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Dana tagged me, so here goes…

The following are 5 major events and the impact they had on me:

Princess Diana’s death – August 31, 1997
I remember coming home and one of my roommates was sitting on the edge of her bed, staring numbly at her tv saying, “can you believe this? Princess Diana is dead.”

It was a surreal moment for me, because I was a big Princess Diana fan and a girl I knew won a look-alike contest right before the fairy tale wedding so I was tied to Diana forever.

Margaret Thatcher’s resignation – November 22, 1990
I was in college and I think this was the year I was at a friend’s sister’s wedding in California, so I really wasn’t near a tv when this happened.

Attack on the Twin Towers – September 11, 2001
I had a really bad sinus infection and was running a fever when I woke up at 9 a.m. I called one of my co-workers and told him I wasn’t coming in because I was sick and he asked, “haven’t you turned on a tv yet?”

I watched the replays of the morning’s events over and over and felt sick and numb all day. It had been a stressful year so far… my brother had died that January and in early June the city had been flooded by Tropical Storm Allison. The attack was another in a long line of surreal moments for me that year.

I finally had to turn the tv off because over 50% of the tv stations were carrying coverage of this event and I couldn’t get away from it. I also lived in the shadow of one of the tallest buildings in town and as they evacuated that building, I felt that tension. “What’s next?”

I also had friends who were all over the country trying to get home by any means possible, driving from Maine, Arizona, Nashville… and I spent the rest of the day trying to ascertain their status as well.

The oddest feeling was walking outside for the next few days and not hearing any airplanes fly over. That day changed the world I live in forever.

England’s World Cup semi final v Germany – July 4, 1990
I’m sure it was a good match.

President Kennedy’s Assassination – November 22, 1963
I wasn’t born yet, so… I don’t remember. I do remember what I was doing when the Challenger exploded, so if you want to know about that…

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Dana has tagged me for a Book Meme.

Of course one must post the rules:

1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people.

I have a stack of books by my bed I haven’t read and there’s probably 20 more I haven’t read on my black shelves. I should not buy books until I read through these. (Laughs) Like that will happen!

A book I have read that I keep by my bed is, In a Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day, by Mark Batterson. On page 123 is a summary of bullet points for Chapter 6 but no paragraphs. So, since I’m already a little off with rules 3 & 4, I’m going to just list the bullet points. They’re all great anyway.

– Small changes and small choices become magnified over time and have major consequences.

– Sometimes taking a calculated risk means giving up something good so you can experience something great.
– One courageous choice may be the only thing between you and your dream becoming a reality.

– The goal of faith is not the elimination of risk.

– A relationship with God is the ultimate win/win relationship because you can never give up more than you get back.

– We won’t regret the mistakes we made as much as the God-ordained opportunities we missed.

– There is nothing passive about following Christ.

I don’t know if I will tag anyone or not… if you hear from me, thou art tagged.

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Since I’m not going to sleep any time soon…I’m reading blogs. I took this meme from Reading, Writing, Living.

1. Hardcover or paperback, and why?

Both. Hardbacks feel more official. With how expensive and heavy hardcovers can be, though, I tend to buy paperbacks or cloth covered books.

2. If I were to own a book shop I would call it…

Imagination Unleashed! (Must include exclamation point).

3. My favorite quote from a book (mention the title) is…

Okay, I have four from one book – The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho:

“People are afraid to pursue their most important dreams because they feel they don’t deserve them, or that they’ll be unable to achieve them.” – The Alchemist

“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.” – The Alchemist

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve; the fear of failure.” – The Alchemist

As he was about to climb yet another dune, his heart whispered, “Be aware of the place where you are brought to tears. That’s where I am, and that’s where your treasure is.”

4. The author (alive or deceased) I would love to have lunch with would be …

Lauren Winner. She writes about her faith with an edge and authenticity.

5. If I was going to a deserted island and could only bring one book, except from the SAS survival guide, it would be…

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (it’s all in one volume, so that counts as one book, right?) I get something new out of it every time I read it.

Or my complete volume of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. I would need to laugh on a desert island for sure.

6. I would love someone to invent a bookish gadget that…
would allow me to read my book…lying down… without holding onto the book… and it would turn the pages for me.

7. The smell of an old book reminds me of…


8. If I could be the lead character in a book (mention the title), it would be…

Harry Potter. He was a good friend, he wasn’t necessarily the smartest, but he had courage, heart and learned that sometimes you have to choose “between what is right and what is easy.” He was willing to sacrifice himself to save those he loved and those he didn’t know from the ultimate evil.

If I could only be that courageous and noble.

9. The most overestimated book of all time is…

I don’t know. There have been so many that have made me think, “huh? and the big deal was?”

10. I hate it when a book…

…is really badly written, and published anyway…or when a book that uses techniques I used to be punished for gets published and people love it.

I’m going to tag people who own more books than I do…Dana, Nancy, and Kelly.