Lectures d’été qui vous mettront en feu, vous aideront à recharger vos batteries
Jul16

Lectures d’été qui vous mettront en feu, vous aideront à recharger vos batteries

En déménageant récemment, j’ai dû faire le tour d’une centaine de bouquins qui peuplaient ma bibliothèque. Dans une envie de faire le grand ménage dans ma vie et dans ma tête, plusieurs d’entre eux on prit le bord. Laissés dans une grande boite Rubermaid devant mon escalier de l’avenue des Érables, avec comme message ‘À donner’, ils ont tous trouvé preneur. Les ouvrages les plus importants, ceux qui...

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Show your work, Austin Kleon
Apr05

Show your work, Austin Kleon

Un plaisir que je me suis offert la semaine dernière à Barcelone. Un deuxième bouquin d’Austin Kleon, je me suis préparée à être déçue, d’un côté, à cause du titre un peu boboche, et de l’autre, je me suis dit qu’il ne pouvait pas me surprendre à deux reprises…! J’en suis à la moitié, car dès la 10e page, j’étais revenue à mes pinceaux et mon clavier. Pas parce que le livre est moche, non non,...

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How to cook everything vegetarian
Mar20

How to cook everything vegetarian

Such a good find, something like the bible for vegetarians and wanna be vegetarians. So far, i tried 4 or 5 of the recipes which were all simple and, yum, generously tasty! I’d give it 4 stars out of 5!

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Karoo
Mar20

Karoo

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Pourquoi être heureux quand on peut être normal
Oct07

Pourquoi être heureux quand on peut être normal

http://insideandoutside.me/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/46a7996e2f4111e3ab6722000a1fb853_101.mp4.mp4 Les névroses de nos grand-mères n’arrivent peut-être pas à la cheville de celles de Mme Winterson, n’empêche que notre histoire, celle nos ancêtres, est parfois bien sombre et laisse une trainée macabre. Un bouquin qui permet un regard en arrière sur les dégâts générationels engendrés par le dogme de l’église...

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Réussir son Hypermodernité
Aug11

Réussir son Hypermodernité

Une lecture rapide du mois d’août. Est-ce par intuition que j’ai eu envie de lire ce livre, en tout cas, il est arrivé pile dans ma vie. Un mois avant le décès de papa. Cet ouvrage, c’est en fait un mémoire déguisé : l’auteur s’est caché derrière le vouvoiement du narrateur, mais on le pardonne en déduisant qu’il avait besoin d’une carapace, chose nécessaire au journaliste pour se protéger,...

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Vita & Virginia
Jun03

Vita & Virginia

Vita & Virginia, Simone & Nelson. Chassé croisé de bouquins choisis au hasard....

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Les anges vagabonds
Dec08

Les anges vagabonds

Routes et déroutes, vagabondage et aventures sineueuses, on a le goût de suivre l’auteur...

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Finding your voice
Dec06

Finding your voice

This, friends, is a precious tool/companion. An inspiring piece i return to and re-read once a year, or when i feel in need of strength. Natalie Goldberg, Writing down the...

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Lectures
Oct29

Lectures

The alpine review, beside a good’old Shirley Maclaine biography. Fall days are...

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Reading
Sep06

Reading

Introspective, lively, filled with Linda Bary’s creatures, questions, interrogations, tips and tricks and memories, as if we were sharing her universe for a short...

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Fire Starter
Aug24

Fire Starter

  Il y a tellement d’intensité et d’intention dans ce livre, et son titre est juste: Danielle Laporte met le feu. Il est rare qu’un livre déclenche en moi l’envie d’arrêter ma lecture et de bondir de ma chaise pour passer à l’action. The Artist Way l’a fait dans le passé, et je crois que les Fire Starter Sessions de Danielle Laporte est un indispensable successeur à l’oeuvre de...

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Stoner
May01

Stoner

Je lis, je dévore, j’aime ce livre. Publié en 1965, il a un rythme soutenu mais lent, on se laisse bercer par cette vie qui défile entre les pages. STONER, par John...

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Grandes aventurières
Jan11

Grandes aventurières

Elles ont conquis le monde – Les grandes aventurièes 1850-1950. Parmis mes lectures… à défaut d’être içi et non pas à cheval dans la brousse…

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How to be an explorer of the world
Oct15

How to be an explorer of the world

Newly found friendship with Keri’s latest jem, How to be an explorer of the world, Portable life museum. I love how the book’s different tasks, not to say missions, are taking me far away from my straight, linear thinking, bringing me exactly where i most need to be, all senses ON, absolutely-and-totally-in-the-moment, ready to embrace the fullness of my own world. I feel like a solitary human, on my mission to discover...

