“I like TV church, Pops” – Penelope

PenelopeThe Sunday routine has been drastically altered.

I have enjoyed gathering with friends and acquaintances to talk, sing, learn and seek collective inspiration on a weekly basis most all of my adult life. As recently as 3 months ago, I would have thought the absence of this social routine would have left a great void in my life. While I do look forward to reuniting in with the Church for church, it is different now – more like the way I look forward to a coming concert or sporting event. The anticipation is exciting and the event will be great…

…once, and probably on some infrequent occasions. Continue reading ““I like TV church, Pops” – Penelope”

Thoughts and Quotes from “Atomic Habits” by James Clear

Atomic HabitsChange can take years before it happens all at once.

I stopped by the local bookstore to pick up my next read. The entrance display showcased this recently released book. The mental warfare against myself that week drew my attention to the title. I picked it up, read the cover-slip, and put it back with a smirk – “I don’t need this self-help crap.”

From there, I headed to the business section where true intellectual entrepreneurs seek knowledge and sharpen their edge. To my surprise, the book was also showcased here. My suppressed superstitions were awakened as my mind whispered, “It must be a sign.” I purchased the book and made my way to the airport. Continue reading “Thoughts and Quotes from “Atomic Habits” by James Clear”

The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels

I picked this up as part of my desire to understand more about the history of socialism. I fully expected to find everything written repugnant, but found this was not the case. The core ideology, however misguided, is simply the outcry of the less fortunate, oppressed class (proletariat) against the ruling class (bourgeoisie). While the terms have changed, the opposition between the haves and have nots continues today.

I find of utmost interest that the earliest movements of socialism were based on a fully nationalistic mindset whereas today’s socialist are very anti-nationalism. Continue reading “The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels”