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the foresight of an unshakable optimist...Views: 164
Nov 30, 2008 2:48 am re: re: re: the foresight of an unshakable optimist...

Diane Stephenson
I agree. There is absolutely not enough time to do everything I want to do, to read all the books I want to read, and to write all that is in my heart and imagination, but if I couldn't find time to read, I don't think I could write as much or as well. Reading inspires me to write, and to improve my writing skills.

I have just picked up some old books at the market from the vendor beside me. He is a collector and also has books in his store, but he decided he needed to cull some of them out. I picked up some good bargains. My friend has a few of Gene Stratton Porter's books, and I was able to get two more for her for about $6.00--both were originally marked $25.00! I read one in a night or two. It is amazing how this woman intermingled so much natural science into fiction. Contrary to all the predictions from publishers that people would never read books about flowers, swamps, birds, etc., her books were extremely popular.

I also picked up about 8 of Louisa May Alcott's books, most of which I had never heard of before. One was a volume of thrillers she wrote under 'Anonymous' and also under the name A.M. Barnard. She wrote about drug addiction, drug experimentation, incest, etc., all the things one would never expect from someone who wrote a book like "Little Women". The stories are excellently written and a complete surprise.

I am at the wrong end of my life to believe I can still read many of the books that are still waiting for me to discover, but I intend to read and write as much as time does allow.

Diane Stephenson

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