I wish I had come across this book when I first started riding- would have saved me a lot of trial and error. Still, a lot of good tips for training oI wish I had come across this book when I first started riding- would have saved me a lot of trial and error. Still, a lot of good tips for training on and off the bike. And I liked the section on the benefits of cycling such as relieving depression, PMS, and fatigue- so true....more
The illustration she used with her Sunday School kids about letting go. She gripped markers in her hands and then said, Now what happens whBest part-
The illustration she used with her Sunday School kids about letting go. She gripped markers in her hands and then said, Now what happens when we leave here for lunch and I need to take a drink from my juice box? Illustrating that when we are thirsty for God's love, we need to let go of the earthly things that are holding us back. I'll always remember to let go of the markers.
Her stance on abortion. Just doesn't fit with the rest of her faith. Lost credibility for me on other topics....more
A rare glimpse into the world of professional cycling in Belgium, this is a story that could only have been told by Joe Parkin, an American cycling inA rare glimpse into the world of professional cycling in Belgium, this is a story that could only have been told by Joe Parkin, an American cycling in Europe not for the glory but for the love of it. If you're interested at all in cycling beyond what is seen in the Tour de France then I would recommend this book. It definitely garnered a new found respect for these athletes, who in my opinion, push themselves beyond what any other sport requires.
However, it's a shame that this book wasn't better edited, because then it might reach a wider audience. Of course Joe Parkin is a cyclist, not a writer, but this is where a good editor steps in. The book lacked cohesiveness and at times seemed very random- anecdotes thrown in that didn't really have anything to do with anything, while some other things were glossed over. I wish there had been more emphasis placed on the cultural difference between the way Belgians regard cycling and Americans disregard it. It really won't appeal to anyone other than cyclists....more
Mitch Albom writes with such honesty and sincerity that it's like you're right there visiting with the Rabbi too. What Mr. Albom doesn't realize is thMitch Albom writes with such honesty and sincerity that it's like you're right there visiting with the Rabbi too. What Mr. Albom doesn't realize is that in his writing of these mentor figures, he becomes himself a mentor to the reader. Truly an amazing story of God's grace and how each of us, no matter what our beliefs are, or where we come from, or what God has pulled us through, can share this deep connection called faith. ...more
I am so glad to be finished with this book as it kept me awake at night and I need to get some sleep. This was an easy read, yet one of the toughest bI am so glad to be finished with this book as it kept me awake at night and I need to get some sleep. This was an easy read, yet one of the toughest books. Ever. It was easy in that I didn't want to put it down. The first 100 pages read more like a novel and I had to keep reminding myself that this nightmare was real. It really happened. And it was a nightmare come to life for all the students and faculty in that school on that day. Which was what made it so difficult.
What I learned from this book?
Well, for starters, though I've never been a big fan of the mainstream media, they are much more into "the story" rather than "the truth" than I ever imagined. I was quite impressed by Dave Cullen's ability to read through the witness' statements and see how the trauma of the event skewed their thinking vs. merely taking everything they said as gospel.
I also give Dave Cullen a lot of credit for spending 10 years studying this tragedy. I just spent 3 days with Eric Harris and I'm done. I never want to have think about him again. Although I know I will. Which brings me to another thing I learned. Eric Harris didn't just "snap" as we've come to think of school shooters. He was a psychopath and if the Columbine tragedy had not of happened, he would have very likely become some other sort of monster, a serial killer or terrorist. Not that that would be any sort of comfort to his victims. But it should release his parents from wrong doing. And I feel that the blame upon them is grossly misplaced. Were they perfect parents? Who is? Were there things they missed? Of course! But what parent would make the leap from, "hey my kid's getting into a bit of trouble here" to "I think he's planning to blow up his school"? I do wish they had granted Dave Cullen an interview. I think their insight would be helpful to other parents who maybe are dealing with some of the same issues.
Same goes with the Klebolds. Because another thing I learned, or I should say reminded of, is that teens are quite good at hiding things from their parents. Even depression and suicidal thoughts. Most parents would just chalk it up to normal teen angst, but where does this supposed "normal" teen angst cross the line? As a parent about to enter those tumultuous years, I would love to know what more the Klebolds had to say about their son. Because if all us parents are being honest, yea we watched the footage of Columbine and think of the victims and wonder if it could happen to our kids, but what we don't want to admit is that there's a part of us that wonders if our kid could be the one doing it. Eric and Dylan made their choices. And to blame the parents does a real disservice to society.
