Book Musings: Colors of the Wind

Colors of the Wind – The Story of Blind Artist and Champion Runner George Mendoza

George Mendoza has been legally blind since the age of 15 and he paints what he sees. He has a very rare form of blindness, called fundus flavimaculatus, which destroyed his central vision but left him with limited peripheral vision.

He refers to it as “kaleidoscope eyes” because of the way objects are reflected back and multiplied in his vision. Such an amazing and wonderful story! We really enjoyed learning about George Mendoza!

Colors of the Wind Book 2017

Book Musings: Polishing the Mirror

Polishing the MIrror Book 2017

Polishing the Mirror – How to Love from Your Spiritual Heart

“The minute I heard my first love story
I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was.

Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere.
They are in each other all along.” – Rumi

Another great book by Ram Dass. I greatly enjoy his perspective. From being here now to aging and changing, from suffering to grace, to content to just be. This book is deeply meaningful for me.

Book Musings: Balloons Over Broadway

September 9 2017:

Balloons Over Broadway – The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade

“Every little movement has a meaning of its own.” ~Tony Sarg
“I have never done a stroke of work in my life.” ~Tony Sarg

Wonderful story of how the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade came to be. As a young boy, Tony Sarg loved to figure out how to make things move. He once said he became a marionette man when he was only six years old.

Tony Sarg taught himself how to carve wood, build sets, sew costumes, engineer electronics, and write plays … and had no formal art lessons. He became one of the busiest artists of his day.

Such an inspiring story and book with great illustrations! We loved it!

Balloons Over Broadway Book 2017

Book Musings: Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale Book 2017

Florence Nightingale

Another wonderfully illustrated and written book by DEMI. We learned about how Florence Nightingale revolutionized the world of medicine by emphasizing cleanliness, food that was hot and nutritious, and organization in hospitals.

Books by DEMI are among are favorites!

Book Musings: Real Love in Parenting

August 26 2017:

So much recommend this book! He also has written “Real Love” (which is a great one too) and a novel titled, “Under the Bridge”. Thomas absolutely loved Under the Bridge. It spoke to him deeply!

I also just recently wrote a blog post titled, “The One Thing We Should Be Teaching” … Excerpt ” …. Over the past several months I’ve had a couple of friends ask how homeschooling is going. Without any thought, I answered through my heart with this, “We are learning how to be …. ” 

The One Thing We Should Be Teaching

Excerpt from “Real Love in Parenting” by Greg Baer, M.D. …

“It’s strange, don’t you think, that we go to such great lengths to instruct our children in subjects that most of them will never use ….. and yet we teach them nothing about the one subject – relationships – they will use every day?

Our children are not taught what human beings need most. They don’t understand how relationships work, and then we wonder why they become frustrated and angry. We wonder why they join gangs, why they can’t keep a job, why the jails are full, why more than half of all marriages fail, why people shake their fists at one another on the road, why children are abused and neglected, why relationships seem to come and go like falling leaves, why newspapers are filled with accounts of violence and war, and so on. There’s no mystery in any of this. All these things are guaranteed to happen when we don’t teach our children the basic principles of love and relationships.”

Real Love in Parenting Book 2017

Book Review: Sebastian – A Book About Bach

August 19 2017:

Sebastian – A Book About Bach

from the front flap: “He heard one melody for the violin, one for the trumpet, one for the flute, and one for the oboe. Each instrument has its own voice. And when all the voices sounded at the same time, it was like good friends talking together.”

We really enjoyed reading about Bach’s early life and his family life. It was so interesting to learn that he and his wife had 20 children. And that he lived and worked in Germany all his life, never traveling more than 200 miles from his home.

We enjoyed this one!

Sebastian - A Book About Bach 2017

Book Review: Far Beyond the Garden Gate

August 12 2017:

Far Beyond the Garden Gate

Story of Alexandra David-Neel, who was the most famous woman in France in the 1920’s. She was the first Western woman to enter the forbidden capital of Tibet, Lhasa.

She was a self-taught Buddhist scholar and spoke Tibetan flawlessly. Born outside Paris in 1868, she had an irresistible wanderlust and was fascinated by railway lines.

Loved learning about Alexandra David-Neel!

Far Beyond the Garden Gate Book 2017

Book Review: The Untethered Soul

August 5 2017:

the untethered soul – the journey beyond yourself

Removing inner thorns and freedom, freedom, freedom ..

I read this book for the first time in March of this year. I’m now on about my 4th reading of it. 

What I found interesting is that the first time I read it, I took in a few great techniques and ideas and I thought that was it. Yet, I read MIchael Singer’s second book, The Surrender Experiment, next. That book blew me away. Incredibly powerful.

Then I came back and read this one again. Unbelievable! It was like I had never read it. The words and thoughts in it were much more powerful this second time around.

This is the perfect book for anyone who has decided to remove inner thorns, pain from the past, pain from childhood, remove blocks, stop the heart closing, and to stop repeating patterns over and over and over …. anyone who is ready to walk into their own darkness and shadows, feel the pain and finally let it go, and to truly and unconditionally love oneself … love all of oneself … the light and the darkness. xoxoxo

The Untethered Soul Book 2017

Book Review: Tea With Milk

July 29 2017:

Tea with Milk

Beautiful watercolors illustrate this heartfelt book about the author’s mother and her journey as a young woman.

We learn about her struggles to live out her own life in the midst of Japanese formalities. We loved it! We really enjoy all of Allen Say’s books!

Tea With Milk Book 2017

Book Review: It Takes a Village

July 22 2017:

This phrase has come up for me twice in the last few days. Thought it a great time to share this book we read several months ago …

It Takes a Village

A heart-warming story based on the African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” The story takes place at a traditional open-air market as we learn the power of a close-knit community.

Wonderful section in the back of the book with additional information about African markets. Great book!

It Takes a Village Book 2017