Review: Playing Big: Find Your Voice, Your Mission, Your Message

Playing Big: Find Your Voice, Your Mission, Your Message by Tara Mohr My rating: 2 of 5 stars Boy, am I ever glad I didn’t pay for this. Mohr’s heart is in the right place. She wanted to write a book that would help women overcome a lifetime of socialization and learn to believe in ourselves,Continue reading “Review: Playing Big: Find Your Voice, Your Mission, Your Message”

Review: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate

Follow my blog with Bloglovin (sorry for that. i’m going through the tedious process of claiming my blog — yes, it took me forever — and apparently i have to include that in a new post. so) This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein My rating: 1 of 5 stars Naomi’s politicalContinue reading “Review: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate”

Review: The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

I may have mentioned that 2013 was a steamroller of a year, and that Hibernation 2014 was basically me burying my head in the sands of sewing until I felt like I could look at the world again. After about nine months of denial, I thought I might be ready to test the waters of environmentalContinue reading “Review: The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History”

W.S. Merwin as nothing-in-particular

This one has no stitching on it of any kind, but I like it and thought it was a fitting way to end Poetry Month (though if I have time, I may squeeze in Dennis Lee as well): from W. S. Merwin: The Laughing Thrush O nameless joy of the morning tumbling upward note byContinue reading “W.S. Merwin as nothing-in-particular”

Mary Oliver as wall art

Even if you don’t think you like Mary Oliver–even if you think you don’t like poetry–you have almost certainly read one of her poems, and you might even have enjoyed it. Mary Oliver is that most rare of all creatures: a poet who makes a living from poetry. She’s a nature poet with an eyeContinue reading “Mary Oliver as wall art”

Rilke as bookmark

For years, I had these self-help books I dragged around with me through every move. Most of them were gifts (of a sort) from one particular person who shall remain nameless, and they inspired in me an absolute rage; the others, while less rage-inspiring, were quite notable in their absolute inability to help me helpContinue reading “Rilke as bookmark”

Sara Teasdale in needle-book form

I like poetry, a lot. A shelf of my Favourites Bookcase is devoted to poetry books (and there are more in the basement).  I also–as you may have gathered–like sewing and embroidery, a lot. So what better than to combine them? A few years back, I was in need of a needle-book (a fabric bookContinue reading “Sara Teasdale in needle-book form”

happy poetry month

Because it’s the one I have with me, and because it’s been stuck in my head for six months. Like a musical earworm, it demands to be spread … er, shared: Here, in this little Bay Full of tumultuous life and great repose, Where, twice a day, The purposeless, glad ocean comes and goes, UnderContinue reading “happy poetry month”

Review: Feral: Rewilding the Land, the Sea, and Human Life

Feral: Rewilding the Land, the Sea, and Human Life by George Monbiot My rating: 4 of 5 stars I am, first of all, so thankful that George Monbiot broke his mold and spent a book writing about something with more hopeful overtones than the end of the world. Not that the end of the worldContinue reading “Review: Feral: Rewilding the Land, the Sea, and Human Life”

Review: Banned on the Hill: A True Story about Dirty Oil and Government Censorship

(What happened? Summer. Also, home laptop broke. New laptop working, but would not connect to network. None of these things facilitate blogging.  Hiking and gardening are more fun anyway, yes?) Banned on the Hill: A True Story about Dirty Oil and Government Censorship by Franke James My rating: 5 of 5 stars I am theContinue reading “Review: Banned on the Hill: A True Story about Dirty Oil and Government Censorship”