Book Musings: Old Friend from Far Away

January 27 2019:

Old Friend from Far Away

I first read, “Writing Down the Bones” by Natalie Goldberg. I’d had it on my list to read more as I got so much out of this one.

Old Friend from Far Away was the second of her books I’ve read (on my 3rd now). I enjoy her writing style and the writing exercises included in the book. I’m slowly making my way through them.

This book encourages one to let loose with their own unique writing style along with teaching one how to remember and allowing forgotten memories to surface.

And, lastly it teaches one how to practice. As with anything we undertake, practicing is how we sharpen the pencil of our writing practice. I would love to attend one of her True Secret Writing Retreats. Sounds amazing! xoxo

Book Musings: Walking to School

January 20 2019:

Walking to School – A Story from Northern Ireland

A book inspired by happenings in Belfast, Northern Ireland’s major city, in the early to mid 2000’s. The conflict between Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland is centuries old.

A peace accord was agreed to in June of 2007. This is a fictional tale of what some children were experiencing during that time.

Book Musings: How to Meditate

January 13 2019:

How to Meditate – A Practical Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind

I’ve had a regular meditation practice since about 2011 and every once in a while I like to read something different about it to give my own practice a little jolt!

That happened back in 2014 when I read, “For the Love of It”; which created a huge positive shift. And, Pema Chodron did not disappoint. I enjoy and get something out of all of her books I’ve read to date.

This one teaches how to meditate with eyes open; rather than closed. I have always meditated with eyes closed and been on some fantastical journeys. I have spent about 8 years exploring, adventuring, and healing within.

Now, it’s time to explore and adventure without. Learning to be at peace and still no matter what’s happening without. That’s how I see this and I’ve been at it for 2 weeks now. It’s extremely uncomfortable. Yet, I’m ready to meet my edge with discomfort and know that there is wisdom and all kinds of good stuff when embracing the discomfort. I’ll stay with it for a full month and then perhaps alternate practice styles.

My favorite quote from the book … “The experience of a sad and tender heart is what gives birth to fearlessness. Conventionally, being fearless means that you are not afraid or that, if someone hits you, you will hit him back. But we aren’t talking about that street-fighter level of fearlessness. Real fearlessness is the product of tenderness. It comes from letting the world tickle your heart, your raw heart. You are willing to open up, without resistance or shyness, and face the world.” -Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche


Book Musings: It’s a Snap! George Eastman’s First Photograph

January 5 2019:

It’s a Snap! George Eastman’s First Photograph

In the year 1877 George Eastman took up the new hobby of photography. This wasn’t an easy hobby. It cost a lot for the equipment and it was bulky. But …. he changed all that!!

Loved the fun and interesting style this was written!


Book Musings: Beyond Civilization – Humanity’s Next Great Adventure

December 29 2018:

Beyond Civilization – Humanity’s Next Great Adventure

The foundation of this book is that there is no one right way to live. The author discusses how the majority of us are convinced that there must be only one right way to live, and we are living it.

I was deeply moved reading about how he defines civilization and tribes and taking a look into history at past civilizations and tribes. I’m inspired to learn about and see ideas from a different perspective. Great book!

Book Musings: Wanda Gag – The Girl Who Lived to Draw

December 22 2018:

Wanda Gag – The Girl Who Lived to Draw

Wonderful story of the author of “Millions of Cats”. Wanda Gag’s childhood was filled with German fairy tales, musical evenings, and hours spent in her father’s painting studio. As soon as she learned to draw, she couldn’t stop and dreamed of becoming an artist.

This book is an inspiration … an inspiration for anyone with a dream! We ALL LOVED it!!

Book Musings: The Art of Miss Chew

December 15 2018:

The Art of Miss Chew

I loved, loved, loved this book! Another by Patricia Polacco and this one is based on the true story of how Polacco became an artist. It’s the story of her first real art class taught by the amazing Miss Chew.

This is a heartwarming story of discovering she was an artist and the wonderful teacher who helped her discover it!

Loved, loved, loved … Did I say I loved this book? xoxo

Book Musings: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton – Poet

December 8 2018:

The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton – Poet

A wonderful story about a determined man in the early 1800’s who loved words and loved poetry the best. George Moses Horton was a slave who taught himself to read, sold poetry to college students, and published several books.

All of this at a time when African-American literacy was discouraged, devalued, and even outlawed in this country. Horton was a person with talents and hopes and dreams, and a desire to be free. GREAT book!

Book Musings: Across a Dark Wild Sea

December 1 2018:

Across a Dark and Wild Sea

Interesting book about Columcille who was born in a remote corner of Ireland in the year 521. He grew up to become a monk and a scribe. This was a thousand years before the invention of printing and books had to be copied by hand.

We really enjoy Don Brown’s books and illustrations. This one too!