Tuesday, October 25, 2016

TWOsday ~ borrowed books

A Blueprint for Your Castle in the Clouds: Make the Inside of Your Head Your favorite Place to Be ~ by Barbara Sophia Tammes, 2012
Longing for a retreat?  A safe haven where you can disappear from the world for awhile?  This is an inspirational guide that will help you lighten up your life by showing you how to design twenty-five mind expanding rooms to uncloud your thinking and create new opportunities in your life.  Every room in your Castle in the Clouds has a special meaning and offers new insights and perspectives to look at yourself in a completely new and original way.  The author's charming four-color illustrations include blueprints for:

*  The Mental Spa: For inner cleansing of intrusive, bothersome thoughts.
*  The Royal Suite of Evil: Where your dark side will be so comfortable you'll always know where it is (and it will stop surprising you at inopportune times).
*  A Small Chapel for Your Soul: Where you can release your ego and let go of false ideas.
*  The Hall of Tears: Where you are allowed to cry as much as you want.
*  The Library: Where you learn to trust your intuition when facing a problem or dilemma.
*  The Kitchen: Helps digest information and things that have been said to you.
Relig-ish: Soulful Living in a Spiritual-But-Not-Religious World ~ by Rachelle Mee-Chapman, 2016
When it comes to religion, "choose one" is no longer your only option.  You can be spiritual-but-not-religious or not particularly religious at all yet still have a robust system of beliefs and values that guides you.  Creating your own set of eclectic spiritual practices is not a sign that you are a faith-less person, but rather a faith-ful person responding with honesty to an increasingly expanding world.  If faithfully attending church isn't helping you live out your values in everyday ways, becoming relig-ish may be the answer!  This book will help you:

*  Create a set of spiritual practices that fit into your daily life and honor the things you value most.Develop right-fit spiritual practices for yourself and your family outside of going to church.
*  Shake off harmful religious messages and embrace truths that won't damage yourself or your soul.
*  Build bridges towards your religious family members by identifying the common values that are the bedrock beneath your beliefs.
*  Discover that your soul is not at risk and you are not lost in your wondering, wandering post-church world.
I often borrow books from Donna, and vice versa.  These are a couple of the books I have on my desk that I recently borrowed from her.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Monday Mindfulness ~ contemplation

If you cannot read the words on
the tree, click to enlarge the image.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Sunday Salon ~ book sale

1.  The Double Bind ~ by Chris Bohjalian, 2007, fiction (Vermont)

2.  Morality for Beautiful Girls ~ by Alexander McCall Smith, 2001, fiction (Botswana)

3.  Around the World with Mrs. Pollifax ~ has three books in one:
  • The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax ~ by Dorothy Gilman, 1970, fiction (Istanbul, Turkey)
  • Mrs. Pollifax on Safari ~ by Dorothy Gilman, 1977, fiction (Rhodesia)
  • Mrs. Pollifax and the Golden Triangle ~ by Dorothy Gilman, 1988, fiction (Thailand)
4.  The Day the Sun Stood Still ~ has three original novellas in one book:
  • A Chapter of Revelation ~ by Poul Anderson, 1972, science fiction
  • Thomas the Proclaimer ~ by Robert Silverberg, 1972, science fiction
  • Things Which Are Caesar's ~ by Gordon R. Dickson, 1972, science fiction
5.  Hidden in Plain View: A Secret Story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad ~ by Jacqueline L. Tobin and Raymond G. Dobard, 1999, history.  (Historian Giles Wright considers this book's theory to be "nonsense.")

6.  Bill of Wrongs: The Executive Branch's Assault on America's Fundamental Rights ~ by Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose, 2008, social science

7.  Stress: The Good and the Bad ~ by Paula Ceccaldi, Agnes Diricq, and Clementine Bagieu, 2001, health

8.  The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century ~ by Thomas L. Friedman, 2006 (expanded edition), social science
I bought eight books today at a tent sale outside Half Price Books.  Half are fiction, and half are nonfiction.  Hmm, since two of the books of fiction contain three stories each, I actually got an even dozen.  How do you like my math?

Bloggers gather in the Sunday Salon — at separate computers in different time zones — to talk about our lives and our reading.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Beginning ~ with a miracle

Small Great Things ~ by Jodi Picoult, 2016, fiction (Connecticut)
The miracle happened on West Seventy-Fourth Street, in the home where Mama worked.  It was a big brownstone encircled by a wrought-iron fence, and overlooking either side of the ornate door were gargoyles, their granite faces carved from my nightmares.
Those first sentences were from Ruth's childhood, as she looked back at a miracle.  Here's a blurb about the rest of the novel:
Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience.  During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient.  The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child.  The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery.  Does she obey orders or does she intervene?  Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime.  Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice:  Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy.  Conflicted by Kennedy’s counsel, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family — especially her teenage son — as the case becomes a media sensation.  As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other’s trust, and come to see that what they’ve been taught their whole lives about others — and themselves — might be wrong.

Gilion at Rose City Reader hosts Book Beginnings on Fridays.  Click here for today's Mister Linky.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Library Loot ~ something new

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire @ The Captive Reader and Linda @ Silly Little Mischief that encourages us to share the names of books we checked out of the library.  See what others got this week.

I've started something new.  No, not the library loot posts, but a new way to use the library.  When I moved to St. Louis, I got library cards from the St. Louis County Library and from the University City Public Library.  My town (U-City) is in St. Louis County, so I'm eligible for both library systems.  When I was having car problems, now fixed, I couldn't get to either library without begging rides with others going that way.  So I tapped into the system set up by U-City to bring books to the seniors at the Crown Center where I live.  Deliveries are scheduled for every three weeks.  All I have to do is put books on reserve, and they'll be placed in a bag for me until the next delivery day!  Fantastic!

Still working on my DASH Diet:
The DASH Diet to End Obesity: The Best Plan to Prevent Hypertension and Type 2 Diabetes and Reduce Excess Weight ~ by Willliam M. Manger, Jennifer K. Nelson, Marion J. Franz, and Edward J. Roccella, 2014
Children's picture books:
Duck! Rabbit! ~ by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, 2009
Amazing Grace ~ by Mary Hoffman, 1991
Princess Grace ~ by Mary Hoffman, 2008
Grace at Christmas ~ by Mary Hoffman, 2011
Another look at an oldie:
Future Shock ~ by Alvin Toffler, 1970

Rape Culture

Monday, October 17, 2016

Diversity ~ mindfulness

This is what it's like to live at the
Crown Center for Senior Living in St. Louis.