Book Musings: Peace is the Way

Peace is the Way

“There is no way to peace. Peace is the way.” -Mahatma Gandhi

I am reading this book aloud with Thomas and Lillian. There’s so much it contains that I’d like to share, it would nearly be the entire book! It’s an incredibly powerful book. It may have been published in 2005; yet, it seems especially relevant in the present.

“Violence may be innate in human nature, but so is its opposite: love. The next stage of humanity, the leap which we are poised to take, will be guided by the force of that love.”

“You aren’t asked to be a saint, or to give up any belief. You are only asked to stop reacting out of fear, to change your allegiance from violence to peace.”

Peace Is the Way Book 10.2017

Book Musings: Cezanne and the Apple Boy

Cezanne and the Apple Boy

The story of Paul Cezanne who revolutionized painting by struggling along the steep path into Modern Art. The Cezanne family were ostracized in the town. They laughed at Cezanne and mocked him about his funny, strange and weird paintings.

He invented a new method of simplifying shapes into cones, cylinders, and spheres. His work was pioneered in Paris by art dealer, Vollard, and he became a rich man. He remained reclusive, built a small studio just outside of town where he worked quietly for the rest of his days.

His great grandson helped with the details of this book. Yes! We enjoyed this one too!!

Cezanne and the Apple Boy Book 2017

Book Musings: Buddha

Buddha Demi Book 2017


Exquisitely illustrated story of Siddhartha … from his birth through becoming an Enlightened One, a Buddha, and throughout his forty-five years of teaching Truth and the path to inner peace.

I think it’s clear by now that we LOVE books written and illustrated by DEMI.

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

Catch and Release House and Hurricane Harvey

September 2 2017:

I think word is getting out that this is a catch and release house. Moths, flies, and itty bitty spiders in the house, bees on the patio (we head back inside and let them hang out) and for two days in a row, a frog. I think it’s some type of tree frog or something similar.

Yesterday morning there was one in the bathtub and tonight there was one happily jumping across the living room floor after our movie. I just can’t figure out how the frogs are getting inside.

I’ve looked up the acronym for frog and frog animal wisdom. Okay. I get the message. You can stop sending frogs …. HA! xoxoxo


September 8 2017:

Post-Hurricane Harvey I connected my ex-Reno-ite-friend-now-living-in-Houston, Kimberly Phipps Nichol, with my Houston area friend Dawn Mitchell to help out one of Dawn’s friends in Houston.

Dawn and Kimberly Hurricane Harvey 9.8.17

September 9 2017:

More fun reading for Thomas. He reads the more typical books too. Yet, he has a wide net of interests for which he wants learn more about.

He has pretty much read every “young people’s” fiction book at the South Valleys Library (that he has an interest in reading). xoxo

Immigration Book Thomas Reading 9.2017


My friend Kimberly also got to meet my Chromosome 18 friend, Monica Tello McDivitt. From Kimberly, “Thanks for connecting us. Monica is beautiful inside and out. Keep up your prayers and support for her family and the thousands others here who are mucking out and starting over. They need all the uplifting vibes they can get.”

Monica and Kimberly Post-Harvey Hurricane 9.9.17

Thank you Kimberly Phipps-Nichol …. Oceans of love to you both and big huge hug to you Monica Tello McDivitt. So happy and blessed you got to meet this beautiful woman with such a loving heart … xoxo

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 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