The Curious Autodidact

March 30, 2013

A Look at the Supremes: Justice Sotomayor

Filed under: book related,social justice,women heroes — Honilima @ 2:59 pm


Since reading Jeffrey Toobin‘s stunning book THE NINE and a biography of Sandra Day O’Connor I have been interested in the world of members of the Supreme Court, especially the women.

If you want to hear a great tale of a hard working woman who serves as a great example for all who care to study of her life and struggles listen to this interview with  Justice Sandra Sotomayor about her book “My Beloved World” that has become a best seller.

She takes very seriously her position as a role model to people young and old everywhere. You will enjoy this look at her life and many accolades—she will become one of your heroines. Bravo.


March 17, 2013

Educational Influence in the Lives of Urban Youth

Filed under: book related,social justice — Honilima @ 2:31 pm


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Reading Makes me Wanna Holler years ago gave me a look at a young man’s path and how it could get off track and again back on against all odds. Meeting Nathan McCall when he was on his book tour touched my life.

Wes Moore’s book “The Other Wes Moore: One Name Two Fates” tells the tale of how his life was altered from that of another young African American who also grew up in Baltimore whose name he shared. The other Wes Moore he writes about was not a Rhodes Scholar or a White House Fellow, he is serving life in prison.

Here’s a student’s book review from Seattle Pacific University.

This is a very moving look at how education and family involvement can cause two young men to move in two entirely different directions and leads to great discussions of our need to support young people throughout all communities.

For a glimpse into this book listen to this lecture he gave at the NW African American Museum in Seattle.

March 10, 2013

Proust’s Wisdom

Filed under: helpful hints,Word Related — Honilima @ 1:58 pm


“We do not receive wisdom,
we must discover it for ourselves,
after a journey through the wilderness,
which no one else can make for us,
which no one can spare us;
for our wisdom is the point of view
from which we come at last to regard the world.”

Marcel Proust

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