Thursday, November 20, 2014

Las palabras

HESTI - Jakarta (from Arabic Grafitti)
  • eft - young newt
  • nene - Hawaii's state bird
  • rara avis - rare bird
  • pia mater - brain covering
  • quire - 4pp folded = 8 leaves
  • aril - seed coat
  • ora pro nobis - pray for us
  • sere - bone dry
  • sloe - blackthorn
  • senesce - age
  • celerity - haste
  • ria - narrow inlet
  • ait - river islet
  • enate - maternal
  • coir - rope fiber
  • apsis - orbital point
  • olla - earthen pot
  • oeno - wine prefix
  • ell - measure of length
  • solon - member of a legislature
  • otoscope - canal exploration device
  • Irene - of of the Horae
  • cyan - blue green
  • Wednesday, September 17, 2014

    The Art of Travel - The Art of Mind(fulness)

    I've been meaning to read Alain De Botton's The Art of Travel for some time, but it wasn't until another MMM (see blog review below) reader recommended it that I finally took the time to get it from the library.

    There is psychological pleasure in...takeoff...for the swiftness of the plane's ascent is an exemplary symbol of transformation. The display of power can inspire us to imagine analogous, decisive shifts in our own lives... (38-9)

    What we find exotic abroad may be what we hunger for in vain at home. (77)

    John Ruskin's teaching people drawing as way to teach people to look, to see (vs. photography used less as a "supplement to active conscious seeing" and more as a way of possessing to the world around them. (219)

    Xavier de Maistre's Journey Around My Bedroom suggests that "the pleasure we derive from a journey may be dependent more on the mind-set we travel with than on the destination we travel to." Invitation: apply traveling mind-set (receptivity) to our own locales. (242)

    Sunday, September 7, 2014

    Retire early - Grow a mustache

    Usually I review books here, but now it's time for a website.

    Mr. Money Mustache

    Ever since I read the book Your Money Or Your Life back in the early 1990s, I've been living below my means, with no debt - called "voluntary simplicity" by some. But, even so, I never thought I could actually retire early (I don't make much, thought I'd have to have tons invested, etc.)

    The MMM blog taught me how to calculate what I will actually need to retire and gave me concrete information on ways to further reduce my expenses. Best of all is the MMM community where ideas are shared, questions answered and you get even more inspired.

    I'm energized and excited to have found these tools and this community. I'll never stop doing work I love, but I'll no longer have to earn money - big difference.

    The sense of freedom I now have is precious - I no longer have to wait to soar.

    Monday, May 5, 2014

    Deep reading - delight & knowledge

    The "vitality of democracy" depends on "popular knowledge of complex questions." - S.S. McClure

    What Have You Done to Our Ears to Make Us Hear Echoes? - Arlene Kim

    Flora & Ulysses - Kate DiCamillo
    Anila's Journey - Mary Finn
    Living Color - Steve Jenkins
    Bringing in the New Year - Grace Lin
    Wonder - R. J. Palacio
    Native American Twelve Days of Christmas - Gary Robinson
    Agent to the Stars - John Scalzi
    The Freedom Maze - Delia Sherman
    The Four Graces - D. E. Stevenson
    Drama - Raina Telgemeier

    Following the Curve of Time - Cathy Converse
    The Bully Pulpit - Doris Kearns Goodwin
    Georgia O'Keeffe and Her Houses - Barbara Buhler Lynes
    Lincoln's Melancholy - Joshua Wolf Shenk
    Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It - Gary Taubes
    The Bride of Science - Benjamin Woolley

    DVDThe African AmericansBrother Outsider

    Bossa Nova Stories - Eliane EliasBeyond The HorizonCruzando El Río - Radio TarifaKids World PartyNueva York! - Dan Zanes and friends