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Because of Winn-Dixie


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I was given Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo for Christmas, the story of a motherless little girl who takes up with a stray dog. It’s a beautiful little children’s story. Here are a few quotes to give you some idea (sometimes quotes from a book give you more of an idea than an individual

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The Revelations of Marilynne Robinson


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I read this NY Times interview with Marilynne Robinson, in the lead up to Lila arriving in the best sort of bookstores. Oh, how I love Marilynne. Here are some snippets that I want to keep here, for ease of my future self finding it’s way back to them. They are simply marvellous. “People,” Robinson

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In the eyes of Piero’s resurrected Christ


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I thought I would post one last vignette from Crossing to Safety, by Wallace Stegner. During the year that Larry and Sally Morgan and Sid and Charity Lang spend in Florence, they take one day a jaunt to Sanselpolero, to visit the chapel in which you find Piero’s painting of Christ’s Resurrection. What follows gave

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A Last Time for Everything


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I’m just going to copy this here, because I’ve found it and I like it, and because someday, as I go to a funeral somewhere in the world, I might have need to remember it. From The Cymbal Crashing Clouds, by Ben Shive (H/T The Rabbit Room):

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Why do I always see the sadness in life?


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I love this closing few paragraphs from this five part series by David Powlinson, over at the CCEF blog: There is an unspeakable sorrow at the heart of the world. All the Bible writers know that. All the great saints know that. All the great novelists and poets have known it. All honest men and

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