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My Time Machine

Updated on September 7, 2016
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When Theresa writes non-fiction, it is always somehow related to an event or something that touched her personal life in some manner.

Is Time Travel Possible?

Time machine? Yes; you read it correctly. Time travel is possible! Why would I lie to you, my beloved readers? I'm confessing to all who read that since childhood I've been transported to other countries and time periods, and traveled to the most remote nations of the world. I can do anything, go anywhere, be anyone with my trusted time machine.

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Time fantasy CC0 Public Domain | Source

I've Lived a Thousand Lives

My time machine is my passport to experiencing new and different adventures in this life that I would have otherwise never been able to experience.

My dear Mother provided me with plenty of fuel to be able to take off on such adventures in my time machine. Yes, she knew of these same adventures in her childhood and beyond, and desired that I experience the same. You see, time travel is known to others.

What's even more fantastical than all of that, is when I return to a particular time travel adventure as an adult, it becomes an entirely different adventure and experience of understanding. How cool!

Often my intentions were to return to that fantasy place of my childhood where I met, in one instance, interesting persons of wee stature and then quite to the contrary I experienced life from the perspective of a small person in a world of people of formidable stature, which was terrifying at times. I know, I know, it sounds way out there, but I'm not making this up. I even experienced being shipwrecked on wondrous islands.

After a particular adventure through time ended, I seemed to return home with a maturity I had not known, maybe even an uncommon wisdom.

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Time, girl, vintage CC0 Public Domain | Source

Once I was captivated after meeting a gentle knight (in his own mind) and his servant. Oh, how I so enjoyed their conversations. I still identify with the knight to this day for his quest to destroy injustice. I am a bit of an idealist it seems. Although he regards himself as God's knight, he tends to follow his own will, which is true to our human condition.

What is so brilliant to understand is that this gentle knight and his servant, after all of their adventures, but not because of their adventures, know exactly who they are in this life. I learned a lot of what true friendship looks like on this time travel adventure, as well as valour and chivalry. At times, though, the cruelty they suffered, both physical and mental, was extreme and difficult to handle.

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My Insatiable Appetite for Life, Love, People and Adventure

I've been so intrigued with my time travel experiences, for so many of the interesting characters I've met I have come to regard as close, personal friends, come what may. Because of my extended time with them all during a time travel adventure, I was able to get to know them and even get inside their heads.

I've experienced life and overwhelming emotions through their heartaches, tears, despair, triumphs, rejoicing, fears, struggles and love.

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Vintage Face, Woman, Lady 1920 CC0 Public Domain | Source

The Roaring Twenties

I have always been fascinated with the time period from 1920 to 1929, referred to as "The Roaring Twenties" or even the "Jazz Age", and so I just had to time travel back to that era. In my mind I thought of Flapper girls, with their bobbed hair, shimmering clothing, listening and dancing to fabulous jazz music at glitzy parties. What fun, so I thought.

Boy, oh boy, the parties thrown in the big cities and on Long Island here in the U.S. were certainly "roaring" with all of the glitz and glamour of the day, at least for some of the young people.

Yes, there was all of that, yet, sadly, it seems those super rich who experienced such, may have been living far from the reality of the world around them in their commercialism and all of their "stuff". Those I met on my time travel journey in the 1920s seemed to be tragic souls, searching for the one love that would never be, while deceit was the norm. My mind kept contemplating how basic human morals were seemingly thrown out the window with all the philandering going on. Then there was the criminal element of bootlegging and all that it entails.

My eyes were opened to what happens when the country's wealth more than doubles and, at times, it is a bit unsettling. Much of society became affluent and with unexpected growth as a consumer society. Actually, it resembled today's times with its same struggles and consumerism.

Since my eyes have been open to the lifestyle of the super rich of the 1920s, and seeing what an artificial world they lived in with so much unhappiness despite all of their wealth, certainly makes me appreciate my rather ordinary life that much more.

Follow me up to my Time Machine

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Books can lead us to so many places! CC0 Public Domain | Source

Unlimited Adventures

I can be anyone I want, even a young patriot during the American Revolution. If I desire, I could experience crossing the Great Plains in a covered wagon as a pioneer. Even more exciting, I could (despite being a girl) experience being a ship captain, mutineer and society girl, all in one time travel adventure!

My Time Machine

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Mike Friedman's "The Carriage Driver" Takes You to Places You've Never been and Beyond!

Remain Calm

After it’s been a few days (or maybe a few hours) since I've finished one of my time travel adventures fueled by a book, I tend to feel a bit strange. I try to remain calm after the flood of endorphins are released into my brain during a time travel adventure.

Oh, no ...that strong craving is coming back fast and I must refuel to satisfy that craving for adventure!

Here I go once again, off to refuel at my favorite used bookstore.

Time to head out to my time machine filling station!

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Wild and Homeless Books | Source

You Might be a Bibliophile if ...

* You are a book lover

* You find it impossible to leave a bookstore without buying at least one book

* You have a huge collection of books

* You love nothing more than browsing in a used book shop or a library

* You have a love of books or a deep knowledge about them

* You consider a book to be your true friend

Time to Refuel

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Bookstore CC0 Public Domain | Source

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Books are True Friends

The earliest use of the word bibliophile was in 1820s France, and it came from the Greek prefix biblio, or "book," and the word philos, or "friend."

Avid readers everywhere understand perfectly the concept of a book being a true friend, for the book is always there, patiently and quietly waiting for you to pick it back up at any given time. This true friend is the wisest of teachers. I can't imagine going through this life, even for one day, without reading you, my true friend, the book!

Books are uniquely portable magic.

— Stephen King

My Children and Grandchildren Have Enjoyed Time Travel Too!

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Alice in Wonderland Book, Girl, Fantasy CC0 Public Domain | Source

A Mad Hatter's Tea Party

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Granddaughter Lily with bunny at Mad Hatter's Tea Party | Source
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Lily's Sweet Tea Cup at Mad Hatter's Tea Party
Lily's Sweet Tea Cup at Mad Hatter's Tea Party | Source


Every child should experience the fantasy world, Wonderland, where they meet new and interesting friends like no other. Those new characters and friends ...Alice, Mad Hatter, White Rabbit, Caterpillar, Jabberwock, Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts and so many more, will forever be remembered.

