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Book of The Week
After Reading Dillon’s Book I have been listening to Johnny Depp reading Kieth Richards book Life.Damn good book. One things that struck me, as something we have lost with the hyper availability of music, Is the way that a song or an artist was something rare, hard to find, and it gave the moment of listening, lets say to the blues, this power because they had to work so hard to get the albums. They had Blues Clubs to listen to all of these Chicago blue’s players. When you view something a rarefied and unique and treat it as such authenticity appears. The next thing you know you have Nixon saying that they are the most dangerous Band in America! Blow Hards unknowingly know how to light a flame don’t they! Johnny Depp is the perfect person to read this book as well it feels like a chat in a room with a bunch of couches and plenty of whiskey. Take the time to listen to some of the music as it is mentioned it brings it all to life!
This is a quick read, however if you are interested in The culture of an organization that is as on the edge as Cirque du Soleil has been for so many years, This book has some great insights. Just think about it. Not only are they wildly creative, but people are putting their lives on the line every time they perform. How does an organization do this? How do we as people keep bringing the best of ouurselves to our jobs so that they are alive and vibrant as when we first started. This is a great read to see how they engage the process.
If you haven’t found this book yet you really probably need it! I have been using a “Modified” version because “Foolishconsistency is the hobgoblin of little minds” thanks Henry David for the irrational justification. (Note by the way that I didn’t leave out the first word in the quote as so many do! Kind of adds some context huh?)
Anyway if you have 5 million things that you are wanting to get done and you can’t get by walking into your home and just wanting to take a nap. This is the book for you! Trust me it even works on me!
The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook: The Complete Guide to Drying Food, Plus 398 Recipes, Including Making Jerky, Fruit Leather & Just-Add-Water Meals
I have been dehydrating loads of things lately. I make my own spice mixes, I make my own watermelon strips,(yes watermellon it is sooo good!) My own jerky and apple and pear chips. My dehydrator has been running for a few months now and it is crazy to me all of the things that can be made with it. This book will get you going. For all of you doomsday preppers out there, there are some very useful techniques here as well.
If you are tired of our shared cultural reality and want to go on an adventure. This beautifully written book weaves it’s way through the eyes of a boy, a spirit child in Africa. It is a classic and I feel the need to re-read parts of it frequently just to remind myself what great craft in writing looks like. The images are terrifying and wonderful all at the same time.
Even though this book is out of print, get a copy and read if you have any interest in Chan or Zen Buddhism. It is a book from the Temples of China via Sifu John Fey who tends an old tradition that keeps this kind of human knowledge alive.
I think I have gone through this books course 4 times or so over the past 20 years and each and every time it got me out of one rut or another. So if you find yourself in a creative rut or a life rut, and you are needing to shake things up. I can tell you from first hand experience, if you do the work, it helps you find that old forgotten voice!
‘West Wind’ in West Wind:
You are young. So you know everything. You leap
into the boat and begin rowing. But, listen to me. Without fanfare, without embarrassment, without
any doubt, I talk directly to your soul. Listen to me. Lift the oars from the water, let your arms rest, and your heart, and heart’s little intelligence, and listen to me. There is life without love. It is not worth a bent penny, or a scuffed shoe. It is not worth the body of a dead dog nine days unburied. When you hear, a mile away and still out of sight, the churn of the water as it begins to swirl and roil, fretting around the sharp rocks—when you hear that unmistakable pounding–when you feel the mist on your mouth and sense ahead the embattlement, the long falls plunging and steaming–then row, row for your life toward it. -Mary Oliver
Mary Oliver has long been one of my favorites. I think I have all of her books even have a few poems memorized.Also I haven’t read a book of hers I didn’t like.
If you were ruined by someone in your past about poetry, give it another go. There are some human emotions and understanding that can only be transmitted by poetry.
Island of the Colorblind
I have been wanting to read some Oliver Saks and I am finally getting to it.
