It’s One of Those Days

2015 Reading Challenge

This is week #6 in the 2015 Reading Challenge. The next category on the reading list is: A Book Written by Someone Under 30. Here are a few suggestions: The Call of the Wild – Jack London wrote this book when he was 27 years old. It’s also a great Classic. The Mysteries of Pittsburgh – Michael Chabon wrote this book at the age of 25. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath wrote this book when she was 29 years old. This is also a Classic. I read The Bell Jar in a literature class in college. The book is rather dark but a good read. Soldier’s Pay – William Faulkner wrote this book at the age of 27. William Faulkner is one of my favorite classic writers. I had never heard of Faulkner until I read his book As I Lay Dying in college. I had  spot open on my class schedule and needed to fill it. The American Literature class was the only one that would fit.

I went into the class dreading all the reading that I had to do, because I have dyslexia, and I knew this was going to be a huge challenge. The reading load was pretty heavy, and I knew I could not handle it. Realistically, I knew there was no way we would be able to discuss all these books in one semester. So I did the “pick and choose” what books I would read (Doesn’t every college student do that!!! SMILES). This was the class that I read Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, and I learned to love William Faulkner. The following semester I was allowed to take a graduate level class in Faulkner’s writings. I still love reading his works. 

Challenge yourself and find a new author, maybe even a classic author, you have never read before and read. You might be surprised as I was.

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Today is one of those days that I face a blank screen and canno9t think of anything to write about. So I am going to chat! I am suppose to be in Austin today at an Immigration Rally at the Capitol Building, but Sunday Carl stepped on a nail and had to go to the emergency room. He was working in the back yard when he stepped on a clod of dirt that was hiding a board with a nail in it. He had a bad reaction to the antibiotic an has been sick.  Today he is feeling better but still in a lot of pain.

I called my mother on Monday.  She told me that one time her mother, my grandmother, stepped on a nail. She went into the house, cut a potato slice, put the potato slice on the place where the nail entered her foot, wrapped her foot with gauze, and went about her business. Never went to the doctors. Her treatment was a lot less expensive than ours.

All is well here in Texas. We have had beautiful sunny days with temps in the low 70’s.  You will hear no complaints from me. I love it. I know that New England is getting a lot of snow and extreme cold weather. My prayers go out to my family and friends in New England. Did I say how beautiful Texas weather has been???!!!!!

Today I challenged myself to write 500 words. And so, it is done! Thank you for reading and enjoy a new book.

Today, do something that challenges you, Linda


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