A Few of My Favorite Thinigs From 2006

1 01 2007

Albums that Dominated my CD Player:  

1- How We Operate — Gomez  

2- Back in Bedlam — James Blunt 

3- Plans – Death Cab for Cutie

4- On and On – Jack Johnson  

5- Chaos and Creation in the Backyard – Paul McCartney  

Movies I Enjoyed the Most:  

1- The Goodbye Girl  
2- The Dead Poets’ Society
3- The Lion in Winter 
4- Walk the Line 
5- The Doctor   

Favorite Reads:   

1- A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis  

As the title alone suggests, this is far form a lighthearted, upbeat book, but it’s been the most helpful things I’ve come across in the last year regarding grief and loss.  Unlike other books on grief, it doesn’t provide answers, or formulas to try out; it’s a real look inside the heart of one man as he struggles, questions, and grieves for the loss of wife.   

C.S. Lewis is honest in his writings about how he’s feeling, and even how others relate with him because of his loss.  This book won’t tell you what to do, or where to go from here, but it does provide comfort in knowing you’re not alone as you walk down the long and painful road of grief.  It you’re lost someone, are in the process of losing someone, or know someone who’s grieving and would like to better understand what they’re going through, I highly recommended it.  

2- Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott  

Unlike most writing books, this one is more inspirational, but it still does provide some helpful advice.  It was recommended to me by a writer friend of mine while I was working on a research project that seemed, at the time, to be going nowhere fast.  I found in very inspiring, which is what I needed more than anything right then at that point in time.             

A quick word of caution: Because Anne Lamott is often very candid, crude, and very inappropriate in her writings, this book is not recommend for anyone who might be easily offended.      

3- The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton  

It’s a Victorian novel set in New York among the upper-class.  It shows the darker, less “innocent” side of the Victorian era, that we normally aren’t shown.  It deals with some of the interesting social dynamics of the time, double standards, hypocrisy, and what’s considered “proper” or “fashionable” of decent, wealthy men and women.  Some of the issues, you can still see being played out today, to a degree.    It isn’t a light read by any stretch, but because it’s a Victorian novel, it never goes into too much detail, and it doesn’t get nearly as dark as a modern novel probably would.  I loved this book; the story, the character, and the fact that it didn’t paint things in a rosy, romantic lighting.               

4- Loving God by Charles Colson  

Charles Colson takes on the challenge of practically answering the question, “How do we love God?”

 5- The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis  

This isn’t a “relational book,” but rather, its observations on the four different kinds of loves.  It’s not a devotional book, self-help, or deep theology, but I found it very interesting and insightful, and C.S. Lewis makes it an enjoyable read by just being himself.  

6- Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card  Personally, I’m not a huge fan of Sci-Fi, so the fact that this book actually made it on my list of favorites says something.   Along with just being a fun read, the book illustrates well how the hardest things in our lives — the things we’d like to wish away — are the very things that shape our character, for bad, good, or even both.  Although the main character, Ender Wiggin, is a young boy it isn’t a children’s book.  I found in a very interesting novel with a lot more depth than I would have suspected it to contain.         

Quotes I Like:  

“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different.”-Coc (Gabrielle Bonheur) Chanel 

“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.” -Mark Twain 

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” – Mark Twain 

“I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.” – Galileo Galilei 

“Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson 

Favorite Moments:  

-Finally getting to see “The Importance of Being Ernest” performed live.  It was wonderfully done.  It’s one of my favorite plays.  

-Riding on a trolley car in Sand Francisco, walking through China Town, Golden Gate Park, and admiring the beautiful, old Victorian homes.  

-Seeing more of California than Disneyland.  

-Balboa Park in San Diego, and the Andy Whorhal exhibit.   

-Seeing my mom, Ian and Shannon all genuinely smiling.  

-Coming to the peaceful realization after moving that I was truly safe, and I could relax and breathe again.

-When friends listened, asked questoins that showed they cared, and then remember what I said later.




8 responses

2 01 2007

i see we share a liking for cs lewis as well. he has a wonderful straightforward way of putting things, simple but profound, that makes it hard to argue with. think thats what i like about him most.

You have wonderful taste in things. 😉

I actually just started reading some of his works this pas year, becfore that all I’d ever truly read by him was “The Cronicals of Narnia.” I do like the way C.S. Lewis takes something and makes it simple, but it’s still anything but simplistic. I find him very insightful and interesting.


3 01 2007

Great list, Kelsey.
His blessings this day.

Thank you, Tim. I like my list, too. 🙂


4 01 2007

You are very diversified in your interests, aren’t you?
Thats great!!
His blessings this day.

I’d like to think there’s at least a little verity in my interests, so I take that as a compliment. Thank you.


7 01 2007

Nice list Moe. I love all the movies you cited but don’t know any of the books. I may have to check those out.

And Mark Twain is one of the most quotable authors who ever lived in my opinion.

It’s good for the soul to count our blessings and remember the things we love. Feels good.

I love the movies, too. I think you might like “Bird by Bird,” since you enjoy writing and I think you’d be able to appreciate Anne Lamott’s humor; she’s funny. 🙂

Mark Twain is very quotable. I see quotes by him that I end up loving more often than anyone else.


18 01 2007

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.”


Mark Twain was a very brilliant man, and also very quotable.


19 01 2007

I go to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. I was also an English Literature major. I noticed that was one of your aspirations. You won’t regret it if you do! I like your blog (s).

Thank you. I like your blog, too. 🙂

Where did you go to school when you majored in English Literature? What did you like best about majoring in English Literature? I took some time to work and finish a project before starting school, so I still have some time before I’ll have to know what I’m going to major in, but I’ve been thinking about English Literature for awhile. I think I would enjoy it.


20 01 2007

Great lists! I think Ender’s Game sounds interesting.

Thank you. “Ender’s Game” is a great book. I truly enjoyed it.


8 04 2007

I was just scrolling through quickly and Ender’s Game caught my eye. I love that book! I discovered it in Jr High and have read it at least 5 times now. It’s just such an incredible concept and opens up so many trains of thought. (Plus I love sci-fi!)

It really is a good book. One of my friends kept going on and on about it, so I finally gave in and read it. I’m not a huge sci-fi fan, so it wasn’t something that interested me much, but to my suprise, I loved it! 🙂


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