Muusings & Lyrics

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The Lyrics

The Gathering of Spirits

by Carrie Newcomer (used with permission)

Let it go my love my truest, Let it sail on silver wings
Life’s a twinkling that’s for certain, But it’s such a fine thing
There’s a gathering of spirits There’s a festival of friends
And we’ll take up where we left off When we all meet again.

I can’t explain it. I couldn’t if I tried
How the only things we carry are the things we hold inside.
Like a day in out the open, like the love we won’t forget
Like the laughter that we started and hasn’t died down yet.

Oh yah, now didn’t we and don’t we make it shine
Aren’t we standing in the center of something rare and fine?
Some glow like embers or light through colored glass
Some give it all in one great flame throwing kisses as they pass

Just east of Eden But there’s heaven in our midst
And we’re never really all that far from those we love and miss
Wade out in the water there’s a glory all around
The wisest say there’s a 1000 ways to kneel and kiss the ground.

And we’ll take up where we left off when we all meet again.


The book list

Thank you all for your contribution to this list!   I am sure there are many more, but this is a good start. Listed here are many cross over interests: art, history, social action, triumph in spite of all the odds against you, etc¦ personal growth and just fun.    I hope we can add to this list and continue at WUULF 2008. It is great to share our impressions and recommendations to others.

Thanks again and have a great summer.

See ya next year!
Laura White


The Books

100 Books You Should Read (After You have read all these!)
A Fine Balance – about (fair trade) injustice in India by Rohinton Mistry
A Room of One’s Own feminist novel
A Short History of Almost Everything also by Bryson
A Suitable Boy Gone with the wind ala India
Abandonment travel writer in search of manuscripts of Rumi
Aging As a Spritual Journey
Alice in Wonderland
All the Pretty Horses by McCarthy
American Fascist by Chris Hedges about religious right
Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt – Irish yarn
Angle in Repose by Wallace Steigner
Anma Cara Soul Friend written by Celtic priest O’Donahue
Artists of the Floating World
Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronomas Bosch by Henry Miller
Canyon of Remembrance by Leslie Polling-Kempes
Cider House Rules by John Irvin
Dreams of My Father & The Audacity of Hope by Obama
Dress Codes: Of Three Girlhoods – My Mother’s, My Father’s and Mine A story about a family (Ohio Unitarians, by the way) who learn to cope with a father/husband/son as a crossdresser
Eragon by Christopher Paolini
Everything I Learned in Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum
Fencing in the Sky
Forever about immortality w/setting of Manhattan by pete hamill, historical fiction
Freeing the Soul from Fear
Huckleberry Finn Tom Sawyer by Twain
I am a Stranger Here Myself Britain by Bryson
In A Sunburned Country by Bryson
In Search of the Ancient One by David Roberts about the Anansazi secret places and ruins in New Mexico
John Adams, 1776, Truman by McCullough (Historical)
Let’s Not Go To the Dogs Tonight about growing up in Africa
Life Studies also by Vreeland stories from perspective of impressionist artists’ close friends or family members
Light in August by William Faulkner
Lolita by Vladamir Nabokov
London by Rutherford (better than Mitchner!)
Looking for Longleaf
Moo by Jane Smiley
Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively
Palestine Peace Not Apartheid by Jimmy Carter
Reading Lolita in Tehran inspired one to read
Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro
Sacred Geometry – Scientific nonfiction
Sarum also by Rutherford about area around Stonehenge
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
Silence by Robert Sardello – nonfiction
Snow Fox
Snowflower and a Secret Fan about China and how women bound their feet
Suite Francais about a Jewish author during the German occupation of France by Irene Nemirovsky
The Assault on Reason by Al Gore
The Autobiography of Pearl S. Buck
The Black Trillium & The Mists of Avalon by Bradley
The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald
The Chonicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
The Enders Game by Orson Scott Card
The Forest Lover by Susan Vreeland about Emily Carr, a Canadian totem pole artist who defied convention
The Future of Freedom by Fareed Zakaria
The Giliad
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
The Good Husband by Gail Goodwin
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The House of Scorpion
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The Meadow by John Galvin
The Memory Keeper’s Daughter- Setting in the 40s about a young doctor & his pregnant wife by Kim Edwards
The Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
The Monkey Wrench Gang
The Omnivores Dilemma by Michael Pollan (better than Fast Food Nation)
The Poisonwood Bible By Kingsolver
The Power of Now by E. Tolle
The Preacher’s Daughter by Beverly Lewis
The Prodigal Summer Hightide in Tuscon by B. Kingsolver
The Razor’s Edge by Somerset Maugham about Southsea Islands and England, differences in class
The Road Also by Cormac McCarthy
The Sacred Path of a Warrior by Trungpa Rinpoche
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
The Secret (there are several, but I think it is the current one being referred – nonfiction, new agey)
The Sound and the Fury also by Faulkner
Thirteen Moons by Charles Frazier who wrote Cold Mountain – Story about the Cherokee Indian frontier
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Wolff
Tortilla Curtain or Riven Rock by T.C. Boyle
Trio, Quartet and Encore all by Maugham also mentioned his short stories as well, esp. “The Verger” (means janitor)
Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson (humor)
White Teeth by Zadie Smith – humorous book about Muslims in England
Winter Solstice by Pilcher
anything by Caroline Myss
Anything by David Brooks
Books by Hillary Clinton Living History
Egbert’s 100 Best Movies

The Movies

A Day Without a Mexican
Akeelah and the Bee
American Splendor Depression and redemption thru art
Amores Perros
An Inconvenient Truth
Billy Elliott coming of age story about a boy ballet dancer
Buckaroo Banzai in the 13th Dimension
Coach Carter
Day After Tomorrow
Dead Poets Society
Earth Fire Water
Field of Dreams
Guns of Navorrone
I Am David
Joy Luck Club
Kinky Boots
Kundun About the Dalai Lama before he fled Tibet and events leading to the Chinese invasion
Lawrence of Arabia
Little Miss Sunshine check alternative endings on selections DVD menu choices
Lust for Life
Monsoon Wedding about India & their culture
Mrs. Henderson Presents
Notes on a Scandal Judi Dench & Cate Blanchett
Pleasantville surreal fun
Raiders of the Lost Ark
Raintree County
Regarding Harry
Saints & Soldiers WWII Movie “ well acted
Shall We Dance
Shirley Valentine
Somewhere in Time
Stranger Than Fiction Emma Thompson, Will Ferrell
The Big Libowski
The Blue Parrots of Telegraph Hill
The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
The Last Picture Show Cybil Shepard and Cloris Leachman
The Motorcycle Diaries South America story
The Namesake
The Painted Veil good cinematography
The Pearl
The Pianist “ GREAT piano selections from Chopin & tremendous movie otherwise of one man’s survival during Holocaust
The Queen
The Turning Point
Theo & Vincent
Wages of Fear
Waking Ned Devine humor
What the Bleep Do We Know
Who Killed the Electric Car
Wings of a Dove Venice and love and loss and beauty
Y Tu Mama Tambien
Any Harry Potter movies
Documentary films Walmart, Iraq for Sale, Fast Food Nation

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