Posts Tagged With: Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Real Beginning of It All

“I am beginning to learn

that it is the sweet, simple things of life

which are the real ones after all.”

– Laura Ingalls Wilder

This woman, this writer of real things, of simple, ordinary days, of frontier life, of chores and one room schoolhouses of family, struck a chord in me that still echoes.

Author Laura Ingalls Wilder used her experienc...

Author Laura Ingalls Wilder  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A story of life in the woods captured my heart as seven-year-old and has held me prisoner ever since.

I made a mistake when I listed my favorite books. How could I have left off Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder? That book changed my world forever. That book triggered my insatiable craving for words.

Every book since then must measure itself against this one book.

Some fall short with a thud. Others nearly reach the high standard set here. A few rarities exceed the mark.

If I could reach into the past and meet “Half-pint” I would hug the stuffing out of her. Thank you for your life. Thank you for writing it all down so well. Thank you for providing a key to countless worlds and lifetimes.

Sweet and simple. Real.

Laura Ingalls Wilder. Master storyteller. Writer. Woman extraordinaire.

Thank you.

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Books! Glorious Books!

Gathered for the IHR Headphone Roundup

Gathered for the IHR Headphone Roundup (Photo credit: Derek K. Miller)

Audio-books are my new drug of choice.  A year or two ago I would have told someone they were crazy if they suggested I would become a fan of this particular medium.  I am hopelessly and forever in love with the heft and smell and feel of physical books.  The act of turning a page, the mere anticipation of the turning of a page, is a seductive thing for me.  But it’s also more than the physical experience of reading a book with my own eyes that I’m enamored by.  What really holds me is the story, the characters, the descriptions, and most importantly, the sense that an author has read my own personal library of experience and put words to emotions I’ve had.

Staying Connected

In order to keep that connection with the written word, in the face of a schedule that laughs at the idea of reading time, I have become one of those people walking around with white wires hanging from both ears for about eight hours a day.  Dweeby, I know.  But it keeps me sane in the face of mindless repetition, numbing background noise and the sense that my life is full of silliness.

And really, it’s no different than that time in second grade when my teacher had us sitting in the alcove, cross-legged and captivated as she read aloud from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little House in the Big Wood.”  I was enraptured.

Decadence is a good thing, sometimes

Being read to is luxuriant, decadent, lyrical.  It’s better than listening to music. Some readers are performers extraordinaire!  Some readers are less so, but all make the words accessible to those of us whose hands and bodies are otherwise occupied.

The classics are particularly well suited to being read aloud.  The longer sentences, the flowing recitation of scenery and costume and events are like a cinematographers tools.  I feel like a witness to a masterpiece being created one paint stroke at a time.

A Short List

Here’s a short list (not comprehensive) of some audio-books I’ve recently enjoyed that I would recommend wholeheartedly.  Explore a little, try one on for size, listen while you make dinner, do the dishes or clean the bathroom.  Listen as you fall asleep.  Listen in the car. Enjoy!

I’m always on the lookout for the next great listen/read, so feel free to share any you’ve heard that could be added to this list.

Places to access audio-books: (some of these are free!)

Overdrive.com

Audible.com

Openculture.com

Booksshouldbefree.com

Librivox.com

Audiobooks.org

Your local library

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