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5 Ways to Experience Life-Giving Power of Literature

  image by achievers   When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young. – Maya Angelou   […]

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While the World Sleeps

This essay is the first in a collection in Ben Okri’s book, A Way of Being Free. The book is seemingly based on creativity, and yet really about life, dreams, authenticity, and so much more. While the World Sleeps sets the stage for the rest of the book, the very title turning on the imagination. Think […]

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Those Who Study…May Succeed. Those Who Do…Definitely Succeed.

Theory Versus Practical Education Those Who Study…May Succeed. Those Who Do….Definitely Succeed. I included The Education of Millionaires by Michael Ellsberg in the Kaizen Reading Challenge, because this book is highly relevant today. Whether you are currently in education, interested in future studies, or thinking about education for your children, this book gives you something […]

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Is Literature Necessary?

 image by auntiep I was changed by literature, not by cautionary or exhortatory literature, but by the truth as I found it in literature. I recognize the world in a different way because of it, and I continue to be influenced in that way by it. Opened up, made more alert, and called to a […]

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5 Reasons Why You Should Write In Your Books

image – my copy of Lolita, marked up   There was a time when I would have said it was criminal to make any marks in a book. I look after my books. To treat books with care is natural for me. I don’t ever remember thinking, I must be more careful with my books. […]

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My Commonplace Book and Why Everyone Should Keep One

 image by brbl   Make your own Bible. Select and Collect all those words and sentences that in all your reading have been to you like the blast of trumpet out of Shakespeare, Seneca, Moses, John and Paul. – Emerson Journals July 1836   In the last article, I talked about the commonplace book, what it is and where […]

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A Commonplace Book

image by bluefootedbooby   I hadn’t given much thought to the commonplace book until recently. I’d heard the term in passing before, usually in books, but never really stopped to consider it. However, earlier this month I was talking to a professor at my former college, who upon learning about my journaling pursuits mentioned that […]

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How Reading Influences Positivity

image by kongevold   It dawned on me that any period of reduced reading (there is no such thing as “no reading” period in my life) is also a period of reduced positivity. I’m a pretty optimistic person. I generally prefer to get any wallowing or self-pity out of the way, because I hate being […]

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5 Reasons Reading is Essential

image by DollyGarland   I love books. Since I’m putting time and effort into this blog, it’s evident that I believe in the power of books. Reading for escape is good, and I encourage it, but books can offer so much more. They can contribute so much to your individual potential. That’s the topic I […]

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How To Keep A Reading Journal

Previously, I wrote an article, 9 Reasons to Keep A Reading Journal. This is a follow-up to that post.  In this post, we will look at specifics of how you go about doing it.  First, let’s start with a caveat: this is not the only way to keep a reading journal. As I repeatedly mention […]

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