Submitted by fireside@goodbo... on Wed, 03/12/2014 - 2:55pm
03/16/2014 2:00 pm
It's time to start thinking about your garden. Come hear Michael Kirby talk about his experiences practicing Japanese garden design!
It is impossible to separate the Japanese Garden
from its context within Japanese society. The “garden” is a unique
representation of the history and culture of Japan. While the Western intellect
is capable of appreciating the obvious beauty and tranquility of Japanese
gardens, it is typically incapable of discerning the deeper significance of its
relationships. The same can be said for modern “Westernized” Japanese citizens,
who, “… in spite of repeated visits to famous, historical Japanese gardens, are
still unable to comprehend the unified complexity of those same creations”.
Their forms are signifiers and their functions serve as psychological and
spiritual pathways to deeper a consciousness and the premise of “no mind”.
Michael Kirby is a Landscape Architect from
Northern California. Before moving to Alaska in 2008 he was engaged in private practice,
specializing in the design and construction of formal Japanese gardens, as well
as interpretative Asian landscape architecture. He is a former student of the
late George Muneichi Yamasaki of Auburn, California (1904-2010), a preeminent authority
on bonsai and suiseki, as well as a founding member of the Sacramento Bonsai
Club and the Sierra Bonsai Club of Placer County. Michael did his architectural internship
under Ray Hideo Yamasaki of Auburn and also mentored under Hiroshi Matsuda of Ophir,
Submitted by fireside@goodbo... on Mon, 02/10/2014 - 10:06am
03/01/2014 4:00 pm
There's nothing like a letter, hand-written, on real paper in a real envelope. Help Fireside Books preserve this dying art. Join us twice a month to write letters and sip tea with us! Don't have stationary? Don't fret! We have a wonderful selection that is sure to excite every letter enthusiast.
The world pushes. The world screams. Smart Phones. YouTube. Wii. Work. The Children. This page is here to remind you that what you really love to do is to read, to sit alone with a book, by the fireplace or on the sofa or on the bed, to sit quietly, with your own mind, your own thoughts, and read -- a story, a novel, an essay. The world pushes. You have to push back. Say it now: Go Away. I'm reading!
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Way back in the later part of the 20th Century, David Cheezem and Melissa Behnke decided they wanted to open a bookstore. Both husband and wife were and are avid readers. Melissa's mother Peggy helped grow the small Wasilla library, and she grew up in a family of readers. David had just completed his Masters in Fine Arts degree in creative writing, and felt that his fellow writers deserved a place where good writing was honored and celebrated.
They found the perfect location for a bookstore in Palmer -- the small agricultural town in Alaska with a rich history and cultural heritage.
In 2001 David and Melissa discovered an empty storefront within a stone's throw of Vagabond Blues, their favorite Alaskan coffee-shop. It was the perfect location for a bookstore.