Category Archives: BOOKS

quotation: “Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.” George Eliot


Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds.

George Eliot (1819-1880) Discuss

quotation: Charles Dickens — “…it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.”)


It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done;

Charles Dickens (1812-1870) Discuss

quotation: Lewis Carroll


I have had prayers answered – most strangely so sometimes – but I think our heavenly Father’s loving-kindness has been even more evident in what He has refused me.

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898) Discuss

today’s holiday: Black Poetry Day


Black Poetry Day

To honor the contributions African Americans have made to American life and culture, Stanley A. Ransom, of Long Island, New York, proposed Black Poetry Day in 1970. October 17 is the birthdate of Jupiter Hammon, the first African-American poet to publish his own verse. Although it is celebrated all over the state of New York, it has yet to be formally proclaimed a state holiday. Oregon has declared October 17 Black Poetry Day, and schools elsewhere take advantage of the opportunity to encourage African-American students to express their thoughts and feelings through poetry. More… Discuss

quotation: “Always do what you are afraid to do.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson


quotation: “Always do what you are afraid to do.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

(1803-1882) Discuss

today’s birthday: Arthur Miller (1915)


Arthur Miller (1915)

Miller was an American dramatist whose plays deal with morality and the pressures exerted by family and society. The Crucible, one of his most famous works, is a dramatization of the 17th-century Salem witch trials and a parable about the US in the McCarthy era. His masterpiece, Death of a Salesman, was the first play to win a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, a Tony Award for Best Play, and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award all in the same year. What movie star was his second wife? More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Friedrich Nietzsche (1844)


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844)

Nietzsche was a German philosopher whose critiques of contemporary culture, religion, and philosophy centered on a basic question regarding the foundation of values and morality. He passionately rejected Western bourgeois civilization and regarded Christian civilization as decadent. Denouncing its “slave morality,” he looked to the “superman,” the creator of a new heroic morality that would consciously affirm life and life values. What is Nietzsche’s concept of “perspectivism”? More… Discuss

quotation: Henry David Thoreau (above morality by points)


Do not be too moral. You may cheat yourself out of much life so. Aim above morality. Be not simply good; be good for something.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) Discuss

Amy Goodman: Texas Strips Women of Their Health and Rights http://t.co/U3ugwOhsqk #SoundCloud — Democracy Now!



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today’s holiday: White Sunday


White Sunday

Children are honored on this special day celebrated in Christian churches of both American Samoa and the country of Samoa. Each child dresses in white and wears a crown of white frangipani blossoms. They line up and walk to church, carrying banners and singing hymns, while their parents wait for them inside. The children present short dramatizations of Bible stories, such as the good Samaritan, Noah’s ark, and the prodigal son. After the performance is over, the children return to their homes, and their parents serve them a feast that includes roast pig, bananas, taro, coconuts, and cakes. More… Discuss

quotation: W. Somerset Maugham


A man marries to have a home, but also because he doesn’t want to be bothered with sex and all that sort of thing.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) Discuss


Aleister Crowley (1875)

Crowley was a 20th-century English occultist who developed a religious philosophy called Thelema. As a young adult, he was a member of the influential occult society the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn but later turned toward yoga and Asian mysticism. While visiting Cairo, Egypt, Crowley reportedly had a mystical experience involving a voice that dictated The Book of the Law, the central text of Thelemic religious philosophy. According to Crowley, what did the voice call itself? More… Discuss

Anna Leonowens


Anna Leonowens

Leonowens was a British teacher who became governess to the children of King Mongkut of Siam in the early 1860s. Her personal diaries became the basis for the Margaret Landon novel Anna and the King of Siam, which in turn inspired the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, The King and I. Although Leonowens presented her memoirs as factual, it has been said that she exaggerated the importance of her role in the king’s court. After leaving Siam, Leonowens helped found what college? More… Discuss

this pressed: James Bond Comic Books to Explore Origins of World’s Most Famous Spy


