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"Books We Keep" by Rolly A. Chabot

Updated on August 24, 2012
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Sleepless Welcome

Morning again all. 1:00 am and it has hit again, you know the nights you are having trouble sleeping. Try as you may and you just lay there flipping over and over again. Might as well get up and do something. Thus here I sit, Quigley is looking at me and seems a little confused. You see the night ritual is to cover her with her blanket on her pillow in the bedroom. When I get up she needs to follow.

We have just had another electrical storm that lasted an hour or so. The first clap of thunder is what awakened me. I have an early morning as I meet with several other men for coffee at 7 just to catch up on what is happening in everyone's life. It is a good time, they are used to me yawning a fair amount so this will be just another of those days.

So gather around, help yourself to coffee refreshments and even a few store bought cookies and lets chat awhile.... above all know that you are loved and appreciated.

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We Take Pride

Have you ever noticed we are collectors of books. Well at least I have become such a person. As some of you may know I am an ordained Pastor. My collection is huge as over the years I have collected many theological, christian writers and several different genres.

My love of books over the years has been varied starting with westerns, progressing into science, history, world events and many other interests. Each has their own section and I love to slip into the small room I have set aside and the wall are filled top to bottom. Every once in a while I will pick up an old classic and read it again. The smell of the older books is enticing.

I started early to mark the date and location where they were bought and it is nice to go back and look at the entries and recall exactly where I was at the time. Now most books I buy I have on my Kindle. I guess times are changing. It s amazing the amount of books you can put on one of them. Mine will hold as many as 3500. That is likely close to all of my library.

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Writer's Past

I find myself often thinking of the old writers who worked with pen and ink and the mammoth task that must have been. The amount of thought that went into each word. I have wondered if it is something I should try. I think it would be a challenge to accomplish a novel of say 60,000 words.

We are truly blessed today in comparison to the old typewriters. I have an old Underwood I bought at a garage sale once. It is all mechanical and still works but my what a clunker in comparison to the Mac Book Pro I have today. Once in a while I will pull it off the shelf and play with it and it would take some getting used too.

Those who worked with pen and paper or manual typewriters were gifted writers and their works still live on in many of my collection.

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Old Classics

Within an hour of here I have a Mennonite community and there is a couple who own a small book binding repair business and the work they do is amazing and at a very reasonable rate. I do need to look them up as some of mine are not in the best of shape.

Books to me have become the centre of much learning. Mom was a great collector of school notebooks and the like and I have many of mine that are 50 plus years old. Scribblers and a few text books. I was looking at one the other day and I had written my name, the date was September/1953. I had even taken the time to scribe in the phone number we had. It was 404... that was it just three digits. So now I have been carbon dated. Now here we need to dial a 10 digit number to reach someone locally.

If you have old books, treasure them and pass them along to others who you know has the same love of books. The oldest I have was written by an English Bishop a book of text for teaching from the pulpit. Its value is unknown but it has been singed by him and dated in 1852. The inscription is "To Elizabeth with love."

I do have a great love for a good book and hope you do as well... maybe time to pick one up and it may help me rest...


© Rolly A. Chabot

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      There is nothing like an old friend. In my youth, I collected books as other would baseball cards. I still have my Man from U.N.C.L.E. and James Bond collections from way back then, as well as, many H.G. Wells, Kurt Vonnegut and many others. The pages are yellowing and slowly loosening, as they age as I. But good friends don't care about appearances, just the memories they provide.

      Thanks for helping my mind recognize that. Get some sleep, my friend.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I love books and we have many. Also have given away many due to our many moves. I am worried for the future of books with everything online and ebooked...Great hub and I loved reading it. Voted UP.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I couldn't even guess at the number of books I have, but hundreds anyway. I use to have hardback 17 and 1800s but someone took them a few years back. I may have added a little back to that collection. Books are comforting. If it hit me right I may do a poem about it, lol. Good morning and hope you catch you nap after coffee! GB

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      Tamarajo 4 years ago from Southern Minnesota

      I love books and collect them too. I am sure I have at least a couple thousand of them. So grateful for all who chose to write it down. Most amazing that God Himself chose to write it down in the most amazing book of all.

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      I have some old books I treasure. I have 4 books of poetry by Lord Byron and others that are bound in swede. I have them wrapped where no air can get to them as I was told there was nothing that could be done to preserve them. My grandfather gave these to my grandmother, so they are a treasure to me. I enjoyed your hub. Hugs and blessings to you.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Richard... thank you for taking the time to stop and read my late night babbling. Great to hear that you have retained your old collection. Open one of those old yellowing copies and inhale the words, feeling and thoughts of the writer... those moments are priceless.

      Last night after I finished this I started digging through my collection and found "The Call of The Wild" by Jack London. A classic...

      Hugs from Canada

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      William Kovacic 4 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Rolly,

      I love books, too. At last count I have over 800. I wish I could say I've read them all, but I probably haven't even read half of them. But if I ever need them they're there for me. Hoard on, my Brother.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Carol7777... like you we are consider what the future holds. My last move I took several boxes of books to a local church and added to their library. I have been told they are being out to good use there. Today I have become a horder it seems... lol

      Hugs from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Jackie... please do a poem. We all wait to see it. Books I do believe are the windows to the world through the eyes of the writer. N matter the subject matter they open our minds to the great possibilities. A good example is The Call Of The Wild by Jack London. A place where we get to look at the world through the eyes for Buck the dog. A place where we gain a new compassion and love for nature and mans best friend.

