― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!
Since my eyesight has become so very compromised, I haven't been able to read as much as I would like over the past year or so. I have a library full of literally thousands of wonderful books, but the text is usually too small for me to handle.
Enter a new router that works together with our sattelite internet, and I'm finally back in business with my Kindle; and what a treat to discover Amazons' unlimited plan. I'm downloading books and reading them as fast as I can. Only voracious readers can really understand the need to read. I've had it my entire life.
One of the last text books I read was 'Braiding Sweetgrass' by author and biologist Robin Wall Klimmerer. Even though I had to use a magnifying glass, I think I read the entire book in 3 days. I made a connection to the author immediately.
Even though I highlighted much text in the book, I'm re-reading it again on the Kindle because it struck a chord on so many deep levels. Right off the bat. She begins by sharing the traditional story of Skywoman. . Like most traditional stories, Skywoman is one star in a constellation of teachings. Traditional peoples did not have 'commandments' or rules, rather a compass of sorts for living. They provide an orientation, but not a map. Robin says so eloquently "The work of living is creating that map for yourself'. I fell into this way of being so easily with my traditional relatives and I still do. When I read any book that resonates this deeply, I can't help but open the pages again and again because I always miss something. Those 'somethings' have carried me though some very difficult challenges.
Throughout my health struggles, I have learned over and over again to never take anything for granted and I'm truly grateful for the technology that brings treasured books, old and new, into my home in a format that works for me. I have been a bit removed from the world for a very long time but reading always, always, keeps me connected. One cannot put a price on that.