I had realized that two of the books I had loaned Susan (the lady who passed away unexpectedly) were my two Sark books, The Succulent Wild Woman and The Bodacious Book of Succulence. So I was on the lookout for Sark books and I ended up re-purchasing The Succulent... book and I also found her book The Inspiration Sandwich. Her books are just infused with her creative spirit and are filled with inspiration to be wild, unconventional, and completely, authentically yourself. She preaches the virtues of radical self-acceptance, and to a society of women who are always on a quest for self-improvement, that it a powerful message. What could we accomplish if we just dropped all the insecurities and already believed in ourselves?
She also has a lot of interesting things to say about money and creativity. (The catch-22 for artists and writers everywhere--how do I find time to create and yet have enough money to live?) Sark found some creative answers to this dilemma after her 250 (250!) jobs.
Anyway, I highly recommend her books, especially if you feel stuck in any way, shape or form.
I also found many other great books (and got a whole stack for my grandsons), among them Yogini: The Power of Women in Yoga. This is a beautiful book with incredible artwork and profiles of women yogis, or yoginis, as well as a history of yoga and the role of women in Indian religion. Given my background in the Hare Krishna movement, which had a very traditional take on women's roles, it was great to see women leaders in other yoga systems being profiled and succeeding so well on their spiritual path. Very inspiring. I haven't finished it but I spent quite a bit of time looking through and reading bits and pieces, enough to know I'll thoroughly enjoy it when I have time.
I also got a couple of books in a series I've enjoyed, The Fire Duke: Keepers of the Hidden Ways by Joel Rosenberg, and the third book, The Crimson Sky (Keepers of the Hidden Ways, No 3). Now I just have to buy #2, The Silver Stone. I did read it years ago but I need to refresh my memory before I finally read the last book. Rosenberg combines elements of Norse mythology (or I'm sure the recons would prefer I say religion) with fantasy and a crossover into our world. He even throws in werewolves, but not in a cheesy way. (I couldn't bear to finish Van Helsing, the movie, they threw in so many different things and made it completely unbelievable.)
I got a book on watercolor painting and a few inspirational books (I collect quotes and these were chock full o' quotes) and can't wait to really dive into reading land. :)
I have a migraine today and I've used up my quota of medication for the week so I am using caffeine to help dull it. I will probably be reading late into the night if my head permits.