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Ordinary sparkling moments
Sep10

Ordinary sparkling moments

Christine‘s book was waiting for me at the post office today, an unexpected surprise since i had no hope to receive the book before some more weeks – damn the slow US-Canada post service – but there it was, handled to me as saying C’mon, take me home! Well, the book is a beautiful piece that made my heart sing – I felt so happy to hold in my hands this precious work of her. As a loyal reader of...

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The Possibility of an Island
Jun06

The Possibility of an Island

I don’t know why, but I picked up that book during our last trip to NYC… I did not know the author nor the title. But it turned out to be an excellent book and I immediately ordered more books from the french writer Michel Houellebecq. I especially loved the mixture of philosophy, futurism and criticism on today’s culture and society. Update: La Possibilité d’une île is about to be released as a...

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Being as you are, in the business world

In my spring reading list i talked about the book The boss of you. I have just found out that the authors have a blog to support the book, with resources for women trying to find their own way in creating a business, in the traditional business world which is often gray and dull. I could easily relate to the post called Networking for Nonconformists, or how to stand out when you just dont fit in: “When we started our business,...

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Spring reading list
Mar11

Spring reading list

Spring coming, best time for new beginnings, time to put in action resolutions which you forgot about on the second day of the year! On the list of things which i am looking forward to is first to finish to read a pile of books, so i can order new ones (!). I’m looking forward to dig a little more into energy medicine, since my last reading, Energy Medicine by Donna Eden, has been a breakthrough for me, learning more about being...

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PMS?
Jan31

PMS?

Problems Men Started – This is a note to myself to check out the book, with such a title I’m eager to get to know its content… blink!

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Rudolf Steiner

The Austrian philosopher and writer Rudolf Steiner (born 1861) was one of the most original thinkers of the twentieth century. His writings cover a wide range of subjects, and he made valuable and influential contributions in many fields, including education, science, medicine, and social reform. The foundation of his researches was the “science of the spirit” that he called anthroposophy. He maintained that material...

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The house by the sea, and a thought for the future of feminism
Jan06

The house by the sea, and a thought for the future of feminism

Best companion during the last days – i’ve been so ill, spending days in bed. May Sarton’s journals are one of my best discovery of the last year, and i’m sure they’ll be of good company in the following years. Many quotes could be taken out of this book, here is one which made me think about where feminism might have failed, and where it should start from : “It cannot be woman against man. It has...

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At Eighty-two, May Sarton
Sep20

At Eighty-two, May Sarton

I met May Sarton through her last book, a diary from her 82nd year. I discovered that she let behind about 10 other diaries, and the book from which i heard most often of her, Journal of a Solitude. I love diaries, i feel so lucky to be able to get into someone else’s life, life of another time, someone of another age. I felt so close, like being a watching companion over her life, and her being a companion to me for the days i...

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Exploring
Jul17

Exploring

I’ve been doing yoga since 2001. At that time i was living in hamburg, germany, and went to a session of Kundalini Yoga suggested to me by a friend. Since then, doing yoga has been the best way i found to calm down, and most of all, to get back to what i could call my real essence – getting a clear perspective on what’s important, i mean really important, on the long run, and clearly see what is the essence of what i...

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Wreck this journal
Jun20

Wreck this journal

It is a new experience for me to get one of my favorite author’s book just when it’s hitting the stands, while at the same time i can read on the author’s blog all the excitement she felt from having her work out. I did not know what to expect from Wreck this journal, until i received my copy. Hell fun! — tear, rub, break, lick, stick, drag out, wash — carry it around with you, here is your new friend! I...

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The Tent
Jun19

The Tent

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Made to Stick

Why do some ideas thrive while others die? And how do we improve the chances of worthy ideas? Highly creative types for sure have many ideas a day. Which ones are good, which ones will you decide to focus your energy on, which ones will you bring up to this world? This is basically up to you. I think many people have great ideas, but just a few are able to discern the good ones and bring them to life, following their intuition, keep...

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Success
Jan20

Success

When I was living in Germany, I had a subscription for the fabulous german magazine Brand Eins. By reading the magazine for 2 years, it changed my mind not only once. I learned so much from the well-written and critical articles about economy, society and psychology. It was one of my most important sources of inspiration… sitting silently, having a cup of coffee on a Saturday morning and reading Brand Eins gave me an energy...

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Free culture, free audio

The audio version of the book Free Culture is available, for free, on the in-der-net. Get it here, stream or download. Via...

