Struggling with my perceived dichotomies

I know the world is not as simple as black and white but sometimes I find myself between two extremes that I want to be at and it can be rather infuriating. This blog is about books and balance and all my life's interests in this strange amalgamation and some of my life is driving... Continue Reading →

Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter by Adeline Yen Mah

Given my love of memoir, I knew that I had to find one for Read Harder's first task, a YA nonfiction book. It took a while to find a memoir that was YA, but it was a worthwhile effort. Chinese Cinderella is about a little girl who pretty much lived out Cinderella's story with a... Continue Reading →

Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai

Books like this are the entire reason I love the Read Harder Challenge. I picked this one up for task 20, a middle grade book that doesn't take place in the US or UK. This book takes place in Viet Nam. It's about a 12 year old Vietnamese American girl who goes back to Viet... Continue Reading →

Luke 6 Part 2

The Beatitudes of Luke 6 are about 5 beatitudes shy of Matthew 5. “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.21“Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied.“Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.22“Blessed are you when people hate you and when they... Continue Reading →

Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, translation and commentary by Sri Swami Satchinanda

I am fully convinced that I must read the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali once a year for the rest of my life. I started out understanding quite a bit but was completely lost by the time I reached samadhi. COMPLETELY. Still, this is a book of practice and not meant to be understood on a... Continue Reading →

The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore

The Radium Girls is the one of those chilling true stories that have the power to haunt us in more ways than one. Personally, I never feel terribly certain that I'm safe when it comes to occupational health and safety. I don't know if it's growing up around too many stories of people not getting... Continue Reading →

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

I originally thought this was going to be an interesting retelling of Cinderella, which excited me a lot after Cinder became my all time favorite retelling collection, but this is actually so much better than a retelling. The book is more fantasy than I normally read, but I had been more intrigued whenever I read... Continue Reading →

Luke 6 Part 1

For the full text of Luke 6, click here. The first story of chapter six is Jesus and His disciples gathering their own grain on the Sabbath. Even this sounds like more work than the way it's described in the actual chapter. It sounds like they were just grazing in that same way my son... Continue Reading →

Maybe I’ll contemplate the universe one day

Samadhi is much more complicated than the others. There are several types and you have to have mastered the first steps and there's no guarantee of how things are gonna go but it's still a worthy goal. Samadhi is the total liberated state or full meditative state. To quote the commentary I have on the... Continue Reading →

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