'We are not what we own; we are what we do, what we think, and who we love.'Francine Jay, author and blogger If there was a written agenda for a meeting of over spenders, item one might read something like this:1) Brainstorm ways to live well for less (and by well we mean 'no visible reduction to our current standard of living').and two;...more
This weekend, author and activist Alice Walker will celebrate her 70th birthday. An American Masters showing of a documentary exploring her life and work premieres on PBS tonight, sharing the remarkable story of Walker's early life as a sharecropper's daughter, through her awakening as an artist and an activist, and on to through her contemporary written work and controversial global advocacy.
Since you’re still getting to know me, let me start off by telling you I love books! So much that I went to college and studied them. My dream wasn’t to write, but to study the classics that influence today’s writers. Each day of college felt like I was a part of Oprah’s Book club, but in a class-room setting. After being handed my degree, I was given the freedom of being able to have the time to read whatever I wanted! Life without a syllabus? It seemed pretty exciting…...more
I am definitely on a quest this year, to improve my health, my life, my surroundings. I have been making some changes around the house, trying to eliminate clutter and make our environment more eco-friendly as well as aesthetically pleasing. Our home life is still in a bit of disarray — this is a months-long project — but I am hopeful that by mid-Spring I will finally get my home as I want it, which will have all sorts of great effects on our lives. In the meantime, small changes can still make a difference....more
Is it possible to ever truly see the world from another person's perspective, or are we held so tightly to our own way of viewing the world? If you can read, then you can view the world from another person's perspective. All you have to do is pick up a book and let the author transport you to a different world full of characters that can be more real than the people you see every day. ...more
Amy Chua’s new The Triple Package seems to build upon the same “Chinese are superior” motto as Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother -- but it's actually more inflammatory and much less compelling than her last book.
Nadine Christian is an author who has an amazing contest going on over on her blog. Do you enjoy reading romance novels, and would you like to find something that is different than what is usually in the book stores. Nadine's stories take place on Pitcairn Island, and the characters are quite memorable. ...more
"You know how you finish a bag of chips and you hate yourself? You know you've done nothing good for yourself. That's the same feeling, and you know it is, after some digital binge. You feel wasted and hollow and diminished."-- Dave Eggers, The Circle...more