A Book of Thinking and Thanking: Denise Levertov’s Life In The Forest

I want to tell all the world they should read Denise Levertov's Life In The Forest, however, it is present in my mind that there is an acute bias when it comes to poetry. It occurs to me that poetry either evokes fear; sometimes even hostility or as a counter to such hostile reactions it [...]

The Purpose of Life: The Immense Journey by Loren Eiseley

Loren Eiseley is hard to pin down. He calls himself a "bone hunter," and a "naturalist." By profession he was an anthropologist. He has even been called a mystic. He is all of these things. Thankfully. He takes everything in and sifts through it offering us, as the bone does to him, little bits of wisdom.

The End of Romanticism: THE COURSE OF LOVE by Alain de Botton

I came across Alain de Botton at Onbeing.org. [Side Bar: I have decided listening to Krista Tippett interviews is healthier and more helpful -- not just for my sanity but for thoughtful engagement with the world -- than seeking out news. It is not that I want to remain ignorant or live in my own little world; [...]

To Life! _Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal_ by Rachel Naomi Remen

Remen, Rachel N., Kitchen Table Wisdom: Stories That Heal. The Berkley Group, NY. 1996. I checked this book out of the library because someone I knew, had been diagnosed with breast cancer, stage 4. I thought since Rachel Remen had dedicated so much of her life to working with people who were in the late [...]

_My Brilliant Friend_ The Uncomfortable Book One by the Anonymous Elena Ferrante

My Brilliant Friend: Book One: Childhood, Adolescence by Elena Ferrante. Translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein. Europa editions. 2012 (27th printing, 2018). I have begun the great voyage into the mind of Italy’s most known and unknown writers, Elena Ferrante (her pen name). To say a few words about her anonymity. She was first [...]