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review 2019-01-14 22:16
ELIZABETH WARREN: THE PEOPLE'S ADVOCATE & CHAMPION
Elizabeth Warren: Her Fight. Her Work. Her Life. - Antonia Felix

This is a biography of one of the most remarkable political leaders in the United States to emerge in the past decade.

 

Elizabeth Warren, born into a working class family in Oklahoma, is the embodiment of what has come to be known as the American Dream. By dint of sheer hard work and scholarship, she earned a university degree and a law degree, all while raising a family. She went on to teach law at Rutgers University, the University of Houston, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Pennsylvania, and in 1995 was offered a position to teach law at Harvard, where she went on to become a tenured professor.

I first became aware of Elizabeth Warren in 2011 when her work in the establishment of what became the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was highlighted by President Obama's naming of Richard Cordray to head that bureau. I was impressed with her knowledge of consumer and economic issues and when she decided to challenge in 2012 the Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) for the Senate seat previously held by Ted Kennedy and John Fitzgerald Kennedy, my interest in her began to grow. 

Antonia Felix has done a wonderful job through this biography in making real the manner of person Elizabeth Warren is. Unlike a significant number of politicians on Capitol Hill today who came into elective office (many of them from privileged backgrounds) to derive some benefits for themselves by currying favor with the corporate lobbies that have an inordinate and excessive influence in the shaping of legislation relating to policies and practices in the marketplace, Elizabeth Warren won election in 2012 to the Senate as an outsider willing to work on the inside for the public interest. She has proven to be the real deal. She's got grit, spunk, compassion, and saavy to get things done. And now that she has declared herself a candidate from the Democratic Party for President of the United States in 2020, I am hopeful that Elizabeth Warren will prevail against her detractors and critics, while inspiring millions across the nation to support her campaign and make it successful.

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review 2019-01-12 11:10
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Rosewater - Tade Thompson

Two and a half stars because I literally lost the plot! I think I have been just too tired to be able to keep up with all the skipping around in the book.Aside from the first person present tense used in the story, I found his frequent and unnecessary referrals to his main character's erection's rather grating. Did they add anything to the story? Not really. I suppose they did show that Kaaro could be led around by his dick most of the time but it wasn't really for me. I think I will put this one on ice until the whole trilogy is out and try it again as the idea was rather good I just didn't like the execution.

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text 2019-01-06 09:17
Reading progress update: I've read 103 out of 390 pages.
Rosewater - Tade Thompson

Despite the first person present tense and  the relative slowness of the pace (nothing much has happened in the first 100 pages except getting some backstory) it is interesting enough to keep me reading.

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text 2019-01-05 00:06
Rosewater - Tade Thompson

I've been looking forward to reading this for some time. Written in the first person present, not my favourite tense for reading but I can live with it.

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url 2019-01-01 16:11
21st Century Spiritual Renaissance in Consciousness Research
Conscious Parenting: Mindful Living Course for Parents - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Art of 4 Elements - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Mindful Eating with Delicious Raw Vegan Recipes - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Tree of Life - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Chanting Mantras with Best Chords - Nataša Pantović Nuit
A-Ma Alchemy of Love - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Mindful Being - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Conscious Creativity: Mindfulness Meditations - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Spiritual Symbols: With their Meanings (Alchemy of love mindfulness training) (Volume 8) - Nataša Pantović Nuit

Mysticism or Magic

21st Century Spiritual Renaissance in  Research

by Nataša Pantović Nuit

Mysticism or Magic 21st century spiritual Renaissance when east meets west

In sociology, we acknowledge the difference between the Eastern and Western worlds. Cultural rather than geographical divide, we mentally associate Asia with the East, and Australia, Europe, and America with the West. Some scholars would define Russia as East, and Islamic nations regard predominantly Christian nations as the West. Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Islam are some common religions of the Eastern worlds. Today our scientists, philosophers, mystics and artists learn from each other, applying science to comprehend the ancient wisdom, Micro and Macro manifestations.

“The same stream of life that runs through my veins night and day runs through the world and dances in rhythmic measures. It is the same life that shoots in joy through the dust of the earth in numberless blades of grass and breaks into tumultuous waves of leaves and flowers. It is the same life that is rocked in the ocean-cradle of birth and of death, in ebb and in flow...”

Stream of Life, a Bengali poem by Rabindranath Tagore

Albert Einstein says

“I cannot prove scientifically that Truth must be conceived as a Truth that is valid independent of humanity; but I believe it firmly. I believe, for instance, that the Pythagorean theorem in geometry states something that is approximately true, independent of the existence of man.”

Applying any  system from a different country to own environment is a difficult task that requires proper assessment of both own and the circumstances surrounding the system. Respecting the accumulated knowledge within one’s country, a spiritual researcher or a practitioner attempts to apply various methods and techniques without getting entangled with superstitions, various Ego-s inner dynamics, and Universal knowhow circles looping around our s creating a mirage of progress.

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