Saturday, January 10, 2015

three words: hi.ber.nate

ok, it's not three words and granted, humans don't truly need hiberation, since indoor heating, electric lighting, supermarkets and refrigeration have kept our experience of all seasons pretty much the same. even still, all seasons are not created equal, i think by design.  in winter some mammals go into a deep sleep and metabolic slow down by necessity of extreme cold and lack of food sources.

i thought it worth looking into as a scientific process, since humans are the only mammals i know of who demand so much of ourselves year-round.  i'm not condoning laziness by any means, but from december to february, what would be so wrong with letting our bodies have what they naturally want in terms of a little more sleep and a little less productivity?

the rest of nature echoes this slow down.  and for the purpose of great productivity later on in spring, summer and harvest months.  the message seems to be:  rest already, there's plenty coming!

drumroll, please...

...and the total book count read by my reading buddy and myself in 2014?  140!  this joins the growing count from just 64 in 2011 to 76 in 2012.  last year jumped to a record 138, beaten by two reads this calendar year for a grand total of 418 books!  i'd like to type our top ten titles and authors for you, but feel free to ask me for other recommendations from the list!

also, i just finished my first title for 2015 "the road to burgundy" by ray walker.  you can see more of his family's amazing french wine making journey at www.maisonilan.com.

Fiction
"All the Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr
"Caleb's Crossing" by Geraldine Brooks
"The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak
Maisie Dobbs Mystery Series (5 so far) by Jacqueline Winspear
"Goodnight June" by Sarah Jio

Non-Fiction
"Kinfolk Table" by Nathan Williams
"The Map of Enough" by Molly Caro May
"Four Seasons in Rome" by Anthony Doerr
"A Bowl of Olives: on Food and Memory" by Sara Midda
"The Artisan Soul" by Erwin Raphael McManus

Monday, January 5, 2015

books to make and read

it's january, which means it's time to count all the reads in the 2014 book tin, each year surpassing the amount of books read from the year before! (drumroll, please...) but while i hold you in suspense, here's a photo of books and perpetual calendars my friends and i made together over the holidays. 

capoeira

this is my word of the day.  flipping through the pages of the new title 9 catalog, i saw that one of the model's featured list of activities included "capoeira".  i loved that i had no idea what that meant!  guessing that it might have something to do with poetry (Greek poiema), i was also pleased to note that i was completely wrong.

capoeira is a brazilian form of martial art that involves dance, music and acrobatics, thought to have originated in the 16th century.  it is known for quick and complex moves of power, speed and leverage using a variety of kicks, spins and other highly mobile techniques. 

the word comes from the tupi ka'a (jungle) and e puer (it was) referring to the low vegetation of the brazilian interior. move over, mere karate!

it's the weekend, do you know where paul bunyan is?

the fun thing about exploring your own city is there's always something new to see or do.

take, for example, this surprise hunt:  a selfie in front of portland's own paul bunyan!  at 31 feet in height, this statue in the kenton district was originally installed in 1959 to commemorate the centennial of oregon's statehood for the exposition and international trade fair.

it is listed on the national registry of historic places and similar statues can be found in states ranging from main and indiana to minnesota and michigan.  so wait no longer, get out and explore your local lore!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

gift of story

"of all the gifts that people can give to one another, the most meaningful and long lasting are strong but simple love and the gift of story."  --clarissa pinkola estes