Thursday, May 6, 2010

R. M. Ballantyne

Scottish author (1825 - 1894) of over 80 fictional books of particular interest to young men and promoting desired traits of character.  If your daughter alerts you to a 50% off sale on a collection of twenty of those books, think about the prospective purchase for a week or two, for when you've made your decision to buy, the discount will have been reduced to 25%, adding a whopping 3-figures to the purchase price.  And you're not about to spend that.  It took you many days to decide to spend less.

Visit LibriVox, where audio books, including a few of Ballantyne's, are available for free download.  Consider whether or not your husband will be amenable to downloading audio books on his iPod.  While you're pondering that, notice at LibriVox the link to Project Gutenberg and poke it:  "Project Gutenberg is the place where you can download over 30,000 free ebooks to read on your PC, iPhone, Kindle, Sony Reader or other portable device."  Grab a tissue to dab the corners of your mouth, gather your wits, and remember your original mission in Free Book Land: find Ballantyne.

Find him you will.  Eighty-five books.

Copy - Paste.  You want hard copies.  Don't do 19 books in one morning, or your eyes will burn into the night, because you forgot to make yourself blink.

Print one, because you and your son will be eager to dive in.  Hole punch it for the 3-ring binder readied to receive.  Be tidy about that, because if you're not, you'll have white dots all over your floor...which may get stuck to your ridiculous dog's nose.  And you'll have a whale of a time getting him to be still, so you can snap a photo of his adorned snout.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the house...

Of course.

But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence.  I Corinthians 1:27-29

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