I want to start today’s post by sending you somewhere else–to a column by Lou Lumenick of the New York Post.
Go there. Read it.
Now, let me tell you how dumb this opinion is.
Without going into a long diatribe on the Confederate flag, I’ll simply say I understand why most Americans want it removed from courthouses and state flags. It’s a symbol of racism, plain and simple.
But to somehow equate the racism represented by the Confederate flag to Gone With the Wind is, well, dumb. The fact of the matter is that when GWTW was published, racism was alive and well. Segregation was law in parts of America, mostly the south, where Margaret Mitchell’s novel takes place. The time in which GWTW takes place, the American Civil War, is an even more racially charged time. Read more
Hold on…it’s Hot Take Friday!
Yes, I’m not a fan of superhero movies and perhaps that puts me in a minority among middle-aged males, but I can’t help it.
Don’t get me wrong…I used to like the superhero films. I remember watching the early versions of Superman with Christopher Reeve and the late 80s-early 90s cheesy Batman movies.
I enjoyed them as a kid. Now, though, I’d probably rather watch a Lifetime movie starring an aging Jason Priestley.
A few weeks ago, my writing team at work was talking about inspiration—the whole idea of how we get inspired and what inspires us to write.
During that discussion, I came to realize (along with others on our team), that I don’t have a lot of the traditional, come to Jesus, “inspirational” moments. Don’t get me wrong, I get refreshed and maybe lightly inspired when I go running or sit by an ocean shore at sunset. I’m sure those moments fuel my writing in some way.
But I can’t say that I’m inspired by a lot of books, or movies, or images of sunsets with inspirational quotes. Maybe I am in small ways. I guess you could say a passage from a book might inspire one of my blog posts. But I don’t really have some sort of go-to source of inspiration.
I’m a lover of life. Like, I really love life, and I want you to love life too.
That’s why I wrote this blog post. When you’re a lover of life, you truly become the best you that you can be, and that’s a life-lover.
I want you to win at things. I want you to beat the bad things out of your life. I want you to smile and do important things, even more important things than the things you tend to usually think are important.
So here’s my absolutely unique take on 9 ways to become a better you: Read more
Today is September 11.
If you don’t live in America, today might not be that big a deal to you. It’s just another Thursday.
But, for us, today marks the 13th anniversary of one of the saddest moments in our country’s history. That being the terrorist attacks on the twin towers in New York City.
Everybody here has their “where were you when it happened?” story. Mine was simply this: Read more
You want to know when I get most of my work on the blog (and reading) done? Between 8-11 p.m. That’s night time, if you’re keeping score at home.
You see, there’s a myth out there—and it’s been floating around for centuries thanks, partially, to Ben Franklin—that in order to be successful in life, you have to be a morning person. Recently, people I respect, like Michael Hyatt, have written about it.
Other people, like Jon Acuff, have started what’s called “The 5 Club” built around people who get up at 5 a.m and do “awesome” things. This guy is just one of the many people who have written a book on the topic.
I apologize if this is a little off topic today. I don’t normally post about nonfiction here at 101 Books. But as an introvert, I find this both fascinating and encouraging.
Susan Cain is a nonfiction author who wrote a book called Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking. I haven’t read it, but from what I understand she outlines what it’s like for an introvert to live in a world built around extroverts.
I love these types of animated videos, and I find this one especially effective. You might also remember the short animated video of The Old Man and the Sea in this style.
Anyway, this voiceover comes from Cain’s Ted Talk about the book. RSA took that audio and put it over an awesome little animated feature.
If you are an introvert, or if you know an introvert, definitely take the three minutes to watch this video.
And if you’ve read Quiet, let me know what you think!