My latest that I posted this morning is Hellbent by Cherie Priest. The shortlink is http://popcornreads.com/?p=1759
Disney is reputed to have required his staff to meet every morning at 7:30 at their Burbank studios and follow this ritual: They would point to their temples and say, "My imagination creates my reality."
How right he was. The world we live in is the combined images of all of our human minds. We have made the world into what it seems to be for us. We fly, have cars and houses, sleep in beds, have A/C, spend money, go to work in the morning, not because all this is the part of the universe, but because we invented it. First we visualized it and then we collectively caused it to exist. If we stop believing that all these things exist, then they'll stop existing for us.
There is no time and no space. There is only ur minds and what they create. This is best seen and understood in a brilliant film called "The Gods Must Be Crazy". It shows a pygmy tribe living in peace and harmony in the Kalahari Desert, when a pilot throws a Coke bottle in the midst and totally disturbs their serenity and tranquility. It's mind-expanding, humorous story.
No one saw this more clearly than Socrates, who could often be found sitting outside the city of Athens greeting strangers. One day a stranger came up to him and said, "I would like to live in your city. What kind of people does it have?" Socrates replied, "What kind of people are in the city you come from?" To which the man replied, "Oh, they're not very nice. They lie, steal and they cheat. That's why I'm moving out."
Socrates, in his wisdom, replied, "It's the same way here. If I were you, I'd keep looking."
A short time later another man came up and asked about the people in Athens. Socrates again asked him about his own city. The second man replied, "They're wonderful. They always help each other. They are truthful and industrious. I just thought I'd see the other parts of the world."
Socrates, in his wisdom, replied this time, "It's the same way here. Why don't you go into the city? You will find just as you imagine it should be."
When we move, we bring our attitude, ideas and images with us wherever we go. Why not work to improve them now and always, in all ways?
"It has been said that the great mandate of our world is not to set things right, but to see things right."
My latest review is Robopocalypse by Daniel H Wilson
Not a good review I'm afraid but here it is: The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes.
A review of After the Fall: A Novel by Kylie Ladd -
THE GEOGRAPHY OF BLISS by Eric Weiner
A marginally unhappy journalist travels to ten countries trying to figure out what makes people happy.
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Possibly the most influential relationship our children observe is the one between their parents. This is where they are most likely to learn how respect is expressed in daily living. No mater what we tell our children about how to behave, the way we act towards each other is the message they will actually receive.
It's been a day full of bickering between the 6 &7 year old kids, Andrew and Emily. Mom finally loses her patience and yells, "Stop fighting, I can't stand it anymore!"
Both kids look up at her in surprise and then Andrew replies, "But you and Daddy argue all the time. This isn't any different."
Mom is speechless. She's never thought of it this way before, but she knows Andrew is right.
Our children notice the way we speak to each other: our tone of voice, our attitudes, our unexpressed emotions. It's not simply a matter of whether we fight or argue. It's the way we resolve disagreements, how we communicate each other in clearing up minor misunderstandings, and how well we respond to each other's needs.
Even the smallest gestures of attractiveness and concern that passes between Mom and Dad are noticed by our children, becoming a mental model for how to treat loved ones. When they hear the expressions of polite interaction - "please", "thank you", and "you're welcome", - used in a habitual and natural way, and when thoughtful question such as "Can I get you something?" and "Can I help you with that?" are in the background of their everyday lives, they see the way people can help each other through life in both big moments and small.