JOY of the WRITTEN WORD
"The greatest gift is a passion for reading.
It is cheap, it consoles, it distracts, it excites,
it gives you knowledge of the world
and experience of a wide kind.
It is a moral illumination.”
Heroes Among Us, Ordinary People, Extraordinary Choices by John Quinones
Inspirational excerpts from the book "Heroes Among Us, Ordinary People, Extraordinary Choices" by John Quinones...
I may be just a little prejudiced on this one, as John is one of my personal heroes for so many reasons, but these feelings aside, I truly feel that this is one of the most pivotal and important books of our current day...If you get the chance, please consider placing this book on the top of your summer reading lists...I promise you, you won't be sorry...
"...We're in the midst of a bad case of hero confusion. Sometimes it seems as if we worship people who haven't done much with their lives besides makes themselves famous or rich or both...The everyday heroes who take big risks get lost in the shuffle. It happens a lot these days. But these special people deserve more.
There are plenty of ordinary folks doing extraordinary things. In fact, today heroes are more likely to have committed small acts of kindness and selflessness. In many cases, the larger heroes of the past have failed us in the present. Having "smaller" heroes, people that you and I can relate to in a true way, is not a bad thing. It's a good thing. A sign of how well our culture adapts.
We live in a time where huge institutions have lost their center. The government seems out of control. Our wars seem endless. The corporations we once relied on for stability and a safe avenue into the future now change names and services in a heartbeat. Institutional loyalty seems like a thing from a fairy tale.
While we can still look to the great heroes of our past, such as Martin Luther King, Jr. or Florence Nightingale, for inspiration, more and more these days our heroes aren't grand figures. Their our neighbors, our family members, and our friends. Our heroes are the magnanimous strangers who help us. They are the soldiers and police officers who struggle every day to defend us. They're the firefighters who never quit. They're the teachers who wake up every morning and step into the day with the hope that they can change their students' lives. They're the accountants, IT managers, warehouse forklift operators, checkout clerks, ditch diggers, ticket takers, plumbers, and bank tellers who put their lives on the line each day so that another person might live...."
"We all have precious opportunities every day, to act in a way that will make our society a better place. Let's open our hearts to them and act heroically. All of Us. Right Now."
"Truth, Triumph, & Transformation, Sorting Out the Fact from the Fiction in Universal Law" ~ Sandra Anne Taylor
"LIE OF ATTRACTION-If you want good things to happen you should never talk about anything bad-or even let yourself have unhappy feelings at all." ~
THE REAL TRUTH-You empower yourself by dealing with your history. Purify your energy by venting your emotions, determining what honors you,releasing what doesn't, and then moving on"
"LIE OF ATTRACTION: If you want good things to happen to you, you must use correct language & watch everything you say.
THE REAL TRUTH: When you live from the heart and consistently come from a place of love & honor for yourself & others, it simply won't matter what words you use."
"As part of its Divine expression, there's a personal path that's more attractive to your soul than any other in this earthly experience: love & service.Your Spirit is inextricably connected to the joys & plights of every other soul on the planet; and what happens to others can't be separated from what happens to you. As a result your soul will repeatedly make this its highest intention.."
~ Sandra Anne Taylor ("Truth, Triumph, & Transformation, Sorting Out the Fact from the Fiction in Universal Law")
THANK YOU SANDY!!!!
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK FOR ANYONE SERIOUS ABOUT SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION...AND UNDERSTANDING THE WORKINGS OF UNIVERSAL PRINCIPLE
YOU WILL READ, ASSIMILATE, CELEBRATE, REGURGITATE AND RE-READ AGAIN AND AGAIN AND AGAIN!
This is hands down, the best and most accurate source of Truth concerning Universal Law that I have read to date.
Sandy is a brilliant quantum physicist and number 1 best selling author. Having had personal contact with her in my own life, her advice and wisdom has been life changing and affirming. It is absolute validation of that which I have discovered in my own Spiritual Path as a Student and Seeker of Truth for some 50 yrs now...
