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A Book to Read and Love: 600 Hours of Edward by Craig Lancaster - Summary & Review

A short summary of the book 600 Hours of Edward: The journal of an autistic man.

Questions I pondered while reading 600 Hours of Edward: What hurtful things have I done in the name of love?
Is there such a thing as a "normal" relationship?
My thoughts about 600 Hours of Edward: Edward is engaging.
Hooray for inner-dialog.
I totally agree with Ed's Brook/Gains arguments and I don't think Edward went too far at all.

A Book to Read and Love: Consider the Fork by Bee Wilson

A short summary of Consider the Fork: Why the fork we have table manners.

Questions I pondered while reading Consider the Fork: Knife or knife-less?
Was everyone just nicer to each other back then?

My thoughts about Consider the Fork: I love food!
I love history!
I would have starved prior if born prior to 1950.

A Book To Read and Love: The Robe by Lloyd C. Douglas - Summary & Review

A short summary of the book The Robe: A tribunal's view of the crucifixion of Christ, and its aftermath.

Questions I pondered while reading The Robe: What has crippled me with guilt?
Can you find peace through atonement?
My thoughts about The Robe: A good journey with a good lesson.

Religion should be a verb, not a noun.
Perhaps we could all follow the examples.

A Book to Read and Love: How To Behave and Why by Munro Leaf - Summary & Review

A short summary of the book How to Behave and Why: Etiquette basics for everyone, from the maker of Ferdinand the Bull.

Questions I pondered while reading How to Behave and Why: How important is etiquette?
How much does personal behavior affect a community?
My thoughts about How to Behave and Why: My most favorite etiquette book ever.

The basics, for all types of kids.

A must-have for all households.

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo, a painter from Mexico City, survived the un-survivable.  In 1925 she was nearly killed in an accident between a bus and a trolley.  She broke her spinal column, collar bone, some ribs, her pelvis, shattered her right leg  ( my personal definition of shattered,  I believe 11 fractures in one limb qualifies as shattered ), crushed her right foot, dislocated her right shoulder and pierced through her abdomen by a handrail.  She had to endure  medical treatment  for the remainder of her life, as many as 35 surgeries  and ultimately the amputation of her right leg below the knee.

I would be hard pressed to come up with a favorite, although I do have eight that I especially love (in no particular order).

What Water Gave MeRootsTree of HopeWithout HopeFlower of LifeSelf Portrait with BonitoMemory
Her work is a vibrant diary of her life.  She took her pain and made it beautiful.
miablu dictu
Frida Kahlo Foundation

A Book to Read and Love: Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury - Summary & Review

Short Summary of the book Fahrenheit 451:
Television is good, books are flammable.

Questions to Ponder:

Is book-burning every ok? 

Does society have to be made stupid to conform?

My Opinion:

When it was written, television was in its infancy and people relied more on written media for information, there was also more dialogue between people. Fast forward sixty years into the future and you can see people absorbed within a digital world. Opinions are no longer formed through careful consideration after reading, discussion, and careful consideration but through a knee-jerk reaction to a headline and while I have nothing against mind-numbing entertainment, there is a danger in consistently allowing someone else to choose what entertains you.
Despite the book burning metaphor, I have never felt this book was mainly about censorship. To me, it is about a society so used to having entertainment and information blasted to them 24/7 that there is no time for thought and contemplation. When we give u…

A Book to Read and Love: Moby Dick - Herman Melville - Summary & Review

A short summary of the book Moby Dick:Ahab's tale of failed revenge done Salty.
(It's a whale of a tale) Questions I pondered while reading: It is possible to completely know something?
Why are people surprised when exploited beings become violent?
My thoughts: A loquaciously beautiful story.
Book Nerd badge of honor.
135 chapters felt like a great accomplishment.

To Doodle

Meditation is good for you. Everyday there is an article somewhere touting the benefits, both mentally and physically, that you can be achieved through mediation.

To sit calmly and quietly, clearing your mind and focusing only on your breathing will lower your blood pressure, relieve stress , prevent heart attacks and just make you a nicer person to be around in general.

But honestly – who can meditate that way? I certainly can’t. I have such a chatty head that the minute I sit still, I begin to clear my head, it fills up with a new set of nonsensical topics and I am off on a tangent faster than you can imagine.

The Buddhists call this Monkey Mind.

So how do I meditate?

I have noticed that by adding some type of movement helps me achieve that stillness. When I run or swim, I can empty my mind, but I can also meditate while doodling creating what I believe that it is probably the most effective way for me to meditate and it seems to quiet the chatty head and help me calm my mind,…