Those who accuse D'Souza of oversimplification must have read the Sparknotes for this book. His ideas and theories are based on studies, history, clasThose who accuse D'Souza of oversimplification must have read the Sparknotes for this book. His ideas and theories are based on studies, history, classical literature, and yes, his own experiences as an immigrant to this country. Certainly, he could have written a doctoral thesis on the subject, but then the New York Times would not have reviewed it. This work brings to mind C.S. Lewis's MERE CHRISTIANITY ( which ironically makes me recall that D'Souza also has written a book titled WHAT'S SO GREAT ABOUT CHRISTIANITY?) in which Lewis brilliantly defends his beliefs in a convincing and intellectual way. D'Souza takes a balanced approach to the question his title puts forward, exposing the good, the bad, and the ugly, offering even Islamic terrorists reasons for understanding why the rest of the world digs the red, white, and blue....more
Come over to my house, and you will see shelves, corners, and floors stacked with all manner of make-your-home better books [ Martha Stewart ( followCome over to my house, and you will see shelves, corners, and floors stacked with all manner of make-your-home better books [ Martha Stewart ( follow her craft and garden advice...but dare NOT make one of her recipes...blech), Pottery Barn, and Real Simple. These books gladden my heart like nothing else. Do I practice what they preach?...Sometimes...maybe.... What they do is INSPIRE! It amazes me, as I flip through the pages, how modern woman has become her own cook, maid, make-up artist, stylist, home decorator, painter, crafter, gardener, etc. Back in the day, even households of modest means had to go outside of their locus of home to have an "expert" craftsman come to help them. There was a "pro" for everything little thing...even painting stencils on walls. Now, via books, HGTV, Food Network, or internet, the middle class family can do almost everything themselves. You should see the masonry work I designed for the hall bathroom! If I must say so myself, it rivals anything the Romans put out. Upper middle class families, especially in England, had some sort of household help. It's extraordinary to me, how women truly do what it took several pros or employees to do 100-200 years ago. Women drive themselves, keep their vehicles shiny and fueled. They cook and bake in expert ways. Their wardrobe is neat and organized...and they wash their own clothing. They do their hair before dinner, paint their walls, lay their own tile, choose, and in the case of my friend, Donna, MAKE their own furnishings, bathe and tend their own children, scrub their homes from top to bottom, plant and harvest gardens, and tuck themselves in at night. These books are a symbol to me of how industrious and skilled the modern woman is, and I love them....more
Another fantastic book by the glorious Woods! It is important to teach readers that when an author repeats something, it must be important. THE NAPPINGAnother fantastic book by the glorious Woods! It is important to teach readers that when an author repeats something, it must be important. THE NAPPING HOUSE repeats and builds the narrative, like "There Was an Old Woman". Most extraordinary are the illustrations, which give tone and animation, where the words do not. In addition, there are different "perspectives" in terms of the audience's visual view of what is occurring in the Napping House. Perspective is not only an important concept for art lovers, but for literature-files, as well. This book VISUALLY shows what perspective means. And the lighting for each illustration... Do not even get me started! Stupendous!...more
When I want to fall in love with my husband and life again, I take this book into my hands and devour it with my eyes, heart, and mind. It's a delicioWhen I want to fall in love with my husband and life again, I take this book into my hands and devour it with my eyes, heart, and mind. It's a delicious tale about finding our way back to the roots of who we are, and the innate beauty which is within each of our fellow human beings. Plus, it makes me giggle aloud.
" She was quite certain that it was a most proper thing to have a holiday, and altogether right and beautiful to spend one's own hard-collected savings on being happy."...more
I read this as a young teenager. Of course I cried, and since the story so deeply imprinted itself on my fragile youthful psyche, I just had to give iI read this as a young teenager. Of course I cried, and since the story so deeply imprinted itself on my fragile youthful psyche, I just had to give it a top rating, even though there is nothing about it which is particularly novel or brilliant as far as the art of writing goes. But, I have to say, for me, it was life-changing. I decided on a "path" because of this story....more