“Life is a process of self-sustaining and self-generated action. If an organism fails in that action, it dies…It is only the concept of ‘Life’ that makes the concept of ‘Value’ possible. It is only to a living entity that things can be good or evil.”
I had hoped to have five wives but I ended up having only one.
-from my student with big dreams.
“…the mind that is collectively orientated is quite incapable of thinking and feeling in any other way than by projection.”
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
It was a good book, don’t get me wrong and Alcott still managed to capture my heart with her literary wit. Is it as memorable as Little Women , or Jo’s Boys ? No. The stories in the book reminded me of the characters in the aforementioned texts but that was it. Perhaps it was because there were a number of stories compiled in one book, but those didn’t move me nor care about the characters as much as when the kids and the teachers were together. All I realized was to be a Modern Cinderella, one has to be as loyal and hardworking as Nan, as bright and witty as Debbie, and as caring and pure as Nelly.
I also have to admit that Dora’s story was cute.
I need to have lots of dreams because I barely have time to enjoy them.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Actual Rating 4.5
I’m still praying to gods and waiting for them to accept my sacrifice before I can make a substantial review. All I know is Shadow’s character has been developed quite well and how it ends does not justify it… or probably because I have missed something.
It is, however, a book I definitely will read again. There is something about Mr. Wednesday I love.
“People lose a lot of time being afraid… People lose a lot of time in hating others, and there’s no fun in it at all.”
Teacher: Would you like to travel by yourself?
8-year old student: Yes but I will bring my sword.
My articles in Thought Catalog (here and here) and Medium did this to me. My scanty word count (22K words) is also to blame as I am considering whether to use my time to read or to feed my Google document. The point is, I didn’t manage to read more articles than I should have for this month. Anyway, here is another batch of articles I have read that you might like to check:
Why you shouldn’t be ‘yourself’ at work
Von sent me this article which I found amusing. To be honest, when I have Interview Courses with my students, I don’t give this piece of advice. I wouldn’t even land a job had I followed this. Who would want to hire a stubborn, arrogant, couch-potato?
Reading transforms people. What we read is a big factor to what we can become. Now that I am currently poring over Jung’s Psychological Types, I can say this confidently.
The idea that pubs are converted to a family center or Poetry center is fascinating. What a way to enrich culture!
As you know, I haven’t gotten over the Harry Potter hype. It turns out I have absolutely no reason to get over the books because of Wizarding Book Club. It is always fascinating to know that more people out there have analyzed the books more deeply than I can ever could and even managed to formulate their own ideas regarding the novels’ conclusion.
Honestly, articles like this make me drop the book I am currently reading and just look for related articles. I was halfway out the door to look for more books on Machiavellianism when I realized where I was.
My honest answer? Yes.
There have been numerous debates about putting pressure on employees but we still don’t know how much is enough.
It’s true that we have lost the meaning of carpe diem but I don’t see any problem with a highly ‘individualistic world.’ Or I have had too much of Ayn Rand’s Anthem.
If you do have recommendations for me to read, Blog posts, Articles or Short Stories, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment.