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Thursday, November 28

Bookish Thanksgiving

I am thankful for -

1. Beautiful libraries. Don't they just take your breath away?

2. Tsundoku: when life outside books and reading gets busy, here's what I do!

3. Authors; and I refer to not just my favorite ones

4. My job allows employees to read whatever and as much as they like so long as work is done.

5. People like David Rubenstein who plans to loan to libraries the Bay Psalm Book he bought at auction (reportedly the world's most expensive book at $14M)

6. Facebook Pages that provide my daily bookish fix:

7. Book-shopping. Nowadays I am loving book-shopping more than shoe-shopping (when I'm supposed to be a shoe addict too)

8. Places like this - a perfect stop in a literary tour. If I have any motivation to send my son to the US, having him explore Bookworm Gardens would be a wonderful purpose to put on the visa application form.

 Book Riot

9. Browsing, personal position style. This is the Central Bangna branch of Asia Books. They don't mind patrons looking weird while browsing their books

10. Being a bookworm. What joy!

 The Book Connections

11. Second-hand book shops. My apartment is running out of space because of them, and I'm enjoying the sight

12. Bookish brunches. This is Agalico, a lovely tea room; my weekend hangout where I read in peace

13. And finally, my parents who instilled in me a love for reading; showering me with books as gifts while I was growing up. I'm passing on the tradition to the son

Once upon a Valentine, I dated my kiddo in a bookstore...

Thursday, November 14

In the wake of Haiyan

Moods have been subdued in the wake of Haiyan. And as the country this typhoon hit is mine, our fourth in 2013 alone, the horror and sorrow I felt have been rather raw. In my late teens I spent an entire summer in Tacloban, the place where devastation was center; the visuals torture. I work up my list around storms on things less graphic and comfortably manageable:

A couple of facts about Haiyan from USA Today
1. Super Typhoon Haiyan had winds of 195 mph and gusts of 235 mph. This is one of the highest wind speeds ever recorded in a storm in world history. The Philippines typically gets hit by more typhoons than any country on Earth, usually about six or seven each year.

2. The storm is known as Super Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines. The World Meteorological Organization officially assigns typhoon names, to have a consistent name for a storm, but other countries are free to create their own names too.

3. Sandstorm by James Rollin
Keywords would appeal to someone who likes: antimatter, scientific expeditions, antiquities, secret societies, suspense fiction

4. Storm Chaser: a photographer's journey by Jim Reed
If you are interested in issues of global warming, stories about, and new research on the weather, 'Storm Chaser is a mesmerizing look at some of the catastrophic consequences of our planet's increasing temperature.' This book contains 'breathtaking photos, quotes, letters, and journal entries from climatologists, researchers, political leaders, spiritual advisors, and storm survivors.' "Storm Chaser chronicles photographer Jim Reed's most thrilling, beautiful, memorable, and dramatic adventures to date."

Passages from classic poetry 
5. Proud music of the storm by Walt Whitman

Blending, with Nature's rhythmus, all the tongues of nations;
You chords left us by vast composer! you choruses!
You formless, free, religious dances! you from the Orient!
You undertone of rivers, roar of pouring cataracts;
You sounds of distant guns, with galloping cavalry!
Echoes of camps, with all the different bugle-calls!
Trooping tumultuous, filling the midnite late, bending me powerless,
Entering my lonesome slumber- Why have you seiz'd me?

6. The Hurricane, William Cullen Bryant

What roar is that?-'tis the rain that breaks
In torrents away from the airy lakes,
Heavily poured on the shuddering ground,
And shedding a nameless horror round.
Ah! well known woods, and mountains, and skies,
With the very clouds!-ye are lost to my eyes.
I seek ye vainly, and see in your place
The shadowy tempest and sweeps through space,
A whirling ocean that fills the wall
Of the crystal heaven, and buries all.
7. Before the storm

 Peter Kratochvil

8. Tropical Storm

9. “There's always another storm. It's the way the world works. Snowstorms, rainstorms, windstorms, sandstorms, and firestorms. Some are fierce and others are small. You have to deal with each one separately, but you need to keep an eye on whats brewing for tomorrow.” Maria V. Snyder, Fire Study

10. “When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.” ― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore

 11. “It’s not a bad lesson to learn in the bleaker months: how you view a storm is a question of perspective; provided you find the right rock to watch it from, it could be the most incredible thing you’ll ever witness.”
―Dan Stevens 

12. “I will destroy you in the most beautiful way possible and when I leave you will finally understand why storms are named after people.” ― Unknown 

13. “It takes a real storm in the average person's life to make him realize how much worrying he has done over the squalls.” ― Bruce Barton 

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