How Pain Can Lead to Connection

Gloria Steinem is someone I would never have read about, in my old life. What a loss that would have been!  Her book

Gloria Steinem: My Life on the Road

Tells about some of her formative influences:

-Her parents were from different backgrounds (Protestant, Jewish).

-Her mother was a former journalist who lost her way and became an invalid for most of Gloria’s life. 

-Her father was a traveler with grand dreams, but an inability to make ends meet. He was mostly absent from the time she was 8. 
I was most struck by Gloria’s lack of self-pity and how she used her circumstances to learn. 

She gives attention to her willingness to be changed by her travels and how her decisions, across the years, not to drive had a surprising impact on her work. 
She has a multi-dimensional, inclusive way of thinking, which surprised and challenged me. 

One of the many things I appreciate about this book is her reference to one of my favorite books, A Room of One’s Own, by Vitginia Woolf.

She filled in some very important history that was neglected in my education and made me think, once again, about the power of thinking together:
“When humans are ranked, instead of linked, everyone loses. “

And the Mountains Echoed

By Khaled Hosseini

What can I say? Family, war and its democratizing effects, on the one hand, the opportunities for humans lacking in principles to flourish, on the other. Connections, empathy for people I could have maintained as my enemies and some seriously poetic and finely-intertwined stories within a greater story. One of the best reads of the last year.

I was not disappointed by one of my favorite authors. He tells a story for an audience that most needs to hear it.

Reading…

 

Matisse’s insistence on Courbert’s philosophy…work is not just inspiration but the result of constant reorganization: of taming nature through rethinking form. (p.8)

“I revise my notion several times over. People often add or superimpose-completing things without changing their plan, whereas I rework my plan every time. I never get tired. I always start again, working from the previous state. I try to work in a contemplative way, which is very difficult: contemplation is inaction, and I act in contemplation.” (p.48)

  
  
“Instead of a search for balance and integration, there is a battle for dominance. Divisions are insisted upon, interdependence is denied….the dualism of superior/inferior…might give way to what seems to me, from here, a much healthier, sounder, more promising modality of integration and integrity.” (p.16)

Mo’s Story

…at least I think it’s Mo’s story. The setting is mostly in a library. The librarian is an unusual man with a mysterious past. Inside the library is a secret atelier. So, I was quite pleased to see this interesting book pop up on my meanderings today:


  Stay tuned to find out more about Mo and her journey.