99 years of hockey history told by #99, "The Great One", Wayne Gretzky. Gretzky retraces the early days of hockey in North America, from the debated o99 years of hockey history told by #99, "The Great One", Wayne Gretzky. Gretzky retraces the early days of hockey in North America, from the debated origins of the game to the very modern technology of player equipment and training styles.
I've followed hockey closely for nearly 18 years. Unfortunately, this was the exact time that Gretzky retired from the NHL, so I was not able to see him play live, but have seen many clips, snippets, documentaries, and a few alumni events where he laced up again. The book reiterates that Wayne may be the most gracious and humble of sports superstars - always crediting the strength of the team, the coaching, the training and equipment, and the decades of history before him.
His greatest accolades are for Gordie Howe, whom he idolized at a very young age...
...but he spends pages and pages of this history on many players and coaches who you may never have heard of or read about, but who changed the game and the way it was played.
I enjoyed the early history before the League was formed, and the later recounting of early Original 6 days. I liked the in-depth histories of the players who represented cultural shifts in the game - the first black and First Nations players.
Some chapters focus on specific teams and their players and staff, while others focus on movements or tournaments. In this way, the book is not chronological and shifts through 99 years of history rapidly. He usually reorients the reader, but it can be a pretty quick time shift in some cases.
The latter half of the book focuses more specifically on Gretzky's time in the NHL, as well as in team and Olympic management. There is very little about his stats and plays; instead, he lauds the players around him, the coaches and strategists he worked with, and the strong hockey cultures of several cities and teams. The Canada Cup series stories of the 80s and early 90s were quite fun to listen to - both in the talk about the Russian players and the rise of American players. Several of the players in this era are ones I am more familiar with for their later play. It's always fun to hear funny side stories about bus trips, dinners out, and all the things that happen off the ice.
After finishing the audiobook, we spent some time watching old YouTube clips and looking up some of the old photos, and that really enriched the whole experience! It gives me a greater appreciation for the game I've enjoyed and followed (and traveled to many arenas to watch in person!) for years. It made me admire Gretzky even more.
A must for any fan of hockey and sports history.
--- Read for 1) my love of hockey and 2) the Book Riot 2017 "A book about sports" category...more
"There is a difference between accumulating knowledge and discovering wisdom... Wisdom emerges in the space around words, as much as from language it
"There is a difference between accumulating knowledge and discovering wisdom... Wisdom emerges in the space around words, as much as from language itself."
3.5 stars for Epstein's hybrid psychotherapy/Buddhist meditation guide. I appreciated many of the anecdotes and the stories of work with different patients, though I found some of the topics and stories straying from the original thesis of the book. It's a book particularly suited for beginners or those wanting to return to fundamentals of meditation practice.
Relating to the title itself and a story that Epstein shares near the end of the book, I had to smile and laugh as something so similar to what he describes happened to me just last week. In a blissful (and what I felt like was a very present state!) I took my car into the shop. I handed the attendant my keys, signed for the rental car to use for the day. Of course, once I drove home to start preparing for work, I realized that I had inadvertently given him my house key as well. This sort of situation has been known to send me into a tizzy of anger and [possibly] tears... but, taking a breath, laughing at myself and my "present mind", and simply realizing what should happen next served me a lot better than reactionary emotions. In an eerily similar situation (except he looked himself out of his car), Epstein came to the same realization - things will sometimes "go to pieces", but YOU don't have to "fall apart" in the process. For some, this comes so naturally... and for others, it takes practice and patience.
May our cities be redesigned to include more trees and windows providing a greater sense of sunrise, sunset, and seasons. May playing in nature not be
May our cities be redesigned to include more trees and windows providing a greater sense of sunrise, sunset, and seasons. May playing in nature not be regarded as idle. May our health plans cover green holidays to parks and wildernesses as some Scandinavian plans already do. May our schools teach us to marvel at our humble origins and the minute stuff of the cosmos, and the fascinating life forms we have nonetheless become. May many people have the opportunity to behold the planet from space, and return with a fuller sense of what 'home' means. At least once, may madcap roosters serenade us at dawn.
As a teenager, I discovered Ackerman's A Natural History of the Senses at a used bookstore - since that time years ago, I have returned to Ackerman's lyrical prose again and again (luckily, she keeps writing!) Dawn Light came at an interesting time - one where I was truly experiencing these precious pre-dawn and dawn hours in the beautiful city of Vancouver, BC. Daily walks back and forth between locations gave me "time on the ground" in the urban wilderness. ...more
The last time Susan Faludi spoke to her father, he was violently assaulting a man who was dating her mother after their separation. That was 27 yearsThe last time Susan Faludi spoke to her father, he was violently assaulting a man who was dating her mother after their separation. That was 27 years ago. Fast forward: a photo postcard arrives, soon followed by an email entitled "Changes". Her long-estranged father has returned to Hungary, country of birth, but also the same country that forced their family into exile and murdered thousands of others who shared their religion and culture... oh, and he recently had sex reassignment surgery and is now Steffi Faludi.
In 2004, Susan decides to forge a new relationship with the woman she never knew: her father. She travels to Budapest, city of ghosts and secrets, and memories of her family. In this phenomenal story, we become acquainted with Steffi through her various identities and roles: father, husband, son, Holocaust survivor, professional photographer, Hungarian, world traveler, and finally Stefanie, a septuagenarian trans woman.
Faludi delves into her father's life with care, but also with brutal honesty. There is the larger narrative history of Hungary, history of trans/genderqueer rights, feminism, and then through the personal lens of one incredible but imperfect person, searching for identity, belonging, and ultimately acceptance for the true self.
One of the things that struck me again and again about this book was Faludi's sensitivity for gendered pronouns - she immediately adopted "she/her" for Steffi, while simultaneously calling her Father/Dad. There is even deeper layer of meaning to this point when Faludi states that Magyar, the Hungarian language, has no gendered pronouns,. Her consistency in language is laudable, and really quite amazing, considering the scope and timelines of this story.
Watts glamoured me yet again on a long plane trip! Very fitting subject matter as well- "Power of Space" - as we were all hurdling so quickly throughWatts glamoured me yet again on a long plane trip! Very fitting subject matter as well- "Power of Space" - as we were all hurdling so quickly through space and time zones.
Similar to the layout of Four Ways to the Center - this is a collection of 4 lectures, the first three focusing on space, no-thing, and Watt's philosophy, and the fourth on "reincarnation" and rebirth, moving away from conventional definitions of such.
Some quotes to share (transcribed from oratory, excuse run-ons, non-punctuation, etc.)
[On the structure of space] "Is it a structure of the human nervous system/human brain/ human thought which is projected on the external world as a tool for measuring it?"
"Your mind, of course, is not something inside of your head. This is a great mistake. Your head is inside of your mind... We can define a person's mind in many ways, beginning with something rather simple: mind is occupied with thinking. Most people think in words, and you didn't get words out of your head, you got them out of the community in which you live and were brought up. So when you think in a language that your community gave you, you are not really thinking your own thoughts."
"In order to handle the world [you see], you have to touch it rather gently. You mustn't try to pin things down. In Zen, they say 'You do not try to drive a nail into the sky'. That's the beauty of space: there is nothing to hang on, nowhere to hang your hat."
"The result of thinking too much: getting accustomed to the warm ruts of thought. You can never see 'the new'. This is the real meaning of an open mind - not merely that you are liberal, but that you can turn off thoughts [and prejudice], and thus be turned on to reality."