Although going to, and participating in, a live presentation of the Mad Hatter's Tea Party is a lot of fun, nothing ever compares to reading the book!

Well, no need for further explanation on this one.

A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.

— C.S. Lewis
My granddaughter enjoying her adventures with Kylie and Teddy and meeting all of their new friends while walking in the woods. I also enjoy these friends and taking walks in the woodlands together.
My granddaughter enjoying her adventures with Kylie and Teddy and meeting all of their new friends while walking in the woods. I also enjoy these friends and taking walks in the woodlands together. | Source

Just to name a few of my close, personal friends from long ago, Gulliver, Don and Sancho, Pippi, who reminds kids that living isn’t just school lessons and homework; Jesse and Leslie, who allowed me to enter their imaginary world, and Harriet, who may just be misunderstood in her self-centeredness.

I remember my son as a child enjoying the wondrous adventures of Huckleberry Finn, as did I. A child who starts out his or her life with Mark Twain is off to a great start!

I even have a Little Prince as a friend, who has taken me to different worlds where I learned of a wonderful secret in this life, which is very simple. "It is only with one's heart that one can see clearly. What is essential is invisible to the eye." I learned a lot about human nature on each planet.

In High School, I enjoyed rereading The Little Prince in French in my French class. I doubt I could read it in French at this time in my life, for I have not spoken French since those days, when my plans in life involved traveling the world. What am I talking about ...for I have traveled the world via my time machine!

If you have a child who wants to grow up to be a writer, then a must read is I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith. Cassandra will become your best friend and guide. She somehow gets into your own internal voice right away.

I could go on and on, but I think you understand perfectly.

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My falling apart Women's Devotional Bible. | Source

The Best Book I've ever Read

After reading God's Word, the Holy Bible, I came to know my Lord and Savior, Jesus, through a personal and intimate relationship with Him. God revealed so much of His true character to me through my NIV Women's Devotional Bible. By far, it's the best book I've ever read that changed my life forever.

Although it is now falling apart, it is still my favorite Bible, for I've made notes on certain passages, and it just feels right in my hands. It's helped me through some of the toughest times in my life, along with the most triumphant of times. I love to claim all of His promises He has bestowed upon us, which can be found right here in His Word.

Has Reading a Book Ever Changed Your Life?

If there is a particular book you've read that has had a major impact on your life, please share in the comments section below.

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      FlourishAnyway 10 months ago from USA

      I enjoy books, too! I used to much prefer non-fiction but now read a lot of fiction. The mystical way you wrote about the time machine, I can see you writing a book with that as a theme. You have such an imagination!

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      Shannon 10 months ago from Texas

      You just put the Reading Rainbow theme song in my head! I haven't thought of that show since I was a child.

      Also, you reminded me of the Bible my dad gave me for either my 11th or 12th birthday. I had all kinds of notes and highlights in it, as well as scraps of paper.containing such content. Unfortunately, it burned with all my other beloved books when the house did.

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      Frank Atanacio 10 months ago from Shelton

      You make this just come to life.. all books are time machines.. I think this was a very clever entertaining hub.. truth be told.. the best I read all year.. and notice the year is almost ending... Faith you really went above and beyond faith.. I read it early this morning again now.. with a cup of coffee.. thank you for the adventures? truths.. story--hub... loved it all :)

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      Eric Dierker 10 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      So cool. Sometimes I rub my hands together like a glutton before a meal, and pause to savor the anticipation of traveling to a place and time and space within a book. I love to morph into one of the characters or become a fly on the wall. I read the Gospel books and am right there with Jesus. I'll stop because I could go on and on and on.

      (oh and a hats off to our flash fiction or serial fiction authors here on HP - thanks for the adventures)

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      John Hansen 10 months ago from Queensland Australia

      What a fantastic hub, Faith. The concept of time travel through the reading of books is perfect, though you fooled me and I didn't know where this was going. I am certainly a bibliophile and I have more books than I will ever manage to read in my lifetime. "The Time Machine" is actually one of my favourite books. One book that has changed my life was a book of short stories/parables by Leo Tolstoy (I can't remember the name of the book unfortunately). I absolutely love the photos you included in this. I feel this is great creative writing.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 10 months ago from The Caribbean

      I just made the decision this week to start reading again, with the intensity I should. Here you come with this article enticing me to do that same thing. You're absolutely right about the creativity, insight and other lives we can gain from reading. Your article is so well put together!

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      Bill Holland 10 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I love your approach to this one, dear Faith, and it's true, isn't it? What a great escape from reality books are.....they carried me through childhood and the teen years, providing me with companionship as a shy kid...they provide me with countless hours of entertainment and peace now that I'm an adult.

      Thanks for the reminder why I write.

      hugs and blessings

      bill

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      Lori Colbo 10 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      I love the approach you used - books being time machines. Imagine a world without books. People who CV never read stifle their imagination and opportunity to learn new things. Nice hub Theresa.

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      mckbirdbks 10 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      It occurs to me that we may have sat at the same Paris café at midnight, or fought side by side on a Spanish galleon. We may have been unnamed dancers at a jitterbug dance or followed The Zak’s to a standstill. Perhaps together, we stepped through the secret passage concealed by the grandfather clock. What a beautiful time machine that allows you to view the stars of Orion. You lift the lid of a ancient treasure chest and behold the jewels left there for those curious enough.

      Thanks for featuring Kylie’s Blossoms. A treasure in its own right.

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      ocfireflies 10 months ago from North Carolina

      Dear Faith,

      Everyone should put on their seatbelts and travel along with you on this one. Beautifully done my dear friend.

