"Conscious: A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind" by Annaka Harris

Quick Book Review: “Conscious: A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind” by Annaka Harris

Though it’s a daunting topic, the author tackles questions about the mind – what is consciousness, how does it arise, why does it even exist – in a very clear, concise (a mere 144 pages) manner, providing quite a lot of food for thought.  Questions about free will, whether plants have consciousness, and artificial intelligence (AI) are addressed in a…

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Kenya and Ethiopia – Part 10: Lalibela Sunday Church Service, St. George Church, and Mountain Monastery

Today we woke up earlier than usual.  Sunday is a very important day of worship for the residents of Lalibela, and the procession of people heading to the church for services is an awe-inspiring sight.  Our hotel knows that tourists like to watch the processional, so they had breakfast prepared early for us. Hailu came to pick us up at…

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"10% happier: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics" by Dan Harris and Jeffrey Warren

Quick Book Review: “10% happier: Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics” by Dan Harris and Jeffrey Warren

This was a really good, practical book.  I go through phases where I meditate regularly, and when I do, my life is much better.  But I sometimes let my travel schedule distract me from the practice, and I forget to do it on the weekends, and before I realize it, I’ve let the practice of meditation fall by the wayside. …

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"Happy Money: The Japanese Art of Making Peace with Your Money" by Ken Honda

Quick Book Review: “Happy Money: The Japanese Art of Making Peace with Your Money” by Ken Honda

I was hoping this book would be a nice combination of Zen philosophy and financial management, and that’s what it was, I suppose. He makes some good points about how your attitude toward money is derived from how your parents dealt with money issues, and helps you understand how money can generate thoughts of fear, stress, anxiety, and anger in…

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"The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone" by Olivia Laing

Quick Book Review: “The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being Alone” by Olivia Laing

A really fabulous book about the loneliness you can feel when you live in New York City.  The book is a very insightful meditation on being alone, with the author discussing New York artists whose work reflects that loneliness.  There are great sections on these artists, most of whom I was familiar with (Warhol, Hopper, Basquiat, Klaus Nomi) and some…

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"Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now" by Jaron Lanier

Quick Book Review: “Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now” by Jaron Lanier

The title of this book is much more compelling than the book itself.  The author hails from Silicon Valley, and his philosophizing about the evils of social media, while they make sense, ring a bit hollow to me.   Really nothing earth shattering about his list of reasons.  Too much jargon, too much fake philosophy for me.  I do think he’s…

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How I Spent My Winter 2019 Pt.4 – Bangkok (the next day…)

For Day 2, the itinerary was lighter:  A visit to another temple (Wat Suthat), and then a local park, and then finish the day strolling through Bangkok’s extensive Chinatown. First, I chowed down at the hotel’s excellent buffet.  I took a tuk-tuk to Wat Suthat, just north of Chinatown.   Wat Suthat is one of the city’s most beautiful and biggest…

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Art in Amsterdam

How I Spent My Winter 2019 Pt.2 – Amsterdam (later that week…)

Udi, my Amsterdam buddy for over 20 years, was exceptionally busy, trying to wrap up all of his work assignments and projects before leaving for vacation – a 30-day excursion to Vietnam, Bali, and Malaysia.   But he put aside enough time for us to see a hilarious play at the Stadshuistheater (Husbands and Wives, based on the Woody Allen movie…

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