Shawn L. Bird

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poem-dance me July 23, 2016

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May have this dance,

owed from fifth grade?

Embrace memory

And wistful wishes.



Paper Town. John Greene.



quote-John Green on love March 1, 2014

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 9:04 pm
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I believe in true love, you know?  I don’t believe that everybody gets to keep their eyes or not get sick or whatever, but everybody should have true love, and it should last at least as long as your life does.

~John Green The Fault in our Stars p. 75

I’m completely with John on this one.   I know that most people don’t have that experience, but should is an optimistic word.  Loyalty to someone is a beautiful thing.  It’s powerful when it’s reciprocated.




quote- John Green on swings February 24, 2014

Filed under: Quotations — Shawn L. Bird @ 8:14 pm
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Another quote from John Green’s The Fault in our Stars.  An ad for Craigslist:

Desperately Lonely Swing Set Needs Loving Home

One swing set, well structurally sound, seeks new home.  Make memories with your kid or kids so that someday he or she or they will look into the backyard and feel the ache of sentimentality as desperately as I did this afternoon.  It’s all fragile and fleeting, dear reader, but with this swing set, your child(ren) will be introduced to the ups and downs of human life gently and safely, and may also learn the most important lesson of all: No matter how hard you kick, no matter how high you get, you can’t go all the way around.  (p. 124)


quote- from The Fault in Our Stars February 23, 2014

Filed under: Quotations,Reading — Shawn L. Bird @ 1:01 am
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Sometimes you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.  And then there are the books…which you can’t tell people about, books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like a betrayal.

(John Green, The Fault In Our Stars p. 33)

Obviously for me Outlander is the book series that fills me with evangelical zeal.  I’ve been trying to think what the special and rare book is for me, that I’d not want to share with anyone.  I can’t think of one.  Then again, I’m not a very private person, and as a librarian, I’m kind of into the whole sharing books, though I try to match the book to the right person, of course.  How about you?  Do you have a rare and special book that you hold close to your heart?

PS.  If you haven’t read the amazing book I’m quoting from above, you really should check it out.  I think it was one of the best books I’ve read in the last year (and I read over a hundred books in the last year).


quote- John Green on coffee January 12, 2014

Filed under: Quotations — Shawn L. Bird @ 12:08 pm
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Colin didn’t like coffee.  He liked the idea of coffee quite a lot–a warm drink that gave you energy and had been for centuries associated with sophisticates and intellectuals.  But coffee itself tasted to him like caffeinated stomach bile.

John Green in An Abundance of Katherines. p. 11

I also like the rest of the paragraph, from which I lifted the quote.  It conveys the tone of the protagonist, Colin, who has just broken up with his 19th girlfriend, each named Katherine.

 “He did an end-around on the unfortunate taste by drowning his java in cream, for which Katherine gently teased him that afternoon.  It rather goes without saying that Katherine drank her coffee black.  Katherines do, generally.  They like the coffee like they like their ex-boyfriends: bitter.”

Colin expresses my feeling about coffee.  I started drinking it at the Calico House in Kelowna, after young people’s events when I was about 17.  We’d gather around the table,  wanting to continue in each other’s company, solving the problems of the world, planning our futures, having fun.  Calico House put a pitcher of coffee at the table.  Inevitably, it ended up in my cup.

I don’t really like it, and I do not do well with caffeine.  I had a cup of 2/3 hot chocolate 1/3 coffee at 4:00 on Friday, and I was up until 3 a.m. (and completely unaware of the time.  It felt like 9 to me).   Most days, I drink either hot chocolate (Carnation, preferably) mixed with some Ovaltine or an herbal tea with honey.  This time of year, a hot beverage is a great comfort.

How about you?  Do you drink coffee?  What is your beverage of choice?


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