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I packed too many books
I really did try to exercise restraint as much as I could... but I still ended up reading or using only half of the books I brought on my recent vacation. I think most of my fellow book lovers can relate to this, lol.
The not so Tragic, Greek Tragedy in Review
This is a review of Go the Distance by Jen Calinita, in the Twisted Tales Series. If you are familiar with the series then you know that each story will have a question that hints at what the implied twist for the Twisted Tale will be. For this story, the question is What if Meg had to become a Greek god?
Banking and slavery in the 18th-19th Century
In the book "The Devils Half Acre", by Kristen Green, she highlights the practice of utilizing slaves as a means of collateral for the purpose of banking. I must say that I never before thought of people being a means of asset ascertainment to loans from a banking institution, neighbors and friends.
Book Review: The Phoenix King by Aparna Verma
In a kingdom where flames hold magic and the desert hides secrets, an ancient prophecy comes for an assassin, a princess, and a king. But none are ready to face destiny—and the choices they make could burn the world. “If we carry the burdens of our fathers, we’ll never know what it means to be free.” For Elena Aadya Ravence, fire is yearning. She longs to feel worthy of her Phoenix god, of her ancestors who transformed the barren dunes of Sayon into a thriving kingdom. But though she knows the ways and wiles of the desert better than she knows her own skin, the secrets of the Eternal Flame elude her. And without them, she’ll never be accepted as queen. For Leo Malhari Ravence, fire is control. He is not ready to give up his crown—there’s still too much work to be done to ensure his legacy remains untarnished, his family protected. But power comes with a price, and he’ll wage war with the heavens themselves to keep from paying it. For Yassen Knight, fire is redemption. He dreams of shedding his past as one of Sayon’s most deadly assassins, of laying to rest the ghosts of those he has lost. If joining the court of flame and serving the royal Ravence family—the very people he once swore to eliminate—will earn him that, he’ll do it no matter what they ask of him. But the Phoenix watches over all and the fire has a will of its own. It will come for all three, will come for Sayon itself….and they must either find a way to withstand the blaze or burn to ash.
I Got My Book In a Library
I had some exciting news in my email. A few months ago, I sent a few of my poetry books over to the National Poetry Library in London. I really hope to one day actually visit the place someday, because I think it will be a place where I love. I already adore the Oxford Poetry Library. A lot of the libraries near me don’t have a lot of poetry books, so it’s really nice to know there are libraries dedicated just for poetry.
Look! the Book
The majority of people do not remember the very first book they read, let alone the very first word they read. I do, very clearly. Thanks to some unfortunate circumstances.
I feel like something of a fraud teaching Dante’s Inferno for two reasons: 1. I must rely upon an English translation to do so effectively. I can tell a bolgia from a boulder and contrapasso from contraception, but my Italian is primitive at best. 2. I do not take the metaphysical or theological foundations of Dante’s work very seriously, insofar as I have a fraught relationship with Catholicism and remain obstinately agnostic. In spite of these considerations, I have continued to guide students through a translation of this astonishing text for many years as part of an introductory course in Comparative Literature. I think it would be irresponsible to ignore Dante's work in such a context, given its enormous historical and artistic significance. In the process, my understanding of moral and ethical matters has undergone a radical transformation. I have come to see betrayal as the most dreadful of transgressions, and to recognize that contemporary culture actually promotes and rewards the traitor at every turn.
When I tell people I went to boarding school, they always ask: "What was that like?" And I find myself pasting on a smile and saying "Great!" through my teeth. Unless I'm drunk, and then I twist my mouth and say "Complicated."
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Blake Govers: The Meteoric Rise of a Field Hockey Superstar The world of field hockey has been graced by many great players throughout its history, but few have risen as meteorically as Blake Govers. A vital cog in the machinery of international field hockey, Govers’ talent, dedication, and commitment to the sport have etched his name among the greats.
