“Run my dear, from anything that may not strengthen your precious budding wings. Run like hell my dear, from anyone likely to put a sharp knife into the sacred, tender vision of your beautiful heart.”
I’ve decided that this year I’m going to work on some D.I.Y projects for my home. Nothing major just some stuff to make it feel more ‘me’.
I never thought I would say thins, but this Jack Daniels hand wash/mouth wash dispenser is charming. So… So me! (Via The Classy Issue – click on image to go there)
Continuing with my ‘books I’ve read this year’ posts… I grabbed these from my old blog:
When I told Marcee what my April Book was she laughed. I am not kiddding when I say that ‘Oh, The Places You’ll Go’ is one of my favourite books. I only read it 2 years ago and often revisit it when I am feeling down or need perspective. Once when asked to give a talk to a bunch of really inspirational ‘dance for life’ contestants, I read bits from the book to make a few points. Its fun to quote the ‘great thinkers’ of our time but nobody does it better than Dr Seuss.
But on you will go
though the weather be foul.
On you will go
though your enemies prowl.
On you will go though the Hakken-Kraks howl.
Onward up many
a frightening creek,
though your arms may get sore
and your sneakers may leak.
On and on you will hike.
And I know you’ll hike far
and face up to your problems
whatever they are.
– Dr Seuss (Oh, The Places You’ll Go)
Read this book and thank me later
I moved from Blogger a few months ago. I’m sharing the books I’ve read this year. At the beginning of 2012 I made a promise that I would read one book a month. In February I read 2 books (I’ll accept my Noddy Badge later). This is what I wrote (pulled directly from my old blog)
I mentioned that February would be Zakes Mda month. I started off with Memoirs of an Outsider and then finished off Cion.
I REALLY enjoyed Ways of Dying about Toloki the professional mourner. In Cion the professional mourner is now in the US and learns about the ancestors of the people with whom he is staying. It took a while to get into the book. But I trust the author so I kept going on. When I got to the end of the book I wanted to know more about what happens to all the characters. I must add that I felt like the characters were a little thin. They were a little hard to bring to ‘life’ but I enjoyed the book none the less.
It would be unfair to compare this book to ‘Ways of Dying’ (which is one of my favourite books). I don’t think you necessarily have to have read Ways of Dying to enjoy Cion. This book reminded me a little of Toni Morrison’s works, which is great because I am a HUGE Toni Morrison fan. Her book A Mercy was the January book.
I moved from blogger to wordpress in September, so a lot of my old-but-interesting stuff is over at the last spot. I started sharing some of the books that I have read this year over there. Since the year is almost done, I thought I would revisit some of the books that I’ve read this year. Below is the post on A Mercy, by Toni Morrison, pulled directly from the old blog:
I’ve decided that I’m going to try to read at least 1 book a month in 2012. In January I sat down with a book that I had bought and then proceeded to run from: A Mercy by Toni Morrison. I ran from the book for almost a year. I just didn’t feel ready to read it. The ‘right time’ finally arrived and boy am I glad that it did. Anybody who knows me will tell you that I am a Toni STAN. I love her work and cannot be reasoned with when it comes to it.
I don’t believe in reviewing music or books, something about it feels unclean to me. I will tell you how this gorgeous book made me feel though: I was wrapped up in Toni’s words and never wanted to leave the world they created around me.
I tried to read it slowly, but my hunger and curiosity got the better of me. The January book was AMAZING!!
It was the late 90’s and Toni Braxton’s Secrets album was EVERYTHING!! My dad brought it home one day and I listened to it EVERY day for months. I loved her first album, so I had been looking forward to Secrets. It didn’t disappoint. Many of the songs on the album were written by Babyface. And I don’t need to tell you that the man is a songwriting GENIUS. If you don’t believe me go listen to Beyonce’s ‘Best Thing I Never Had’, he had something to do with it. Babyface is one of my favourite songwriters
There was a song on the album that was written and produced by R.Kelly; I Don’t Want To. I was singing this song in the car yesterday with the Manager Lady. That made me want to post in on here. Man…
Tell me that song didn’t touch you in a tender place? Ha ha ha ha ha. It touched me. It really did.