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  2. "Don't argue with crazy people You will lose because while you are using facts, rules and logic, they can rewrite their entire universe in a split second." (QuickMeme)
  3. And now something different: "Lust in Translation: Infidelity from Tokyo to Tennessee " by Pamela Druckerman
  4. "It's easier to fool people than to convince them they have been fooled". Often credited to Mark Twain, but he didn't exactly write that. Love it, nonetheless.
  5. "“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.” ― Mark Twain "“The best fighter is never angry.” ― Lao Tzu
  6. For the day that's in it: "“Sanity is not about confrontation. It's about filtering. Having a stable and happy life is about saying "no" to crazy people, not about inviting them in and then hoping that confrontations are going to make them sane.” ― Stefan Molyneux "In a free society, one does not have to deal with those who are irrational. One is free to avoid them." Ayn Rand
  7. Anxiety and Avoidance: A Universal Treatment for Anxiety, Panic and Fear by Michael A. Tompkins "psychologist and anxiety disorder expert Michael Tompkins presents a universal protocol to help you cope with anxiety, panic, and fear, "
  8. "I think the scariest person in the world is the person with no sense of humor. Michael J. Fox It's good to be able to laugh at yourself and the problems you face in life. Sense of humor can save you. Margaret Cho
  9. hi LH! This sounds like an author my mum would love. But I also jus finished a book set in WWII. It's called "The Paris Apartment" by Kelly Bowen. Really good read. It's her first book. It starts out in 2017 and goes back to 1940 -1943. Very interesting. Now I am starting "The Age of Witches" by Louisa Morgan. It's set in the guilded age in NYC. Pretty good so far. She has some other titles that seem similar-- fiction based on witchcraft families.
  10. “If you trade your authenticity for safety, you may experience the following: anxiety, depression, eating disorders, addiction, rage, blame, resentment, and inexplicable grief.” ― Brené Brown
  11. Been reading again "Darkness Falls from the Air" by Nigel Balchin. Have read most of his books. Set in WWII and post-war years. http://www.nigelmarlinbalchin.co.uk/
  12. “Brains! Are you kidding? She hasn’t got any goddam brains! She’s an animal!” The gray-haired man, his nostrils dilating, appeared to take a fairy deep breath. “We’re all animals,” he said. “Basically, we’re all animals.” “Like hell we are. I’m no goddam animal. I may be a stupid, fouled-up twentieth-century son of a b***h, but I’m no animal. Don’t gimme that. I’m no animal.” J.D.Salinger - Pretty Mouth and Green My Eyes
  13. “It was love at first sight, at last sight, at ever and ever sight.” Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita
  14. "Experience is not what happens to you; it's what you do with what happens to you." Aldous Huxley
  15. I really liked the Little House books. I didn't read them until about 5 years ago, though. My grandmother got them for me when I was a little kid. I just couldn't get into them back then. When I finally did read them, I found them fascinating. I immediately ordered and read On the Way Home, and West From Home, because I wanted more. I also ordered and devoured a kids' book that had photos from throughout Laura Ingalls Wilder's life. I'll most certainly read them again. Always planned to. But now it will be particularly interesting, since I've learned that all of my biological ancestors for the last 200+ years were pioneers. I forgot all about Heidi. I loved that story as a kid. There was an old movie that I used to watch with my grandmother.... the memory is so hazy. It didn't occur to me that there would be a book. I'm going to check it out. Reading quietly is so pleasant. I used to do it all the time, but now it became so easy to waste time in front of a computer.... I forgot all about curling up with a good book. But I started doing it again, recently. Vegging in front of the computer is simply not the same as having a nice, quit read. Nowhere near as good. I think I might do some book-curling now, in fact.
  16. Jibralta - I read Heidi and also the Little House series as a child. Over and over again. I couldn't wait to read Little House with my son (despite some of it apparently not being politically correct anymore, sigh) -anyway I can remember the chair[s] I mostly sat in to read them as a young girl -one was an overstuffed one at my grandmother's house and similar chair in my parents' room. And I ate carrot sticks of course while reading Little House. I was thinking last night that I no longer need to professionally network as much -it was one reason I also socialized a lot - both overlap. I thought a bit about whether I need to stop doing the knee jerk 'socializing" thing (which now is basically phone calls and texting - keeping up with friends and acquaintances) when I "notice" that reading quietly gives me much more sustenance and balance than being around certain people even by phone.
  17. Since I was a little kid, I've enjoyed reading mythology, fairytales, and folktales. The real stuff, not the kid-friendly revisions.... although it did start out with kid-friendly stuff, like The Little Red Hen, The Magic Paint Brush (probably my favorite because it had a dragon), and The Boy Who Cried Wolf. Those were small books that were on the top shelf of the dresser hutch in my bedroom. I remember climbing up to get them.... Any excuse to climb, really. I loved climbing 😂 Next to those books were two larger anthologies of fairy tales, Grimm's, and Anderson's. These were not kids' books. The few pictures they had were not friendly or colorful. The text was very small, and there was even smaller text at the bottom of the pages (footnotes). I think one book was a gift to me from my godmother (her gifts always seemed to be decades ahead of where I was in life). The other book was much older, and tattered. I'm not sure where it came from. I did not control the content or decoration of my bedroom. For years, I looked at these books without reading them. They were beyond me. And then one day, they weren't. I picked one up and read it cover to cover. Wanting more, I consumed the other book, as well. I must have started reading them when I was 10 or 11, because I already knew what really happened to The Little Mermaid when the cartoon came out in 1989. By the time I was 14, I had read these anthologies multiple times. I also had a large, kids' book of Greek mythology. I didn't like the colors or the illustrations, so I avoided reading it for quite a while. But I did eventually read it. I ended up buying a book called, Bullfinch's Mythology, and I read that whole thing as well. I was really thirsty for fairytales and mythology. At some point, my thirst was satiated. I think it's probably been 20 years since I really thought about a fairytale or actively read one. But the funny thing is, I'm always thinking about them. They're always in the back of my mind, like a shadowy framework for the events of my life.
