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Friday, October 22, 2021


Caroline Clemmons for Rain Trueax

I believe it was in my freshman year of college that I heard the phrase “the only constant is change”. At the age of eighteen, I found that profound, but I hadn’t a true understanding of how much change one experiences in a lifetime. Mine is still undergoing change, and so is Rain’s. I suspect yours is, too.

My husband, Hero, and I just had another change. We downsized—again—due to his Parkinson’s and my complications from Covid. This change was rough because we’d already purged our belongings with the first downsize. Tough decisions were required to squeeze into our current abode.

One of the hard parts was weeding out the books we’d keep. We both love to read as well as have research and reference books available. Ai-yi-yi, the choices! But we did it and a nice young estate agent is managing our estate sale as I write this. At least, we hope he’s as nice as he appears.

We managed to retain our favorite books—the ones we re-read from time to time. Some of those I enjoy again include Julie Garwood’s PRINCE CHARMING and the Roses series. I read the former about once a year and it's my all-time favorite book. Louis L’Amor is another favorite author and I read his books when I’m frustrated. My favorites are FALLON, HONDO, CROSSFIRE TRAIL, CONAGHER, and the Sackett books. Agatha Christie’s Hercule Peroit books are always engaging.

In addition to entertaining me, reading allows me to escape to another world and time. My personal problems are left behind as I immerse myself in the story. By the end of the book, I’m usually refreshed and ready to tackle the tasks at hand.

Do you re-read books? 


  1. I have a few that I re-read, and a few audiobooks that I actually re-listen to! Your post reminds me that I need to be pulling out Rosamunde Pilcher's The Shell Seekers. It's been a while...

  2. It's amazing to me what we accumulate along the road of life. Our Alaskan family came to see us for ten days. I had to rearrange bedrooms that basically were the place where you put everything you didn't know what to do with, but didn't want to trash or give away. I am now in the downsizing mode. Best of luck with your new living arrangements.

  3. Caroline, I understand. I get attached to good books, also. Thus my bookcase is full, and my favorites are are piled on my headboard to keep them near.

  4. Yes, I absolutely re-read books and have audio favorites I listen to over and over like Ain't She Sweet by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Hubby has an entire shelf of the same Louis L'Amour books.


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