All posts tagged: books

Unicorn in the Sky and Other Magic

Hello there dear!  It’s Bibliotherapy Saturday  and I decided to start today’s exploration with a magazine I don’t usually read.  Ever.  I decided to start with February 2018 issue of Astronomy magazine.  Why you might ask?  Good question!  It’s because there was a hook on the cover that suggested that I could “TOUR Monoceros the Unicorn” on page 60.  I love unicorns.  How could I resist?  Monoceros the Unicorn is the 35th largest constellation out of the 88 constellations and the figure lies within the “Winter Triangle: the stars Sirius, Betelgeuse, and Procyon.”  The short article then has some pictures of and features of the area around the constellation and notes what is special that you can see either with the naked eye under a dark sky or what kind of telescopic enlargement is required.  This kind of night sky exploration is what I had been hoping for when I signed up for a basic astronomy class in college.  Instead, I got a whole lot of physics and math that I didn’t have the background …

Good Reads

Neither of these books are, well, fabulous.  But, both of them are good reads.  What makes a good read? 1) A good read isn’t life altering.  It’s just a book.  The characters won’t drive you crazy, you won’t cry as you try to fall asleep, you won’t quiver in your pajamas. 2) A good read has enough of a well-developed plot that you want to finish the book and feel engaged, but you aren’t going to take a sick day to plough through it. 3) A good read is well crafted without being so well written that you need to keep a dictionary next to you at all times so that you can figure out what is going on.  Interesting without being intellectual. Engaging without being complicated. I hope that these authors don’t find this personal definition of a “good read” discouraging or negative in any way.  The truth is that I love to read and I need as many good reads in my life as possible.  My life is demanding and between the kids …

Good Reading

Ever since I could read, I’ve taken great joy in the process.  From the selection of the book to finishing the last page, I’m just happiest when I am reading.  I tend to read for the sake of reading and am not particularly attached to any one genre.  This being said, I take great pleasure in reading novels.  There’s something divine about becoming absorbed in the relationships, experiences and processes of other people when you don’t have to worry about the reality of it all. In both of these novels that I recommend below, the characters struggle with considerable problems and negotiate complicated relationships, but neither are tragic.  What I mean to say is, these are not upbeat or funny novels, but they aren’t going to have you crying into your pillow as you fall asleep either.  Perhaps that is what makes them perfect reading  for this transition from the dark of winter to the lush potential of spring. I’ve recently checked-out and read two good books from the Carnegie Library here in Pittsburgh (I’m …

Guide for the Advanced Soul

I once had a roommate in New York that I never met.  It’s a sort of complicated story and one that wouldn’t be all that interesting to repeat.  Suffice to say, I am now the owner of two of his left behind belongings that have changed my life.  One, is a pink crystal ball.  Seriously.  And, fortunately for you patient reader, not the topic of this essay! The second, is a small book titled, A Guide for the Advanced Soul: A Book of Insight.  It is created and handwritten by Susan Hayward and published by Little, Brown and Company in 1984.  The intention for the book is that you use it as a guide when you have a problem or need guidance to help you make your decision.  After a brief period of meditation, you put forward your request to the universe and randomly open the book.  The guide’s instructions indicate that, “The first words you read will tell you what you most need to hear.” Even the instructions are of interest to me.  They are …