A Fantasy Romance That Stole My Heart
Hey fellow book lovers! 📚✨ I just finished a fantasy romance that whisked me away to a world of magic, intrigue, and love. Let me share my personal journey into the enchanting pages of "A Court of Thorns and Roses" by Sarah J. Maas. 💖
The Dream Weaver's Tapestry: Believing in the Thread of Ambitions
Wisdom Through Reflection - a beautiful story about find.. Darkness surrounds us like the void of the Uncharted night in the heart of Nepal a solitary figure named Ashwin embarks on a quest a journey not just across landscapes but through the Labyrinth corridors of his own mind the Himalayas Loom Majestic and enigmatic their peaks wheeled and missed as if guarding ancient secrets ashwin's footsteps Echo against the rocked Torah a Whisperer in the gwendor of Nature's Symphony time blurs merging past and present flashes of ashwin's Mentor an old monk named Pema interlaced with his steps pema's voice resonates soft yet profound to journey within one must first unravel the wheels of the external ashwin's path converges with the Serene monastery Pema sits his eye is a pool of wisdom reflecting the universe's secrets attachment clouds the mirror of the mind let go and Clarity shall emerge Ashwin gauges at the world below from a hill a vibrant tapestry of colors the bustling Village of pangbuch and furls beneath him the wind Whispers truths only the soul can decipher ashwin's Restless mind slows transcending into Stillness within the silence the pulse of existence reverberates through contemplation Ashwin perceives the interconnectedness of all things a stone dropped into the river creates ripples that mirror life's reverberations pema's voice returns guiding ashwin's introspection in each Pebble lies the Mountain's essence in each moment the universe resides Ashwin seeks Solitude in a sacred cave the walls seem to hold Echoes of aeon's past the flicker of a candle unveils ancient inscriptions as his Gaze fixates on the inscriptions their meanings become Whispers in his heart time converges into a singular point and ashwin's awareness expands Beyond self Pema says in the Stillness truth emerges in Detachment the self dissolves ashwin's Journey becomes a dance of realization in a clearing amidst beautiful flowers he finds a wounded bird cradling it he experiences a surge of compassion an understanding of the delicate threats connecting life the bird's recovery unfolds as a metaphor for his own healing a reminder that scars are maps of resilience Skies overhead mirror his journey from Darkness to light pema's presence becomes a part of every breath in a dreamlike state Ashwin revisits pivotal moments of his travels pema's guidance illuminates each memory with Newfound significance Pema says the tapestry of existence is woven with threads of change Embrace impermanence for therein lies liberation high in the Himalayas atop a peak touched by the first rays of dawn Ashwin and Pema reunite timelessness Embraces them and the boundaries between pupil and Mentor blur blur Pema says in unity we transcend the illusion of separation in the Embrace of the present we find eternity as the sun rises casting an ethereal glow upon the land ashwin's Journey comes full circle his quest intertwined with the essence of the Himalayas Echoes like a melody throughout time this story concludes but the resonance lingers a testament to the Eternal Echoes of wisdom and a seeker's journey through the Enigma of existence you see in life in your life detaching from attachments and desires allows the mind to find Clarity and in your peace it is the interconnectedness of all living things just as dropping a stone in a river creates ripples that spread our actions and choices have far-reaching consequences this wisdom and yours Through Time transcending Generations the pursuit of knowledge and self-awareness is a Timeless Endeavor that Echoes across the ages this is there to do motivation stories thank you so much for watching and stay blessed.
"Seeds of Transformation: The Man Who Grew a Forest"
Once upon a time, in a small village nestled between Rolling Hills somewhere in India giraffe was a 16 year old boy and he was just like all the other boys in his village but he had a special gift he had a gift for seeing Beauty and potential in places where others saw only desolation one day jadaf Came Upon A barren field close to where he grew up the field had been left unattended for Generations and it was nothing but dry cracked Earth devoid of any life it was an eyesore and the villagers had long given up on it considering it a lost cause however saw something different he saw potential where others so hopelessness he decided to transform the Baron Field into a lush Forest being just only 16 years of age the other villagers thought that he was just a young stupid boy who didn't know nothing about life juddov started by collecting seeds from nearby trees and wildflowers he brought bags full of them to the barren field with each handful of seeds he scattered he did so with utmost care and love he watered them every day even when the rain did not fall he builds Bridges out of bamboo across the barren land and placed cracked pots where water would drip onto the seeds days 22 weeks and still there were no signs of life the villagers began to mock jadav saying that his efforts were in vain that the field was too far gone to be saved but shaddaf continued undeterred by their skepticism after months one day the first tiny Sprout broke through the dry Earth jadav was overjoyed and he celebrated the small victory with the same enthusiasm as if he had witnessed a miracle he knew that the forest he envisioned was not far away jadav's determination and Faith suddenly were contagious and soon some villagers joined him in his efforts they tended to the fragile saplings protected them from harsh weather and cleared away any weeds that threatened to choke their growth slowly but surely the one sparren Fields began to transform until 30 years had passed and the field was no longer a Barren Wasteland it had become a thriving Forest filled with towering trees colorful wildflowers and a symphony of bird songs inhabited by rhinoceroses Bengal tigers and all sorts of Wildlife giraffe had dedicated his life to creating a forest where he lives today one day a traveler passing through the village marveled at the beautiful Forest and asked the villagers about it they proudly told the traveler about jadaf and his unwavering belief in the power of transformation [Music] when the traveler met jadaf he asked how did you turn a barren field into this magnificent Forest Jada smiled and replied I simply believed in the potential that existed within the field I knew that with patience love and care even the most Barren of places can be transformed into something beautiful I had seen Wildlife disappear forests disappear and I decided to do something and just as this field has become a forest so too can our hearts and Minds if we nurture them with kindness and faith turn from Barren Fields into beautiful Lush forests you see in life in your life with patience unwavering belief and persistent effort even the most seemingly Barren and hopeless situations can be transformed into something beautiful and fruitful if things are going wrong for you in your life remember the story of jadaf who turned a Barren land into a huge Forest filled with life and beautiful for everyone we can bring about positive change and make the impossible possible be persistent positive and never give up it's there to do motivation stories thank you so much for watching and stay blessed.
