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Friday, June 17, 2011

lot of blog on tour

Welcome to another tour of blog-a-Licious blogs




Tour Date - 18 June
Theme - The Book That Inspires Me Most
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Books inspire, Wow! Let me think on this a bit. There is of course there is the bible, and then there are all my school texts books.  Well there are my tech manuals and a complete works of Horace. There is a book I have of tales by some brothers Grimm’s it has a tattered look it might be a book that inspires a look. Then there was this fellar by the name of René Descartes’ ah I think therefore I am inspired.  And there was one that was read to me a little engine that could.  


Inspire me?  I don’t know which one there so many. There is a book that I am inspired to write but I have not finished it yet.  There is the biography of Thomas Edison, Ben Franklin, Sir Isaac Newton, and a long list of men of science that have inspired me.  I keep going over the list and I keep coming back to the one that still inspire me today. I am sixty years younger the then I was read the story and it still inspires me. Yep the little engine that could. Here is the plot copied from wiki. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Little_Engine_That_Could


Plot
In the tale, a long train must be pulled over a high mountain. Various larger engines, treated anthropomorphically, are asked to pull the train; for various reasons they refuse. The request is sent to a small engine, who agrees to try. The engine succeeds in pulling the train over the mountain while repeating its motto: "I-think-I-can".
The story of the little engine has been told and retold many times. The underlying theme however is the same - a stranded train is unable to find an engine willing to take it on over difficult terrain to its destination. Only the little blue engine is willing to try, and while repeating the mantra "I think I can, I think I can" overcomes a seemingly impossible task.
An early version goes as follows;
A little railroad engine was employed about a station yard for such work as it was built for, pulling a few cars on and off the switches. One morning it was waiting for the next call when a long train of freight-cars asked a large engine in the roundhouse to take it over the hill "I can't; that is too much a pull for me," said the great engine built for hard work. Then the train asked another engine, and another, only to hear excuses and be refused. In desperation, the train asked the little switch engine to draw it up the grade and down on the other side. "I think I can," puffed the little locomotive, and put itself in front of the great heavy train. As it went on the little engine kept bravely puffing faster and faster, "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can."
As it neared the top of the grade, which had so discouraged the larger engines, it went more slowly. However, it still kept saying, "I--think--I--can, I--think--I--can." It reached the top by drawing on bravery and then went on down the grade, congratulating itself by saying, "I thought I could, I thought I could."

 Now then there other blogs on this tour that just might have a book that may inspire you here is the list of blogs on the tour.
I hope the little engine can inspire you to leave a comment I think you could. So thank you for your visit and comments have fun on the tour and come on back and sit a spill.
Thank you and god bless

22 comments:

Paula Renaye said...

Hello again, Roy!
I thought of that old song, "Just Walk on By" today. Wasn't that Leroy Vandyke? It was one of my dad's favorite songs along with Wolverton Mountain. Ha! Hadn't thought of those in years.

Thanks for the trip down memory lane!
Paula

Ravenmyth said...

It makes sense Roy that this would inspire you. It is a perfect metaphor for the Human Spirit...knowing that is has the ability to do anything...

As children we all rooted for that little engine...and we knew he could!

Roy Durham said...

@ Paula yes your are right that was Leroy and is one of my favorite too

sulekkha said...

Loved your little engine and all of us should think, I think I can, and life will be much happier and fulfilling. Lovely post Roy

Totsymae said...

You know what? That's a story I always enjoyed and read so many times as a kid. It's just one of those classics that sticks with you for the effort that little engine thinking it could and did. You just have to love it. I'm glad you brought this up. I need to put a copy in my studio to keep as a reminder that possibilities are limitless!

Lucylastica2 said...

Who knew Descartes was an inspiration for the little engine that culd. Lovely post :-)

shaeeza said...

What a book of true inspiration. I use it every year in my kindergarten class to teach that lesson and to throw out words like "I can't", and "I don't know how". Thanks for the reminder!

BornStoryteller said...

Great book for inspiration. It's considered just a small thing we read as kids, but it's meaning is life growing. Thanks Roy

Catherine Stine said...

Hi Roy,
Yes! I loved the Little Engine that Could. The message is such an important one: if you try and try and try, you will succeed.

Pandora Poikilos said...

It's been ages since anyone mentioned the "Little Engine That Could". Thank you Roy for that little dose of inspiration and for joining the tour.
Cheers - Dora
http://pandorapoikilos.com/

Sonia Rumzi said...

Love that book! I used to read it to my daughters all the time. The Little Engine that Could! I love your writing Roy. Thank you for this trip down memory lane when my daughters were little. :)

Anonymous said...

Just loved that little book. I read it to my children. This sure was a trip down memory lane. Really enjoyed this. Thank you

Alpana Jaiswal said...

How sweet,and a wonderful choice..Roy

Duane said...

So many books! So many flavors! Not an easy thing - to choose just one - but it's fun isn't it. Thanks for the insight

Leo Landau said...

For some reason, I had The Little Engine that Could in my mind last week. It is a good lesson to remember that success requires persistence.

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

I love this book! It's inspirational and your post reminds me of all the times I read it to my two sons when they were little. They loved it also. It's a great book to instill courage in kids to take chances. It's great to be on this book tour with you and I'm now following your site.

http://www.mariscamera.blogspot.com/

Rachel Hoyt said...

That IS such a great story. I think we all chant "I think I can" to ourselves sometimes. :)

Bhavna said...

congrats buddy for bcoming the featured blogger of GYBF....you deserve it

Kriti said...

Love the plot - sad I never read it - must find it somewhere and hope that it makes me as wise as you are. Thank you for this wonderful post : )

THE SARCASM GODDESS said...

Love The Little Engine that could! Definitely an inspirational book; a must for every bookshelf for people of all ages. Thanks for selecting this one!

EstherBelle said...

Great reminder! Thanks for stopping by and commenting the other day! Happy Father's Day!!

Keiko said...

An oldie but a goodie :) Thanks for sharing for the Blog Tour & for swinging by my blog!

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