What do old tales tells us? We live, we die and the creative spirit within blossoms and sparks the legacy of our life.
Artin K. Shalian captures the spirit of the writer, the storyteller with ancient Armenian tales preserved with great love. Around our kitchen table growing up, I heard the legends of his craft; his love and support for other authors, including Khalil Gibran; and, his devotion to his wife, Baidzar Shalian.
Here is an excerpt, ” Although she was a maiden of the heavens, she still possessed many a caprice of love that could not be satiated in her ethereal state of existence. According to the ordinance of the Great Master, love in its realization would consummate in creativity, and creativity … Continue reading
Sitting on my shelf is a worn, torn and colored Treasured Things children’s book with little poems to recite by poet, Annette Wynne. A telescope into the lives of children and adults in 1922.
If all the news gave out
And there should come a day
With nothing …. Continue reading
Tales from long ago continue to inspire dreams. An old book, a bit worn for its age, 1889, stating it was privately printed, only 300 copies, rests quietly on my shelf. The first line intrigues and more follows. It has been justly remarked that “the literature of a nation furnishes the best guide to researches … Continue reading
Constantine Cavafy, a Greek poet, would have celebrated his 150th birthday this year. The poem Ithaca on destinations strikes a cord on how to live life and to appreciate every moment. Continue reading
Georg Luck, professor of classics at Johns Hopkins University, a great teacher and translator of the ancients has passed today.
At the forefront of ebook publishing is Nils von Hejne – founder of uTales – a two-year old Swedish digital children’s book publishing company.
With a gun held at her stomach and threatened with immediate death, Santander calmly was able to convince them she was an artist. An artist with a passion to paint the wildlife for children. As darkness squeezed out the remaining light, Santander says “miraculously’ she and her friend were released. Minus their motorcycle they began the silent, slow walk home through the jungle. Their walk became a journey through the blackness and certain death to life, freedom. Continue reading
Yann Martel recommends excellent books to Prime Minister Harper. Continue reading
Holiday gems in the midst of a struggling economy can be inspiring far longer than the seconds it takes to tear off the wrapping paper. My favorites this season are: 1. 14 Cows for America by Carmen Agra Deedy with Wilson Kimeli Naiyoamah. Often those who have least give the most. A simple story of a gift … Continue reading
Women are hardest hit by Alzheimer’s. In fact, women account for more than 45,000 deaths each year from Alzheimer’s complications. Add into the equation the impact on the family since women traditionally are the caregivers for children, parents and spouses. Alzheimer’s ravages entire families. Alzheimer’s is a bit mysterious with no clear understanding of what causes the disease. … Continue reading