This gave me a lot of coping skills during a very difficult period of my life. Skim what doesn't work for you, be willing to try some of the things thThis gave me a lot of coping skills during a very difficult period of my life. Skim what doesn't work for you, be willing to try some of the things that involve actual work, and you may find something here. I recommend it if you're trying to get a handle on your physical and emotional response to stress....more
As a lifelong Anne devotee, all I wanted and expected from this book was an insight into one of my favorite authors while she was writing some of my fAs a lifelong Anne devotee, all I wanted and expected from this book was an insight into one of my favorite authors while she was writing some of my favorite books. I was delighted with Montgomery's voice, and it was a pleasure to get to be a voyeur on her communications with a friend. The letters follow the time from when Montgomery was a struggling author receiving rejections and small fees for poems and stories published in various magazines, to the publication of Anne and its successor, all the way to the "pestering" of her devoted fans.
All this I expected, but what I didn't expect were the discussions of:
As for the Bible, the same limitations must apply to it. You know to be frank, I do not look upon the Bible as a book inspired by God. I look upon it as a book much of which is inspired with God--a collection of the myths, history, poetry, ethics, and philosophy of a singularly spiritual (taking into account the period in which they lived) people whose superior conception of the Great Intelligence fitted them to be the mouthpieces of that Intelligence.
What a strange thing this death is. We all know we are going to die sometime but the knowledge never worries us or clouds our happiness here, as a general thing. Theologians have done much to surround death with horror and dread. If we listened to Nature's teachings we should be happier truly believing (I hold) that death is simply a falling asleep, probably with awakening to some happy and useful existence, at the worst an endless and dreamless repose.
what Montgomery had been reading lately,
Have you ever read Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Stevenson. It is well worth reading and enforces a strong lesson. If it ever comes your way read it.
There is no power that so speedily rusts as that of expression. So to work at once, stick to it, write something every day, even if you burn it up after writing it. Otherwise you'll atrophy to a certainty.
As for "spheres," I believe anyone's sphere--whether man or woman--is where they can be happiest and do the best work. The majority of women are happiest and best placed at home, just as the majority of men are in the world. But there are exceptions to both. Some women are born for a public career, just as some men are born to cook in a restaurant. Yes, they are! And each has a right to fulfil the purpose of their birth. Sex seems to me to enter very little into the question.
This left me not only hungry for more of Montgomery's letters (thanks Amazon one-click!), but also longing for a time of letter writing and the slow reflection required to achieve it. I'm envious of it and nostalgic for it. Anyone need a pen pal?...more
Yeah, it's a bit wackadoo as some reviewers have commented. You'll have to be able to smile and move past that to get the good out of this book, and tYeah, it's a bit wackadoo as some reviewers have commented. You'll have to be able to smile and move past that to get the good out of this book, and there IS a lot of good in this book so I think it's worth looking past. Kondo believes our objects have preferences like how to be folded, or where their "home" is within your house. As a result, she makes lots of suggestions like stroking your off-season clothes and letting "them know you care and look forward to wearing them when they are next in season."
She also makes lots broad of claims like "people who use the KonMari Method never revert to clutter again" or when encouraging you to discard all your owner's manuals, "all my clients have discarded most of their manuals...and none of them has experienced any problems from doing so." I actually agree that it's not important to keep your manuals, but I disagree with the all, none, and never she employs throughout the book. That makes me question credibility. Finally, in her ruthless discarding of things she frequently notes that if you get rid of something that is that important, you can just buy another. That consumerist attitude is what I'm trying to get away from when I remove the excess from my life, so I didn't care for that advice.
As for her methods, I do think they'll help in my eternal quest to clear out the crap. Here are the main things I got out of this:
1. go through your things by category, not by room
I always attempt by room and then end up making piles in other rooms and just moving things around. Kondo says that because we store things throughout the house (ie hats and gloves in a coat closet, clothes in bedroom, off-season clothes elsewhere, etc) that it makes more sense to sort by category
2. touch everything. Pull it out and then put it back.
It's easy to look at your items on a shelf and just decide you want them all, but if you're actually handling them you're forcing yourself to take a deeper look
3. Decide what you keep, instead of what to get rid of
This was the revolutionary piece for me. I go through things trying to find what to get rid of, and consequently get stuck with a lot of stuff that I feel guilty getting rid of, like great-grandma's tea set or my high school yearbooks. Instead, by piling it all together and only putting back what I want to keep, I'm framing it through what I love instead of feeling like I'm condemning things.
