Book Review: Before We Visit The Goddess by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

Book Review: Before We Visit The Goddess by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Review by Dawn Thomas 224 Pages Publisher: Simon & Schuster Fiction, Families, Mothers & Daughters The story opens with a telephone call from Bela to her mother, Sabitri. Tara, Bela’s daughter, wants to drop out of college. Bela begs Sabitri to talk Tara out of it. Sabitri is in India and begins to write Tara a letter. What begins with a simple request for Tara to stay in school, turns into the story of her life. From her letter, we see Sabitri as a girl and her desire to get an education. Sabitri has the opportunity to live with a wealthy family in order to go to school. She meets the son, Raj, and a relationship begins. When Raj’s mother finds out about them, she throws Sabitri out of the house. Shamed, she returns to the school and cries. Bijan, her math professor sees Sabitri and comforts her. The story changes from Sabitri to Bela and we hear about her childhood. Bela seems to always cause controversy and I wonder if that is her desire. One of her actions causes a rift in the family from which it cannot…

Book Review: Making Marks by Elaine Clayton

Making Marks by Elaine Clayton Book review by Dawn Thomas Print Length: 224 pages Publisher: Atria Books/Beyond Words (May 6, 2014) Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc. Language: English Arts, Photography, Health, Mind & Body I was really excited to review this book. I love to draw and doodle and this book is about just that. The author explains how drawing with your non-dominant hand allows you to draw more freely. She refers to this as stream drawing using your intuition. I referred to it as doodling with intention. The book includes many exercises. One is called the skating pond. You close your eyes and imagine your pencil is “skating” on the surface of an icy pond. Last month at my local women’s’ group, we did a few of the exercises from the book with mixed results. Some of the women found the exercise to be very freeing while others were frustrated. The ones that were frustrated were blocking their energy from coming out freely onto the paper. You have to be willing to give control over to your hand and not your mind. Below are the stream drawings I created while remembering a specific emotion.  As you…