      Blessings,

      Kim

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 10 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I used to be anyone I chose by reading and dreaming. It is true that a good book can take you to far away places where you would meet the most handsome Prince who would swish you away to a beautiful paradise and live happily ever after. I must admit that I did the same with movies. I was always the girl by Elvis in his dumb movies. lol. I like your clever time machine. I have Kylie's Blossoms and love it....

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      Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South

      What a surprise! This is fantastic and so out of the norm for you (I mean space travel!) Fooled me too. I just read it all with an open mouth. (Closed now, lol.)

      I am ahead on this, I have started back to reading. Still not as relaxed as it use to be but hoping by winter I can settle into some good reads while the snow falls!

      Don't know if I can ever give up the real books, just so much more comfy but I guess I can split it up a little.

      Love all your photos and of the grands especially!

      Sharing.

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      Jill Spencer 10 months ago from United States

      I am such a bibliophile that I have, at certain times in my life, used stacks of books as end tables. Thanks to eBooks, self-restraint and donations to the library, we are now down to only 7 bookcases.

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      Shyron E Shenko 10 months ago from Texas

      Yes Dear Faith a book is a "Logophile's" dream.

      Books are filled from cover to cover

      With the writer's own scheme

      Putting it out there any way they may deem

      To give understanding to midnight’s dream

      Or clear up a mystery

      When you hear someone scream

      Yes dear Faith/Theresa I love your art

      Right to the end from your very own heart.

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      Blessings and hugs

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      Glenn Stok 10 months ago from Long Island, NY

      I think it's really cool how you led up to the meaning behind your time machine analogy, Faith.

      As I was reading, I was thinking you might be referring using thought to review past events and then coming back to present conscious thought with the knowledge acquired from past events, but I was wrong.

      It took reading a few more of your stories before I realized your time machine must mean: "books." Then I got to the part where you admitted that. Yes! Of course! What else? I should have known. You got me! Books are definitely a time machine. Their contents can be so rewarding and they will never go out of style.

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      Nellieanna Hay 10 months ago from TEXAS

      Love this, love it, love it!! You made it such a delightful vicarious adventure, Theresa, in which I 'stowed away' and hitched rides! I love the subtle manner in which you made it personal with your mother leading you to get carried away in it, and especially the way you became a real character in each time you visited and then revisit those visits as they accompany you on through your journeys.

      So many books have had tremendous effects on my life, in the fictional realms, non-fiction realms, and in spiritual / 'being' essence.

      I was sneaking books under the covers in my high-sided youth bed when I was 4, with a little lantern to read them. Englemeyer's Bible-story book, Robert Louis Stevenson's "Child's Garden of Verses", the Arabian Nights, and on and on, including my children's enclyclopedia. I've always time and space-traveled with each as I embraced them.

      So partly, what's made various books major influences on my thinking and life as it unfolded was what and where I was at the time then, and what other books and exposures were influencing me and had influenced me up till then. Choosing one is really impossible, I find. My house is stuffed with bookshelves crammed with wondrous books.

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      Maria Jordan 10 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Dear Faith,

      What a treat to see this imaginative and sweet post from you.

      As usual, you have put such thought and love into your photo selections and I'm thrilled that your beautiful grands are following in your footsteps...

      Thanks for the mention of Kylie's Blossoms - you humble me.

      Beautiful and inspirational read. Love you, Maria

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      Linda Crampton 10 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a creative and very enjoyable hub, Faith! I love the illustrations as well as the writing. The pictures match the theme of your article perfectly.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 10 months ago from New Delhi, India

      What a great hub to express the deep love for books and you made it such an interesting read. I have always been fascinated by books and I still am. Yes I consider myself a Bibliophile to some extent !

      You are so right that we can visit and visualise places that we might never have the opportunity to go in reality. Books are a treasure house to understand the culture, traditions and lifestyle of people in different parts of the World. I agree with your views completely.

      You took me back in time when I wouldn't leave reading the book unless I have finished it.

      As always very well presented hub. And it is rightly said that a great reader can be a great writer!

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      Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Flourish,

      Oh, yes, books are glorious! I can't even imagine a world without books, and don't want to imagine such. I pretty much write all non-fiction for even my poetry is related to a life event or something that has touched my life personally, and books have certainly made an impact on my life. However, I do love to stretch my creative juices so-to-speak in writing fiction, like the challenges issued here on HubPages. They are so much fun.

      Hmm, now that is an idea about writing a book. I have always had such a vivid imagination since childhood it seems. I appreciate the vote of confidence in writing such a book.

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      Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Shan,

      I'm glad this brought back a memory of that childhood show, I think? I'm not sure if I've ever seen it though.

      Aw, that is so sad about the fire destroying that precious Bible, especially being your Dad had given it to you. When something such as a fire destroys things, it's the items that have special memories attached to them that are hard to lose. We know that God's Word lives in our hearts as well.

      Hugs

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      Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

      Oh, yes, indeed, Dear Frank, all books are time machines! With the millions of books out there all waiting to be read, the time travel adventures are endless ...joy, rapture! I don't know why that old commercial "Calgon take me away!" just popped into my head went I typed that last sentence there. hahaha.

      I'm thrilled you found this hub to be clever and entertaining. You flatter me so, especially about being the "best" ...I don't know about that, but my head sure is getting big LOL.

      As always, you are too good to me, but I love it and you too for always being that faithful follower who reads whatever I write and manages to always say something kind.

      Thank you for joining me with your morning coffee. I know I should have included more adventurous books as one of my time travel sharings.

      You're the best in my book (no pun intended) haha.

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      Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

      Oh, wow, Eric, your comment stated it perfectly as to how we morph into becoming a character in a book or that fly on the wall, and I love your analogy too, very clever ...you writer, you!

      Yes, our prolific creative fiction, flash fiction and poets here in HP Town, supply us with those needed time travel experiences via their writings like no other! When I am unable to read an entire book, I know I can travel across one side of HP Town to the other to get my daily fix of adventures, even with the outstanding non-fiction writers, such as yourself.

      You're such a gem. Thank you for being you!

