September 2012 The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff. This is short little book but chuck full of interesting stuff. The premise is that the principles of Taoism can be described effectively using A.A. Milne's characters from "Winnie the Pooh." The book is, in part, a discussion between the author and Pooh Bear, and also, in part, an exposition of the principles of Taoism. The book actually works very well and is worth the read.

Pooh Bear represents the "un-carved block," or the philosophy of letting life unfold as it takes its natural course, and thus live in harmony with one's surroundings. Rabbit is always planning and trying to manipulate the situations to an outcome while Piglet frets and Eeyore complains . . . Pooh just IS.

Pooh, as described in the book reminds me of a Taoist-like quote (actually from Eleanor Rooselvelt) that goes, "Yesterday is History, tomorrow is a Mystery, but today is a Gift. That's why they call it the Present." I actually heard that quote first in "Kung Foo Panda."

The author throws some admonishments about the environment and government into the book (it WAS written in the 1980's), but other than that, its a great little book.