Outside our window are a number of bushes. The cold winds of fall-turning-to-winter have stripped all but one of them of their leaves. That one, lone bush, a meeting place for birds, still stands fully-leafed, taller than the other bushes. As I glanced at the bushes this morning, the wind whining around the house, I realized those bushes are the perfect metaphor for the way we choose to react to circumstances in our lives. Some of us lose our leaves, while others stay green and useful. (more…)
Posts Tagged ‘reading’
Tags: age, careers, illiteracy, illiteracy and crime, life, literacy, personal, reading, reinventing yourself, teaching reading
Tags: book recommendation, book review, books, Francis Mayes, making a home, reading, relax, savor, travel, travel writing, Under the Tuscan Sun
Ahhh, I’ve tricked you. I don’t mean you should read this post immediately, although I guess if you don’t, you’ll never know why I chose that title. What I’d like you to read, if you already haven’t, is Under the Tuscan Sun, by Frances Mayes.
As we get ready to travel, my thoughts turn to travel books, and more often than just prior to travel, I must admit. I’ve enjoyed all sorts of travel books, but those by Mayes combine a number of things I love: books, writing, poetry, travel and love. Mayes is both a poet and teaches poetry, although I’ve never found my way to any of her official poetry. But her writing is lyrical poetry at its best. However… (more…)
Tags: great books, quote, reading, William Styron, writing
“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.”
Tags: beauty, Belcastro Agency, just for fun, miscellaneous, reading, reading spots
Calling all readers!
It’s been a long time since I’ve done a post featuring some of the fabulous reading spots Belcastro Agency shares on Facebook, so it’s time.
Which of these spots is your spot?
Tags: beautiful reading spots, beauty, Belcastro Agency, books, curl up with a good book, great reading spots, just for fun, miscellaneous, photos, reading, writing
Truth be told, my thoughts turn to books every day. But reading is even more enjoyable if you have an amazing place in which to read! (If you choose, you could write in any of these spots as well.)
Belcastro Agency regularly posts pictures of unusual and exotic places to read and Monday is the prefect day to pick the reading spot that’s just right for you for the rest of the week. Or try a different one each day. Which is your favorite? (more…)
Tags: animals, Dick Francis, family, horse stories, horses, learning to ride, memories, mental practice, personal, reading, riding
Before there were dogs, there were horses. Not in the order of animals in creation but the order of animal loves in my life. (more…)
Tags: attitude, attitude adjustment, beauty, changing your attitude, driving, friends, good advice, gurus, humor, I've got a new attitude, mail, music, music soothes the saveage beast, musings, reading, smile
“You’ve got a real attitude” is not generally considered to be a compliment. But you can have an attitude if you want…a good one (or at least, a better one than you woke up with.) It’s easier than you think. (more…)
Tags: animals, book review, books, family, farmers market, farming, land, Love, Nature, organic farming, reading, sustainable farming, technology, Terra Brockman, The Season's on Henry's Farm
There’s something about land, something that feels not just elemental but, if you’ll pardon the unintended pun, grounded. (more…)
Tags: A Woman Reading blog, books, Cold War, French resistance, Helen MacInnes, history, James Bond, Kindle, MI6, Nazis, Polish resistance, reading, spies, spy novels, Titan Books
Do you remember the Cold War or do you think the Cold War is what a grocery store wages against you when you come near the frozen food section? Do you like to read books that are located in places you’d love to visit? Do you believe all Nazis disappeared after World War II ended? Do you enjoy espionage books with lots of action, cool gadgets, a bit of romance? Do you think that if you ever really met James Bond, you’d find him insufferable? (more…)