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“Using money as a direct expression of one’s deepest sense of self is a powerful, miraculous thing. It is a practice, however, and I’m still working on it. I waste money. I buy products that are part of the problem rather than part of the solution. I get excited about money and disappointed about money and frustrated and conflicted over money issues. But I am also on a path in a practice, that I’m sharing with you because I believe it is useful and important in our time. I’m seeing that more and more of us are awake to our higher commitments, concerned about how we’re living, and this book is an offering to contribute to that process that is taking place all around us now.”
” I also invite you to live a larger life – to see that when we really look at what we’ve got and let go of trying to accumulate more, we have the capacity for much greater lives than just “getting” and “having”. Everyone wants more than the good life for just themselves. They want a good life for all, and when you realize there is enough, you get in touch with that possibility. It becomes the natural outcome of shifting your context. It worked that way for me, and I’ve seen it work that way for many others around the world.”
“I challenge you to imbue your money with soul – your soul – and let it stand for who you are, your love, your heart, your word, and your humanity.”
~ The Soul of Money, by Lynne Twist
I love this book. This is one of the most important books I have read in my life. Its message completely resounded in my soul. I am looking for copies and buying every single one of my best girl friends one.
July 4, 2012 § 2 Comments
In the middle of The Two Towers of The Lord of the Rings series, I decided to pick up The Great Gatsby for re-reading. I didn’t like it the first time; I thought it was too hyped up or something. I went through it expecting something great and was disappointed. Re-reading it has proven me wrong. It IS great. Maybe I was just younger then and didn’t know what was what. I think this is something I will read over and over again from now on. I find myself going through phrases or whole paragraphs just because I’m admiring the mastery of the syntax. It’s one of those books you wanna chew slowly, relish every taste, and marvel at it’s nourishing effect.
I decided to re-read this because I’m looking for something. Sympathy, maybe. Some feeling of connection. I’m looking for you, I guess. It took me a while to realize why you were so familiar. You came from reality that I did not recognize you right away: that you were a character from out of a book. Perfect and real. This may be a crazy thought. Scary. But it is what it is and you are what you are. And here I am finding myself learning about life still and discovering that there is so much more about life that I have yet to experience and will experience if I open up myself to it. And I open up myself to it. Because you taught me, in a more subtle yet profound way, that I can be great; that I AM great just because you looked my way.
September 30, 2011 § 2 Comments
In celebration of Banned Books Week I have obtained this list of Banned and Challenged Classics from the American Library Association. It’s unbelievable how some of these have ever been banned, especially my favorite ones. But I can understand how some of these at some point in time had been banned. *Cough* D. H. Lawrence *Cough* And yes, I love lists and crossing out each item. So here is the list of the 46 books. I crossed out the ones I’ve read, a total of 21. The rest are on my reading list with the italized ones already on my shelf. The four underlined ones I haven’t heard of before. The ones with asterisk are books that are some of my favorite books ever. Obviously, my reading list is full of banned books. Good thing we’re at liberal times.
The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck *
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee *
The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
Ulysses, by James Joyce
Beloved, by Toni Morrison
The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding 1984, by George Orwell *
Lolita, by Vladmir Nabokov
Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley Animal Farm, by George Orwell *
The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway
As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner
A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway * Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison
Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell * Native Son, by Richard Wright
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey
Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway
The Call of the Wild, by Jack London
Go Tell it on the Mountain, by James Baldwin
All the King’s Men, by Robert Penn Warren * The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien *
The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair
Lady Chatterley’s Lover, by D.H. Lawrence
A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
The Awakening, by Kate Chopin
In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote
The Satanic Verses, by Salman Rushdie
Sophie’s Choice, by William Styron
Sons and Lovers, by D.H. Lawrence
Cat’s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
A Separate Peace, by John Knowles
Naked Lunch, by William S. Burroughs
Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh
Women in Love, by D.H. Lawrence
The Naked and the Dead, by Norman Mailer
Tropic of Cancer, by Henry Miller
An American Tragedy, by Theodore Dreiser
Rabbit, Run, by John Updike
Have you read a banned book lately?
June 22, 2011 § 2 Comments
My long reserved and long desired copy of Le Petit Prince finally arrived today.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince is one of my all-time favorite books. I cherish it for its simplicity and directness. As much as I love the book in its English version, I wanted to get the original French version as part of my (on-off) French lessons. Every now and then I listen to my audios or watch a French Film to help me. And I thought that making myself read a novel, even if it is only a children’s book, would help me in learning as well. I know avec and nous and bonjour and asseyez-vous, but not much else. At least I know some, and the desire to learn has never left me.
One day it’s going to happen: me speaking French fluently.
By the way, this copy was really hard to find. I thought I might have to go to France to get me a copy. Luckily, my favorite haunt of an online shop had a copy. The hardbound English version was from there as well. The shop has some really good selection of books.