The Best Things About Books

The Best Things About Books

Let's get lost.

How do you lose yourself? I know this might sound funny, but losing ourselves is really important in our lives today. By losing yourself, you actually end up finding yourself. There's so many ways to do this. Some people exercise, some people meditate, and others read books. Here is a list of reasons I created that make books so great for me. I'm sure you can relate to these reasons. Book lovers unite!

  • The way they feel. Ahhh there is no better feeling than a brand new book. The way the pages just slip right off your fingers. They are crisp. They are clean. An untouched book is like a newborn child, no eyes have seen it and no hands have touched it.
  • The way they smell. There’s something about the way a new book smells that drives me crazy. It’s similar to a new car smell or the smell of clean laundry. Just ahh-mazing.
  • The fact that you are holding a piece of someone’s life. Not literally, of course. But someone wrote this book for you to hold. Whether or not you know this person, you are getting to know them through the pages of this book. And whether or not this book has anything to do with this person’s life, it relates to them in some way. Even if it’s the smallest thing, there is a piece of them in it.
  • Getting lost. Books are a great way to get lost. What I mean by that is, you can easily get lost in a story. Getting lost in a story means that books are gateways for us to escape our normal boring or exciting lives. They allow us to detach ourselves from everyone and everything, which is something we don’t get to do that often.
  • Genres! There are so many different kinds of books. You can read anything from drama, mystery, fiction, nonfiction, biographies, autobiographies, to self-help books or books about movies. Any topic you can imagine has been made into a book.
  • Steadiness. Books keep us steady. They give us comfort knowing we can always go back to them when we have the time to. They remind us that stories will keep going and we can always pick up a book and keep reading.
  • The yearning you feel when you can’t read for a while. Especially in college, I am constantly writing, reading for class, and participating in extra-curricular activities. When you can’t pick up your book for a while, you miss it. You miss the feeling you get when you read. This feeling always has you coming back.
  • The feeling you get when someone gives you a book. They know you like to read! It’s always exciting for me when someone thinks I will like a book, it means a lot to me.
  • You can read anywhere at anytime and as long as it’s a physical book, you don’t have to connect to Wifi, you don’t need any passwords, you just need yourself, your eyes, and the ability to read.
  • When you find small and cute little book shops or kiosks. I always find them when I go into New York City, and they bring me LIFE.

Here’s what others said:

“Books always offer you knowledge; even if it you aren’t reading for academic purposes, they still teach you life lessons and morals. I love to read because it is relaxing. I like being swept up in a good story.”

"What I love about books is the mere fact that I can get lost in the story, in the pages, and in the lives of the characters. There are times when I forget that I'm reading a book because I'm so mesmerized by the writing, the plot, and everything else. I've cried while reading a book because my favorite character died, and for words on a piece of paper to have that kind of effect on me means it's something truly magical."

“Just the feeling of holding a book and that new book smell I love in some weird way that makes me feel more (physically) connected to the story”

Maybe you don't love books as much as I do, or these other readers, but that's okay!

Read on my friends!

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The 5 Blessings Of Community Theatre

Whether you’re a veteran of the stage or a newcomer, an audience member or a Broadway star, community theatre is where it's at.

Is there anything more thrilling that live theatre? The heat of the lights, the colorful costumes, the pain of the mic tape? I think not, and whether you’re a veteran of the stage or a newcomer, an audience member or a Broadway star, community theatre is where most people get their start.

Community Theatre Blessing #1: You Find A Place Where You Are Always Welcome.

I have been blessed to have taken part in countless community theatre productions. I’ve danced through West Side Story, I’ve sung through Seussical, and I’ve been over the rainbow with The Wizard of Oz – twice. These community productions mean more to me than just a check mark on a bucket list or names on a page – these productions have allowed me to become who I am today. I’ve shared too-small dressing rooms (and makeshift dressing rooms) with 15 of my closest friends. I’ve stayed late after shows, not just cleaning and tidying for tomorrow’s run, but simply because I didn’t want to leave. I found a home within the walls of the theatre; I have left my name backstage as part of a legacy started before I was born.

Community Theatre Blessing #2: You Get To Be Involved With All Aspects Of Theatre.

Community theatre teaches you more than just one aspect of theatre. Although I started out acting, singing, and dancing, I have credits as a director, costumer, producer, and sound tech. In just this past week, I’ve had my house overrun with felt and glitter glue for a production of Peter Pan Junior – I jumped on board to have something to do over break. When break ends, I’ll be in rehearsal for a production of She Kills Monsters and I’ll be busy in the costume shop with The Minneola Twins.

Community Theatre Blessing #3: Lasting, Permanent Friendship.

