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Ending the Book Diet

November 13, 2013 , , ,

Bar Book

Bar Book

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bar food

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festive friend

festive friend

I have restricted my reading of books for the last year to three, Sacred Contracts by Carolyn Myss, How to Think Like Leonardo DaVinci by Michael Gelb, and Impact Equation by Chris Brogan and Julien Smith.  This experiment was proposed by Brother Brogan about the time that he published Impact Equation.  I went for the idea because I have always read voraciously but applied the information with much less vigor.  I also have enrolled in a course to study the Sacred Contracts material which I find fascinating and endlessly useful.  I read constantly this year, and did not really read the three books much at all after the first three or four months.  By then all the other participants including Brother Brogan had all quit the program.  I stuck it out because it served me.  I found out there is such a thing as reading too many books. There is more to life than reading.

I have put more practical application and reflection into what I have read this year.  I do not hurry or skip through anything that I read now, which is new. I have been a speed reader for 40 years, having studied at the public library where I went for lessons by Dick Cavett on video.  Life is change.  If I have spent all this untold time reading it seems I should be able to write.  I should also be able to read contemplatively, a skill I have yet to acquire.  As I allow myself to buy and read books once more I have a new perspective.  I have discovered the U of A Poetry Center and my ancestor poet in it.  I have been to a few poetry readings during this diet, which I liken to being driven by a chauffeur.  The experience of a poetry reading includes everything about the ambiance and company.  I plan to return to the Poetry Center for both the readings and to read in that amazing ambiance.  I also plan to write poetry as a meditative practice.  Most of all I plan to be strategic and particular about all my reading from now on.  I think if there is a librarian at the pearly gates we will be asked to do book reports to show comprehension, not prove that we have been on a life long book binge.

Rather than yo-yo dieting, allowing myself to totally pig out at the library right out of the gate, I have purchased three practical and useful books beyond the poetry books I will read will super mindfulness.  My recent purchase, The American Bar by Charles Shumann, is a huge hit, although I have not finished reading it.  It was center stage last night when I created a signature cocktail for one of my guests.  Now that I have a fresh start I do not plan to read every book in the library before I mix my first cocktail.  Reading how-to books without doing any of the things about which one reads is probably pointless.  I think the remedy was well timed and perfect for me.  My name is Pamela Morse and I am a book-a holic.  As a recovering reading addict I will allow myself to go to libraries, but no used book stores for now.  I need to know that I can stay in control.  So far, so good.

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YUMMY this looks like tons of fun!!

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Stevie Wilson (@LAStory)

November 17, 2013

I love the idea of a librarian at the pearly gates!

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London-Unattached.com

November 17, 2013

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  1. Self Control, Trip to the Festival of Books | mermaidcamp reblogged this and added:

    […] love of reading has compelled me to do many things, including restricting my book consumption on a 3 book diet last year. my consumer weakness it is for art and books.  I never seem to have enough of either […]

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