To Kill a Mockingbird

by Joe Plemon on November 8, 2009

Northern Mockingbird, Santa Barbara
Creative Commons License photo credit: stevevoght

Last night my wife, daughter and I attended a live presentation of “To Kill a Mockingbird”. It was done very well, bringing tears to my eyes several times. Seeing the play motivated me to dig out my copy of the book out and review my favorite passages. I still can’t believe the writing of Harper Lee…whatever good writing ought to be, hers is and more. If you are a blogger/writer, pick up a copy of “To Kill a Mockingbird” for a quick lesson in humility.

Here is a snippet, near the end of the book, as Scout walks Boo Radley back to his home after he has saved her life.

“Boo and I walked up the steps to the porch. His fingers found the front doorknob. He gently released my hand, opened the door, went inside, and shut the door behind him. I never saw him again.

Neighbors bring food with death and flowers with sickness and little things in between. Boo was our neighbor. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good-luck pennies, and our lives. But neighbors give in return. We never put back into the tree what we took out of it; we had given him nothing, and it made me sad.”

Posts I have enjoyed this week:

  • What are your thoughts about extending the $8,000 first time homebuyer’s credit?  Kevin (staff writer for Moolanomy) gives insightful reasons why it is terrible for the economy.  Would politicians really make short sighted decisions based on re-election?  Hmmm.
  • The title makes you do a double take and ask “MY million dollars?”  Jason Price gives a thought provoking post at Bible Money Matters with “How Do You Plan to Manage Your Million Dollars?”
  • Most believers understand the principle of tithing out money, but should we also tithe our time?    If you are like me, you haven’t really thought about it very much. Debt Free Adventure gives a challenging look at the issue.  A good read.
  • Do you love to travel?  How about backpack?  How about adventure?  Even if you don’t this is an eyeopener full of great tips for saving (and even making) money while you see the world.   I didn’t have a clue what a “noob” was until I read this post at Man vs Debt.
  • Life Insurance…why do young people think they shouldn’t bother?  Jeff Rose of Good Financial Cents shares some great common sense observations in this post, “Should You Buy Life Insurance at an Early Age?”
  • Jeff also had a good guest post over at Wise Bread on How To Save Money on a Backpacking Trip.  Be sure to check it out if you are planning on going into the wilderness.
  • Do you have high interest credit cards?  If so, here’s how you can save money on a balance transfer at Cash Money Life.
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