The Italian life ... food; olives, cheeses, wine, etc... Beautiful descriptions and detail of renovationing an old villa. The property sounds like a gThe Italian life ... food; olives, cheeses, wine, etc... Beautiful descriptions and detail of renovationing an old villa. The property sounds like a garden paradise, and I am jealous of not being able to live there. The hardwork paid off; it was motivational and left me with a contagious desire to find a country home to refurbish and relax in. Must be nice to have time for a life like this....more
Climbing Everest had to be an obsession, a pretty strong one. Even with all the difficulties and pain the climbers went through, they kept pressing onClimbing Everest had to be an obsession, a pretty strong one. Even with all the difficulties and pain the climbers went through, they kept pressing on. I wondered what they would do once they reached the top. There wasn't much description of what they saw from this pinnacle. In fact once Krakauer made it, he merely 'tagged the base' and turned around. Krakauer did cover the feelings well .. he lets you into his head; describing his impressions of the other climbers and the Sherpas. When the storm blew up and snuffed the life from several struggling to descend. I thought was it worth it? I guess I'll never understand why anyone would want to suffer like that with frostbite and hypoxia. I would have wanted to stay on top longer, or had more to say about being up there. All-in-all this book had me hooked, as far as wondering what happened to those who lost their lives. Knowing that several didn't make it back alive, had me feeling anixous for them and the moves they made. It was like knowing something bad would happen to them, but unable to stop them before it was too late. I feel sympathy for Krakauer, and the survivor's guilt he endures. ...more
This books tells about the atrocities faced daily by North Korean prisoners, through the first-hand experiences of a survivor. Yong Kim's life has cerThis books tells about the atrocities faced daily by North Korean prisoners, through the first-hand experiences of a survivor. Yong Kim's life has certainly been full of ups and downs! When I say downs, I mean DOWNS!! As a war orphan, he was adopted by a high profile political family and had very privileged upbringing. As an adult he held the position of lieutenant colonel with the Korean National Security Police. When he was recommended for promotion his family background is researched, and he is arrested after it is discovered that his birth father was an American spy.
It is truly a miracle that Kim makes it out alive despite all the beatings, and severe starvation he withstood. The treatment of prisoners was unspeakable and appalled me. When he decided to escape, I was on pins and needles … anxious to see him make it. This is an amazing story that proves the strength of human spirit....more
Randy Pausch literally gives his "last lecture" at Carnegie Mellon University. He was a professor of computer science, diagnosed with terminal pancreaRandy Pausch literally gives his "last lecture" at Carnegie Mellon University. He was a professor of computer science, diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. Despite the unfortunate hand fate dealt him, he remained upbeat and thought this lecture would be a chance to leave a message to his young children, as well as his colleagues and students. The topic of the lecture was "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams." He spoke about his own dreams and how grateful he was for his family and friends who helped him realize these dreams. Then he spoke about how to enable others to reach their goals and dreams.
One recurring point throughout was dealing with "brick walls" that seem to get in the way of our dreams. There is always a way around the wall ... determination to stay on track, believing in ourselves, and accepting help from others will bring our dreams to life.
Randy's words are inspirational and motivating. His life was a legacy of learning and sharing....more