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      Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

      Oh, I meant to add too, Eric, that I know what you're saying about being right there with Jesus, while reading the Gospels. What a blessing and a gift!

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      Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

      Thank you so much, John, for the fantastic! That means so much coming from you, one who is always writing such fantastic creative stories and poems.

      I can't believe I fooled you with this one ...and I'm glad I was able to pull it off, for initially I was thinking it may be a bit too easy and I would give away what is the time machine (the books). I tried to think of books that almost everyone may identify with, but I did not want to give away any characters' names initially. Of course, there are hundreds and hundreds of books I've read in recent years, but I wasn't sure readers would make the connection of reading and time travel.

      I, too, have always been fascinated with time travel and I love that book, "The Time Machine" too. Books transport us to other worlds (cultures and such) that we may never see in this lifetime and meet characters who become alive on the pages when the writing is excellent, for we are able to get into their psyche and feel such emotions, such life through their experiences!

      Leo Tolstoy was a brilliant writer like no other. I think I know to what writings you are referring about his childhood, "Childhood and Early Manhood" possibly, or Childhood, ...and Youth? Thank you for sharing of your favorite books here.

      I had this hub just sitting there for the longest time, and wasn't sure which way I wanted to go with it, and then I stumbled upon all of the great photos on Pixabay with the clocks in the photo, and I came up with the idea of time travel and time machine. It's almost as if these photos were written for this hub!

      This hub may morph into something else over time, for I have already been tweaking it here and there, and so many new ideas are popping into my brain that I want to include here, along the lines of sharing of the more adventurous books I've read and including them in the time travel sequence of this hub, without making it too long ...that is the dilemma.

      I just knew you are a Bibliophile!

      I've been approaching writing hubs a bit differently here of late to try to add more of a creative twist in an attempt to make them more interesting to readers.

      I am humbled by your comment that you believe this to be great creative writing ...

      Peace and Hugs

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      Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

      Oh, P.S., John, isn't that staircase/bookcase shown in that one photo the coolest ever. I would love to have that in my home!

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      Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

      Good for you, MsDora! I don't know if I will ever have enough time in this life to read all of the great books I still desire to read, but I plan on putting a good dent in them. We learn so much from reading, even fiction, where we are transported to fantastical places and such interesting people to meet and go through their various life's adventures right along with them.

      I'm glad you found this hub well put together. You are so kind.

      God bless you

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      Lori Colbo 10 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Not only are books like time machines but by reading we can be world traveli learnrders, learn about a million different things about people, places, and things. A world without reading makes for a dull, unimaginative, and limited life, at least for me it would.

      Since I've started writing fiction this past year I've written about things I want people to learn about and understand the perspective of my characters and the things going on.

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      Shannon 10 months ago from Texas

      Yes, that's a good thing. (Even though I dated myself. Hahaha). It's the way you presented the hub that made me think of it. Being able to go anywhere or see anyone. Wonderful presentation on your part. Here's the lyrics so you can see. It's. . .Well. . .obviously it was a show about reading. LOL.. I believe it was either a PBS thing or a Saturday morning thing.

      Lyrics:

      Butterfly in the sky, I can go twice as high.

      Take a look, it's in a book, a Reading Rainbow!

      I can go anywhere.

      Friends to know,

      and ways to grow.

      A Reading Rainbow!

      I can be anything.

      Take a look,

      it's in a book.

      A Reading Rainbow.

      A Reading Rainbow.

      A Reading

      And, yes, it is most definitely the sentimental things that are hardest to lose. But I still have the memories of them and that wasn't my first time losing so many sentimental treasures. I learned to treasure the memories even without the tangible items. But the books. . .So many of them, and many of them given to me by others. The bible. . .I remember telling my dad I wanted King James and it had to be that version. He questioned me to be sure because he felt it might be too difficult for me to understand. I think it's the version he had, though, so I wanted that too. LOL.

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      Dana Tate 10 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      As a proud, self-proclaim, book worm, I have always traveled the world through the reading of books. And, of course I always had my trusted, loyal imaginary friends to make my travels more pleasurable. You my dear friend, have explained so eloquently why I love to read and promote it profusely. I picked up a book one rainy day at the age of nine and couldn't put it down. I have been a time-traveler ever since.

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      Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Bill,

      I'm behind on my commenting here for I pulled my back out while unloading the dryer the other morning and have been laid up with ice on it ...then I realized I can lay here and comment via my tablet or phone LOL.

      I understand completely about being a shy child growing up and how books allowed me to escape to another world and meet new and fascinating friends.

      I'm glad you like my approach to this one, for I am attempting to not do things in the usual hum drum manner, so your comment means a lot to me.

      Yes, it is one of the best reasons in this world I can come up with to be a writer, to take people on all kinds of adventures, but really to maybe help bring certain emotions to the forefront that they may have suppressed for whatever reason, or just to make someone laugh outloud.

      Hugs and blessings always and keep on writing!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 10 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      What a lovely trip in your time-machine! Thank you for the journey - and I loved the great images, too. Completely delightful!

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      Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Lori (lambservant),

      I'm thrilled you also love the approach I used here, treating books as time machines, for they really are if you think about it! After I publish something I am constantly thinking of how I could have done something better, and here, I am thinking I should have included a time travel sequence of one of the more adventurous books I've read, but maybe I just need to leave it be.

      I can't imagine a world without books or reading! Yes, people who do not read are certainly harming themselves in more ways than one. Reading increases one's IQ and keeps our minds sharp, maybe even helping to stave off Alzheimer's disease.

      Thank you for reading and leaving great comments.

      God bless

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      Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Mike,

      Oh, my, what creative and lovely comments you've left here, you writer you! You're the best to play along, riding in my time machine (books) to endless marvelous adventures.

      Yes, that was you there at all of those wondrous places and times, as was I! Isn't it grand!

      The minute I read Eric's comment above, you and our beloved "The Carriage Driver" popped into my mind, and so I realized I must link your fabulous book which takes us to places we've never been and beyond!

