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On the Great and the Grotesque and the Weird Way They Intersect

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I started Mein Kamf ("My Struggle" in German) in June, but War and Peace, The Picture of Dorian Gray, The History of England, The Longest Day, and Gandhi got in the way. Anything was better than Hitler, especially Gandhi.

I could only stomach Hitler for so long before I was utterly disgusted! I have a hard cover of his THICK book. I carted it along with me places, but other books were always more appealing. I broke down and downloaded it onto my Kindle for $4.99 after I finished Gandhi. Now, it is easier to cart around, and I can listen to it with TEXT TO SPEECH when I am in the middle of things. I stop the voice every once in a while to underline his grotesque tirades about the Jews and about the need for land for the German race. Such foreshadowing of the horrors that would occur fifteen years later. According to Wikipedia, "In The Second World War,Winston Churchill felt that after Hitler's ascension to power, no other book deserved more intensive scrutiny." T…

The Well-Educated Mind: 142 out of 158. I'm at 90% with 16 to Go!!!!

MEDIEVAL (400 – 1599) 1580 Essays of Montaigne (6/8/10) EARLY MODERN (1600 – 1850) 1754 History of England, V.5 Hume (8/14/10) 1776 Decline & Fall Roman Empire Gibbon 1792 Vindication Rights Women Wollstonecraft (6/17/10)
1835 Democracy in America Tocqueville 1848 The Communist Manifesto Marx & Engel (6/17/10) MODERN (1850 – present) 1860 Civilization of Renaissance Burckhardt 1904 Protestant Work Ethic/Spirit of Capitalism Weber
1908 Ecce Homo Nietzsche Autobio (6/14/10) 1925 Mein Kampf Hitler Autobiography (09/3/10) 1929 The Story of My Experiments w/Truth Gandhi (8/27/10) 1937 The Road to Wigan Pier Orwell
1938 The New England Mind Miller 1948 Seven Story Mountain Merton 1955 The Great Crash Galbraith
1955 Surprised by Joy C.S. Lewis (6/28/10) 1959 The Longest Day Ryan (8/10) 1965 The Autobiography of + Malcolm X 1973 Journal of a Solitude Sarton (6/5/10)
1973 Gulag Archipelago Solzhenitsyn 
1974 Roll, Jordan, Roll Genovese 1978 Distant Mirror Tuchman
1987 All the President's Men Woodward &…

Body Wellness: Body Mass Index

I finally looked up this formula. Maybe I knew it long ago and don't remember. Anyway, it is:

WEIGHT IN LBS
DIVIDED BY
HEIGHT IN INCHES SQUARED
TIMES
703

A "healthy range" is 18.5 to 24.9 BMI, but if I were 18.5, I would be 146. I would be anorexic! I don't have a small frame though (ALTHOUGH, the rough estimate of putting your fingers around your wrist puts me in the small frame range, but that is ridiculous!)

Good new is that I am in that healthy range! YEAH!

Thursday

Tying up some loose ends before I go on my vacation adventure. I'm excited. :) Where will I go, and what will I do?  Who knows.

Chillin'

I need to leave in a few minutes, but I thought I would write. Nothing much to say. Today turned out to be a much mellower day than I expected. I was going to walk with Michelle at 6, meet with Noha at 8, and Michele at noon. All three had to cancel. So, I had from the time I got up until a few minutes from now that I wasn't expecting. It will be good to ease into my vacation with less activity. That was my last time with Michelle, and I don't think I can meet with her tomorrow because I want to be able to say good-bye and thank you to Melinda for all her hard work on Ultimate this summer. Also, kids might be coming over afterward. Maybe I can meet with her after I come back from vacation.

God opened the door for me to stay at a beautiful beach house next week. I am so happy. I need some time alone and time to read and pray and sleep. I am tired, and I think a couple of days at the coast will be just what I need. :)

Well, I better take Paul to the Ortho and piano. I will shop …

"Your Life is a Vacation"

I was at a reunion with college friends yesterday. I was telling the women that we are determined to take a vacation this coming year, and one of the ladies (who I am not as close to) said, "Your life is a vacation."  I wasn't sure what she meant, but I debriefed with my friend Jean in the car afterward, and Jean thought it was a friendly way of saying that I was a "housewife" and didn't work. Being a fellow "housewife," Jean went on to explain that when people say that, she said she refused to feel guilty about it because she has raised three very healthy children who love the Lord and are doing well in life. She has managed her home well.

