(Not necessarily in the order of preference.)
Never pithy, always wise, often funny, G.K. Chesterton is one of the best writers of any age, and, in my book, the quintessential philosopher of the modern age. And prolific! There is almost no subject that Mr. C. did not touch upon, and, though he died in 1936, I declare, I haven't found a treatise yet, whether it concerns politics or the social dilemma of the modern world, that is not spot-on today.
6. The Catholic Faith
I have the great privilege of being a cradle Catholic, raised by devout parents, a product of the Catholic School system, but I still have only barely touched the shore of the ocean that is the Catholic Church. It's as vast as the universe, but as specific as the neutrons in the cells of these fingers typing right now. It encompasses all and forgets nothing. It is God's home on earth.
They're three quarters of the landscape out here on the Colorado high prairie. And, while I'm not as big a fan of the prairies as I am of the mountains, I can't help but be amazed and entertained by the almost daily art show in the skies here.
What more is there to say?
(I'm finding this letter "c" way too easy... It's reminding me of taking a test in my school days when I thought for sure I must be missing some important prerequisite. You remember, the trick test where the instructions tell you to read all the questions before you begin and the last words on the test are: Never mind about taking the test. Bring your paper to my desk and go home.)
9. But, while we're on the subject of sweets, you know I can't resist this one:
10. Cassatt, Cameron, and Child
(Is it cheating or extra credit to add three here?)
But, seriously, I wouldn't want it to appear I'm only about crayons, children and chocolate! (Even though I mostly am...)
Why these three?
Mary Cassatt ~ speaks to my station in life, as well as an irresistable attraction for good visual art. I also admire her for the audacity of using only her first and last name.
Julia Margaret Cameron ~ one of the first renowned women photographers, didn't pick up a camera until she was 48 years old. I love photography and would love to learn more about it. Maybe about the time I'm 48 I'll have time to pursue it seriously...
Lydia Marie Child ~ A nineteenth century publisher of children's periodicals, domestic arts books and the author of "Over the River and Through the Woods," Child was also an early advocate for the rights of American Indians, and an all 'round dynamic and interesting lady. If I were going to write books or articles, it would be along the lines of Child's pet topics, save I would exchange her advocacy for the Indians with something more cutting edge for our times ~ advocacy of the unborn.