House of the Sleeping Beauties

by Yasunari Kawabata

Review ready on May 1 . See you then. This is a tough story to get through as you will find out.

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Some Books I’ve Read-Fiction

In the last millennium I worked for the CPL as a Book Discussion Moderator and started to keep a list of books I’ve read. Its is by no means complete or up to date, but if you see a book you’d like to discuss or ask about, just make a post.

Last Entry 2002
Abbott, Edwin A.     Flatland
Hannah, Barry    Ray
Bock, Richard     Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Brobeck, Erma    The Grass Is Always Greener Over The Septic Tank
Clancy, Tom     Red Storm Rising
Clancy, Tom     The Hunt for Red October
Clancy, Tom     Patriot Games
Crichton, Michael     Jurrasic Park
Day, Clarence     This Simian World
Eliades, D./R. Forest Web    And To My Nephew Albert I leave the Island What I Won Off Fatty Hagen in a Poker Game…
Frued, Sigmund     An Outline of Psycho-Analysis trans by James Strachey
Furst, Jeffery     Edgar Cayce’s Stgory of Jesus
Gibran, Kahlil    The Prophet
Gibran, Kahlil    Voice of The Master
Hammett, Dashiell     The Maltese Falcon
Heller, Joseph     Catch-22
Harris, Thomas     Red Dragon
Kawabata, Yasunari     House of The Sleeping Beauties
Kawabata, Yasunari     Some Prefer Nettles
Kawabata, Yasunari     Thousand Cranes
Kawabata, Yasunari     Snow Country
Khayyám, Omar    The Rubáiyát trans byEdward Fitzgerald
Keyes Jr., Ken     The Hundreth Monkey
Keillor, Garrison    Lake Wobegon Days
Knowles, John     A Seperate Peace
Ludlum, Robert      The Road To Gondolfo
Ludlum, Robert      The Road To Omaha
Milne, A. A.    The World of Pooh
Mishima, Yukio      Spring Snow
Mishima, Yukio      Temple of the Golden Pavillion
Murphy,WarrenCochran,Molly    Grandmaster
Pirsig, Robert M.    Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
Quinn, Daniel    Ishmael
Rampa, Lobsang     Feeding the Flame
Rampa, Lobsang     Living With The Lama
Rampa, Lobsang     The Rampa Story
Rand, Ayn    Anthem
Robbins, Tom    Skinny Legs and All
Robbins, Tom    Jitterbug Perfume
Roberts, Jane    Adventures in Consciousness
Roberts, Jane    The Coming of Seth
Roberts, Jane    The Education of Oversoul 7
Roberts, Jane    The Nature of Personal Reality
Roth, Philip    Our Gang
Salinger, J. D.    Franny and Zooey
Saint Exuery, Antoine    The Little Prince
Schrieber, W./J. Kunetka    Nature’s End
Schrieber, W./J. Kunetka    War Day
Silverberg, Robert     Gilgamesh
Singer, Issac B.     The Spinoza of Market Street
Tanizaki, Junichiro    Diary of a Mad Old Man
Tanizaki, Junichiro    Some Prefer Nettles
Tanizaki, Junichiro    The Key
Uris, Leon     Trinity
Walker, Alice     The Color Purple
Adams, Alice    A Southern Exposure
alverez, Julia    In the Name of Salome
Ambrose, Stephan    Undaunted Courage
Bambara, Toni Cade    Those Bones Are Not My Child
Bennett, Allen    Clothes They Stood Up In
Berendt, John    Midnight in the Garden of Good/Evil
Bernieres, Louis de    Corelli’s Mandolin
Bohjalian, Chris    Midwives
Bradbury, Ray    Farenheit 451
Bragg, Rick    Ava’s Man
Brenner, Joel Glenn     Emporers Of Chocolate
Bronte, Emily    Wuthering Heights
Brookner, Anita    Hotel Du Lac