And her knowledge has been pivotal in my own ongoing process of transformation and evolution.
Please if you have been a Student of Truth for some time or are just starting out...this book is a MUST HAVE for your Metaphysical Library.
Secrets and Mysteries: The Glory and Pleasure of Being a Woman
by Denise Linn
Secrets and Mysteries will give you a profound understanding of what it means to be a woman. Full of passion, mysticism, and practical information, it will tap in to the source of your power at the depths of your soul. Through her own extraordinary life experience and her knowledge of native cultures round the world, Denise Linn reveals how you can activate ancient wisdom to become a magnificent woman of strength and grace—in other words, how you can become a Glorious Woman!
This unusual and indispensable book will show you:
•the invisible patterns that shape a woman’s life;
•how to nurture and replenish your body and soul;
•how to discover the mysteries of the Goddess;
•how to activate a radiant confidence and self-esteem;
•the pleasure of outrageous orgasms;
•how to awaken you inner warrior woman;
•the art of sacred sexuality;
•how to initiate and celebrate your ecstatic life force; and
•the secrets of a shamaness’s power
Each chapter offers a rich tapestry of information, ritual, story, and meditations: a combination of timeless lore and the majesty of the feminine experience. With a strong voice and powerful images relevant to women of all ages and backgrounds, Denise Linn has compiled a remarkable handbook for any Goddess-in-the-Making.
About the Author
Denise Linn has been called "America's best-kept secret." For the last three and a half decades she has traveled to the far corners of the world speaking to standing-room only audiences of thousands. Her spiritual journey began as a teenager when she had a near-death experience after being shot by an unknown gunman. The revelations she received on the "other side" and her subsequent quest to heal her body from the damage caused by the gunman's bullet, lead Denise to eventually become an internationally acclaimed healer, writer, and lecturer,
Denise has taught seminars in 19 countries and has written 14 books, including the best-selling Sacred Space and the award-winning Sacred Legacies. Her books have been translated into 26 languages, and she has been featured on Oprah, Lifetime, Discovery Channel, BBC TV, NBC and CBS. In addition to being the founder of the International Institute of Soul Coaching, Denise is also a world-acclaimed expert in feng shui and space clearing. She has distilled the information and wisdom she has gained from indigenous cultures around the planet, as well as from her own Native American roots, into her teaching.
Denise lives on the Central Coast of California with her husband David, two dogs, eight chickens, and innumerable frogs.
The Barn Dance by James Twyman
Last night I finished the book, "The Barn Dance" by James Twyman and was literally blown away... If you ever wondered if Life and Love are eternal, or are looking for validation that there is no separation anywhere in the Universe...This book is for you! Please take the energy, time and investment and pick up this incredible read...run, don't walk to your nearest bookseller and purchase "The Barn Dance"...
Or if you have already read this...I would be interested on your insights and comments!
Here is an excerpt of a review by Jim Gleason...
"The Barn Dance by James Twyman. What an interesting storyline! As the cover teases us with: “Somewhere between heaven and earth, there is a place where the magic never ends . . .” and in reading I was reminded of yet another very special novel, The Shack, with a similarity in story but of different authors. In his introduction, James Twyman introduces this as his own true story, but in reading, I can’t tell if it really is or was that his way of making the fictional novel seem more real/interesting.
In The Barn Dance, two lovers meet after the death of his wife and without giving away any of the story, allow me to quote something that touched me deeply from their dialogue, a message that goes beyond human love with its message of how God loves us without limit. The departed wife is describing how she feels towards her husband in this strange “between heaven and life” encounter:
She is speaking: “And now I can love you in an even deeper way. I’m not bound by the same emotions I was on Earth. Now I can see you in a way that defies all those limitations, and love you for who you are in truth . . . just like God does.”
He replies: “You said that yesterday as well, but I’m not sure I know what you mean.”
She continues: “It means that I can love you without conditions. That’s the highest love there is, and that’s why I say that it’s the same as the love of God. God doesn’t love us for what we’ve done or who we may someday become. God loves us because we are created perfect, and what God creates perfect remains perfect no matter what happens.” . . .
