Reflection Haiku: Living Modern Lives the Simple Way
– Lily Wang’s English and Chinese Zen Shorts
About a year ago, the idea of this book first came to me. I was inspired to write a chapbook in the name of REFLECTION HAIKU to help myself and my readers simply their modern lives. Our earthly world ebbs and flows with challenges and changes, with emotional ups and downs. Oftentimes, all it takes is a poem, a yoga pose or a wonderful serendipity to dissolve those limited thoughts in the Presence of Peace.
Last to my haiku series, REFLECTION delivers fifty-two zen shorts bilingually in English and traditional Chinese which are paired by similar topics but they are not the exact translations of each other. These two distinguished languages require different approaches to consummate the artistic point and the ability to read Chinese will certainly add much dimension to our poetic encounter. Nonetheless, as I traveled from Taiwan to the world, I’ve met people of all nationalities expressing to me their love for the beauty of this ancient language. It is to those who share a kindred appreciation for the Chinese writing I dedicate this book. Thus, even if you don’t read Chinese, I hope you find those oriental lines, like paintings of words, still a joy to see.
This ebook, written in 3-line format, contains statements of quiet reflections about places I’ve been, animals I admire, gifts about life and messages that flashed into my eyes in a year’s time. The most magnificent views are hidden in the ordinary scenes and the great enlightenment lies within in this moment. Wherever you are in the spiritual path, may this book be your friendly companion –
I am enamored of this book for within a few pages, my eyes can see these poems are alive. Rumi, the 13th century Sufi master, has found his modern vocal through poet Coleman Barks – I can’t read the original language but from those translations I found the poems to be poignant, vital and awakening. This book is divided into 22 chapters of ecstatic readings with Mr. Barks commentaries preluding each section initiating a discourse where a diverse of poems are included. In the discussion of “Sohbet”, regarding the retreats where poets dwell and the jobs that poets do, Emily Dickinson’s celestial lines are quoted:
Of visitors, the fairest.
For occupations, this:
The spreading wide my narrow hands
To gather paradise. (11)”
The Lord of poems is no mystic to those who’ve experienced epiphany. His words have escaped the time and the restrictions of death. Such poems are enlightenments:
Inside this new love, die.
Your way begins on the other side.
Become the sky.
Take an ax to the prison wall.
Escape. Walk out
Like someone suddenly born into color.
The speechless full moon comes out now. (33)”
My sister sent me this gift of poetry on my birthday and whatever she wishes to say is well-expressed by this BOOK OF LOVE.
An Amazing Day, July 12, 2011
The kids and I are all fascinated and grateful for this heartwarming picture story about Amos, a zoo caregiver who has established his relationship with his animal friends so deep that when Amos was sick one day, it was their turn to return his favor and care. Readers will see the cutest animals with distinguished personalities, big and small, sweet and wise, array from elephant, penguin, turtle to owl.., all present to Amos in their own different way on this difficult day, the best healing medicine of all – friendship, Abundant details within pages to make your heart and soul smile and it is very easy to see why this book has won the prestigious Caldecott award – congrats!
70 pages. My kids would really love to move next door to Mercy Watson but the grumpy neighbor Eugenia would rather enjoy a gracious life planting petunias than having fun with a charismatic pig. Written by Kate DiCamillo, and illustrated by Chris Van Dusen, this talented team championed another hilarious and dangerous adventure storybook where Mercy was drawn into “Unmentionable Horrors” after she ate the neighbor’s flower. Stella and Frank invited Mercy to the tea party and she was perfectly disguised with a fancy hat. But the animal controller still caught her – only to be honored as a hero who rescued a truck full of dogs and the Watson Family’s beloved lost pig. Each page has fantastic detailed pictures to probe into – snake in a toilet, raccoon in the trash, party settings, garden scenes and such appealing touch is spread to the bottom where the page number is inside a toast! This is a real treat for young kids and their read-along parents.
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A collection of thirteen stories that I grew up with(Taiwan) and love to pass down to my children, this colorful volume, with authentic Chinese-style drawings, brings back to life legends and tales that feature wise scholars, talking animals, emperors and goddesses. These thousand-year old stories are written to educate young minds to do good deeds and cultivate moral wisdom. Straightforward plots reinforce the lessons learnt from famous stories like “The Frog who Lived in the Well”, “Dream of the Butterfly (kid’s version of Chuang Tzu’s philosophical tale)”, “Carp Jumping Over the Dragon Gate”, “Chang-E Flies to the Moon” and “The Monkey King”. Every region may have slightly varied versions, but this favorite book has done an amazing job and we look forward to reading more.
My son (8 yrs. old) bought this book for me as a gift for he knows I admire cats (and animals in general) and I am afraid of boarding a cruise so he hopes I can read more about the subject! To my relief, this is not a sad story as most of the Titanic inspired stories are but a very surprising and touching one, perfect for young readers ready to read longer paragraphs. The illustrations are amazingly realistic – the hues on the cherubic young lad’s cheek, the sparkles of the new litter of kittens’ eyes – so lively on the pages that I was tranported inside a children’s book art gallery staring awe-struck at these pictures. Reaffirmed is the mystery of a mother’s instinct to foresee danger to protect their youngsters; reaffirmed is the common belief that the cat does bring luck to their human friends. This Titanicat is a beautiful book to recommend.
Very well-designed, this golden book offers the perfect amount of academic touch for my third-grader’s busy, exciting summer without spoiling the fun! Featuring 2 concise and effective worksheets per day for 10 weeks, Daily Summer Activities encompasses subjects of reading, math, geography, spelling and language arts into creative exercises. This book also includes a helpful “Books to Read” recommendation list and cursive writing practices. There is a record form to color the stars for books read and work accomplished. It is lightweight and stress-free, fit for travel and home and when the 4th grade restarts, the kids will be confident and ready.
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Tagged 3rd grade, 3rd grade reading, 3rd grade worksheet, 4th grade, activities for third grade, activities in the summer, Daily summer activities, Martha Cheney, math 3rd grade, moving from 3rd to 4th grade, spelling for 3rd grade, summer reading