hoped to illustrate, which some (not enough) of my friends did, and this led me to a discovery. Poetry, even poetry heavy with imagery, does not necessarily translate well into a visual. So I ended up writing the darn thing myself. I think I did a good job, I hope my philosophical bent did not get in the way too much, I know I did a good job with the pictures, and the printers (General Printing in Columbia Missouri) did a great job. Various testimonials tell me I have a sense of humor, evident in the book. My wife says if I do have a sense of humor, its a low one, thank you very much. Personally, I think I'm just too clever for words, (so to speak ).
I have a lot of time and effort invested in this book, I hope you will take a peek, @ http://dragonstew.us. If you like what you see, help me out and send this paragraph to everyone on your E-mail list.
sincerely, Domenic. (with an e.)
alrescate: (read)
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alrescate: (read)
I'm reading "A Dirty Job" by Christopher Moore and last night I read a bit that was so good I had to write it down. I thought I would share it (and put it here so I could find it again).

P. 126
"Everyone is happier if they have someone to look down on, as well as someone to look up to, especially if they resent both. This is not only the Beta Male strategy for survival, but the basis for capitalism, democracy, and most religions."

That sounds about right to me.
alrescate: (witch)
I've just started Michael Chabon's 'Summerland' and the young hero has just started a book by a ferisher (fairy). I like what it says about baseball so much that I wanted to enter it here so I could get to it next summer when I am immersed in baseball.

"The first and last duty of the lover of the game of baseball, whether in the stands or on the field, is the same as that of the lover of life itself: to pay attention to it. When it comes to the position of catcher, as all but fools and shortstops will freely acknowledge, this solemn requirement is doubled."


"...to grasp the fundamental truth: a baseball game is nothing but a great slow contraption for getting you to pay attention to the cadence of a summer day."

I'd say as baseball junkie, truer words have never been written.
alrescate: (Default)
No, this isn't an entry about my dogs. (Amazingly enough I haven't posted much about the pack yet.) I'm just feeling like a grumpy person today. Have you ever had one of those days where every little thing sets you off? I got ticked at myself earlier when I got into my car and dropped a brand new book on the pavement. Now I'm very anal about my books and usually it difficult to even tell I've read them when I've finished with them. So dropping a brand new book that I haven't even opened and scuffing up several pages and bending the cover irks me. I have no idea why I let little stuff like that bother me. I mean I know that many folks in my circle consider books sacred but why do I try to keep my books pristine when I can tolerate the mess of having six dogs in the house?

My only answer to that is that books have long provided me an escape from all the troubles (real or imagined) in my life. I spent a lot of my youth with my nose in a book and I continue to prefer reading a book over almost any activity. I think I've spent more time with books than I have spent with people. If I don't get my 'reading time' I tend to be crankier than usual. (Frankly I've noticed that I'm cranky regardless of how much reading I've been doing but that's a subject for another post.) I almost always have a book in my hand and I feel anxious if I have to go somewhere and wait for more than a minute without having a book to read.

Okay, since I mentioned my dogs and I haven't bored you with all the 'cute' stories about them yet. I'll add a picture of my three of the hounds.

Jackson, Honey and Brandy )

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