Thursday, February 23, 2017

Food for thought…(literally)

Photo by Ryan McGuire, Gratisography 

While researching for my book, I often come across wonderful and thought provoking ideas, such as the work of Paul Freedman. Therefore, I needed to share this with you. Needless to say that I highly recommend his book. 

"In the medieval Christian tradition, gluttony was one of the seven deadly sins, along with what now seem the more serious transgressions of pride, sloth, anger, envy, covetousness and lust.” …

“Yet gluttony, however frivolous it may seem in comparison with the dangers of greed, for example, is if anything a more prominent preoccupation now than during the Middle Ages. The average affluent person today spends more time worrying about what might be broadly defined as the category of gluttony (diet, body fat, nutrition versus self indulgence) that about pride and covetousness (which are perhaps not even vices now according to general opinion).” —Paul Freedman*

*Paul Freedman, Out of the East: Spices and The Medieval Imagination. Yale University Press. 2008. Pages 50-51  

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Joy and Sorrow

On Joy and Sorrow
 Kahlil Gibran

Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.
And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.

And how else can it be?

The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter's oven?

And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?

When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. 

Some of you say, "Joy is greater thar sorrow," and others say, "Nay, sorrow is the greater."

But I say unto you, they are inseparable.
Together they come, and when one sits, alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed. 

Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy.
Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced.

When the treasure-keeper lifts you to weigh his gold and his silver, needs must your joy or your sorrow rise or fall.

Friday, January 1, 2016

New Year (Mark Twain)

Happy New Year!  As a tradition, I share with you Mark Twain wise words for New Years! 

Territorial Enterprise, January 1, 1863



Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual. Yesterday, everybody smoked his last cigar, took his last drink, and swore his last oath. To-day, we are a pious and exemplary community. Thirty days from now, we shall have cast our reformation to the winds and gone to cutting our ancient short comings considerably shorter than ever. We shall also reflect pleasantly upon how we did the same old thing last year about this time. However, go in, community. New Year's is a harmless annual institution, of no particular use to anybody save as a scapegoat for promiscuous drunks, and friendly calls, and humbug resolutions, and we wish you to enjoy it with a looseness suited to the greatness of the occasion.

[reprinted in The Works of Mark Twain; Early Tales & Sketches, Vol. 1 1851-1864, (Univ. of California Press, 1979), p. 180.] 

Saturday, October 31, 2015

A Bit of Shakespeare for Halloween

"Tis now the very witching time of night,
When churchyards yawn and hell itself breathes out
Contagion to this world. Now could I drink hot blood
And do such bitter business as the bitter day
Would quake to look on. Soft, now to my mother.—
O heart, lose not thy nature, let not ever
The soul of Nero enter this firm bosom.
Let me be cruel, not unnatural." ~ William Shakespeare | Hamlet 

Happy Halloween! 

Thursday, October 29, 2015

A Lady Julia Grey Mystery Series and How I Found Them

I've discovered "A Lady Julia Grey Mystery" series by Deanna Raybourn by mere chance... Let's rephrase, Amazon recommended me the books after I devoured reading, "A Lady Darby Mystery" series by Anna Lee Huber.

Kiera and Sebastian the main characters in Huber's books left me with a literary hangover.  I was lost, looking for what to read next (not that I don't have a pile of books waiting for me to be read), but I've truly enjoyed this mix of mystery and “detectivesque” novel with the ambiance of the Victorian era.  

It all begun when I read a book based on true events named "The Suspicions of Mr Whicher: or the Murder at Road Hill House" by Kate Summerscale.  Added to my passion for Sherlock Holmes books, I can't deny I was hooked with Anna Lee Huber series.
I decided to give Deanna Raybourn books a chance and I'm glad I did. I still love Huber's books, but Mrs Raybourn is simply phenomenal.  Julia March Grey and Nicholas Brisbane are more complex, more human. The March family is a treat, and I love the rapport between the brothers and sisters. In fact, I believe the books got better after book 3 with more involvement of Julia's brothers and sisters.
I've read some nasty critics about the series. Saying that topics as homosexuality, etc., where our of place. Ask Mr Oscar Wilde then! I'm sure if he were alive, he will enlighten us a great deal about the real Victorian Society. And don't forget the best kept secret, Mr Dickens and his true love for Nelly Ternan.
At this point I have read all the books in the series (that have been published up to this date), including the novellas. I also read at the author's website that a TV series will be made. I am thrilled with the news!  
I highly recommend all the books mentioned here, but most specially "Lady Julia Grey Mysteries" series. Just beware, you'll fall in love with The Marches.

Look forward to the next mystery!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

How To Be A Male Repellent

I've tried really hard to become an independent and self sufficient woman. I love to learn new things and of course reading. I am witty and have a quick mind. 

Therefore I have spent years triyin to become a better version of me. I have many flaws of course. But there is one that got me into trouble all the time; my blunt sincerity... 

Ironically I've noticed that being independent, smart and educated, combine together, work as a male repellent. 

Why men love stupid and needy women? (I know this words are per se a hasty generalization fallacy, but let's say the big majority?). 

If you read this you might think, it's my looks then. Well no, not that I clame to be gorgeous looking, but I am pretty or pleasant looking. 

I keep looking for a nice frog that I can kiss and will become my prince, (Independent, successful and smart, one that once kissed will not look like a frog any longer). 

Unfortunately, I normally told them that they look like frogs beforehand and that's how the story ends... 

I'm I to picky? Not really if you meet my exes.  

When will I learn to keep my mouth close and play the fool damsel in distress?

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Book Fair

I love Book Fairs! I can visit one every single weekend, of course I'll be broke. 

Yesterday I went to the National Book Fair, and I felt like a kid at a Candy Shop, or better still, at a Toy Store :) 

I tried to be selective and purchased only a few books, but I am a bookaholic! To make things worse, I am greedy about books, I'll never have enough books! 

My life is all about books, the books I read, the books I buy, and the one I'm writing. 

In my bucket list, besides visiting some of the worlds more fabulous libraries and bookstores there is also a visit to Madrid, Guadalajara and Buenos Aires Book Fairs (I am alowed to dream that my books will make it to those fairs, and I'll be there!). 

While I complete my bucket list, I'm happy I went to Guatemala's International Book Fair (FILGUA). 

Cheers to Books!