I didn't feel guilty about what this woman said (she was the least close of all the people in attendance), but I did wonder why she didn't inquire about whether I worked or not. I do work! And not just at "housewife" duties either! I probably spend a good 40 hour working every week!  I just do…

Oh Dear . . . It has been quite long

This blog has become a very low priority as of late. I had a too busy couple of weeks that made me see the need to cut back and decide to make a vacation a bigger priority than it had been. I plan on getting out of town at the end of next week. I am still praying about where that might be.

All that to say that I am having a delightful weekend ALL BY MYSELF! I forgot how much I enjoy being here all alone, and it seems like it hasn't happened for more than a few hours in quite a very long time!  Last year, when the boys went on their camping trip, I had unexpected, out of town, strangers (who soon became friends) in Travis and Hilary Shepard coming to stay here while they attended the TOAG training at Joe's. I was looking forward to that weekend, and I think I did have maybe a half a day to myself when they took off. I can't remember now. I may have even had one of the two night to myself but not one whole day here alone. Today is that day, and it has been heavenly!

I got up…

The Well-Educated Mind - 89% Complete (141/158)

MEDIEVAL (400 – 1599) 1580 Essays of Montaigne (6/8/10) EARLY MODERN (1600 – 1850) 1754 History of England, V.5 Hume (8/14/10) 1776 Decline & Fall Roman Empire Gibbon 1792 Vindication Rights Women Wollstonecraft (6/17/10)
1835 Democracy in America Tocqueville 1848 The Communist Manifesto Marx & Engel (6/17/10) MODERN (1850 – present) 1860 Civilization of Renaissance Burckhardt 1904 Protestant Ethic/Spirit of Capitalism Weber
1908 Ecce Homo Nietzsche Autobio (6/14/10) 1925 Mein Kampf Hitler Autobio 1929 The Story of My Experiments w/Truth Gandhi 1937 The Road to Wigan Pier Orwell
1938 The New England Mind Miller 1948 Seven Story Mountain Merton 1955 The Great Crash Galbraith
1955 Surprised by Joy C.S. Lewis (6/28/10) 1959 The Longest Day Ryan (8/10) 1965 The Autobiography of + Malcolm X 1973 Journal of a Solitude Sarton (6/5/10)
1973 Gulag Archipelago Solzhenitsyn 
1974 Roll, Jordan, Roll Genovese 1978 Distant Mirror Tuchman
1987 All the President's Men Woodward & Bernstein 1990 A Midwife…

I Really Don't Like War Books

But it seems that I have read two in the last month. I didn't mean to, but I read War and Peace. Then I read this little GEM:

He gives almost a minute by minute account of what happened on D-Day from both sides. He did many personal interviews and read many documents. This is a thorough rendering of the day, and it isn't boring!

It was written 51 years ago (the year of my birth, 1959), and it is a classic. I heartily recommend it.

It makes you appreciate World War II Vets that much more!

Now, on to reading Hitler, who caused it all to happen in the first place.

I love this book!

I haven't reread this book in a long time. I got a free audio download of it through Learn Out Loud:

Love, love, love it! Been listening to it in the afternoon and evening. So good! So filled up. :)

From Dale Carnegie Tips of the Month

5 Tips for Shaking Off a Mistake Legendary Basketball Coach John Wooden once said, "Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be." The obvious point he was trying to convey is that everyone makes mistakes and fails. It is what you do after the mistake or failure that makes all the difference. Here are 5 ways to shake off your mistakes and move forward to success. Brush it off
No one is perfect. Once in awhile everyone makes mistakes, it's going to happen. Don't spend time worrying about it, cooperate with the inevitable and focus on what you are doing.Don't fuss about trifles
Forget the small stuff. If you let go of the smaller mistakes, you'll be more focused and catch the larger ones before they happen.Don't worry about the past
Shake off your mistakes and move on. Forget about what happened, no matter how silly or embarrassing. By letting go of the past it will help you focus on your current task.Profit from your mistakes
So you've made a mis…

Wednesday Freewrite

I'm setting the timer for a 15 minutes freewrite this morning. I haven't really had the luxury of a free morning for a while. Eight meetings a week with monthly ones sprinkled on top of that has made it more difficult to post here, but that is OK. I was trying to write my post for James 1:19-27 this morning and felt like I needed some writing to free up my mind and fingers on the keyboard. So, I write with a sanctified Faulkneresque stream of consciousness this morning.


I feel better. I have identified my problem last week as caffeine withdrawal. I had more caffeine than usual in the ice teas I had been handed and made. I had that second cup of tea in my new rose painted tea pot. I didn't mean to overdue it, and I didn't think I had to have it. When I didn't have it last week, I would get a splitting headache and flu-like symptoms. The symptoms went away on Saturday when I indulged in a chai and then another chai at Teala's tea counter at the sorority. Then, the…