      Maria's Kylie's Blossoms certainly provides sweet adventures in the woodlands with Teddy and friends for all to enjoy.

      Thank you for bringing the smiles.

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      Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

      Kim!

      What a sweet surprise visit from you. I've missed you and pray you are well.

      Thank you for taking time out to read. All we have to do is pick up a book and read, and then we are off to another world or time, meeting interesting people.

      Blessings always to you and yours, sweet friend.

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      Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

      LOL, Jackie, that is too funny about your mouth being open, but now closed! I'm glad this writing summoned up some kind of reaction out of you. haha.

      I'm delighted I fooled even you! I thought I was being too obvious, so I am happy to know I didn't give away the surprise right away. I just happened to be thinking of how books truly transport us to other times and worlds (meaning other cultures and such) ...and then the time machine idea took hold. Space travel? Hmm, oh, when I mentioned other worlds I was referring really to other cultures, which are worlds away from our world. However, reading "Le Petit Prince" or "The Little Prince" in English, he did take the reader along to other little planets with such interesting characters and all. "The Little Prince" is actually an allegory for the importance of innocence and love. As a child, of course, it is a fun journey traveling from planet to planet, but reading it as an adult, it takes on a whole different meaning, really very deep.

      Oh, your children's book, "Sassy Creek's Bunny Tales" is a fantastic children's book, but can be loved just as well by adults!

      I'm happy you've started back reading and with the upcoming winter months, is the best time to cozy up with a favorite book or a totally new read. I really prefer holding a real book in my hand, however, there are so many wonderful ones being published online now. One can run out of space real quick with all the hardbound books.

      I am delighted with all the great photos I found on Pixabay, which seemingly were meant for this particular hub. I think one day I just typed in time for some reason and I found all of these with the clock in them, and then thought about my hub that has been sitting there, so I just had to use them in this time machine hub.

      I'm so glad you enjoyed my "out of the norm" hub here. I'm trying to approach writing with a bit of a different flare these days.

      Hugs and blessings

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      Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

      Oops, Dear Ruby, sweet friend,

      I did not mean to skip over you and your lovely comment!

      Yes, that is the beauty of books for they can certainly transport us to new and exciting places or we can even morph into another person and experience just what they are experiencing.

      Oh, who did not want to be right by Elvis' side! I loved all of his movies too, along with his singing and dancing in them. Well, I love Elvis, period.

      I'm delighted you found the "Time Machine" idea to be clever in relating to the time travel as the books we read.

      Our dear Maria is such a creative one and always up to new adventures herself. She is a blessing to all her know her. Kylie's Blossoms is a treasure.

      Peace and blessings always

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      Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

      Oh, P.S., Jackie,

      Thank you for mentioning the granddaughters' photos. I just happened to remember a couple of years ago taking them to a live performance of the Mad Hatter's Tea Party her locally, and thought I'd add a few pictures of that time being I was writing about "Alice in Wonderland".

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      Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Jill,

      Yes, you are most definitely a bibliophile! Wow, that's a lot of books.

      It would be hard to get rid of some, but it becomes necessary at times. Seven bookcases makes a great library.

      Thank you for reading.

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      Jackie Lynnley 10 months ago from The Beautiful South

      I did really love your other photos, too, you really chose well!

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      Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

      Aw, Shyron,

      I love your special and poetic response here. What a great treat from you, a true logophile!

      You are a special person, sweet friend.

      Blessings

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      Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

      Wow Dear Glenn,

      You give me too much credit to even think I could come with something such as using thought from past events to present conscious thought with that knowledge! Now, that would be cool.

      I'm glad you found this to be a cool approach, using time travel via books, as the real time machine(s). I can't believe I fooled you! Haha.

      Books are wondrous gifts in this life, and I could never imagine a life without books. Thank you so much for reading. I enjoyed your interesting comments. It's a joy to know how others perceive one's writing.

      Blessings

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      Venkatachari M 10 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Wow! This is too beautiful!!! I enjoyed reading these revelations so much. I love books. But, I had no time to read them since 1985 to 2015. Now I am reading them again. As a child and a student, I read too many story books and cartoon story magazines including science fiction. My father also used to narrate me all the epics and spiritual stories. Presently I am reading Cecelia Ahern's novels and books which are wonderful.

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      Shauna L Bowling 10 months ago from Central Florida

      Faith, I must be a bibliophile because from the first sentence I knew your time travel mechanism is books. Takes one to know one, huh?

      This is wonderfully written and I love that you have links to two of our author friends' books. Nice!

      You and I have something in common. I took four years of French in high school in preparation for a career as an international stewardess. At the time, I could read and write French fluently. Sadly, my dad talked me out of becoming a stew, as he considered it to be a "glorified waitress". I guess everything happens for a reason. Years later I went to broadcasting school and became a copywriter, specializing in TV commercials. I doubt I would have ever found HubPages and met all my wonderful writer friends had I boarded that plane decades ago.

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      Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

      Dear Nellieanna,

      Oh, what a precious story you have shared here! I can just picture your sweet petite self as a young child sneaking books into bed with you, and the lantern part really added to that special image in my mind. Your parents certainly started you off right with the great works of Englemeyer's Bible-story book, Robert Louis Stevenson's "Child's Garden of Verses", the Arabian Nights, etc. I have the "Child's Garden of Verses" for my grands. It is so special.

      Yes, it is impossible to just pick one book out of the thousands over a lifetime. I just know your library is full of great books.

      Thank you for transporting us to other realms through your inspirational poetry.

      I'm thrilled too that you love this hub and enjoyed time traveling with me, when I understand you've time traveled via your wondrous books throughout your lifetime!

      Peace and blessings

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      Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Maria,

      It's always a blessing when you are able to take time out of your busy schedule to stop by to read and leave a thoughtful comment.

      I'm glad you found this post beautiful and inspirational. You certainly inspire so many via your inspirational posts too. Oh, "Kylie's Blossoms" has been a treasure to both me and my grands.

      Love you too!

