Now under construction in Mme Le Enchanteur’s Library

21 08 2006

Our library is expanding!! It is not just the words and images that inspire us as adults, we must include the words and images of our childhoods, for that was when the artists’ soul is first awakened.

In the “Children’s Reading Room” we will share children’s books that are a memory of our own childhoods, the books that we shared with children, and the books that revive our inner child.

Life would be unbearable without music, so, the Library will be adding a music catalogue, where we can share the music that has inspired, defined, comforted us and touched our spirits. “The Song of Life” music selection will be opening soon.

Also on the Calendar of upcoming events will be the Library’s “Film Buffs’ Catalogue. And, no surprise here, is where we can share films old and new that delight us, and call forth our creative selves.

With all of us working together, we can make the Library a net-wide resource for creative spirits. I look forward to seeing all the magic we can create here.

Before anyone needs to ask, yes, you can post suggestions from people outside our group as well as within the realm of Soul Food Cafe.


Key Books

14 08 2006

While certainly not my favorites, there are a couple of books by Eugene Burdick that I think are ‘must reads’. Both are kind of dated, but the messages are not —

The Ninth Wave (set in the sixties and is about abusive manipulation of fear)

Nina’s Book (post WWII about a woman with manipulative sexuality, learned for survival, but now out of control)


Books that matter

12 08 2006

Since somebody asked us to name our top 10 favorite books, I have been pondering what mine are.

Today I am utterly knocked down and senseless over Sue Monk Kidd’s “Dance of the Dissident Daughter.” But that is another post.

So far the only book I absolutely have on my top ten is “The Van Gogh Cafe” by Cynthia Rylant.

A slim, children’s book, The Van Gogh Cafe” is the story of a father and daughter who live and work in a small, old cafe in an obscure place. The the story, the writing are more poetry than prose. In one chapter the father, becomes an oracle spouting prophetic poetry. A mediocre cook at best, his muse inspires his cooking as well. It is a beautiful story, soothing to the soul without being maudlin.

Once an authors words touch me, I read whatever I find by that author. Cynthia Rylant has 3 other books I love, though they aren’t on my top ten. “Missing May”, the story of survivng the loss of a loved one from the child’s point of veiw. Was one of the stories my son was required to read in 5th grade, which alerted me to Ms. Rylant’s heart touching writing. “The Old Woman Who Named Things”, is about an aging woman who has outlived her friends, a children’s picture book, but more appreciated by those entering ‘crone’ phase of life. And “Dog Heaven,” is another children’s book, but would be a loving gift for someone who has lost their canine beloved.

The beginning of our Reading List

12 08 2006

The name you see in italics after the author’s name is the member that was good enough to share their personal favourites with us.

May you find inspiration, hope, reassurance, and camaraderie within this List.

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant , Soulsister

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, Soulsister

The Mermaid’s Chair by Sue Monk Kidd, Soulsister

The Dance of the Dissident Daughter by Sue Monk Kidd, Soulsister

Soul Sisters by Pythia Peay , Soulsister

Art is a Spiritual Path by Pat B. Allen, Soulsister

The Marry Your Muse workshop by Jan Phillips, Soulsister

The Woman’s Book of Spirit by Sue Patton Thoelle, Soulsister

Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Enchanteur

A Legend of Wolf Song by George S. Stone, GwenGuin1

Jonathan Livngston Seagull by Richard Bach, GwenGuin1

Ghost Rider by Neil Peart, GwenGuin1

The Van Gogh Cafe by Cynthia Rylant, Wendybird

Missing May by Cynthia Rylant, Wendybird

The Old Woman Who Named Things by Cynthia Rylant, Wendybird

Dog Heaven by Cynthia Rylant, Wendybird  

The Ninth Wave  by Eugene Burdick, faucon 

Nina’s Book by Eugene Burdick, faucon 

An Old Favourite of Mine.

12 08 2006

Most of you already know that I am a Witch, I practise White Magic.  I have my grimoire, an Old French word that means ‘A witch’s library’.

A grimoire usually holds books that contain information that the witch uses in the practise of his/her magic.  It will also house books that ‘click’, inspire, teach, or heal the library’s owner.

One of my favourite books (so much so, that I am on copy # 2) is called ‘A Legend of Wolf Song’ by George Stone.  The theme of the book is to not be afraid to do what your heart tells you is right, even if it is totally opposite what ‘the norm’ thinks is right.

Not only does the prose flow and entice one to get lost in his words, the pen and ink illustrations have an appeal that is irresitible.

I found my copy on, and I am very happy with it. 

Mme. Le Enchanteur’s Library is Open!!!

12 08 2006

Welcome!!  Welcome, Elders, Heroines, Travellers, and sibs of spirit.  Welcome to Mme. Le Enchanteur’s Library of Inspiration and Wisdom.

To the right is the wing that houses the Card Catalog, and Reading List.  I ask that all of you share your favourite books with us.  That will become the Reading List, and the card catalog will be for songs and images that fire your imaginations.

On the left is the Reading Room, there you will find that your fellow travellers are sharing the quotes that have awakened, inspired, or simply moved them.

Soulsister and I are your Librarians, and we will be happy to hear from you.  Again, welcome to Mme Le Enchanteur’s Library.