In the Memetime and Lent Resource
February 14th, 2008 by Sonja

Well … so I’m re-thinking and deconstructing myself and my previous post. Because my friends have given me much to think about in the comments. It is good to have friends who are wise and brave enough to do this and also who will give of themselves to be transparent before the world. I am humbled by this.

In the memetime, Shawn tagged me with the 123 meme which keeps circling and circling, but will not end. It brings to mind a song … maybe I will sing for you. LOL … that would not be pretty. In any case, for the one and a half of you who have not yet read the rules, here they are:

1. Pick up the nearest book of 123 pages or more. No cheating! 2. Find page 123. 3. Find the first 5 sentences. 4. Post the next 3 sentences. 5. Tag 5 people.

I’ve done this one once before, but I was kind of wanting to do it again … just because I love books. Since then I’ve taken to reading a book outloud to the LightChildren. So it’s nearly always at hand here in our family room. So here’s my contribution:

From Hundred In the Hand, by Joseph M. Marshall III:

“When it [a rattlesnake] crawls into your lodge a second time, what do you do?”

The younger man rubbed the wooden stock of his new rifle. “Kill it,” he replied.

So, now … hmmm … who to tag? Most everyone I know has been tagged at least once. So, if I tap you again, my apologies, but this is fun and I know you all have many, many good books you could put your hands to.

Patrick – for recommending this good book to me

Doug – cause he’s blogging again

Jamie – cause he’s got a whole bookstore to pull from

Peggy – cause she tells it like is

Lyn – for needing time to read adult books

Sally – I’m guessing she has really interesting books

If you downloaded that funny little Lent journal I started and are wondering if I’m going to continue it, the answer is: Yes. I have finished days six through twenty and they can be downloaded here. Remember that the graphic is not mine, it came from the talented Si Smith at MayBe (a faith community in the UK). The general idea came from Peggy the Virtual Abbess, I just mixed it up a little bit. And of course, the Jesus Creed itself from Scot McKnight.

10 Responses  
  • Jamie Arpin-Ricci writes:
    February 14th, 20083:56 pmat

    Well, since I recently posted this meme, I’ll respond again in the comment section here. Hmmm, let’s see…

    “The Great Good Place” by Ray Oldenburg, page 123, first 3 sentences:

    “Unlike the American tavern or cocktail lounge, the Englis pub enjoys a good press, an aura of respectability, and a high degree of integration in the in the life of the citizenry. Three-fourths of the drinking done in England still takes place in public settings and, in the face of many forces that discourage its use, the pub hangs on. The typical London drinking establishment, in the estimation of Robert Goldston, is the remaining claim to a civic spirit within a city that has lost all its civicism.”

    Good book!

  • Peggy writes:
    February 14th, 20088:19 pmat

    Okay, I’ll bite again…especially since I got my hard copy edition of “The Shack” in the mail today — a Valentine from Papa! :)

    “In your world the value of the individual is constantly weighed against the survival of the system, whether political, economic, social, or religious–any system actually. First one person, and then a few, and finally even many are easily sacrificed for the good and ongoing existence of that system. In one form or another this lies behind every struggle for power, every prejudice, every war, and every abuse of relationship. The ‘will to power and independence’ has become so ubiquitous that it is now considered normal.”

    “It’s not?”

    Wow…is that not in tune with what I’ve been commenting here and saying at my own blog? And the pages are different from the paperback to hard cover. Pretty amazing….

  • Peggy writes:
    February 14th, 20089:03 pmat


    How do you get a single link go between my site and Patrick’s? When I first saw it, I thought it was going to link to Patrick’s site…and when I clicked it later, it went to mine?

    Hmmm…. 8)

  • Sonja writes:
    February 14th, 20089:58 pmat

    hehehe … I am sneaky! If you look carefully, the word “my” links to your site and the word “friends” links to Patrick. It’s really two separate links, that simply looks like one!!

  • Peggy writes:
    February 14th, 200810:55 pmat

    You are tricky! 8) Very clever….

  • Patrick writes:
    February 15th, 20085:35 pmat

    How fun that you’re reading that! I’d love to hear more what you think about it. I bet it’s a great ‘out loud’ book. Reading through I realized it had a bit of an oral tale cadence to it.

    But, about me…

    The Truelove by Patrick O’Brian, book 15 in the Aubrey/Maturin series. I’ve been going through this series of books about 1 a month (I’ve missed a few months here and there). I really love it. Grand sailing tale from the grand age of sail. The movie Master and Commander was based on these characters, though it mixed some themes from several of the books. A great, relaxing purely for pleasure read.

    Here’s the sentences:
    ‘and may he have a cot rather htan his hammock, and two strong men to lift him in?’

    ‘At once.’

    The cot was slung; Bonden and Davies, bracing themselves with infinite care against the heave of the sea, raised the boy on his taut sailcloth, lowered him so gently that he never stirred, and walked silently out.

  • Lyn writes:
    February 19th, 20083:45 pmat

    Sonja,I’m behind with my google reader again! Only just seen this. Will post though.

  • Sonja writes:
    February 19th, 20083:51 pmat

    hehehe … Lyn, you’ve proved what I said … you need time!! 😀

  • Lyn writes:
    February 19th, 20083:54 pmat

    LOL!! Funny thing is the first book I picked up in front of me was “The Homeschoolers Book of Lists” no way was I going to blog that!

  • 123 Meme : Beyond the 4 walls writes:
    February 19th, 20084:07 pmat

    […] Sonja tagged me a few days ago now (I’m behind on google reader yet again!) with the 123 meme. Here are the rules: […]

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