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 justĀ 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

Buddha

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

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 Musings: Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale Book 2017

Florence Nightingale

Another wonderfully illustrated and written book by DEMI. We learned about how Florence Nightingale revolutionized the world of medicine by emphasizing cleanliness, food that was hot and nutritious, and organization in hospitals.

Books by DEMI are among are favorites!

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