Mondays are still Mondays

Unless they are Sundays.

The 1st day of the week is always a day of sighs.  whatever the week looks like.  If you have your own business or punch the clock, love what you do or drag yourself in.

I believe the first day always sucks even a little bit.

My Mondays generally mean that I pull out books that say;  it’s not so bad, I’ll finish my to do this week, look what I have already accomplished

Yeah me

There are huge sections of self help, self care, guru guys and girls and there is obviously room for them all because we all want to get better, be better , live better

I pulled out 3 smallish books today that have coffee stains, bent covers, ones I don’t lend but I would buy someone a new copy if they seem interested .  Here you go.

A Short Guide to a Happy Life By Anna Quindlen

It’s Easier Than You Think The Buddhist Way to Happiness By Sylvia Boorstein

The Art of Living The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness, and Effectiveness Epictetus By Sharon Lebell


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Self Judgement in reading

I had an ah ha or an oh my moment today when I was about to crack open a book with my morning coffee.

The book is called; Rattlesnakes By Frank Dobie

It is not a thriller or a bodice ripper if is really about rattlesnakes.   The long scary things that shake their tails at you and literally rattle.

First world problems; I was deciding if I should sit on my front or back step and because of the book I chose back.

Woa!! If I had a Nora Roberts, Tom Clancy even Anthony Robbins I realized that I would have sat out front.

The book nerd from grade 8 came out in me.  Someone my question my reading.  why rattlesnakes and then here’s where the self judgement comes in.  She must be snotty, bright, too good for Oprah to read those kind of books.

Little does my nasty internal voice know (but it really does) that I am also learning about chess.

Book nerd unite, I am going to read the rattlesnake book in the front yard if it kills me.


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Business as circus

There are lots and lots of business books that are self help for the manager type.

When I grow up, or let’s just say mature, I aspire to be;  Warren Buffet , Steve Jobs (not dead though) and  Sheryl Sandberg.  From a spiritual point of view mix in please;  Gloria Steinem, Geri Larkin, Pema Chodrin and Anne Lamott.

Shaken not stirred.

Totally off topic probably for the books I pulled today.  But, you do have to have a sense of humour when you are in management.  About yourself and everyone around you.  respectfully so.

I read these books more than 5 years ago and maybe ten but I pull them out now and again to thumb through.

They might not be on everyone’s book pile but they couldn’t hurt.

10 Clowns Don’t Make A Circus and 249 other critical management success strategies  By  Steven Schragis and Rick Frishman

Throwing the Elephant Zen and the Art of Managing Up By Stanley Bing

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Cover Art

I have quite a few books, that may seem too obvious but.  I have to say sometimes it’s just the cover art that draws me in.  My collection would never be the most thematic, or all one size or one colour like I see in some design posts but, it is like treasure hunting and then getting the gold.

It’s sad when the book doesn’t live up to the artist’s work on the cover but, when those two worlds collide – WOW.

It can be a little touchy because every new edition and paperback vs trade vs hardcover has different art but I think if you lean the way of pop art, books would be a great little niche.

Because the purpose of this post is to extol the virtues of the art and not the writing I won’t give you my opinions about that.

here are the titles and let’s see if I have the technology to post the actual covers

Clap Hands if you Believe in Fairies By John Fraser

Snuff A Novel By Chuck Palahniuk

In Search of Character By Graham Greene

The Plague By Albert Camus


Chess I guess

I have written before about how one thing leads to another and for book geeks everything leads back to books and more books.  This ‘disease’ if you will has struck again.

It occurred to me this week that I have never played chess and should take it up.  Who knew there was so much to it.  People that play chess do.

I am not generally a strategic thinker by any stretch.  I think about it if it is in front of me and I plan my life but I have no clue why people do what they do.

Hence chess.

First stop as most people these days do at some point,  an internet site or 10 . I glommed onto; and that seemed to be in language I can understand but, understanding the directions and putting them into play – drowning would be a good analogy.

Books beckoned.

I started to look up books that might tell me about people that play chess , how they play and oh my there is a lot.

My 1st foray to more than I bargained for.  These chess masters are a very interesting group and I think fiction and non-fiction I could be at this awhile.  I am not sure how soon it will get me to the chess board but it’s fun looking into this new genre

Here is what I have on my to be read so far;

King’s Gambit A Son, A Father and the World’s Most Dangerous Game by Paul Hoffman

The Immortal Game A History of Chess or How 32 Carved Pieces on a Board Illuminated Our Understanding of War, Art, Science and the Human Brain By David Shenk

The Chess Artist Genius Obsession and the World’s Oldest Game By J.C. Hallman

Wish me luck


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