I read a digital copy of this book. It lacked the pictures the original contained. It also ended at page 61 whereas the original book (which can be foI read a digital copy of this book. It lacked the pictures the original contained. It also ended at page 61 whereas the original book (which can be found on openlibrary.org) continues on for quite some time besides .. reaching all the way to page 140. Copies of the work which include the images and full text are available at Open Library. ( https://openlibrary.org/books/OL71017...... -or- http://www.gutenberg.org/files/39592/... )
Firstly, let me say that it is a Gift Book. You can read more about this here: ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gift_book ) This particular book appears to have been a World War I relief book printed in 1914. As such, you can gleam in the stories some idea of the attitudes at the time of publication, which is interesting.
You will see value in the book as it contains quite a number of important authors of the day. (This, of course, is the purpose of a "Gift Book" which was sort of a yearly collection intended to be purchased as a Christmas Gift.)
One of the stories was written by a Sir Arthur Conan Doyle entitled "Bimbashi Joyce." This is a pleasant tale with a pleasing seeming moral to it. You might remember Sir Arthur from the Sherlock Holmes series. You may also be one of those who remember the Cottingley Fairies, about which he also published a work called "The Coming of the Fairies." He earnestly seemed to believed the pictures taken by the two young girls were real and argued as much. He made many long arguments and purported to be an "earnest seeker of truth." And yet, as time and history record, the girls involved, now adults, admitted many years later (1983) that Elsie had copied illustrations from "Princess Mary's Gift Book" (see, above, this book). The pictures she used as her inspiration (adding butterfly wings), putting on cutouts and fixing with hatpins to take pictures of can be seen ( https://archive.org/stream/princessma... ) as an illustration to Alfred Noyes' poem, "A spell for a fairy." (pg 101).
So, as you see, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was fooled by pictures taken of illustrations copied from a book in which one of his own stories had been published. Quaintly coincidental, don't you think? ...more
It is good to read one of the sources that inspired later renditions. I am depressed to hear some disrespecting the story because they have trouble wiIt is good to read one of the sources that inspired later renditions. I am depressed to hear some disrespecting the story because they have trouble with an older style of writting. Folks, this is the bedrock and foundation of the later tales which have been such a mine for later authors. (That is, grist for the mill.) This is that which inspired the later tales, if you can't see what inspired the authors of later ages, then perhaps you lack the deeper vision....more
When choosing a leader, we always kept in mind that humility provides clarity where arrogance makes a cloud. The last thing we wanted was to be lead bWhen choosing a leader, we always kept in mind that humility provides clarity where arrogance makes a cloud. The last thing we wanted was to be lead by someone whose judgment and actions were clouded by arrogance. ~~ The Lakota Way
The above quote lead me to find and read this book. The book contains entertaining tales of the fable or fairy tale style which illustrate the various qualities praised by the Lakota. These attributes are then discussed in a manner that does not become excessively long winded or tedious. Essentially, it is a book that collects the perspective and wisdom of a people with an outlook different from my own. I always find it rewarding to ruminate on wisdom. The book is worth reading. ...more
"Great is the power of steady misrepresentation; but the history of science shows that fortunately this power does not long endure." ~~ Charles Darwin"Great is the power of steady misrepresentation; but the history of science shows that fortunately this power does not long endure." ~~ Charles Darwin from "On the Origin of Species," 6th edition...more
Read the book in hardcopy format instead of electronic, so harder to come up with a good quote to share. That said, it seemed like a well written andRead the book in hardcopy format instead of electronic, so harder to come up with a good quote to share. That said, it seemed like a well written and researched book.
I would suggest that Holmes is actually a fictional character and so too much introspection into his mind may be slightly uncertain. Even so, the attempt at doing so does seem to provide some food for thought.
** Note: I've actually read the entire set of Sherlock Holmes stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, so the book might have had more meaning for me than some. ...more
It seemed to me that this book takes a somewhat favorable view of Booth. Not insofar as supporting any of his actions, but in describing him as handsoIt seemed to me that this book takes a somewhat favorable view of Booth. Not insofar as supporting any of his actions, but in describing him as handsome, intelligent, or otherwise describing him as a man committed to his beliefs.
Contrariwise, the Northern side contains more negative statements. Not unreasonable statements, but they did tend towards airing dirty laundry or demonstrating moments of weakness. Mrs. Lincon's obsessive spending, hysterics, social troubles. The Vice President's being drunk during his inauguration.
