Once Upon a Line Podcast

Now for something unrelated to running. I recently had the opportunity to talk about one of my favourite lines in a book with the Once Upon a Line podcast. I love to read and am a heavy library user, though mostly because I have poor hold management skills. My mom is a retired librarian, so basically the answer to everything (for me anyway) is to see if the library has it or check with the library.

My friend is the producer of the Once Upon a Line podcast so when she told me the idea I was immediately intrigued. For the podcast, they ask readers to share one of their favourite lines and then talk about why it’s one of their favourites and what it means to them. When I was asked to share a line, it actually took me a long time to decide which one. There are several that I love and that I’ve carried with me throughout my life, including:

“You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

“All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost.”

J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

“Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents!”

Louisa May Alcott, Little Women

“He took a duck to the face at 250 knots.”

William Gibson, Pattern Recognition

You get the idea. After some thought, I realized that my favourite line had to come from the book that I’ve carried around with me for the last 20 years. It’s travelled with me to university, to Australia, to Sault Ste. Marie and back to Toronto. The line in it struck me as even more meaningful now during the pandemic. The line is from The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince) by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. You can check out my podcast episode here and find out which line I chose.

At the end of the episode we also discussed our love of libraries. Here’s a picture of me at the New York Public Library. If you like to read, you should definitely check out the Once Upon a Line podcast.


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