(I continue . . .) And it goes on even deeper and in a very beautiful way, describing a very positive and hopeful God that I have found in my own life here on earth. I hope and pray that you too can find that in your own life, wherever that may be. Go and find this wonderful book and you can continue that particular thought from the bottom of page 143… "
Does the Noise in My Head Bother You ~ Steven Tyler
Am just loving Steven Tyler's new book, "Does the Noise in My Head Bother You?" just arrived today, on my day off & already I can't put it down...How PERFECT IS THAT?
"I've lived through the changes of not knowing ANYTHING, to knowing EVERYTHING & now at 63 I'm back to NOT KNOWIN' NOTHIN'. And when your mind is free from so-called knowledge, it is set free to use its imagination ~RoMANtics. SeMantics. Exotic, neurotic, you got It! Does the noise in my head bother you,yet. Yeah? Really? I'd say we're off to a good start"
"I was born in the Polyclinic Hospital in the Bronx, March 26, 1948. As soon as I could travel my parents headed straight out of town to Sunapee, New Hampshire, to the little housekeeping cottages they rented out every summer...I was put in a crib at the side of the house. A fox came by and thought I was a cub, grabbed me by the scruff of my diaper, and dragged me into the woods. I grew up with the animals and the children of the woods. I heard so much in the silence of the pine tree forests that I knew later in life I would have to fill that void. The only thing my parents knew was that I was out there somewhere. They heard me cry in the forest at night, but when they came up to where I was, all they saw was a big hole in the ground, which they thought was the fox's den. They dug and dug and dug, but all they found was the rabbit hole I'd fallen into...like Alice
And like Alice I entered another dimension: the sixth dimension (the fifth dimension had already been taken). Since, then, I can go to that place anytime I want, because I know the secret of the children of the woods; there's so much in silence when you know what you're hearing...what dances between the psycho-acoustics of any two notes and what reads between the lines is akin to the juxtaposition of what you see when you look in the mirror. My whole life has been dancing between these worlds: the GOAN ZONE, the Way-Out-o-Sphere and...the UNFORTUNATE STATE OF REALITY...When I finally got pulled out of the rabbit hole, my parents brought me back to the third dimension. Like all parents they were concerned, but I was afraid to tell them that I have never felt more comfortable than being lost in that forest..."
~ Steven Tyler, (excerpt from his new autobiography)
Like a Tree ~ Jean Shonda Bolen
Jean Shinoda Bolen, author of "The Millionth Circle", Urgent Message from Mother, Gather the Women, Save the World", "Goddesses in Every Woman", "Crossing to Avalon", "Crones Dont Whine" and her latest "Like a Tree"
"Like a Tree: How Trees, Women, and Tree People Can Save the Planet"
Thoughts from Like a Tree
"The seed idea for this book began with the observation that there are “tree people,” and that I am one of them. A tree person has positive feelings for individual trees and an appreciation of trees as a species. A tree person may have been a child who kept treasures in a tree, or had a sanctuary in one, or climbed up to see the wider world, a child for whom trees were places of imaginative play and retreat. A tree person is someone who may have learned about trees in summer camp or through earning a scout badge or was a child who could lose track of time in nearby woods or the backyard. A tree person met up with Nature in childhood or as an adult, and like the four-footed ones who retreat to lick their wounds, may still heal emotional hurts by going to where the trees are. A tree person understands why a young woman might spend over two years in an old growth, ancient redwood, in order to protect it from being cut down. A tree person can become a tree activist at any age."
Ode to Alice Walker ~ Words of Beauty and Grace by Alice
I am coming off of a magical day of spending time with my delightful and beautiful granddaughter, Angelina Starr.
Times like these always afford me the opportunity to open myself up to the joys of childhood
and all the rituals that go along with that...
My favorite of these rituals, is bedtime storytime...
Times like these, give me an excuse to read those glorious tales of my own childhood and the youth of my own children...