The Secret To Success - an eye opening story
Once upon a time there was a young man who worked at a factory his mentor an old technician taught him to talk less do more and never stop developing his skills in every aspect of the factory's operations ten years later the old man retired and the young man became a technician himself he continued to do his work with the same dedication and diligence as he was taught one day he visited his mentor the old man saw that he seemed unhappy and asked what was troubling him the young man sighed and poured his heart out i have been following your instructions exactly all these years no matter what i work on i keep quiet and focus on the job i know i have done good work at the factory and i have learned all the skills that can be learned there what i don't understand is that the guys who don't have my experience or capabilities have all been promoted while i am still making as little as i did before when i was your apprentice the old man asked are you positive that you have become indispensable to the factory the young man nodded yes the old man paced back and forth to think after a while he turned to the young man must request the day off using whatever reason you like it is time for you to give yourself a break the young man was surprised by this advice but the more he thought about it the more it made sense he thanked his teacher and left quickly to make a time-off request when he returned to work after his day off the manager called him into the office to tell him that things did not go well at the factory while he was gone others encountered many problems that normally would be handled by him and they had no idea how to solve them realizing his importance the manager decided to promote him to the position of senior technician to thank him and encourage him to keep up the good work the young man was grateful for his mentor's wisdom surely he thought this was the secret to success from that point on whenever the young man felt like he deserved more than what he was getting he would take a day off when he came back the next day the situation would improve to his satisfaction this pattern continued for months one day the young man found that he was blocked from going into the factory much to his shock he found out that his employment was terminated he could not believe it not knowing what else to do he went back to see his mentor to try to figure out how things had gone so wrong why did i lose my job he asked with wounded pride did i not do everything as you instructed actually you did not because you heard only half the lesson the old man shook his head you understood right away that no one pays any attention to a light bulb that is always on it is only when it goes off that people suddenly take notice and realize they've been taking it for granted you were so eager to apply this understanding that you left before hearing the second half second half it began to dawn on the young man that perhaps he made a big mistake what was the second half the mentor spoke slowly to make his point the second half more important than the first is the realization that if a light bulb goes off frequently then sooner or later it will be replaced with one that is more reliable who wants a light bulb that no one can count on to provide illumination you see in life in your life do you have friends and family members that you take for granted they're always there for you what happens if one day they are no longer there do not wait for such a day to suddenly realize how important they are give thanks today for the good fortune of having them in your life also don't let yourself being taken for granted but at the same time do your work and don't stop everything you do just because it doesn't go the way you want it to go find the balance in life and life will reward you with giving you the balance back this is their to do motivation stories thanks for watching and stay blessed.
A Light In This World
Introduction In a world that often values conformity, there is a beacon of light that reminds us of the beauty of being unique. It's a story that warms the heart and inspires young and old alike. Imagine a tale where differences are not just accepted but celebrated, where self-discovery is a journey of wonder and excitement. Look no further than "A Light In This World," a heartwarming children's book that carries a powerful message for everyone.
Skin Like Me
Introduction In a world filled with colorful stories and vibrant characters, there's a particular kind of magic that happens when children see themselves reflected in the stories they read. It's a magical feeling of validation, acceptance, and a sense of belonging. This enchanting experience is precisely what "Skin Like Me," a heartwarming children's book, offers to young readers. But this book is more than just a delightful read; it's a beacon of light that shines on the importance of representation for children of color.
Review of 'Unseelie'
Iselia “Seelie” Graygrove looks just like her twin, Isolde…but as an autistic changeling left in the human world by the fae as an infant, she has always known she is different. Seelie’s unpredictable magic makes it hard for her to fit in—and draws her and Isolde into the hunt for a fabled treasure. In a heist gone wrong, the sisters make some unexpected allies and find themselves unraveling a mystery that has its roots in the history of humans and fae alike. Both sisters soon discover that the secrets of the faeries may be more valuable than any pile of gold and jewels. But can Seelie harness her magic in time to protect her sister and herself?
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