Several people mentioned this book on the 'books that changed my life thread' that I thought I would give it a gander. I seem to be on a streak of reaSeveral people mentioned this book on the 'books that changed my life thread' that I thought I would give it a gander. I seem to be on a streak of reading books by crackpots: ([return][return]I can see where this highly organized system for running your life might cause problems with someone who was already OCD. But still I'm a bit miffed I wasn't given something like this in my high school senior Study Skills class.[return][return]David Allen's system covers the nuts & bolts that Steven Covey left out of the 'Highly Effective Habits'. This is a curious mix of Zen and Taylorism. [return][return]Is this the answer to adrenal burnout? I plan to incrementally try a few things from this book. When I'm too the point that I can efficiently get the icky jobs over with ASAP I'm hoping that will leave me time to dawdle over the tasks I love to do.[return][return]No where did he say to be sure to put 'downtime' in your schedule. I'm wondering if he thinks that if you do things his way you won't need it?...more
SO during our skiing holiday I was locked in a room with only one book. It was Stephen Covey's The 7 habits of Highly Effective People. Once again I aSO during our skiing holiday I was locked in a room with only one book. It was Stephen Covey's The 7 habits of Highly Effective People. Once again I am probably the last person on the planet to have read this popular book.[return][return]"natural laws cannot be broken. It is impossible for us to break the law. We can only break ourselves against the law.'"[return][return]How many times have I seen this with fitness and nutrition? People trying to coerce their body into doing something it is incapable of. So much better to work with you body's natural laws to coax it into doing what you want it to, to the best of it's ability. I also got two more of his books. After reading 'First things first', I keep asking myself, 'am I trading doing something good for doing something better?'[return][return]I find it depressing that these books expounding boyscout virtues had to be written at all. Don't people already know this stuff?[return][return]Favorite quotes:[return][return]Suppose you ve been having trouble with your eyes and you decide to go to an optometrist for help. After briefly listening to your complaint, he takes off his glasses and hands them to you.[return] Put these on, he says. I ve worn this pair of glasses for ten years now and they ve really helped me. I have an extra pair at home; you can wear these. [return]So you put then on, but it only makes the problem worse.[return] This is terrible! you exclaim. I can t see a thing! [return] Well what s wrong? he asks. They work great for me. Try harder. [return] I am trying, you insist. Everything is a blur. [return] Well, what s the matter with you? Think positively. [return] Okay. I positively can t see a thing. [return] Boy, are you ungrateful! he chides. And after all I ve done to help you! [return]What are the chances you d go back to that optometrist the next time you needed help? Not very good, I would imagine. You don t have much confidence in someone who doesn t diagnose before he or she prescribes.[return]But how often do we diagnose before we prescribe in communication?...more
Dan does it again. From my viewpoint this offered up a weird alternative to Buddhism. Mr. Simmons always manages to draw together many disparate subjeDan does it again. From my viewpoint this offered up a weird alternative to Buddhism. Mr. Simmons always manages to draw together many disparate subjects into an inter-genre riveting story....more
This was more like a bunch of short stories. There was no foreshadowing in the beginning to warn you what came next. I like books that circle back onThis was more like a bunch of short stories. There was no foreshadowing in the beginning to warn you what came next. I like books that circle back on themselves and/or have a secret/mystery revealed somewhere. This one didn't have that....more
This tale of a teenage survival course, in space, in the future is riveting. Everywhere you go there is going to be some big scary monster that you'reThis tale of a teenage survival course, in space, in the future is riveting. Everywhere you go there is going to be some big scary monster that you're going to have to contend with. Or a small vicious monster.
