Saturday, July 3, 2021
Sunday, June 13, 2021
The heroine of The Magic Circle is Ariel Behn who calls herself a "girl nuke," and works as a nuclear security expert in Idaho. When we first meet her she is driving in treacherous snow conditions on her way back to Idaho from San Francisco where she left her brother's shrouded remains in a casket, blown apart by some unknown bomb while operating in an advisory capacity for the military. His death is as sudden as his disappearance from her life some years ago.
Ariel soon learns that she's been bequeathed with precious family papers that her brother, Sam, had inherited from their grandmother. Why she has been given these documents and why everyone in her family wants them before she can uncover what they are is what Ariel must find out. But this wouldn't be a Katherine Neville novel without huge amounts of history and science, puzzles and etymology thrown in. As Ariel pursues the meaning of the manuscripts she uncovers the hard truths about her complex family and their role in major twentieth century events such as the Boer Wars in South Africa and World War II.
Like Scheherazade, the story teller in One Thousand and One Nights, Neville weaves tales within tales, only this time they go backwards into history as we learn about ancient initiation and transformation rituals, runes, Uranus, power spots, who Jesus might have been, and what the Song of Solomon may actually mean.
Neville's historical segments are delicious and compelling. The reader becomes a local observer of, for example, the last week of Jesus's life, seeing the events from Pontius Pilate and Joseph of Arimathea's view.
The magic circle evokes a place to do ritual, to connect with our community, be it the neighborhood, our families, friends or the planet. It is for each of us to enter into the magic circle and transform. This book provokes questions and imaginings, and rereading. Neville delivers another tour de force, and leaves us wanting more.
Monday, May 31, 2021
Thursday, May 6, 2021
O'Donohue delves deep into the heart and espouses on the true meaning of beauty as it pertains to our inner soulful being. In doing so, he highlights the beauty of the natural landscape and its impact on the human heart. He elaborates his concepts through the Celtic art, culture and literature. His descriptive illustrations enables the reader to develop a new sense and experience of beauty as an invisible embrace.
O'Donohue emphasizes the importance of encountering ultimate stillness and a deep dive into being silent; this he indicates brings one to appreciate and embellish a different kind of beauty within one's heart. It is the human spirit--a kind and gentle awakening of an inner self.
Beauty - The Invisible Embrace by John O'Donohue is a refreshing and powerful examination of the art of being beautiful in a spiritual sense.
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Saturday, March 13, 2021
These stories depict the trials and tribulations of human life--some of which are adventurous while others are morbid and depressing. The reader is taken on a journey of exploring each author's style of writing as it relates to the themes of each story. Some of the themes include tragedy, mystery, family drama, and betrayal.
Best British Short Stories 2018 is an eclectic story collection that gives the reader pause to reflect on life's twists and turns.