Monday, March 8, 2010

Here is that bright-blue-eyed lovely man we remember.

Portrait of DLE by Cirre Emblen, late 2008

Another Site

It's been almost a year since Don died, or is it two? No, it is last year. Time moves along at its own pace, faster than slower as we grow older. I found another site that has homages to Don. You can go to it HERE There is a nice picture of him also that I've posted above. It's great for me to see that image.

The bear speaks: For Don Emblen

Don Greame Kelley. In memory of a remarkable man


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Happy New Year 2010 - Eat Pray Love, A Novel by Elizabeth Gilbert

In 2010 I have promised myself to write book reviews for this blog, in honor of Don Emblen and Readers Rejoinder. I quite miss his musings on literature, grammar, love and life. So I start with this great autobiographical book by Elizabeth Gilbert. It was #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list for months. Written in 2006, it takes you on a very personal journey with brilliant discoveries and insights concerning the nature of love, self respect, spiritual enlightening and overall living well.

The book is divided into three sections each with 36 tales totally 108 stories that represent the number of beads on a mala, the prayer bead string used in India and Buddhist practice. The meaning of 108 is quite profound, as it's a perfect three-digit multiple of three adding up to nine, which is three threes; three being the number representing the Holy Trinity in many religious philosophies. So, to achieve this the book starts with Italy, thus Eat. Then to India, Pray; and Bali, in Indonesia, for Love. Her adventure begins with the divorce of her longtime husband which leaves her vulnerable, insecure and guilty. The progression through her changes from this very precarious state to her reinvention of self in the final chapter makes one smile, cry, burst out laughing, then contemplate one's own perspective of life.

Everyone should read this book for the sheer adventure of the journey, the depiction of three different cultures, and the joy of discovery. Excellent page turner. Elizabeth also did a talk for TED. You can see that HERE.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Remembering Don Emblen; 1918 - 2009

It had been two years that I had not talked with or written to Don. This is a letter I wrote to my dear friend last December 15th, 2008. I knew he was getting close to transitioning - 90 years on a body is quite the achievement. He died on April 24th from heart failure while reading.

Dear Don and Linda,

Another year has passed and we are all still alive and healthy, it appears. Don, you will be 90 next year, I think? Amazing. What is the secret to long life, my friend? You must tell us in the Rejoinder - each month another tidbit about your life and how you have lived it so well.

Michael and I are living a good life in these mountains close to Tularosa. I have many friends in that area and often think of you when I visit them. I often think of you anyway, as I rummage through all the old writings and lessons from your English classes years ago. My collection of songs, articles, stories, poems and ramblings keeps growing. Lots of fodder for a big fire one day. I’ve been writing for the internet of late. Do you have a computer yet, or still holding out? Would love to correspond via email, but I understand why you choose to stay out of cyberspace. It is addicting. I’m in it constantly, developing various sites and posting articles about this and that. So why don’t I write you more often. Dunno. Really.

I’ve had a book on my shelf for a year that I finally read. It is Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende. I love her work. It is laced with history, magic, folklore, deep insights about the human condition and heroic characters who bubble up from her spicy soup. Daughter describes the unlikely life of Eliza Sommers, adopted child of a wealthy brother and sister household where she learns to be a Lady and a great cook in the kitchen of her nanny, Mama Fresia. She grows up too fast and follows a lover to the Gold Rush mania in northern CA. We discover much about the years of insatiable greed that permeated the newly acquired American soil from a Latino viewpoint, and also Chinese, as Eliza and Tao Chi’en, her surprise companion, become very close. I thought often of where this country is today, and the institution of Greed that has corrupted every facet of government and corporate operations since America’s inception. There is a very visible line from then to now, and the collapses of today’s institutions were inevitable given the fractional reserve lending practices made legal with the Federal Reserve Banking system in 1913. I stray from the book - it is very timely reading; a historical fiction that keeps one turning the pages.

I look forward to my Rejoinders, so many snippets of wit and wonder. I appreciate the article about “to vet” and how its meaning has morphed with the times. I wonder how “guys” came to mean a group of men and women. Even the president-elect uses “guys” to describe his girls, and crowds. It still irks me to hear it used like that. I was severely reprimanded for addressing a group as “guys” when I first started waiting tables 20 years ago. It was not polite. It is so prevalent now the jabs in my side are lessening - but it just doesn’t seem right!

Do have a most wonderful Holiday Season. You are forever in my heart.

Love, Health and Happiness, Susan