Blood and Circuses

I first became acquainted with Phryne Fisher via the TV series “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries" that stars Australian actors Essie Davis and Nathan Page. I loved the original series. Eventually, I got around to the books that inspired the series, and they have been quite fun to read. The most recent one I picked up:... Continue Reading →

Napoleon Hill’s A Year of Growing Rich

I’m working my way through this book and I’ve just read the section on Sincerity. I was inspired by this short anecdote. A friend of Abraham Lincoln once told him that his enemies were saying terrible things about him behind his back.“I don’t care what they say,” exclaimed Lincoln, “so long as they’re not telling... Continue Reading →

Black Gangster by Donald Goines

This is not a new book. In fact, the first publication date in the new paperback I picked up from the library is 1977. But some of the themes are timeless and relevant. I found myself engaged and interested in what happened next. How could you not get hooked into a book that tells you... Continue Reading →

The Gift: 12 Lessons to Save Your Life

Dr. Edith Eger's books: The Gift and The Choice This week I finished reading The Gift: 12 Lessons to Save Your Life, by Dr. Edith Eger. The Gift is Dr. Eger's recently released second book. The first one was the highly acclaimed memoir, The Choice. I read The Choice by Dr. Eger in May of... Continue Reading →

My Books This Week

What I'm Reading Lately, my attention span has been pretty short, but that doesn't mean I stop reading. It simply means I jump from book to book, depending on the mood. A sign of a good book, in my opinion, is one that I must finish before going back to the others. Or one that... Continue Reading →

All Animals Are Equal

"Have you ever read Animal Farm?" I asked the former Soviet, now an American, who was sitting in my living room. "I don't need to read it." I looked up at him, raising an eyebrow. "I lived it," he said, and turned his chair away from me, inhaling deeply on an e-cigarette.

I’m not sure about this book.

I found this book the other day on the shelves of the local bookstore. I'm not too sure about the book's author and where the book originated -- was I in the humor section? It almost seemed like satire. Definitely ironic. But it was in the Health and Wellness section of the bookstore. After I... Continue Reading →

Challenges – Stretch Your Goals

I'm always up for a challenge. That kind of external expectation drives me forward. (Read The Four Tendencies for the description of the Obliger type individual.) So, I typically do the Goodreads Annual Challenge, which is where you select the number of books you'd like to read in the course of a year. I've been... Continue Reading →

What’s Your Tendency?

I've been reading a book by Gretchen Rubin called The Four Tendencies. It's a personality analysis book that helps us answer the question: "How do I respond to expectations?" As the title suggests, there are four identified "tendencies" -- with some overlap. They are (in no particular order): Upholder, Obliger, Questioner, and Rebel. Each has... Continue Reading →

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