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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Food For the Brain / Food For the Soul

Reading is a pastime I enjoy daily.  I love a good mystery or Christian novel.  Stories of war, spies, conspiracy, or murder keep me riveted until all hours of the night.  My favorite Christian series is Neta Jackson’s Yada Yada Prayer Group books.  It was a lesson in patience to wait for the next book to be published.  Now her husband is writing a parallel series featuring the men in their lives.  If you haven’t read these authors, I highly recommend them.

Clive Cussler is another favorite.  I absolutely can’t put his books down once I start one.  He totally messes with my body clock, turning my nights into one long day and my days into one nap after another.  I have yet to figure out the ending before he tells me who did what and why. 
HB (HoneyBunny) is a book-lover, too.  We have hundreds of books.  After I read mine, I either save them to read again or pass them on so someone else can enjoy the story.   HB can’t seem to part with his.  It’s like there is Velcro on each cover that grabs hold of him and won’t let go.  His office has books on shelves, on his desk, on the floor, in the closet, and any flat surface available.  Eek – it is chaotic.  But, that’s the way he rolls…

Last year I bought HB a Kindle Reader for his birthday.  I wasn’t sure he would use it, but I wanted to take a chance.  As luck would have it (my luck, that is), he didn’t catch on to the thing and since it was just sitting around, I decided to give it a try.  I have hardly set it down since.  I love it.  Oh, don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the feel of a real book in my hands as much as the next person, but it is so easy to hold that reader when lying in bed, and so quick to download a new book day or night.  I’m sold on it.  So, of course, that encouraged HB and we bought a second Kindle so we could both read in bed!  Tsk…is that what getting older means?  Really?  Getting all tangled up…in a good book???  Sighhhh!

Reading can be a pastime or a learning time.  My most precious time is reading to learn and to know Jesus.  Our church encourages us to read through the Bible in a year.  I was amazed to find that this is a history book, full of romance, dysfunctional families, unsavory characters, mystery, and all of the excitement I find in my other books.  Growing up our Sunday school class memorized Bible verses, but no one had ever suggested that we actually try to read all of the books in the Bible, from beginning to end.  I never knew what I was missing.  I never knew what a blessing it could be for me.  I was pleased to find out I could also use my Kindle for Bible reading.
So, have I become a techie Grandma?  I guess I am.  I have two computers, a digital camera, a Kindle, an iPod, a smart phone and hearing aids with Bluetooth.  No, there are no robots roaming our halls and no spy bots buzzing over our heads (at least not any belonging to us).   Mercy me…will my brain cells be able to keep up with all of this?


  1. Love it, who said mature people can't be techie! Good for you.

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  2. Well, you are ahead of me and I'm in my 40s-- I have a digital camera and computers but that is it-- amd my phone is dumb.

    We are all voracious readers at Baja's cozy Book Nook so come chat books with us anytime-- your HB is welcome too.

  3. I LOVE this. I am a techie-illiterate -> I have a computer that I have been know to yell at, and a digital camera that still stumps me! I am cell phone-free at the moment and loving it! I am however a book junkie. I read every night. I have yet to venture into the Kindle realm but that is a deadline swiftly approaching as my friends get published and e-books become the norm. You are such a kindred heart! So glad I found your blog!

  4. We've been kinda thinking about a kindle too.:) Thanks for the follow.:) I'm following back.:)

  5. I used to appreciate the changes in technology and industry my grandparents saw in their lifetimes. Now, things change so much faster for us, it's not possible to keep up with everything. I've only been on the internet a couple of years, but I do like my old predigital cameras more, they just aren't convenient for instant sharing. It's nice that you have found technologies fit well into your lives.

  6. Hi lovely lady.
    I know things have change for all of us...
    Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my new fall Tablescape and becoming my newest follower!!! Im following you now.
    XXOO Diane

  7. LOL I bet your grandkids love their techie grandmother! I love to read, too. I try to read at least one book per week. My daughter wants a Kindle, and we might get her one. She is 14.


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