Category Books

The Subtle Art of not Giving a, by Mark Manson

Happiness comes from wisely choosing our problems and working diligently to solve them, despite the inevitable pain; embracing negative emotions as part of life; espousing good values.

Safe at Home: Confessions of a Baseball Fanatic, by Alyssa Milano

Being a fan – and a baseball fan in particular – is an amazingly rewarding experience. It brings some desperately needed lightness into ours lives; it relaxes and entertains us, year after year, with its unmistakable feeling of familiarity; it connects us with family and friends; and it inspires us to excel in our own endeavors.

The last lecture, by Randy Pausch

Life is finite, and it might be shorter than we expect. We must learn to treasure every moment, especially those in the company of the people we love. We must also dare to dream big and work hard to achieve those dreams, while helping others achieve theirs. “The Brick walls are there for a reason: not to keep us out, but to give us a chance to show how badly we want something”.”

The ONE Thing, by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan

Success comes from tirelessly investing hours and hours a day towards your most important goal.

The Road less traveled by Scott Peck. Part 2: LOVE

“Love is the will to extend one’s self for the purpose of nurturing one’s own or another’s spiritual growth”

Re-reading “The Road Less Traveled” by Scott Peck. Part 1: Discipline

“Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths.”

First thoughts on “Finding your own North Star”, by Martha Beck

Get yourself out of a life that is “wrong” for you and search for what makes you truly happy.

ideas from books: Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters

As a father of two young daughters, I was drawn to Meg Meeker’s bestseller Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters as a way to reflect on my role, particularly in the context of a society which seems to relegate fathers – and parents for that matter – to a secondary position. Meeker’s words resounded with me when, […]

ideas from books: Black Boy

In reading Richard Wright’s Black Boy, the autobiographical novel of the childhood and youth of the prominent Afro-American author of the first half of the last century, I was struck by the America that was depicted. It is not the American I am so fond of, the America that prides itself in being the land of freedom, hope […]

ideas from books: The Conservative’s Handbook

Radio host Phil Valentine does an excellent job at illustrating his conservative vision, breaking it down issue by issue, using a colloquial style and vivid (and often funny) anecdotes. He also highlights the core principles that underpin conservatism, if in an unsystematic and almost haphazard way: he goes about in no particular order in tackling […]