Tuesday, August 14, 2007

power of music

"Speaking of the harmony of music, I should like to say that the true harmony of music comes from the harmony of the soul. That music alone can be called real which comes from the harmony of the soul, its true source, and when it comes from there it must appeal to all souls.

"It would be no exaggeration if I were to say that music alone can be the means by which the souls of races, nations and families, which today are so far apart, may one day be united. The musician's lesson in life is therefore a great one. Music is not expressed through language, but through beauty of rhythm and tone which reach far beyond language. The more the musician is conscious of his mission in life, the greater service he can render to humanity."

~Hazrat Inayat Khan, "The Mysticism of Sound and Music"

Saturday, August 04, 2007

June and July book list

The Last Summer (of You and Me) by Anne Brashares -- a good romantic novel with a nice plot, written by the author of the Traveling Pants books. This one is much more mature than those, but all of her books are good, I think.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (#6) by JK Rowlings -- good read, book candy, I didn't find it as good as some of the first ones, but still very worth reading.

The TurnAround Mom: How and Abuse and Addiction Survivor Stopped the Toxic Cycle for her Family by Carey Sipp -- fairly good, helped me continue to understand my job and the guests better, much of the advice is "common sense" that can be hard to follow. It helps to make some sense of some of the cycles and reasons for their perpetuation.

Book by Book: Notes on Reading and Life by Michael Dirda -- written by a former Washington Post book reviewer, almost a journal of his favorite books and quotes along with a few expositions on the importance and meaning of reading.

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier -- very good, another romantic novel with a good plot and historical pieces to it. Good movie, too.

Lying Awake by Mark Salzman -- elegant portrayal of a Carmelite Convent and of the dilemma faced by many who have religious experiences that are tied to illnesses -- how does one decide whether or not to treat the illness, and how does one understand the nature of the religious experiences? Beautifully written, best book I've read in a while.

Books on tape:
The Amber Spyglass and the Subtle Knife (two different books of His Dark Materials Trilogy) by Philip Pullman -- very good books, though the final point of them was different than I thought it would be. Interesting treatment of spirituality and religion. Very much worth reading (or listening to).

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom -- cheesy, as I thought it would be, but still and okay book. Essentially good lessons that I'm sure were better learned from Morrie himself than from the book -- the book simply encapsulates what is too big and mysterious to be simplified, and it all ends up feeling cliched.

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe -- I understand why it's a classic of sorts. Well written and a good story. All the same, I didn't really like it all that much (though I can't put my finger on why not).

Mis Gatitas and my neighbors

Mummy dearest and BigBro, two of my neigbors (LilSis and Hubby, being the other two). See MummyDearest's blog for more and better pictures. It's so fun when BigBro comes to "Lolie's home".
Then, Gabby -- my cuddle-butt with a permanent grumpy face (don't be fooled!). She's three and a half now.
Then, Elsa -- too curious for her own good, sometimes... Two and a half years old now.

Catching up on pictures...

A long time ago, I promised pictures (of what, now I can't remember). So here I am finally fulfilling my intention... And you are going to get quite a few pictures with very little relation to one another, I'm afraid. But, better than nothing, eh?

Aww... aren't I cute? This was in the winter. You should see my freckles now!

"downtown" Monterey

Broomball (see earlier GF dictionary post for explanation)

Gould Farm summer and fall prettiness

Come back! (wirgin, clemmy, tizzy, bearded vet, and kt with Patron -- all former GFers)

Cute cow-lets

Patron, farm parrot -- Cigarette, anyone?