Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Secret Teachings of Mary Magdalene~Teaser Tuesday

Hosted by MizB at shouldbereading.

Here's how to play:

*Grab your current read,
*Open to a random page,
*Share 2-3 “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page,
*Please no spoilers!
*Share the title & author.

This week's selection is from

The Secret Teachings of Mary Magdalene by Claire Nahmad and Margaret Bailey (p. 146):

"It sounded a note, a song of such beautiful refrain that, even though many destroyers and deniers and silencers came to stamp it out forever, they never could succeed, for it echoes on today and haunts our hearts still, sweet and soul-piercing as ever it was, waiting for a suffering world to take it up again and, finally, to swell its strains with such a united voice that the inner wastelands which devastate our collective consciousness will break into blossom and proclaim the springtide of the new era, as the Song of Songs predicts:

'Lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle dove is heard in our land.' " ~~The Song of Solomon, 2:11-12.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Susan Loomis at The American Library in Paris~ Missing Paris Day

Susan Loomis, the author of the fabulous memoir and cookbook "On Rue Tatin" will be speaking at The American Library in Paris' 'Writers on Writing' Series Tuesday evening (9/21/10) at 7:30pm. If you haven't read her delightful book about life (and cooking) in a French village, treat yourself! Her newest book is called "Nuts in the Kitchen". For information about Susan's Cooking School, classes, country lunches or recipes, check out her website at

ALP is located at:
10, rue du General Camou
(a couple of blocks from the Eiffel Tower)
75007 Paris, France
• Tel. +33 (0)1 53 59 12 60

The American Library in Paris is having its Fall Open House on Sunday Sept. 26th from 13:00-19:00 featuring:

* 'Behind the Scene Tours' at 14:30, 15:30 and 16:30
* A special book sale
* A raffle for movie tickets
* Popcorn and beverages
* Calligraphy Workshop for kids (ages 8-12) from 15:00-16:30.

And Wed. Sep.22nd-7:30pm is 'Evenings with an Expert' featuring Michael House who will show a documentary on Eugene Atget and Berenice Abbott called 'Eugene and Berenice: Pioneers of Urban Photography'. Click here for more info.

If you're in Paris, check out ALP and its many events.

Wish I wasn't missing these!!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Parisien Salon~ Missing Paris Day

I'm usually a little behind the times (I'm just now watching Battlestar Gallactica and Eli Stone), so one of the things I love about Facebook is finding out what people are doing and watching, where they're going, blogging, visiting.

And a fun recent find is ParisienSalon.com.

While a few of their sections need to be updated, it's still fun to browse through all things Paris. Even has a link for French Lessons! I need that.

Happy Lundi!

*Photography (c) Kirsten Steen

Friday, September 10, 2010

Dear Fall~

I'm sorry to tell you, I'm not ready. I'm just not ready for you.

Yes, I love the way you smell, your crisp, sweet air mixed with that wisp of woodsmoke. My walks along the river lately have been tinged with your mildewed aroma of freshly composting leaves, replaced by the end of August's heady sun-baked blackberries and dirt mixed with the green of lazy river.

As much as I love Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, I haven't yet had my fill of warm sunny mornings and dinners on the deck watching the early evening sun kiss the tree tops. I never got to the pool, never went camping (like I swore to myself I would this year), never had my Pisgah picnic.

I'm not saying I wasted summer. I did park myself in the shade by the lake, book in hand, toting tiny picnic, watching sailboats and children play. I did drape myself over the porch loveseat and read until the huge swaying evergreens and quaking aspens stole my attention (and the swell in my heart). I made Grandma's dill pickles and froze half flats of blueberries. I listened to music at the Saturday Market and drank my favorite hot chai even when it was 90 degrees out. I took a few long drives and got back to Hood Canal.

But I still haven't had my fill of hanging clothes on the line, of fresh berries on my cereal, of walks in warm sunshine. I only went to one outdoor movie, only did one hike. I haven't had enough barbecues with just-picked corn, sliced garden heirlooms with basil and fresh mozzarella. I didn't go to the beach.

I even have a mini-bumper (porch pot) crop of tomatoes this year (first time ever) but they're still tiny and green. They're not even big enough to have fried and green yet.

I'm sorry but you'll just have to wait. Return the sun, please turn the thermostat back up until further notice and stop being in such a hurry. Chillax! We waited a VERY long time this spring for summer's arrival. Can't you give us just a little more of her wafting breezes and starry, starry nights?

Not Ready But Soon

Photography (c) Kirsten Steen

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Art Wolfe's Travels to the Edge~Travelin' Tuesday

If any of you have watched Art Wolfe's 'Travels to the Edge' program on PBS, you know what a phenomenal photographer he is. Recently watching one of his shows (in Iceland) left my mouth falling open in waves of awe. It wasn't just the ice formations but the way he knows how to find the perfect hues and plays of light, the perfect angle and framing. It's almost as if the universe opens itself up to him, dressing up in its most majestic costume and giving a one-man audience.

I wish I could post some of his photographs here to wow you but don't have permission to do that so will leave you with his website address here and some of his prints here.

Those of you who are local (in Oregon) should know that Art will be speaking at the Portland Art Museum in the Kridel Ballroom on Saturday October 2nd at 2pm. Tickets are $45 each. Click here to purchase tickets.

I wonder if he teaches classes?

Friday, September 3, 2010

Good Things Come to Those Who Wake~Buddhist Thought for the Day

"Let your love flow outward through the universe, To its height, its depth, its broad extent, A limitless love, without hatred or enmity. Then as you stand or walk, Sit or lie down, As long as you are awake, Strive for this with a one-pointed mind; Your life will bring heaven to earth."
~Sutta Nipata

I was sitting in a meditation group recently and when the sitting session was over,a woman pointed to the billboard outside the window
(for a popular food chain store) which read:

"Good Things Come To Those Who Wake".