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               Friday, July 19 2002 

Saving it

Yesterday's entry mentioned a topic begun here earlier that, because of a distraction, never did get its full unwrapping. Perhaps today's less ambiguous title will make it easier to stay on track. Though this does suggest other rabbit trails....

I've never been a hoarder. In some areas I'm a saver...especially of things that I think have historical interest like photographs and copies of the old magazines I've edited. But I remember when people were accused of hoarding staples like sugar during the Depression/War, and how unethical they were considered to be. Greed, especially miserliness, is one of the worst deadly sins. Even with the apocalypse of Y2K I put aside only three two-liter pop bottles-worth of drinking water, just in case.

I picked up a couple of extra Nanty Glo Journals at the office at the end of my weeklong crash-course training by my predecessor (Rogalski) in the editorship, for which he berated me, saying I'd have a houseful of old papers no one would ever read. So I didn't save any Journals after that, and have regretted it many times since. Because of those regrets, however, I did save file copies of my campus magazines and saved three copies of each of the San Jose-area Times newspapers I edited from 1989-96.

But what I really mean to address in this topic is the saving of experiences, even knowledge. I love to travel, but am not ready to visit the Holy Land (Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Galilee, Mount Sinai), "saving" them for a grand climax, perhaps. My long-planned Greece/Turkey tour is a step in that direction, maybe next year. For years, I put off reading "too many" nonfiction books not because I might enjoy them too much, but because I wanted to learn all I could from the first before going on to the next.

It's only been the past five or six years that I have set-aside time for reading every day and try to have my next book ready to begin the same day I finish the current one. It is true that I forget much, probably most, of what I read now, but through the influence of C. S. Lewis and his biographers, I've broken an important barrier: I'm now willing to read the same book more than once. What I anticipate as I read again is evidence that I haven't forgotten as much as I thought. And what I don't remember is usually well worth letting register again.

If a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, a book being read now is worth more than two you may think you're saving for a better time.

—Webmaster Jon Kennedy

Eternal truths (series)

I know God won't give me more than I can handle. I just wish He didn't trust me so much.

Dogs have owners. Cats have staff.

If the shoe fits ... buy it in every color!

If you're too open minded, your brains will fall out.

Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

— Sent by Alice Pruitt

Thought for today

Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.

Voltaire

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