Sunday, November 26, 2017

Post-Thanksgiving weekend

I completed two books: 1) On Rue Tatin: Living and Cooking in a French Town by Susan Herrmann Loomis and 2) Turning Japanese by MariNaomi

I would give both of these 4/5.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Black Friday gratitude

I am grateful that I woke up this morning. 

I am grateful that I live in a home that has walls in every direction and a sturdy roof.

I am grateful that I am literate.

I am grateful that I have been gifted with the skill of expressing myself creatively.

I am grateful that I have not suffered acts of extreme violence. 

I am grateful that I am still optimistic about the years to come.

I am grateful that my mom and my auntie are still alive.

I am grateful that my cousin Trina has not succumbed to cancer.

I am grateful to be a child of God.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

More perspective to stay clear-headed

What a country chooses to save is what a country chooses to say about itself.~ Mollie Beattie

Every single story that nature tells is gorgeous.~Natalie Angier

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.~John Muir

Wilderness is a resource that can shrink but not grow.~ Aldo Leopold

Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.~John Muir

Wilderness is not a luxury, but a necessity of the human spirit.~Edward Abbey

Nature is a mutable cloud, which is always and never the same.~Ralph Waldo Emerson

In Wildness is the preservation of the World.~Henry David Thoreau

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.~Albert Camus

The wilderness holds answers to questions man has not yet learned  to ask.~Nancy Newhall

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Friday, August 25, 2017

Book voyage

In the past month, I have read 17 books, 52 books in 2017. They include:

The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Aya series #1 by Marguerite Abouet and Clement Oubrerie
The Corpse Walker: Real Life Stories, China from the Bottom Up by Liao Yiwu
Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen
Aya of Yop City by Marguerite Abouet and Clement Oubrerie
Aya: The Secrets Come Out by Marguerite Abouet
Good Riddance: An Illustrated Memoir of Divorce by Cynthia Copeland
Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World by Ella Frances Sanders
Soppy by Philippa Rice
The Illustrated Book of Sayings: Curious Expressions from Around the World by Ella Frances Sanders 
Born to Write: the Remarkable of Six Famous Authors by Charis Cotter
Seconds by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Displacement: a Travelogue by Lucy Knisley
Aya: Love in Yop City by Marguerite Abouet and Clement Oubrerie
Amy: A Life Through the Lens by Darren Bloom
Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi
Over Easy by Mimi Pond

I recommend all of these books. This streak has been engrossing. It's been some years since I've read this quantity of books in a short period. Since I became fascinated by graphic novels, it has invigorated my reading. The habit had become slightly languorous. No longer.