You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile, the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting ----
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
~ Mary Oliver
Well, Shakespeare is one of my favorite writers, for sure. My two faves of his are The Merchant of Venice -- love that Portia gal! And of course Midsummer Night's Dream...then also there's Hamlet...ok, maybe more than two, because there's The Taming of The Shrew, which I adore. I don't have time to read much these days, but now I'm into poetry. If you want a new, wonderful experience, look up Mary Oliver on the web and read some of her stuff. She very much lives in nature and ties that world to ours in a truly wonderful way. I'm going to an additional post to give it to you all.
Yes DScoular, I've read all Shakespeare's works but really didn't consider them a book, as all are plays. But they did help with some of the legaleze I have to read on a monthly basis for a board I'm on.
Favourite books; I prefer biographies and brain candy as I call it. Sidney Sheldon, Jackie Collins, never miss one of their books.
But besides my bed is always a biography. Reading "He Came Running" on John Garfield right now. Does give great background into why some people in the 30's got caught up into the communist/socialist movement which later came back to bit them in the bu*tt in the 50's.
A few favourite bios are; Will there ever be a morning by Frances Farmer (altho her husband at the time inserted his own version and thoughts into it; see Shadowland on Frances Farmer for more of the real story. Doris Day's book was actually fascinating. I thought it was just going to be light reading and turned into some heavy stuff.
Again it depends on the writer if it's just going to be a fan gushing or a really well researched book and give a balanced appraisal of the person.
I will tear the veils from every mystery -- mysteries of religion or of nature, death, birth, the future, the past, cosmogony, and nothingness. I am a master of phantasmagoria.
I dreamed of Crusades, voyages of discovery that nobody had heard of, republics without histories, religious wars stamped out, revolutions in morals, movements of races and continents; I used to believe in every kind of magic.
Sometimes in the sky I see endless sandy shores covered with white rejoicing nations. A great golden ship, above me, flutters many-colored pennants in the morning breeze. I was the creator of every feast, every triumph, every drama. I tried to invent new flowers, new planets, new flesh, new languages. I thought I had acquired supernatural powers. Ha! I have to bury my imagination and my memories! What an end to a splendid career as an artist and storyteller!
I called myself a magician, an angel, free from all moral constraint.... I am sent back to the soil to seek some obligation, to wrap gnarled reality in my arms.
The French poet Arthur Rimbaud from "A Season in Hell"
lucky... I remember the Velveteen Rabbit, and we (my daughters and I) used to watch it on tv every year during the holidays, in fact, my youngest has one exactly like it since she's been a wee one and it is now sitting on top of her monitor... lol
As for favorite books:
- "Way of the Peaceful Warrior" by Dan Millman... my "bible" as that book helped me tremendously to go through my break-up with my ex-husband. Based on the true story of its author, an athlete who journeys into realms of flesh and spirit.
- "The Celestine Prophecy" by James Redfield. A guide that fosters your spiritual growth by putting you in touch with the evidence of your own experience. Very challenging reading.
Taking note of your book "The Prophet", 1HM. Thanks.
Any Toni Morrison fans?
The Bluest Eye is an amazing book about the struggles of young black females to be appreciated in a european dominated society as well as the toll slavery had on post-civil war black family structure...good stuff for anyone who is ready to tackle the hard stuff.
It's on Oprah's hotlist..need i say more? :)
Exactly SIX, the impact the book had on my young mind was profound and everlasting.
As for being in Anne Frank's room with a lot of people Minerva, why that's called ambiance! Imagine what it must have been like for everyone living there in constant fear and terror!
Of course, as long as we remember the past, perhaps we don't have to repeat it!
That goes for girlfriends (and boyfriends) too!!
luckysolucky I have read the Velveteen Rabbit many times...and your message to sum up the book and what it turly means is inspiring...I will keep it in mind the next time and tell my first graders what that book was all about. Another book that brings tears to my eyes.
"does it happen all at once, like being wound up " he asked, "or bit by bit?"
"It doesn't happen all at once," said the skin horse,
"you become. It takes a long time. Thats why it doesn't often happen to people that break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out., and you get loose joints and very shabby."
"But these things don't matter at all because once you are real, you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."
13Bella13 write: I have three favorites actually...
c) silly Green Eggs and Ham Dr. Seuse
I love Dr. Suess too..I will not eat green eggs and ham, I will not, should not Sam I am. I will not eat them in a boat I will not eat them with a goat...sorry..little carried away there!! I really do love Dr Suess though Bella.