James Bond, the world’s most famous spy and one of the most enduring fiction characters ever created, will star in a new series of comic books that will reveal untold tales and explore the origins of the man who is licensed to kill. The books, which are slated for release beginning next year, will re-tell some of Bond’s exploits from the original novels and the big screen, as well as bringing his fans new stories from his days before Casino Royale; Ian Fleming’s first James Bond novel, which came out in 1953.
Read more at http://guardianlv.com/2014/10/james-bond-comic-books-to-explore-origins-of-worlds-most-famous-spy/#uob8mbT7Y01rWR4W.99

James Bond Comic Books to Explore Origins of World’s Most Famous Spy.

quotation: Experience is a revelation in the light of which we renounce our errors of youth for those of age. Ambrose Bierce


Experience is a revelation in the light of which we renounce our errors of youth for those of age.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914) Discuss

“The Hot Zone” by Richard Preston Audiobook 1 of 8 (you may enjoy it too)


The Hot Zone by Richard Preston Audiobook 1 of 8

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quotation: John Milton


Assuredly we bring not innocence into the world, we bring impurity much rather: that which purifies us is trial, and trial is by what is contrary.

John Milton (1608-1674) Discuss

quotation: I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is the victory over self. Aristotle


I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is the victory over self.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC)

quotation: I shall not die of a cold. I shall die of having lived. Willa Cather


I shall not die of a cold. I shall die of having lived.

Willa Cather (1873-1947) Discuss

quotation: “With men he can be rational and unaffected, but when he has ladies to please…”. Jane Austen


With men he can be rational and unaffected, but when he has ladies to please, every feature works.

Jane Austen (1775-1817) Discuss

sphere of power, poetic thought by George-B (©always) (the smudge and other poems)


sphere of power, poetic thought by George-B 

(the smudge and other poems)

the sphere of power was robbed of one dimension.
the reminding circle is shivering
in confusing memory
of the once well adjusted  object of perfection – idolatry-
the circle’s shadowy plane hovers – like a Frisbee thrown and caught again and again –  until  dizzy and a little thirty…

Should the circle loose yet another dimension…well,  something like
a belt
shoelace
neck tie
dead snake,
will be all that’s left,
from the sphere of power…

George-B (©always)

quotation: Popularity? It is glory’s small change. Victor Hugo


Popularity? It is glory’s small change.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885) Discuss

story: Khalil Gibran


Khalil Gibran

Gibran was a Lebanese poet and novelist whose works, written in both English and Arabic, fuse elements of Eastern and Western mysticism. His best-known work is The Prophet, a collection of 26 inspirational prose poems. Published in 1923, it attracted only modest attention during the author’s life but later attained cult status among American youth for several generations, including during the 1960s counterculture movement. What lyric did the Beatles adapt from one of Gibran’s texts? More… Discuss

quotation: “Thus, what is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy’s strategy.” Sun Tzu (544 BC-496 BC)


Thus, what is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy’s strategy.

Sun Tzu (544 BC-496 BC) Discuss

quotation: Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power. Rene Descartes


Except our own thoughts, there is nothing absolutely in our power.

Rene Descartes (1596-1650) Discuss

iesLudwig van Beethoven – Fidelio Overture, Op. 72b: make music part of your life series


Ludwig van Beethoven – Fidelio Overture, Op. 72b

quotation: What hath night to do with sleep? John Milton


What hath night to do with sleep?

John Milton (1608-1674) Discuss

quotation: Better no rule than cruel rule. Aesop (620 BC-560 BC)


Better no rule than cruel rule.

Aesop (620 BC-560 BC) Discuss

today’s holiday: Confucius’s Birthday


Confucius’s Birthday

This is a time to commemorate the birth of the teacher Confucius, perhaps the most influential man in China’s history. In Qufu, Shandong Province, China, the birthplace of Confucius, there is a two-week-long Confucian Culture Festival. During the Cultural Revolution in the late 1960s, Red Guards defaced many of the buildings in Qufu. They have since been restored, and the festival held there attracts scholars from China and abroad. The festival opens with a ceremony accompanied by ancient music and dance and includes exhibitions and lectures on the life and teachings of Confucius. More… Discuss

quotation: Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. Victor Hugo


 

Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885) Discuss

 

