Meandering Thoughts

Meandering Thoughts

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Got Snow? Read.....

Books have always been a passion of mine.  I loved to stop the busy world and just read.  Winter seems to be one of the best times to grab a book and curl up under a warm blanket, near the burning fire and just read the day away.  I used to do this all the time, when I was younger, even when my kids were small, I could read for hours at a time!

I still love to read, something has happened to my ability to read for long time spans.  I don't know if I just get too comfortable, warm socks, fluffy blanket, or dogs snoring at my feet.  It isn't long before I've read a few chapters and then find myself in dreamland with the dogs. 

I have already read two book this month!  The first was, A Noble Red Man, by Harvey Arden.  It was excellent.  An easy read, didn't require long hours under the blanket to finish.  I enjoyed all the wisdom that was gathered by Harvey Arden from an Indian Elder who is the Noble Red Man.  I must read his book, Wisdomkeepers, it is on my list of books to purchase on the next trip to the bookstore.

I also read, 90 Minutes in Heaven, by Don Piper.   Excellent book, there is a reason it is on the Bestseller List of books to read.  It jumped off the shelf at me while walking down a book isle.  I love it when books do that, I take special note that this book has a message for me.  Yes, I found the message in chapter 9.  It brought a revealing message to me about someone who has difficulty accepting help from others.  I hope that this person reads this book and gets the message too. 

A book I read last winter that I still talk about today, it is one I would recommend to everyone!   I got this book because of a friend that had a stroke.  It is called, My Stroke of Insight, by Jill Bolte Taylor, PhD, this book was a real eye opener!  I hope you put it on your "must read" list!

I have a shelf of books I've read that are important to me.  They are books I would want my children to read and hope to share with them.  My girls enjoy books too, they are into novels and I remember when I only read novels, usually quick reads and something to relax with.   My favorites when I was a young girl were Nancy Drew books.  Better yet were all the horse stories and wolf stories that I read.  When I was older I remember reading Gone With The Wind, this would be a book I have read many, many times.  One I remember reading in the early 90's was, Hanta Yo, by Ruth Beebe Hill, there is one place in the book, I wished I'd marked and it seemed to resonate with me at that time.  Something like this, "I sit here in the middle of the day, at the middle of my life...... "  I don't remember exactly, but it was ME at that moment in time, I was in the middle of my life, with as much time ahead of me as had already passed.....   A very interesting ahhha kind of moment for me.  I loved this book so much, I own two hard back versions and one soft cover version.   Why three, I do not know..........  Maybe I should include this in my winter readings and find that exact place when I was in the middle of my life. 

My book selection has changed in the last 20 years.  I enjoy reading books that are teaching me something that relates to the journey others have taken and I seem to be on as well.   More historical and I guess they are a study into the ways of the indiginious people.  Their spirituality, their honor, their integrety to each other and Mother Earth.  One of my favorite authors is Joseph Marshall, III.  One of his books, Walking with Grandfather, jumped off the shelf, the picture on the cover is so beautiful, but what is inside is amazing.  I also loved, The Lokata Way, and believe if we all lived by these lessons for living, there would be peace in the world.  My dear friend loves his book, Keep Going, and it is on my list of books to read. 

I have also read, Black Elk Speaks, by John G. Neihardt.  I loved reading, Neither Wolf Nor Dog, by Kent Nerhurn and a book that leaves me questioning many things about truth, Prison Writings, regarding Leonard Peltier, edited by Harvey Arden.  Right this moment I am reading, The Shamanic Zone, by Ailo Gaup, a very wonderful book, given to me by my dear friend from Norway, Morten Wolf Storeide. 

So many books I haven't mentioned, so many books left to read. 


  1. Wonderful to read your bookstory, especially about when the books "jump" out of the shelf to you and somehow have a message for you. Have experienced that several times myself and it is wonderful. And as you write, so many books not mentioned and so many left to read. I have a couple of suggestions if you have not red them; "Red Earth, White Lies" by Vine Deloria, Jr. (I am not finished yet, but it is really good, JTH recomended it) also I could recomend the "Medicine Grizzly" by Richard Seifried - Wonderful. Just got his three other books now and look forward to read them. Keep up your Meandering Thoughts Cynthia, love to read :-) Hug for you, Morten

  2. Nice to see my red book among your books.Thanks for the nice and warming words...

    greetings ailo gaup