The Curious Autodidact

June 20, 2017

Bee or Mosquito?

Filed under: women heroes,Word Related — Honilima @ 12:59 pm

It’s not so much how busy you are, but why you are busy. The bee is praised. The mosquito is swatted.

Mary O’Connor

June 12, 2017

Alain de Botton with Krista Tippett

Filed under: book related,women heroes,Word Related — Honilima @ 1:53 pm

 

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Krista Tippett is a national treasure. Her show On Being features some of the best contemporary thinkers and writers and airs on over 400 public radio station and online internationally. Listeners will love her show and her approach to interviewing, and perhaps one of her books, the latest is called Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living.

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Here she is interviewing Alain de Botton on the topic of love and relationships. His article entitled “Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person” was the most-read article in The New York Times in 2016 shocking him and his editors alike.

June 1, 2017

Reading & a Better Life

Filed under: book related,women heroes,Word Related — Honilima @ 12:57 pm

Reading is not just an escape. It is access to a better way of life.

Karin Slaughter, novelist (b. 6 Jan 1971)

May 26, 2017

Film to Watch: Trapped

Filed under: helpful hints,media related,social justice,women heroes — Honilima @ 2:07 pm

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Sometimes Radio West with Doug Fabrizio surprises me with an unexpected topic on the NPR station, in Salt Lake City, KUER 90.1.

This program on the movie Trapped is eye-opening and compelled me to find and watch the film Trapped.  It premiered at Sundance and won the U.S. Documentary Special Jury Award for Social Impact Filmmaking. The film tells the stories of courageous aging doctors,  clinic workers, and lawyers fighting the restrictions that are designed to regulate abortion out of existence.

On the Independent Lens website you can see trailers and read an interview with the director Dawn Porter. Hopefully you can find it streaming and available to view with family and friends.

April 1, 2017

Hurston on the Difference a Year Can Make

Filed under: women heroes,Word Related — Honilima @ 9:50 pm

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There are years that ask questions and years that answer.

Zora Neale Hurston, folklorist and writer (7 Jan 1891-1960)

March 25, 2017

Axe Files: Rising Star Kamala Harris

Filed under: book related,social justice,women heroes — Honilima @ 1:32 pm

If you want to hear some intelligent discussion tune into Kamala Harris talking with David Axelrod on the Axe Files.  She is highly driven and intelligent and will give you hope in troubling political times.

The Axe Files is a podcast out of the University of Chicago Institute of Politics and has had some fabulous guests. If you enjoy the Harris episode take time to listen to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on episode #126.  Girl Power!

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March 1, 2017

Wisdom of Margaret Fuller

Filed under: women heroes,Word Related — Honilima @ 12:12 am

 

A house is no home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body. –Margaret Fuller, author, critic, and women’s rights advocate (1810-1850)

February 20, 2017

Krista Tippett: A Gem

 

Krista Tippett is a National Treasure. She lived in Germany and was a foreign correspondent for the NYT. She went to divinity school and has become an expert in creating spaces for civil conversations in a time of too little of this.

She hosts a show called “On Being” that books fascinating guests. She was the recipient of the  National Humanities Medal from President Obama in 2014, and has won a Peabody Award. I am surprised more people aren’t aware of her work and her great show.

She most recently is the author of Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living which she has issued a great discussion guide for each chapter to encourage people to share their thoughts about the book.  She explores the materials for a meaningful life:

Words — The language we use to tell stories to ourselves and others;
Body — “The body is where every virtue lives or dies”;
Love — More than something we fall into or out of, love is “the only aspiration big enough for the immensity of the human community.”;
Faith — “Literal reality is not all there is.”;
Hope — Hope has nothing to do with optimism or wishing, rather it reflects reality and reveres truth. Hope is a habit.

She has also written Einstein’s God: Conversations About Science and the Human Spirit and Speaking of Faith: Why Religion Matters—and How to Talk About It. 

Her interview style is intelligent and almost always enlightening. She features guests you are familiar with a some that you will not be. Also interesting is the fact that she releases the one-hour edited show and also the raw version.

Some of my favorites of her podcast include Rep. John Lewis, Pico Iyer, Parker Palmer with Courtney Martin, David Isay, Maria Popova, Ruby Sales, Mary Karr, Gordon Hempton, Isabel Wilkerson, Jimmy Wales, and Pauline Boss.

Here Krista is interviewed by the talented Debbie Millman.

 

Words of Wisdom: Pearl Buck

Filed under: women heroes,Word Related — Honilima @ 12:08 am

 

Our society must make it right and possible for old people not to fear the young or be deserted by them, for the test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members.

-Pearl S. Buck, Nobelist novelist (1892-1973)

February 18, 2017

Words of Wisdom: George Sand

Filed under: women heroes,Word Related — Honilima @ 12:07 am

 

One is happy as a result of one’s own efforts once one knows the necessary ingredients of happiness: simple tastes, a certain degree of courage, self denial to a point, love of work, and above all, a clear conscience

. -George Sand [pen name of Amantine-Aurore-Lucile Dupin], novelist (1804-1876)

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