The second book of The Way ~ Stephen Mitchell illuminates the Tao again.

The Second Book of the Tao, Stephen Mitchell (trans)

Mmmmm… a day of cloudy wet so a retreat into a tub of hot water with salsa & tortilla chips and a good book about one of my favourite subjects, Stephen Mitchell’s The Second Book of the Tao (Dao, Tao, same thing, same pronunciation: Dao). Hmmmm… the liner notes of […]

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Courage is…: Joannie Rochette & Petra Majdič

Joannie Rochette

The greatest achievement of this 2010 Winter Olympic games wasn’t Canada’s first Gold medal, or its last, or any other Gold or Silver medal awarded in the Olympics. The two most courageous performances in the Olympics netted Bronze. One was a battle as much with emotional trauma as with any […]

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A Manual on the Art of Fiction, fact and truth

A Manual on the Art of Fiction ~ Clayton Meeker Hamilton

It is only in the vocabulary of very careless thinkers that the words truth and fiction are regarded as antithetic. A genuine antithesis subsists between the words fact and fiction; but fact and truth are not synonymous. The novelist forsakes the realm of fact in order that he may better […]

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Butterflies: Hope for the caterpillars

Book cover for Hope for the Flowers by Trina Paulus

While we’re still fresh with images of butterflies… ‘How does one become a butterfly?’ she asked pensively.   ‘You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.’ ~ Trina Paulus,    from Hope for the Flowers I posted this as a note on […]

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Speaking of spew… Jack Nicholson can’t handle the Witches of Eastwick.

Jack Nicholson ~ Witches of Eastwick

This post in response to a now defunct post, “Jack spews the truth and nothing but” in which the author lauds Nicholson’s memorable line from A Few Good Men… “You can’t handle the truth!” and a few other memorable film quotes. I’d add to that list Jack Nicholson’s delivery of […]

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Winnie the Pooh and the Vinegar Tasters

The Tao of Pooh ~ Benjamin Hoff

The Vinegar tasters is among my favourite allegories and provides an excellent introduction to the three philosophies that dominated China through thousands of years: Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism. For me, the most important of these is Taoism, a gentle, soulful and luminous philosophy. I’m going to be lazy and let […]

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The Butterfly through the eyes of Zorba the Greek

Zorba the Greek, by Nikos Kazantzakis

        The Butterfly I remember one morning when I discovered a cocoon in the back of a tree just as a butterfly was making a hole in its case and preparing to come out. I waited awhile, but it was too long appearing and I was impatient. I bent over it […]

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Fugitive Peace

Fugitive Pieces ~ Love Scene

I watched the film adaptation of Anne Michaels’ novel, Fugitive Pieces today. One of the most achingly beautiful love scenes I’ve ever seen is followed, closely, by Michaela picking up Jakob’s journal, holding it, looking at it, quizzically, curiously. she seems to be asking of it, “what else might you […]

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