Everything is a writing prompt; each moment ripe with possibility that it could be turned into an article or book chapter. I never get the dreaded writers block, but instead, writers runs that flow unabated.
Yes we need books that tackle more difficult aspects of life in a thought-provoking manner. But we also need books to make us laugh, enjoy the beauty in the world, reflect on what we are doing with our days, and try to be happier.
How can one person love a book (or film) and the next detest it? A book may also resonate at one time but not at another. What did I see in Catcher in the Rye when I was 16? Not much. But at 40, I thought it was delightful.
I had no idea this book would inspire me to be a better person. Nor did I know it would take me on such a superhero adventure. And I didn't know I needed it to dip me back into a profound life-changing memory, but I did.
Jimmie Briggs stepped forward into the light yesterday, and brought all the souls in that room with him. We learned what is it to be a real man. What it is to be women. What it is to lead, to collaborate, to support.
Finally, I made it to the ashram. Ever since reading Eat, Pray, Love and being jealous of Elizabeth Gilbert's journey, I dreamed of jumping out of my life for a while and hanging out in India with super spiritual people and a guru who would fill me up with tranquility.
In day-to-day tourism-free Bali, life is a relatively relaxed mosaic of extended family, food and placating the island's many deities with ceremonies and the endless small offerings or banten that Hinduism Balinese-style demands.
For all their hoopla and the effort that went into its development, Bookish is nothing more than a promotional vehicle for books produced by the three publishers funding the site, with an underpowered book recommendation gadget that's not ready for prime time.
Elizabeth Gilbert never knew her great-grandmother. While unpacking boxes of old books, she rediscovered her cookbook At Home on the Range first published in 1947 and met her for the first time through her witty and warm writing.
Please don't keep thinking that women cheat just for romance and love, or because we're not getting fulfilled at home; we also cheat for the thrill of it, the passion and the novelty, and because we can -- just like men.
Before you jump at the chance for a midlife 'do-over,' you may want to consider these three essential psychological components to determine your readiness to take on major transformations at this stage of life.
Something I've always wondered -- is a book good because of the story it tells or how it's told? Then I remember the best books are a perfect combination of both -- which is the case with State of Wonder by Ann Patchett.