Posts tagged ‘books’

September 5, 2013

Observed on the street: A bookworm speaks

Observed on the street:

The following message, written in huge, two-foot tall block letters, in sidewalk chalk, at the end of a driveway in my neighbourhood:


I couldn’t agree more. ūüôā

June 10, 2013

Sometimes you just have to throw the book away

Have you ever found yourself trying to make changes in your life simply by rescripting parts of the same old story you’ve always been living by? ¬†You try and try to turn over a new leaf and make a fresh start, but you find that the narrative that unfolds on each new page is just another iteration of the same old same old, the plot already coloured by the same characters, situations and settings that have come before.

This quote from author and poet Anthony Liccione gives a new perspective on that struggle:

Rather than turning the page, it’s much easier just to throw the book away.

Drastic?  Perhaps.  But sometimes you need a completely clean slate in order to create yourself anew.  There are other books out there waiting for you to find them.  There is even a book, perhaps waiting to be written, where the author is you.



May 24, 2013

Laugh of the Day: The benefits of television

This is totally me!

I find television very educational.  Every time someone turns on the TV, I go into another room and read a book.
~ Groucho Marx

May 20, 2013

Of archers and bibliophiles

Two quotes today, one for parents, the other for book lovers . . . or both for book-loving parents!

First, from poet and artist Khalil Gibran, inspiration those of us with children:

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.

Be patient and aim well.

Second, from journalist and writer Christopher Morley, comfort for those of us with a stack of books always nearby:

There’s no mistaking a real book when one meets it. ¬†It is like falling in love.

How many times have I fallen in love with pages and pages of unbroken prose?  Far too many to count.

April 5, 2013

Book Recommendation – “The Raven’s Gift” by Jon Turk

The Raven’s Gift¬†chronicles adventurer Jon Turk‘s journey to healing and self-awareness over six years of travel on the Siberian tundra and a series of encounters with a “magic” that permeates the natural world and connects it (and us) to the spiritual realm. ¬†Insightful and incredibly well written, Turk’s story is a reminder of both life’s fragility and its resilience. ¬†His experiences suggest that moments of awareness, connectedness and self-understanding are out there waiting for us, if only we trust enough to switch off our rational minds and just believe. ¬†“It’s not how we seek self-awareness,” writes Turk, ” it’s whether we take the time and energy to make the journey [italics added].” ¬†An excellent read.


Image of the cover of the book "The Raven's Gift: A Scientist, a Shaman, and Their Remarkable Journey Through the Siberian Wilderness" by Jon Turk

“The Raven’s Gift: A Scientist, a Shaman, and Their Remarkable Journey Through the Siberian Wilderness” by Jon Turk

January 20, 2013

Book recommendation — “Haroun and the Sea of Stories” by Salman Rushdie

I thoroughly enjoyed the novel Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie. ¬†Very different from Rushdie’s other work, this book is like Dr. Seuss for adults — and children will love it, too! ¬†Clever, magical and simply delightful.

Cover of the novel "Haroun and the Sea of Stories" by Salman Rushdie

October 12, 2012

Book recommendation – “Sleeping Naked is Green” by Vanessa Farquharson

I highly recommend the book Sleeping Naked is Green by Vanessa Farquharson. ¬†Farquharson is a twenty-something arts journalist from Toronto who pledges to make one “green” change to her lifestyle each day for one year, and to keep every one of those changes going for the duration. ¬†From switching to recycled paper towels and toting a reusable coffee mug to selling her car and unplugging her fridge, Farquharson shares her experiences — and their impact on her life — on her blog Green as a Thistle. ¬†Her book is a humourous, candid look at what it takes (or doesn’t take) for the average person to live a more sustainable lifestyle.

Check out a list of Farquharson’s 366 lifestyle changes here: ¬†¬†

Cover image of the book "Sleeping Naked is Green: How an Eco-Cynic Unplugged her Fridge, Sold her Car, and Found Love in 366 Days" by Vanessa Farquharson

“Sleeping Naked is Green: How an Eco-Cynic Unplugged her Fridge, Sold her Car, and Found Love in 366 Days” by Vanessa Farquharson

What I found particularly interesting was Farquharson’s final assessment of the effects her “green year” had on both herself and the people around her. ¬†Some examples:

  • After lowering her thermostat to¬†64 degrees Farenheit (18 degrees Celsius) and keeping it there for months, Farquharson soon found herself “uncomfortably hot in most other indoor environments.” ¬†Her body had adapted to the lower temperature, despite the extra blankets and sweaters she had required to weather the change at first.
  • After switching to natural, non-toxic cleaning and beauty products, Farquharson found her body reacting adversely to the run-of-the-mill products she had used before. ¬†“When I was staying over at [a] friend’s place and had to use her concentrated, Clean Breeze-scented, neon green laundry soap as well as the purple lavender dish soap, both of which were crammed full of artificial fragrances, my eyes kept bursting into tears and my nose suffered perpetual seizures,” writes Farquharson. ¬†“I’ve always prided myself on not being one of those flaky, ultra-sensitive types with weak immune systems. ¬†But after making my body adapt to a more natural lifestyle, it’s apparently decided that, from now on, it will accept nothing less.”
  • Finally, Farquharson’s green challenge rubbed off on her family and friends in some unexpected ways. ¬†Her formerly indifferent mother now stocked her fridge with only organic dairy and free-range meat; her SUV-loving father rented only subcompact hybrid cars while travelling; her friends carried coffee thermoses and bought bicycles to cut car use; and her co-workers shunned disposable water bottles and take-out lunches. ¬†“Over the course of a year, I watched my friends and family make changes I never thought they would,” writes Farquharson. “At first, it would often be for my sake, just to accommodate my green restrictions, but now I truly believe they’re doing it for themselves and for the earth.”

Interesting book, and inspiring, too.  In the end, every little step we take towards attaining a more sustainable lifestyle helps!

July 31, 2012

Laugh of the day – July 31, 2012

For all you bookworms out there. ūüėČ


Speed Bump comic for July 31, 2012.

Source:  Speed Bump by Dave Coverly.