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Wrapping Up Blogathon and Starting New Projects

Memo to: Readers of A Travelers’ Library

From: A Traveling Reader

This morning was the wrap-up on Twitter by all the people who participated in the blogging marathon. Now I’m off on another sort of marathon–checking in to Likaholix most every day.  If you have not seen it, take a look.  It would be a great place for you to share your favorite travel books.

I’ve updated my TBR page to indicate travel books finished, travel books started, and a new book on the to-be-read pile that I’m very excited about. (Hint: Paris and food)

Recommendations are flowing in for books to read about Mexico, so maybe we’ll need to go back there soon.

C. M. Mayo writes to take exception to my laughing at “dolphins porpoising”. She says, “Dolphins do porpoise. Can be used as a verb.” Don’t want to belabor the point, because I love the way that Madame Mayo (as she is known at her blog) uses the language, and the ingenuity of her verbs and metaphors. And she has been most gracious about accepting what I wrote otherwise. And she is, after all, the one who teaches writing.

Next Up

This week we are going to visit some travel classics.  I will be showing what a babe in the woods I am by reviewing must-read travel books that I never read before. So here come Bill Bryson, V.S. Naipaul, Eric Newby, Paul Fussel, and Bruce Chatwin (the ONE out of these that I had already read.)

Next weekend I will disappear for a few days as the Traveler’s Library morphs into a new form.  Stay tuned.

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Can’t Go? Read About Mexico

Mata Ortiz Pot

Mata Ortiz Pot

Destination: Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua, Mexico

Books:  The Many Faces of Mata Ortiz, several contributors

Keith Jenkins, over at Velvet Escape, asked me if I had met anybody inspirational in my travels. Keith is a true world traveler, and an excellent writer, besides.  I felt honored to write a guest post for the  series, that Keith calls, “A World of Inspiration.”

The place where I met the man who inspired me– Mata Ortiz, Mexico– seems to be off limits at present. So perhaps we would-be travelers can just curl up with a good book, while we are waiting for the swine H1N1  flu epidemic to end and traffic around the world to get back to normal.

The Many Faces of Mata Ortiz (1999) provides a wonderful guide to anyone going to Mata Ortiz to shop for pottery. But even if you are not going there, the pictures of the amazing creations of the villagers, and the photographic portraits of village family members will keep you enthralled. The book covers the history of how Juan Quezada turned the little struggling railroad workers village into a thriving art center. (For more about Juan, you’ll have to go over to Velvet Escape.) Suffice it to say that the work is considered fine art–not craft or folk art.

The book explains how the potters work and how they are related.  You will be amazed at the intricate designs of the pottery and its relationship to the nearby archaeological site of Casas Grandes. The relationships of potters are equally intricate. Writers include Susan Lowell, Jim Hills, Jorge Quintana Rodriquez, Walter Parks and Michael Wisner. Photography is by W. Ross Humphreys and Robin Stancliff.

I hope that if you have never been to Mata Ortiz, a few hours south of the Arizona or New Mexico borders, that you will be able to travel there some time. In the meantime, take a look at this beautiful book.

Another book in my traveler’s library, The Miracle of Mata Ortiz, by Walter P. Parks, was published in 1994, and was the fundamental guide until Many Faces of Mata Ortiz was published.

I have not yet see a book  released in August, 2008, Mata Ortiz Pottery: Art and Life, by Ron Goebel , but it sounds good. More personal stories about the potters.

Photograph above by Cliff Kemper from Flickr under Creative Commons license.

Have you been to Mata Ortiz?  How is the flu epidemic affecting your travel plans? Please talk back in the comment section below.

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Can't Go? Read About Mexico

Mata Ortiz Pot

Mata Ortiz Pot

Destination: Mata Ortiz, Chihuahua, Mexico

Books:  The Many Faces of Mata Ortiz, several contributors

Keith Jenkins, over at Velvet Escape, asked me if I had met anybody inspirational in my travels. Keith is a true world traveler, and an excellent writer, besides.  I felt honored to write a guest post for the  series, that Keith calls, “A World of Inspiration.”

The place where I met the man who inspired me– Mata Ortiz, Mexico– seems to be off limits at present. So perhaps we would-be travelers can just curl up with a good book, while we are waiting for the swine H1N1  flu epidemic to end and traffic around the world to get back to normal.

The Many Faces of Mata Ortiz (1999) provides a wonderful guide to anyone going to Mata Ortiz to shop for pottery. But even if you are not going there, the pictures of the amazing creations of the villagers, and the photographic portraits of village family members will keep you enthralled. The book covers the history of how Juan Quezada turned the little struggling railroad workers village into a thriving art center. (For more about Juan, you’ll have to go over to Velvet Escape.) Suffice it to say that the work is considered fine art–not craft or folk art.

