WWB Announces the Spring 2017 ‘Book Wise’ Pick in the Non-Fiction Category and it’s a Contemporary Throwback Worthwhile Revisiting…

May 12, 2017 by



BOOK WISE Spring 2017 Pick: Beauty and the Soul–The Extraordinary Power of Everyday Beauty to Heal Your Life


CATEGORY: Wellness/Spiritual/Non-Fiction


THROW BACK SELECTION: Book was published in 2009


CULTURE SPOTLIGHT: Author From Italy, content is universal


AUTHOR: Piero Ferrucci is a psychotherapist and a philosopher. He graduated from the University of Torino in 1970. He was trained by Roberto Assagioli, the founder of psychosynthesis, and has written several books including the bestseller The Power of Kindness in 2007.



WWB OF NOTE:  I wish I had introduced this book earlier in WWB’s history, because it looks at beauty the way I always intended to do with World Wise Beauty, from the inside out and wholistically. This is a beautiful and thoughtful book about appreciating beauty of all  kinds and discovering the healing capacity of beauty not only for ourselves, but for the planet. It’s simple ambition would be to have us all ‘stop and smell the roses’ so we can be fully present and in the moment. On a deeper level, the book offers ways to counteract the ugliness of life with beauty manifesting in all it’s life forms ~Lauroly, Founder of World Wise Beauty

              Author Excerpt: Chapter –Love of Life

‘In a story from the Jewish tradition, the human soul before birth roams about the universe, collects a great deal of knowledge, sees much beauty, and thus is endowed with great wisdom. But just as birth is drawing near, the angel of death approaches and with his sword touches the soul on the forehead. At that moment, when the soul incarnates into the mass of nerves, organs, and muscles which make up what we are, the drama takes place: The baby being born forgets all it knows. Yet an inkling remains, a vague feeling of what is lost. This, the story tells us is why human beings are born crying, and why they seek, everywhere and all their lives, in confusion and desperation a beauty they feel they have lost. Is there really a soul before birth? I cannot say. And I do not know if we have a past life on other planes or in other worlds. But what interests me here is the experience of this life and this world. The Jewish myth seems to allude to a feeling many, perhaps all of us have; the impression of not belonging to this world. The feeling that makes us wonder ‘What am I doing here?”. Like the alien from the film ‘ The Man Who Fell from Earth” , who came to our planet from a faraway star and landed in an amusement park, we find the world around us strange, and bizarre, and sometimes absurd. And perhaps like him, we feel homesick for a cleaner, simpler, brighter world. Luckily we can see the opposite of what the Jewish story tells is also true when we observe children…’
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Travel to Italy and Explore Self Reinvention: World Wise Beauty Selects ‘In Other Words’ by Jhumpa Lahiri as Spring Book Wise Pick

Apr 8, 2016 by





GENRE: Non-Fiction/Autobiography/Dual Language(English-Italian) Format


AUTHOR: Jhumpa Lahiri is the author of four works of fiction: Interpreter of Maladies, The Namesake, Unaccustomed Earth, and The Lowland.She has received numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, the Premio Gregor von Rezzori, the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, a 2014 National Humanities Medal, awarded by President Barack Obama, and the Premio Internazionale Viareggio-Versilia, for In altre parole.

OF NOTE: One of her books ‘Namesake’ was adapted into a movie. Learn more here…

Book Wise Pow-Wow: What would you express in another language? What language would that be? Whether you are an immigrant or not, at the center of this beautiful memoir is perhaps a universal experience that many of us can relate to.  Our self-hood and search for identity is a life-long process of becoming comfortable in our own skin, and we all can feel at one time or another like we don’t quite fit in. ‘In Other Words’ is a story about a love and a pure passion for another language and culture. Where do you feel most comfortable to be yourself? Would you find your true self in another country? Or would you be running from yourself?  This deeply introspective writer invites us to reflect and explore identity through her personal journey…






In Other Words is a revelation. It is at heart a love story—of a long and sometimes difficult courtship, and a passion that verges on obsession: that of a writer for another language. For Jhumpa Lahiri, that love was for Italian, which first captivated and capsized her during a trip to Florence after college. Although Lahiri studied Italian for many years afterward, true mastery always eluded her.

Seeking full immersion, she decides to move to Rome with her family, for “a trial by fire, a sort of baptism” into a new language and world. There, she begins to read, and to write—initially in her journal—solely in Italian. In Other Words, an autobiographical work written in Italian, investigates the process of learning to express oneself in another language, and describes the journey of a writer seeking a new voice.


See the highlighted quote leading this post for translation…

Presented in a dual-language format, this is a wholly original book about exile, linguistic and otherwise, written with an intensity and clarity not seen since Vladimir Nabokov: a startling act of self-reflection and a provocative exploration of belonging and reinvention.