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      Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Alicia,

      Thank you! I'm so glad you found this creative and enjoyable. I know, I just couldn't believe I found these particular great photos on Pixabay related to time. When I saw the 1920s related photos or images, I was trying to think how could I incorporate them into this hub, and then, of course, I remembered I read "The Great Gatsby" which is perfect!

      You certainly take us to parts unknown with your most interesting hubs and I do so enjoy non-fiction and making new discoveries right here on this planet.

      I hope you enjoy a peaceful weekend ahead.

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      Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

      Hi ChitrangadaSharan,

      I appreciate your great comments which add much to the topic of this hub.

      You have shared wonderful insight into just how valuable books and reading are to our lives. I'm pleased you found this to be a great post expressing my deep love of books as well as finding it interesting.

      Yes, that is a great truth ...a great writer has to have a great love for reading! I don't think it's possible to be a great writer without having read books. Thank you for bringing up that valuable and true point.

      I was thrilled to find these images/photos on Pixabay which do seem to be made for this particular hub, and so I'm thrilled you thought this to be well-presented.

      I appreciate you taking time out to read and leave such insightful comments.

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      Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

      Hello again, Lori (lambservant),

      Thank you so much for returning and adding more great insight into why reading books is so valuable in this life!

      There is no truer statement than what you've shared, "A world without reading makes for a dull, unimaginative, and limited life." I feel the same! I cannot even imagine a world without books, and don't want to do so ...

      Thank you for sharing why you have started writing fiction this past year, and that truly is the best reason, as you have stated, "I've written about things I want people to learn about and understand the perspective of my characters and the things going on."

      God bless you and keep you

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      Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

      Ah, yes, Shan,

      I believe I do vaguely remember that show, possibly because my daughter, who may be about your age, watched it. Well, if your comment "dated" you, it only dated you to being a very young woman!

      I'm sorry you experienced such loss more than once, sweetie. However, I do love your outlook as you have stated so wisely here, "I learned to treasure the memories even without the tangible items." That is the healthiest approach.

      I think the most valuable items I have in my home beside books, are family photos, so I would be sure to try to grab those albums up if there was time. Everything else can be replaced.

      Hugs

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      Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

      Hello there, fellow bookworm and time traveler, Dana,

      Isn't it wonderful beyond words when we discover reading as a young child and, of course, the joy of reading never leaves us!

      Thank you for time traveling here with me and sharing your lovely insight.

      I hope you are on a fantastic journey as this very moment!

      Blessings

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      Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

      Hello Blossom,

      So lovely of you to join us here in our journey traveling through time via our time machine ...book(s)! It is always so nice when you are able to stop by to read.

      I'm pleased you found this to be a delightful post.

      God bless you and yours

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      Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

      Thanks, Jackie,

      I know, I was thrilled to find those particular images/photos on Pixabay which seem to be made for this specific hub! I hadn't included the writing about the 1920s until after I found these images, and then I remembered I read "The Great Gatsby" and so, there you go, perfect match to include.

      My back went out earlier this week when I was unloading the dryer, and so I have been laid up all week, and can't even sit up, so I am just commenting from my tablet from bed! I went to the chiropractor who did a good adjustment, and he said I was so bad out of alignment that it will take about three more adjustments.

      I hope you have a peaceful weekend ahead with a wonderful book to read.

      Love you

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      Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

      Aw, Ven,

      I appreciate the enthusiastic comments here and thrilled you found this post beautiful! You're the best.

      Thank you for sharing about your childhood love of books, and I'm so happy you are able to have time to read more these day, which is so important. The novels and books you are reading now do sound so wonderful.

      Happy reading, dear heart

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      Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

      Hello there, fellow bibliophile, Sha!

      Haha, yes, I couldn't pull one over on you. You are one sharp lover of books.

      Thank you for the great comments and I'm pleased you found this wonderfully written, which means the world to me. Oh, yes, Mike and Maria are such gifted writers and beautiful friends, like so many others here in HP Town, yourself included!

      Wow, that is so cool that we both studied French and had other worldly adventures in mind in our youth. I wanted to be an exchange student in Paris, but alas, God had different plans for me. I still have a great desire to travel the world, but with the state of the world now, I would have to be careful in my choices of where to travel. Maybe in a few more years after I retire from my day job.

      I appreciate you sharing here and leaving interesting comments, dear one.

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      Dianna Mendez 10 months ago

      You ignited my spirit of adventure with our writing. I love to read (don't have a lot of time right now) and a good book is the next best thing to a real life adventure. I loved the photos posted with this article, they made it even more "real". Blessings.

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      mckbirdbks 10 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Theresa – Your article is like a French Café off the main street. It invites all the creative writers on HP to stop by and mingle, drink their coffee and make notes regarding their next creation. Do you hear the laughter and sense the esprit de corps?

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      Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

      Hi teaches,

      So happy to see you popping in here to read and join in on the adventures and joy of reading ...uh, I mean time travel via my time machine! I do hope to have more real life adventures to write about but until then I can count on books to take me away.

      I just love the images I found on Pixabay to go perfectly with this hub. So glad you love them too.

      Blessings

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      Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

      Oui, c'est vrai, mon ami, Mike. Hahaha, my tablet keeps changing my French to strange English.

      Oui, oui, the esprit de corps ...so beautiful. I love the laughter and joy of our writing community!

      I'm so happy you are a part of it!

      Bonsoir

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      Nithya Venkat 10 months ago from Dubai

      I enjoyed the trip on your time machine. Books are portals to a whole new world, and I enjoy reading books and traveling to wherever they take me. Great pics to match your wonderfully creative write.

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      Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Vellur,

      Thank you for time traveling with me. Isn't it such great fun! What's even more fantastic is there are millions upon millions of books to choose from and if our eyes ever give out, then there is always audio books ...

      I'm pleased you found this to be a wonderfully creative write. Yes, I was so pleased to find these great pics on Pixabay which are perfect.

      I appreciate you reading and leaving lovely comments, Vellur.

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      Shannon 10 months ago from Texas

      LOL. I suppose I may be around your daughter's age. I don't know how old she is, but I'm 34 if you wondered.

