Quote of the Weekend 

“The Last Unicorn: Classic Edition” by Peter S. Beagle –

““Any woman can weep without tears,” she answered over her shoulder, “and most can heal with their hands. It depends on the wound. She is a woman, Your Highness, and that’s riddle enough.””

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Quote of the Weekend 

 “The Last Unicorn: Classic Edition” by Peter S. Beagle –

“Things must happen when it is time for them to happen. Quests may not simply be abandoned; prophecies may not be left to rot like unpicked fruit; unicorns may go unrescued for a long time, but not forever. The happy ending cannot come in the middle of the story.””

Quote of the Weekend 

“The Last Unicorn: Classic Edition” by Peter S. Beagle –

““You were the one who taught me,” he said. “I never looked at you without seeing the sweetness of the way the world goes together, or without sorrow for its spoiling. I became a hero to serve you, and all that is like you. Also to find some way of starting a conversation.””

Quote of the Weekend

These both made me laugh:

“Well, if they hadn’t he couldn’t have grown up to be a prince. Haven’t you ever been in a fairy tale before?”

“As a hero, he understood weeping women and knew how to make them stop crying-generally you killed something…”

The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle

Quote of the Weekend

“We are not always what we seem, and hardly ever what we dream. Still I have read, or heard it sung, that unicorns when time was young, could tell the difference ‘twixt the two–the false shining and the true, the lips’ laugh and the heart’s rue.” – The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle

The Beauty of the Ordinary: Nieces and Nephews and a Book

Since I’ve been feeling a little better, I’m trying to spend more time with my Nieces and Nephews. It’s wonderful to get to share some new adventures with them again. And since several of them are old enough to start school soon, the pressure to enjoy freedom as long as possible has been felt. These are every day, ordinary things, but to us, they’re the most fun.

Adventure 1: The Dallas World Aquarium

If you haven’t recently reminded yourself of how magnificent and sometimes funny God’s creation is, stop by the Aquarium. From a sloth, ducks, and monkeys, to sting rays, sharks, and snake eels, the Dallas World Aquarium has much to see. You can move through it quickly or interact with all the information and learn a lot about what you’re looking at.

The highlight of the trip was the sheer joy of the boys when they saw the manatee.

Adventure 2: The Christmas Store

There’s no point in having little people around if you’re not corrupting them somehow. I’ve hooked two of my nieces on Lord of the Rings. And now, me and my sister are teaching, sharing, spreading the joy of Christmas to her two daughters.

Just before Imogene was born, Liz and I went to the Christmas store for her birthday. Now, almost three years later, we took Imogene back. She was so excited to go, and we played loud Christmas music and ate ginger snaps.
She loved all the trains, lit trees, and the pumpkins in the small Thanksgiving section. We all left with a special ornament and many happy memories. I even started working with her on memorizing all of the names of Santa’s Reindeer.


A Good Book

A good book is like magic, is magic. The Last Unicorn is no exception. I’ve seen the very strange and creepy cartoon several times, usually as a snarky event with friends, but I’d never read the book. Somewhere in one of the many different artistic groups I’m part of online, the book came up. At first I just moved on. The cartoon was so odd in an uncomfortable way. But the book kept coming up.
Finally I caved to the pressure and started reading it. Where has this book been all my life? It was beautifully written, had some of the most unique descriptions I’ve ever read leading me to wonder how he came up with the comparison, and was surprisingly funny. I cried. I laughed. I longed. I felt feelings I’ve only felt reading Lord of the Rings. It had that happy sad, lost and found, home feeling. It’s so rare to find that in a fantasy.

It refreshingly broke so many rules, and still managed to have an unbelievably touching moment of heroic self-sacrifice, love, and even Eucatastrophe.

Put The Last Unicorn on your list if you love fairy tales. It is just excellent.

Ordinary, everyday adventures. Special to me. Magical.