Category Archives: Reading

Art Matters by Neil Gaiman [Books]

I read this short book on the plane as I was traveling and found it a refreshing break from the news and the other troubles of life. Great for a vacation read. Art DOES matter and Gaiman my help you … Continue reading

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🥐 ➡️ ⛩ From street cafes to sacred sites: using A Pattern Language via New_Public [Shared]

More than likely, I discovered A Pattern Language during my time at Walt Disney Imagineering. I can’t really say for sure, but I do have my own copy, and while I am not an architect I often use it for generating ideas … Continue reading

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Why should you read Charles Dickens? by Iseult Gillespie via TedEd [Video] [Shared]

The starving orphan seeking a second helping of gruel. The spinster wasting away in her tattered wedding dress. The stone-hearted miser plagued by the ghost of Christmas past. More than a century after his death, these remain recognizable figures from … Continue reading

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The Crow Whisperer By Lauren Markham, Harper’s [Shared]

What happens when we talk to animals? When the crow whisperer appeared at the side gate to Adam Florin and Dani Fisher’s house, in Oakland, California, she was dressed head to toe in black, wearing a hoodie, gloves, and a … Continue reading

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Moby-Dick Marathon: The Story Hour Series via New Bedford Whaling Museum

  Relive one of New Bedford Whaling Museum’s most beloved events with a twist! The annual Moby-Dick Marathon takes place each winter and runs for 25 consecutive hours. Melville aficionados, scholars, and others enter a lottery months in advance for … Continue reading

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The 10 best non-fiction books via Good Housekeeping

Non-fiction books have an extraordinary amount to offer. Whether they’re compelling memoirs or more practical advice books, the topics might be wide-ranging but you’ll come away from each having learnt something new. While some prefer to be immersed in novels, the books we’ve selected … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading: The Mueller Report – 103 in a series – “…was paid to explain what a Trump presidency would entail.”

“Trump was elected President on November 8, 2016. Manafort told the Office that, in the wake of Trump’s victory, he was not interested in an Administration job. Manafort instead preferred to stay on the “outside,” and monetize his campaign position … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading: Life and Times of Frederick Douglass – 94 in a series – “… Mr. Lincoln was not only a great President, but a Great Man…”

“I have often said elsewhere what I wish to repeat here, that Mr. Lincoln was not only a great President, but a Great Man—too great to be small in anything. In his company I was never in any way reminded … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading: The Anatomy of Fascism – 41 in a series – “Failed fascist movements may tell us as much about what was needed for taking root as successful ones.”

“Not even the victor nations were immune to the fascist virus after World War I. Outside Italy and Germany, however, although fascists could be noisy or troublesome, they did not get close to power. That does not mean we should … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading: The Mueller Report – 102 in a series – “Despite his resignation, Manafort continued to offer advice to various Campaign officials…”

“Manafort resigned from the Trump Campaign in mid-August 2016, approximately two weeks after his second meeting with Kilimnik, amidst negative media reporting about his political consulting work for the pro-Russian Party of Regions in Ukraine. Despite his resignation, Manafort continued … Continue reading

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Ceramic Tile Pattern, Porto, Portugal via Instagram

Follow Me On Instagram! Ceramic Tile Pattern, Porto, Portugal Facades like this are one of my most striking memories of Porto. They are everywhere and bind the city together as and architectural whole. See more from my Instagram Feed * … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading: Life and Times of Frederick Douglass – 93 in a series – “…they were willing to fight for the union, but that they were not willing to fight for the freedom of the negroes…”

“The old cry was raised by the copperhead organs of “an abolition war,” and a pretext was thus found for an excuse for refusing to enlist, and for marshaling all the negro prejudice of the north on the rebel side. … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading: The Anatomy of Fascism – 41 in a series – “he Nazi rank and file grew restive as the chances for jobs and places seemed to be slipping away.”

  “Hitler thus built Nazism by July 1932 into the first catch-all party in German history and the largest party so far seen there. His Storm Troopers aroused both fear and admiration by their readiness to beat up socialists, communists, … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading: The Mueller Report – 101 in a series – “…creating an autonomous republic in its more industrialized eastern region…”

“First, Manafort and Kilimnik discussed a plan to resolve the ongoing political problems in Ukraine by creating an autonomous republic in its more industrialized eastern region of Donbas,922 and having Yanukovych, the Ukrainian President ousted in 2014, elected to head … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading: Life and Times of Frederick Douglass – 92 in a series – “The Proclamation itself was like Mr. Lincoln throughout.”

“The Proclamation itself was like Mr. Lincoln throughout. It was framed with a view to the least harm and the most good possible in the circumstances, and with especial consideration of the latter. It was thoughtful, cautious, and well guarded … Continue reading

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