In the beginning there was … Love & Beauty & Life & Light & Spark & Prosperity & Style & Soul & Bliss & Happiness & Wonder & Joy & Courage & Vision & Solidarity & Childhood & Freedom & Dream & Faith.
And then their step-brothers and step-sisters – hatred, lust, death, darkness, poverty, plague, immorality, scandal, despair, expectation, sorrow, envy, blindness, ego, greed, cynicism, grievance, hunger, terror, fear, bullies – made room and started messing things up … all for a reason, a very basic reason: to make our life more worth treasuring, every single day, every single moment.
I started this blog from a purely egocentric need: a need to remind myself of beauty and love.
In the beginning there was … Love & Beauty & …whatever we wish for!
One of most beautiful pieces I read in a while, written humbly, soul-touching:
https://onbeing.org/blog/the-gift-of-presence-the-perils-of-advice/ by Parker J. Palmer.
to all who celebrate it today! Love and harmony, peace and prosperity, to all!
For me, Easter is about my grandmother, Maria, and the family traditions she relentlessly kept in most adversarial times she lived in. She put faith and gratitude in every bread she baked, every pie she spoiled us with.
I bake for Easter and paint eggs, as she did, and I know she is smiling , from a distant bright star that is her home now.
This book made me realise that the fairytales readings are a stage we moved through. It is the true stories now that fascinate my kid. She chose from her Scholastic offer “The secret agent and other spy kids”. The book tells 10 true stories of spy kids from the times of the 1781 Revolutionary War to the two world wars and the war in Korea in 1951. It is a good introduction into certain stages of American history through the stories of real-life teenagers who “left their mark in the shadowy world of espionage” who took risks for their country.
The reading will require an adult help with understanding some of the history and military concepts new at this age. So it can be a nice book reading time spent together.
I think I discovered the Master of Resilience: Winnie the Pooh, the 1969 Russian cartoon character – Vinni Puh.
No matter what, he bounces back.
He falls from a tree, he stands up and walks towards his goal.
He gets stuck in a passage, he pulls him self out.
He wants honey, he perseveres. And he is rewarded. That’s quite a resilient guy!
The cartoon is helps explaining the resilience concept to kids. It is also a good and filled with humour reminder to adults 🙂
I loved the story. It is a story of a human, filled with his life’s joys and tragedies and many in-betweens. The author tells his own story of an armed robber and fugitive who found escape in Mumbai, India. He opens his soul to judgement in a vulnerable yet self-accepting way. Lin, the name of the main character, gives his best to the city which adopted him, curing slam dwellers in a free clinique he set up and serving mafia with skill and devotion.
To me, it is story of unmet childhood needs and choices as an adult. His longing for a father’s love, he never had as a child, makes him loyal to a mafia boss, up to the point of joining him on a deadly mission to Afghanistan. His love of a woman he meets in Mumbai – Karla – is unshared, as his heart is filled by regret and broken by so many wars he fought with heroin, addiction and violence he brought and suffered.
The author’s depiction of simple Indian men and women is heartwarming. He pays tribute to their traditions and customs with a delicacy and tact of a respectful guest in a country, which adopted him without a question about his past. It is the place which baptized him Shantaram – “man of peace”. “…they saw something in me that I didn’t know was there.”, said Roberts in an interview to BBC.
The author finishes the novel with the start of a new adventure, softly inviting the reader to open the sequel ” The Mountain Shadow”.
I am an ambivert. I need to see, talk to and be around people. I also need quiet time of solitude and introspection. I love parties and also the after-party time. I am comfortable to share the office with an introvert colleague. I also enjoy a water cooler or cafeteria joyous chat.
I was looking to read more about ambiverts for a better self awareness and a better social rapport. I found a good article by Karl Moore.
How to be an effective ambivert? The balance and borders are key. Enjoy reading!
The Usborne Young Reader collection has some good and funny books. My kid picked the “Stories of Dinosaurs” from the School library. The book has three stories. In one, a brave Kriposaurus fights a Megalosaurus. In the second, two carnivore Raptor brothers save their restaurant opening by successfully improvising with a vegetarian dinner. And the third story…..I’ll let you discover it together with your young reader.