Thank you, readers, for all of your book suggestions! Once life calms back down, I will find them and read them. I'm moving again this weekend, in search of greener pastures (lower rent). And, since I'm already making excuses, I might as well say that I know that the depth of my recent posts hasn't been what it was, and I doubt that there will be much of substance and real pith until after Christmas.
One good quotation to help beautify your day: "What he loved in horses was what he loved in men, the blood and the heat of the blood that ran them. All his reverence and all his fondness and all the leanings of his life were for the ardenthearted and they would always be so and never be otherwise." (Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses, 6)
That's a line you have to read out loud, and pulse every time you hit an "and."