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Border Healing Woman: Story of Jewel Babb
Border Healing Woman: Story of Jewel Babb
by Jewel Babb
Edition: Hardcover
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars View of an Anglo Native American Healer, May 2, 2004
Jewel Babb grew up in a way that was special even for a girl of her time. Her father and uncle were well-diggers by trade and they would set up a tent wherever they lived. The family, perhaps for religious reasons, didn't believe in the usual distractions. They didn't even tolerate playing cards. So young Jewel would entertain herself by walking the land wherever they were. In such a manner, she grew up very native.
Much later, married and then widowed, she tried to sort out how she would take care of herself. Eventually she inherited an old hot springs with a dilapitated spa resort built around it. This site had been used by the natives of the region for healing for as far back as memory could serve.
Jewel knew nothing of healing. But the reputation of the baths drew people in a steady stream. She allowed them access but initially did little more for them than point to where the pools were. Eventually she began to help them and to study reflexology. Curanderas from across the river in Mexico offered their knowledge to her as well. Over time her skills grew and became prodigious. By the end of her life she could heal people over a great distance by simply using her mind and spirit.
"Border Healing Woman" is a unique narative of a woman who made the most of her situation and was surprised to find she had a true gift for learning healing. Pat Little-Dog interviewed Jewel over time and recorded as well Jewel's fustration at still living in poverty while treating a steady stream of patients (most had little or no money). There were spiritual experiences in her life, however, which offset this material poverty. Highly recommended reading.

The Little Prince, 50th Anniversary Edition
The Little Prince, 50th Anniversary Edition
by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Edition: Hardcover
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431 of 446 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lost in Translation, March 21, 2004
This is just a note to say beware of the new translation if you've previously read and enjoyed the Katherine Woods version. Mr. Howard makes the argument in his "translator's note" that the language has changed since the 1940's and that a new translation is needed. I couldn't disagree more. And I [do] speak with some experience on this subject: I read this title at school in the original French language for three different classes, as well as numerous times in English (the Woods version). Katherine Woods beautifully captured the feel of the French original. The new, Howard translation is in a more modern English which mostly succeeds at removing the poetry that previously existed and little else that I can find. It does not make the story any more clear or nuanced than it previously was, rather less so. I find the arguments for a new translation indefencible.
Three stars is not a review of the book, but of the translation. This title is beyond excellent, but you might do yourself a favor and find a used copy with the Woods translation (there are many copies out there). Enjoy!
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The Creek Drank the Cradle
The Creek Drank the Cradle
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who'd Have Thought...?, March 30, 2003
Who'd have thought there would be so much musical and lyrical muscle behind such a technically simple bit of recording? The whispery vocal stlye and spare guitar and backup intstruments (all played by Beam himself) serve to heighten the emotional impact. Anything more would have detracted from the storytelling.
I've learned that the best way, for me, to find good music is to let it play in the background while I do other things. And that is how I discoverd Iron and Wine. Mr. Beam was playing live on the radio. It sounded like a polished, recorded piece. What struck me initially was the steady rhythm--a thing that points to good musicianship. I nodded to myself when I noticed that, then went back to puttering around the house. Then it was the lyrics that pulled me in. "Wow!" I said to myself. "This guy could go on to be another Dylan!" And in NO WAY do I say that lightly, having myself spent two decades as a songwriter.
I made the leap of faith to buy the album (you never know if you'll end up liking all of it) and was VERY happy with the results. MANY strong songs here, including "Upwards Over The Mountain"--a song that felt like he had been observing my own relationship with my mother and then wrote the perfect song about it. Damn!
Yes, there is a bit of tape hiss in the recording, but it's nothing that bothered me AT ALL and if you have a high quality system that picks up that sort of thing to the extreme, you can simply reduce the high end of the EQ. The sense of the space in the room in which it was recorded is actually refreshingly intimate when compared to most music that is recorded in a dead soundspace and has artificial reverb added to it. This is just one more thing that supports the goal of the album: Intimacy.
Top notch songwriting, especially the lyrical portion. Excellent singing as well. I'll be hoping for another album to come!

The Nursery Rhymes of Winnie the Pooh: A Classic Disney Treasury (Disney Classics)
The Nursery Rhymes of Winnie the Pooh: A Classic Disney Treasury (Disney Classics)
by Various
Edition: Hardcover
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Why is Disney Here?, October 9, 2001
There are pluses and minuses to this edition of traditional rhymes, but mostly minuses. The pluses are that the drawings are indeed very engaging for the baby/toddler age group that the book is meant for. Also, the rhymes selected are of good quality and, as another reviewer wrote, free of some of the darker ones you find in older collections.
That being said, why is Disney here? Disney did not invent or originally draw the Hundred Acre Woods characters, nor did it have a hand in the nursery rhymes. The original drawings by A.A. Milne had greater depth (mostly appreciated by the adult reader, but who knows?) and Disney's tendency to introduce itself and it's products everywhere has become annoying. This would be find if these products didn't carry it's strange social agenda with it (page nine finds Pooh guarding his house with *a gun*, albeit a pop-gun, but a gun nontheless. What could be more anti-Pooh?).
Lastly, the title is somewhat misleading--the rhymes are not "of" Winne the Pooh (although there are lyrics aplenty in Milne's original) but tradition ones.
In sum, this collection's presentation detracts from Milne, yet does a satisfactory job of selecting poems. Two stars for that (selecting poems is the easier half of the job).
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Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits
Road to Heaven: Encounters with Chinese Hermits
by Bill Porter
Edition: Paperback
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uniquely Beautiful and Insightful..., March 20, 2001
Bill Porter's account of his forays in the mountains of China is simply wonderful. It is a perfect blend of travelogue, local history, and interviews with hermits of the region (who are making a comeback in numbers after the Cultural Revolution). If you are looking for this sort of blend, rather than simply one of these focuses, then this is the book for you. Porter writes with an informed and deep appreciation for his subject. The real jewel of this book, however (and in my own opinion,) is the collection of interviews with people you would only meet if you went there. Hermits tend not to travel. And their insights into the spiritual life are very, very deep--even if they sound simple on the surface. This is *the* book I would take with me if I knew I'd be stranded on a desert island. And I work in a bookstore.

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century)
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Penguin Great Books of the 20th Century)
by James Joyce
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deserves all the praise it's ever gotten., May 31, 2000
Gentle reader, please know that this book deserves its reputation as one of the greatest novels in the history of the English language. It can be approached at many levels and satisfies at all of them. I read this in my early years at University and my advice is to take some of the reviews here with a grain of salt. Mr. Thomas Gidding's ponderous, ill-tempered harangue (wherein he calls Joyce's work pretentious while stuffing into his review as many multisyllabic words as possible), and Mary's "Not up to par" review (wherein she reveals she is getting collage credit for her English course having yet to find the spell check) only prove that they have missed the boat not because it left early, but because they showed up late. Be brave. Dive deep. This is a wonderful novel. And it is like no other.

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