Tuesday, December 04, 2018

A New Milestone: 900 Blog Posts

This blog has 899 posts. With this post, it is now 900 posts, a milestone!

Before I put this blog completely to pasture, I thought I should write one more blog post to make the number of posts a clean even number.

900! Hip hip hooray! Booyah!

Monday, April 04, 2016

Inspirational Quotes to Keep You Going When the Going Gets Tough

Don't shrink the person to fit the job. Expand the job to fit the person. — Mitch Axelrod, business consultant

To any young person out there, if anyone tells you that you can't do what you want to do and be what you want to be, I want you to remember the guiding principles of my life. You can be what you want to be, if you believe in yourself and you work hard. Because anything—and I'm telling you, anything—is possible. — Kirby Puckett, baseball player

You'd be surprised at what little acts have done for our world. — Steve Maraboli

Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. — Carl Sandburg, poet

Ten people can look at the same thing and only one or two will see the potential. — Robert G. Medley, author, Success for Your Children

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Must-Read Books for Graduate Students and Those Who Love Books

This article is written to share ideas on books to read during a school year. The books are insightful, imaginative, and inspiring.

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

This nonfiction examination book discusses outlier statistics, which are exceptions to trends and lie on the fringes of data sets that disrupt how someone reads data. As such, people usually toss them aside. Malcolm Gladwell studies outliers in this book and looks at why most people fail while some people succeed. Although the book sounds like a self-help book, its tone is less instructional and more observant. The author does not seek to tell everyone how to be successful but analyzes why some people have succeeded.

How to Read Literature

How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster

This nonfiction book by a University of Michigan professor offers one key insight: Most students do not understand where professors are coming from when they discuss books or other literature. Students often seem mystified that a professor can pull a connection from thin air and still tie together literature’s intricacy while making sense of it. This page-turner is a great choice for literature students.

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

This classic novel, which has been around for decades, is short and thus easy to read in a reasonable amount of time. It's also easy to pick up where one left off. The author’s sarcastic, quick wit is evident in her writing. The books by this author are a great exercise for a mind that is curious.

The 4-Hour Workweek

The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss

Everyone would like to spend a little more time playing and a little less time working. The idea of a person having more time to do as he/she pleases sounds idyllic to most. Ferriss thought so too: “Why should someone not be productive anyway?” The book offers great insight into brilliant strategies for streamlining efficiency. This book shows how the author learned many valuable skills like speaking Japanese, dancing the tango, and swimming—all by observing, breaking the process down, and doing it himself. Ferris’s book is essential for anyone who needs to streamline his/her work schedule.

The Phantom Tollbooth

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer

This book describes a boy who receives a mysterious package containing a tollbooth. Driving a toy through the tollbooth transports the boy into a mystical land full of adventures one is sure to remember. A person can escape into another world using this book.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

This book will certainly entrance readers for many years. The story is about a boy who is left by the graveyard gates and then raised by ghosts and a mysterious figure called Silas. The boy learns courage, love, and friendship in this heart-warming tale.

Although the last two books in this list seem intended for children, they help people to escape from adult life and reestablish what such books teach.
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