Month: December 2016

Don’t Wait for Someone to Teach You

Today I finished reading How to Develop Self-Confidence and Influence People by Public Speaking by Dale Carnegie. Does that mean I’m ready to join Toastmasters? Hardly. I picked up the book because Carnegie’s common-sense approach has long impressed me, because I had a feeling that my kids would benefit from the book, and because I’m always trying to learn something new and…

Solitude and Patience

I found a few of paragraphs from Ranier Maria Rilke’s second and third letters to Franz Kappus meaningful. From the letter dated April 5, 1903: Of course, you must know that each letter of yours will always give me pleasure, and be indulgent towards my answers, which may often leave you empty-handed; fundamentally and precisely in the deepest and most important…

Tug of War

My goal for the day is finishing Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman. I have 38 pages left. The man leaves me shaking my head, unable to love his work or hate it, finding myself repulsed by his self-centered ways, then softened by his selflessness. At times I think I’m too hard on him, especially when it comes to his…