Archive for the ‘Religion’ Category

“All I know is that my life is better when I assume that people are doing their best. It keeps me out of judgment and lets me focus on what is, and not what should or could be.”

December 17, 2017

Brown, Brené . Rising Strong: How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead (pp. 113-114). Random House Publishing Group. Kindle Edition. (the author is quoting her husband)

“THIS is a disturbing book. Many readers will find parts of it hard to stomach. But anyone who wants to understand the so-called Islamic State (IS) should read it.”

December 7, 2017

https://www.economist.com/news/books-and-arts/21731804-young-yazidi-iraqi-was-raped-daily-her-abuse-blessed-jihadist-groups-twisted

I’m  not sure I will actually read this book.  Even the review in The Economist was tough to read.  But if the author has to live with actually having experienced the things about which she writes . . .

Excerpt:

The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight against the Islamic State. By Nadia Murad and Jenna Krajeski. Tim Duggan Books; 306 pages; $27. Virago; £18.99.

THIS is a disturbing book. Many readers will find parts of it hard to stomach. But anyone who wants to understand the so-called Islamic State (IS) should read it. The jihadists who until recently controlled much of Iraq and Syria hit on a recruiting technique that was as crude as it was ingenious. They urged their fighters to capture and keep sex slaves—and convinced them to feel virtuous about it.

“Thank the Lord, Christmas is over!”

December 2, 2017

This may be my all time favorite statement from a conversation I overheard.  It was made at least ten or fifteen years ago.  I was in my home town of Littleton, Colorado to celebrate Christmas with my parents and other family members.  A day or two after Christmas we went for lunch to Mission Trujillo, a memorable Mexican restaurant and veritable community gathering place at Broadway and Ridge, a place frequented by the my family for many years (which, to our great disappointment, closed its doors some time ago, at a time when its business was still thriving).  As we sat at our table, on somewhat of a slow day with not many diners, two middle aged women at a nearby table were conversing over their lunch.  In the course of their conversation, one of the women made the statement which is the title of this blogpost, doing so without a hint of irony, sighing with what I perceived to be genuine relief.

“The Most Inspiring Speech: The Wisdom of a Third Grade Dropout Will Change Your Life – Rick Rigsby”

November 19, 2017

“Self-deprecation is a way to admit your faults without letting them define you. It’s also a way to stay balanced. You need to leave room for humility. We all need to acknowledge that we’re going to try our hardest, and, even so, we will sometimes come up short.”

October 20, 2017

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/why-laughing-at-your-mistakes-is-the-perfect-way-to-move-past-them