Archive for ‘Reading + Writing’

December 19, 2014


I’m reading Sulha (“forgiveness”) ┬áby Malka Marom.

I only just found out it’s based on her own experience of going to visit a Badu (Bedouin) family for a few days and staying for months.

December 28, 2011

Writing Wresolutions

It’s that time of year. The days are still long and here in Vancouver somewhere between damp and torrential and chilly for us.

But the LED lights are up and there’s a lull between festivities so I’m engaged in my annual time for reflection on my life so far and how I might want it shifted in the coming year. When I was younger I followed all the good advice about setting SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, time-based) goals but I’m feeling more relaxed or possibly lazy or apathetic, depending on your view of these things.

More This; Less That – is the frame I seem to be working on. I remember a poem based on this being in some curriculum package from the government on stress management, but can’t find the original. If you know it, please post or send.

Anyhow it encourages slight shifts; gentle leanings forward and back; rather than the left-brained, logical, ego-driven goals that, less face it, often fail anyways. More exercise isn’t as daunting as exercising three times a week and possibly less expensive. I believe fitness centres and yoga studios do a great business in the first month of the new year.

Instead of lose weight (the #1 new year’s resolution, according to some), maybe more vegetables; less meat or more walk; less car.

Or to add the S for specific, which is often quite yummy and more interesting than generalities.. more buttnut squash; less hamburger; more walks along sandy beaches; less traffic jams.

Join me? Post your more or less resolution, why don’t you? I’m curious!


Wikipedia article needs help. Can you help?

Home, neat, home, is the top resolution on this Canadian Living article. The word “execution” scared me off the site.

March 26, 2011

Reading by Kindle-Light

A friend has lent me her Kindle so I can read my book club pick for next month. (How generous. Would you lend your kindle?) I’m enjoying being able to turn the pages with just my thumb and watching my progress – I’m at 90% and I have to pass it along to another book club member at 2pm today.

Oh, and the book is good too: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob De Zoet by David Mitchell.

Speaking of Kindle-light – turn everything off at 8:30pm tonight for Earth Hour.

March 20, 2011

Random Acts of Library Fine Paying

When people have overdue library books, what’s your assumption about those kind of people? Me, I figure they’re like me – the longer the book is around, the longer I just forget it’s not mine. Especially if no one asks for it back. (VPL, of course, reminds you regularly). I’m not proud of the fact I pay a fair bit in library fines and would pay more if it wasn’t for the fact that now I can go online and renew things up till midnight of the day they’re due. Given the number of books I borrow, I’d like for people to focus more on my enthusiasm for books and appreciation of the library than on my occasional tardiness.

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February 12, 2011

Democracy and Politics

I’m reading (actually listening as the book hasn’t come in yet from VPL) Defying Hitler and being reminded of some of the things I learned in school long ago. “a wheelbarrow of money was needed to buy a pound of potatoes”.

And thinking about the rise of democracy in middle east and how there might be patterns that connect.

March 29, 2010

Wake by Robert J. Sawyer

I became a fan of Robert J. Sawyer some years ago (after meeting his Sunday School teacher from willowdale Unitarian Fellowship). I first read Calculating God – and now I think I’ve read everything – except for the last 30 pages of Wake, his most recent one.

I’m told that although I never thought I liked science fiction, I like speculative fiction. It’s fun “seeing” the world through the eyes of the excessively bright Caitlin also known as Calculass!

November 27, 2009

The Bishop’s Man by Linden MacIntyre

I’m at page 100 – after waiting several months from VPL – so better get going. I’m enjoying it. Nice writing; nice dialogue; interesting stories from the characters.

August 31, 2009

Reading Poetry as Spiritual Practice

I love this idea. Lectio Divina:

Living by Heart, the monthly group
that practices memorizing poetry as
a spiritual practice, with ElJean
Wilson, resumes Thursday
afternoon, October 1 from 1:30-
3:45. We will continue the first
Thursday of each month until
February, 2010.
from North Shore Unitarian Church

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