Emily Dickinson Personal Library

Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson Personal Library Working on the series, Personal Libraries of Successful People, has been a good process for me because it allows me to see the shaping of the mind. of a very successful person. Like I have written before, from what I have observed so far, these successful people read books to improve their craft, and they read broadly. This is also true of Emily Dickinson, who was an American poet. She read the works of other poets, classic literature, fiction of her time, and various other genres. Born in 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts, Emily Dickinson received a very good  education. She loved going for long walks, … [Read more...]

Learning for a Cause

Learning for a Cause

Learning for a Cause These days, I am learning that it is okay to change my mind, and I am giving myself permission to do so. I am an advocate for reading more, but I am realizing that because I will make the time to read more books, not everyone is willing to do that because so many things are competing for the 24 hours in a day. I am very busy as well because I am the president of the Toronto Chapter of Ellevate Network,  I am also on my Church Board, and there are many other activities competing for my time. The difference is that reading gives me pleasure, and it transports me into the minds of others, so I make time for it. … [Read more...]

Getting an Education from Books, Part II

Education from Books

Getting an Education from Books, Part II In keeping with the theme of getting an education from books, today I am focusing on the course, Invitation to World Literature. Although I really liked - Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life, I loved this course more, and I think a part of that has to do with the delivery. Invitation to World Literature consists of 30-minute videos based on 13 books – a video for each book - which is a much more manageable number. What I appreciated most of all is the diversity of people talking about the story and how the book impacted their lives. And where possible, the authors talk … [Read more...]

Getting an Education from Books

Education from Books

Getting an Education from Books I am in this weird mood, and I am feeling like it is the calm before the storm. I have taken several courses already for my informal liberal arts education, and I have been reading books other than the classics, but I always seem to get back to where I need to be. I have been thinking about getting an education from books, and while I am feeling very philosophical, I started to think about two courses that I have taken - Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life, and Invitation to World Literature. Both of these courses are about “great” books. Books That Have Made History: Books That … [Read more...]

Personal Library of Katharine Hepburn

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Katharine Hepburn Personal Library Katharine Hepburn was born into a family where her parents instilled into their children that they could become whoever they wanted to be. Her father, Thomas Norval Hepburn was a urologist, and her mother, Katharine Haughton Hepburn was a suffragist and birth-control activist. As a child, Hepburn met notable people such as Charlotte Perkins Gilman, author of Herland (My review of Herland); Emmeline Pankhurst (My profile of Emmeline Pankhurst) and Margaret Sanger (My profile of Margaret Sanger). Hepburn earned a BA from Bryn Mawr College, her mother’s alma mater. The process of pursuing her degree … [Read more...]