  18. I will most likely pick that book back up. I've kept it within easy reach all of these years.
  19. What a cool story! Yeah, for me there has always been an intrinsic link between a novel and the fact that a human being made the novel, with the latter often being what's most inspiring for me: books, like suspension bridges and virus vaccines and so much else, being these little monuments to human capability and ingenuity. When I was young I was kind of obsessed with knowing when authors lived and died, and seeing the world, and history, through that lens. Like, I remember the first time I rode the Cyclone, the old rollercoaster in Coney Island. Saw that it was opened in 1927 and thought: that was two years after The Great Gatsby was published! Which meant a young F. Scott maybe rode it, which made the book, and that period in history, feel more "alive" and helped me position myself inside that continuum, just as the story of the novel maybe helped me understand people, America, even a dusty hallway or backroom of myself. And certain authors that seemed really obtuse and inaccessible to me—Faulkner, say—became less so once I understood that they were just people walking around the world at the same time my mother was a child. Regarding the specific appeal of physical books, referenced earlier, I find that in my life they end up serving a role similar to framed pictures on the walls. I look at a bookshelf, my eye gravitates toward a book, and I can remember where I was when I read it: an old apartment, a subway platform, a train in Europe, a global pandemic. And in those memories—per the larger theme here—you have a chance to check in with yourself, gauging who you once were, who you've become, and where you'd still like to go.
  20. Me too on the Bluest Eye -didn't grab me, so wanted it to. Maybe I will try it again. Another level to the learning aspect one I thought of because of what Jibralta and you wrote about humans writing. My son and I were reading a young adult book. Great book and I realized the author and I had a lot in common. I contacted him on Facebook and we had a nice private exchange about the old neighborhood, the 1970s in the old neighborhood, etc etc. I told my son about it and he was really into it - (he's almost 12). It's so rare we can talk to the author. I hold most authors in such high esteem.
  21. I can relate to this dislike! With books, I think there as a point in my life when I noticed I'd finish a book just to finish it, at the expense of actually absorbing it. For a stretch, this kind of worried me, since when I was young I would read a book or two a week and the sheer fact that it was A BOOK written by A HUMAN was enough to captivate me to no end. It would be hard for me to exaggerate how much this fact—that human beings can write books—has been a primary motivator in my life. So, what was happening? Was I losing the spark? Did that smartphone mess me up? After wrestling questions like that, I just decided that if I wasn't really feeling a book it was best to put it down and pick it up later, a la your experience with Henry James. Recent example would be The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison, which I read 50 pages of and just wasn't all that into. Wanting to do Morrison justice, I put it down, read a few others, and found I was more primed. And, wow, what a book! Love your knack for concision, Wise!
  22. Yes, I write/have written so I engage in this way -similar to how I engage with live theater -since I know a couple of things about lighting design (dated two lighting designers!) I started watching live theater differently. I think I actually loved Wings of the Dove. I was in the middle of Drowning Ruth but put it down because my library book will be due - The Leavers by Lisa Ko. Very good so far.
  23. Personally, I think there's a lot more wisdom about human nature in something like Shakespeare's Othello than something like those Venus/Mars books.
  24. I dislike giving up on things, and can probably count all of the books that I've stopped reading on one hand. I actually can't remember any at present, but I know there are some. I also have hope that by the end of the book, my opinion will have changed. I am happy to read several books concurrently (not simultaneously haha!), so if a book is very tedious, or if I get bored, I dilute it a bit with an easier or more enjoyable tale. If I don't have anything else to read, it'll just take me a long time to finish the difficult/dull book. This happened to me over the summer, with The Pioneers by James Fennimore Cooper. Some books are a joy to read, not only because of the story that they tell, but because of their construction. I am delighted with the way that some authors have mastered literary devices. Not so with The Pioneers. It was not a well constructed book, and for a little while, that got in my way. It took an act of will to factor the story mechanics out and focus on the story itself, which was a surprising one. Not surprising because of the outcome, but surprising because of the author's perspective. I didn't expect it. That discovery was its own reward, so I am glad I pushed through.... Not too excited about reading his next books, though. But I do hear that they are better. The Pioneers was his first book (I decided to read them in the order they were written). If I am honest, I have already started The Last of the Mohicans, put it down, and finished 2 - 3 other books since then. The Last of the Mohicans already feels different from The Pioneers.... but I still have trepidation. Right now, I am reading IT, which (in my opinion) is very well constructed. But it is long AF and I'm starting to eye Clan of the Cave Bear (another behemoth) over on my shelf. Oh, I just remembered one that I stopped reading: Wings of the Dove, by Henry James. I wasn't ready. It's been over 10 years since I put that book down, so I'll have to start over from the beginning. Not a big deal though, because I didn't get too far.
  25. Cool! For me I need to hold a real book and I read articles on the internet. For me reading fiction is not a form of self-love but often teaches me a lot - sometimes about myself, sometimes about the world, a time in history, etc. My particular form of self-love is working out daily. It's what keeps me going through my work out - reminding myself I'm doing it for my own well-being physically and mentally. I'm glad reading gives you that! I love reading articles by Martha Beck -she was a contributor to Oprah's magazine which is now out of print -last issue was last month -I subscribed for all 20 years I think!

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