      I lost a lot of books, too. I tend to hang onto those books given to me by others, especially. And then add to them if they are part of a series or by a favorite author. I still do that!

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      Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

      Hi young girl, Shan,

      She is a couple years younger.

      Yes, I do the same. I treasure those given to me too. We can pick them up and feel apart of them.

      I hope you can do some time traveling this weekend!

      Peace and Blessings Always

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      Live To Write 10 months ago from Phoenix, Az.

      What an absolutely amazing read... and yes I answered the poll I am such a avid lover of books... it borders on obsession

      I love this Piece of writing !!!!

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      Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Laurinzo,

      Thank you for reading and leaving such an enthusiastic comment! Yes, it can be an obsession of sorts.

      I do love books. ...I mean, my time machines. I see you've just published a hub on cyber love, so I will make my way over to your side of HP Town.

      Blessings

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      William Kovacic 10 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      What a fun read, Faith! I enjoyed it so much, I'm trying to think what to read next. Love your time-travel analogy.

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      Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear Bill (lifegate),

      What a nice visit from you! Thank you for reading of my time machine (books) hahaha ...I'm sure you have a great library full of great reads, and especially the best book ever of all time!

      I need to travel over to your side of HP Town to see what you've been up to too.

      God bless

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      Martie Coetser 10 months ago from South Africa

      People who don't read miss so much, not knowing what went on in this world before they came into it, or what is going on elsewhere in the lives of others. How swallow must they be, living only in their own small bubble, knowing only their own experience, forming perspectives and perceptions while being blind and deaf for any other reality?

      Excellent hub and creative comparing of reading to using a time machine!

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      Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

      Dear Martie,

      Thank you for joining me here in my time travels via books.

      I can't imagine going through this life without reading. I love to read non-fiction and growing up our mother made sure to provide us with both non-fiction and fiction to read. I remember we also had a lot of magazines like Time and National Geographic where I learned of so many fascinating cultures and regions of the world.

      I appreciate your insightful comments which add much to the topic of this hub.

      I'm glad you found this to be a creative endeavor on my part.

      Peace always

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      Joanna Chandler 10 months ago from On planet Earth

      Hello Faith, nice read ;) i hope all is well with you by God's grace...

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      Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Jo,

      Thank you. Yes, all is well. God is good! I pray you are well too.

      Blessings

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      North Wind 10 months ago from The World (for now)

      Reading does take you to different places and different times. You can meet all types from all places. You can be so close to danger you can smell it but yet it will not touch you and you can feel the sweet happiness of characters you grow to love as though they were real people (when reading fiction). You can feel everything they feel - fear, joy, sorrow, embarrassment, and truly understand a character better than you would someone next to you. You can get to know the people who lived in the past and imagine what they would say about your present situation. You can visit all of these people, friends and foes, any time simply by opening the book again. Books can take you anywhere once you have an imagination. They are truly wonderful.

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      Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

      Exactly, North Wind, you have stated the beauty of reading books so well.

      So lovely to see you blowing in here to read and leave an insight comment.

      Blessings

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      Audrey Howitt 10 months ago from California

      I love to read! I was captured by the title --this bit of creative writing is spot on for me! Write more---loved it!

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      Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Audrey,

      I'm glad the title captured you and pulled you in to read. Yes, I was attempting to add a bit more creativity here in describing my love of reading ...um, my time machine(s) ...books.

      I do need to write more, I know, and I appreciate the encouragement here and that you loved this one.

      Blessings

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      RTalloni 10 months ago from the short journey

      Thanks for a fun read this morning! :) Learning to read was a difficult process for me, though I do not know why, but once I put it all together reading became a major part of my life. Then I had the privilege of teaching my children to read at young ages. It was pure joy to see understanding dawn in their eyes and then watch them enjoy reading as they grew up. So appreciate your closing because too many people think they can have a relationship with God based on what they think He is, what they think He wants, what they think He is doing. Sadly, they want to separate His Word from their idea of a relationship with Him. Though early on I used the KJV, I then enjoyed the NASB, and now include the ESV in my reading. The Bible is truly the Living Word and Jesus is the Word made in flesh, now seated at the right hand of God. After I read my online ESV Daily Light today I found your post. Yes, this book, the Word of God, is the single most important book in my life.

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      Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

      Hi RTalloni,

      Thank you so much for traveling with me on my time machine(s) ...books! I'm so glad this read was fun for you. I appreciate you sharing of your reading experiences. Reading is even more joyful when we read along with children or read to them or listen to them reading ... It's all great fun. I love watching their faces as they read.

      Oh, I do so love you sharing of the most important book in your life! What a great comment from you, which adds much to the topic of this hub. Beautifully stated, and I agree 100%.

      God bless you

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      Deb Hirt 10 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Books bring a richness to reality, like nothing else. This is a great reminder.

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      Faith Reaper 10 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Deb,

      Yes, books certainly do just that indeed! I can't imagine a life without books.

      Thank you for reading.

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      Edwin B Lowry 9 months ago from PA

      Very nice hub! I need to go read more books now :)

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      Faith Reaper 9 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Cap,

      Thank you for reading. Haha, yes, you're missing out on a lot of time travel adventures! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

      I'm sorry I missed your comment from four days ago.

      Blessings

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      Word 9 months ago from Chicago

      Hi Faith, This was a very adventurous read, very creative and moving, very clever and touching. The pictures were very nostalgic. You knew how to touch others very well with your time machine... :-)

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      Faith Reaper 9 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Al,

      Thank you so much four the most generous comments. You are so kind. I appreciate you traveling through time with me : )

      Blessings

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      Lawrence Hebb 9 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Faith

      I still have the first book I ever remember reading. The Story of David Livingstone!

      The book that's had the biggest impact on me is also the Bible, I read part of it every day.

