Book Musings: Right to Write

February 24 2018:

Right to Write

This book and its powerful content was like a walk down a familiar, well-worn, and comforting path welcoming my writer’s soul home. LOVED every single bit of it. This is one I would love to own and have as part of my wee book collection.

Why should we write? For me, this is a powerful book. The author brought together so many of my own feelings and thoughts about writing, why I write, what happens when I write, and that EVERYONE should write.

One doesn’t have to share their writings. Simply the act of writing is healthy and therapeutic.

Cameron shares how writing can be playful, as well as a practical and profound experience. The art of writing will never be the same for you after reading this book.

A GREAT book for any of my writer friends!! And, pretty much anyone who wants to at least begin writing a daily journal for therapeutic reasons …. I’m serious! This is a powerful book!! I just want to hug and squeeze it! xoxo

Right to Write Book 2018

Book Musings: The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire

February 10 2018:

The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire

This has been in my collection for years and I just now got around to reading it. It is crystal clear to me why I just now read this book. And is absolutely NO coincidence. And not a coincidence that it is about coincidences.

This one dives deeper into the coincidences we experience. The content is deeply aligned with my heart and I feel it to be quite powerful.

I haven’t had time to write a post about my 2018 main theme word and two supporting theme words. Yet, the main word is Jump (interchangeable with Leap) and the two supporting words are Listen and Trust. This book is full to the brim of the use of jump, leap, listen, and trust.

Here’s just one example, “These leaps of imagination are constantly evolving into what we see as the universe.” … Yes, Big Yes! I loved this one!! xoxo

The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire Book 2018

What’s interesting for me is that when I’m reading his books, I “hear” the words spoken in his voice rather than mine. Almost like he’s reading to me! HA!

Book Musings: Philip Reid Saves the Statue of Freedom

February 3 2018:

Philip Reid Saves the Statue of Freedom

In the year 1859 the Statue of Freedom’s plaster model faced being broken unless a construction puzzle was solved. Philip Reid, a skilled and enslaved African American stepped forward and solved the puzzle.

In 1863, the Statue of Freedom was lifted to the top of the Capitol. Very interesting book! Had never heard this before and it was wonderful to learn about this amazing man!

Philip Reid Saves the Statue of Freedom 2016

Book Musings: On a Beam of Light

January 20 2018:

On a Beam of Light – A Story of Albert Einstein

Beautiful book about a boy who was endlessly distracted by the wonders of the world. When riding his bicycle as a boy, Albert Einstein, imagined himself traveling on a beam of light – a speed beyond imagining at the time.

We have enjoyed all the books written about Albert Einstein. Each has it’s own focus and they are all wonderful!

On a Beam of Light Book 2016

Book Musings: Mountain Chef

January 6 2017:

Mountain Chef

Beautiful and colorfully illustrated book about Tie Sing. A Chinese American who lived during a time of terrible discrimination against ethnic Chinese in the United States. In 1882 Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act, which prohibited Chinese people from entering the country. The act also declared that Chinese-born people already in the United States would never be allowed to become citizens.

Tie Sing hiked the mountains with mapmakers, whipping up gourmet meals for them. His reputation grew and became known as the best trail cook in California. Sing cooked for the thirty men that Stephen Mather took on a days long hike to convince them that national parks needed to be protected. This was the beginning of the National Park Service.

Great book! We loved learning about this time in history and about Tie Sing.

“Long may you build the paths through the mountains.” ~Tie Sing, July 1915

Mountain Chef Book 2016

Book Musings: Spic-and-Span! Lillian Gilbreth’s Wonder Kitchen

December 30 2017:

Spic-And-Span! – Lillian Gilbreth’s Wonder Kitchen

We adored this book! Learning more about the life of the woman who was the subject of two movies: Cheaper by the Dozen and Belles on Their Toes was made all the more interesting with Monica Kulling’s writing style.

During Lillian Gilbreth’s lifetime she was an efficiency expert, an industrial engineer, an inventor, a psychologist, an author, and a professor. And, she always said that her favorite role was that of a mother.

Spic and Span Book 2017

Book Musings: Peace to All Beings – Veggie Soup for the Chicken’s Soul

January 13 2018:

Peace to All Beings – Veggie Soup for the Chicken’s Soul

I initially put this book on hold thinking it was an easy and short children’s book that we could read before bed. When it came in, I saw that’s not what it was at all. I asked Thomas if he wanted to read it. After looking at it, he left it on the kitchen table.

One day last week, I sat at the table and was moved to pick up the book, turn to a random page and read. I did not put the book down until I had nearly read to the end of the book (from where I had randomly opened it). After that, I began at the beginning of the book.

I am a vegetarian so obviously this book speaks to me. It wasn’t only that, though. It seemed to be speaking directly to other areas of my life as well. I’m not even sure how to describe this one. So, I will pull a quote or two from it with a few more of my own words added.

“Every thought is a prayer,
Therefore, let us
Think compassion
Think love
Think peace
For all beings everywhere.
Every act is a prayer.
Therefore, let us
Be compassion
Be love
Be peace
For all beings everywhere.”

This is a powerful book about peace, compassion, and reverence for life; with references to St. Francis, Jesus, Albert Schweitzer, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr, and many others of similar persuasion. The overall theme of the book is Ahimsa.

“Each object in the world is not merely itself, but involves every other object and, in fact, is everything else.” -Avatamsaka Sutra

The words and concepts in this book spoke to my soul so deeply and powerfully. To say I loved and enjoyed it is an understatement!

Peace to All Beings Book 2018

Book Musings: Toulouse-Lautrec – The Moulin Rouge and the City of Light

December 16 2017:

Toulouse-Lautrec – The Moulin Rouge and the City of Light

In this book we learned about Toulouse-Lautrec who was a wonderful painter and draftsman famous for being the father of the poster. He was a painter of Paris nightlife and especially The Moulin Rouge!! Interesting reading!

Toulouse-Lautrec Book 2017