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review 2017-11-20 08:13
Louise Thompson Patterson: A Life of Struggle for Justice
Louise Thompson Patterson: A Life of Struggle for Justice - Keith Gilyard
"Organizing is a fine art. I have worked at it all of my adult life."

Before picking up this book, I had never heard of Louise Thompson Patterson. Which is a shame, because she was an incredibly fascinating woman who influenced the movers and shakers of the Harlem Renaissance, the American Communist party, and the Civil Rights movement. Louise's story is an unlikely and amazing one, from her eclectic, peripatetic childhood, her tempestuous first marriage, to her struggles with her ability to "pass," her deep friendship with Langston Hughes and her bitter rivalry with Zora Neale Hurston, her leadership that brought together a collaboration with a Jewish organisation to fight for universal rights, her travels behind the Iron Curtain, and her lifelong loyalty to the Communist Party. The book is incredibly thorough and each page, often festooned with casual mentions of dozens of names, reads a bit like a Who's Who of the Harlem Renaissance-- which, unfortunately, would be more entertaining if I actually knew who was who. 

The book deftly describes Patterson's life, not only her virtues, but also uncompromisingly explores her flaws. Yet despite learning so much about her life, I am not sure I ever really understood what motivated her, and I absolutely failed to grasp her obstinate faith in the Soviet Union, even to the point of repeatedly switching sides as the Communist policy on the Nazis changed again and again. Perhaps most impressive of all was her ability to survive on a career in political organizing. Patterson was a fascinating complex woman who influenced generation upon generation of civil rights organizers. If you're curious about her life-- and are more well-versed in the history of the time than I am-- this book is well worth a read.

~~I received an advanced reader copy of this book through Netgalley from the publisher, Duke University Press, in exchange for my honest review.~~ 

Cross-posted on Goodreads.

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review 2017-11-16 17:26
Socrates in the City by Eric Metaxas
Socrates in the City: Conversations on "Life, God, and Other Small Topics" - Eric Metaxas

A series of talks on 'life, God, and other small topics,' this book is the thinking person's alternative to pop psychology and prosperity gospel (that will seem much more clever and applicable if you listen to the book).

 

Based upon other reviews, I can see that listening to the audio version of this book is much more enjoyable than reading the paperback. That makes sense, since the audiobook is a recording of the Socrates in the City events with different lecturers taking on a variety of topics before opening up the session to Q&A.

 

Listening to this made me think and added several new books to my TBR. Definitely worth a listen.

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url 2017-11-15 08:23
Mindfulness and New Consciousness
Conscious Parenting: Mindful Living Course for Parents - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Art of 4 Elements - 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

Mindfulness and New Consciousness Article Free Conscious and Unconscious Mind

The mindfulness crowd, people practicing meditation, working with alternative healing methods, practicing massages, yoga, tai-chi, spiritual dances, chanting mantras, various mind, body and soul practitioners, all work with the eternal promise of: More Love, More Peace, More Happiness on Earth. Mostly against any injustice, they are the first to fight against outbreaks of violence or wars all around the Planet.... 

Read full article on the Publishers website, Articles by Nataša Pantović Nuit Mindfulness and New Consciousness

Source: www.artof4elements.com/entry/mindfulness-and-new-consciousness
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text 2017-11-15 06:21
Why You Need a Home Insurance Delhi?

A typical home insurance Delhi can tell you that the policy will protect the entire house and its content from catastrophes such as fire, earthquake and flood. In times of loss due to the hazards listed in the document, the insurance company will pay for how much the house reconstruction will cost. The reinstatement value can be computed using the built-up area and the construction cost, which is generally initiated by the insurer.

The Coverage

Typically, homeowners have the structure of their house insured. What this implies is having every valuable content of the house such as jewelry, electronics and furniture covered by insurance. Finding an insurance can be easy especially if you have heard about the insurance company or probably had someone refer them to you.

Just like Royal Insurance Agency, they find your home and property your valuable assets as you have worked hard for it. You can find it a bit scary if you have to lose any of your belongings. That’s why the agency can advise you to get a comprehensive home insurance policy to protect you in times of disasters. They can offer you selected premiums which fit your needs, lifestyle and budget. They assure you that possible damages are reimbursed whenever a claim is requested from them.

When Under Construction

The property cannot be covered by home insurance Delhi when construction is ongoing. This is part of the building structure and is ideally covered under project insurance policy, which the builder should handle. If the structure has already been completed, this is the only time when the home insurance can be valid! The insurer though has the right to accept or decline a coverage depending on how the building or house was constructed.

Before You Buy Insurance

There may be a vast range of insurance companies offering home insurance. However, coverage and premium rates may slightly differ from the other. You can shop for an insurance company like Royal Insurance Agency, which you may have heard about. You can opt for an adequate sum of insurance, the tenure of the cover, and the services. Choose a customer friendly agency that can handle claims with comprehensive help in times of loss.

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review 2017-11-14 22:08
All At Sea
All at Sea: A Memoir - Decca Aitkenhead

This book is a step-by-step in how not to behave like an adult. This woman did nothing a rational grown up would, and so I had no ability to connect with her. She left her marriage, which is fine, but she left it for a coke dealing crack smoker. And then she wants you to believe that being a dealer is boring and not all that dangerous. They play house, have 2 children and never marry (because marriage is only a piece of paper). And then it turns out he's still married to another woman. When he dies, she seems genuinely shocked she has a nightmare of logistics on her hands. Yes, honey, that's what happens when you don't marry a man but instead just intertwine your lives. His will left everything to his legal wife.

 

Plus, most of this book was just circling the drain of her constant sorrow. With pretty words. Lots and lots of pretty words. Over 200 pages, and there wasn't much substance. Just "my love died and my life is over and my kids are out of control". She had a down-her-nose view of anyone of faith, she wouldn't let the kids call her Mum, and she epitomized the idea you can be educated and still be dumb.

 

I'm proud of myself for finishing this.

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