Enough about the killers. If I had any real criticism about the book (which who am I to say since I didn't spend 10 years doing the extensive research) it would be that not all of the victims were covered. Which, in all fairness to Mr. Cullen would probably add another 10 years of work. But I guess I really missed Rachael Scott as I had read the book about her not too long after it was released. She was an amazing person and if I remember correctly I thought she had been asked by either Eric or Dylan if she believed in God and she said yes, but maybe that was just another myth.
Another criticism has been the absence of pictures and diagrams. And I have to admit that bothered me at first too. But Dave Cullen explained that he wanted his writing to create its' own visual and I respect that. That and the fact that we've all seen the pictures and if you need a refresher they are pretty much all over the web and Dave Cullen has some on his website.
The pictures I didn't physically see that I can picture in my own mind and take away from this book are: Patrick Ireland dancing at his wedding, the "wall" of students and parents protecting their school from the media on their first day back, Dylan Klebold in his coffin surrounded by beanie babies, Frank D. (the principal) stepping up to speak to his students for the first time and collapsing in an all-consuming pile of emotions, only to be the one to finally tell those kids the truth, that this was just the beginning of a rough road ahead, the Eagle scout tending to Dave Sanders as he lies bleeding to death, the current Columbine students who have overcome the mystique of their school so much so that they found it more fascinating to be talking to a "journalist" from Denver rather than answer questions about the tragedy that had happened in their halls.
On April 20, 1999 I had been a mother for just less than 3 months. I remember holding my baby, riveted to the television screen and thinking how could this happen. Almost 11 years later I still don't completely understand. What human mind can comprehend such senselessness? But what I do know that I didn't know then, was that the events that transpired before me on that day in April were not even the beginning of the whole story. And I give a big thanks to Dave Cullen for bringing the whole story to light. I only hope that we, as individuals, as teachers, as parents, as a society, can learn from it.
My heart truly goes out to the victims, the victim's families, and to Eric's and Dylan's families. None of them deserved any of this....more
This is an essay that reads like a high school or college graduation speech. Actually, at first, that's what I thought it was. It would make a great gThis is an essay that reads like a high school or college graduation speech. Actually, at first, that's what I thought it was. It would make a great graduation gift... or a gift for a new mom, for the following section is what struck a chord with me as a mom:
"Sometime in the future, if you are young, you may want to be a parent. You will convince yourself that you will be a better parent than your parents and their parents have been. But being a good parent is not generational, it is deeply personal, and it all comes down to this: If you can bring to your children the self that you truly are, as opposed to some as amalgam of manners and mannerisms, expectations and fears that you have acquired as a carapace along the way, you will be able to teach them by example not to be terrorized by the narrow and parsimonious expectations of the world, a world that often likes to color within the lines when a spray of paint, a scribble of crayon, would be much more satisfying."
This one got me too:
"Someday, sometime, you will be sitting somewhere.... And something bad will have happened: You will have lost someone you loved, or failed at something at which you badly wanted to succeed. And sitting there, you will fall into the center of yourself. You will look for some core to sustain you. And if you have been perfect all your life and have managed to meet all the expectations of your family, your friends, your community, your society, chances are excellent that there will be a black hole where that core ought to be."
In a nutshell: Let go of the expectations you've allowed yourself and others and society to place on you, and embrace the wonder that is you, faults and all....more
I agree with some of the others that while this is a fun book to flip through it should be by no means be taken seriously as the definitive list of whI agree with some of the others that while this is a fun book to flip through it should be by no means be taken seriously as the definitive list of what you should read and I doubt this is what the editor had in mind. Actually if you read the introduction to the book he talks about this. He says, "It is a list that is anmiated by the spirit of the novel, by a love for what the novel is and does, but which nevertheless does not hope or aim to capture it, to sum it up, or put it to bed." You can look at each of these books on the list as a snapshot of an example of 'the novel'. I have no intention or desire to read all of these books, but there are some I've added to my to-read shelf. And of course we all have our opinions about books that have been left out. The Good Earth? not there. Anyway, check it out from the library and have fun with it....more
The first half (funny and interesting) was much better than the second half (self-indulgent and boring). Brought back a lot of memories. I've worked wThe first half (funny and interesting) was much better than the second half (self-indulgent and boring). Brought back a lot of memories. I've worked with the characters Bourdain describes. I would recommend the audiobook. Bourdain, in addition to being a deadpan laugh riot, reads very well. ...more