Friday, October 19, 2018

BUDDHA'S LITTLE INSTRUCTION BOOK

Jack Kornfield. BUDDHA'S LITTLE INSTRUCTION BOOK. Bantam, 1994.

One of my "finds" at the annual Rotary Book Sale. This is the way I need to learn. Too much abstraction does not work for me. Very calming. Excellent addendum on six types of meditation. So grateful. 


Monday, October 8, 2018

HOW TO KNOW GOD: THE SOUL'S JOURNEY INTO THE MYSTERY OF MYSTERIES

Deepak Chopra. HOW TO KNOW GOD: THE SOUL'S JOURNEY INTO THE MYSTERY OF MYSTERIES. Running Press, 2000.

Spiritual. Inspirational. Seems to me to apply Maslow's hierarchy to images of divinity and to stages of spiritual development. 


THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN

Garth Stein. THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN. Harper, 2008.

Hawthorne Book Club Selection for October, 2018. Love it. Set in Seattle. Race car metaphor. Dog Enzo narrates. 


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

CITY TREATY

Marvin Francis. CITY TREATY. Turnstone, 2002.

Wanted to re-read this one for research on my TRC Quilt. It still stands up. Still reminds me of Martin Luther nailing the Protestant manifesto to the church door, and of Chris Woods sacred urban spaces--McDonalds, West Edmonton Mall, Vancouver street Stations of the Cross, etc. Questioning what are our priorities, and whether the sacred can be resuscitated, and Indigenous culture given space to breathe. 


Friday, September 28, 2018

BURY YOUR DEAD

Louise Penny. BURY YOUR DEAD. 2010.

Chief Inspector Armand Gamache is resting up in Quebec City with Emile Comeau, his old mentor, when he agrees to help investigate a murder of a Champlain fanatic whose body is found in the basement of an English-language historical society. As he investigates, Gamache re-lives the trauma of a recent hostage-taking terrorist take-down which led to four dead officers. The funeral was national news. Both he and Jean-Guy Beauvoir are injured.The details of the terrorist plan are sketchy, helping us anticipate further revelations. 

Jean-Guy has been sent to review a murder in Three Pines, to ensure that the convicted felon is really guilty. 

Beautiful evocations of the Quebec winter. 


ROALD AMUNDSEN

ROALD AMUNDSEN: Canadian Explorer

A quick illustrated Children's book about the inspirations and achievements of Norwegian Arctic and Antarctic explorer Amundsen who my Great-Uncle Murray is rumoured to have met when he was stationed at Cape Fullerton, in what is now Nunavut.


(Not this book, but I can't find an image of the one I borrowed from FVRL.)

Thursday, September 20, 2018

HOW THE SCOTS CREATED CANADA

Paul Cowan. HOW THE SCOTS CREATED CANADA. Dragon Hill, 2006.

Very interesting round-up of Scots presence in Canada, mostly (but not all) since 1763. Trying to contact the writer to suggest additions. The Piper Richardson story and statue in Chilliwack, and his pipes now in the Royal BC Museum. Place names like Abbotsford, Banff, McGregor, etc. And the most famous of all in Canadian literature--Margaret Laurence, especially her novel The Diviners, in which the protagonist Morag Gunn traces her family's Scottish roots (Gunn, Logan, Wemyss, Simpson) as a step in her growing Canadian identity. Actually, now that I think about it, there is almost no reference in Cowan's book to the contribution of Scots women in the creation of Canada. Nellie McClung? Alice Munro? See her The View from Castle Rock. European traditions die hard. 


BUDDHA'S LITTLE INSTRUCTION BOOK

Jack Kornfield. BUDDHA'S LITTLE INSTRUCTION BOOK . Bantam, 1994. One of my "finds" at the annual Rotary Book Sale. This is t...