READING

 

I’ve always been an avid reader… especially when I began going on long expeditions and needed to keep preoccupied during storm days, rest days, loss of sanity days. One of my favorite things to do, still, is going to the library and check out a book. It’s like Christmas morning, especially if I’m fortunate to be the first to read a brand-new book they’ve just acquired.

 

The reason I’ve decided to start posting books I read is a selfish one.  If this gets one person to put down their smartphone, turn off their laptop or TV, and sit for an undisturbed period of time to enjoy a good book, then it’s worth it. The benefits are abundant.

 

Most books I read have been suggested to me by other readers, admirers, or in magazine reviews. Not every book I read I like… though a majority of those won’t be posted because I just can’t finish them… too boring and won't hold my attention.

 

Get outside, sit under a tree or pop in a tent, and read.

Skål,
Sean

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Maid, Stephanie Land

One of the greatest things about the willingness to get on your hands and knees to scrub a toilet is you’ll never have trouble finding work. She is so right. Another lesson – appreciating the stuff you have, the life you have, using the space you were given. She wished it wasn’t a forced journey, but recognized it as an important part of being here. What she learned from her well-to-do clients – the things she yearned for in those dark nights sitting up alone- that they did not seem to enjoy life any more than she did. Most worked long hours, away from homes they worked so hard to pay for, with even farther commutes then hers. She began looking through their rapidly growing stashes of alcoho

Becoming Superman, J. Michael Straczynski

An inspirational personal story – dark, optimism, triumph…. A man who wrote about heroes for TV, comic books, the big screen, and de facto became one himself. For many years it was as if the universe decided to take years of his life and kick the crap out of him, emotionally, spiritually, amd literally. And then persistence – the name of the game, won out for him in the end. Glorious.

21 Lessons for the 21st Century, Yuval Noah Harari

Technology. The future. AI. Harari covers it all. Goes into detail how in today’s world computers and algorithms are already beginning to function as clients in addition to being producers. Similarly with advertising. Businesses now, the most important customer is the algorithm. When people design web pages, they often cater to the taste of Google search algorithm rather than to the taste of any human being. This, he says is a potential danger of mass unemployment with shift from humans to algorithms, and open rise to digital dictatorships. He covers all the topics – technological challenges; political challenges… the despair, hope, truth, and resilience needed. He wants us to consider perso

The Authenticity Project, Clare Pooley

Clare dives into the theory of how we might live if we had no fear. One day, an aging artist jots down secrets in a notebook and leaves it for a stranger to find in a Santa Monica café. The stranger picks it up and is inspired to write down her own and find the person who left the notebook. As the notebook changes hands, it changes people who reveal themselves in it. The theme - everyone lies about their lives. What would happen if you shared the truth instead? The one thing that defines you, that makes everything else about you fall into place? Interesting concept.

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