Tag: books

6 Ways To Make A Difference

Donate money to the charity of your choice. They could all use some extra money. Whether it is a small donation or a large one, they will appreciate it just the same. Every dollar counts.

Volunteer your time. There are soup kitchens, food banks, hospitals and nursing homes to name a few.

Send a care package to a soldier. You can send practical things like razors or sunglasses, small bags of nuts, socks,paperback books, etc. For a good place to find out what is needed and how to send it you can check out this web site at Care Packages.

Go to your local library and volunteer to teach someone to read. What a gift, just think how wonderful it is to be able to read. You would be surprised to learn how many adults can not read.

Volunteer at your local animal shelter. You could offer to walk the dogs, clean out cages or any number of tasks that they need help with.

Any of you crocheters or knitters out there could make hats and scarves in different sizes and colors for homeless people. There are plenty of shelters that would be very happy to get these things.

There are many more things that I could mention, but this is a good starting place. Donate today, it makes a difference.

Books

I love to read. I have tons of hardback books that I will not part with. Books that have been with me for years. Books that have the jackets worn and taped together, books that have no jackets at all and the good old paperback with the dog eared pages and bent backs.

Having used a Kindle Fire for several years to read, and I’m not complaining. The ease of use is incredible, but it just doesn’t have that good book smell. You can’t hear the pages turning or get the panic of dropping the book before you  have marked it and then trying to find the place where you left off. Whew!   Now I’ll be honest with you, I walked past my bookshelf the other day and started looking at all of the hardback books that I have. I picked out one that I haven’t read in a long time and it is part of a series that I love. The Earth’s Children series by Jean Auel. I wanted to start at the beginning with “Clan of the Cave Bear” and work my way up to “The Land of Painted Caves,” again. And if I am honest with myself, probably for at least the seventh or eighth time. I really gave it a go. I had forgotten how incredibly heavy hard back books are! I most always read in bed and I thought my wrists were going to break. I have become absolutely spoiled by my Kindle Fire!

I know that I can get all of these books for my Kindle, but I am not getting rid of my wonderful books, and I have more books on a shelf in my bedroom.  I just can’t do it.  Especially my beloved “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” by Betty Smith. I don’t know how many of you have read this, but if you haven’t, you are missing out on a wonderfully written Classic.

What a dilemma! I guess that if we ever move again, that my poor husband will just have to put up with lifting those very heavy boxes of books. So until then, I’m not going to worry about my beautiful books. They will just stay where they are, and I am happy with that.