**Throwback to March 2016** – Have yet to read one of Pema Chodron’s books that I don’t find meaningful. So raw and real! Love, love, love!!
“We are being encouraged to remain open to the present groundless moment, to a direct, unarmored participation with our experience. We are certainly not being asked to trust that everything is going to be all right. Moving in the direction of nothing to hold on to is daring. We will not initially experience it as a thrilling, alive, wonderful way to be. How many of us feel ready to interrupt our habitual patterns, our almost instinctual ways of getting comfortable?”
Dance of the Sacred Circle – A Native American Tale by Kristina Rodanas
**Throwback to 2016** – From the time Thomas and Lillian were born I read to them nightly before going to bed; leading to some time in 2017 when we all decided to discontinue doing so. Their tastes in what interested each of them had solidified by this point. We all continue to be heavy readers, reading daily.
A tale of bravery and magic based on a Blackfeet legend …. “The old ones spoke of the Great Chief in the Sky, whose breath gave life all the world. They said he lived in a wonderful land far above the stars …. ” Another one we really enjoyed … –Camilla
Tomorrow to be Brave – A Memoir of the Only Woman Ever to Serve in the French Foreign Legion by Susan Travers with Wendy Holden
My interest in this book was due to having interviewed Wendy Holden on MeetingtheAuthors.com. I really enjoyed meeting Wendy and getting to know her, so went in search of any books my local library had authored by Wendy. They have several that I’m making my way through. I’ve also requested the library purchase her newest book!
A gripping true story that left me in awe of this courageous woman. An up close and intimate tale of what was endured by those who fought World War II, told through Susan Travers’ eyes about what she experienced.
Follow the link to learn more about Wendy and her other books …
This is a Yale Series of Younger Poets book that I came across while pulling holds at the library. The title and cover caught my attention.
One of my favorite pieces from the collection:
“Form gives space for something to exist. You have to dig in yourself to find what you’ll put in it. Places you don’t know appear. Poems are a way to ask for what exists, to invite what wants to be visible.”
I began reading this about 5 months prior to finishing it. At about 370 pages, it’s definitely not a quick read. I didn’t get finished with it the first time I checked it out from the library. Then it was lost within the library system for about a month. And, then it reappeared! HA! So … finally got to finish it!!
It was exactly what I needed to read at the exact moment I needed it! Unlike any I’ve ever read. Eye and heart opening. I did find myself getting irritated with some of the content; yet, it hit home for me. I would not have been ready for this content years ago. Specifically, the topic of spiritual bypassing, avoiding what calls to be healed within us.
Walking into my own shadows, darkness, and triggers is something I shifted to doing in 2016. This book reinforced the path I had been on since then. Incredibly happy that I requested the library purchase this one and that they did purchase it!
It’s clear I’m in for the long haul with this series. I have much catching up to do as this was published in 1996 and Nancy Atherton is still writing this series! I’ll be reading them for a while! HA!
Since this is still near the beginning of the series, more characters were introduced and it was great getting to know them. I loved the mystery to be solved, yet, this has been my least favorite so far. I still very much enjoyed it and enjoyed learning about the history of Lori’s husbands family.
This book is unlike any other I’ve read. First of all, I love the cover and the title. That was enough to draw me to the book. A visionary fictional story following two men on separate pilgrimages.
One of my favorite passages from the book, “…. Thera are many guides on this path. There are the leaves and the birds, the wind and the stones, the sun and the moon, the stars and the soil. Each has its own language to teach …. “
This is one of those books to own so it can be read more than once, at different times, as I’m sure it’s meaning will shift as my path shifts.
I interviewed Thomas Lloyd Qualls on this website in August 2019. Follow the link below to learn more about Thomas.
Phaedra Patrick’s latest book. I read her first two and love each book more than the one before! I read the entire book in just a few sittings. I could not stand to stop. Just had to keep reading! I love a GREAT mystery; yet also want it to be a mystery that doesn’t involve murders or deaths. Phaedra does not disappoint with delivering a whopping mystery, with lovable characters to get to know (and some you’d rather not know). I’m already excited for her next book!!
I interviewed Phaedra Patrick on this website in June 2019. You’ll want to check that out too! –Camilla
I am in love with this series. Haven’t read one yet that I did not devour. I was unsure I’d enjoy this one, but once I got started, there was no turning back. It was great going on this journey with Emma, learning more about her, the new characters introduced, and getting reacquainted with characters from the other books. – Camilla