Book Musings: Fearless Flyer – Ruth Law and Her Flying Machine

Fearless Flyer – Ruth Law and Her Flying Machine

We learned about Ruth Law and how on November 19, 1916 she took to the sky to fly from Chicago to New York in one day. Something no one had ever done. Especially not a woman. Beautifully illustrated and wonderful book!

“When I was a little girl I used to dream of flying, not with terror ….. but with wonder and delight. I would be a swallow flying south, or an eagle swooping down from the clouds, and then, all of a sudden, I’d wake up, just a little girl ready to cry because she had no wings.”

“I could anticipate what would happen to the motor by the sound of it.”

“To become an aviator one has to dismiss all fear.”

“The sky was my limit and the horizon my sphere. It’s any woman’s sphere if she has nerve and courage and faith in herself. She’s got to have faith in herself.”

Book Musings: St. Peter’s Umbrella

May 5 2019:

St. Peter’s Umbrella

I have been incorporating more fiction into my reading as that was my first love. More coming … The list is already growing of what I’ve read so far …. And, there’s a fiction or two wanting to be birthed from my heart.

Written by one of the most popular story-tellers of Hungarian literature. This was one of the most popular he ever wrote. Wonderful story that held my attention. Nearing the end I couldn’t put it down as I wanted to know how it all unfolded. Great story built from the ground up surrounding an elusive and honored red umbrella.

This book was purchased at a library sale years ago for Lillian. I’ve been wanting to read it ever since … 😍😍😍

Book Musings: The Old Man and the Sea

The Old Man and the Sea

Another I cannot remember having ever read. My interest has been peaked over the years to read this story; yet, it never moved up on my list.

I checked it out from the library after reading “The True Secret of Writing” by Natalie Goldberg and the way she speaks of the book, the story, and Hemingway.

Blessed and happy I did. Beautiful story of courage and friendship. I felt like I was there in the boat with the old man. Wonderful and powerful writing.

Book Musings: The Canterville Ghost

The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde

We finally took the time to read this as we’ve watched the black and white version of the movie several times. I read it aloud over a few weeks. We found it interesting that the movie had few similarities to the story written by Wilde.

“The humorous tale of a malevolent ghost who discovers there is no peace for the wicked when a rambunctious American family moves into his ancestral home.” (from the flap). I enjoyed reading this to Thomas and Lillian!

Book Musings: Mary Poppins

April 7 2019:

My first love of reading was in the fiction genre as a child, teen and young adult. In about 1998, I switched solely to the non-fiction genre as I discovered an entirely different world and reason for reading.

I’ve come full circle and have incorporated fiction back into my life. Although as a young adult I read some horror books, I will not be incorporating that genre again. This was my first read in re-entering fiction a couple of months ago. 💜📖📖📖💜

Mary Poppins

I mainly wanted to read it as I was deeply curious after seeing the movie “Saving Mr. Banks” and how it was portrayed that P.L. Travers absolutely did not want Walt Disney veering from her story and all of the other things she did not want done to her story. It seems the movie did veer quite a bit away from the original story.

We’ve seen Mary Poppins many times and we love it so this was the sleuth researcher in me coming out to play! Travers was in a tough spot as she was about to lose her house and needed the money. After years of telling Disney “no”, she finally gave in.

Yet, it had some threads that remained true to the book. I truly don’t remember reading this when I was younger. Glad I read it now and that my interest was peaked by watching “Saving Mr. Banks.”

Book Musings: A Thousand Mornings – Poems

A Thousand Mornings – Poems

One of my favorites from this collection:

Poem of the One World

This morning
the beautiful white heron
was floating along above the water

and then into the sky of this
the one world
we all belong to

where everything
sooner or later
is a part of everything else

which thought made me feel
for a little while
quite beautiful myself.

Lovely book of Mary Oliver poems.

Book Musings: The Librarian Who Measured the Earth

The Librarian Who Measured the Earth

Wonderfully illustrated story of Eratosthenes who was born more than two thousand years ago. He was full of wonder and questions. Wherever he went and whatever he did, his curiosity and questions sent him from one discovery to the next.

His measurement of the circumference of the Earth was only two hundred miles different from our own calculations today. Great story about a man who always let his curiosity lead the way.

Book Musings: Fire in the Heart – A Spiritual Guide for Teens

Fire in the Heart – A Spiritual Guide for Teens –

I listened to the audio version of this book with Thomas and Lillian about seven years ago. I’m not one to let books written for specific age groups deter me! HA!

I remembered loving this book back then. Recently, I had been having the urge to experience it again. I’m hoping Thomas and Lillian decide to read it also.

A non-fiction story of an elder man, Baba, whom Chopra encountered when he was 15 years old. Chopra shares, in his beautiful writing style, the lessons he learned from Baba.