“In the world of poetry, Gwendolyn Brooks is recognized as pioneer, teacher, benefactor, and hierophant and lauded for her intellectual prowess, her social consciousness, and her spiritual wealth. She knows the depth of the words of Langston Hughes, when he states, “We build our temples for tomorrow, strong as we know how, and we stand on top of the mountain, free within ourselves.” This quote from “The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain,” printed in 1926, points to the resiliency and tenacity of Brooks who echoes, in her own words, “Do not be afraid of no.”
-from “On Gwendolyn Brooks: Reliant Contemplation,” edited by Stephen Caldwell Wright
“‘The Last American Man’ is the true story of Eustace Conway, an unforgettable American original. For more than thirty years, Conway has made his home in the Appalachian Mountains, mastering the art of self-sufficient living…In exploring Conway’s life, acclaimed novelist and memoirist Elizabeth Gilbert weaves a fascinating adventure story about a truly epic, but throughly modern, American hero. As she thoughtfully examines Conway and all he embodies, the iconography of American manhood comes alive in all its conflicting elements of inventiveness, charisma, narcissism, and intimacy.”
“With every sunrise I reaffirm my intention to spend part of that day giving back, be it through a smile, a song, a letter to the editor, a friendly email with compulsively correct spelling and grammar, or simply remembering to say thank you. With every sunset I’m grateful that I made it through another day, and I hope that my descendants and I are granted enough days to fulfill the promise of my grandparents’ journey’
– from ‘Carol King: A Natural Woman’, by Carol King #carolking
* The pictured keyboard is on our circa-1983 Baldwin FunMachine (yes, really) Deluxe that has found its new home in the here in the shop! When we’re open soon, it’s here for anyone to come enjoy 😊 and play.
“This is the kind of satisfaction that people who truly love to cook are after. We seek, in our collective struggle, to learn more and to cook better, but we are in fact reaching for that connection to humanity that we’ve lost or maybe never had or simply want more of. This connection will forever elude us until we learn to move deliberately, to take a long time, to make sure our counter is clean every night. And it will elude us if we ever lose sight of cooking’s fundamental importance to others.”
– from ’The Soul Of A Chef: The Journey Toward Perfection,’ by Michael Ruhlman
” #Creativity is not just for ‘talented geniuses.’ Creativity is a tool we can all access and utilize. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never picked up a pen or can’t draw a straight line or flunked out of music class, you have a creative #selfwaiting to be #awakened or #amplified.”
– from ‘The 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women: A Portable Mentor,’ by Gail McMeekin.
(Sexy Painted Background™ courtesy @victoriaweissart )
“In spite of #automation , most of the people across the face of this #earth are doing work, much of it #hardwork, most of the days of their lives.”
– from ‘How to Tell When You’re Tired: A Brief Examination of Work,’ by Reg Theriault.