When I consider all that is available to me through the pages of a book I am astonished . . . amazed, even, . . . but mostly thrilled!
I can travel to any place in the world, learn any skill or concept communicated through print, and experience the emotions and opinions of others, even long after they have perhaps, faded away.
For me, a penchant for the classics of Austen and the Brontës has developed into exploring Elizabeth Gaskell. I have been able to connect with the handworkers of the past, not only through the skills we share, but also through the pattern books available to them at the time.
Having a flock of little ones needing bedtime stories has brought us to Arthur Scott Bailey; and quiet time has seen us exploring Norway in the late 1800's, Belgium during WWI, and the American South, (post Civil War), all from the eyes of a child.
Ah, Yes! Walt Disney stated it well when he said . . .
than in all the loot on Treasure Island.