For me this book was worth reading because of the three points above. I think number three especially is going to change my game significantly because I have a lot of sentimental items that I don't want but struggle to get rid of.
I do think the majority of her method is best suited to single people, as I frequently found myself questioning how something would work in a family where all partners or children were not fully on board with her teachings. Overall a good read, but I'm glad I didn't buy it (and contribute to my clutter!)...more
I don't think runners can understand the mystique that the sport is shrouded in to the rest of us. WhaAmazing, this book is nothing short of amazing.
I don't think runners can understand the mystique that the sport is shrouded in to the rest of us. What is this "runner's high" you speak of? Is that what you call the burning sensation in your lungs?
The infuriating advice runners give to non-runners is: just go out and run. Hemingsley, who learned to run through sheer dogged stubbornness and not because she could just "go out and run," put together all her hard-earned lessons here so that other women don't have to go through that.
I read this on a whim to fulfill the audiobook category of the Read Harder challenge (super audio narration by the way, I highly recommend this version), never intending to actually run, but Hemingsley convinced me to give it yet another try.
She's like your best girlfriend with answers to your most embarrassing questions. As a woman with "cartoonish size" breasts in need of "hard-core scaffolding," Hemingsley reassures you that it IS possible to run and to like it, even for the bigger-busted woman. If you, like me, sometimes find yourself supporting the girls as you hustle up and down stairs, that might have been your single biggest barrier to running. Hemingsley says that as much as she loves her breasts, "they are willful and curious, always seeking a new direction to bounce around in, and ever-keen to seek attention on the Brighton seafront when I can least deal with the stares," but assures you that "even the most unruly breasts can be contained. Yes they can!"
She covers bra shopping, shoe shopping, thigh chafing, training, hydration, what-if-you-need-a-bathroom woes, marathons, runner's slump and runner's high, all while sharing the story of her own running journey and mistakes. She holds nothing back, including some of her darker moments and some mortifying ones. I laughed through this book.
This is how much this book has earned its five star rating from me: inspired by Hemingsley and some recent small runs I've done with the dog, I decided to forgo the gym this morning and downloaded a couch to 5k app on my phone instead. The weather was beautiful, I knew I had the stamina from my time at the gym, and Hemingsley reassured me I could do the actual running.
So out I went. I missed the first cue to run because the dog chose that moment to evacuate his bowels. Feces dealt with, I was ready for the second cue and I started off. Within 5 strides I caught my toe on a tree root and supermanned towards the dirt path. The dog was ecstatic and I was stunned to be on the ground. I found myself reacting like I do when my 4-year-old wipes out: "you're ok, it's ok, you're ok...wait SHUT UP you're doing that out loud!"
I shut up, got up, turned around and limped the two blocks home. I skinned both palms, both knees, one thigh, one forearm, one underboob and I consumed a lot of dirt nasally.
BUT! Thanks to Hemingsley's description of her wipeout in her first marathon, I didn't feel like the total asshat you would expect, and thanks to the rest of the book I'm still willing to give this a try. Just probably not until my knee stops throbbing. Five stars!...more
This book reminded me a lot of James Herriot. A rural setting, a medical professional going out for the call into uncertain weather and road conditionThis book reminded me a lot of James Herriot. A rural setting, a medical professional going out for the call into uncertain weather and road conditions. Each chapter is a standalone anecdote, but builds on the chapters before to give a real feeling for the place and time.
But....it's like Herriot without the charm and wit of Herriot, the amazing dialog, and the incredibly illustrated characters. If you've not read him yet, go start with Herriot.
I enjoyed this light read, which was exactly what I needed during a stressful personal time. But I can't tell if I like the book, or if I just like the setting (Hebridean Islands, Scotland) and the reminders of Herriot. It's essentially my book version of comfort food I think, so I can't necessarily recommend it, but I sure did like it. ...more
At this point I'm in the repetition game of dog training, where I just need to hear the same information over and over in a new way. So this book fulfAt this point I'm in the repetition game of dog training, where I just need to hear the same information over and over in a new way. So this book fulfilled that purpose for me, and while reading it I've gotten my dog to the point of walking on a loose leash when there are no distractions around (unfortunately "distractions" at this point still includes other family members). The book is a win for me in that sense. I also appreciated the tests in the first half that can help you determine your dog's intelligence (higher than expected), motivations (food food and more food), and learning style (fooooooooood).
