I want to read and learn all I can, write thoughtfully and truthfully, live according to reason and ever more mature wisdom, and savor every wonderful little gift of life.
I highly recommend this Psychology Today article: “Hell-Oh Neighbor.” It gives research-based tips on diffusing tense neighbor-to-neighbor relations and getting along as peacefully as possible. (The tips could also apply to relationships with coworkers, family members, or really anyone.) Plus, it’s funny!
This is a fun article from The Guardian: “The Top 10 Bookworms’ Tales“—meaning stories about bookworms. It was fun to see that Don Quixote (which I’m currently reading) made the list!
They’re all about books this week!
Classroom as Microcosm: Summer Book Club: What Are We Reading This Week?”
The Daily Post: “Recommended Reading: Montaigne’s Essays”
Eleventh Stack: “Happy Birthday, Mansfield Park!”
The Bookshelf of Emily J.: “Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Getting for My Birthday”
From Don Quixote: A humorous line from the mouth of the title character:
“Although ‘he who praises himself spatters himself,’ I’m forced to do it at times, such as when no one else is present who can do it for me.”
In Art Past Art Present, I learned about Ife, an ancient city-state and modern town in what is now Nigeria. Its dynasty of kings, according to the book, “may be the oldest continuous kingship in the world.” I was saddened to read about the nearby ancient kingdom of Benin, which had a highly functional and organized society—until colonialism swooped in and took everything, including thousands of works of art which are still in British and other European museums. Booo!
I’ve started noticing great words that I never use, in speech or writing, but that I want to start using: two are “seldom” and “artifice.” 🙂