Sunday, June 23, 2019

Review: Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad

Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad by Austin Kleon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I managed to take my time on this short book, and it was very rewarding. It includes so many insightful quotes and references - some new to me, a few others familiar but worth refreshing. One of his 10 ways involves the value of walking ("Demons hate fresh air") that I found particularly heartening. I am definitely resolved to keep up my walking routine as a result.

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Saturday, June 15, 2019

Review: Lake of the Ozarks: My Surreal Summers in a Vanishing America

Lake of the Ozarks: My Surreal Summers in a Vanishing America Lake of the Ozarks: My Surreal Summers in a Vanishing America by Bill Geist
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fun to reminisce about "the good old days" with the author. In fact, makes me want to record some of my own memories.

Bill is a few years older than me, but we are essentially contemporaries. I knew this when early in the book he discloses his favorite Sirius Radio station - Classic Vinyl. His memories have certainly triggered many of my own. Bottom line on the book - he is a great storyteller.

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Sunday, June 09, 2019

Review: Wabi Sabi: Japanese Wisdom for a Perfectly Imperfect Life

Wabi Sabi: Japanese Wisdom for a Perfectly Imperfect Life Wabi Sabi: Japanese Wisdom for a Perfectly Imperfect Life by Beth Kempton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

An interesting and provocative read. Example quote - "Wabi sabi is an intuitive response to beauty that reflects the true nature of life. Wabi sabi is an acceptance and appreciation of the impermanent, imperfect, and incomplete nature of everything. Wabi sabi is a recognition of the gifts of simple, slow, and natural living." This book was recommended for me through my local library's ebook interface, and I added it to my holds list, knowing it would be awhile as it was clearly in demand. When it came around I was able to finish it over the course of a few days, taking a chapter or two at a time. While I thought I knew a bit about Japanese culture, I had never encountered "wabi sabi" and I discovered that each word ("wabi" and "sabi") has its own meaning in the Japanese language. However, taken together, the phrase means something related but subtly different, something that people in the culture understand but rarely if ever speak of. Fascinating and inspiring!

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