It looks like I missed last week’s update on my 2014 Reading Challenge, but no worries, I’ve been keeping up.
During the past two weeks, I have continued to press on in my reading of the Sacrament of the Present Moment, but have had no new insights on the book. I also finished Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited and began reading a book for some Continuing Education I have been working on for my teaching profession.
While, I found Brideshead Revisited to be beautifully crafted, I only enjoyed the first 2/3 of the book. As an American, it was hard to gasp the class differences that play such a heavy role in the story and by the end none of the characters seemed redeemable. To me, Waugh seems nostalgic for the aristocracy, but he did not convince me of why I should care that this era was coming to a close. The Lords and Ladies described in the book seem like spoiled trustifarians, done in by their own excesses.
Next up is Ernest Hemingway’s Old Man and the Sea, which looks to be Moby Dick set in Cuba.
Music makes the Star Wars toys come alive in the latest issue of My Life in Records. Includes 3 new never-before-seen “B-Side” stories.
Each morning, before my family wakes up and before my family members wake up, I make comic books. My Life in Records is a series I have been working on in some shape or form since December 2005.
This project seeks to print the third issue with two never before seen “B Side” stories. The first issue is currently out of print and the second issue is close to being out of print as well. I would like to use some of the Kickstarter funds to reprint these books.
Besides My Life in Records, I also put out a small black and white comic book about once a year with several short stories it called Dodo Comics.
If you back this project at the $10 Level, you will receive the latest issue of Dodo Comics in addition to My Life in Records #3. For $40 you will receive the all four issues of Dodo Comics and and all three issues of My Life in Records.
For this week’s reading challenge, I moved to reading The Sacrament of the Present Moment to my morning devotional time. A few pages a day with time to digest seems a more fitting way to consume the text.
Even at this slow pace, I have now found myself at the heart of the book. De Caussade states that God doesn’t just speak to us in church, but we must look for what He is saying in each moment of every waking day and treat each moment as a sacrament.
This book is only 103 pages, but it feels like very thick book. After I read 5 pages, I felt like I had read fifty and I really struggled to get into the meat of the text. It took me a week an half just to read the opening chapters! Continue reading The Sacrament of the Present Moment
When I was a kid, my brother and I made up comics about guys in space with laser-like swords and we called them the Ice Fighters. (I am not sure where we got the idea to have our heroes use laser-like swords in 1986!)
This week I completed Flannery O’Connor’s Complete Stories, which I began blogging about here. last week, I wondered if I would find another story, that i could include in my list of favorites and in fact I did.
The story in question is, Parker’s Back, which is about a man covered with tattoos who marries a very strict, ugly, Christian woman. The man is described as covered in tattoos except for on his back and the woman will not even cover her face with make up. I like the symmetry of how they are described- covered and uncovered. Continue reading Flannery O’Connor: The Complete Stories (conclusion)
I’m completely redoing the Raven and the Loon story – this time with more driftwood!