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.



Friday, August 4, 2017

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Criolo: a certeza na quebrada é que você vai ser nada #pontejornalismo



Look at the love between father and son... so beautiful

Olhe para o amor entre pai e filho ... tão bonito



Knice Conversation with Criolo

Franz Kafka quotes

The British website,For Reading Addicts, decided to showcase quotes from Franz Kafka because June 3 is the anniversary of his death. Here are some quotes that resonated deeply with me:


“Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”

“All I am is literature, and I am not able or willing to be anything else.”

“By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.”

“Books are a narcotic.”

“Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.”

“Many a book is like a key to unknown chambers within the castle of one’s own self.”

Maze Feat. Frankie Beverly - Can't Get Over You

Virna Lindt - Underwater Boy

Richenel - Autumn

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Erykah Badu Other Side of The Game

Di Melo - A Vida em seus métodos diz calma.

Ever heard of this book?

In an email from Thrillist, it presented an article titled "The World's Top 20 Cities, According to That Dude Who Visited Every Country". After researching the author, I learned of 198: How I Ran Out of Countries by Gunnar Garfors.(His name sounds Swedish but I haven't learned his nationality.)Adding to his ambition, he published this book on his imprint, Garfors Media. I would be surprised if I didn't enjoy this book. 

Wanderléa - Mane Joao - 1974 [Brazil]




Prince had a problem with Youtube because it wouldn't make more money for musicians. This proves valid. Yet, whenever I want to find cuts from the deep vaults, Youtube stands as my place to visit.

Azymuth - Tarde (Afternoon)

Labi Siffre - It Must Be Love

Azymuth - Antes Que Esqueca

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Bossa Rio - Saiupa

Bossa Rio - Nanã (1969)

Wilson Das Neves - Sarro (1969)

Noelita - Sambalanço (1975)

TRIO TERNURA - A Gira (1973)

Teo Azevedo - Vá Pentear Macaco (1974)

Zé Roberto - Lotus 72D (1973)

Helio Matheus - Eu, Réu, Me Condeno

Roy Ayers - Liquid Love

Darker Than Blue - Ghetto Funk

Janko Nilovic - Drug Song (1975)

Baby Huey - Hard Times (1971)

Labi Siffre - I Got The... (1975)

Marvin Gaye - Midnight Melodies



This video is over an hour long... be sure that you have ample space...it's easy to get seduced by the sounds

Since I Had You

Monday, May 29, 2017

The addition to the format

I decided to add songs to my blog because my life, although pleasant, leans more towards the tranquil side. Tranquillity doesn't always keep people intrigued. But some incredible music brings them right to you!!


I am delighted that you have visited my blog.

Sabrina Malheiros - Opara

Marcos Valle - Terra De Ninguém

Labi Siffre - I Got The... (1975)

CRIOLO- Sucrilhos

Dexter Wansel - Life On Mars

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Friday, May 26, 2017

“Find meaning. Distinguish melancholy from sadness. Go out for a walk. It doesn’t have to be a romantic walk in the park, spring at its most spectacular moment, flowers and smells and outstanding poetical imagery smoothly transferring you into another world. It doesn’t have to be a walk during which you’ll have multiple life epiphanies and discover meanings no other brain ever managed to encounter. Do not be afraid of spending quality time by yourself. Find meaning or don’t find meaning but 'steal' some time and give it freely and exclusively to your own self. Opt for privacy and solitude. That doesn’t make you antisocial or cause you to reject the rest of the world. But you need to breathe. And you need to be.”
 ― Albert Camus

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

If I lived in New York

My borough would be Manhattan without question. Nolita, the Upper West Side and Tribeca sound like they would suit me. I looked up Nolita first and it looks like a chic Parisian neighborhood. The Upper West Side seems quiet and populated by early birds. Tribeca attracts me because of the film festival. I love that NYC has an immense library system. Plenty of bookstores as well. I couldn't get tired of either of those. 

Anyone care to share their fantasies about living in New York or any big city? Do any of you live there and want to tell?



Sunday, March 19, 2017

Adams and Weston

In the near future, I am reading biographies of Ansel Adams and Edward Weston. Mesmerizing artistry.

You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.~ Ansel Adams

Not everybody trusts paintings but everyone trusts photographs.~ Ansel Adams

Life is your art. An open, aware heart is your camera. A oneness with your world is your film. Your bright eyes and easy smile is your museum. ~ Ansel Adams

Photography to the amateur is recreation, to the professional it is work, and hard work, too, no matter how pleasurable it may be.~ Edward Weston

I was extravagant in the matter of cameras- anything photographic- I had to have the best. But that was to further my work. In most things I have along with the plainest- or without.~ Edward Weston

Anything that excites me for any reason, I will photograph; not searching for unusual subject matter, but making the commonplace unusual.~ Edward Weston




Thursday, March 2, 2017

Tania Maria - Valeu

First Day of Volunteering

A peaceful and productive day in which I worked in the food pantry and assisted in clerical duties. I preferred working in the food pantry. I passed out bundles of food to individuals and families. That provided interaction and satisfaction. I enjoyed knowing less people weren't going to starve tonight. There was plenty of empty space where bundles had sat. I spent the last two hours preparing bundles for the next shift. I appreciated that my tasks weren't sedentary.

Anticipation

I should be getting ready for bed. I start a volunteer position tomorrow afternoon. It is two days a week. The lady assured that our schedules could be as flexible as we desire. I hope to be working on my feet. If not, I would like to do clerical work. I'll write about my first day in the next post.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Sunday, January 1, 2017

A new year's blessing

Happy 2017, everyone! I am enjoying this wondrous song and refreshing photograph in the comfort of my sun room. I hope everyone has plenty of days in their lives such as the peace and beauty I am experiencing right now. Cheers to the sweet life, people!