January 26th, 2004

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And so....

I was reading a list of books that someone here at the U of C had listed on her LJ that she had read and I ran across something I hadn't thought about in many years. A Bridge to Terabithia. Just reading the name caused the story to flash into my mind and memories of how much I had loved that book were all I could think about. I've read many many things since then, textbooks, fantasy novels, comics, short stories, etc...but when I think about the books that I have touched my life the most, I constantly return to those I read as a child. If any of you haven't picked up a bridge to terabithia, I whole heartily recommend it.

There used to a sense of wonder in life. These books really took you places and you felt and you believed and you...belonged somehow. There was a certainty that things would work out in the end, even through the pain and loss. It's funny that for comfort and for wisdom that I would have to return to books written for children that I haven't read or looked at in over a dozen years.

A Wrinkle in Time
A Wind in the Door
A Swiftly Tilting Planet
Many Waters
Charlotte's Web
A Cricket in Times Square
Homecoming
Dicey's Song
Bridge to Terabithia
The Boxcar Children
The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew

And I know there are more...but they lie just below the surface where I can't see them at the moment. I know they've had an impact because I can feel the force, but not see what is causing it, only the effect it brings.
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How to deal with rejection

As a high-school senior, former Treasury secretary Robert Rubin applied to Harvard (accepted) and Princeton (rejected). Four years later Rubin sent a letter to the Princeton admissions director: "You might be interested to know what happened to one of the people you rejected... I graduated from Harvard summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa." The dean's reply: "Every year, we at Princeton feel it is our duty to reject a certain number of highly qualified people so that Harvard can have some good students, too."
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