Murphy’s Law


Murphy’s Law

Murphy’s Law is the humorous axiom stating that anything that can possibly go wrong will go wrong. Its namesake is likely Edward A. Murphy, an engineer on US Air Force rocket-sled experiments. During one trial, someone methodically wired each sensor involved in an experiment backwards, prompting Murphy to remark, “If there are two or more ways to do something, and one of those ways can result in a catastrophe, then someone will do it.” How did Murphy’s Law become known to the public? More… Discuss

this pressed: Flash – Writers and readers go mobile and social at Wattpad – France 24


28 September 2014 – 07H25

Writers and readers go mobile and social at Wattpad

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File picture shows visitors browsing e-books for children at the 64th Frankfurt Book Fair in Frankfurt, GermanyFile picture shows visitors browsing e-books for children at the 64th Frankfurt Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany

Allen Lau considers himself living proof that love of good writing is alive and well in the age of streaming video and terse text messages.

He offers as further evidence the 32 million people who each month visit online literature social network Wattpad, which he and Ivan Yuen launched eight years ago as an online venue for writers and readers to connect.

“Wattpad is the world’s largest community for reading and writing,” Lau told AFP during a recent visit to San Francisco to meet with investors in the Toronto-based startup.

“We’ve created a mobile and social storytelling experience.”

Of the more than nine billion minutes spent monthly reading at Wattpad, about 85 percent is done using smartphones or tablet computers, according to Lau.

More than a million Wattpad users are writers, who typically upload a chapter at a time while readers tune in the way they might watch episodes of a television series.

“We make story telling very different and unique,” Lau said.

- Readers shape stories -

Readers share feelings, thoughts and criticisms with one another and authors at the social network, sometimes shaping fates of characters or directions of stories.

“Writing and reading have traditionally been very solitary experiences,” Lau said.

“In this case, writers get constant feedback from readers in real time; and from the reader perspective it is almost like watching a TV show with 10 million people all at once.”

Readers are free to wait until books are complete and then binge on chapter after chapter, but that is rarely the case at Wattpad. The most common question fired off at the service was said to be “When will the next chapter be released?”

After Wattpad noticed writers providing links to music videos to listen to as background for reading, the social network added a way to embed YouTube clips.

“It has been so widely used, if you go to YouTube and search ‘Wattpad’ you will find millions of videos,” Lau said.

“The writing is the main actor, but we have supporting characters: video and sound.”

Wattpad sees a quarter of a million chapters uploaded daily, with about 24 hours worth of reading arriving at the service each minute.

Less than half the visits to Wattpad come from the United States, and the service is growing strong in an array of countries including Turkey, Italy, Britain, and Spain.

“Not everyone has an e-book store, a library, or a regular book store, but everyone will be on the Internet and everyone will have a smartphone,” Lau reasoned.

“I am the walking proof that it is rubbish people aren’t reading as much; the Internet is helping people to read and write more.”

- Writers find fame -

The Wattpad mobile application is free, as is access to work uploaded by writers. More than half the stories on Wattpad were written on mobile devices.

Wattpad writers don’t get paid, but exposure at the social network provides opportunities for them to make money.

via Flash – Writers and readers go mobile and social at Wattpad – France 24.

quotation: “…I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” Robert Louis Stevenson


For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) Discuss

quotation: There is no remedy for love but to love more. Henry David Thoreau


There is no remedy for love but to love more.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) Discuss

quotation: Alexander Hamilton


Men often oppose a thing merely because they have had no agency in planning it, or because it may have been planned by those whom they dislike.

Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804) Discuss

quotation: The paradox of courage is that a man must be a little careless of his life even in order to keep it. Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936)


The paradox of courage is that a man must be a little careless of his life even in order to keep it.

Gilbert Chesterton (1874-1936) Discuss

MUST Listen-Read: Podcast: How Insurers Are Charging You More for Your Generic Drugs – ProPublica


“The Affordable Care Act bans insurance companies from discriminating against patients with pre-existing conditions. But some policy experts say insurers could be doing just that by forcing people with chronic illnesses to pay more for their drugs.