The book also ties the training back into the dog's brain. Instead of expecting an automaton who does whatever you want without questioning, Cantrell teaches you to think about how your dog thinks about things, and to engage that part of your dog when training. She also highlights focusing on only ONE thing at a time. That should be obvious, but here I was working on "heel" and "come" during different training sessions. Once I focused only on "heel" we made much quicker progress.
I got a little tired of the "playSMART" references throughout, like it was this ground-breaking, copyrighted method (and I wouldn't be surprised if the term was copyrighted). But I wish she would have introduced her training method as playSMART and then not thrown it in every other sentence the rest of the book. The fact is, while I liked the presentation of ideas (other than the playSMART term), it's the same information I've been finding in the other dog training books I've read. It felt really....overbranded to hear over and over again "when you use the playSMART method" and I almost walked away from the book early on because of it. ...more
The more I read of what (little) we know of her and the more I see her work, the more fascinating I find Vivian Maier. Over 150,000 exposures that sheThe more I read of what (little) we know of her and the more I see her work, the more fascinating I find Vivian Maier. Over 150,000 exposures that she never shared with anyone. Why? The introduction to this title explains part of why this is so fascinating to us in a culture that goes for page hits and retweets:
"Vivian Maier's work is extraordinarily different in that it only needed to be made. What magic. A misfit genius."
She created her art just to make it. Nothing more. The self-portraits I found doubly fascinating because they are not about Maier herself. Rarely do we see any kind of expression at all on her face. Instead she's using herself, her own body, as a prop in her composition. Sometimes it's a shadow that draws your eye towards something, sometimes her figure allows you to see past and through the reflection of a window, sometimes it's a body that completes the composition. But it never seems to be about Vivian Maier. I've never seen "selfies" like this before. This was one of my favorites of her published collections....more
I find Mary Oliver to be a very accessible poet, and I love her nature and mindfulness themes. There were several poems here that made me stop, think,I find Mary Oliver to be a very accessible poet, and I love her nature and mindfulness themes. There were several poems here that made me stop, think, and immediately reread because the words were so perfect. However, the ones that didn't resonate with me really didn't resonate with me, more so than her other titles I've tried so I'm only rating this three stars.
The titular poem is my favorite, but I came away with several I would dog-ear from this slim volume.
-I woke -What I can do -Angels -Good morning -A little ado about this and that -The country of the trees -What gorgeous thing ...more
An interesting compilation and reflection of photographic history, this book still left a lot to be desired.
There were multiple errors in proofreadinAn interesting compilation and reflection of photographic history, this book still left a lot to be desired.
There were multiple errors in proofreading, such as referring to "the World War I." There were also factual errors that were, I suspect, again a result of poor proofreading. When referring to the failures in the field of aviation "until the arrival of Charles E. Lindbergh (1859-1924)" the book immediately goes on to talk about his flight in 1927. Perhaps they were trying to cite the dates of the aviation attempts, because Lindbergh's life actually spanned 1902-1974. Whatever they were trying to say, it was poorly done and I expect a lot better of any publication with National Geographic involved.
Additionally, as many other reviewers have noted, the photographs chosen to represent the events were often not only not the best, but were sometimes sub-par. The book seems to be aware of this, as the accompanying narration frequently refers to other, not included photographs. When discussing the Berlin Blockade, the text for the chosen photo refers to "Henry (Heinz) Reis's classic image of a group of children waving to a U.S. supply plane coming in to land at Tempelhof Airport) similar to the one shown here." It gave the sense, over and over, that we were not being shown the best photographs but just the ones that National Geographic and Getty Images already owned the rights to.
Finally, through no fault of the book in this case, it was an enormously depressing read with the majority of events depicting death and destruction brought by humans upon other humans. I also noticed that women were actively involved in only three of the events depicted (suffragette movement, Elizabeth Eckford at Little Rock, and the Challenger disaster). Other than that they were at best bystanders to events (Beatles audience or standing near famous husband) or more often victims (mother and child with the wreckage of Hiroshima, women and children corpses of Armenian genocide), or completely absent (see: everything else). I don't really know what to conclude about that, but it is interesting to me that so many turning points of history are so very violent, and that women are so very absent.
All in all, an interesting and fast read but not one that I would necessarily recommend when there are so many other photographic works of history available....more