Kitchen Table 1

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Here’s a poem that Dawn shared with us…thanks, Dawn!

I Opened a Book by Julia Donaldson
I opened a book and
in I strode.
Now nobody can find me.
I’ve left my chair,
my house, my road,
My town and my world behind me.
I’m wearing the cloak,
I’ve slipped on the ring,
I’ve swallowed the
magic potion.
I’ve fought with a dragon,
dined with a king
And dived in a bottomless ocean.
I opened a book and
made some friends.
I shared their tears
and laughter
And followed their road
with its bumps and bends
To the happily ever after.
I finished my book
and out I came.
The cloak can no
longer hide me.
My chair and my house
are just the same,
But I have a book inside me.

10 thoughts on “Kitchen Table 1

  1. “H-1 now lives and works in an armored-glass box at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, where it still runs gamely in all its friction-free glory, much to the delight of visitors. The decorated face clashes with the skeletal works–the way a well-dressed woman might look if she stood behind an imaging screen that bared her beating heart.” Longitude, by Dava Sobel.


  2. I loved this: “..for the very life of me I couldn’t understand how it had turned out this way, how colored women had become the lowest ones on the totem pole. You only had to look at them to see how special they were, like hidden royalty among us.”

    This made me laugh: about June – “She went to work at a colored funeral home, dressing the bodies and doing their hair”. “That seemed like the perfect job for her. It would be easy for her to get along with dead people.” 🙂

    This made me smile : “in television commercials the woman who worked the Lady Kenmore wore an evening gown and seemed to be enjoying herself. May just looked hot and tired”. Haha clashing worlds of advertising and reality. – from The Secret Life of Bees


  3. I thought I was the only one who did this: “Alma retired to her office with enough food and drink to sustain her for as long as necessary, and locked herself inside. Then she opened On the Origin of Species to the first page…” The Signature of All Things


    1. Me too! So I guess that means there are three of us : ) I finished the book last night and I had mixed emotions about that – I couldn’t wait to see how it ended but at the same time, I was enjoying it so much I wished it never would end at all!


  4. “I was born into argument. Argument was my first nursemaid. Argument is my lifelong bedfellow. What’s more, I believe in argument and I even love it. Argument is our most steadfast pathway toward truth, for it is the only proven arbalest against superstitious thinking, or lackadaisical axioms.” Signature of All Things


  5. More favorite quotes from the Red Tent:

    “There is no secret to immortality…..Egypt loved the lotus because it never dies. It is the same for people who are loved.”

    “One of my great secrets was knowing I had the power to make her smile…”

    “Jacob cried out to the women to tell him the news. ‘You are a father’, said Inna. ‘Go away.'” : )

    “The painful things…..seemed like the knots on a beautiful necklace, necessary for keeping the beads in place.”

    “If you sit on the bank of a river, you see only a small part of its surface. And yet, the water before your eyes is proof of unknowable depths.”


  6. Words of Dinah in The Rent Tent: “…I learned to enjoy the alchemy of turning flour into bread, meat into stew, water into beer.” I love the definition of alchemy as it is used here – the power or process of transforming something common into something special.


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