Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Hello. And a Link to My Learning Posts

I’m coming out of hiding because I want to share something with you. I’ve always said I was going to compile an exhaustive list of everything I wrote on both of my blogs about learning, and I never have. Yesterday, I happened to see that someone has put together some of those links! (Yay, whoever you are! Thank you. And I hope you don’t mind that I’m putting your link here. If you do mind, just let me know, and I'll remove it.) There are actually more learning posts that I can think of on my blogs, so my new goal is to locate those posts and link them here so that everything will be in one place. I’ll get to that someday. But, for now, here’s that link for anyone who is interested:

I’m moving again. Closer to campus, to a way smaller place. An apartment. I’m actually really looking forward to the move because it puts me on the side of town I much prefer, right in my favorite neighborhood in the entire city. It’s just a few blocks from the university, from my church, and from my favorite natural foods store. Going for a long, hilly, beautiful walk in a natural setting is as easy as walking out the door and down the street. Good-bye treadmill! I don’t ever want to see you again.

See my bookshelves in the photo above? I’ve emptied 13 shelves so far (and this is after cutting my books almost in half a year ago), and I’m taking them to the used bookstore to sell what I can and then donating the rest to Goodwill. I don’t have enough books left to fill two standing bookshelves, and this is just the way I want it. I am lightening my load as much as I can and keeping only what I care about most. Little by little over the last three years my life, my possessions have become fewer and fewer, and I like not dragging so much stuff about with me!

And funny thing, my books appeal to me more now that they are fewer. I had so many before that they just seemed like an indistinct collection. But now, particular ones stand out as special and meaningful again. I want to pick them up and look them over and read them. In fact, there’s not a book on my shelf that I don’t want to read again. That was the primary criteria for making the cut.

"One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach.
One can collect only a few,
and they are more beautiful if they are few."

~Anne Morrow Lindbergh in Gift From the Sea

Well, back to the adventure that is my life. I don’t plan to make a habit of posting updates, but I did want to mention the learning links, and while I was at it, I thought I’d say hi.

Have a beautiful, sunny summer!