Lost: Ambition

January 7, 2012

My current stack of library books

“Lost: Ambition.
Found:  A good book,
an old sweater,
loose shoes.”
— Jim Harrison and Ted Kooser, from Braided Creek: A Conversation in Poetry

This short poem describes exactly what I am feeling on these gray, cold, rainy days of winter.  But I suppose you could take one look at my pile of books and accuse me of being an ambitious reader!  I call it pure indulgence.   One of the best pleasures in life is a large stack of interesting library books waiting to be read.

11 Responses to “Lost: Ambition”


  1. I so agree Rosemary and I have quite an ambitious stack myself waiting to be read!!

  2. Elisa's Spot Says:

    I have 14 books all overdue this morning lol.
    I just finished one of them last night, one would think that I could remember to call and to renew! 😀

    Ah well, the library can use my funds to purchase more loot for me to find!

  3. Elisa's Spot Says:

    I would like the book list please. The titles are too tiny for me to make out some of them!

    • Rosemary Says:

      Okay, here it is: ART by Clive Bell; THE NATURE OF THINGS by Lucretius; MY STUDY WINDOWS by James Russell Lowell; TREE: A LIFE STORY by Suzuki &
      Grady; MAPS OF THE IMAGINATION: THE WRITER AS CARTOGRAPHER by Peter Turchi; AMERICAN CHESTNUT by Susan Freinkel; THOREAU’S COUNTRY by David R. Foster; THE TREES IN MY FOREST by Bernd Heinrich; THE ZEN OF CREATIVITY by John Loori; LIVING LARGE IN LEAN TIMES by Clark Howard; TREES: A VISUAL GUIDE by Tony Rodd and Jennifer Stackhouse; UNASSISTED LIVING: AGELESS HOMES FOR LATER LIFE by Wid Chapman and Jeffrey Rosenfeld; and REMEMBERING MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR: HIS LIFE AND CRUSADE IN PICTURES by Charles Johnson and Bob Adelman.
      Thanks for asking!

      • Elisa's Spot Says:

        Yay! Thanks very much for the list. I cannot lose it here either! I have 11 that I am currently working on. I will begin these, unless I am attracted by the other new books coming onto the library shelves! My house has 5 HUGE bookshelves full, and my to read list on Goodreads is at over 100 now. It’s quite funny to feel behind and think oh no i’ll never catch up…stop adding roflmao! But, if I did, I’d miss something!

      • Rosemary Says:

        I can’t guarantee that all of the books in my pile will be good ones. Sometimes just the title or the cover art catches my eye.

      • Elisa's Spot Says:

        Isn’t that the good part though, the touching and the looking and the coming to know?


  4. brilliant post. a stack of library books is truly a great pleasure.


  5. envy … my pile has just 3 halfread books in it.

  6. Cassie Says:

    Just keep reading. : ) I’m totally jealous of you for being cuddled up inside on a rainy day – that’s my favorite time to read.

  7. Lona Says:

    I am with you girl. I always have books stacked and ready since I read all year around. Have a terrific week and enjoy those books.


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