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Posted in book review, books, Close to Nature, guilty pleasures, inspirational, literature and Fiction, Mary Oliver, Mary Oliver Quotes, tagged books, Close to Nature, inspirational, literature and Fiction, Mary Oliver, Mary OLiver writings and poems, poems, quotes on September 15, 2016 | 10 Comments »
I am excited. Truly.
A few days ago, I saw this on Mary Oliver’s timeline. Her new book Upstream will be released in a month and I just hope this time I would be able to find a copy.
It’s the newest collection of Mary Oliver’s essays. I’m always on the lookout for Mary Oliver’s quotes online and luckily I found one on Blogger. Would you believe, the author quoted a poem of Mary every day for a year and did a short write-up of what those words meant in her life? I am still on the first few entries but I was able to find some poems which are not included in the only two books I have of Mary Oliver, New And Selected Poems, Vol. 1 and the lovely edition of A Thousand Mornings.
Then I found these on her wall too and I was l smiling like crazy. Her words inspire me, lift me up and give me that boost I sorely need when I feel down. To appreciate the beauty of the natural world around us, what bliss!
One of my favorite poems is this, The Wild Geese.
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
“Let your life lightly dance on
the edges of Time
like dew on the tip of a leaf.” – Rabindranath Tagore
Posted in book review, books, Goodreads' 2016 Reading Challenge, life, quotes, reading, tagged book review, books, Closer to God, inspirational, life, prayers, quotes, reading on July 29, 2016 | 2 Comments »
If there is a rating more than five stars, I’ll give this book a six. It’s one of the best books I’ve read to date, my 70th out of the 100 books I challenged myself to finish for Goodread’s 2016 Reading Challenge. I am afraid my review would not be enough to describe the beauty of this book, how well-written it is so I won’t even attempt to write one. Suffice to say, this book is beautiful, inspiring, awesome…..beautiful, inspiring, awesome. Truly a masterpiece. Lisa Wingate is a gifted writer.
“None can contain the magnificence of a wave kissing sand or the perfect spiral of a shell drying translucent in the sun or the fire of morning over endless water.
Or the beauty of a hummingbird as it hovers just an arm’s length away, mysteriously out of season on the day before Thanksgiving, it’s wings stroking air,rapid, invisible, powerful. Frozen in time for only an instant.
And then it flies away, growing smaller and smaller against the blue of an endless sky. Until finally it disappears into heaven.”
There are so many lovely quotes that I found in this book that I copied to my journal. The prayer box reminds me of another blog post I wrote exactly a year ago. My thought box is a discarded chocolate tin which contains square scratch papers of different size and color (filled with words, quotes, single lines, messages and reminders) which I have to sort out again whereas the prayer box is a treasure trove of inspiring words and letters religiously documented over the years.
When a book touches you where it matters the most, it is certainly a winner.
The power of the written word was what she revered, how thoughts on paper could change your perspective, and, on occasion, your life.
We could touch another soul through ink or in this case, through a few words that inspire. Above quote was lifted from the book by Kristine McMorris, Letters From Home.
Letters are always welcome, hand-written words are priceless treasures. I seldom receive snail mail now but when I do, I think of what inspiring gifts are written inside.
And here I am, still so lazy to blog. Don’t get me wrong, I was up to my neck the past few days gardening and supervising the workers who are concreting our sidewalks – front and the left side of our property line. I asked them to leave my Santan plants in front and my Bougainvillea at the corner. Good thing they left about a foot uncemented on the left side so I could plant small shrubs that won’t grow tall and obstruct the sidewalks. It seems only a few days ago that Josef and I trimmed our carabao grass and yet I was surprised that the daily downpour made them grow by leaps and bounds. It’s amazing because they look so fresh and green but hard for my aching hands and back. I saved sacks of garden soil which the workers removed from the sidewalks and will use it to repot some of my plants later. Had to do this before the rainy days set in.
One good thing though about being in hiatus (if you can call it that) is I am slowly catching up on my reading. I am on my second book on the three-series memoirs by Jennifer Worth. Book one was an engrossing read. I wish I could also watch the television series being shown on BBC.
Here is another lovely quote I would like to share with you all.
Life will throw a lot at you so you can count on learning something new every day. I have learned to open my heart and let life teach me whatever it has to offer. Every day is a gift wrapped in the lessons of tomorrow. – amy lynn steele, Teach Me
Have a blessed and happy June month.
Allow me to borrow a book title for my blog post today. I have just finished reading this, a book about a family’s struggles while fleeing war-torn Afghanistan. I have just encountered Nadia Hashimi’s book, my first one of her actually but based on Goodread’s short bio about her, she is a very gifted author. This book was simple but so elegantly written that I can’t help but fill my small notebook with quotes that ring and vibrate throughout the story.
I never base my reviews on book summaries but how it affected me while reading it. This is one of those books that is comparable with the works of another Afghan author that I admire so much, Khaled Hosseini. Don’t ask me why but ever since I started reading I have always been fascinated by history and historical novels. I think I am old soul. I am reminded of those times when I searched and bought almost all of Leon Uris’ published books and reread Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead.
One learns a lot when you read about other people and other countries’ cultures. You learn how their lives are shaped by their beliefs and their love for their families. You learn that everywhere, there is something similar about the culture you grew up in. Family represents a binding force always. And lest I forget, let me quote some of those words I’ve jotted down while reading this book.
- – Love can grow even in place where there is hardly air to breathe.
- – There are truths and lies and there are things in between, murky waters where light gets bent and broken.
- – Love grows wildest in the gardens of hardship.
- – Some things are clearer from a distance.
- – It takes a lifetime to learn your parents. For children, parents are larger than life. They are strong arms that carry little ones, warm laps for sleepy heads, sources of food and wisdom. It’s as if parents were born on the same day as their children, having not existed a moment before. As children inch their way into adolescence, the parent changes. He is an authority, a source of answers, and a chastising voice. Depending on the day, he may be resented, emulated, questioned, or defied. Only as an adult can a child imagine his parent as a whole person, as a husband, a brother, or a son. Only then can a child see how his parent fits into the world beyond four walls.
There are more wonderful quotes that I’d like to share with you but these will do for now. Next on my list is a book about Lou Gehrig’s disease. The last time I encountered ALS ( Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) was when I read Tuesdays With Morrie several years ago. I hope I won’t cry as much as I did when I read Mitch Albom’s book. I remember giving copies to my two doctors when I had sigmoid surgery. It is a gift to know that you can be strong even if you are dying.