(Feb 2013) I re-read this on holiday and found it just as enchanting as the first time(s) I've read it. It's so funny! And there are courageous girls! What more do you want?...more
Reminded me a bit of 'NY KItchen Confidential.' The story of how exploitive classical music is was a bit of a yawn. The whole idea of specializing inReminded me a bit of 'NY KItchen Confidential.' The story of how exploitive classical music is was a bit of a yawn. The whole idea of specializing in high school (!) I find apalling. People need a broad education, how in the world can you know what you'd like to do if you haven't sampled many different subjects?[return][return]The story of how she reinvents herself at 35 is captivating....more
I have 30 page markers in this book so I m not really sure where to start- how about with Jean Kilbourne s losing her sense of humor under the barrageI have 30 page markers in this book so I m not really sure where to start- how about with Jean Kilbourne s losing her sense of humor under the barrage of inappropriate ads for booze, cigarettes, junk food and cars?[return][return]Her premise is that advertisers deliberately make us slightly unhappy with out bodies, appearance and our lives and then offer up a product that they say will solve the problem but in the end only makes it worse. She certainly has a point. America does have a culture of excess where there is never enough. And this leads to pathology. I couldn t agree more with her admonition to make sure our children are media literate.[return][return]Provocative quotes;[return][return] women live in a state of subliminal terror, a state that according to Mary Daly, keeps us divided both from each other and from our most passionate, powerful, and creative selves. [return][return]And;[return][return] Jackson Katz, who writes and lectures on male violence, often begins his workshops by asking men to describe the things they do every day to protect themselves from sexual assault. The men are surprised, puzzled, sometimes amused by the question. The women understand the question easily and have no trouble at all coming up with a list of responses. [return][return]Kilbourne gives voice to all my vague unease from the overly sexual music videos and too violent movies. These things have become main-stream and accepted, her word is normalized mine would be inured. Adopting these inappropriate values causes women to be objectified, men to be unable to express themselves, and can lead to addiction.[return][return]I don t believe the true root of the problem is advertisers- they re in business to make money just like everybody else. The true root of them problem is worshipping the almighty dollar above everything else....more
A horrifying glimpse into the train wreck relationship between the CIA and FBI immediately before 911. Hindsight is 20/20 they say. After reading the A horrifying glimpse into the train wreck relationship between the CIA and FBI immediately before 911. Hindsight is 20/20 they say. After reading the briefing at the end that said, ‘something horrible is going to happen soon, somewhere’ - I can see why Bush didn’t immediately shake billions of dollars free to buy gas masks/radiation burn kits for the entire population of New York City.
Now that Clinton is out of office his brilliance is really beginning to come to light, the story of him here is no different - he was shown to be clever, erudite and very, very effective in wielding his power as president - Bush Jr. was not.
Clark clearly explains many concepts that have been heavily obfuscated and poorly (slantedly) written about in the media. Like al Qaeda, the Taliban, bin Laden the US invasion of Iraq.
Clark’s plea for preparedness is a bit hypocritical I think. It reminds me of all those bomb shelters that were built in the cold war. Of course Clark would see everything from his perspective of being the terrorism prevention/rediness Czar - but isn’t it a bit hypocritical to ask for the country to go further into debt for a ‘maybe/someday’ threat? Kind of like invading a country for a ‘maybe/someday’ capability to produce weapons of mass destruction.
I love Martha Beck. Sometimes I feel like she's in my head doing my thinking for me. She is definitely one of the five people living or dead, fictionaI love Martha Beck. Sometimes I feel like she's in my head doing my thinking for me. She is definitely one of the five people living or dead, fictional or real that I would invite to dinner!...more
Reminded me a bit of Kurt Vonnegut's writing in that you laughed while reading it but couldn't remember anything after you finished the book because tReminded me a bit of Kurt Vonnegut's writing in that you laughed while reading it but couldn't remember anything after you finished the book because there was no plot to hang any details on. Could have been titled, 'a heartbreaking work of staggering goofiness.' Kinda lost steam at the end. I got tired of the bag lady's perspective and the street guy's 'biblical' style musings. The writer is an improv comedian and it shows. Sometimes it was so funny you'd pee your pants and other time it's just elicited a giant 'duh.'[return][return]Arlene mused, alcohol will help us create a consensual reality in which all of us here believe we're entertaining, intelligent people who really like each other.[return][return]But now she thinks that she's been writing to prepare herself and protect herself, that deep inside her she is, was, and always will be a creature that wants to hold things together, to prevent change, especially when things are good.[return][return][return][return]The following was a very funny thing to read after 5 years of skiing lessons and while on a skiing holiday;[return][return][return][return]"To survive, the human brain is programmed to see clear, smooth causes and effects. How else could we survive? We need to see the patterns, learn to identify the footprints of predator and prey, see where they lead, and react accordingly. We need to predict the predictable so that we can handle the unpredictable."[return][return][return][return]Yup.[return][return][return][return]And on the interconnectedness of all things;[return][return][return][return]Now we were watching helplessly as his fork casually roamed the table, dipping into our plates, casually snagging bits of salad and pasta primavera without asking our permission. Apparently, the doctor's new thoughts about the fundamental interconnectedness of all things had erased his ability to differentiate between "his" and what was "not his." If he'd ever had that ability.[return][return][return][return]"God died a cartoon death, you know."[return][return][return][return]"Look, God cheerfully led us to science, right past the cliff's edge of his own plausibility. Then, sometime in the middle of the nineteenth century, he looked down, saw he was standing on empty air, did one last double take to the camera, and plummeted to his death. If there ever was a deus ex machina, the machina was built by the ACME Corporation."...more
It's funny how similar this is to many currently popular sci-fi fantasy classics ... but 'Earthsea' was written many, many moons ago -- so thoSublime.
It's funny how similar this is to many currently popular sci-fi fantasy classics ... but 'Earthsea' was written many, many moons ago -- so those classics must have been at least partially inspired by it.
This is a book chock full of ethical navel gazing all wrapped up some very fine speculative fiction....more