The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II & St. Teresa of Avila

The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila is more of a workbook than I would have liked. I have read it over and have prayed the Glorious Mysteries using it as my guide today. Though I was hoping for more a reflective experience from these two Saints on praying the rosary, I think this book is helpful. However, I began my own reflections on it. Today I journaled my experience and let me tell you, when I reflected after each decade the impact of it as almost meditation on both my mind and body, I realized many things. Maybe I’ll type it all out for those of you interested. I was really surprised at the beauty of the experience because praying the rosary can sometimes be like a chore, and I never think I’m going to get anything out of it…until today when I used this book. So maybe it is a useful book after all.

‘Backpacking’ with Robert Louis Stevenson in the Cevennes Journals

Finished this yesterday. Sometimes an unread book on my shelf will call me, and I know that I am meant to read it then and there. This is one of those books. The Cevennes Journal of Robert Louis Stevenson is the elongated version of Travels with a Donkey. The editors here have let all of Stevenson’s omitted texts remain, so you get a better sense of his journey and thoughts all around. If you don’t like travel essays read it for the anecdotes of his donkey. The relationship with his travel donkey Modestine is hilariously tragic.

The trail he took is a well known backpacking trail now in France (I have tagged its location for you above). I would love to hike this trail someday but for now, in the Spring my husband will take us backpacking up north for a weekend. So this book was a good way to train myself to write travel essays as I would like to journal our hike. In the back of this book the editors have published all of Stevenson’s original notes to himself. Notes that would later tie into his essays. Quick glimpses such as, “children singing on path,” or “lady with enormous hat,” would eventually be added into his essays in great detail once he had a moment to rest. Brilliant! .

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The Book of Acts

“Because the Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of Jesus.” —Acts 8:16

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Like most babies I was baptized a couple months after I was born. Was this so I didn’t go to purgatory or hell if I were to die? Or was it just for tradition’s sake? I don’t know. I’ve always felt God was close to me since I was little—like a trusted friend I could tell my problems to. But it wasn’t until I worked the soup kitchen at a church in Detroit recently that I really felt baptized in the Spirit. God went from living outside of me to living IN me in one day. I’ve been back to the soup kitchen every month since. Christ lives with the suffering. If you want to see Him, feel His presence, experience the Holy Spirit, go be with and help the suffering. Any living sufferer will do—this could be nature, animals, water, humans—Whatever touches your heart and makes you weep, but try to see God’s face in your work. For me, I found that my soul is drawn to the homeless. Search your heart for your calling. God is calling for your REAL baptism this way. The lay theologian, William Stringfellow, once said, “care enough to weep.” I will take this a tad further and say IF you care enough to weep, maybe you’ve found God’s call for you. And that is the voice of the Holy Spirit which lives in all of us. Awaken it! .

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The History of Fly Fishing by Ian Whitelaw

Life is filled with wonder and enchantment when we’re not worried about the fires in Australia. Living life to its fullest means exploring that which enchants us or excites our curiosity. For me that is fly fishing. I’ve never done it but for a long time I’ve wanted to learn this art, not only fishing with flies but learning how to tie them myself(make them). I feel the intricacy of this art would appeal to my ready hands. So through research I found this book and thought I’d start here. The History of Fly-Fishing In Fifty Flies by Ian Whitelaw gives examples of different rivers around the world and which flies are best for these rivers based on the insects and animals that live in the area. I can’t wait to dive into this book and learn more!

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The Book of Ruth

The book of Ruth is one of the shortest books in the Bible. It is only 4 chapters, but it is essential to the lessons we learn through scripture. In Ruth man-made prejudice and rules are broken down and defied in the relationship and love between Ruth and her mother-in-law Naomi. They come from different religions, and there has been much hatred between their two civilizations. God doesn’t love and accept based on age, gender, sex, race, or religion. Anyone can come to God, we are not defined by man-made expectations and rules. Let us remember that the difference between what God accepts and what man accepts can be much different. Even some of the rules churches make as far as who’s welcome should be questioned if they are not welcome to ALL. Are we seeing the world through man’s eyes or God’s? Ask this often.

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The Complete Book of Etiquette by Amy Vanderbilt

I love having fancy dinners. Tonight for New Year’s Eve my husband’s cousin and I will be serving Cornish game hens, potatoes au gratin, scallops, and green beans with red pepper flakes and garlic for a small party at me casa. When it comes to setting the table I have always consulted my book of etiquette by Amy Vanderbilt—very fancy! May I dream of a life such as hers with servants!? Whoa! I almost feel like the book is too good for me, haha! I’m working on a budget ya’ll, and lack of space so as far as the correct place to of silverware I do what I want now–I made the centerpiece with random plants found on my walks and in my backyard. This makes it more special I think. No servants here!

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The Railroad Question by William Larrabee

The Railroad Question by William Larrabee is a book I purchased not only for its beauty but for its subject matter. The question tossed around in this book, which was written in 1895, was whether railroads should be privately owned or owned and regulated by the government. The author declares from the start that they should be owned and maintained by the government. That if privately owned they will eventually lose their main purpose as being a service to the people.

I’ve had this book for a while now, and I’m realizing that I think it might be signed by the author himself who was once the 13th governor of Iowa. I compared the ink to a receipt I have from around the same time (1890’s) and the ink is in the same condition. If it’s not signed and noted with a personal dedication page (pictured) then why is it signed twice under his picture—eh?These are little mysteries I try to solve in my free time. 😁

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