First, the word from Gaza is that Steven Centanni and his cameraman Olaf Wiig have been released by their captors, reportedly after a gunpoint conversion to Islam. Michelle Malkin has all the relevant details plus photos and video.
Second, details are sketchy but what is known is that a Delta ComAir flight from Lexington, KY to Atlanta, GA crashed shortly after takeoff this morning.
Third, for those of you who receive such inspiration from Mr. Robert Stokely, he has another post devoted to his memories of his son, Michael, at Thunder Run today. It's a must read.
And now...onto the tagging!
Straight from the Lemonade Stand, a tag-you're-it-moment:
I want to caveat this by saying that my brain is mush. A normally voracious reader, I have read thousands of pages in the past 4 months devoted to nothing but law, cases and the like. I had trouble thinking of ANYTHING I'd read prior to those so this list is shaky at best and probably not accurate of the best things I've ever read...I just can't remember right now!
1) A book that changed my life.
It was a picture book about a little red pony who did all kinds of activities in the barnyard that involved different colors. It was the first book I ever read on my own, much to my mother's surprise, and I remember everything about that interaction including the papercut on my finger that I received when my mom hurriedly covered each page as I turned it so that she could be sure I was reading the words and not using the pictures as a guide. I remember switching roles with my mom when my own preschool aged daughter read her first book to me...Maisy's Bedtime by Lucy Cousins.
2) A book I've read more than once.
I could create quite a list of picture books I've read thousands of times to each of my girls. Both had their own love affair with Goodnight Moon; Go, Dog! Go!; and Green Eggs and Ham.
A grown-up book I've read more than once would be my favorite book, To Kill A Mockingbird.
3) A book I'd take to a desert island.
I would more than likely take the Bible. There are lots of stories in it; it's long; it could be a source of inspiration and I've never read it cover to cover in one fail swoop.
4) A book that made me laugh.
5) A book that made me cry.
6) A book I wish had been written.
There is a great novel waiting to be written about my reuniting with Hubs after a decade hiatus. Someday maybe I'll take the time to commit it all to paper.
Another book I'd like to try and write myself is the life my paternal grandparents lived. They were together from the 1920's into the late 1990's when my grandfather passed away. To think of all they weathered, witnessed and participated in...boggles the mind.
7) A book that should never have been written.
Books like Rainbow Party and its ilk are a blight on the literary industry and usher in all kinds of issues for parents & teens alike. If orgies, sex competitions and promiscuous behavior on overdrive are running rampant in the middle schools of America, I don't think it's something that needs to be idealized and chronicled in a book aimed at the kids who are potential participants in such risky behavior.
8) A book I'm currently reading.
Most all my time is spent reading law books right now, but I have had time to start reading Terror at Beslan. It may take me awhile, but I'll finish it ASAP.
9) A book I'm planning to read.
My first mother-in-law sent me the book Marley & Me and I have been saving it for my week off from school. I'm confident I can read it all and will enjoy the respite from dense law books. Can't wait to hold a real book with a real dust cover in my hands again!
10) 5 persons I'll send this question to...hmmm, I'll be thinking on this.