Well, we are visiting my grandparents, and today Sugar Cookie (our grandmother) gave us the job of organizing the book shelves. My grandfather (otherwise known as Dadaw) has quite the eclectic book collection, to go with his quite eclectic life-- he is a preacher, a farmer, a welder, a builder, a former piano tuner and pre-med student, a husband, a father and grandfather, and many other things. The Shieldmaiden and I had quite a time examining his books. Here are a few gems we found--
-- Fundamentals of Petroleum (I love saying this! It sounds so academic, to be about....petroleum.)
--The Naked Capitalist
--Escape the Coming Tribulation!
--The Complete Book of Composting (this one is at least four inches thick-- didn't know there was so much involved in composting!)
--A Psycho-History of Zionism
--Experimental Preaching (What are we, guinea pigs? Lab rats?)
--Prepare Now For a Metric Future!
--The Place of Satan in the Economy of Creation
--The Bible and the Bermuda Triangle (ahahahahaha.....this one makes me laugh every time!)
This is just a very small sample of the books we sorted and shelved today-- I wish I could show y'all the rest. It's a vivid picture of an amazing man. Queenie always says that we need to have our 'feet planted in a large room,' meaning that our range of interest should be wide, and our horizons vast. Dadaw's 'room' is one of the largest I have ever seen. I pray that I will always be as thirsty for knowledge as he is.
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The Queen appends:
Given the titles Fa-So-La-La chose for examples, I should probably also add, for the sake of our gentle readers who only own books they like and/or agree with, that my father cannot be defined by the viewpoints and opinions that occupy his bookshelves.
Like all original thinkers, he can be quite the contrarian, and as such he derives immense intellectual stimulation from reading books that oppose his own point of view.
::end of caveat::