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Started by Spell Chick, December 20, 2017, 11:42:47 AM

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Spell Chick

Isn't nonsensical, literally "not of the senses"?

Of course, that does things to religion, too, so ... maybe not?
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DGSquared

How do you respond to nations of people whose mythical deities, who in their eyes, trump the gods of centuries before? Who then, is in their right mind?
"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." -Groucho Marx

A child's life is like a piece of paper on which every passerby leaves a mark. -Chinese proverb

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Spell Chick

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Gyppo

But is not Myth sometimes more powerful and far reaching than inconvenient facts/truths?

Spell Chick

Aren't great stories always more compelling than boring day to day slogging existence?
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Laura

Is that why it is a joy to be surrounded by books? Just looking at my "to be read" pile gives me a thrill.
Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.
Arthur Ashe

Gyppo

Could this be why I have so many bookshelves?  I can't imagine living in home without books.

There's books on my shelves which I, quite possibly, will never read again in my lifetimes.  But they're there if I want to, and they'll still be readable if the entire internet crashes and burns spectacularly.

I have books which are never likely to be scanned and added to the Information Superhighway.

I find it reassuring to be surrounded by books.  Am I alone in this?

Laura

You are in good company, Gyppo. How many books do you have on those shelves?
Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.
Arthur Ashe

Gyppo

#5528
Good question, Laura.

I've never really stopped to think about it, but strangers visiting my home often comment that I have 'a lot of books'.

But I've just made  a rough count.  I averaged out a few shelves to get a base figure per shelf. Multiplied it by the number of shelves, and found I had at least five hundred just in the two bookcases in the hallway.  My Grandaughter pointed out just yesterday that the shelves in the hallway were sagging in the middle.  But the cases are secured to the wall.

Add a similar number along one wall of my living room, some in the old 'family heirloom' bookcase Dad made for Mum, and in two tall 'Billy' bookcases from Argos.  All these make nearly full use my 7 foot six ceilings.  (Which is just as well with two heating radiators, each the width of a useful bookcase, taking up a sizeable amount of wall space.

In my bedroom I have another tall 'Billy', which I mounted on top of an open-faced wooden 'storage trunk' I made for the house.  That one barely fits below the ceiling, and the shelves are spaced for taller and bigger books such as collected sets of encyclopaedias.  I have to stand on the end of my bed to take down things from the top shelf.

Some people have questioned the safety of that towering bookcase at the end of my bed.  "What if it falls on you during the night?"

Simple answer, it's such a tight fit under the ceiling it physically can't tip.  I had to inch it into place when it empty.   In order to tilt it would have to rip out part of the ceiling.

Overall I must have a thousand books in shelving, plus a few hundred more packed away in a tin trunk and in various cupboards.

Oh, and my Kindle - which fits in my shirt pocket as long as I'm wearing the right shirt, is about three quarters full the last time I checked.

So I guess 'lots' is a fair description.

There's a few in my 'office', but the shelving in there is mostly occupied by files and folders.

If all this weight of paper was suspended above a hollow crawl space, or on wooden beams on a second floor, I'd be a bit nervous.  But the bungalow floor is a poured concrete slab, on top of concrete blocks, so I sleep easy.

Is bibliophile the right word for me?  Is there another level of excess whose name eludes me?

Gyppo

Spell Chick

I haven't counted the number of books I own. Should I?
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Gyppo

#5530
Do you really want to know?  Until Laura's question prompted me I was quite comfortable with 'lots'.  Someone once told me that owning more than four hundred of anything is an obsession ;-)

Gyppo

Spell Chick

I guess I better not count my items of clothing. Is obsession really bad?
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Laura

I think if you call it passion instead it sounds much more positive. Wasn't there a perfume in the 80's called Obsession?
Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.
Arthur Ashe

Spell Chick

Serious question here. Where is Jo? Come back. Coommmmee Baaaaaacccckkkk.
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Laura

My question is how has this game sat neglected for almost a month?
Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.
Arthur Ashe