The vast majority of this book is about how to start a journal and get through writer's block. If this is a problem for you then you will like this boThe vast majority of this book is about how to start a journal and get through writer's block. If this is a problem for you then you will like this book. If not then don't bother. Interesting notes I took that are unrelated to journal ideas:
The author asked people who they most wished had kept a journal. Their answers were always that a relative or a parent they never knew.
In the 1600's Quakers kept journals as a record of conscience. Journals sharpen conscience, not ego. People who blab don't keep journals. Their mindless chatter in my ears becomes their journal.
Recording life in a journal inspires some to lead an interesting life so they have something interesting to record.
Seeking privacy, women in Hunan Province in China write in a secret diary language called Nushu.
Histories most famous diaries are notoriously unreflective. Queen Victoria has 60 years of boring facts. Tsar Nicholas II was oblivious to the Russian Revolution. He recorded weather observations. Louis XVI on the day the Bastille was stormed the most interesting thing he could think of writing was 'Nothing!'
Leave the last few pages of a journal for an index....more
If someone had never heard of Iowa I would hand them this book. It covers a lot of natural history and how the geography and climate contributed to thIf someone had never heard of Iowa I would hand them this book. It covers a lot of natural history and how the geography and climate contributed to the formation of the land and flora and fauna. This in turn shaped the way the inhabitants lived and continues to do so today. ...more
This book is what it looks like. A self published chronicle of the authors travel while on vacation. She attempted to follow the path outlined in PaleThis book is what it looks like. A self published chronicle of the authors travel while on vacation. She attempted to follow the path outlined in Pale Ink by Henriette Mertz. The theory is that long ago the Chinese somehow made their way to America, an idea Harris-Rees develops or co-develops in another book. Once in America the Chinese travel the country taking note of all the things they see and any prominent mountains and rivers. This is recorded in the Shan Hai Jing, an obscure mythology book of Chinese origin. Much of the book is a mystery, even to the Chinese, who are unable to locate many of the place names. This leaves the door open for interpretation. If even the Chinese don't know what the ancient Chinese were talking about, maybe the Shan Hai Jing records places far outside of China.
So, Harris-Rees follows the supposed journey outlined by Mertz. She takes pictures, asks locals and park rangers, corroborates stories and digs into natural history a little.
I've read the original book written by her father, Hendon Harris. He claimed to have ancient Chinese world maps that were written at a time prior to anyone discovering America or travelling the world - either just around the time of Christ or 2,000 years earlier.
What I like about Harris-Rees's theory is that there isn't anything that directly disproves it. Some of her claims are based on circumstantial evidence, but most of it collection of peculiarly discovered facts that may fit in a way none have thought possible. Simply denying her claims based on the notion that 'it's not possible' is to bury your head in the sand.
Is it possible? Yes. Does that mean it's fact? No. That is for the rest of us to explore and, one day, hopefully prove or disprove....more
These oddball theories always attract me. Some of them have an odor of truth to them. Others are for nut jobs. Unfortunately, Menzies fails to presentThese oddball theories always attract me. Some of them have an odor of truth to them. Others are for nut jobs. Unfortunately, Menzies fails to present solid evidence to evaluate his claims.
His thinking goes like this.
The Chinese invented lots of stuff before Europeans. The Chinese sailed in big boats in medieval days. Therefor the Chinese gave Europeans all their inventions and this started the Renaissance.
While the 1st two are facts, the 3rd line demands support which to any interested reader would suspect Menzies had conveniently placed in the book. Menzies does not appeal to the interested reader. I'm not sure who he wrote this book for. There is no evidence to connect China to Europe presented in this book.
The entire book was a waste of time. Maybe his idea is true, but someone else will have to do the work of proving it because Menzies didn't want to....more