“Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens

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OliverTwistI have taken a break from my normal cycle of 4 educational books followed by 1 enjoyment reading and repeat. I found that I was no longer enjoying my reading time as much as I have throughout my adult life. After much consideration, it came to me that the lack of time for implementation of learnings was likely the cause of my dismay. So, as opposed to slowing my reading, I chose to extend my enjoyment reading for a dedicated season. This Dickens novel is the first of this new season in my life and I am very thankful for it.

I am not sure if Oliver Twist was a part of my educational curriculum or not; it would not have made a difference either way. I worked harder to successfully avoid assigned reading without sacrificing the final grade during school years that it would have taken to simply read what I was supposed to. Either way, I am glad to have read this book.

Dickens walks a wonderful balance of description and story allowing readers to feel as if they truly know the characters and scenes while remaining eager for the next moment of activity. I thoroughly enjoyed the tales with despise and elation as each scene would dictate. In the end, I cheered with joy at the final fortune of our hero. Still, I wish there were more to read on the rest of Twist’s life. Given his history, I have a feeling his future was quite adventurous.

“The Bassoon King” by Rainn Wilson

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BassoonKingMy family is obsessed with television sit-com “The Office”. Rainn Wilson plays the role of Dwight. Dwight is my son’s favorite character; so, when he released an auto-biography, my son ordered it immediately. I was not personally interested in the book, but I am interested in reading anything that my children read.

The odd title of the book aligns with the odd character played by it’s author. The subtitled “My life in art, faith and idiocy” is an accurate synopsis of the book’s contents. This is probably not a book that will teach or inspire a broad audience. It is however, interesting information behind the man we know as Dwight Schrute.

Review and Quotes from “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee

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ToKillAMockingbirdThis is the all-time favorite book of my daughter – Alexa. Further, this is on the summer reading list for my son, Samuel. I always like to read whatever it is that my kids are reading; so, this one got added to the list and I am oh so glad it did. The tale is marvelously written and introduced me to the concept of a man whom I would like to model as the goal for many personal characteristics – Atticus Finch. The story is based in a time when blacks were legally free, but far from legally equal. During such a time, Atticus quietly and consistently stood for what was right. He did this for no other reason than the fact that he believed it was the right thing to do. Though I hate the atrocities of our past, I love everything about this book. It not only inspires me, it causes me to examine myself for bigotries, false pretences and impure motives that I may be blind to. This book is now a top 10 of all time for me. (more…)

Why Trump will not be the GOP Nominee

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GOPToday is May 4, 2016. Over the last 2 days, Ted Cruz and John Kasich have suspended their presidential campaigns leaving Donald Trump as the “presumptive GOP nominee”. It only stands to reason that the last man standing will win the race; however, I believe there will be a different outcome. (more…)

Forgiveness is Easy (a guest post by Rico Ignace)

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forgiveIf love covers a multitude of sins, then forgiveness is the fabric of that sheet.

A friend of mine has a large family, with about ten children. A huge family by today’s norms!  And at this point in time, he and his wife are accumulating a fair number of grandchildren. Some years ago this couple had an experience with their oldest, a son and a truly great guy, that serves as an illustration of how to work out what I call the “post-forgiveness” process. (more…)