Busch, Fredrick    Night Inspector
Campbell, Beebe More    Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine
Cather, Willa    My Antonia
Cather, Willa    Death Comes for the Archbishop
Childress, Mark    Crazy in alabama
Chin, Frank    Donald Duk
Cisneros, Sandra    House on Mango Street
Conroy, Pat    Beach Music
Cooper, J. California    Homemade Love
Cross, Donna Woolfolk    Pope Joan
Dai, Sijie    Balzac and the Little Chinese Samstress
Deane, Seamus    Reading In The Dark
Diamant, Anita    The Red Tent
Dick, Philip K.    Blade Runner
Dickens, Charles    Hard Times
Durham, David Anthony    Gabriels Story
Edgerton, Clyde    Walking Across Egypt
Equivel,    Like Water for Chocolate
Fitch, Jane    White Oleander
Fitzgerald, Penelope    The Bookshop
Flagg, Fannie    Fried Green Tomatoes
Flannery, O’Connor    A Good Man Is Hard To Find
Frazier, Charles    Cold Mountain
Gaines, Ernest    A Lesson Before Dying
Gaines, Ernest    A Gathering of Old Men
Gibbons, Kaye    Elen Foster
Gold, Glen Davis    Carter Beats the Devil
Golden, Arthur    Memoirs of a Geisha
Goodwin, Doris Kean    Wait Till Next Year
Guterson, David    Snow Falling on Cedars
Hammett, Dashill    Maltese Falcon
Hansberry, Lorraine    A Rasin in the Sun
Harrigan, Stephan    Gates of the Alamo
Hillenbrand, Laura    Seabiscuit
Hoffman, Alice    Blue Diary
Holton, Hugh    Presumed Dead
Houlton, Hugh    Violent Crimes
Iida, Debora    Middle Son
Iyer, Pico    Abandon
Izzi, Eugene    The Criminalist
Japrisot, Sebastien    A Very Long Engagement
Johnson, Charles    Middle Passage
Karon, Jan    At Home in Mitford
Kidd, Sue Monk    The Secret Life of Bees
Kurzweil, allen    The Grand Complication
Lee, Harper    To Kill a MockingBrid
Lewis, Sinclair    Elemer Gantry
Lipman, Elinor    Ladies Man
Marquez, Gabriel Garcia    100 Years of Solitude
Martin, Gregory    Mountain City
McBride, James    Color of Water
McBride, James    Miracle at Santa Anna
McCarthy, Cormac    All The Pretty Horses
McCourt, Frank    Angela’s Ashes
McDermott, Alice    Charming Billy
Minot, Susan    Evening
Mosely, Walter.    A little Yellow Dog
Notaro, Laurie    Idiot Girls Action Adventure Club
Nunez, Sigrid    For Rouenna
O’brien, Tim    The Things They Carried
O’Toole, Kennedy    Confederacy of Dunces
Parsons, tony    Man and Boy
Pratchett, Ann    Bel Canto
Prior, Lily    La Cucina
Pym, Barbara    Quartet in Autumn
Pyper, Andrew    Lost Girls
Quindlen, Ann    Blessings
Raleigh, Michael    In the Castle of the Flynns
Russel, Mary Doria    the Sparrow
Russel, Mary Doria    Children of God
Santiago, Esmerelda    Almost A Woman
Smiley, Jane    Moo
Smiley, Jane
Stegner, Wallace    Angle of Reposes
Stollman, Aryeh Lev    The Far Euphrates
Tan, Amy    The 100 Secret Senses
Theroux, Paul    Dark Star Safari: Cairo to Capetown
Tsukiyama, Gail    Samurai’s Garden
Tyler, Anne    A Patchwork Planet
Umrigar, Thrity    Bombay Time
Villasennor, Victor     Wild Steps of Heaven
Vreeland, Susan    Girl in Hyacinth Blue
Wallace, Daniel    Ray in Reverse
Well, Rebecca    Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Wideman ,John E.    Philedelphia Fire
Wilentz, Amy    Martyr’s Crossing
Wisel, Elei    Night
Wisel, Elei    Morning
Wisel, Elei    Afternoon

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Some Books I’ve Read–Non-fiction

In the last millennium I worked for the CPL as a Book Discussion Moderator and started to keep a list of books I’ve read. Its is by no means complete or up to date, but if you see a book you’d like to discuss or ask about, just make a post.

Last Entry 2002

Arnold, Anthony     Afghanistan: The Soviet Invasion in Perspective
Behrens, Frank     Dante’s Infernal Guide to Your School
Being    The Way to The Kingdom
Brown, Claude    Manchild In The Promised Land
Caputo, Philip    A Rumor Of War
Chuan, Chieh Tzu Yuan Hua trans by Mai-Mai Sze     The Mustard Seed Garden Manual of Painting
Coomaraswamy, Ananda K.    The Transformation Of Nature In Art
Frank, Anne     Diary of Anne Frank
Fremantle, Anne Ed by     Mao Tse-Tung An Anthology of His Writings
Fulghum, Robert    All I Really Need to Know I Learned In Kindergarten
Fuller, Buckminster     Critical Path
Fuller, Buckminster     Ideas and Integrities
Gurdjieff, G. I.     Meetings with Remarkable Men
Han-Shan    Cold Mountain trans by Burton Ward
Haskell, Barbara     Marsden Hartley
Hill, Ruth Beebe    Hanta Yo
Hitler, Adolph    Mein Kampf (two chapters)
Howard, Robert W.     The Dawn Seekers The first history of Amer. Palentology
Howarth, Stephen     The Knights Templar
Knight, Gareth     A Practical Guide To Qabalistic Symbolism
Krippner, S./D. Rubined by    The Kirlian Aura
Manchester, William    Goodbye Darkness
Mendelsohn, Issac Ed. by    Religions of the Ancient Near East
Neihardt, John G.    Black Elk Speaks
Okakura, Kakuzo     The Book of Tea
Orwell, George     Nineteen Eighty-four
Parinaud André    The Unspeakable Confessions of Salvador Dali
Pugh, Anthony    Polyhedra, a visual approach
Peale, Norman Vincent     The Power of Positive Thinking
Pruitt, Ida    A Daughter of Han
Robinson, John B.    Dungeon, Fire and Sword
Robinson, John B.    Born In Blood: The Lost Secrets of Free Masonry
Rodgers, Carl     Carl Rodgers On Personal Power
Schrieber, Whitley     Communion A True Story
Sherrvill, Robert     Why they call it Politics
Smith, Huston    The Religions of Man
Stavrianos, L. S.     The Promise of the Coming Dark Age
Stevenson, William     A Man Called Intrepid
Thompson, Hunter S.     Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas
Toffler, Alvin    The Third Wave
Tuchman, Barbara    A Distant Mirror
Tzu, Sun    The Art of War translated by Samuel B. Griffith
Unknown     The Way Of A Pilgrim translated by R. M. French
Watkins, Sam R.     Co. Atch
Watson, Bruce     Early Chinese Literature
Weyl, Herman     Symmetry
Winterringer, Glen S.    Wild Orchids of Illinois
Weiner, Herbert    9-1/2  Mystics
Wright, Peter    Spy Catcher

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Some Books I’ve Read-Great Literature

In the last millennium I worked for the CPL as a Book Discussion Moderator and started to keep a list of books I’ve read. Its is by no means complete or up to date, but if you see a book you’d like to discuss or ask about, just make a post.

Last Entry 2002

Boccaccio, Giovanni     The Decameron Trans by Guido Waldman
Buck, Pearl S.    The Good Earth
Conrad, Joseph     Heart of Darkness
Defoe, Daniel    A Journal of the Plague Year
Dante Aligheri    The Inferno
DeKopp, Robert    Warriors Way
DeKopp, Robert    If I Forget Thee
Dostoyevesky, Fyodor     Crime And Punishment
Frank, Anne     Tales From the Second Annex
Frank, Anne     The Diary of Anne Frank
Franklin, Benjamin    The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Gogol, Nikolai     Evenings Near the Village of Dikanka
Graves, Robert    Hercules, My Shipmate
Homer    The Odessy
Irving, Washington     The Alhambra
Kipling, Rudyard     Captains Courageous
Kipling, Rudyard     Soldiers Three
London, Jack     Star Rover
Machiavelli, Niccolo     The Prince Trans by George Bull
Shakespear, William     Julius Ceaser
Shakespear, William     Macbeth
Shakespear, William     The Tempest
Shelly, Mary    Frankenstein
Stevenson, Robert Louis      The Black Arrow
Stoker, Bram     Dracula
Scott, Sir Walter     Ivanhoe
Shaw, Bernard     Saint Joan
Toole, J. K.     A Confederacy of Dunces
Twain, Mark     A Connecticet Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
Twain, Mark     The Prince and the Pauper
Twain, Mark     Joan of Arc
Watkins, Sam R.    Co. Aytch A Side Show of the Big Show
Wallace, Lew    Brave New World

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Some Books I’ve Read–fantasy

In the last millennium I worked for the CPL as a Book Discussion Moderator and started to keep a list of books I’ve read. Its is by no means complete or up to date, but if you see a book you’d like to discuss or ask about, just make a post.

Last Entry 2002
Eddings, David    The Belgariead (5 volumes)    Fantasy
Eddings, David    Pawn of Prophecy     Fantasy
Eddings, David    Queen of Sorcery    Fantasy
Eddings, David    Magician’s Gambit    Fantasy
Eddings, David    Castle of Wizardry    Fantasy
Eddings, David    Enchanters’ End Game     Fantasy
Eddings, David    The Mallorean  (5 volumes)    Fantasy
Eddings, David    Guardians of the West     Fantasy
Eddings, David    King of the Murgos      Fantasy
Eddings, David    Demon God of Karanda      Fantasy
Eddings, David    Sorceress of Darshiva      Fantasy
Eddings, David    The Seeress of Kell     Fantasy
Eddings, David    The Elenium  (4 volumes)    Fantasy
Eddings, David    The Diamond Throne      Fantasy
Eddings, David    The Ruby Knight      Fantasy
Eddings, David    The Domed City     Fantasy
Brooks, Terry     Sword of Shanar    Fantasy
Lackey, Mercedes     The Queen’s Own (3 volumes)    Fantasy
Lackey, mercedes     Arrows of the Queen (1)    Fantasy
Lackey, mercedes    Arrow Flight (2)    Fantasy
Lackey, mercedes    Arrows Fall (3)    Fantasy
Card, Orson Scott    The Tales of Alvin Maker    Fantasy
Card, Orson Scott    Seventh Son    Fantasy
Card, Orson Scott    Red Prophet    Fantasy
Tolkien, J. R. R.     The Lord of the Rings    Fantasy
Tolkien, J. R. R.     The Fellowship of the Ring(1)    Fantasy
Tolkien, J. R. R.     The Two Towers (2)    Fantasy
Tolkien, J. R. R.     The Return of the King (3)    Fantasy
Tolkien, J. R. R.     The Silmarillion    Fantasy
Miller, Frank     Batman: The Dark Knight Returns    Fantasy
Pavic, Milorad    Dictionary of the Khazars     Fantasy
Anthony, Piers    Wielding A Red Sword     Fantasy
Zelazny, Roger    Chronicles of Amber (7    Fantasy
Zelazny, Roger    Nine Pinces of Amber(1)    Fantasy
Zelazny, Roger    Courts of Chaos    Fantasy
Zelazny, Roger    Hand of Oberon    Fantasy
Zelazny, Roger    Sign of the Unicorn    Fantasy
Zelazny, Roger    Trumps of Doom    Fantasy
Zelazny, Roger    Blood of Amber     Fantasy

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No Longer Human–a book review

No Longer Human

by Osamu Dasai

Reviewd by Peter Grabas

My life has been one of much shame.

This opening line immediately shows you that this will be no ordinary bit of prose, and riveted me to the story as only profound literature can. Published in 1948 it is the second best selling book in Japan. Although this novel has autobiographical elements of attempted suicide, multiple affairs, drug abuse and intellect, it only enhances this work of fiction and is not a veiled life’s story.

No Longer Human is written in three chapters best described as memorandum, the first being his childhood and illustration of his paranoia(s) and comedic deception. The second his university years and bohemian behavior, despair and double suicide drowning with a woman. He survives but she does not leaving him in profound guilt. In the third memorandum he makes an attempt at normal life and almost succeeds until his bohemian college friend turns up and he once again begins self-destructive behavior that spirals into drug addiction of alcohol and morphine and eventually in put into a mental institution. On leaving it he moves to an isolated house and lives in a haze of detached feeling recalling his life and writing these memorandum which are found and given exposure by an unidentified person who writes the prologue and epilogue. The great pity of this character and the story’s plot is that his persistent trauma of fear, never had to hold him as it does. A great profundity in life is that “you are who you pretend to be” is illustrated in his acceptance by his childhood peers, friends and family, only he cannot make that bridge between his self perception and his outward behavior. But since it is unclear what happens to him we can speculate that his memorandum he wrote may have placed him on a course to salvation by exposing himself. At least I like to think or hope so.

The question I anticipate you asking is “why would I read No Longer Human?” My answer is that it is much like a terrible accident or catastrophe that we see at a safe distance. It is compelling and profound and makes us stronger in appreciation of our strengths and give pardon to our shortcomings and fears. This book is highly recommended for its story, construction, and well crafted verse. It also leaves us a ray of hope in its conclusion. If you wish to read more of the following, review my caveat is that the following can be a spoiler (even though I omit a lot).

