Grillo Center Labyrinth

Grillo Center Labyrinth
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Sunday, May 20, 2007

Saturday Morning Walkers - May 19, 2007

Hi everyone!

Jan planned a wonderful walk/hike on the Mesa Trail yesterday morning - the weather was beautiful, a bit more challenging than we've done in a while and a great turnout - Jan, Mary, Barb, Jackie, Andrea, Laila and me. Jackie wasn't able to join us for coffee at the newest Brewing Market at Baseline and Broadway but we got to welcome home Chris who joined us there with her granddaughter and my "girlfriend" Kinsale. What a cutie!

A reminder - as most of you know I will be camped out at the Grillo Center Labyrinth at the Boulder Creek Festival - I'm looking forward to seeing many of you there - I'd love to have you join me for a couple of hours or just stop by for a walk and visit. Let me know if you'd like to help out with a shift - I still have some openings in the afternoons.

Also, we plan to start constuction of the permanent labyrinth towards the end of the first week in June - we welcome your participation - there will be a fair amount of strenous work - if you know of any able-bodied young people (preferably over 16) who might like to contribute to this community project, please pass the word. Do come by for moral support and lend a hand in whatever way you can. I'll keep you updated on more details once the Creek Festival is over.

Book Report:

Susan finished Water From the Well by Anne Roiphe - I just loved it. It really brought to life the biblical stories of Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel and Leah. Roiphe's perspective really revealed these characters in a way I'd never experienced before.

From Publishers WeeklyStarred Review.
As with Roiphe's well-received novels and nonfiction about women's lives, this creative examination of four biblical matriarchs ably reflects her continuing emphasis on the relationships between women and their children. Roiphe embroiders the terse accounts of Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel and Leah in Genesis by using her own imagination and by drawing on prayer books, Talmud, midrash, the Zohar and several collections of legends. The result is a colorful, character-driven portrayal of the women, emphasizing their experiences with their husbands and their children. In each instance, Roiphe follows the biblical practice of depicting highly regarded ancestors with all their foibles and limitations. In Rebekah's deception in conspiring with favored son Jacob over his brother Esau, or Sarah's bitterness and mistreatment of Hagar, Roiphe identifies deep weaknesses and character flaws, but also offers inventive justifications for morally questionable behavior. In Rachel's long wait before becoming pregnant, Roiphe traces echoes of what happened earlier to Sarah and Rebekah. These women all experienced barrenness, neglect, death in childbirth and joy from children as "the staples of female life." Roiphe hopes that the stories she so beautifully retells can inspire us "to be decent people... [and to] better the world."

Update from Barb - we reported on Going After Cacciato by Tim O'Brien a couple of weeks ago. She did finish it and ended up liking it.

Website of the Week: Cook for the Cure - - yet another endeavor from the Komen Foundation to raise money for Breast Cancer - this is tempting!

Podcast of the Week: Democracy Now featuring Amy Goodman -

A new feature of the blog - Vocabulary Word of the Week (assuming I can come up with one!) I spent a good part of this week, groping for a word that I needed to describe something related to the book I was reading. Finally, came up with it and will share it with you here:

An archetype is a generic, idealized model of a person, object, or concept from which similar instances are derived, copied, patterned, or emulated. In psychology, an archetype is a model of a person, personality, or behavior. This article is about personality archetypes, as described in literature analysis and the study of the psyche.
In the analysis of personality, the term archetype is often broadly used to refer to
a stereotype—personality type observed multiple times, especially an oversimplification of such a type; or
an epitome—personality type exemplified, especially the "greatest" such example.
However, in a strict linguistic sense, an archetype is merely a defining example of a personality type. The accepted use of archetype is to refer to a generic version of a personality type. In this sense "mother figure" can be considered an archetype and instances can be found in various female characters with distinct (non-generic) personalities.
Archetypes have been present in mythology and literature for hundreds of years. The use of archetypes to analyze personality was advanced by Carl Jung early in the 20th century. The value in using archetypal characters in fiction derives from the fact that a large group of people are able to unconsciously recognize the archetype, and thus the motivations, behind the character's behavior.

Cooking and Food Report:

Book Group at Janet's is always outstanding - she is a fabulous cook! Here are some of her winner recipes:

Mixed Greens and Asparagus Salad -

Roasted Fennel and Red Onion Salmon -

Orzo Risotto - from the current issue of Bon Appetit - not online yet!

I helped out with the appetizer - Tapas of Almonds, Olives and Cheese - it is a lot to include here but I will enter it as a word document - let me know if you want me to send it as an attachment.

Restaurant review from Chris - a favorite restaurant in Cave Creek, Arizona - Tonto Bar and Grill - - try the corn chowder, green chili, field greens salad, great burger and the walleyed pike.

Restaurant note - there's a new cafe/restaurant in NOBO (North Broadway next Amante's) called Organic Orbit (not sure about that name). We just peeked in last night and checked out the menu. It is open for breakfast and lunch with a casual menu and for dinner it becomes a "fine dining" restaurant. Worth checking out! If anyone has already been there, let us know.

That's it for now - have a great week and do come visit at the Boulder Creek Festival this coming weekend. The Grillo Center Labyrinth really offers a great respite from the hustle-bustle of the Festival.


Susan Wadle
Grillo Center Labyrinth

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