      Hugs from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Tamara ...so true and the last time I counted I have 13 different versions of the Bible. One is a amazing, a parallel translation of 8 different versions. You are so right... His Word is the best of the collection.

      Hugs and Blessings

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Pam... thanks for sharing and yes you do have a treasure... the love they were given with at the time lives on through you... Thank you for sharing with us.

      Hugs and Blessings

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi lifegate and fellow horder... matter of fact I would say we are all horders... smiles... I worked as Managing Director of Operations at a Bible School the last few years before I retired. The library there was something to see. The smell when you walk in is something that stirs you deep in your soul to search for more.

      Blessings my Friend

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      It has been so long since i have read a book. I have a nice collection. I have all of Edgar Cayce's books. Do you read any of his writing? Hubpages takes up all my spare time, but i am not complaining. I love this community. Thank you for sharing your sleepless night..Ha.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Always... thanks for the note. I have read his work years ago. He produced some interesting material which caught my eye at the time. Some of his works have been very much right on and I should again look it over. I have nothing in my collection but I know I can find something online. Thanks for the heads up and the reminder... you have a treasure chest if you have the entire collection... shut off the computer and start reading girl...

      Hugs and Blessings

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for this hub, Rolly. Books play a meaningful role in my life, too. I love hard cover printed books, even though I buy mostly ebooks now. I have books that belonged to my parents and even a couple that belonged to my grandparents. It's a tradition in my family to always write something on the inside front cover of a book, such as the name of the owner, the place and the date, and to write a little message if we're giving a book as a gift. It's wonderful to look at the handwriting of people who have passed on, and a strange but pleasant sensation to look at the handwriting of my maternal grandmother, who I never met in real life.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Alicia ... you have a treasure in that case. Thank you for sharing with us. There is indeed something special about reading the words crafted at the hands of someone we know. I recently found several letters I dad wrote to me over the years. I just saved them and today they are a gift as I can relive what he wrote over and over again.

      Hugs from Alberta

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      Kolyn Marshall 4 years ago from Brighton, Missouri

      Rolly-

      Great hub. I too have a tendency to wake in the middle of the night and either write or read. I have amassed so many books to read that I eventually ran out of bookshelves. I have yet to make the leap to Kindle or the iPad (although that is what I use to read my hubs...ah the irony). I just love the feel of a book in my hands. To actually turn a page on the adventure.

      I guess I'm just an old softy at heart.

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      I have a small collection of books, I love to go back and read them now and then and occasionally add to it.

      Thank you for this look at your collection and life!

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Kolyn... forst and foremost welcome to the Fireside and I do hope you find friendship and some peace while you are here. The book has been around for a great while in comparison to these readers etc. I push a button to turn the page and to me there is something just wrong about all that and yet it seems to be the way to travel rather than pack the library. Trust me I have had to do that many times over the years. Your home sounds a great deal like mine... running out of shelves... That is where I have set the limits now... lol

      Rolly in Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Curiad ... I do that is the reason we keep them so we can go back again and again. Something special about holding a book in your hands and allowing the words to flow into your heart and mind.

      Your book is one that I have on my Kindle and I have gone back to it several times... you have a gift Brother... keep sharing it...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      That means a lot Rolly, thank you.

      Hugs from California.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Thanks for sharing. Loved this delightful read. I do enjoy books lots just time moves so quickly I am now more at my comp than sitting with a book in my hand. Something to consider. I have to organize my huge library. You see my dad being a famous Latvian writer and poet was always being gifted with book from other poets who wanted to know how he liked their work and so I have lots of poetry books. Problem is they're all in Latvian. Have you any idea how poetry can best be translated? Anyway hope you're having a great weekend, hugs from Riga. Sid sends a sympathetic meow to Quigley who didn't get much sleep that night. Passing this on.

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      HI Curiad... of course my friend... your work is amazing...

      Hugs back

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Gypsy and of course Sid.... smiles... thank you for reading my ramblings. Translations would be a challenge i your case as I assume you may not speak or read the language.

      Wow your father a writer like you... has there been any biographies of his work published so we can have a peek.

      Quigley is just fine... she sleeps through all of my babbling... smiles. Good luck with your library.

      Hugs from Canada

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Gypsy and Sid... Quigley passes back a kiss for you both. Thanks for stopping and sharing with us the problem you have with all those poetry books. I wish I could help... hugs.

      So now I know where you get your talent from. Good for you and I can imagine you are very proud of his accomplishments...

      Hugs from Canada

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Quigley! Isn't that name from Moby Dick?? Cool. I love old books, too. The smell is yummy! I have an old typewriter, too, that I need to get ribbon (maybe online) for so that I can play with it more. Nice hub. Enjoyed it!

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Victoria... Thanks for the comment. The name Quigley came from a crusty old gent I knew in the far north. He was a character like this Quigley is... smiles.

      Try Amazon and or eBay for a ribbon... I have seen them on both... Good luck. I have an old Underwood that I have playing with... what a hoot. We have come a long way.

      Hugs from Canada

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      you are what I call a 'wow' writer and I am so darn proud to call you a fellow Canadian too.

      Thank you for inspiring me with your words and your natural ease as a writer - you are like a role model to me - and it's always a pleasure fo visit here.

      sending you warm wishes from lake erie time ontario canada 5:16pm

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi epigramman... that is some comment and filled with encouragement and I thank you.... but may I remind you you are the man with all the accolades and a well recognized as a Canadian writer and well known in the US... congratulations to you.

      Hugs from the West

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