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Most Enlightening Book I’ve Read in 5 Years

I read. A lot. In looking back through the books I’ve read in the past 5 years (yes, I keep a list), I see that I’ve read a number of very good ones. So, when I say a book is the most enlightening one I’ve read in 5 years, that’s saying something. “American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America” by Colin Woodard has completely changed how I see the…

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Shake Like an Impala

I finished reading “The Urban Monk” a week or so ago. I appreciated the book’s take on how to deal with centering one’s self when living in the chaotic “real” world, as opposed to living in a secluded cave somewhere and meditating all day. (Much easier to reach enlightenment if all you have are your own thoughts. Or maybe that’s the way to self-delusion, which might feel like enlightenment.) The book is an easy read,…

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Our Little Free Library Is Finally Up

It’s been a long time coming … a couple of years at least. It started with Ron Kresha giving us the shell of a Little Free Library two years ago. Last year in May, I set to work on painting and sealing it. This year … this week, actually … I finished putting the Plexiglas window in and Erik helped me dig the post hole, install the post, and make a platform for the library…

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Thoughts on “Putting Work in Its Place”

I follow Austin Kleon‘s email newsletter, through which he shares various internet pieces related to creativity. In the latest edition of the newsletter, there was a link to an article I found to be especially thoughtful. It contains excellent advice I wish I’d had when I was in high school or college. The article is called “Putting Work in Its Place” by Kate Kiefer Lee. In it she discusses how we don’t necessarily have to…

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Sacre Bleu by Christopher Moore

I am an unabashed fan of Christopher Moore’s work. While I have not read every book he’s written, I have read most of them and whenever I need a good belly laugh, I seek out another. There are few authors who can convincingly make a talking, cross-dressing fruit bat a main character in a novel. Yes, you read that right … a fruit bat. The bat appears in “Island of the Sequined Love Nun,” in…

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