February 22, 2012

Lent. And, A Blogging Break.


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Every year, I ponder seriously what I will give up for Lent. One year it was any kind of shopping, other than food for the table and gas for my car. Last year it was reading any book other than the Bible. This year, I'm going to give up blogging.

Lent lasts from Ash Wednesday, which is February 23, until Easter Sunday, which is April 8. 46 days. That doesn't seem like too long, I hope. Yet if it isn't hard to do, why sacrifice it?

I have a few commitments which I shall not break. I promised to review Daughters by Elizabeth Buchan in early March, Enchantments by Kathryn Harrison on March 8, and Butterfly's Child by Angela Davis-Gardner on April 4, so I will put up those two reviews. I also promised to read Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie with Arti and Mrs. B., so I will put up my post for Book One on March 31 as we'd planned.

Other than that? I'll see you when I'm officially back, right around Easter Sunday. Until then, God be with you.

34 comments:

  1. See you after Easter:) And you've just reminded me that I've got Midnight's Children on my shelf...

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  2. Have a truly blessed season. I'll look forward to hearing about what your eyes turn toward in lieu of the screen.

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  3. You are always an inspiration and I consider a lot of things each year you decide what you will do for Lent. Best to you and see you after Easter!

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  4. Wishing you a Lenten season full of warmth and wonder, my friend. See you at Easter!

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  5. I like the idea of Lent being a quiet, thoughtful time and I think this is the perfect way to observe it. What I hope for my Lent this year is to call people that I haven't been in touch with in too long; cousins, aunts, friends. I actually began last week.

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  6. I think a lot of people (me included!) could benefit from a similar thing. Enjoy your break!

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  7. Wonderful choice, Bellezza, even if I will (selfishly) miss you. :)

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  8. I really enjoyed your posts last Lent with your Bible reading. Lenten greetings to you.

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  9. Good for you ,all the best stu

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  10. Bellezza, I'm going to miss you! Of course, I totally understand - so, I guess I'll be seeing you after Easter ;) By the by, I'm cutting back on the amount of television I watch and how often I visit FB - I feel like I'm not reading as much or communicating (in person) as much because of these things. They are bad habits which I need to work on, so I'll be doing so during lent. Wish me luck and good luck to you :)

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  11. Wow, very thoughtful -- I hope the time is meditative and peaceful!

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  12. We will miss you, but we'll try not to be too selfish! Enjoy time away from the blog :)

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  13. Enjoy your time away, we will of course miss you. Hope the time is productive for you.

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  14. Enjoy your meditative time. I'm impressed with your decisions each year for Lent.

    Before you head off, I want to thank you for hosting the Venice in February - I will have read 6 books by the end, plus maybe the duMurier short story. I did awesome!

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  15. I just about cried. I understand your desire, but I'm selfishly wishing you had chosen something else. I'm going to miss you terribly! Can we still write via email? I have a package that's going in the mail in a day or two.

    Sigh.

    46 days? That's a month and a half.

    :(

    OK. I'll be mature about this. Honestly, I'm not trying to make you feel bad about your choice. I'm just missing you already.

    xoxoxo

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  16. But I'm not missing the word verification!!!!!! I am not a robot!!!

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  17. Wow...I will miss you!!!

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  18. Bellezza,

    This is an admirable resolve, I respect you for doing this. I know how hard it must be to give up blogging. I thank you also for upholding your commitment. But allow me to say, if at any time you feel Midnight's Children is impeding you from focusing on Lent and related meditations, pls. feel free to drop it, for I can understand how far the subject matter embedded in that book is from Easter meditations. Thank you for your exemplary action. ;)

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  19. I will be with you in spirit.

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  20. You will be missed. Enjoy your break!

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  21. Blessings on your journey...

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  22. This is a wonderful sacrifice and so inspirational. Enjoy your break and see you at Easter. :)

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  23. You know, I had to come over here because I enjoy reading your Lent posts. When I think of Lent, I think of sacrifice but I also think of you. :-) I am going to miss you so much. Maybe we can write each other? I'll see you in 46 days. Take care of yourself.

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  24. God be with you too, Bellezza. May this be a peaceful break. It's certainly inspirational to read about your plans.

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  25. You always make very difficult choices for Lent and I can't help but admire them. I will miss your posts! Blessings to you during your Lenten break. :)

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  26. Striking photo!

    Enjoy your Lenten break. I hope it's a time of reflection and rejuvenation.

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  27. It's inspirational to read your plans. I don't think I could do it, but I hope it will be fruitful for you.

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  28. May This be a time of small pleasantries & great wonder.

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  29. I will miss your posts, but I admire your decision. May you have a blessed Lenten season.

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  30. Enjoy your time of reflection

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  31. Have a blessed Lenten season <3

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  32. God be with you! I hope you will emerge from this season feeling refreshed.

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  33. What an inspiration you are. Wishing you a meaningful and blessed season. See you in April 0:)

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  34. I am remiss in my blog catching up. Have my Venice book in hand, but now it March 1 just a couple hours ago. Still plan to read it.

    Enjoy your break. Hope you also get to read some books of choice.

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