Posts Categorized: Book Reviews

Divining Your True Life’s Purpose

Original Art sculpture. Meditation Cave by Jenny Hoople of Authentic Arts

  I had a revelation a while ago that the purpose of my art is really about helping people who have lost their true childhood spirit come back to themselves through nature and through art.  It came to me in a flash after doing an exercise at the end of Martha Beck’s awesome book, Finding… Read more »

Nature Book Review: The Soul Of An Octopus

Nature Book Review: The Soul of an Octopus

This is a really good book for naturalists about soulfully connecting with animals! The title piqued my curiosity and then the content dazzled me.  The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery was the perfect book to listen to while sculpting my spirit animals out of clay. I was skeptical when the audiobook started up and… Read more »

Remember The Stars

"You do not have to sit outside in the dark. If, however, you want to look at the stars, you will find that darkness is necessary. But the stars neither require nor demand it." ~ Annie Dillard

“You do not have to sit outside in the dark. If, however, you want to look at the stars, you will find that darkness is necessary. But the stars neither require nor demand it.” ~ Annie Dillard The night sky always reminds me that we are nothing. And somehow… that’s okay. It might even be… Read more »

Natural Home Inspiration From Georgia O’Keefe

Some of the best home decorating inspiration comes from books on artists’ homes! Here’s a new one I’ve just come across that I thought you’d enjoy — Georgia O’Keeffe and Her Houses: Ghost Ranch and Abiquiu by Barbara Lynes and Agapita Lopez. Artists are trained to beauty so, naturally, we create beauty in our homes…. Read more »

Everything That Has To Do With Hooples Has To Do With Me

Yes. Every Hoople is related to every other Hoople!! We Hooples are very lucky to have a little geneology book called “The Hooples of Hoople Creek” written by Elizabeth L. Hoople. That’s how I know that all Hooples are related to each other (as far as we know) and that anything that has to do… Read more »

Book Review: The Forest Unseen – A Year’s Watch in Nature

I love science books that read like fiction books! This one, The Forest Unseen, was written by a biologist, David George Haskell, on his experiences watching a “mandala” circle of old growth, Tennessee forest for a whole year. Each chapter centers around something that he sees happening in the mandala on a certain day and… Read more »