Other than seeming perhaps a bit romantically inclined toward Booth, the book seems well written and researched. Given my other reading, admittedly limited on this subject, I feel the author as treated the events thoroughly and accurately. It seems a book worth reading for some historical perspective. ...more
The brain's building plan was not drafted by the systematic methods of professional architects. instead, each brain uses a scheme that would drive conThe brain's building plan was not drafted by the systematic methods of professional architects. instead, each brain uses a scheme that would drive contractors crazy, with continuous remodeling due to changes in both genetic and environmental instructions while the project is still underway.
The description of troublesome forms of this pattern in DSM-IV begins with three signs of such turbulence: "Frantic efforts to avoid real or imagined abandonment"; "unstable and intense interpersonal relationships alternating between extremes of idealization and devaluation"; and "unstable self-images or sense of self." The picture, then, ins one of intense interpersonal needs, strong attachment, and fears of betrayal. Prone to loneliness, people with this pattern often seek comfort from sexual promiscuity and illegal drugs.
A good book for thinking about how people do their thinking. Worthwhile read, I think. Not to long, not too hard. ...more
An interestingly written and thoroughly researched book about morality. He characterizes reason and intuition as a person riding on the back of an el An interestingly written and thoroughly researched book about morality. He characterizes reason and intuition as a person riding on the back of an elephant. The elephant (Moral Emotions), in his opinion, chooses the course and asks reason to invent an explanation with which to sway other people and not the origin of the moral emotion responsible for which way the elephant 'leans.'
This may help understand the arguments of people who seem incapable of thinking objectively, but I also rather disagree with the sentiment of the author. I see the rational and reasoned side of human nature as what separates us from common beasts. People who only employ their reason as a sort of "press secretary" who attempts to convince other people of their perspective seems, to me, to be little more than animals that can talk. Certainly, they are not being "moral" as they are, in truth, being ruled only by their Passions and justifying their behavior.
I believe people, after feeling a Moral Emotion, should be capable of stopping and consulting Reason. If their initial inclination results in moral befuddlement, if what the elephant wants is not indeed fair, honest, and moral.. I believe it is the Rider's job to sway the elephant. It may be hard for Reason to sway the Passions, but the ability to do so defines our morality and makes us more than the rest of the animal kingdom.
Essentially, instead of describing the moral emotions and observing how often people are subject to the whims of their passions, it might do more good for the author to consider means and mechanisms by which we can improve the hold of Reason over Passions when it comes to defining our moral selves. ...more
I've always enjoyed the analytical nature of the good Sherlock Holmes. I have, to my great satisfaction, finally finished reading one of Arthur ConanI've always enjoyed the analytical nature of the good Sherlock Holmes. I have, to my great satisfaction, finally finished reading one of Arthur Conan Doyle's books. It is one thing to have appreciated the idea of a character and the portrayal in movies and television. It is another altogether to have read the original words of the original author.
Sherlock is quite an interesting fellow.. his adventures do not revolve solely around world-shattering impacts of maniacal plots and plans of the darkest villains. He often takes an interest in seemingly innocuous matters. I rather find that a refreshing change of pace from modern authors who seem to need worlds to tilt in order to create a book. ...more
A good book made into an HBO series. Not nearly as graphic as the HBO series with sex and whatnot. One of my favorite characters seems to be Tyrion. HA good book made into an HBO series. Not nearly as graphic as the HBO series with sex and whatnot. One of my favorite characters seems to be Tyrion. He has a number of memorable quotes. Like:
"Let me give you some counsel, bastard," Lannister said. "Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make ityour strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armor yourself in it and it will never be used to hurt you."
Jon was in no mood for anyone's counsel. "What do you know about being a bastard?"
"All dwarfs are bastards in their father's eyes." ...more
A book of stories, much akin to fairy tales, with questions for introspection suitable to children. Not being well versed with Hindu philosophy, I felA book of stories, much akin to fairy tales, with questions for introspection suitable to children. Not being well versed with Hindu philosophy, I felt as if I may not be fully appreciating the background morality for the tales but still enjoyed them. They seem instructional, however, and perhaps a quote in the forward can serve to provide insight.
"Seek to know thyself by means of thyself, keeping thy mind, intellect and senses, under control; for self is thy friend as it is also thy foe." ~~ Vidura
A suitable book to have my daughter read and write an essay regarding the questions from one of the stories, I think. ...more