I like it better as a verb, though. Getting something started, lighting a fire. Which is why it was chosen as a name for an electronic book. I have no plans to own one, preferring the old fashioned feel of paper, turning pages, using random objects for bookmarks, losing my place, misplacing the book and finding it under a chair after the Christmas tree is taken down, that sort of thing. Amazon is responsible for the Kindle, my husband tells me. He has just formatted an electronic version of my book, “For Glory”, so that it is Kindle-ready, should someone with a brandspankin new Kindle want something to put on it, possibly to read. He was also busy creating an ordinary ebook, for the equally rare person who might wish to read it in that format. Go, Rare People! I applaud you! You spark my imagination. I would have said kindle, but that would have been way too over the top, one of those things we are free to think but really shouldn’t put down on the page. Or blog. I am equally inspired by the random, rare, possibly imaginary blog reader, as well. Go, you. The one feature of the Kindle that makes me think that I’ll probably ending up using one one day is the adjustable font. You can make the print really large. Large enough that if I misplace my reading glasses, it wouldn’t cut into my reading time. The resulting page reminds me of a children’s book, the kind with 20 or 30 words per page. Which might be a problem. With the words isolated like that, I tend to get distracted from the plot and start playing with words. Which would be OK on another level because it would mean I could still think about words and not be lost in dementia. Thinking of one’s writing as kindling is kind of sad, though. Or frightening. It was the word dementia that got me here, intimations of a lost self before death. No dementia in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” did you notice that? Everyone keeps their marbles right up to the moment of peacefully closed eyes at the end. Very soothing. So, let me know if you have tried a Kindle. We’ll chat about death another time. Happy New Year.