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WWB’s Weekly Wisdom Wrap: Finding Beauty and LIVING With Fear- Worldly Wisdom for Scary Times

Nov 20, 2015 by


There is so much violence and ugliness in the world today and I can’t help but point out that behind it always seems to be fear and a lack of love. This week terrorism struck Paris and the world felt their pain. Collectively we felt disgusted and frightened of the senseless violence. For many of us around the world we have experienced this awful horror on our own soil, and know the violence all too well. The images and stories that piled up in media were so visceral that it was hard not to feel that we all are being attacked and threatened on a very personal level. The reality is, we are. This is exactly what terrorism is, and its ultimate weapon is fear. Not knowing where or when an attack or act of violence will happen next, we begin to recoil in fear and stop living and thriving.  When we do this they have won, and they have truly conquered when we turn on each other. There are plenty of articles all over the media on this subject and I won’t proselytize to you now. Instead I choose to find beauty in the world, amidst the ugliness of the news this week, and share them with you…



I didn’t have to look far. The most inspiring beauty and inspiration came from a musician and child in Paris, the very place that was so wounded by the terrorist this week. See the videos below and be inspired by a man who chose to respond to the attack on Paris with his music, and a father who chose to remind his son of the beauty that still remains. The pianist did what he probably does everyday of his life. He played his piano. The peace sign on his piano made a statement but his refusal to wallow in fear and hate made a bigger statement. He chose Peace and showed the world that he will go on living his life sharing his beautiful music. His spirit spoke to me and his music reminds us of everything good about the human spirit. What we don’t see in the news enough, is there are millions of beautiful spirits just like him living and choosing peace. So to live in fear, would make no sense for me, because I  believe in those spirits who are living and loving despite the ugliness in this world. We are many, and as the war machines rage on, and the media stirs the pot of fear, we are here choosing to ‘keep on’ in peace everyday.  See videos below to see how beautiful strong spirits respond to fear. Have a great weekend and take time to LIVE despite the ugliness around you.  When you do, we win this war.












P.S But don’t write me off as Pollyanna, I know there is a lot to be worried about but I seek wisdom from people around the world who have experienced terrorism up close ( and that would also be me on 9/11) and have learned to live with fear by not letting it control their every day life.  CNN ran this article yesterday and I appreciated how they gleaned tips and wisdom from several countries. We can learn a lot from each other right now and also come to realize that we are not in this alone.

How to prepare for terror threats: World leaders urge calm, awareness…



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WWB’s Monday Morning Pow-Wow Will Take You Into Tuesday With Clarity…

Oct 12, 2015 by


Good Evening Passioneers,

So here is the truth from me today. I had some technical probs with my site, and I was not able to post this morning. Sometimes stuff happens! It was a holiday for many of you, so maybe you will appreciate this on Tuesday when you are just getting back to productivity mode.

Today’s wise Pow-Wow is so important for all of us, because it is really about ‘authenticity’. When we are authentic, we share our truth. It does not mean it is the truth for everyone, but is your personal truth. Being comfortable in our own skin requires that we be honest, and most importantly with ourselves. When we are, it frees up energy so we can keep on growing, and continue to become awesome fully self-actualized human beings. Look for your truth inside and your PASSION is sure to break through!




10/12/15 Passioneer’s Pow-Wow Wisdom: 

Authenticity always rings ‘true’…

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WWB’s Monday Morning Pow-Wow Inspires Self-Enlightenment…

Sep 28, 2015 by


Good Morning World Wise Beauty!

Did you hear the Pope speak the last couple of days? Every Public presentation he made was infused with simple life wisdom. No matter what your religious beliefs are, the compassionate values Pope Francis shared are so universal and can be practiced by anyone.

I think the biggest message the Pope had for all of us, is we are not defined by our work, education or socio-economic status. We all have intrinsic value and something to contribute to the world, and it should be our personal mission to find out what that is. At World Wise Beauty we call this being a Passioneer!


9/28/15 Passioneer’s Pow-Wow Wisdom: Work does not define who you are …

Anna Quindlen’s quote featured for our Pow-Wow, came from a school commencement address she made many years ago, and then it went viral via e-mail before ‘viral’ was a social marketing term. The speech was so well received, it inspired her to write a non-fiction book entitled ‘A Short Guide to a Happy Life’.  In this treasure of a book, the bestselling novelist and columnist, reflects on what it takes to “get a life”—to live deeply every day and from your own unique self, rather than merely to exist through your days. It is still one of my favorite little books to give anyone contemplating meaning in their lives and one I love to read over and over. Make no mistake, it’s not just for graduates.


For more inspiration from Anna, you can read her recent memoir ‘Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake’ which is sure to inspire you to be comfortable in your own skin, and craft your own spirit. She is a true iconic World Wise Beauty!  Hope to have her join us for a WWB chat one day soon…



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