The Elephant and the Dragon: The Rise of India and China and What It Means for All of Us by Robyn Meredith

Review: The Elephant and the Dragon is the essential guide to understanding how India and China are reshaping our world. With labor now unbound from geographic borders, we’re seeing startling shifts in how—and where—nearly everything we buy is made. In a compelling mix of history and on-the-ground reporting, veteran journalist Robyn Meredith untangles the complex web of business and politics, as well as environmental and … Continue reading The Elephant and the Dragon: The Rise of India and China and What It Means for All of Us by Robyn Meredith

Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi

Review: This is one of those books that comes along and turns everything you thought you knew upside down. I loved every minute of it and can’t wait to read more from Nafisi. We all have dreams—things we fantasize about doing and generally never get around to. This is the story of Azar Nafisi’s dream and of the nightmare that made it come true. For … Continue reading Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi

Proverbs 1 & 2: The Beginning of Knowledge

As I mentioned in my Happenings post for April, I’m saving the Psalms for every April until the end of this endeavor. There are far too many and rather than get stuck and lose motivation as I was getting close, I thought the “poems” of the Bible can stay in National Poetry Month and we’ll divert yearly. That means that we are on to Proverbs! … Continue reading Proverbs 1 & 2: The Beginning of Knowledge

The Happenings – April 2017

It seems my reading and blogging pace has slowed down considerably. This is due to the new job I started. I feel a little like I’ve got it together but the new job doesn’t include a lot of computer time, so things are just gonna be what they are. I’m just glad for audiobooks. Currently Reading   I’ve been reading Reading Lolita in Tehran for a … Continue reading The Happenings – April 2017

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

After having read the book, I really don’t like any of the descriptions for it from the book sites and so would rather include an excerpt on its inspiration from the Wikipedia page for the book: Nabokov adds that “the initial shiver of inspiration” for Lolita “was somehow prompted by a newspaper story about an ape in the Jardin des Plantes who, after months of … Continue reading Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

Psalm 32: Blessed Are the Forgiven

This is not “psalm” of David but a “maskil”. This Wikipedia page about the psalms has the word defined as one that denotes a psalm that imparts wisdom and identifies the popular ones under the “themes” tab, it also includes that it is derived from a word that translates into “enlightened” which is support by this other Wikipedia page on the Honorifics in Judaism. BibleHub … Continue reading Psalm 32: Blessed Are the Forgiven

Psalm 31: Into Your Hand I Commit My Spirit

This is another Psalm of David. This is another one where the note says that it’s to the choirmaster, which I feel sure is the reason why it is commonly believed that attribution of a psalm to David is simply that it uses a tune or something musical that he had created. It’s not obvious when I read it that it’s even talking about David, … Continue reading Psalm 31: Into Your Hand I Commit My Spirit

The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer by Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn and Dr. Elissa Epel

Review: Most of the guidance on living better wasn’t new, but the science behind it was new for me and incredibly interesting. It made so much more sense of the standard lifestyle and health advice that I have felt a little bombarded by at times. Have you wondered why some sixty-year-olds look and feel like forty-year-olds and why some forty-year-olds look and feel like sixty-year-olds? … Continue reading The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer by Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn and Dr. Elissa Epel

Psalm 29: Ascribe to the LORD Glory

Another Psalm of David. Psalm 29 1Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings,a ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. 2Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness.b 3The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD, over many waters. 4The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice … Continue reading Psalm 29: Ascribe to the LORD Glory