Literature


I just couldn’t resist sharing this funny phone conversation with my mom this evening.  I was discussing a documentary I recently watched about Mt Vesuvious and the city of Pompeii and how they had discovered a bit of graffiti on the walls of these stone ruins.  I was relating how I  couldn’t believe that 1200 years ago, they wrote graffiti on the walls of these stone latrines! I asked her if it was true that some things never change?

When I asked my mom about this, she laughed hysterically and she said ” my mother always told me to never forget… ” Fools Names & Fools Faces always appear in Public Places”   I really had to laugh at the wisdom of her mothers statement.  But I really wanted to know if that was her moms statement, or a proverb of history.  My mother said she had no idea, she only knew that it came from her mother and that she had heard it preached to her MANY times.

Well, thank goodness for Google and the internet!  I proceeded to Google the saying, then with further clues, I was led to a site that listed many such proverbs, all from a man named Thomas Fuller.  My mother was so excited to know more about Thomas Fuller, because it was a link to her Mother who died when my mother was only 17 years old.   So I continued to search Google (thank goodness for our ability to multi task) while I was talking to my Mom on the phone.  I stumbled upon a website that had 9 pages of Thomas Fuller quotes, and mom and I continued to read them together and laugh.  Her final question was when did Thomas Fuller live?  After a little further Google research, I discovered that his bio was 1608 – 1661.  I almost gave my mother a heart attack!  My Mom was born in the early 1930’s, so to her the fact that her mother was quoting some really incredible quotes of wisdom from the 1600’s was pretty astounding.  She happily said ” my mother must have been a pretty well read woman”

I was pretty impressed with how cool that phone call went!  I couldn’t help but think Happy Holidays to our family,  what a legacy!

Just had to say……….what a show! It was a terrific entertaining event honoring some of my most amazing performers! Coming from a dance background myself,  I really loved Twyla Tharp and the tribute to her work. Of course being a designer who tends to look at everything from a different twist,  I  really love the concept of thinking outside the box and Twyla’s  amazing creative twist on music & dance and movement.

The tribute to Roger Daltrey & Pete Townshend of The Who was a great reminder of an era of music that had passion.     Bettye LaVette who sang a tribute to them was R & B to the bone,  and gave everyone chills, wow what passion! 🙂 http://www.bettyelavette.com

Rob Thomas was terrific in his great performance along with the appearance of the New York Fire Department which made me weep and brought back every sorry memory of 9/11 ! But it renewed my passion and gave me promise of the possibilities that our future can hold.

The performance of BB King for the to tribute Morgan Freeman was so entertaining and really touching…awesome 🙂

Barbara Streisand was another honoree and what can you say about her “ability..sing..act..produce…and lead”..in the words of Queen Latifah.  🙂 and Beyonce has the velvet smooth  voice to carry the tribute  performance off .

If you missed this performance I hope it will replay on cable or become available on dvd..you will love it and I’m sorry if you missed it. I just hope the next  generations of musicans & performers, and ( let’s not forget the firefighters)  will give us  as much passion, heart, & soul, as these performers did!  I love passion &  the arts!

There is nothing like spending/wasting a weekend reading a book that ofers nothing enjoyable, to remind me of literature that I have read in the past & truly loved.  It reminds me of some books that I’ve never forgotten and that have changed my life!

I read all types of material, and tend to be open minded, but this month’s book club pick for me, has been such a struggle.  My husband asked me what it was about, & I couldn’t tell him? He asked me to describe it, and I said ” drivel”, (is that a word?) I thought maybe I wasn’t being patient and giving the author time to develop the characters, but I’m halfway through and it’s still ” blather” ( is that a word?) Blah Blah Blah (is that a word?) “meaningless stream of thought” ? ( are these meaningful words?)

I’m just not sure how to even describe the book so that anyone would care to ever read it, I tried at the insistence of my husband to describe the story,  here goes: so & so thinks she is in menopause… but she is pregnant..but she loses the baby…her kids are grown..her son has a girlfriend of a different ethnic background…the wife’s  husband is having an affair…the husband wants to be skinnier and younger than he is..the wife never does anything nice for herself…the husbands motherwhich the wife cares for gets a boyfriend…everyone thinks the mother is too old to have a new relationship as a widow…..the husbands mother lives with them but wants to move out of this loveless home….  okay………..I’ll stop being sarcastic!  But do you get the drift?  I’m not even sure why I am attempting to read it, except that our book club prides itself on being open minded to a variety of reading material. It’s how we learn and grow!  Let’s just say, that I have learned that I am glad that  I rented the book from the library rather than purchasing it from Amazon.com!  How does something like this even get sold as literature? :>(

Anyway, back to my original idea for a post of books that  have changed my life! I’m going to share them, and hope you too have an open mind, take them or leave them for what ever it is worth! But I guarantee they have nothing in common with the book I am reading right now for book club, which BTW meets tomorrow evening. Ugh! I need to finish formulating my opinion for tomorrows discussion on the book that will remain anonymous.

