Location: Seattle, Washington, United States

What you have here is an old guy. In education for 30 years, started teaching elementary, ended as library and media director of community college. I've enjoyed mountain climbing, sports car rallying, was pipe major of a bagpipe band, played guitar and sang during the folk revival, walking and hiking later in life. Now fairly sedentary. Enjoy reading, esp. mysteries and fantasy, but my reading is pretty eclectic. Enjoy movies, giving Netflix a workout.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Geri Larkin's New Book

Anna and I drove downtown today to attend a reading at the Elliott Bay Book Store. We parked several blocks away so I could get a bit of a walk in. I can’t walk very far these days without pain but I need to walk or the consequences are likely to be more pain. We passed a store with dry soda displayed in the windows. This is a drink prepared by a woman in Tacoma who saw a need for a drink to occupy people’s hands but who are not wine drinkers. There was a recent article about her in the Seattle Times. We saw at least four flavors; kumquat and lemon grass are the ones I remember. Not for me but I wish her success. Next we passed a fine wood furniture store where a simple bench was priced at $950. Beautiful things but one should be prepared to pay for them. I saw a lovely rocking chair but was afraid to go inside and see the price. I might have fainted dead away and never reached the reading.

The reading was for Geri Larkin’s new book, The Chocolate Cake Sutra; Ingredients for a Sweet Life. I’ve read all of Geri’s books which are Zen in nature. She attended a Buddhist seminary in Toronto where she was ordained. She was given transmission (permission to teach) by a Zen Master in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I had thought that she might be a little reserved. Not so. She was very welcoming, very outgoing, easy to smile, laugh and tell jokes on herself. She has recently moved to Seattle after being the founding teacher for a Zen Buddhist Abbey in the inner city of Detroit called The Still Point Center. She answered questions readily, read a couple of sections from the new book. She currently is not teaching but she said "Who knows what the future will bring?" I was struck by her very down-to-earth nature.

We celebrated a fine Seattle afternoon by having dinner at Dinos, a fine Italian-Greek restaurant near our home.


Blogger gianniguelfi said...

And I bet at Dino's you had a sumptuos dinner at a fair price. Not alla fine things are expensive, Frank.

g :D

1:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Rogue Raven,

Per Anna's suggestion, I Googled your blog. Quite interesting! I, too, am "stove up" these days, and can hardly walk (even though I'm younger). I hope that we can keep in contact via Email, while I contemplate a return to Seattle (the main things holding me back are my physical problems, which might be aggravated by the Seattle weather which I once LOVED.


6:50 PM  

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