Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is“Top Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them.”
Living Buddha, Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hanh – taught me to be spiritual in the moment, event when washing the dishes, by imagining your washing Buddha or the baby Jesus
My Life With the Saints by James Martin – inspired me to spend a year posting about my own favorite saints
The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge by Hildegarde H. Swift – walked along the Hudson to find the lighthouse in person and read the book aloud to my son and various children who gathered around
Sleep Thieves by Stanley Coren – made me realize the pernicious evil of Daylight Saving Time
Asphalt Nation by Jane Holtz Kay – made me an activist against prioritizing automobile use and car culture
Book Lust by Nancy Pearl – this book reccomends books to read and read a lot of the books reccomended
Celebrating Marriage Preparing the Wedding Liturgy by P. Covino – at our wedding, my soon-to-be wife and I greeted guests at the door to the church based on a historic tradition mentioned in this book
The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp – I learned how to soothe a baby through swaddling and bouncing. I got pretty good. Then the babies grew up.
Amusing the Million by John F. Kasson – made me want to travel in time to visit Coney Island at its historic peak and fueled an obsession with Brooklyn I had for several years in the early 1990s. Although I’ve never lived in Brooklyn, I’m the ultimate hipster, because I wanted to move to Brooklyn before it was cool.
Snowshoeing Through Sewers by Michael Aaron Rockland – one of the urban explorations in this book is walking the full-length of Broadway on Manhattan from Marble Hill to Bowling Green. I followed in Rockland’s footsteps. A few years later I created my own long urban walk on Washington Street in Boston.