Thoughts on: The Life of Greece by Will Durant

When I first posted my goal of making Ancient Greece the focus of my studies this year, I someone cautioned me that it might be too much to deal with in such a short time. It was only after getting a few hours into this book that I understood what she/he meant: it’s impossible toContinue reading “Thoughts on: The Life of Greece by Will Durant”

Mini Review – Our Oriental Heritage by Will Durant (Part 4) – The Far East

My longest book to date has reached its end, and this is just the 1st volume (out of 11) in the The Story of Civilization series by Will Durant. This last part focused on ancient China and Japan. Was it worth it? We are talking about a 50 hour audiobook. Yes, I think so! DoesContinue reading “Mini Review – Our Oriental Heritage by Will Durant (Part 4) – The Far East”

Thoughts on: “Martin Luther” by Eric Metaxas

Luther rejected the practices of the Roman Catholic Church and the practice of selling indulgences (get out-of-jail-free cards for purgatory, basically.) in particular. Thereby he started the era known to us as the Reformation. Let’s jump right into the notes: 📝 He was about to become a law student when he got trapped in aContinue reading “Thoughts on: “Martin Luther” by Eric Metaxas”

Mini Review – Our Oriental Heritage by Will Durant (Part 3) – India and it’s Neighbors

I’m 35 hours (50 in total) into this beast of a book and it’s a good time for another mini review. This part tackles the history of India and it’s a good one! 📝Gandhi: “What the eyes are for the outer world, fasts are for the inner.” I have never fasted. Have you? Maybe thisContinue reading “Mini Review – Our Oriental Heritage by Will Durant (Part 3) – India and it’s Neighbors”

Are You Taking Part in the Reoccurring Ancient Pattern of Judging the Younger Generation?

When we get into midlife we tend to start judging the younger generation. “When we judge in this way, we are not aware that we are reacting according to a pattern that has existed for at least 3000 years. There is an inscription in a Babylonian clay tablet that dated from around 1000 BC thatContinue reading “Are You Taking Part in the Reoccurring Ancient Pattern of Judging the Younger Generation?”

Thoughts on: Endurance – Alfred Lansing

A testament to what humans will endure when put to the test. It’s amazing how Shackleton and his men overcame one terrible obstacle after another without losing hope. Hats off to the captain and the crew. My main takeaway is the leadership style of captain Shackleton. Leading by example and not standing above any task.Continue reading “Thoughts on: Endurance – Alfred Lansing”

Mini Review – Our Oriental Heritage by Will Durant (Part 2) – The Near East

The second part of this tome (1200+ pages) is focused on the Ancient civilizations of the Near East; Egypt, Persia, Babylonia, Judea etc.. 📝 “It is in the nature of an empire to disintegrate soon, for the energy that created it disappears from those who inherits it.” 📝 Persia was founded by a stoic people,Continue reading “Mini Review – Our Oriental Heritage by Will Durant (Part 2) – The Near East”

Mini Review – Our Oriental Heritage by Will Durant (Part 1)

Photo credit: @eruchdah Why should you know history? It tells you how we got where we are today. Why we believe what we believe, why we do what we do. By learning about the past you can also avoid repeating it’s mistakes —- and it’s f***ing fascinating! This book is ambitious in scope, the seriesContinue reading “Mini Review – Our Oriental Heritage by Will Durant (Part 1)”

Thoughts on: “At the Existentialists Café” by Sarah Bakewell

Time for a small break from the Top- 10 countdown before it reaches its crescendo. 😎 —— This became my first encounter with the modern existentialists thanks to a recommendation by @inside_brians_brain . In this book we get to know Sartre and de Beauvoir primarily – but also Camus, Heidegger, Merleau Ponty to name aContinue reading “Thoughts on: “At the Existentialists Café” by Sarah Bakewell”

Reading list updated!

I finally got my reading list (with scores!) from last year published on the site. I bet you’ll find something you like in there! Enjoy!