A Very British Romance #TVReview #BriFri
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Every Friday night, I kiss my husband. No matter how tired we are. No matter what dreadful things we said to each other earlier in the day. No matter what. The kiss is neither perfunctory nor passionate. And yet, even when there are six other people in the room, it is intimate.Yesterday, I took three boxes of books to trade at the big used book store in town. I came home with this book. I've read Diamant's novels The Red Tent (1997), Good Harbor (2001), and Day After Night (2009), so I know she's an excellent writer. I look forward to digging into this book, after I get moved to St. Louis this weekend. Here's a description:
All week long, a kiss is just a kiss. But our Friday-night kiss is something else. It acknowledges a connection that is ultimately as mysterious as any sunset, as sacred as any psalm.
This is a ritual kiss. It takes place in the dining room, immediately after we light two new, white candles and sing the blessing that marks the beginning of Shabbat, the Jewish Sabbath. Candles and kiss are followed by blessings over wine and bread.
Before The Red Tent, before Good Harbor, before and during six books on contemporary Jewish life, Anita Diamant was a columnist. Over the course of two decades, she wrote essays about friendship and family, work and religion, ultimately creating something of a public diary reflecting the shape and evolution of her lifeThe word "Shekhinah," the rabbinic term for God's presence on earth, is from a Hebrew verb meaning "to pitch one's tent" (according to Karen Armstrong's book The Case for God, p. 376). Is this related in any way to Diamant's title? I hope the book gives me a clue. as well as the trends of her generation. Pitching My Tent collects the finest of these essays, all freshly revised, updated, and enriched with new material, forming a cohesive and compelling narrative.
Organized into six parts, the shape of the book reflects the general shape of adult life, chronicling its emotional and practical milestones. There are sections on marriage and the nature of family ("Love, Marriage, Baby Carriage"); on the ties that bind mother and child ("My One and Only"); on the demands and rewards of friendship ("The Good Ship"); on the challenges of balancing Jewish and secular calendars ("Time Wise"); on midlife ("In the Middle"); and on what it means to embrace Judaism in today's culture ("Home for the Soul").
|Kiki sitting among boxes from an earlier move|
When I grow up I want to be like my mother. She doesn't go to work, but she does work. She works for a man. He teachs music. My mother plays the piano very well. My mother is a room mother this year. She enjoys having partys for us. I think I would like to be a room mother when I grow up. Sandra L. Jacobs
April 29, 1969
|Similar to my dad's grave, but 50 years later.|
Best quote: "Is attending your church, synagogue, mosque, or temple helping you be a better and more compassionate person, spouse, neighbor, employee, and employer? Is it leading you to understand yourself, to know what ego has done and is doing in you, your thinking, your relationships, and so forth, to experience a transformational shift in consciousness, 'to over come the world,' as Jesus put it? If not, then my advice is this: Stop going! Go somewhere else or find another religion altogether. Better yet, give up on reeligion entirely" (p. 191).
Description: "In this modern classic, Carolyn G. Heilbrun builds an eloquent argument demonstrating that writers conform all too often to society's expectations of what women should be like at the expense of the truth of the female experience. Drawing on the careers of celebrated authors including Virginia Woolf, George Sand, and Dorothy Sayers, Heilbrun illustrates the struggle these writers undertook in both work and life to break away from traditional 'male' scripts for women's roles."
More likely up next
After typing the information about Writing a Woman's Life (above), I slipped it back onto the shelf with my books on women's studies. That's when I noticed I had shelved it beside a book about women's diaries. Synchronicity, since I don't have a particular order within my broader categories: theology, scriptures of the world's religions, women's studies, etc. It would make sense to read it next, but it's over 400 pages longso not likely one I'll want to read right away. I may choose a novel, for lighter reading, or maybe.......
The Great Transformation ~ by Karen Armstrong, 2006GENERATIONS
--- or ---The Case for God ~ by Karen Armstrong, 2009
Since I'm studying Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong (2010) with my Book Buddies group, I'll probably read one of these two books by Karen Armstrong which are on my bookshelves. If I can find them after the move, that is.
