Following along with Boof’s 40 Day Challenge leading up to her 40th birthday, day 29 –
29) A favourite book with animals in
When I was young (5th grade? 6th grade?) I loved “Where the Red Fern Grows,” but I haven’t read it since then, so it’s hard to say it’s a favorite, because when I think of books with animals in it, my mind goes immediately to “Life of Pi.” I listened to that book on audio first and simply fell in love with the story. I loved the cadence of the reader, the description of the animals in the life boat, the floating island, and the horror of the story. A few years later I read the book for book club (at my insistence) and I enjoyed the story just as much and loved talking about it with everyone (although most didn’t share my love for the book).
#29 on my list of 40 things was: Go to Michael Feldman or Garrison Keillor. Michael Feldman and Garrison Keillor have weekly entertainment radio shows on public radio. I have listened to Garrison Keillor since I was introduced to the show when I was about 12 by my aunt and uncle. I don’t listen religiously, but whenever I am in the car or at home and remember, I will turn on The Prairie Home Companion,which is taped in St. Paul, MN or NYC. Michael Feldman’s show, “Whad’ya Know?” was introduced to me much later – in the late 90s – and it is less musical and more interview/comedy based with local color. It is taped in Madison, Wisconsin.
On May 31, 2007 Garrison Keillor came to a small artsy town about 20 miles from where I lived, so I got tickets and went with a bunch of friends. He recorded the show on a baseball field outside and the weather was perfect, the guests were colorful and fun, and his show was fantastic. It would be fun to see him at the Fitzgerald Theatre in St. Paul sometime and I hear he’s going to retire soon, so I’ll have to get on that.
Off to read!