Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.
“You must be the change you want to see in the world.”
I have succumbed.
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About a year or so ago I happened upon this thing called “Book Bub”. This is an e-mail subscription where I get notified daily of e-books on sale for very low cost and in some case at no charge. It’s pretty damn awesome, if you ask me. The biggest drawback: I keep ordering these free books because they look interesting!
Now, because of this, I have a plethora of options to read digitally that I never get around to reading. Well, last week, I was caught at work without a book to reed during my breaks and lunch. As a result, I opened my Kindle to see what magic I had downloaded previously due to Book Bub. I found “The Armored Saint” by Myke Cole. This book, dear reader, is why you read. This book: amazing. A quote:
“It is a person you love. Not a name. Not a she or a he. A person in all their shining glory. There is a thing in us, Heloise. A seed. It makes us who we are. It is our core. That is the think that we love. It alone exists. It alone is holy. It has a home, no name. It is neither male nor female. It is greater than that.”
As always, possible spoilers ahead, though I try to avoid major revelations.
This was an interesting choice for me to read. I am not a poker guy. I am not a non-fiction guy.
Ms. Bloom is an intelligent woman – she is great at reading an audience and then delivering what they want. In the case of this book, she gives the audience a portrait of an All-American girl made good. It’s a compelling tale of a strong woman dating influential people. I just wish I could believe it all.
“Life is not always a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.”
For all the positive stereotypes (strong, agile, dexterous) that surround dancers, there are many negative ones as well (lack common sense, unintelligent, flighty). I once dated a dancer who specialized in modern dance, and I can tell you that not all dancers fit these categories, especially the negative ones.
Red Sparrow, released this week in the United States, shows the general audience what I learned long ago: don’t underestimate dancers.
Question from someone I literally just met: What do you do?
My response: Oh I enjoy watching baseball, reading books, taking pictures…
And their followup: No, I mean what do you do for a living?
When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.
One of the blessings of my current job is the fact that I get to travel to Israel on a somewhat regular basis. The flight time is horrible, and I am there to work, but even so the trip provides me an opportunity to take some absolutely beautiful pictures along the way.