Here is a quote :
The primeval, the sublime, are much better words here for they indicate realms remote from the moral or the human, realms which force us to gaze into immense vistas of space and time, where the beginnings and originations of all things lie hidden. Now, as I wandered in the cycad forest on Rota, it seemed as if my senses were actually enlarging, as if a new sense, a time sense, was opening within me, something which might allow me to appreciate millennia or eons as directly as I had experienced seconds.
Third wish is the important wish. The 1st one was a mistake. The second cleans up the first mistake and that means you have one wish left. Thought I would read this book as I was looking at the quote to ponder below this week. I remember it from early on from my training as a teacher. Anyhow the book is so far enjoyable.
I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.
All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten: Uncommon Thoughts On Common Things
I have read a lot of Michael Pollan’s books and he does a great job exploring a subject so that you feel as if you are doing the exploring. He creates a balance between the Objective and the Subjective experience. Especially in this book where the subject matter lends itself to dive deeply into the subjective experience he grounds the book with the research that has been going on for years that has huge potential for helping people. He also reads his work well which only a few authors can pull off. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that If you engage a solid Meditation practice though slower you find yourself in many similar states of consciousness that are equally helpful. He mentions this in the book as well.
Explorations with Qi is a fascinating book written by American Doctors doing research on Traditional Chinese Medicine and this concept of Qi. It is a name that describes something as common as dirt, as air, as life. We here in the west have not come up with instruments that can measure this all pervasive phenomena. But there are those that train for many years to sensitize themselves and work with this quality of life. This book is a great introduction and has some interesting stories.
I first read Hare Brain Tortoise Mind many years ago. Thought it was a good time for a refresher. As a person who daily takes a little time to unplug and let a quieter part of the mind work it is still good read. In the face of the momentum of current times reading about the parts of us that are dismissed by thinking to fast is a good reminder.
I love Neil Gaiman and if you haven’t started to listen or read some of his book you are missing out on one of the great story tellers of our generation. American Gods is a great starting place a story that winds through a living history of Gods beliefs and a war of minds.
transport eggs so someone can make a cake for their daughters wedding a not so fragile Odyssey. Ron Perlman reads like an old friend telling a story. Hold on for a ride. Click the book if you want a great story. or here.
Nanao Sakaki has crossed my path several times this week.here is a quote that I liked.“If you have time to chatter,
If you have time to read,
Walk into mountain, desert and ocean.
If you have time to walk,Sing songs and dance.
If you have time to dance,
Sit quietly, you happy, lucky idiot.”
― Nanao Sakaki
you can find his books on Amazon Here
I am Rereading ‘The Spell of the Sensuous‘ By David Abram I love his perspective and investigation into how we perceive. Here is a quote from the Book ““A story must be judged according to whether it makes sense. And ‘making sense’ must be here understood in its most direct meaning: to make sense is to enliven the senses. A story that makes sense is one that stirs the senses from their slumber, one that opens the eyes and the ears to their real surroundings, tuning the tongue to the actual tastes in the air and sending chills of recognition along the surface of the skin. To make sense is to release the body from the constraints imposed by outworn ways of speaking, and hence to renew and rejuvenate one’s felt awareness of the world. It is to make the senses wake up to where they are.”
― David Abram, The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World”
If you haven’t read Bob Dylans Chronicles Vol 1. You are missing out. What a great insight into the man and the music. I have been putting together a playlist of all of the people he mentions in the book, that I will share later, already it is amazing. I have heard that there are portions where Bob has been creative with the facts however truthfully I don’t care. It is his reporesentation and that is also part of the story.
I got a chance to meet David when he was in town and having worked with many of the greats in photography such as Helmut Newton and David Bailey, I don’t say this lightly he is one of them. Get his book if you get a chance or just follow him on Instagram. He is an amazing beast of a photographer. (You can click on the photo if you would like or just look at his instagram below.)
Wild Encounters Iconic Photographs of the worlds Vanishing Animals and Cultures David Yarrow
Also His Instgram Page