Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Omraam Time

It's been too long since we last heard from our friend Omraam. Here's a good one.

"Before any kind of undertaking, wise people begin by reflecting; they consider all aspects of the work they have to do or the problem they have to solve; then, they bring love into it, that is to say, a taste for the task to be carried out and an interest in it; lastly, they decide to begin the work that will carry the plan through. So, we can say that wise people conceive of something clearly in their mind, which they then strengthen and bring to life through feelings of love and, finally, bring to fruition thanks to an unshakeable will.

"And now let's see how most humans go about things. They launch suddenly into action without having properly studied the plan; then, obviously, they come up against obstacles, they suffer and lament, and it is only after having thoroughly lamented that they end up reflecting on the reasons for their failure."

Omraam Mikhaël Aïvanhov

I'm clearly in the "most humans" category.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Thursday, October 21, 2010

A Request

Are you one of these people who, when someone asks "Is today Thursday?" you answer "All day"? If so, please stop. Don't do that anymore.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Strange Book

I've been having great fun since our branch library re-opened after renovations, especially with that nifty online thing where I can select books from any other branch and have them delivered to ours. I have so many holds in various queues that I've lost track. On the reserve shelf today in my name was a book called The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. wtf. I don't remember requesting that one. I'm confused. Inside the front flap it says "Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers." Whoa. This thing had better be good.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Candidate Whitey

Oh my, this poor candidate's name was misspelled as "Whitey" on a Chicago ballot. My stomach hurts from laughing.

An Author

One of my BobFriends (there are four Bobs in our group)--after soccer last night at the pub--recommended an author whose books he's reading: Ian Sansom. While the man has no business switching the n and m in his name like that, I'll assume his writing might be good. He's on my list.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010


Here's a thoughtful article about childhood vaccinations.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


This short piece (when did we start calling them "pieces?") about sex ed for kids reminds me what a good word "homunculus" is.

Monday, October 11, 2010


I crossed paths today with a good album, Themes from French Cinema. It's jazzy with violins.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Fall Has Arrived

I refuse to allow the persistent scourge of mid-80s-October-days here in Durham to dissuade me from embracing the arrival of fall. Loyal readers will have seen this before: my favorite autumn essay of all time.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

I was intrigued by this story about a tarantula-eating teacher, until I realized it had been baked (the tarantula). That's no fun.

Monday, October 4, 2010


I'd years ago read and reread the standard 12 or 14 George Orwell essays in the mainstream canon, but lately I've been digging into some of his off-the-path essays and reviews. A brief 1940 write-up of a London performance of The Tempest begins, "If there is really such a thing as turning in one's grave, Shakespeare must get a lot of exercise." He has a lot to say about Henry Miller, whom I've never read, so I've added him to my list.

Oh, and yesterday I watched a silly thing called Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House. It was like a substanceless 1950s sit-com. I don't think I've ever seen a Cary Grant movie with any kind of depth.