Who and What is the Happy Warrior

The Happy Warrior is the title of a poem... and yes, I love this poem. I do not wish to be mischaracterized, for the most part poetry is not my bag. I am not an afficionado of literature nor am I a metro-sexual (I despise that term) but a dear friend introduced me to this masterpiece of prose several years ago... it has provided no end of inspiration. The Happy Warrior by William Wordsworth outlines the qualities of a magnificent soul. I aspire to possess even one or two characteristics that "every man in arms should wish to be."

This blog is a representation, in conversational form, of my voyage to wrap my arms around the world in which Mr. Worsdworth's warrior finds happiness.

(Standing disclaimer: Luckily tests of spelling accuracy ended in 4th grade otherwise I would still be in Elementary School. Be forewarned, spelling errors ahead. I subscribe to the wisdom of a great man who said, "I have utmost disdain for a man who can only spell a word one way." -Benjamin Franklin)

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Confessions

OK, OK, so I became tremendously busy this season and my blogging suffered -something had to give. At least I wrote our family Christmas letter and met Mrs. Wicke's deadline. So I am forced to condense what should have been a nice drawn out process to one entry. As a 12 Days of Christmas gift I am going to suggest 12 books or articles (I am under no delusions about my reading proficiency, so articles are fair game in my book)that everyone should read. Let me say at the outset that these books/articles are clearly in my interest realm and might not make everyone's favorite list (listed in no particular order below). Nevertheless, I give these to you with high recommendation (I will visit topics from each of these in future posts):

1. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
2. The Ideas that Use Us by Harry Emerson Fosdick
3. Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
4. The Good Samaritan and Eternal Life by John Welch
5. The Seduction of our Gifts by Pat Debenham
6. The Proper Role of Government by Ezra Benson
7. Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis
8. Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
9. Preventative Religion by Harry Emerson Fosdick
10. On the Shoulders of Giants by Boyd Packer
11. The Olive Press by Truman Madsen
12. If you are Young, Uncynical and Idealistic by C. Terry Warner
(sorry, can't stop at 12)
13. Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington
14. 1776 by David McCullough
15. Any Calvin and Hobbes comic book
16. The Price We Paid by Andrew Olsen
17. Abinadi: The Man and the Message by Todd Parker
18. Flint by Louis L'amour
19. Careless Society by John McKnight

So as a Christmas gift I give you the joy of reading -the ability to go anywhere and anytime, to explore the depths of human thought and to bust outloug in laugher. Happy reading and Merry Christmas!


  1. If you and Laurel have not yet read "A grief observed" by C.S. Lewis then you should. I think you would both enjoy it.

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