Do you share in the love for reading books?

Today, I am sharing a link to an excellent author who thought up a goal to learn about people from every country through books, and she set her goal for one year.  She has so many interested followers and I am one of them. 

This project has international origins. It came from a comment on a blog I used to keep, where an American reader suggested I try an Australian novel: Tim Winton’s Cloudstreet. This got me looking at my bookshelves with new eyes and made me realise how narrow my reading choices were. So in recognition of Australian literature’s […]

via Postcard from my bookshelf #7 — A year of reading the world

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What inspires you?

Do you ever wonder how it is that you choose to do something? What inspires you? Why does that particular thing spark your interest?

Are you a ” go with the flow” type of person or are you rigid in your thoughts of what you’ve already decided is right for you?

I am finding that I have changed my likes over the years, just as some people change friends.  I am open to new things. I am interested.  From the perspective of children, some cannot wait to finish school, yet you can spend your lifetime learning. Your brain, thinking and your mind ready to absorb different information.  I feel you become a better person with each new thing that you introduce. It is social, in the process, you meet new people. You don’t have to like every aspect of a person, but you learn to appreciate that part of them that participates in a certain activity, whether it yoga, painting, rock climbing, singing, teaching, jewelry-making, bakery owner, gardener.

I am amazed at my local library and all the venues it has to offer. It truly has become a multi-faceted place in which during the learning process,  I have met several new friends.

There is the ” Digital Cafe”, The Smart Lab” to take various computer seminars, and to make appointments for one on one questions. Also there you can learn ” Garage Band”, video-Editing, there is a Library consortium of shared services, one of these being sewing. I sewed  both a zipped pouch and a pretty library tote of toile fabric which I like.

During both months of  January and March were ” Makers month ” at local libraries in my area.

Who would have thought that all you need is a black felt tip sharpie and a white ” tile” cardboard and you can create artistic doodles called Zentangle.  The premise is that while playing New Age music, music that is played during yoga classes, and drawing patterns, that it releases endorphins that create a form of relaxation.  That day in January, I also learned knitting, and ball room dancing. In March, I was enthused to attend and watch documentaries.

One of my favorites was the movie entitled ” Angel Azul”,  about the long process of creating an Angel statue by plaster casting on a model, this took hours to do and I appreciated the patience of the lady model. This statue was lowered into the ocean with a giant crane.  Many more statues were created by sculptures in the same method , all to be used on the ocean floor, to create a new barrier reef ,  a place for plankton, and sea life to adhere to.  I learned that professional scuba divers travel from all areas of the world to scuba  dive in Mexico to view this place.

Thank- you for visiting my blog and finding this post.

Comments: I welcome your comments, thoughts on the subject.

Top Ten Bookish Things I Haven’t Finished- Weekly Tuesday Book Meme

Top ten bookish things I haven’t finished.

Tuesday book meme

Is the question, do you like to read? Rather, what is the least amount of books that you have purchased at a book sale, since the last day of most book sales is ” Bag of Books for $1.00 or 2.00″?

This is how I can contribute to a weekly meme topic, Tuesday books, with the title, ” Top ten Books I Haven’t finished”.  As I look to the side of my bed, this is the current stack of books.  These are the ones I reach for.  However, chuckling, I currently have  just two books checked out of my local library, Negella’s Kitchen, and a Halloween themed book, ” Vampires, Witches and Caldrones”, or something like that.

  1. Summers End                By Kathleen Gilles Seidel
  2. A month of Summer      By Lisa Wingate
  3. The Conde Nast Traveler of Unforgettable Journeys By Clara Glowczewska,Editor
  4. The Clover House.          By Henriette Lazaridis Power
  5. Floating in My Mother’s Palm  By Ursula Hegi
  6. Know Your Power            By Nancy Pelosi.                                                                                                 The first two books that I have listed have a common word in them, Summer.  I chose these books at a book sale in the spring, while I was anticipating summer and then once summer came, I was so busy learning and networking that I didn’t finish.

The 3 rd book, ” Unforgettable Journeys” title , I like to pick up and read a story every now and then.

” The Clover House, just got buried underneath my favorites and I forgot about.

” Floating in my mother’s Palm”  is hard for me to read  , first of all by the tone of the book, is melancholy. The time frame is set in Post War Germany and the first chapter starts with the author describing her mother   Pregnant and carrying the author in the womb, how she chose a nun to take care of her instead of a midwife  and her days waiting .

The Book authored by Nancy Pelosi is a book I purchased after hearing her speak to promote the book on one of the morning Talk Shows. This one is important subject, Women and Empowerment. This book, I promise to continue reading and get it off this list.

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