The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey
This is my third time reading this book. I think I first read it in 2016 or 2017, found during a volunteer session at the library while pulling holds. It’s just such a calming, fascinating story that also taught me much about snails. Thomas and Lillian both love this book too. They read it the first time around. Simply a beautiful book and story.
**Throwback to 2015** – From the time Thomas and Lillian were born (2005 and 2001) 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 Pebble for Your Pocket – Mindful Stories for Children and Grown-ups by Thich Nhat Hanh
August 2015: Ask for help and you shall receive …
My son, Thomas (10 years old at the time) got angry the other night and it was spilling out of him in unkind ways. He asked me for help in getting past the moment and was not liking anything I suggested.
It was time for our nightly reading and “A Pebble for Your Pocket” is what we are currently reading. I opened to where we had stopped the night before and this is where we were to begin again, “When We Are Angry”.
Thomas stopped me after reading the title and halfway through the first sentence and said that I had chosen that on purpose. “No, Thomas, I did not. This is where we stopped last night. You asked for help and here it is.”
I felt his energy shift just from hearing this. He was glued to the entire section.
November 2020: This is a wonderful book for all ages. I’ve read it once or twice since this reading in 2015. It’s easy to read, with practical suggestions that work to help with a mindfulness practice.
This is my first book to read by James Baldwin, and it won’t be my last. Such a powerful book about the consequences of racial injustice. I found Baldwin’s words meaningful on many different levels. Written in 1962, in the early days of the civil rights movement .. Here’s a quote from the book that really resonated with me:
“White people in this country will have quite enough to do in learning how to accept and love themselves and each other, and when they have achieved this — which will not be tomorrow and may very well be never — the Negro problem will no longer exist, for it will no longer be needed.” – James Baldwin
You read correctly. I have never read this book. I don’t typically read sci-fi. However, Ray Bradbury’s Zen in the Art of Writing was mentioned by another author. I read that one, in which Bradbury comments about Fahrenheit 451. That gave me the nudge I needed to add it to my read list.
I am so happy I did. This is a wonderfully well written, great book. I enjoyed every minute of following the characters, throughout to the end of the story. I’ve also got both the original and new version of the movie on hold at the library. Might as well watch the movies now (I’ve since watched the 1966 version of the movie, and will be watching the 2018 version soon). Fabulous story, fabulous writing, fabulous book!
Goldie – a lotus grows in the mud by Goldie Hawn with Wendy Holden
I bought this book many moons ago and it’s been packed for the last 3 years. Finally got to read it when unpacking. It was wonderful learning more bout Goldie Hawn’s childhood, throughout her early adult life to the books publication in 2005. A book about family, friendship, love, and dedication. I would like for the content to have gone a bit deeper. Yet, still enjoyed it.
**Throwback to 2015** – 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.
Mother Teresa by DEMI
We love all the books we’ve read that are written and illustrated by DEMI. This was the perfect book to end our day with last night. A woman who listened to what was in her heart.
Too Much and Never Enough – How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man by Mary L. Trump, PH.D.
A must read, revealing book. Served as confirmation for what I have observed, and deduced, on my own, and what I intuitively felt from the energy that exudes from this man. So far, she’s been the only family member willing to come forward and tell the truth about this dysfunctional family and man.
Armchair travel at its best. Vividly descriptive travels with Bill as he traces the steps of vikings, infused with a great sense of humor. An epic journey that had me laughing out loud one moment, imagining I was sharing a table with Bill and enjoying the local cuisine another moment, and hiking the trails in the next moment. Beautiful writing! Thoroughly enjoyed it!
The Penguin Lessons by Tom Michell – What I Learned from a Remarkable Bird
The title and the cover are what drew me to this book as I discovered it while pulling holds at the library. Written in 2015, about an event that happened in 1975, I really enjoyed this story.
While away for the weekend in Uruguay, twenty-three-year-old Tom Michell rescues a penguin covered in oil from an ocean spill. Michell cleans him up and tries to return him to sea. The penguin refuses to return and follows Michell. We learn how Michell smuggled the penguin, now named Juan Salvador, back to Argentina with him, where he is assistant master at a boarding school.
Heartwarming story of Juan Salvador’s life on the campus, to include the lives he touched along the way.