Monday, January 11, 2016

Is It Hubris To Believe We All Live Epic Lives?

There are certain known abominations in life: murder, thieving and failing to return your grocery cart to the corral topping the list. Here’s another one: marking in books.

As far as I’m concerned, thou shalt not highlight, underline, or dog ear the pages of any book (school text books exempted). When you write in a book, you mar its pristine landscape. You’re littering on the pages.

Furthermore, the next time you return to the book (which presumably you will because by marking in it you’re saying the words are of significance), instead of seeing the words fresh, your eye will be drawn to the highlighted text, thus robbing you of the opportunity to learn and glean something new.

All of that being said, if (and I mean a big if) there were ever a book I was tempted to highlight in, it would be Leif Enger’s Peace Like a River. He writes about the most common place things in the most hauntingly beautiful way. I ache when I read his words.

Take this passage for example: “My sister, Swede, who often sees to the nub, offered this: People fear miracles because they fear being changed – though ignoring them will change you also.”

And this one: “….one of her recent letters asks, “Is it hubris to believe we all live epic lives?”

Here are a few snapshots from our epic lives this weekend.
Is it hubris to believe we all live epic lives
Mr S from above
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Mr S climbs

Whenever I want to remember a passage from a book, which is often,  I do one of two things: I write it in a notebook that I keep for just such an occasion. Or I snap a picture of the text with my phone using Evernote (the basic version is free) and store it in a file marked quotes. If you take the picture, be sure to include the book’s title and page number. I learned this the hard way.

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