Jon Meacham: Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power Thomas Jefferson sheltered himself from criticism, even from lifelong friends and colleagues like John Adams, in order to remain steadfast to his objectives and unchanged in his beliefs. Ambition is a good thing. Especially if it provokes action for good. The spotlight (acclaim) is good too, it is… Continue reading “Ambition creates a hunger for action and acclaim, and those who crave applause have a particular aversion to criticism.”
Susan Wilson: One Good Dog I have a confession to make - I love dog books. And, while I have read a lot of them, I know I've not read all of them. If you have a favorite, please let me know. This book is about the redemption of souls - both man and the… Continue reading “I once was powerful and feared. Now I was loved. A much bigger deal.”
What a man thinks of himself, that it is which determines, or rather indicates, his fate." Henry David Thoreau: Walden Thoreau went to the woods to learn how "to live deliberately" and not find at the end of his life that he had not lived. Stop wasting your time on social media and worrying about… Continue reading “Public opinion is a weak tyrant compared with our own private opinion.
won’t ripen off the vine, but melons, pears, avocados, and bananas will. Tomatoes will ripen but not become more flavorful off the vine." Jonathan Dixon: Beaten, Seared and Sauced: On Becoming a Chef at the Culinary Institute of America I've enrolled in a culinary school near me - it's not Le Cordon Bleu, or the… Continue reading Apples, berries, cherries, and lemons
Nina George: The Little Paris Bookshop: A Novel I love Paris, so couldn't resist this title. I read this book in one sitting. Beyond teaching us something new and giving us something to talk about at book club or any other event where we want to come off as 'smarter than the average bear', books… Continue reading “Books keep stupidity at bay. They undress you with love, strength and knowledge. It’s love from within.”