This book was excellently researched and well written, but at the same time it made me extremely sad. I have been an active member since 2009 and have...moreThis book was excellently researched and well written, but at the same time it made me extremely sad. I have been an active member since 2009 and have met a lot of awesome people - readers, authors, bloggers, publishers - some that I have met in person (which have turned into good personal friends in real life), and others that I have not met yet, but we all share one thing in common - our LOVE of reading.
Reading is such a subjective thing, which is exactly why it's so wonderful. Everyone has an opinion and is entitled to it for better or worse. I don't think anyone's reviews should be censored or removed because it's considered "off-topic", or talks about an author in a negative way. Neither should someone have the administrative power to delete shelves, since the naming of this convention is a very personal matter.
Quite frankly, here in the United States, it's a violation of our first amendment rights. We have freedom of speech, and we should not take this liberty lightly. I'm glad to see that so many people have written in on this topic and together I believe we can make a difference by standing strong and making our collective voice heard.
It's certainly a 'Brave New World' out here on the interwebz and I'm not so sure I like or agree with it (which is why I'm not as active of a librarian as I once was), but I'm certainly glad for the chance to connect with others, share opinions (especially conflicting ones), and grow as a reader, thinker, and writer. I wouldn't of had the courage to get on the writing path, like I have recently without your support and encouragement, and for that I thank you all with tears in my eyes.
I am a little late to all of this, and it's amazing to me to see how in a blink of an eye everything has changed. In my real life I was hit by a car while walking, and it's been a long and slow recovery process. My lifeline has been reading my GR friends updates, reading good books in general, and writing in reflection on all that has happened.
I don't do a lot of social networking, and the stuff I do choose to put out there is chosen very carefully. I chose GR because it was a great way to keep track of my never ending to read list, discover new content that I probably would of never found otherwise, and to exercise my writing muscles. I don't want to leave GR because I still have some cool peeps to follow, but that number is getting smaller and smaller everyday, which makes me very sad and angry. However, if I do eventually decide to leave, I now know how to transfer my reviews into a document that I can take elsewhere, but I really hope It won't get to that point. I hope GR gets their collective heads out of their a$$e$ and realizes that losing good people is more detrimental to their business model then making a profit.
I won't hold my breath because I might turn blue in the process, but I thank you all for being your awesome selves, and letting me get up on my soapbox for a minute to share my thoughts on this subject. I'm done now. Please resume with your daily activities.(less)
Sam Irby is seriously funny yo! Check out the awesome article in Bitch Magazine's food issue, read her blog, and see her perform. It's an experience y...moreSam Irby is seriously funny yo! Check out the awesome article in Bitch Magazine's food issue, read her blog, and see her perform. It's an experience you will never forget. I especially recommend this to anyone who has ever experienced a digestive problem or has been in and out of our lovely hospital system.(less)
Flow is a state of concentration so focused that it amounts to absolute absorbtion in an activity.
The quote above, is in essence, what this book is a...more Flow is a state of concentration so focused that it amounts to absolute absorbtion in an activity.
The quote above, is in essence, what this book is about. Everyone experiences flow from time to time and will recognize it's characteristics: feeling strong, alert, in effortless control, unselfconscious, and at a peak of their abilities. This book reveals how this pleasurable state can, in fact be controlled, and not left to chance, by setting ourselves challenges - tasks that are neither too difficult nor too simple for our abilities. With such goals, we learn to order the information that enters conciousness and thereby improve the quality of our lives.
Sounds too good to be true, right? I thought so too, so before my accident I had started to catalogue the things I enjoyed doing that matched the definition of flow. These activities for me are: making art (any kind and includes coloring), writing, reading, cross-fit, cooking, sky-diving. Then after my accident, I started doing some of the execises to improve myself and found the effects profound. I re-read the section entitled, Cheating Chaos, and found that like a lot of other people interviewed for this book, that after a life changing event, they too felt like it had a more positive and beneficial effect than a negative one. I'm hoping to continue to challenge myself with these exercises, in order to harness the flow in every day activities, to make even the most borning and mundane activity, more beneficial for myself.(less)
This is a very timely book. As a nanny for several 3 to 5 year old girls, this book had great discussion points on the causes and effects of...more3.5 stars
This is a very timely book. As a nanny for several 3 to 5 year old girls, this book had great discussion points on the causes and effects of the girly-girl, princess, and online marketing industries; offers well researched advice, and personal anecdotes on how to help guide them through these challenging times without losing track of who they really are, as well as, helping them find their very own happily ever afters.
However, as a woman who has read a lot of feminist books, I found it to be a bit lacking, since it doesn't offer anything new.
All in all, a decent fast paced read with a likable, believable, and familiar voice that mainstream moms, dads, teachers, and babysitters can relate to and get something out of for sure, and this can prove more helpful then no questioning or criticism on the subject at all.
Even though Cheryl is woefully unprepared to hike the Pacific Crest Trail, I liked how honest her writing was about those memories.