The protagonist is Oba Yozo the son of a large very wealthy politically powerful family living outside of Tokyo. In early childhood he was sexually traumatized by a female servant and had distant affection from his family giving some explanation to Yozo’s extreme sense of disassociation, alienation and paranoia, deception, sociopathology (unable to relate to others feelings), savage low esteem and weak will. He is also extremely Intelligent, good looking, affable and comedically talented which he uses to hide these very powerful feelings of inadequacy that drive all his interactions. Yozo touches on all of our commonly shared feelings of alienation and fears and yearning for acceptance but the average person only has them sometimes or if persistently then not all simultaneously. Yet that profound paranoia drives him to self preservation by hiding behind an unbreakable mask of good cheer and comedy. Irony in its most basic form. He is appreciated by his peers, teachers and family as a comic of great wit and is sought by girls for his company of whom he lives in fear of discovery. A facade that is only penetrated once and in horror he makes that observer Takeichi his boyhood friend to monitor him and protect that facade.

Although sought by girls for his company he feigns, as always, good cheer only waiting for retreat since he cannot truly interact. It is in retrospect that he realizes he is attractive to women but can only find comfort in the arms of prostitutes that he is introduced to in his college years by a shallow classmate who uses him to fund their bohemian lifestyle. At this time of behavior resembling debauchery and being disowned by family, he meets a depressed and tired bar girl, Tsuneko, who reflects his despair and suggests a double suicide by leaping of a cliff into the sea. They do but he survives leaving him with a guilt that permeates his being and gives him a public notoriety. As if he didn’t have enough trouble eh?

A central component of this story is his art. Making paintings (self portraits of inhuman qualities) is his ambition, but when he is rescued by a journalist, her name is Shizuko, with whom he almost succeeds in a normal life, he doodles for her daughter and begins to draw manga and becoming popular earning a livelihood. At least until his shallow friend Horiki shows up to blackmail him and the self destruction begins again. Drunk he meets a naive girl Yoshiko and starts another relationship. More drugs and an institution where he recovers and writes the memorandum. A frist step toward human? Lets hope.

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Kokoro–a book review

Kokoro: Sensei no Isho

by Natsume Soseki

reviewed by Peter Grabas

Penguin Books translation by Meredith McKinney
ISBN 978-0-14-310603-6

This book is a classic of early 20th century Japan and is read today by all who seek an
understanding and appreciation of Japanese Literature. Love, friendship, loyalty, guilt, betrayal, honor and cultural clash are woven into the fabric of this story of an unhappy older man and an admiring younger one. The literal translation of Kokoro is heart, or heart of the matter. Written in 1914 during a period of great social and cultural change it transcends that period of time and speaks to one’s soul, or heart and since there is little reference in the story that overtly dates it or makes it feel out of sync with today, it makes it relevant to contemporary issues within us.

The story written in three parts

• The first part of the book is the student meeting Sensei and his wife and his growing
fascination with the older man.

• The second is the students return to home to his ailing father and family, and his
fathers and Emperor’s subsequent death. The student receives a long letter, a testament,
from Sensei.

•The third is a testament or explanation written by Sensei for his actions and reveals
the mystery why he was the kind of man he is.

This story is principally between a young university student, and his much older
friend whom he calls Sensei*, sensei’s wife and a few additional characters of family
and friends. The substance and quality of the story is achieved on the repeated instances
where Sensei projects himself as an withdrawn (and unhappy) man, a misanthrope, creating a mystery as to why a fine man such as he is has such attitudes. All is made clear by the third part in which he reveals why he has become the way he is and places a tremendous moral decision upon the student. This style creates a story within the story and gives the magnificent strength to the first two parts.

Although the wife is a secondary character but central to the story the focus is primarily
between the student and Sensei. The names of people are mostly substituted by titles such as wife and honorifics like Sensei that have the subtle effect of merging individual characters into archetypes representing young and old generations with their different values. Written about love, friendship, loyalty, guilt, betrayal and morality there is the additional backdrop of cultural transition that parallels an individuals conflict between self interest and the aforementioned feelings today. This is significant because it addresses the eternal changing values of generations and also the very specific change in values that occurred at the turn of the century when ‘old’ Japan was replaced by the ‘new’ Japan. The end of that remnant of Confucian mindset of feudal Japan with the advent of the Western modern individualistic self or egocentric mindset had dramatic stress on society, is briefly and specifically mentioned in the story, and is reflective of contemporary internal stresses of duty to self and duty to clan, company, country. Although Soseki was writing about emotions mentioned earlier he wrote it in and that era’s changing social climate which held a great deal of significance for readers at that time. For a deeper understanding of the book, its interplay with that era and with modern values it helps to understand a little historical background of that time. For those who are familiar with Japanese history and the Mejie period feel free to skip the next historical section.

