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    Wednesdays with Words: The Living Page by Laurie Bestvater

    November 13, 2013 by Brandy Vencel

    It is hard for me to pick and choose quotes to share here, because of course I want to save the very best for when I have a chance to blog a bit about the book. But I have to share something today, and this is what I have been reading.

    Here is a sampling…

    This quality of being “all eyes and ears” is clearly a gift that children arrive with and which sadly they lose or have educated out of them. She notices that grown-ups who manage to preserve it have “a certain freshness, gentleness and capacity of being pleased” like unto a child and she spends the rest of her life in the service of this Grand Invitation: “to be converted and become like little children.” {p. 94}

    The Living Page
    by Laurie Bestvater

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    “Studies serve for delight.” Education is not about how much we know but how much we love and care. What are our notebooks if not a means to return to all the things we love and care about? Such knowledge is the natural by-product of working with and not against the Natural Law of the learner. If we put the cart before the horse and seek only the knowledge and achievement without the caring, we may endanger both, participating in what Quentin Schultze aptly calls “informational promiscuity.” {p. 97}

    What we become keepers of determines whom we become. {p. 99}

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  • Reply Karen@Candid Diversions November 14, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting at my blog. I responded there but I’m never sure if people come back and check those sorts of things (and I still haven’t found a comment program I like with Blogger).

    Anyway, I’m not sure I completely agree with O’Connor. I just thought it was a good quote considering the book reviews I do. I think my favorite books are the ones where I have trouble explaining just WHY I loved it. On those books I just want to say something like, “I loved it. Read and find out if you do too.”

  • Reply Cindy Rollins November 14, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Second quote today about too much information and not enough slow reading. I am guilty. This book sounds intriguing.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel November 14, 2013 at 5:08 pm

      I know what you mean! A few years ago, I started hearing the slow reading stuff, and decided that I really *was* going to be a slow reader. I took speed reading classes as a child, so this was a Big Deal. It has been extremely rewarding as a process, but I am often overwhelmed by the sheer number of books other people read — or maybe it is the number of books I personally *haven’t* read? — that my head is easily turned. One of the biggest fights I have with myself in regard to reading is not what to read by to read any selection well. Of course, not all books are worth reading slowly, but still, as a general rule.

      It sort of reminds me of — who was it? Neil Postman? — the guy that talked about the information/action ratio and if too much information went into a person {think nightly news stuff} but no action could come out or was even possible, it was dangerous to the soul.

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