Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Khalil Gibran

Just a very good poet.  Lots of other things too, but focus on that alone. 

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Hayao Miyazaki: Japanese Spielberg

Although Miyazaki works with animation, don't let that fool you into thinking he isn't the best thing for the genre.  Unlike U.S. animation, the movies have a much more complex feel, with views and down moments.  The Incredibles was very much influenced by the complexity and you can often see Pixar's Lasseter talking about Miyazaki.

Kiki is the only full length animation movies I know of without a villain.  Yet it holds your interest and lives within Miyazaki's world of a futuristic Victorian era. 

Monday, September 27, 2010

Learn Japanese with Manga.

For anyone who does not have a tween son into Manga, the idea of learning basic Japanese with a comic book may seem a bit farfetched.  But trust me, this is one language book that will get read over and over. 

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Eat, Pray, and Love, but not with a Dragon Tattoo

I watched both these movies recently.  EPL the book is better and more complex, but there are aspects of the movie that come to life more, and Julia Roberts is great.  The second movie is pretty graphic and disturbing, a good mystery, but seeing Lisabeth, well, if you read the book you know.  So I'd watch the first as part of a chick flick night, but I wouldn't recommend watching Girl with a Dragon Tattoo unless you've read the book and loved it (and don't mind subtitles). 

Monday, September 20, 2010

Nobody is Perfick.

A little book about being a child, but it makes you realize just how little we all grow as we get older.  Cartoons, and little vignettes, which makes it a quick read.  It's the only place I've seen the word "yilkes," as a term of disgust.

Monday, September 13, 2010

The Most In Depth Discussion of Energy Work.

Despite their age, these are still the two most comprehensive books on energy work.  Preparation, explanation of phenomena, basic patient interactions.  I found the second book much more interesting in terms of depth and concepts.  A great deal of what is said dovetails off of the Course in Miracles.  If you make it through all the text at the beginning of that book, then you've got me.  I just skipped to the lessons (spoiler:  we're all one.) 

Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Lorax: Did We Get the Message?

I've always felt the weight of the Lorax's message, but I can't say that I'm doing a great deal about it.  Instead I read it to my children and pass on the message.  Isn't it time to stop making thneeds?