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"Everything we read stimulates our mind to think, and what we think determines what we desire, and desires are the seedbed of our actions. Given this iron law of human nature--from reading to thinking, to desiring, to acting--we are shaping our destiny by the ideas we choose to have enter our minds through print." - Fr. John Hardon, S.J., The Catholic Lifetime Reading Plan

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Saturday, February 10, 2007

Free Literary Valentines

Keira Knightly and Matthew Macfadyen in Pride and Prejudice

Does your special someone love to read? This gift will put a little spark into your relationship on Valentine's Day, and it'll only cost you a little time and some printer paper: customized classic literature.
  1. Find a piece of romantic literature that's in the public domain using Project Gutenberg. Let's use Pride and Prejudice as our example.
  2. Download the text to your computer and prepare it for eReading using these instructions.
  3. Now for the fun part: using the Find and Replace feature of your word processor, replace the names of the romantic leads with your name the name of your beloved. In Pride and Prejudice, for instance, I would replace the name Elizabeth with the name Brenda (my wife), and replace the name Darcy with my last name.
  4. Make sure you check for nicknames as well. Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice, for example, also goes by Lizzy, so you would want to replace that name as well. Picking a familiar book will help with this.
  5. Add page numbers, change fonts, do anything else you want to do to make it look fancy and/or romantic, then print it out.
  6. You can embellish it with pictures (clip-art or personal pictures from your digital collection), you can bind it in a decorative three-ring binder, or you can just staple the pages together and give it as-is.
Here are some other books that you might consider:
Try it out!

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