Saturday, October 27, 2007

The Choice: Books or a Life Raft

Tori Murden McClure, vice president of Spalding University, was the first woman to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean. In today's Louisville Courier-Journal, McClure makes an interesting statement as the lead to her editorial piece in favor of having voters approve a new library district there. It's so unusual that I want to share it here:
I can live without people, but I cannot live without books. As I was leaving to row across the Atlantic, I had to choose: I could pack a 40-pound life raft, or I could take along a modest library. I took the books and sent the life raft home. The books were more important to my well being, my survival, than a rubber raft.
Now that's what I call a book lover.

6 comments:

  1. Not that I'd ever attempt to row across the Atlantic, but I'd opt for TWO rubber life boats if I did. :-)

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  2. Okay, if she is rowing, who is holding the book and turning the pages?!? Shirley, she is talking about a night-lite and full body life-suit.

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  3. Comments to the article in her hometown newspaper ripped her pretty good...they weren't buying it either.

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  4. Tori Murden McClure rocks, her memoirs are next on my list of "must reads"

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  5. Let me know what you think of the memoirs, Nomad...curious.

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