Books I have read and enjoyed:
A table of recent reads followed by special friends….
|Huxley, Elsbeth||The Mottled Lizard||A true story of Africa in the Colonial 1900s written with the wonder of a young girl remembered with the love of an adult||2013.01.08|
|Parker, Robert||Small Vices||Spenser for Hire, my favorite PI investigates a frame-up in Boston||2013.02.02|
|Brett, Peter||The Warded Man||A man’s Journey to Invoke the Power of the Ancients to Fight Demons||2013.02.03|
|Brett, Peter||Brayan’s Gold||A backstory on the Warded Man’s start as messenger||2013.02.04|
|Brett, Peter||Desert Spear||Vol 2 of the warded man, the world gets richer and deeper||2013.02.05|
I enjoy a good yarn, but even more, I love prose, words that touch me and make me feel. Let’s start there.
A Wizard of Earthsea — Ursula K. Le Guin
The Tombs of Autaun
The Farthest Shore
Our family has always enjoyed reading out loud. And of all the books I have read to my daughters, nothing captures the truth of narrative and verbal history like these. It was very close with my second choice.
The Hobbit — J. R. R. Tolkien
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Two Towers
The Return of the King
My heart rests in these, and I often reread passages for comfort and strength. The appendix are grand, who can not imagine Helm Hammerhand blowing his horn and setting out at night.
For the inner Zen Master in all of us, I found this little book to be of great help. I still use the concepts first explored here of “empty your cup”, and ” control your breath, control your emotions”. Knowledge is like tea in a cup. If we think our cup is full, there is no room for growth. We must always empty our cup to allow new tea and ideas to be stored within.
Zen in the Martial Arts — Joe Hyams