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Saturday, December 19, 2009

The three 'R's ... Reading, Relaxation, Revitalisation!

Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another ... Anatole France (1844 - 1924), The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard

I am kind of highly strung. It is just part and parcel of who I am. In work mode - I work. In baby mode - I baby. In school mode - I study. So why is it, if in all those modes I comply.................that when in relax mode, I cannot relax??

When I opened my University email last night (only five hours after finishing the final exam of 1st semester) I squealed with delight when I found a long and lengthy list of "Christmas Reading" to prepare me for what lies ahead in Semester two.

Reading for the course will include works by: Edgar Allan Poe, Stevie Smith, Arthur Conan Doyle, Samuel Beckett, Flannery O’Connor, Vladimir Nabokov, Emily Bronte, Charles Dickens, Eleanor Brown, W. B. Yeats. In addition to these fine Authors we will also be delving into the works of John McGahern and the Art of the Short Story.

NUI Galway has a special association with the Irish writer John McGahern (1934-2006). He taught here for many years and the library now holds his complete literary archive.

The Chef is winding down quite nicely. He only has a couple of days left at work this week and then he is off for a few weeks too, and if nothing else but by sheer association, I have a feeling that there will be quite a bit of relaxing going on around our place.

Looking forward to Christmas with visions of sugar plums dancing in my head!

That is all the WiseWords I have for today,




Have a good one, Móna. Happy reading!

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