The other day I realized I didn't know all of Aesop's Fables. CertaThese moral lessons were my bible.
...when I wasn't made to learn my bible as a kid.
The other day I realized I didn't know all of Aesop's Fables. Certainly I've read a few and heard many more, but I'd never sat down and read the whole thing. So I rectified that.
Now I can see why some of the lesser known fables are lesser known. Not every one of these often-anthropomorphic tales of animals wise and woeful is a winner. None are terrible, but every once in a while one of them doesn't quite resinate.
A Cock is walking around the farm and sees a pearl. He excitedly picks it up. The other cocks laugh. "You may have a treasure," one says, "but I'd rather have corn any day."
Moral: The ignorant despise what is precious only because they cannot understand it.
However, most of them knock the moral lesson right out of the park and make for a solid basis of wisdom with which to live a decent life by.
The Tortoise and the Hare - Slow and steady wins the race. The Crow and the Pitcher - Use your wits. Belling the Cat - Saying you'll do something is one thing, doing it is quite another. The Ants and the Grasshopper - Work before play. The Young Crab and His Mother - Lead by example.
There's others about humility and being a good person to your fellow man, but I'm not awake right now and can't seem to find them online. Trust me, they're there. ...more
I found this, surprise surprise, at the local Christian charity shop. Was it worth my quarter just so I could maOh good lord! That name! It's AWESOME!
I found this, surprise surprise, at the local Christian charity shop. Was it worth my quarter just so I could make fun of Wigglesworth's name here on GR? You bet it was!
I don't trust a man with two first names. But a guy with two last names?! I was thrown for a loop! "Smith," who gives their kid Smith as a first name? Maybe the parent's were like, "Fnck it, he's already screwed with Wigglesworth. Might as well make it completely ridiculous."
I tried to read Faith That Prevails, I really did, but lord have mercy, I have a hard time stomaching the Jesus and God stuff. And I'm Catholic! I think I'll just return this. Some lost soul looking for salvation will get better use out of it than I....more
"Aw geez, what's this?" I wondered as I breezed through the shambles they call "book shelves" at the local thrift store. For some very obvious reasons"Aw geez, what's this?" I wondered as I breezed through the shambles they call "book shelves" at the local thrift store. For some very obvious reasons, my mind read the title as Uncle Max's Dirty Secret. Why? Because, like the clown, uncles are much maligned these days.
I bought Alma Marshak Whitney's book for a variety of reasons:
1. At 35 cents it was cheap and I'm in need of cheap reads for my niece when she comes over to visit.
2. There aren't too many books out there about uncle and niece relationships, and I was looking for a book on the subject with a positive message.
3. If nothing else, I could bash the sh!t out of it on Goodreads for being another creepy uncle book! So I readied my bandolier of jokes and prepared for hilarity!
I pre-read this before reading it with my niece, because I needed to make sure Uncle Max's secret wasn't that he prefers to go to the park sans pants or that we learn the reason why he only grows knobby cucumbers in his garden.
As it turns out, this is a perfectly tame book. It's an immigrant story with a warm and wholesome relationship between an old man who can't read (<-- That's Uncle Max's secret. Yup, I just dumped a whole can of spoil all over this one for you...You're Welcome!) and his helpful, concerned niece.
It's rather subdued and not a lot happens, but this might be a good read if you think your kids can sit through about 30 pages (with illustrations) just to learn a few lessons like adults have secrets, hard work is important, kindness, and loving people regardless of their dirty dirty embarrassing shame....I guess I have something to learn still....more
This is the story of Americans and part-Americans in Paris, as well as in Europe in general, during WWII, not to mention leading up to the war, and inThis is the story of Americans and part-Americans in Paris, as well as in Europe in general, during WWII, not to mention leading up to the war, and in some cases well before the war.
Was that a clunky sentence? I'm afraid it mirrors my reading experience of Americans in Paris: Life and Death under Nazi Occupation 1940-1944 by Charles Glass.
It's a compilation of biographies of the more well-known or at least well to do Americans who decided to stay in France after the German occupation. Their individual sympathies run the gamut from Nazi sympathizers to fighters alongside La Résistance. Reading of their histories or hearing from their own words what it was like was the book's strong point for me. Unfortunately, most of the stories are about the upper class, the rich, and at best the intellectuals. Not much is heard the lower classes. I would've liked to have caught a glimpse of their diaries. But as with nearly all histories, this one too sticks with the big names, if you will.
That's all right. There's plenty of intrigue herein to keep most people with an ingrained interest glued to the page. Those of a political mind will get something out of Glass' sections on the Vichy government, the German-collaborate interim French government.
Consummate journalist Glass does a good job of giving the reader a chance to empathize with those who were on the fence with the German occupation, those who worked with the Germans in order to keep important French institutions operational until the liberation. It could not have been easy. The book has also been well-crafted so that readers are left wondering, as the world was, regarding the allegiance of a few of the notable fence-sitters.
Charles Glass earned his stripes as a war correspondent:
One of Glass's best known stories was his 1986 interview on the tarmac of Beirut Airport of the crew of TWA Flight 847 after the flight was hijacked. He broke the news that the hijackers had removed the hostages and had hidden them in the suburbs of Beirut, which caused the Reagan administration to abort a rescue attempt that would have failed and led to loss of life at the airport. Glass made headlines in 1987, when he was taken hostage for 62 days in Lebanon by Shi'a militants. He describes the kidnapping and escape in his book, Tribes with Flags. - Wikipedia
So I bow to his knowledge and ability. My low-ish rating of Americans in Paris has little to with him and a good deal to do with the subject. I was hoping for more detail on the Resistance fighting. We get only a light smattering: a mention of rooftop fighting or a young French man shooting a German soldier in the streets. But this is not that book. So take my rating with a grain of salt. This quite good book just wasn't the book for me....more