What I learned from “The Metamorphosis” by Kafka: I’m not as smart as I thought. I don’t get it. Or if I sort of get it, I don’t believe that view of a universe with no meaning.
What I learned from Nora Roberts: Some people are just smarter and more talented (and harder working) than I am.
What I learned from Shakespeare: Even Shakespeare had off days.
What I learned from “Lake Isle of Innisfree” by Yeats: Yearning for peace and simplicity is timeless and universal.
What I learned from Shel Silverstein: Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout would not take the garbage out.
What I learned from Lord of the Flies: My God! What evil lurks in the heart of men!
What I learned from The Road by Cormac McCarthy: Yeah, there’s the Lord of the Flies side of humanity, but there is also love and hope and perseverance and faith in goodness, too.
What I learned from Jane Eyre: Integrity counts. Looks not so much. Passion counts, but does not trump integrity. Self-respect trumps all.
What I learned from The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz: We can indeed take control of our own thought processes. Who knew?
What I learned from André Cailloux, free black soldier of the Union Army: There are true heroes in the world.