Monday, 26 February 2018
All the books I possess are treated with care and respect. No matter how old they are, or whether I'll actually ever read them again. When I damage one in any way, I feel as though I've vandalised it.
However, I realise that not all of us feel the same way. Pages are torn out of books, corners are dog-eared and spines are broken all in the name of keeping the reader's page. Beverage cups and wine glasses are placed upon them to save the patina on occasional tables. As well as notes written in the margins, highlighting important phrases, sentences and words relevant to the reader.
If the reader has bought the book, while it goes against my grain to do any of the above, it's theirs and theirs to do as they please. But, if borrowed from a library I wish they would refrain from defacement and buy a book-mark, note-book, or a coaster, allowing others to enjoy their chosen read.
Have a great week folks and please treasure the written word.
Tuesday, 6 February 2018
Recently when I walked into my study, I thought OMG, this place is like a garage and I don't mean I have a car parked there.
What I am meaning is that over a period of time it seems to have become a dumping ground. A dumping ground for a collection of writing magazines, newspaper articles and old photographs. All of which I believed may come in handy at a later date.
I'm surprised I could even get near my desk and PC. Never mind my bookcases that line two walls of the room. I have no idea why I let it get into this state. It was time to get my sleeves rolled up and get stuck in. Thankfully, with the help of my husband we rearranged the room and cleared the clutter just before I left for overseas. Therefore, I am happy to say the place is now ready to welcome me back in a few weeks time.
Here's a thought, I wonder how long it will take me to mess the place up again?
Thursday, 1 February 2018
Over the last week I have paid tribute to poet Robert Burns twice. Speaking to small audiences of around fifty people on each occasion over supper.
I've heard actors, singers and stage performers say that their audience reacts differently each time they perform. Even at such small gatherings as I was speaking , both audiences reacted to me and my fellow speakers varyingly. I should add not in a bad way though.
My conclusion on my speaking in public is that it is similar to writing, different strokes suit different folks. We just have to do our best whatever we do all of the time.