Reading is conversation.

As a grade-schooler in the 1950s, my ideal afternoon off went like this:

Porch glider, circa 1950s

It’s raining. I’m on the screened in back porch of our house in Athens, Ohio, lying on the sofa glider, with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a glass of Kool-Aid. And I’m having a conversation with Hugh Lofting about Doctor Doolittle.

Sixty years on, I’m a retired librarian who can’t use the library for the books I’m reading, because I have to write in them. Underlining, marginalia, indexing on the flyleaves, etc. Hubby Jim says I’m talking with the authors. He’s right.

SelfportraitWhat follows represents forty-plus years of conversation, most of it in the past decade or so. It’s by no means an exhaustive list, and it barely touches on the fiction. However, these are the authors who have influenced me the most.

Faith and Practice

Science and Culture


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