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Giving Literary Thanks, Year 4

So this is a little tradition I have here at 101 Books.

The day before Thanksgiving, I always post a few literary-themed things I’m thankful for. As I started making the list for this year, I originally wanted to keep it different than years past. But what if I’m thankful for the same things every year?

As I read the post from 2011, my first year giving “literary thanks,” I decided that post still sums up my feelings perfectly. Why reinvent the wheel?

So here’s my original list of literary thanks, with one small addition. It’s still very relevant today.

Here we go. I’m thankful for…

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This Guy Has A Dumb Opinion About Gone With The Wind

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

Superhero Movies Are Pretty Much The Worst

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.

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My Dirty Little Secret About Inspiration

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.

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9 Ways To Become A Better You

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

On September 11 And The “Why” Behind Tragedy

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

Dear Morning People, I Disagree.

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.

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