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29 March 2017


I have read a couple of books about Dorothy Day, and I still have a lot of questions. It seems as if this would be an interesting read, but then I would probably have even more questions.

I GAVE UP COFFEE FOR LENT a few years ago, and I think that is very, very admirable of me. I sort of had to, because I was going to India during Lent and I didn't think I'd reliably be able to get coffee while I was there, but anyway I DID IT, forty days of Lent and absolutely no coffee whatsoever. Past me was a better woman than I.

CR Fan,
Yes, I think Dorothy (and Tamar) are those types. The more you know, the less you understand. Because perhaps understanding is really beside the point with people this...what's the word I want? Singular. I'd still read the book if I were you, and just make peace with the further questions.

You gave up COFFEE?
Okay, I know about this one, because once (while having a cup of coffee, natch) I started putting all the things I would give up BEFORE I would give up coffee on a list....and it was a really long list. A really long disturbing list that may or may not have included nearly every other food or experience I've ever had in my life.

In short: past you was a better woman than I have ever been, or will be.

I read The Long Loneliness several years ago...just checked, it was 20. Wow. What I really mean is that thanks to your review, this memoir just zoomed to the top of my wishlist for a very brief stay. I'm off to Amazon. Thank you, CR!

I gave up meat once, for Lent. Towards the end, near Easter, I started having dreams about rare steaks every night.

I put THE BOOK OF JOY (the one by Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama) on my Lenten reading list, because the good Lord knows I need more joy right now, but ... meh. I keep thinking that they are talking about "happiness", which is nice of course, but not the same thing as "joy" in my mind. But I'm only halfway through (and there's not much Lent left, bad hapax!)

Dorothy Day (and co.) sounds much more inspiring.

I gave up giving up things for Lent. I'm trying to take things on instead. Not that giving up all sorts of things wouldn't be good for me, but I should really give them up for good, and I'm not ready for that sort of commitment.

I have "The Long Loneliness" sitting on my bookshelf, but I am saving it as a treat for when I can concentrate. I am not concentrating very well right now, for whatever reasons. (Isn't it appalling when you sit down and figure out how many years since you've done something? I nearly had a heart attack this week when all the stories were about how Buffy the Vampire Slayer--the TV show--premiered 20 years ago. Ye gods.)

I do hope this book works for you. I'd love to hear what you think about it.

For me Lent is not Lent until I hear my oldest brother grouse about eating no meat on Fridays: "It's not a sacrifice for people who like fish!" Amen.

Oh, Hapax,
Yes, we could all use a little joy. Not happiness, mind you, but perhaps a bit of peace of mind. Or something.
That said, I am not sure Dorothy will bring you peace or joy. I think the glory of Dorothy is that she was a challenging person. Very much of the school of Jesus saying "I came to divide..." There are so many roads to being a compassionate and yet caring human. It's tough.

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