Quotation of the Day: Books Edition

“I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.”

~Anna Quindlen,
“Enough Bookshelves,”
New York Times, 7 August 1991

I am a voracious reader, and we have books everywhere in our house.

I must admit that most of my recent reading has been done on the Kindle app for the iPad. I feel like I’m betraying the gods of reading. Right now, though, I’m reading a paperback (Authority) which I bought instead of the Kindle version so that George can read it when I’m done. It’s nice to have the weight and smell of the book in my hands. I will still be happy to go back to my eBooks. I like to be able to search and have a built-in dictionary.

How do you read books these days? And are there any books you’d recommend?

Quotation of the Day: Love Edition

When they criticize you, love them for teaching you humility.
When they heap scorn upon you, love them for helping you discover your resiliency.
When they doubt you, love them for giving your dreams greater courage.
When they point out your faults, love them for their accuracy.
When they wound you, love them for showing you your capacity to forgive.
When they try to stop you, love them for making your resolve even stronger.
When they cast you into darkness, love them for helping you discover your inextinguishable light.
And when you stand victorious, when your love has conquered the impossible challenge, invite them to stand with you so they too can see that love is invincible

~Attributed to Cory Booker

Quotation of the Day: Go Play

Happy Jumping Child by Chris Roll

Image courtesy of Chris Roll / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

“There’s a huge part of the advertising industry whichis designed to capture children. And it’s destroying childhood. Anyone who has any experience with children can see this. It’s literally destroying childhood. Kids don’t know how to play. They can’t go out and, you know,like when you were a kid or when I was a kid, you have a Saturday afternoon free. You go out to a field and you’re finding a bunch of other kids and play ball or something. You can’t do anything like that. It’s gotto be organized by adults, or else you’re at home with your gadgets, your video games. But the idea of going out just to play with all the creative challenge, those insights: that’s gone. And it’s done consciously to trap children from infancy and then to turn them into consumer addicts. And that means you’re out for yourself. You got the Ayn Rand kind of sociopathic behavior, which comes straight out of the consumer culture. Consumer culture means going out for myself; I don’tgive a damn about anyone else. I think it’s really destroying society in a lot of ways. And education is part of it.”

~Noam Chomsky

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