Books that have changed my life:

Narcissus & Goldman by Herman Hesse: A story about a man name Goldman who leaves a monastery in medieval Germany in search of the true meaning of life, he meets a man named Narcissus and tries to determine the difference between the meaning of “life” and the meaning of “his” life. A great story about the struggle between man & nature, and the contrast between thinker & artist.

Odyssey by Homer: I read this when I was in junior high school because my father “made me”  read it. It is an epic poem about Odysseus journey home to Troy following the Fall of Troy.  I loved this story! I am glad he made me read it, I’ve never forgotten it!

I Heard the Owl Call My Name by Margaret Craven: A story about a Christian Vicar who is sent to a native village, knowing that he doesn’t have long to live. He learns the meaning of life. He learns to live his life to the fullest & not worry about the future that he will never get to experience.  This is a simple but an unforgettable story!

Red Tent by Anita Diamant: A historical retold version of the story of Dinah from the biblical book of Genesis Chapter 34, from a woman’s  point of view! Loved this story!

Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon: The story of a 12 year old boy’s life! A powerful awe inspiring story that I have never forgotten. Amazing character development, my husband shared this book with me, and I have never forgotten it! A great read, even though I have failed to enjoy any of the authors other books, which are way to Sci fi for my taste.

So, hopefully I have shared something of substance that will make your reading day more enjoyable! If you disagree,  you can share why a novel with no substance ( junk reading ) that will never make it’s way into the classic category is worth wasting your time on?   I can think of a lot of things more enjoyable that we could find to waste our time on…like lying on the ground watching the clouds roll by.  At least that expands your imagination, right?  :>)

I am definitely going to enjoy my book club meeting tomorrow, I’ll enjoying sharing our diverse opinions and the insight and knowledge that I gain from the discussions that happen. I will embrace the comfort that comes from the friendships that we as a group have developed over the years and I appreciate my freedom to express a far different opinion from my fellow members of the human race!

So it appears that Vampire tourism is huge in Forks right now, with the new ” Twilight” Book release.  I have to say that I haven’t read the book, so forgive me for being out of the loop on that part, but I have been to Forks Washington, and I love it! It’s a  place on the Olympic Peninsula, home to one of the worlds most beautiful temperate rain forests. I know of two others temperate rain forests, one in Chile, and one in New Zealand, so I am lucky to have one right in my own backyard. It is a truly amazing ecosystem filled with ancient trees, lush greenery and more moss than you can imagine.  It gets between 100-400 inches of rain per year.  Some of the moss that hangs from the trees is 3-4 feet long and looks like something right out a vampire novel.  🙂  There are also beautiful lakes, rivers, and a backpackers paradise!

There are numerous  hiking trails, and it is home to one of the worlds largest Sitka spruce trees, which is 191 feet tall and about 55 feet in circumference, it grows well because of the eleven feet of rain (lol) it gets every year, so don’t forget your mosquito repellent. It’s not as bad as it sounds, really!

The trails are an amazing part of a unique rainforest ecosystem with a large variety of native plants and wildflowers. There have been problems in the past with visitors poaching wildflowers and native plants.  Besides being illegal, there are serious consequences to the ecosystem.  Remember that If you dig up a plant or remove its seeds, you are limiting the plant from being able to reproduce, which affects it’s future survival.  It also affects the wildlife in the area that feed that particular species of plant and depend on it for their survival.  Enjoy it all in it’s  environment so that future generations can enjoy our natural heritage.

If you are looking to stay in a bygone era resort, I suggest the Lake Quinault Lodge. It is a historic lodge on the south shore of the lake, President Roosevelt even dined there in 1937. The lodge was built in 1926. It has a fantastic view of the lake, cabins for rent, fishing, canoe & kayakl rentals and a cozy lobby with a grand fireplace. The perfect place to curl up with that new “Twilight” book!  When I was there, my girlfriends from book club & I had a chess match on the giant chess board in the lobby while we sipped our wine in front of the fire.  It is serene, full of history, and has the most beautiful forests on the planet.

If you plan on discovering Forks, and going on the Twilight trail for a Vampire tour, check out

http://www.forkswa.com/for the latest news from the Chamber of Commerce.  From what I hear you even get to see Bella’s house.  Enjoy!

Einstein wisdom which I love to ponder….

The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth.

If people are good only because they fear punishment and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.

Nothing truly valuable arises from ambition or from a mere sense of duty; it stems rather from love and devotion towards men and towards objective things.

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.

Imagination encircles the world

Strange is our situation here on Earth.

Guess that is enough pondering for one evening.. :>)

For those of you that love reading, check out Shelfari! A great virtual bookshelf. I’ve always wanted a big library with lots of books, classics, etc..and now I have one, in virtual reality. It’s a great place to find new books, read reviews, and connect with your friends, you can start your own book club and invite folks to join.  I don’t have a lot of time, but it is a neat concept and I do find lots of interesting reviews and books to read.