I’ve made friends I would have never met otherwise. Many of my closest friends in community theatre are homeschooled, while I attend public school. Community theatre pulls in people from the surrounding towns as well. While I do most of my shows in Milford or Amherst, New Hampshire, I have friends from Pepperell, Nashua, Hollis, and Manchester. Just as I seek out these companies year after year for my friends, my friends seek out the same companies for the comradery they find.

Community Theatre Blessing #4: It Showcases The Talents Of Many, In Many Different Ways.

I’m not choosing to pursue theatre as a career, but on the community level, no one cares what you have a college degree in. My town’s annual PTA Play usually features some of our elementary school teachers in a tap dance – and I know from experience, tap isn’t easy! Community theatre allows people to showcase their talents that would otherwise stay hidden. Who knows, maybe your next-door neighbor has the voice of an angel!

Community Theatre Blessing #5: You Can Make It Anything You Want It To Be.

Community theatre doesn’t have the same kind of pressure as the professional world. I don’t have to do community theatre to survive, but I still choose to because I enjoy it. That’s what most people in community theatre do – they have a job that pays the bills and puts food on the table, but they get to live out their dreams and passions. One day, this will be me too – I’ll teach by day, and I’ll learn by night. If I’m too busy to commit to the entire rehearsal period, I know at least someone within the production will appreciate another set of hands. I know even if I cannot perform, I can still be involved.

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Astrology trending among the youth

Astrology trending

  

The ancient, and for some outdated, science of telling the future from looking at the stars is again trending. And this time it’s not the pink haired grandmothers gazing at the stars, it’s the young and hip! Google Trends show a significant increase in search volume related to astrology/horoscope related searches, Instagram and Pinterest are overblown of young hip bloggers decorating their homes in accordance with their horoscope!

The astrology scene has previously belonged to the older part of the population. The grandmas that have read their weekly horoscopes forever, then as they retire, finding they have endless amount of time to spend on their hobbies. Well as they have no hobbies, they have spent their time learning to see the future in the stars, studying astrology. Well, no more! Now statistics tell us that the youngsters are taking over, and the demand for “love” or “baby” horoscopes are growing by the minute, at the same time we can hardly open Facebook without seeing astrology related ads!

So, were to start you spiritual journey?

For those of you that want to take part in the recent spiritual awakening there are loads of information on the web, there are plenty of websites with high quality articles about almost all things related to astrology, horoscopes, clairvoyance or healing. Also good old Wikipedia has tons of information, both for sceptics and believers. Our clear advice is to start by reading all you can find on the internet, then move on to Amazon and buy some books on the subject. Books tend to dig a bit deeper and the authors don’t save their dynamite for later!

What are the best online astrology resources?

Lets start by mentioning www.åndelighet.no, a great site with tons of information about astrology, how to make horoscopes, clairvoyance, and other how tos, like how to become a clairvoyant. This is for the “spiritually gifted” of course. Www.wikipedia.org is definitely also holds tons of solid information, for those who like facts presented in the “Wiki-way”. Other than that our advice is to start Googling, surg the web and go with the flow! There are endless amounts of information, and there are endless amounts of cheap and free horoscopes to follow you on your trip towards enlightenment! But do remember that the saying “the best things in life are free” is not necessarily a guideline to stick to concerning astrology. Not because the cheap or free ones are bad or worse than others, but mostly because they are to general. I horoscope should be set for one single person based on time of birth. 

Great books for the beginner

I’d like to start by mentioning the great intro to astrology by writer Joanna Martine Woolfolk, with the suitable title “The Only Astrology Book You'll Ever Need”. This one takes you from newbie to full blown astrologist! Well, if not full blown, at least a decent well informed hobby astrologist. And from there you will know the path to reach your spiritual insight. The book will guide you in detail how to cast your own chart and also how to interpret it. With the book comes an app that’s about as fun as it is fantastic. That’s saves you decades of learning and hours of work setting you own horoscope!

The other book I’d like to present, with the new and young audience is “Astrology & Interior Design: Unlocking the Secret to Your Personal Style at Home”. A book by Kita Marie Williams, right to the heart of the new wave of astrologers. The title tells it all for this adventure of a book. How to make use of this agent science when planning and decorating your home. Here you will find general instructions, help you cast charts, and help you find true inspiration from the spiritual world. Where do you belong in the Zodiac? Really doesn’t matter, this book will help you place your closet and find the nips to go with it as well!

Let me end this by encouraging you to start your journey against the stars right now! Go to Amazon, Åndelighet or Google right at this moment, begin learning and by all means don’t forget to have fun!

  


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