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 →

March International Days

This is by far the biggest month of International Days according to the UN. Unfortunately, I don't actually have books for all of them. Nevertheless, let's check them out. 1 March Zero Discrimination Day  [UNAIDS] Here are my Top Ten books about discrimination: I Am Malala - discrimination against girls in gaining their educationDevotion and... Continue Reading →

Anthem by Ayn Rand

I found this novella for Read Harder's task 17, a sci-fi/fantasy novella. I originally wanted to read the last of the Binti books for this one, since I read the first one for Read Harder last year (task 5, a book by an author of color about or set in space), but the last one... Continue Reading →

Luke 5

For the full text of Luke 5, click here. The first thing Jesus does in this chapter is call up the disciples, but this story is distinctly different from the one I'm used to hearing. Jesus doesn't just tell them to drop everything and leave with Him. This time, Jesus first tells them to let... Continue Reading →

Finding dhyana, or not

Somewhere after dharana, we find dhyana, meditation. I know, that doesn't sound helpful at all, right? The problem is that dhyana isn't really something that I can just decide to do. We decide on dharana and then dhyana happens or it doesn't. It's the same with samadhi but we'll get there later. The difference between... Continue Reading →

Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking: A Memoir of Food and Longing by Anya von Bremzen

I'm one of those people that will sit and talk anyone's ear off about food, especially my favorite restaurants over the years. I love the idea of food as a way to move through the story of one's life, and a way to move through the story of a country. I love the play on... Continue Reading →

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