When my granddaughter was born 3 years ago, I welcomed the opportunity to update my already
large collection of children's books...
One in particular fell into my hands and I have been charmed and delighted ever since...
It is a very short children's book, beautifully illustrated with lots of bright colors and
mesmerizing words and ideas written by one of my favorite authors, Alice Walker...
"In a beautifully poetic and gently provocative text, Pulitzer Prize wining author,
Alice Walker invites readers young and old to see the world...
and our place in it...through new eyes.
Glowing colors and radiant images accompany this joyous celebration of the connections
and interconnections between self, Nature and creativity." (From the inside flap)
I would encourage anyone who has children or is a child at heart to indulge in this potpourri for the senses...
I welcome the opportunity to share with you a Note from the Author and the delightful words from this enchanting book....
From the book...
"There is a flower at the tip of my nose smelling me" by Alice Walker
A Note from the Author
"One day I went walking in the forest near my house with my dog,
along an old logging trail.
Redwoods rose to left and right,
the sky was brilliant blue with a few threads of clouds,
the earth was scented with spring.
As I walked, the wonder of myself as part of all this overcame me.
I began to sing: "I come out of You, my Love. I come out of You!"
Over and over, with the greatest gratitude and joy.
As soon as I got home, my big black Lab trotting just as happily beside me,
I wrote this book, which was not a book then,
But a Thank You Note."
"There is a flower at the tip of my nose... Smelling Me.
There is a sky at the end of my eye... Seeing Me.
There is a road at the bottom of my foot... Walking Me.
There is a dog at the end of my leash... Holding Me.
There is an ocean at the top of my head...Swimming Me.
There is a sunrise at the edge of my skin...Praising Me.
There is water at the tip of my tongue...Tasting Me.
There is a song deep in my body...Singing Me.
There is a dance that lives in my bones...Dancing Me.
There is a poem in the cradle of my soul...Rocking Me.
There is a pen nestled in my hand...Writing Me.
There is a story at the end of my arms...Telling Me."
The Necklace: Thirteen Women and the Experiment That Transformed Their Lives by Cheryl Jarvis
The true story of thirteen women who took a risk on an expensive diamond necklace and, in the process, changed not only themselves but a community.
Four years ago, in Ventura, California, Jonell McLain saw a diamond necklace in a local jewelry store display window. The necklace aroused desire first, then a provocative question: Why are personal luxuries so plentiful yet accessible to so few? What if we shared what we desired? Several weeks, dozens of phone calls, and a leap of faith later, Jonell bought the necklace with twelve other women, with the goal of sharing it.
Part charm, part metaphor, part mirror, the necklace weaves in and out of each woman’s life, reflecting her past, defining her present, making promises for her future. Lending sparkle in surprising and unexpected ways, the necklace comes to mean something dramatically different to each of the thirteen women.
With vastly dissimilar histories and lives, the women show us how they transcended their individual personalities and politics to join together in an uncommon journey.
What started as a quirky social experiment became something far richer and deeper, as the women transformed a symbol of exclusivity into a symbol of inclusiveness. They discovered that sharing the necklace among themselves was only the beginning; The more they shared with others, the more profound this experience–and experiment–became.
Original, resonant, and beautifully told, this book is an inspiring story about a necklace that became greater than the sum of its links, and about thirteen ordinary women who understood the power of possibility, who touched the lives of a community, and who together created one extraordinary experience.
15 Books that Rocked My World
(What we read becomes integrated into our perception of self and on life -this is a great way to give your friends a glimpse of insight into the What of how you became you! TRY IT!) Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen books you've read that will always stick with you. First fifteen you can recall in no more than 15 minutes. (And it is REALLY Amazing how much one learns about people from the from the books they read!)
