Pablo Neruda – Poet of the People
In this colorfully illustrated book we learned about Pablo Neruda, born in Parral, Chili, in 1904. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971. He and his poems inspire people to love and to make their voices heard. We enjoyed learning about this wonderful Poet of the People!
A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle
The third in the time quintet series, I began to get confused with who was who! I enjoyed reading it all the same, and it seems as though the foundation of the story continues to be similar as the first two. A Wrinkle in Time, the first of the quintet, remains my favorite. Onward to the fourth book, Many Waters …. maybe!
July 13 2019:
Old Turtle and the Broken Truth
The “Old Turtle” books are my absolute favorite!
“You are loved …. And so are they”
A timeless story about love, acceptance, and the nature of truth.
“To all who seek truths and who listen to the language of breezes. (And turtles.)” ~ Douglas Wood
A book in tune with my heart … LOVE! Thomas and Lillian loved it too!
A Wind in the Door
The second of the time quintet by Madeleine L’Engle was nearly as good as the first. There were just a few areas where I wanted the story to move on instead of lingering on certain details. I’m enjoying the development of the characters also. Still committed to reading the remaining three.
book of nature poetry
Wonderful book full of vibrant and beautiful photography paired with classic and new poetry.
Nature is What We See
“Nature is what we see –
The Hill – the Afternoon-
Squirrel-Eclipse-the Bumble bee-
Nay-Nature is Heaven-
Nature is what we hear-
The Bobolink-the Sea-
Nay-Nature is Harmony-
Nature is what we know-
Yet have no art to say-
So impotent Our Wisdom is
To her Simplicity. ~Emily Dickinson
Afternoon on a Hill
I will be the gladdest thing
Under the sun!
I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.
I will look at cliffs and clouds
With quiet eyes,
Watch the wind bow down the grass,
And the grass rise.
And when lights begin to show
Up from the town,
I will mark which must be mine,
And then start down!
~Edna St. Vincent Millay
We LOVED this one!
June 16 2019:
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
I could not wait to read this book once I discovered it through social media. The author had me with the title. I deeply enjoyed the journey with Harold Fry and learning about he and his wife. I wasn’t at all suspecting the twist that unravels near the end of the journey. Whoa!
I found it to be a journey of self-discovery and healing for Harold and his wife, Maureen. Along with a varied mix of characters ebbing and flowing throughout the journey. I was inspired by Harold’s listening to the pull to do something absolutely remarkable; without even understanding why he felt the need to do it.
Flying Solo – How Ruth Elder Soared into America’s Heart
from the flap: “The story of a remarkable woman who chased her dreams with grit and determination, and whose appetite for adventure helped pay the way for generations of female flyers.”
We enjoyed learning about Ruth Elder who attempted to fly across the Atlantic Ocean before Amelia Earhart made her crossing. Ruth didn’t make it, yet she went on to accomplish much in aviation history.
One of my favorites from this collection:
Poems arrive ready to begin.
Poets are only the transportation.
Uncommon Traveler – Mary Kingsley in Africa
Incredible story of Mary Kingsley who was born in England in 1862. Although Mary remembers her childhood fondly, by most standards, her childhood was sad and bleak.
She never attended school, yet she loved books and learning so she taught herself. This book covers her two trips to West Africa in 1893 and 1894. Her travels added to the knowledge of West Africa and most people were astonished merely by her survival.
Wonderful woman and book!
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
I can’t remember that I’ve ever read this. When Thomas read it for the first time many years ago; he suggested I read it and that I would like it. He was right! I was hooked and had a hard time putting it down. We’ve seen the older movie; but haven’t yet seen the new movie. Wonderful book!