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Sacred Treasures

When I was about 18 years old, I really wanted to know if my Zodiac sign truly described my personality. So, I uncovered a book that took the reader through each sign, showing all the attributes – good and not so good! As it happens, I shared my birthday with my Grandfather – Grampa John – so, I thought it would be fun to read all that it said about Aquarians, and see if Grampa John and myself measured up!! I know there were some attributes that described us, but I only remember one that had an effect on me. The book said Aquarians regarded books as sacred treasures. I asked Grampa John if he held books as sacred treasures, and I was very disappointed when he said no – that books were just books. But for me, “sacred treasures”, would always be the way I felt about books. I guess that incident really impacted me, because I remember it so well, these many years later. I could even describe the living room setting where this conversation took place, but I do not think that is a necessary part of this story!! Life is filled with stories, and sometimes those stories, become a book, and then they are part of history. I enjoy thinking about that concept. Books are sacred treasures that will forever be part of my world. Thank you for sharing this memory with me!

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E-readers!

I must admit that I have yet to embrace e-readers. I am not really a techie girl, but when I first heard of e-readers, I thought, now there’s a toy I can get behind!

I have a friend who, like me, is an avid reader. We lived next door to each other all during high school years. There were days when we would get together – and just read – not even the same book!! Never saying a word to each other!! After a couple of hours, one of our mothers usually called us, and we would wave goodbye, awaiting our next exciting “play-date”!! It was from this friend that I first heard of an e-reader. She loves it!! Being a business traveller, away for extended time periods, she has one less suitcase to carry!! And therefore, her load is much lighter!! As I said, she loves it!

So, I did my due diligence and checked out the various models. Yes, it seemed cool, and loaded with many books as a feature, maybe I would read all those old Classics that so far I have missed out on.

But, bottom line, for me, it is not a book. It does not look like a book, rustle pages like a book, or require the use of a quirky bookmark. It does not feel like a book, and it does not smell like a book! (And oh, what an intoxicating smell that can be!). In short, an e-reader is not a book!!

So, for now, I will wait for the better versions of e-readers to be issued – because you know that will happen – and then make my decision to buy, or not buy, all over again!!

Choose Joy!
Patricia

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