Play along, it is interesting to think about :)
1. Everyday Grace - Marianne Williamson
2. Truth, Triumph and Transformation, Sorting out the Fact from Fiction of Universal Law - Sandra Anne Taylor
3. Secrets and Mysteries - Denise Linn
4. Simple Abundance - Sarah Ban Breathnatch
5. The Hope - A Case for Sacred Activism - Andrew Harvey
6. Eat, Pray, Love - Elizabeth Gilbert
7. The Dolphin: Story of a Dreamer - Sergio Bambaren
8. The Man in the Iron Mask - Alexander Dumas
9. The Alchemist - Paulo Coehlo
10. On Walden Pond - Henry David Thoreau
11. The Complete Works and Essays - Ralph Waldo Emerson
12. On Writing - Stephen King
13. Bird by Bird - Anne Lamott
14. Heroes Among Us, Ordinary People, Extraordinary Choices - John Quinones
15. Black Elk Speaks - John Neihardt
FOR & BY WOMEN
To All My Beautiful Sisters in the Light...
Daughters of the Rainbow...
Dancers of Joy!...
While by no means, is this List complete...
I wanted to share with you my top 30 picks...
That I believe every woman at some point in her Life should...
Beg, borrow, steal, read or own...:)
And so to you, my Beloveds, I offer this gift...
In the words of Beautiful Sage and Consumate Wild Woman, Sark...
Discover Your Goodness...
Smile when YOU feel like it...
Be Rare, Eccentric and Original...
Describe yourself as Marvelous...
Paint Your Soul...
Investigate your Dark Places with a Flashlight...
Make More Mistakes...
Tell the Truth Faster...
Be a Succulent Wild Woman!...
Eat Mangoes Naked, Lick the Juice off Your Arms, and Dance in the Pits!"
WITH ALL MY LOVE AND PROFOUND GRATITUDE
FOR THE PLACES YOU PLAY IN MY LIFE...
AND THE SPACES YOU FILL IN MY HEART...
THIS ONE'S FOR YOU!!
1. Simple Abundance - Sarah Ban Breathnach
2. Empowering Women - Louise Hay
3. Secrets and Mysteries - Denise Linn
4. Everyday Grace - Marianne Williamson
5. A Woman's Worth - Marianne Williamson
6. The Age of Miracles, Embracing the New Midlife - Marianne Williamson
7. Eat, Pray, Love - Elizabeth Gilbert
8. The Dance of the Dissident Daughter - Sue Monk Kidd
9. Bird by Bird - Anne LaMotte
10. The Invitation - Oriah Mountain Dreamer
11. The Call: Discovering Why you are Here - Oriah Mountain Dreamer
12. The Dance: Moving to the Deep Rythms of Your Life - Oriah Mountain Dreamer
13. Letter to My Daughter - Maya Angelou
14. The Secret Pleasures of Menopause - Christiane Northrup
15. Women's Bodies/Women's Wisdom - Christiane Northrup
16. The Power of Joy - Christiane Northrup
17. The Unmistakable Touch of Grace - Cheryl Richardson
18. Rock your World with Divine Mother - Sondra Ray
19. Women who Run with the Wolves - Clarissa Pinkola Estes
20. Everyday Sacred - Sue Bender
21. The Millionth Circle - Jean Shinoda Bolen
22. Succulent Wild Women - Sark
23. Getting In Touch with your Inner Bitch - Elizabeth Nutts
24. Anything We Love Can be Saved - Alice Walker
25. The Legacy of Luna - Julia Butterfly Hill
26. Gifts from the Sea - Anne Morrow Lindbergh
27. Reason for Hope - Jane Goddall
28. Old Friend from Faraway - Natalie Goldberg
29. The Wave in the Mind - Ursula LeGuin
30. One Day My Soul Just Opened Up - Iyanla Vanzant
Date a Girl Who Reads - ~ Rosemarie Urquico
"Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes. She has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.
Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag.She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she finds the book she wants. You see the weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a second hand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow.
She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.
Buy her another cup of coffee.
Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.
It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas and for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry, in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.
She has to give it a shot somehow.
Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.
Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who understand that all things will come to end. That you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.
Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilightseries.
If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.
You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.
You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.
Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.
Or better yet, date a girl who writes."
~ Rosemarie Urquico