I liked her detailed writing about the trail itself, the people she met along the way, how and why she chose to change her last name to 'Strayed', the wonderful books she read to keep her company, and her mishaps along the way that helped transform her into the person she is today.
My favorite mishap was when Cheryl loses her boots over the edge of the mountain and has to hike in casts made of duct tape until she can get to her next box. This story reminded me of my own loss of shoes when I was in Utah, going white water rafting for a week, with my dad and brother. The first night on the water we stopped at these amazing cliffs and our guides told us we could jump off of them as long as we had good shoes and life vests on. I didn't hesitate to have this experience and when I hit the water one of my good Teva Mary Janes was missing. It sank to the bottom and the current took it away. After that the only shoes I had left were my Teva flip flops, which weren't good for the boat - too slippery, nor hiking. Somehow I managed to survive and enjoy myself, but when we returned to civilization, the first thing I had to do was spend some money on a nice pair of shoes. I purchased a pair of Keens which I still have to this day and they were totally worth the money.
I also need to read some of the books Cheryl read on the PCT trail like:
- 'The Dream Of A Common Language' By: Adrienne Rich - 'Complete Stories' By: Flannery O'Connor - 'A Summer Bird-Cage' By: Margaret Drabble - 'The Best American Essays 1991' Edited By: Robert Atwan and Joyce Carol Oates - 'The Ten Thousand Things' By: Maria Dermout
All in all, a must read if you like tales of travel, wilderness, and transformation. I am looking forward to reading another book by Cheryl Strayed in the future.(less)
PERSONAL NOTE: So, in case you didn't know, I have moved over to BL. However, since a ton of GR's are over there now, they have this cool new feature...morePERSONAL NOTE: So, in case you didn't know, I have moved over to BL. However, since a ton of GR's are over there now, they have this cool new feature that allows you to automatically update your GR account as you update your BL account. I have to say it's pretty nifty, since it allows you to be in two places at once. Don't take my word for it though, check it out for yourself. _________________________________ Best Book On Career Transition I Have Ever Read!
In 2013, I made the executive life decision to leave the corporate world, in order to pursue my artistic goals. I had outgrown my position and there was no where else for me to move up within the company, so I gave my three months notice. Since I was the only person in my position, I wanted to make sure that I gave the higher ups enough time to hire someone new and get them trained. I felt like I left on a good note.
I knew that following my artistic passions was going to be a hard and rocky road. However, with the help of this book, I feel like I have been given a tool box that has helped me to cultivate my abilities, in order to use my whole self, best skills, and have what this book refers to as 'emotional employment'.
I really enjoyed reading this book and doing the writing exercises. My favorite, and most valuable writing exercise was, writing my career narrative. This gave me the power to transform, re-organize my relationship to the information, and allowed me to accept my past a bit better. I realized that every step I have taken so far has given me the skills needed to be able to succeed on my own.
Other take-aways from this book that I learned were:
* My real passion wasn't what I was doing for a job. * Fear sometimes holds me back, but I can't let it. * Some of my dreams are more conscious than others. * The difference between leading and managing is important. I like to lead, but really hate managing others. * Making a commitment to finding myself, as well as work that expresses myself is a powerful decision, with tremendous potential, but great care must be taken to re-learn new messages about my self worth, in order to grow authentically.
I have also taken the time to cultivate my intuitive guidance system; by turning up the volume on that little voice, as well as, have a care system in place for all my negative inner critics that keep popping up.
I feel like I have just started my journey and am excited to see where it will go in 2014. I wouldn't of been able to feel confident in this journey without the help of this book, and all of the podcasts that I have listened to this past year. I also feel like my accident at the end of this year was important, as it gave me the space to re-start everything, and get all my ducks lined up for further success next year. (less)
Well researched, wonderfully poetic, and at times (the essays on Sex and Dirt) quite fierce and funny all at the same time. Even if you don't agree wi...moreWell researched, wonderfully poetic, and at times (the essays on Sex and Dirt) quite fierce and funny all at the same time. Even if you don't agree with everything Laura Kipnis has to say in this short, but gripping tome, I think it's an interesting social commentary that everyone in our post modern world should read. We've definitely made progress, but there's still a lot more progress that needs to be made, and maybe a good place to start is looking within ourselves.
I am intrigued to hear her lecture at Elmhurst College on Narcissism: A Defense once it's rescheduled, (It was originally supposed to take place March 5, but we had a big snow storm so it was cancelled) as I like that she speaks her mind no matter what.(less)
While a great piece of photo journalism, I was disappointed in the fact that there wasn't much philosophical debate on what the the pleasures and sorr...moreWhile a great piece of photo journalism, I was disappointed in the fact that there wasn't much philosophical debate on what the the pleasures and sorrows at work are, and what one can do to maximize happiness and not get bogged down in the sorrows. This book was very different, but I think fans of Alain De Botton will get something out of it, even if it's not an in depth philosophical discussion that one might be looking for.(less)