It didn’t matter the moment, or how many times I’d read the pages, Practically Seventeen by Rosamond du Jardin was a story I could start reading from any place in the book. And seemingly lifetimes later, the gentle escapades and musings of Tobey lure me into another time and place.
Imagine my surprise, when I revisited this book in the latter end of the 20th century, and found it had been written in 1949; proof of the timelessness of the written word. A story can cast a spell the way the sun, low in the sky, casts giant shadows.
Whether it is the musings of Julia Child and her culinary craftings, the sheer adventures of J.R.R. Tolkien or J.K. Rowlings, a side-splitting Shakespeare comedy, Cleveland Amory’s adventures with his cat, Polar Bear, or the Zen of just about…anything--words take us on journeys, just as this long paragraph-sentence has done!
And you reached the end of the sentence by reading…or having it read to you. Like notes in a musical interlude, letters forming words forming sentences, paragraphs and their unraveling stories are one of the sheer pleasures and escapades—a last bastion, in some respects, of the armchair adventurer.
Read these blogs, stories, and perhaps start writing your own. And become inspired to new breadths of action!