A brief history (This is just an overview and I invite the reader to pursue actual
historians writings).

Japan is an island nation, and island cultures tend to be more isolated and ideocentric
in thinking and culture (more polite too) than mainland cultures that are without the major barriers of oceans. Because of constant political and military threat Japan’s contact with their Korean and Chinese neighbors was always strained and reticent. Contact with the west In the late 1500’s had dramatic influence upon the feudal system with the introduction of Christianity and gunpowder.

In 1639 after decades of political and social problems that challenged the power of the
Shogunate and the ruling class foreigners foreigners were tossed out, Christianity banned and Japan was closed from contact with the west (except to the Dutch who were restricted and monitored to Nagasaki, as well as China/Korea) this stayed so for about two hundred years until a Western military fleet (American Admiral Perry) arrived in the harbor and would not leave, demanding relations and trade.

This event triggered an understanding that Japan was militarily, technologically and
industrially inferior and ‘too isolated’ making the Shogunate decide that it was a necessity to embrace the industrial techniques and engineering of the west to meet this challenge. This process led to Japan’s leadership in these fields today, but the process of acquiring new methods also had an influx of foreign cultural and political ideas that were diametrically opposed to traditional Japan. Japan had the Confucian way of life which stressed sacrifice of self for the group, lord or the state which worked very well for the feudal Samurai Shogunate, and the West had its stress on the individual and sacrifice for self. Somehow over half a century it all got sorted out (with the terrible side effect of extreme militarism which led to 30 years of war and conflict). But the transition was difficult as the younger generations always seemed to embrace more of self in opposition to the ways of group for the older. (Although this is a mantra of all older generations–everywhere–it had greater relevance in that time in Japan).

At the time of the writing of Kokoro the Emperor Mejie was the last vestige of ‘old Japan’
and when he died, figuratively old Japan did as well. One of his trusted generals a remnant
of feudal/traditional thinking committed ritual suicide
‘seppeku’ to die with his lord.

These deaths are used in the book as a trigger that causes profound effects upon the characters and gives the story its structure. I do recommend this book with the caveat that the impact of the book comes from reading the third part which gives the first two parts their substance.

*Sensei is an honorific title bestowed on someone who is a teacher or whom one learns from and is in deference to.

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An Inspirational Book-The Myths of Innovation

I have been a reader of Scott Berkun’s website and have been impressed in his perception and insight into creativity, the workplace, and people. How do you inspire and motivate in an atmosphere of “not my job”, “cover your ass”, and “keep your head down in the workplace and working groups? As Scott has said indirectly ‘the best way is to change the group into a positive one, then it becomes possible…’ (my paraphrase).

Give it a read and tell me what you think.

The Myths of Innovation

A great book, The Myths of Innovation, is now out in
paperback with 4 new chapters – It’s gotten fantastic reviews
for being fun, inspiring and a great read. You have to check it
out if you work …with ideas or hope to someday.

On amazon (50 reviews) at: this link

Two free chapters: at this link (PDF)

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Hero-James (Jimmy) E. Carter-President, Humanitarian, Diplomat

James Earl “Jimmy” Carter, Jr. served as the 39th President of the United States from 1977 to 1981 and was the recipient of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize, the only U.S. President to have received the Prize after leaving office. Before he became President, Carter served two terms as a Georgia State Senator and one as Governor of Georgia, from 1971 to 1975,[2] and was a peanut farmer and naval officer.

After leaving office, Carter and his wife Rosalynn founded the Carter Center in 1982,[4] a nongovernmental, not-for-profit organization that works to advance human rights. He has traveled extensively to conduct peace negotiations, observe elections, and advance disease prevention and eradication in developing nations. Carter is a key figure in the Habitat for Humanity project,[5] and also remains particularly vocal on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
(excerpts from Wikipedia)

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September 20th

Sept. 20th. Sorry for the delay in posting. I had an accident where my lower leg muscles where a bit crushed, and then infected, re-infected, and now therapy–so I’ve been distracted from writing. Not so much distracted but rather distrustful of my blogging, as it probably would be dark or negative. New content, heroes and scoundrels will be posted on September 25th. See you then.

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