Posts Tagged ‘Reading’

A Good Case Can Be Made Either Way

August 13, 2019

When other households debate the merits of “two doors versus four doors,” they’re talking about cars.  In my household we’re talking about what kind of bookshelves we want.

I Think More People Should Invoke This Right

July 10, 2019

As a reader/audience member, I always reserve the right to say “And that right there is where the story ends as far as I’m concerned.”

A Flashback From Years Ago

November 29, 2018

Me:  (after being corrected on the “proper” way to say the name of a fictional tribe from a book)  Huh.  My book didn’t come with a pronunciation guide, can I see yours then?

Awkward . . . But I’m STILL Glad We Watched The Movie Together

January 19, 2015

“That says ‘To Hell and Back,'” L. told me the other day as he browsed some titles on one of my bookshelves.

“Yes . . . yes it does,” I agreed, feeling a little perplexed.  While I knew L. was starting to read, I was sure (well . . . reasonably sure, at least), that I had successfully managed to avoid introducing the word “hell” into his vocabulary, so I found myself wondering just how in the hell he’d managed to learn that word in the first place.

Then, as if in response to my unspoken question, or perhaps just to my quizzical expression, he looked me in the eye and said:

“You know, do a little god dance, chant some mystic mumbo jumbo, dazzzle ’em with some smoke and mirrors, and then get the hell back to Spain!”

“Right,” I chuckled.  “We have been watching a lot of The Road To El Dorado lately, haven’t we?” I asked rhetorically.

Because That’s SO Something I Would Say Too

August 17, 2012

Submitted as further proof of my “Bu-da nature“:

Master Seung Sahn encouraged his students just to do what they were doing.  He would say, “When eating, just eat.  When reading the paper, just read the paper.”

A student once discovered Seung Sahn eating while reading the paper.  Seung Sahn said, “When eating and reading the paper, just eat and read the paper.”

– The August 17th entry  from Zen Wisdom, Daily Teachings from the Zen Masters by Timothy Freke