You might be wondering what philosophy is all about. Surely it is only for high-flying intellectuals who spend hours thinking?Table of Contents (added for myself, if you don't want to read any more about this book)
Philosophy is not just about how to think; it is about how to live. Philosophy takes a closer look at the ideas behind how we live our lives. What we think is true affects our view of ourselves and how we treat other people and the world.
Each of us has a mixture of ideas in our heads about ourselves and the world. These ideas have come from somewhere. This book takes a look at different ideas from different times, different people, and different places.
1 Knowledge and Reason ~ Plato and the Ancient GreeksPart 2: Who Am I? ~ The Question of Identity
2 Theories of Knowledge ~ Plato and Aristotle
3 Faith and Reason ~ Augustine
4 The Nature of the Soul ~ Aristotle and IdentityPart 3: Does God Exist? ~ Philosophy of Religion
5 Mind and Body Divided ~ René Descartes’ Dualism
6 What Price the Soul? ~ Modern Debate on the Mind/Body Problem
7 From Plato to Bertrand Russell ~ Arguments for the Existence of GodPart 4: Routes to Knowledge ~ Rationalism and Empiricism
8 The Five Ways ~ Thomas Aquinas
9 The Argument from Religious Experience ~ The Bible and the Mystics
10 Knowing through the Mind ~ René DescartesPart 5: Why Do We Exist? ~ Existentialism
11 Knowing through our Senses ~ John Locke and Bishop Berkeley
12 The Limits of Knowing ~ David Hume
13 Faith: the Highest Way of Living ~ Søren KierkegaardPart 6: All in the Mind? ~ Psychology
14 The Nature of Being ~ Martin Heidegger
15 Free to Choose ~ Jean-Paul Sartre
16 God as Psychological Projection ~ Ludwig FeuerbachPart 7: How Should Society Be Organized? ~ Politics
17 The Unconscious Mind ~ Sigmund Freud
18 The Collective Unconscious ~ Carl Gustav Jung
19 The Republic ~ PlatoPart 8: Is Man the Measure of All Things? ~ Humanism
20 The Ultimate Political Pragmatist ~ Niccolo Machiavelli
21 Class Conflict ~ Karl Marx
22 The Rise of Humanism ~ Erasmus and the RenaissancePart 9: Who is Jesus? ~ The Person of Christ
23 Beyond Good and Evil ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
24 Humanism in the Modern World ~ John Stuart Mill
25 Christology through the Ages ~ Jesus, the Son of GodPart 10: What Place Has the Bible? ~ The Question of Interpretation
26 The Kingdom of God ~ Jesus of Nazareth
27 Revelation and Response ~ Some People of Faith
28 The Struggle for Understanding ~ The Early ChristiansPart 11: Does Science Have the Answers? ~ Science and Belief
29 The Reformation ~ Martin Luther and John Calvin
30 Interpreting the Bible Today ~ Conservatives and Radicals
31 Creation and Evolution ~ Charles DarwinPart 12: The Nature of Meaning ~ Skepticism and Pluralism
32 The Meaning of Modern Science ~ Einstein and the New Physics
33 Miracles in a Scientific World ~ The Argument with Hume
34 The Enlightenment ~ Immanuel KantPart 13: What Are the Boundaries of Reality? ~ The Paranormal
35 Language Games ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein
36 Pluralism ~ Reality is Relative
37 The Quest for the Transcendent ~ Christianity and the ParanormalPart 14: God the Mother? ~ Feminism
38 The Devil and All His Works ~ Belief in Satan Today
39 The Problem of Evil and Suffering ~ An Age-old Question
40 The Maleness of Reason ~ A Feminist ViewpointPart 15: Anything Goes? ~ Relativism Versus Certainty
41 Patriarchy and Women ~ Mary Wollstonecraft and Others
42 Male and Female in the Bible ~ Feminist Theology
43 Moral Relativism ~ William James and the American PragmatistsPart 16: Renaissance or Delusion? ~ New Age Thinking
44 Postmodernity ~ Culture in Change
45 Fundamentalism ~ Reality is Certain
46 Shifting the Paradigm ~ Modern New Age Movements
47 The Me-Cult ~ New Age Psychology
48 Tomorrow’s World ~ A Bird’s-eye View
"On John Irving the writer, have you read any other books by him? Which would you recommend?"
