Bitten By A Camel | Notes, Reflections, & Critical Review

July 1, 2017

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Kent Dobson. Bitten By A Camel. Fortress Press, 2017. (158 pages) [These notes and review is of a pre-publication copy.] 1. Spiritual Mountaineering If you want to be shaken to your core, if you want to eat amazing food, if you want to unlearn all your political positions, if you want to marvel at the complexity […]

Posted in: Religion

Hillbilly Elegy | Notes & Reflections

June 10, 2017

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J. D. Vance. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis. HarperCollins, 2016. (264 pages) Introduction So I didn’t write this book because I’ve accomplished something extraordinary. I wrote this book because I’ve achieved something quite ordinary, which doesn’t happen to most kids who grow up like me. (1) I want people to […]

Homecoming King | Reflections

June 7, 2017

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2017. TV-MA. “Comic Hasan Minhaj of “The Daily Show” shares personal stories about racism, immigrant parents, prom night horrors and more in this stand-up special.” “Your courage to do what’s right has to be greater than your fear of getting hurt.” Brilliant. While ‘the Puritan’ will have difficulty wading through the profanity, the viewer looking […]

Posted in: Life, Race, Reviews

Option B | Notes & Reflections

May 11, 2017

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Sheryl Sandberg & Adam Grant. Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy. Alfred A. Knopf, 2017. (226 pages) OptionB.org; Sheryl Sandberg’s Advice for Grieving, by REBECCA J. ROSEN, The Atlantic; In Option B, Sheryl Sandberg Takes the Hacker Way Through Grief, by Davey Alba, Wired; Life After Death, BY BELINDA LUSCOMBE, Time; Jenny Anderson review, Quartz; […]

Sapiens

April 28, 2017

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Yuval Noah Narari. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. HarperCollins, 2015. (443 pages) Sapiens home page; Gates Notes; John Sexton, The New Atlantis; Ezra Klein, Vox; Timeline of History Years Before the Present  (Sapiens | Years Before the Present .pdf) 13.5 billion Matter and energy appear. Beginning of physics. Atoms and molecules appear. Beginning of chemistry. […]

The Idea Book | Quotes

April 26, 2017

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Fredrik Härén. The Idea Book. “Where all think alike, no one thinks very much.” – Walter Lippmann “Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything.” – George Lois “An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an idea whose time has come.” – Victor Hugo […]

Rex | Tribute

April 26, 2017

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I got word today that my youth pastor — the one who has my same middle name, who baptized me, who was the first to inspire me with the power of a good sermon, who allowed me to drive his red convertible to my junior prom, who encouraged me to ask out the new girl […]