"In my whole life, I have known no wise people (over a broad subject matter area) who didn't read all the time–none. zero ... My children laugh at me. They think I'm a book with a couple of legs sticking out."
—Charles T. Munger
Fall is here and with that comes the annual Best of Western Washington extravaganza. We always appreciate your vote, and if you can take the time to click through we would be grateful for the support.
That plug aside, there are so many compelling, diverse, and notable books coming out this season. I have a stack next to my bed that I vow to finish by Halloween. I call it my October Challenge (see the picture). I thought I was all revved up to tackle the pile, but then the 1st arrived and with it came so much sad news.
One of my dear friends just lost her mother to a 16-year battle with breast cancer. I had never met this remarkable woman, but I knew how much she meant to my friend and how she cherished taking care of her. Their bond was like the kind you read about in novels.
My friend shared her mom’s "Rules for Living" at her memorial service. They touched me and I haven’t stopped thinking about them, so much that it feels right to print them here:
1) Read: Books, newspapers, magazine articles, recipes, or blogposts. Just read.
2) Travel: As much as you can, whenever you can, save your pennies and travel.
3) Love Your Family: Those near and far, they are the best friends you have in life.
4) Laugh: It makes almost everything better.
5) Be Kind: You don't know everyone's full back story, and it never hurts to just be kind.
These aren’t new rules for any of us. We’ve known them our whole lives. My friend lost her mom and my heart hurts for her and her family. My heart also aches for all the losses each of us experience individually, and for the terrible losses that just took place in Las Vegas.
Life is short. A book can be long. Read (we have lots of options--new and old), Travel (books can take you there or advise you where to go), Love (oh, how many stories about that have been written!), Laugh (books can help you do that too), and Be Kind (you can find plenty of good examples on our shelves).