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Stop everything now

I stood up in my first grade class and said, “Do these chairs have to be in row? Can we put them in a circle, or sit on the floor?” The answer was no, and i began to hide my creative thinking. I also began to invent illnesses so i could stay home from school and read, write and create. * How many of you recognize yourself into this? Add your email, website or blog adress in the comment field. We should be friends. Taken...

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Orbiting the giant hairball

If you are a creative, stuck into the corporate world, this book my help you finding your way to happiness without having to leave your job. Pour tout les multis de la terre qui me lisent et qui sont pris dans un moule appelé le 9 à 5, dans une boite invisible mais bien réelle, entourés de gens qui se ressemblent tous et qui vous dévisagent à cause de votre différence, je vous suggère de jeter un coup d’oeil à ce livre. I am not...

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He’s just not that into you

or i’m just not into it. This book – He’s just not that into you – a q’s and a’s book dedicated to woman, offering them advices about dating issues – seems to be everywhere i go, excerpts are on every websites, even my friends bring it up to me. all i can say is Stooooop it! Do we really need another book about how to do things right? What’s wrong, what’s hot, what’s not,...

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English vs French: Why i prefer english newspapers

I have been living in montreal for 4 years before i left for germany. These 4 years, i haven’t been faced with the anglo part of the city, and i never got really interested in knowing about these people who spoke english. I was living in the ‘french’ part of the city, going to a french speaking cegep, mostly always walking around areas such as la petite italie and le plateau. This was 10 years ago. Things have...

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JOB TIP #515: NEVER THREATEN TO EAT YOUR CO-WORKERS

I just went out for breakfast with a bunch of books to read, one of them being “Never Threaten to Eat Your Co-Workers, best of blogs“. The book is laying my bedside table since a week now. Everytime i see the cover i keep asking myself why the hell is it called that way? The answer is right here, comming from a blog entry with the same title. I had a good laugh reading this entry, it is absolutely hilarious. So, if you...

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Grow

I have received today a bunch of books i’ve ordered lately. The second book by Lynne Franks, Grow, has finally arrived. The book looks gorgeous, as the previous one, The Seed Handbook. The dimensions are the same, and it is illustrated by the same previous illustrator. I went trough the Seed Handbook many times, since i now use it as a tool, a map remembering me what are my goals, my true wishes about what i want to do of this...

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The Faber Companion to 20th-century Popular Music

Geeeezzzz, i just bought a nice copy of The Faber Companion to 20th-century Popular Music at the chapters indigo store on st-catherine street. C’est dan qui va être jaloux…

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Blogging-Genius Strategies for Instant Web Content
May02

Blogging-Genius Strategies for Instant Web Content

By Biz Stone I found this book quite interesting and as an avid blogger, I thought I knew everything about weblogs, but I still had a lot to learn about the blogging revolution. When i first saw that half of the book was for beginners, i thought that this book might not be the best buy for me, but finally I got caught into it and learned a lot – from the starting chapters for beginners until the more advanced options of the last...

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Power thought cards
Mar15

Power thought cards

No, i didn’t invented them… they already exist and they are wonderfull! I have them on my desk since a year now, so each day i have one card facing my workplace. I also use them as bookmark (which is quite effective since i am reading at least 4 books at the same time). Each card is really nicely illustrated by the illustrators from Lila Rogers studio with on one side of the card a powerfull affirmation, following a little...

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2003 Artist’s & graphic designer’s market
Feb11

2003 Artist’s & graphic designer’s market

2003 Artist’s & Graphic Designer’s Market: 2,100 Places to Sell Your Illustrations, Fine Art, Graphic Designs & Cartoons I just received this book today, and felt overwhelmed just to look at his 682 pages. But looking further, it looks like a good reference book for people like me who are trying to get their work out but don’t really know where to start. Of course it is not the best book to keep on a...

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The Lost Soul Companion
Jan23

The Lost Soul Companion

The Lost Soul Companion: A Book of Comfort and Constructive Advice for Struggling Artists, Black Sheep, Square Pegs, and Other Free Spirits Thanks to my friend Guylaine who lent me this book. She gave it to me saying ‘i thought of you when i read this book’, hm, what was that supposed to mean? Having a closer look at the book later in the subway, in the back of it is written “The ultimate survival guide for starving...

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Transformation Soup
Jan23

Transformation Soup

Sark’s Transformation Soup I have read a lot of good books during my xmas holidays, and offered myself a little extra treat with another book by Sark, called Transformation Soup. This one is in my opinion the best book Sark wrote. I wonder when i read thru the book, if she can read in my mind and put words on things i can’t explain. It seems to me like if she could see things that i cannot see by myself, like if life would...

