The Invisible Mentor Week in Review for January 6th to 10th
In an effort to add more structure to The Invisible Mentor blog, and become focused again, I decided to participate in NaBloPoMo and committed to blogging every day during the month of January. I developed an editorial calendar, and I must admit that I enjoy using it because it keeps me very focused. Last Sunday, I wrote a blog post on what to expect in the upcoming week, and that forced me to keep my promise, I did what I said I was going to do.
At the end of August last year, I embarked on an informal liberal arts education, and I have started to experience the benefits of this time-consuming, yet worthwhile endeavor. As a result of taking the “History of Architecture” course, I was able to place Martin Luther’s 95 Theses in context, which was very important for deep understanding of this great work, because it was the impetus for the Protestant Reformation.
Tuesday: Classic Literature Reading Game
The Classic Literature Reading Game was inspired by Random House’s Reading Bingo. The intent of the Classic Literature Reading Game, is to help you to read the “right old books” which Professor Jeffrey Brenzel, the Dean of Undergraduate Admissions, Yale University defines in his lecture, Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: The Essential Value of a Classic Education.
To celebrate National Mentoring Month, I decided to take a very different approach this year. Napoleon Hill who wrote the timeless classic, Think and Grow Rich, had a Cabinet of Invisible Counselors who he called upon for advice. His invisible counselors are similar to my invisible mentors. Initially, Hill chose nine men to be a member of his Cabinet of Invisible Counselors. Each week, during National Mentoring Month, I am featuring a member of the Cabinet – today we feature Andrew Carnegie.
I know Suzen Fromstein, and she asked me to review her book. I had to review it now because my focus is on reading the classics this year as a part of my journey to a liberal arts education. I also read and reviewed Suits and Ladders, her other book .
The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole has stood the test of time because of its historic importance. It’s the founding text of the Gothic genre, which branched off into sub-genres – historical romance, science fiction and detective fiction. Once again, the “History Architecture” course was helpful in providing context for The Castle of Otranto. Strawberry Hill, the gothic castle Horace Walpole reconstructed, inspired his book. Walpole has said repeatedly that there is a relation between his home, Strawberry Hill and The Castle of Otranto.
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