‘If you are not a reader, you have only one life. But if you are a reader, you have a million lives.’ Rakel believes that one life is not enough. The span of years and hours and seconds that makes up her life, do not give her the time to experience all that she would like to. But the power of a good story opens the door to endless travel and adventure. Rakel Helmsdal is a writer, a puppeteer and an artist. Journey into her world!
Visit Rakel HERE
Vocabulary chunks to learn :
- One life is not enough
- Hundreds and thousands of things
- Go exploring
- A new adventure
- If you are a reader you have a million lives
- You lose yourself in it
- It makes me richer
- Understand the world more
- Something that touches you
- I can’t help telling stories
- I have to tell them
- It’s larger than themselves
- The errors you made
- Life is not perfect
- According to plan
- The world needs creative people
- Its so terribly important
- Do what you love
- Keep your feet on the ground
- Dream while I’m still awake
- Get lost
- It’s your adventure
- I want to make people dream
- That’s what I love the most
Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :
- At about 3 books a week I probably read over 50 books
- Sit around with nothing to do
- Just stare off into space
- A leisure time activity
- There are a lot of misconceptions about people who are living outside
- Interested in literature
- They haven’t been to college
- There are many assumptions that people make
- Part of the Street Books’ mission
- To restore the dignity of people who have been cast aside
- To put at the margin of things
- Patrons are often grateful for the opportunity
- Get the books, get the stories
- We have short stories, long stories, true stories, love stories, war stories
Street Books is a bicycle-powered traveling library that serves homeless people in Portland, Oregon. Librarians bike to select locations where people can borrow books without having to show ID or proof of address Read more @ Street Books
[Destination British Columbia]
Local photographer Ryan Dickie shows us his favourite places to photograph wildlife around the Alaska Highway in British Columbia, Canada.
Vocabulary chunks from the video :
• More often than not I’m out here by myself
• Very nomadic in the way they lived their lives
• My fondest memories
• Along the highway
• The Serengeti of North America
• Take your breath away
• I keep coming back
• A moose
• A wild animal
• Thank you for the moment
• Experience it first hand
• How important this area is to conserve
• For future generations
• Truly wild, untamed and unscripted wilderness
• The way it was meant to be
Vocabulary to learn after watching the video
- You can find just about anything you need online
- The experience of going through a book that has some value
- The little free library concept is very simple
- A nationwide thing
- Put the libraries out in their yards
- You don’t have to sign anything out
- No late fees
- A repurposed newspaper box
- Reading is very important
- You can also read for leisure
- I was able to take some photos and replicate as best I could the actual look of the Plaza
- They take you through step by step instructions
- It’s a great ice breaker and it’s a very easy way to meet people who have recently moved in the neighborhood
- It’s a way to connect people
- Contributing to the literacy of their whole community
“Little Free Libraries are community-run and supported book sharing outposts that are popping up across the nation in mass numbers. The best map for finding these resources in the bay area is one created by an unaffiliated individual who lists all libraries, “official” or not. For more information about the movement, visit LittleFreeLibrary.org.”
Read more @ Bittersweet Blog
A beautiful poem by Canadian spoken word artist Shane Koyczan about the wild within British Columbia, Canada
[Destination British Columbia]
It’s just the ocean.
Until you are pulling your dinner out of it.
Until you see first-hand everything that lives in it.
Until you feel the push and pull of a thing so vast…
It is untameable.
It’s just a tree.
Until you see someone release the art trapped inside it.
Until you need shade from the sun or reprieve from the rain.
Until the night steals the warmth in you blood and a cedar sacrifices his its own flesh to give you fire.
It’s just a mountain.
Until you are standing at the bottom of it.
Face to face with it.
Until you take your first step to the top of it.
Until you reach the summit and stand eye level with the setting sun
It’s just a sky.
Until the stars poke holes in the darkness.
Until the wind pushes its howl through the open air with a wildness so blatant.
It sounds like a song you must dance to.
And it all looks…
Until you there surrounded by no one.
Until water, earth, fire and air rewind you to a time you once knew.
Until the world feels massive again.
Until it’s just you…
Some people’s lives are entirely their own creations. James Rebanks’ isn’t. The first son of a shepherd, who was the first son of a shepherd himself, he and his family have lived and worked in and around the Lake District for generations.
In evocative and lucid prose, James Rebanks takes us through a shepherd’s year, offering a unique account of the rural life and fundamental connection with the land that most of us have lost.
Buy online HERE
Vocabulary chunks to learn from the video :
• A shepherd is nothing without his sheepdogs
• My work is only possible because of them
• Gather fields
• Dog and stick farming
• Old fashion way of farming
• I wanted to tell everybody about it
• Historically significant
• We’re a family farm
• Loving every moment of it
• He was free, he was independent, he was proud
• Loved every moment of it
• However big or small
• My book is an attempt to share that world and explain it
• A deep sense of belonging
• They’re shaped by the landscape
• We are proud of what we are
• Try and keep it going in the future
“When you set sail for Ithaca,
wish for the road to be long,
full of adventures, full of knowledge.”
— Constantinos P. Cavafis .”
Discover the Greek island of Ithaca HERE
Saraiva is Brazil’s largest retail bookstore, a centennial brand. To promote their on-demand audiobooks they redesigned renowned vinyl record covers, featuring characters from classic literature books.
Get the on-demand content HERE
“The harder you work, the luckier you get.”
“I find it incredibly amazing how at every sunset, the sky is a different shade. No cloud is ever in the same place. Each day is a new masterpiece. A new wonder. A new memory.”
— Sanober Khan
photography by vocabularyinchunks