The book explains how the potters work and how they are related.  You will be amazed at the intricate designs of the pottery and its relationship to the nearby archaeological site of Casas Grandes. The relationships of potters are equally intricate. Writers include Susan Lowell, Jim Hills, Jorge Quintana Rodriquez, Walter Parks and Michael Wisner. Photography is by W. Ross Humphreys and Robin Stancliff.

I hope that if you have never been to Mata Ortiz, a few hours south of the Arizona or New Mexico borders, that you will be able to travel there some time. In the meantime, take a look at this beautiful book.

Another book in my traveler’s library, The Miracle of Mata Ortiz, by Walter P. Parks, was published in 1994, and was the fundamental guide until Many Faces of Mata Ortiz was published.

I have not yet see a book  released in August, 2008, Mata Ortiz Pottery: Art and Life, by Ron Goebel , but it sounds good. More personal stories about the potters.

Photograph above by Cliff Kemper from Flickr under Creative Commons license.

Have you been to Mata Ortiz?  How is the flu epidemic affecting your travel plans? Please talk back in the comment section below.

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A Traveler’s Library Is Amazed: Short Passage

This is so cool, that I am devoting a whole day’s post to it:

http://amaztype.tha.jp/

Whether you think the “amaz” stands for Amazon or amazing–you are correct.

Now, just because you have this toy to find books, don’t desert A Traveler’s Library. Please.

And this may be a good time to remind you to subscribe to A Traveler’s Library by RSS Feed or E-mail. Please.

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A Traveler's Library Is Amazed: Short Passage

This is so cool, that I am devoting a whole day’s post to it:

http://amaztype.tha.jp/

Whether you think the “amaz” stands for Amazon or amazing–you are correct.

Now, just because you have this toy to find books, don’t desert A Traveler’s Library. Please.

And this may be a good time to remind you to subscribe to A Traveler’s Library by RSS Feed or E-mail. Please.

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Traveler’s Library Short Passage

  • Deep gratitude to Monica Bhide for her guest posts, which brought scads of new readers to A Traveler’s Library.
  • I have rearranged stuff, added buttons and made it easier for you to subscribe to A Traveler’s Library, and I hope you will take advantage of that big orange button to the right.
  • I woke up Thursday morning to discover that I had been handed the Sisterhood Award (shown in the right hand column) by one of the loyal readers and frequent commenters here–Pamposh Dhar.  She brings readers peaceful, healthful thoughts, personal observations and my favorite, her travel experiences. Thanks for being a friend, Pamposh.
  • I hereby hand the Sisterhood Award off to world traveler Donna L. Hull, whose My Itchy Travel Feet particularly appeals to members of the boomer generation. Don’t miss the gorgeous photos she posts along with her interesting travel stories. She finds bargains for our home town at Tucson on the Cheap as well. Donna has been my blogging mentor and patiently answered endless stupid questions.
  • And another Sisterhood Award goes to Jenn Maciejewski, whose sharing spirit deserves recognition.  Jenn is the wizard behind Cities on the Cheap.  She started her blog in Atlanta and when other writers inquired, she  started a national movement which launched just this week. The network of blogs help residents and visitors to 40 cities across North America (and one in New Zealand) find bargains, free stuff and cheap deals.
  • Congratulations to Donna and Jenn, who now get to hand the award on to a sister blogger.

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Traveler's Library Short Passage

  • Deep gratitude to Monica Bhide for her guest posts, which brought scads of new readers to A Traveler’s Library.
  • I have rearranged stuff, added buttons and made it easier for you to subscribe to A Traveler’s Library, and I hope you will take advantage of that big orange button to the right.
  • I woke up Thursday morning to discover that I had been handed the Sisterhood Award (shown in the right hand column) by one of the loyal readers and frequent commenters here–Pamposh Dhar.  She brings readers peaceful, healthful thoughts, personal observations and my favorite, her travel experiences. Thanks for being a friend, Pamposh.
  • I hereby hand the Sisterhood Award off to world traveler Donna L. Hull, whose My Itchy Travel Feet particularly appeals to members of the boomer generation. Don’t miss the gorgeous photos she posts along with her interesting travel stories. She finds bargains for our home town at Tucson on the Cheap as well. Donna has been my blogging mentor and patiently answered endless stupid questions.
  • And another Sisterhood Award goes to Jenn Maciejewski, whose sharing spirit deserves recognition.  Jenn is the wizard behind Cities on the Cheap.  She started her blog in Atlanta and when other writers inquired, she  started a national movement which launched just this week. The network of blogs help residents and visitors to 40 cities across North America (and one in New Zealand) find bargains, free stuff and cheap deals.
  • Congratulations to Donna and Jenn, who now get to hand the award on to a sister blogger.

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