      As a kid, the first fiction book to 'fire my imagination' was IVANHOE a story I still love. I even recently got a history book about the life of Richard the Lionheart and King John, reading that you realize 'truth is stranger than fiction'

      Great hub

      Lawrence

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      Faith Reaper 9 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Lawrence,

      Thank you for reading and sharing of your favorite books here. You have amazing taste in books! Yes, I read a lot of nonfiction too, and you're right, "truth" is stranger than fiction.

      I appreciate you traveling through time with me here.

      Blessings

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      Lawrence Hebb 9 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Faith

      One book I didn't mention but am reading at the moment is 'Shantaram' which transports me to the slums and underworld of Bombay in the 1980s. A superb book that's also an amazing true story!

      Lawrence

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      Faith Reaper 9 months ago from southern USA

      Oh, really, Lawrence, wow, that sounds fascinating! I may check that one out. Thank you, again, for letting me know of this book.

      Blessings

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      stella vadakin 9 months ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      Great Hub, and so imaginative, the way you have described your places and characters. I love to read the books I am interested in especially the war years. Thanks and Blessings.

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      Faith Reaper 9 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Stella,

      Thank you for reading and for your most generous comments. Yes, book's are wonderful! I couldn't imagine a world without them.

      Peace and blessings always

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      Marlene Bertrand 9 months ago from Northern California, USA

      Well, I am definitely a Bibliophile. I absolutely enjoy reading books and having them all around me. My neighbors know of my love for books and on many occasions, I have arrived home to see loads of books lining my porch stairs because they have left books that they have read on the stairs for my enjoyment. I love it!

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      Faith Reaper 9 months ago from southern USA

      Hello again, Marlene,

      Yes, without a doubt you are a bibliophile! That is so sweet of your neighbors to leave you books galore on your porch to enjoy. Sounds like you have a neighborhood of bibliophiles!

      Thank you for sharing of your love of reading books!

      Blessings

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      mckbirdbks 7 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Merry Christmas Theresa. Just ran across a comment of yours on an older hub, and thought I'd stop by to wish you the joy of the season.

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      Faith Reaper 7 months ago from southern USA

      Hi there sweet man, Mike!

      So happy when you just pop over for a visit. I've been missing in action here on HubPages being my hubby had knee surgery. He is recovering well, and so I should be able to get back at it after the New Year. I see you've been writing up a storm in my absence! I know I will enjoy getting caught up reading all of your wonderful stories.

      I received your lovely Christmas card. You are so thoughtful.

      Peace and blessings to you and yours always.

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      mckbirdbks 7 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hi Theresa, good to know your husbands knee surgery is coming along. That's great. It will also be great to have you back in the literary circle formed here at HP.

      Merry Christmas.

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      Faith Reaper 7 months ago from southern USA

      Thank you, Dear Mike,

      You are always so kind. Yes, I'm looking forward to starting fresh in the New Year and getting caught up on all the wonderful writing I have missed.

      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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      rdsparrowriter 5 months ago

      Great way to time travel :) Endless ways to be some body else in a different era. I enjoy reading books and imagine a world full of possibilities :) interesting article :) thumbs up!

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      Faith Reaper 5 months ago from southern USA

      Yes, I agree, rdsparrowriter! I'm happy you found this to be interesting. Thank you for reading.

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      Nell Rose 5 months ago from England

      Hi Faith, I love this! not only do I love time travel stories and books I also get you when you say each book is a sort of time travel book because it transports you to any time and place, fantastic!

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      Joseph De Cross 5 months ago

      A great hub regarding time traveling! Enjoyed thoroughly! Lovely grand daughters!

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      Faith Reaper 5 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Joseph, it's so nice to have you popping in here to read! I'm glad you enjoyed my time traveling via reading books.

      Thank you about my granddaughters. They are growing up so fast. One is about to be nine and the other seven. I have two precious grandsons now two.

      I hope you are well and happy in this life.God bless you

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      Faith Reaper 5 months ago from southern USA

      Oh, you're my 100th commenter on this hub! Well, if you count my comments back to everyone.

      In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Faith Reaper 5 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Joseph, it's so nice to have you popping in here to read! I'm glad you enjoyed my time traveling via reading books.

      Thank you about my granddaughters. They are growing up so fast. One is about to be nine and the other seven. I have two precious grandsons now too.

      I hope you are well and happy in this life. God bless you

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      mckbirdbks 5 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hi Theresa - Set off the fireworks. I am the 103 person to comment. Woow - 103. Hope all is well.

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      Faith Reaper 5 months ago from southern USA

      I just deleted my own comment!

      Hi Mike ...Hahaha 103 is awesome too! You would have been number 102 if I hadn't done a P.S. to Joseph.

      Been sick this weekend but hopefully on the mend.

      I know I'm way behind on reading your interesting hubs.

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      Ann Carr 5 months ago from SW England

      I love this journey through life and time you've presented, Theresa! It's certainly true that we travel through books. I love to lose myself in them. There are two books that made an impression on me when I was a child; one was C S Lewis' 'The Magician's Nephew', the first of the Narnia books, the second was 'The Weirdstone of Brisingamen' by Alan Garner who lived in Cheshire and based his stories around the mythical area of Alderley Edge. Brilliant stories.

      More lately, I've enjoyed 'The Book Thief' (Marcus Zusak) and 'The Crow Road' (Iain Banks). My all-time favourite, though, has to be 'Pride & Prejudice' (Jane Austen).

      I've instilled a love for reading into one of my daughters and my grandchildren all seem to love it. The funniest reaction of my daughter to a character in 'Alice in Wonderland' was when I read, 'we called him Tortoise because he taught us'. She laughed for ages!

      This is so well written and you've given us a great romp through the literary world, Theresa. Thanks for a great read, taking us through your own time!

      Hugs to you,

      Ann

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      Faith Reaper 5 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Ann, it's always so lovely when you are able to stop by to read! Here I wanted to include books I thought most everyone may recognize in hints of my true time machine being the reading of books hahaha ...

      Oh, yes, you've read some fabulous books indeed and thank you for sharing here! I'm thrilled you found this to be well written. You are so kind.

      Hugs back to you too, lovely lady

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