"I keep hearing and seeing raves for the book A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. Have you read that? Anyone else read anything by John Irving?"
"I, too, would welcome any input about A Prayer for Owen Meany. My in-town group has chosen it for January."
"I have a good friend in Maryland that belongs to a book club and they just finished reading A Prayer for Owen Meany. She said it was very good."
"I just received that book from Amazon yesterday. Can't wait to start it, but, alas, have a few more ahead of it."
"Yes, I am reading A Prayer for Owen Meany for my intown book group. Round about chapter 5 or 6 now. I am enjoying it."
"I just started reading A Prayer for Owen Meany today. I think I'm really going to enjoy this one."
"This one is also on my 'want to read' list. Don't know when I will get to it. Hopefully, when you and Bonnie get through reading the book, you will post to us through e-mails your thoughts ad insights. I think some of the others in the group have already read this book, but I can't remember who."
Bonnie on December 30, 1997: "I finished reading A Prayer for Owen Meany last night. There's a lot here to discuss, whenever folks are ready."
"For those of you who might be interested." (In the email she sent us, this book buddy put Joan Smith's Salon Interview with John Irving, which had this long sentence:
"Since 1978, when he published The World According to Garp, Irving has produced eight long novels, all of them bestsellers, and has become one of the best known authors in America, famous for his comically convoluted plots, his penchant for violent fates and endless epilogues (you always know, happily, what happened next in an Irving novel).""I really like A Prayer for Owen Meany. I'm just beginning the 4th chapter. You were right, Bonnie, there should be lots of good discussion with this book."
Synopsis: In the summer of 1953, during a Little League baseball game, 11-year-old Owen Meany hits a foul ball that kills his best friend's mother. What happens to him after that fateful day makes A Prayer for Owen Meany extraordinary, terrifying, and unforgettable.Did my Book Buddies ever discuss this book? I don't remember. What did I think of it at the time? I don't know, but I do know I've referred to it many times. I posted it on a list of 1001 books you should read before you die. I recommended it for Banned Books Week. It was even the answer to Which book are you?, once out of four different times I took the quiz in 2007 (along with The Mists of Avalon, Anne of Green Gables, and the Dictionary). Did I rate the book when I first read it? I have no idea, since I did not yet have a blog and wasn't thinking along those lines. How about now? Based on the fact that the book and its plot are still rattling around in my memory banks, I think it deserves a 10 out of 10.
He says, "It is only the person who is present to himself that is happy." That's what I call mindfulness. Being in the present means being aware of what's right here, right now.
In the vision that inspired this painting, Jung saw the Hindu god Brahma in serpent form, with the tree of life sprouting from its mouth. Unlike Freud, Jung recognized that other cultures, particularly Chinese and Indian, contributed to his theories, and he believed Brahma was "the star of the East, ... the stag from the forest, ... the end and the beginning."
