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  1. Eric,

    I found your early history with the Bible fascinating. Not only is the Bible one of the most popular books of all time, the poetic quality of the St. James version is superb.
    Reading the Bible from cover to cover has probably done your English – and your thinking – some good.

    I suspect the Bible passages have worked unconsciously to give you a sense of rhythm. I won’t go so far as to say it has infused your writing with the “Holy Ghost”, but it may at least have imparted a certain reverence for the spoken word.

    My Dad was the actor of his high school class before he was sent off to the Navy to fight at the Battles of Normandy and Okinawa. And when we kids were growing up, he would sit one of us down in a darkened dining room – often when he had a glass of Seagram’s Seven in his hand – and recite great English poetry and prose.

    He never knew more than the first two lines of any passage, but I distinctly remember stuff like:

    “Water, water everywhere. . . and not a drop to drink”
    “To be or not to be, that is the question.”
    “Half a league, half a league onward…”
    “You’re a better man than I am Gunga Din.”

    And looking back, I believe it’s given me a great appreciation for the glories of the English tongue. For example, it encouraged me to memorize a few of the great Shakespeare soliloquies. And at one point, I memorized Kennedy’s Inaugural Address and remember my father having me recite it to people who visited the house.

    So these treasures of the mind seem to stay with us over the years and hopefully give a little color to a world that is often too gray.

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