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The Seed Handbook
Nov22

The Seed Handbook

The Seed Handbook: The feminine way to create business I am now quickly skipping thru the book, which is by the way beautifully illustrated. The colorfull book looks like an easy going ‘how to’ guide to recognize your entrepreneur skills, and how to use them to build your own business following your passions, values, and integrity. The book is suported by a website (http://www.seedfusion.com) which unfortunately doesnt...

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Writing down the bones
Oct07

Writing down the bones

Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within Just do it… that’s what i kept in mind reading “writing as a practice”. This 3 pages chapter was worth the book, even if i hav’nt read the whole book yet… This chapter could have been called “drawing as a practice” and it still would have made sense to me. In fact, it could be apply at anything, painting, signing, dancing, playing,...

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Chicken Soup for the Traveler’s Soul
Oct07

Chicken Soup for the Traveler’s Soul

Chicken Soup for the Traveler’s Soul: Stories of Adventure, Inspiration and Insight to Celebrate the Spirit of Travel This month, on my bookshelve are many books, and they look all worth reading. In the pile is “Chicken Soup for the Traveler’s Soul: Stories of Adventure, Inspiration and Insight to Celebrate the Spirit of Travel”. I already pass thru half of the book, and most of the stories are really...

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Sanaya Roman

Creating money, keys to abundance. I’v hesitated a lot before writing about this book online. First, because of the title of the book, i was wondering if my friends would not judge me seeing the kind of stuff i am reading. But now, i think i have no problem to write about it, and more, i am reading one more of this series of books by sanaya roman. Creating money, Keys to abundance, should be a bedside table book for everyone...

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September reading list

I just received my last amazon order, i cant believe i thought i could read all that, but i guess i will do so since all of the books look quite interesting: The Psychology of Kundalini Yoga by Carl Jung. This one is the first book i find that has a scientific view on kundalini yoga. As i practice this kind of yoga since 2 years soon (please dont get a false image of me as a tipical yogi, i try to include yoga in my life as i can,...

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Shakti gawain’s living in the light
Jun15

Shakti gawain’s living in the light

Shakti Gawain’s living in the light book was quite amazing. After reading creative visualisation twice, i did’nt expected that much from her second book (written in 86, creative visualisation was written in 75, the year i’m born!). But i must admit the book kept me amazed the whole way. Especially the way she explain how what’s outside of us is reflecting what is in fact inside of us (the world as our mirror),...

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May reading list

Im again into reading 3 books at the same time. I just received Dorothea Brande – Becoming a Writer, (it seems to be an interesting book about the creative process… was writen in 1932!) Derek M. Powazek – Design for Community, could be quite interesting, if i find the time to read it… Shakti gawain – Living in the Light, after creative visualisation that i read slowly over again, this one might be also...

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The Carrer guide for creative and unconventional people
May08

The Carrer guide for creative and unconventional people

The Carrer Guide for Creative and Unconventional People (like me!) I found lots of interesting information in this book, I suggest that you have a short look at it if you, like me, wonder if there is place for hm, yeah, “unconventional” (creative, self-expressive, human, extremly sensitive to some things, intuitive, with a excessive need of freedom, …) people in this world. (and yeah, we need those...

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Some of the books i have read in the last year…

Julia Cameron, The vein of gold the artist’s way Paulo Coelho, By the river piedra i sat down & wept The Alchemist Nancy Huston, Slow Emergencies Shakti Gawain, Creative Visualization Sark, Succulent wild women Inspiration sandwich Sabrina Ward Harrisson, Brave on the Rocks Spilling open Stefen Nachmanovitch, Free play Bjork, The Book Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, The eight human talents Dharma Singh Khalsa, Meditation as medicine...

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Written and Illustrated by

Written and Illustrated by : A Revolutionary Two-Brain Approach for Teaching Students How to Write and Illustrate Amazing Books This is a interesting concept about how to use the 2 sides of the brain in creating stories (writing and illustrating them). I didnt kept the book, but found a lot of information about how to work with the creative brain and the rational brain in different approach. Lets see if i order it back...

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Drawing for the Artistically Undiscovered
Mar12

Drawing for the Artistically Undiscovered

Drawing for the Artistically Undiscovered This book is really awesome one, i also got the one they did about watercolor (Watercolor for the Artistically Undiscovered/Book and Paint Set) and i got lots of fun only looking at it. It is, like too often, suposed to be for kids, but hey, if you feel like drawing, go for it! It is made with humor and fun, and you can feel it on everypage. Its a simple and creative way to play, as a...

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