Welcome to Banned Books Week – September 21−27, 2014

Welcome to Banned Books Week – September 21−27, 2014 Reading is important because it is one of the best ways to shape a mind, and that is one of the reasons why I have done the personal libraries of successful people series. People should have the freedom to read what they want to read, but they should be responsible about how they apply the information. Many great men have read the great books, the same books that Hitler and Stalin read, yet they did not commit despicable acts such as the holocaust and labor camps – Hitler and Stalin embodied evil. I have read some of the books that were banned or challenged and I cannot figure out … [Read more...]

Relevance: One of the Keys to Successful Social Interactions


Relevance: One of the Keys to Successful Social Interactions Are you giving your time and energy to things that are relevant to you? What importance do you place on relevance in your decisions to interact with others? A few weeks ago I signed up for a digital storytelling event because I want to learn how to tell better stories. Over the summer, I read and reviewed The Power of Visual Storytelling by Ekaterina Walter and Jessica Gioglio, which was a very good book, but when you are improving your craft you look for a variety of sources for information. And storytelling and visual storytelling complement each other because the most … [Read more...]

William S Burroughs’ Book Recommendations- Books off the Beaten Path

William S Burroughs' Book Recommendations - Books off the Beaten Path When I was first thinking about the invisible mentor and all the related ideas that I had at the time, I intended to focus primarily on books off the beaten path. I have read and reviewed some books off the beaten path, but not as much as I had intended. Along the way, I started to become more mainstream, which is not necessarily good or bad for that matter. What is important, is that I have to find a way to stand out from the crowd of book review blogs. If we are reading what everyone is reading, what makes us stand apart? One way to stand apart is our … [Read more...]

Personal Library of Frederick Douglass

The personal library of Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass Personal Library Frederick Douglass:  The shaping of a mind - from slavery to freedom to success. How does someone rise from slavery to success? Born into slavery, Frederick Douglass freed himself after being physically abused one time too many. He endured several horrific beatings and wasn't a compliant slave. Douglass tricked a white boy into teaching him how to read, and the ability to read allowed him to see the world with a new lens. His thirst and hunger for knowledge enabled him to rise to success. He tells his remarkable story in Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass. Frederick Douglass possessed over … [Read more...]

Banned Books Week – September 21−27, 2014

Banned Books Week 2014

Banned Books Week - September 21−27, 2014 This post is about the freedom and right to read. The American Library Association compiles a list of books that are frequently banned and challenged. Listed below are the classics that have either been banned or challenged, how many books on the list have you read? Each September, Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read is celebrated. For 2014, September 21−27, 2014 is designated as Banned Books Week. For the month of September, read one of the books on the list each week as an expression of your freedom and right to read. For Banned Books Week 2014, every day I will review a book on … [Read more...]