I have long been a D. E. Stevenson (Dorothy Emily Stevenson) book fan. I read and reread them - - - when I can FIND them.
In fact, I would OWN every single one of them so I could read and reread them over and over - - - if I could just FIND them.
Never heard of Dorothy Emily??? Well, that MAY have something to do with the fact that she died in 1973 and her books are rather hard to come by now what with modern libraries culling them from their shelves and what not.
But I'm telling you - - - they are wonderful stories. I find them by doing inter library searches. If you want to try one, I'd start with "The Young Savages" or "Kathryn Wentworth."
Or Miss Buncle. Or Mrs. Tim.
Kathryn was my first D. E. Stevenson book, but the Mrs. Tim books have become my long lasting favorites.
Currently I'm reading "Winter and Rough Weather" which is set in the Scottish Highlands. Quite a few D. E. Stevenson books "live" in the Scottish Highlands.
Yesterday I came across this passage, such good advice for us all - - - even in 2011 soon to be 12.
"Now listen," said Daniel gravely. "Just you listen to me and I'll tell you something worth remembering. When we're young we make our beds and when we're older we have to lie on them. I'd make myself a comfortable bed if I were you -- straight and tidy with the blankets well tucked in at the foot -- then it'll not come adrift when you lie in it. If a bed's not properly made at the start the blankets'll maybe fall off in the night and you'll wake up shivering."
I surely don't want to wake up shivering - - - I think I'll keep making a nice tightly tucked in bed for my life, how about you?