"A wise man without a book is like a workman with no tools"
A Moroccan proverb
We all need books to expand our knowledge of what is happening around us every day.
Friday, August 12, 2016
Dior and I, a film by Frederic Tcheng.
Raf Simons becomes the new artistic director of the haute couture colletion at the Christian Dior house.
Very interesting look at Raf's first season as the director takes us on a look at what goes on in a fashion "house" that still does everything by hand.
The ONLY drawback to this film is that whoever edited in the subtitles had no idea of how little one could see the yellow against white backgrounds. If you understand French, it will be a piece of cake for you to understand. On the other hand, just by watching one can figure out what is going on.
We really enjoyed it!
Give me a room whose every nook is dedicated to a book.
English poet Robert Southey (born August 12, 1774) was a contemporary of such literary lions as William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Sir Walter Scott, and Lord Byron. He was appointed poet laureate, though he was also known for his historical works (on Brazil) and biographies (on Horatio Nelson). Perhaps most surprising? The Story of the Three Bears, the original Goldilocks tale, is his creation as well.
Well, Robert Southey would be extremely impressed with my small house, books in every room, stacks on the floor, bookcases loaded, and even in closets.
The New Colossus
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
When kindness comes at the expense of truth, it is not a kindness worth having.
Happy birthday, Rachel Simmons! The bestselling author tackles topics like bullying in Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls and self-empowerment in The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence. A graduate of Vassar College and a onetime Rhodes Scholar, she’s also the cofounder of the nonprofit Girls Leadership and offers keynote speeches and workshops nationwide.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Having eyes, but not seeing beauty; having ears, but not hearing music; having minds, but not perceiving truth…These are the things to fear…
Happy birthday, Tetsuko Kuroyanagi! The Japanese actress and TV talk-show host is the author of the bestselling children’s book Totto-chan: The Little Girl at the Window. She is also heavily involved in charitable efforts: As a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, she has visited Cambodia, Rwanda, and Afghanistan, and she founded the Totto Foundation, which trains professional actors who have hearing impairments.
Saturday, August 6, 2016
I believe that children in this country need a more robust literary diet than they are getting…. I will never talk down to, or draw down to, children.
Barbara Cooney (born August 6, 1917) was a prolific children’s book author and illustrator who won the prestigious Caldecott Medal—twice—during her long career. Among her best-known works are Miss Rumphius, Ox-Cart Man, Chanticleer and the Fox, Island Boy, and Hattie and the Wild Waves. She traveled extensively for research, visiting Mexico, Finland, France, Spain, Ireland, Haiti, and other locales to get the look and landscape just right.