ProPublica’s Charles Ornstein explains that insurers have long used a tiered pricing system to steer consumers away from expensive brand name medications. But according to a recent editorial in the American Journal of Managed Care, several prominent health plans are taking this tactic one step further and charging higher co-payments for some generic drugs.”

this pressed: Podcast: How Insurers Are Charging You More for Your Generic Drugs – ProPublica


Podcast: How Insurers Are Charging You More for Your Generic Drugs – ProPublica.

EXCERPTS:  The Affordable Care Act bans insurance companies from discriminating against patients with pre-existing conditions. But some policy experts say insurers could be doing just that by forcing people with chronic illnesses to pay more for their drugs.

ProPublica’s Charles Ornstein explains that insurers have long used a tiered pricing system to steer consumers away from expensive brand name medications. But according to a recent editorial in the American Journal of Managed Care, several prominent health plans are taking this tactic one step further and charging higher co-payments for some generic drugs.”

quotation: “Familiarity breeds contempt…”: Mark Twain


Familiarity breeds contempt. How accurate that is. The reason we hold truth in such respect is because we have so little opportunity to get familiar with it.

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

quotation: “There is nothing more thrilling in this world, I think, than having a child that is yours, …”: Agatha Christie


There is nothing more thrilling in this world, I think, than having a child that is yours, and yet is mysteriously a stranger.

Agatha Christie (1890-1976) Discuss

today’s birthday: Stephen King (1947)


Stephen King (1947)

King is a popular American author of horror stories and one of the best-selling writers worldwide. His work bears the mark of the 19th-century Gothic tradition, often taking everyday situations and revealing their macabre and horrific potential. He is noted for his cinematic style, and several of his novels and stories have been made into successful movies, including The Shining, Stand by Me, and The Shawshank Redemption. Under what pen names has King published? More… Discuss

Don Quixote dela Mancha: Dulcinea (Peter O’Toole and Sophia Loren)


Dulcinea

“It seldom happens that any felicity comes…”: Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616)


It seldom happens that any felicity comes so pure as not to be tempered and allayed by some mixture of sorrow.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616) Discuss

Other quotations from Cervantes:

When the severity of the law is to be softened,
let pity, not bribes, be the motive.
- Miguel de Cervantes

When thou art at Rome, do as they do at Rome.
- Miguel de Cervantes

The most difficult character in comedy is that of the fool,
and he must be no simpleton that plays that part.
- Miguel de Cervantes

The Wine and the Cup -Rumi


The Wine and the Cup -Rumi

The wine of divine grace is limitless:
All limits come only from the faults of the cup.
Moonlight floods the whole sky from horizon to horizon;
How much it can fill your room depends on its windows.
Grant a great dignity, my friend, to the cup of your life;
Love has designed it to hold His eternal wine.

Old, yet embelished with passage of time: Rumi and the Play of Poetry – University of California Television (UCTV)



Rumi and the Play of Poetry

quotation: To see victory only when it is within the ken of the common herd is not the acme of excellence. Sun Tzu


To see victory only when it is within the ken of the common herd is not the acme of excellence.

Sun Tzu (544 BC-496 BC) Discuss

today’s birthday: Mika Waltari (1908)


Mika Waltari (1908)

Finnish author Mika Waltari is best known for his 1945 historical novel The Egyptian, which is set during the reign of the Pharaoh Akhenaten and was hailed by Egyptologists for its accuracy in describing ancient Egyptian life. The themes explored in the book struck a chord with readers in the aftermath of World War II, and it became an international bestseller, serving as the basis for the 1954 Hollywood movie of the same name. Where—and when—are some of his other historical novels set? More… Discuss

Saint of the Day Saint of the Day for September 16th, 2014: St. Cornelius


Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for September 16th, 2014 Image    St. Cornelius

Cornelius whose feast day is September 16th. A Roman priest, Cornelius was elected Pope to succeed Fabian in an election delayed fourteen months by Decius‘ persecution of the Christians. The main … continue reading

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quotation: The wise man does at once what the fool does finally. Niccolo Machiavelli


The wise man does at once what the fool does finally.

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) Discuss

this pressed: Home | The Roosevelts | PBS


Home | The Roosevelts | PBS.