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"Happiness always looks small when you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and at once you learn how big and precious it is."
Maxim Gorky

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Catch up and a sneak peak...

I have been away for a few days tending to Minnie Mouse...
Carving big orange vegetables...
It's been many years since I foraged out into suburban neighbourhoods
with a small hand in mine, dodging Spiderman and fending off lions
and bears. Although it's quite a ways from us including a ferry ride,
I take on these challenges of stepping in where my sister can't anymore with bittersweet feelings.
My trips back home are a tad heavy with feelings of loss still,
 but also and always with a great sense of love for these girls.
But now it's home again and back working on a bit of an involved piece for Etsy.
Just a sneak peak for now...
Have a great weekend all.
Hug who you love.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Book review...

I haven't been really excited about a novel for a long time.
This book kept me intrigued from page one.
Based on the true story of an ancient Jewish text known as the
Sarajevo haggadah.
A rare book indeed not only for it's tales of survival
but mostly for it's incredible illuminations.
Here's a sample from the actual book, housed in a museum in Sarajevo...

Not only does it break tradition by depicting the human form, but it also portrays the world as round, an heretical concept during the middle ages.
It has survived persecution since the 14th century along with the
people who have risked life and limb to conceal and save it.
I'll let this review tell you a bit more...
 One of the earliest Jewish religious volumes to be illuminated with images, the Sarajevo Haggadah survived centuries of purges and wars thanks to people of all faiths who risked their lives to safeguard it. Geraldine Brooks, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of March, has turned the intriguing but sparely detailed history of this precious volume into an emotionally rich, thrilling fictionalization that retraces its turbulent journey. In the hands of Hanna Heath, an impassioned rare-book expert restoring the manuscript in 1996 Sarajevo, it yields clues to its guardians and whereabouts: an insect wing, a wine stain, salt crystals, and a white hair. While readers experience crucial moments in the book's history through a series of fascinating, fleshed-out short stories, Hanna pursues its secrets scientifically, and finds that some interests will still risk everything in the name of protecting this treasure. A complex love story, thrilling mystery, vivid history lesson, and celebration of the enduring power of ideas, People of the Book will surely be hailed as one of the best of 2008. --Mari Malcolm
Part art history, part thriller,  big part cultural education,
this book is WELL worth a read.


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Once around the lake...

The Boy Scouts and the Girl Guides have all gone home.
 Nights around the campfire and stories of strange noises in the night
fade into summer memories...
It's only Griffin and I who walk amongst these big trees...
The shouts and squeals of marching groups, hiking through
the woods are quieted now.
Cougar, deer and bear can walk more freely along the lake...
And in the curtains of the bull rushes, things that were hidden begin to show...
The red winged blackbird who worked so hard...
...gathering and weaving and raising their brood, have all flown away now...
...leaving this work of down and grasses as testament to a skill
I'll never master.
And who was the one who left my path strewn with little gold stars?
Maybe it was the fairy gnomes who made those noises in the night
with the full moon glinting off of their dust.
So long summer lake.
Close up and go to bed for the winter.
Let the leaves and snow cover the ground.
I'll be here when the birds come to wake you in the spring.