|She looked more bedraggled than this.|
|Jack grew to be a big cat and looked a lot like this one|
|Kiki Cat in later years|
"I was late that Monday morning because my shoelace broke just as I was leaving for school. Meant I had to use some string. Now, you might think string would be easy to find, but it wasn't. String was something you gave away for the war effort. Besides, my sister had already left for school and my mother was at her job at the Navy Yard. Those days me and my family lived in Brooklyn. During the war. When I was eleven.I met Avi ten or twelve years ago in Kentucky, where my friend Donna and I were attending some sort of books and authors event. I had already read several of his books for young adults (YA) by then, so it was special to get to talk to him and get his autograph in a book. Although I got this book several years ago, I still haven't read it, and it won't take long at all. Here's a synopsis:
"World War II is on everyone's mind and in every headline, and Howie Crispers has a hunch that his school principal is a spy. With a little snooping around, Howie finds out something even more alarming. Principal Lomister may not be a spy, but he is plotting to get rid of Howie's favorite teacher. Howie's dad is fighting Nazis overseas, and his mom is working hard to support the war effort, so Miss Gossim is the only person Howie can depend on. With the help of his friends, and a plan worthy of radio show superhero Captain Midnight, Howie intends to save Miss Gossim!"Information on the back of the book tells me a little more about how important Howie's teacher is to him. It's 1943 in Brooklyn, New York. Every day, Howie and his friend Denny face reminders of the war where their dads are fighting
|Elisabeth and Jurgen|
"If you had all the time in the world, what would you read?"The first thing that comes to mind, as I sit amid books and books and books that I'm sorting out before moving, is the 31 books by and about Jurgen Moltmann that I have. I'd finally get around to reading what he had been writing for decades, studying and comparing his early thoughts and his later understandings. On the day I left seminary, I went to the bookstore and bought another of his books, even though I had already completed everything required to graduate with my MDiv (Master of Divinity). Something about what this theologian said really spoke to me, though I don't agree with everything he's ever written. Far from it. I'd just like to know him better. And his wife, Elisabeth Moltmann-Wendel. She is also an inspiring theologian, and I especially like a book they wrote together ~ God: His and Hers (1991). Here's a list of books by Jurgen Moltmann in English. I own most of them, plus books others have written about his theology.
"Lumber available, still needs to be split."After reading the contents, I went back and confirmed my definition of the word "lumber" by going to an online dictionary. Yes, "lumber" is timber that has been sawed or split into planks or boards. (Timber would be the trees themselves.) So the wood is not LUMBER until after being sawed or split. Saying "still needs to be split" means there's no LUMBER yet. Here's the content of that email:
Now he's changed the word to "logs," which would be correct. "Lumber" is for building construction, and people "split logs" for their fireplaces. Maybe I'm an old fuddy-duddy because I expect people to use words correctly. But how can we really communicate if we don't know what we're talking about?
"I have a large sugar maple that has been cut into firewood length logs. The logs are various sizes and still need to be split. The larger logs will take 2-3 people to lift and a truck. Help yourself."
The process of learning alphabetic literacy rewired the human brain, with profound consequences for culture. Making connections across a wide range of subjects including brain function, anthropology, history, and religion, Shlain argues that literacy reinforced the brain's linear, abstract, predominantly masculine left hemisphere at the expense of the holistic, iconic feminine right one. This shift upset the balance between men and women and initiated the disappearance of goddesses, the abhorrence of images, and — in literacy's early stages — the decline of women's political status. Patriarchy and misogyny followed.This book fascinates me, and I'll probably buy a copy so I can mark it up. I didn't want to stop reading long enough to write out notes, as I usually do. So I have a list of pages I want to go back and annotate. Or read the whole book again. Notice that I rated the book "10/10" up above, which means it really hit home with me. Some of the ideas that I found most intriguing include these that I want to investigate.
Shlain contrasts the feminine right-brained oral teachings of Socrates, Buddha, and Jesus with the masculine creeds that evolved when their spoken words were committed to writing. The first book written in an alphabet was the Old Testament, and its most important passage was the Ten Commandments. The first two commandments reject any goddess influence and ban any form of representative art.
Shlain goes on to describe the colossal shift he calls the Iconic Revolution, that began in the 19th century. The invention of photography and the discovery of electromagnetism combined to bring us film, television, computers, and graphic advertising; all of which are based on images. Shlain foresees that increasing reliance on right brain pattern recognition instead of left brain linear sequence will move culture toward equilibrium between the two hemispheres, between masculine and feminine, between word and image.