Saturday, March 14, 2015

Books Read In The Past Week

Books read for the first time are marked with  a #

Books, (except Sunday books) are grouped by author, and not necessarily in the order read.


Sunday books
"The Joy of the Lord" (Regina Marie  and the Mysteries of Heaven Book 1) #
by Mark Andrews
[fiction, contemporary and Biblical]
(Kindle book)
I have mixed feelings about this book.
I enjoyed the contemporary storyline,
but certain parts of the Biblical storyline
made me a bit uncomfortable. 

"Least of All, Me"
by Sr. Anthony Marie, OSF
[Catholic fiction, based on fact]

"But Thy Love and Thy Grace #
by Fr. Francis J. Finn, S.J.
[fiction]
(free online book)


Weekday Books
"The Clubwoman's Book" #
by Helen M. Avery
and Frank w. Nye
(openlibrary.org loan)
{carried over from last week}

"To Teach, To Love"
by Jesse Stuart
[autobiography]
(openlibrary.org loan)
{carried over from last week}
didn't finish due to problems
with my computer. 

"Betsy's Wedding"
by Maud Hart Lovelace
[fiction]

"Trials for the Chalet School" #
by Elinor M. Brent-Dyer
[children's fiction]

"Never Go Anywhere With Digby"
by Ethelyn M. Parkinson
[children's fiction]

"Penina Levine is a Potato Pancake"
"Penina Levine is a Hard-Boiled Egg"
by Rebecca O'Connell
[children's fiction, Judaica]

"Jenny Archer, Author"
by Ellen Conford
[children's fiction]

"The Naughtiest Girl In The School"
"The Naughtiest Girl Again"
"The Naughtiest Girl Is A Monitor"
by Enid Blyton
[children's fiction]

"I Should Worry, I Should Care"
"Finders Weepers"
by Miriam Chaikin
[children's fiction]

"Calling Doctor Amelia Bedelia" #
by Herman Parish
nephew of Peggy Parish
[picture book]
(openlibrary.org loan)

"The Books You Read"
(AKA "The People You Meet
and The Books You Read
Professional Edition") 
edited by Charles E. Jones
foreword by Og Mandino  
[non-fiction]
(various people in various fields
comment on their favorite books, 
and/or about books and reading in general.)
{carrying over into next week}


"A Lesson For Janie"
by Dorothy Simpson
[children's fiction]
(openlibrary.org loan)
{carrying over into next week}


A Book for Weekdays AND Sundays
"The Imitation of Christ"
by Thomas A Kempis
[Kindle book]


There Has ALWAYS been Home Entertainment

These days, most of us... myself included.... tend to think of home entertainment as something we can access only through
electronic devices.  We must turn on the radio, the CD player, the TV, the computer in order to find entertainment.
Now, I'm not disparaging this in any way; that would be very
hypocritical of me since I make extensive use of these devices.
But I do say that home entertainment existed long before there
were any electronic devices, long before there was electricity.

Someone would play an instrument while the family sang and/or danced.   Think of Pa playing his fiddle in the "Little House" books.  Think of Julia, and, later, Betsy, playing the piano in
the "Betsy-Tacy" books.  (I have a recording on my computer
of some of the songs from those books.)
Parents and grandparents told stories, sometimes over and over, and nobody got tired of hearing them.
Some families had a ventriloquist who provided great amusement.  Some had at least one member who could
do bird calls.
There were no movies then, but there was a form of "animation"... shadow pictures.
Some families were fond of playing Charades.

And yes, I'm sure that there are families who still enjoy entertaining themselves, entertaining each other.  And they
need not miss out on any tv shows in order to do so... after
all, one of the greatest electronic devices we have these days
is the DVR.