“Don’t you ever feel like, what if the world really is messed up?  What if we could do it all over again from scratch?  No more war.  Nobody homeless.  No more summer reading homework.”

“I’m listening.”

Admit it.  You’re wishing you were reading The Sea of Monsters with me right now, Wikipedia at the ready to look up all the names and classical references.

You also wish that, like me, you had spent the morning volunteering at the book sale and picking up random titles in spare moments.  You wish you were the proud owner of Daughter of Time for $1 (yes!).  Or the Penguin Russian Cookery for 50 cents (that one’s to give away).  Or Saucepans & the Single Girl, a “swinging cookbook” which is “guaranteed to do more for the bachelor girl’s social life than long-lash mascara or a new discotheque dress.”  Watch out Bronwen, I might be sending you recipes from here, especially as both authors (one delightfully named Jinx) hail from your current academic institution.  Did you know that “degrees in English qualify one for a limited realm of responsibility in the business world – usually confined either to preparing the coffee for the office staff or watering the rubber plant”?  Why am I not getting paid to water the rubber plant?  Copyright 1965, naturally.

I also recently acquired from the library discards a gem of a title called Building Your Home Life (the revised edition, but of course, copyright 1966) which is “as new as tomorrow in its contents and ideas and in its consistency with currently accepted approaches to learning.”  It’s lofty goal is to help prepare early-adolescent students for “an effective personal and family life.”  I might have to do a whole series of posts on this puppy, because every page is chock full of goodness.  For instance, did you know that “a lively barn dance is fun and frolic”?  My goodness, it’s been far too long since I’ve been to a good frolicsome barn dance!