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    Wednesdays with Words: The Living Page by Laurie Bestvater

    November 6, 2013 by Brandy Vencel

    Mason had shown me that the notebooks can be forms of vitality, literally the shape and outline, the liturgy of the attentive life. {p. xv}

    The Living Page
    by Laurie Bestvater

    So, as Mason says of herself overall, she was not an innovator in this regard either. The Keepers who were scholars, the movers and the shakers in science, the arts, and exploration on whom she called regularly in her classroom, she knew enough to imitate. To that extent, Mason comes to the art of keeping notebooks naturally, not in a vacuum but within the context of the Western notion of Liberal Arts which fairly demands some of these academic disciplines. {p. 10}

    If Mason is unique at all, it is in her simple but profound insistence that we regard the child a born person…I am proposing that it is with the forms of vitality that Mason makes an appeal even more explicit and revolutionary. {p. 13}

    This book? This is giving me a lot to think about. I received a free review copy from Laurie, and I’ll be writing more about it. That link over there? It’s an affiliate link. If you are interested in Miss Mason’s “forms of vitality,” as Laurie puts it {isn’t that a beautiful phrase?}, you’ll want to get your hands on a copy.

    Did I mention I’m in love with this book? Because I am. Now, if only I were better at keeping track of notebooks. As I told some friends yesterday, I’m more like Einstein, keeping shredded notes and bits of scribbled napkin in my pockets, than someone with a beautiful notebook worth bragging about, but I still see the benefit of writing down thoughts or quotes or whatever. I love the idea of a row of beautiful notebooks to call my own, but I know that my personal reality is always three notebooks, containing who knows what {health notes, sermon notes, random quotes, and more} scattered all over the place, and I just pick up the one I can find. Sigh.

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  • Reply Cindy Rollins November 7, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    There may or may not be another comment of mine out there. It seems to have disappeared. I get a bit stressed thinking of having rows of nice notebooks.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel November 7, 2013 at 4:51 pm

      Sad about the lost comment! I never saw it. I think I read yesterday that Blogger was losing some comments on another blog, so maybe it is a little buggy right now?

      I think I would do well with nice notebooks if I had some sort of servant in charge of the Nice part. πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Carol November 7, 2013 at 5:28 am

    My notebooks sound like yours, Brandy.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel November 7, 2013 at 5:53 am

      Well, now I feel I am in good company. You AND Einstein. πŸ™‚ What I want to know is what you do with all the shredded bits of paper. πŸ˜‰

  • Reply Anonymous November 7, 2013 at 1:00 am

    You have convinced me to order, Brandy! I will use your link.
    Julie in St. Louis

    • Reply Brandy Vencel November 7, 2013 at 5:53 am

      I hope you like it as much as I do. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Jen November 6, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    I am so looking forward to getting my hands on this book…I ordered a copy already, but alas living in Africa means it will take several months to get it. Sigh.

    • Reply Brandy Vencel November 7, 2013 at 5:52 am

      I’m sorry mail is so slow for you, Jen! All I can say is that I think you will find it worth the wait. πŸ™‚

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