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Original Essays | August 18, 2014

Ian Leslie: IMG Empathic Curiosity



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Go the F**k to Sleep by Adam Mansbach
Go the F**k to Sleep

windwright, March 17, 2013

*Alert* this may be a controversial book! Don't allow it to fall into the wrong hands!! In fact, the author seemed to know that there would be controversy, there are two versions of this book. If you can't abide the F-bomb used this book, let alone a book that comes across as a children's book, check out "Seriously, Just Go to Sleep."

I adore this book. I am at the point in my life that I'm hoping for grandchildren (no rush kidlings), however I can still remember those nights where the feeling was deep love yoked with ultimate frustration with this bundle that only mostly cares about itself. While I didn't use the Worse Word Know to the American Language, the sentiment was surely there! I adore this book so much I am sharing it with my adult friends, even those without children of there own. Everyone has there takeaways! I also so appreciate that this generation is the generation that will disarm the dreaded Word that shouldn't be Heard. Oh, fudge, now what will we use?
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Finding Camlann by Sean Pidgeon
Finding Camlann

windwright, March 17, 2013

I found this book an interesting mix of romance (family, place and man to woman), travel log, academic disciplines related to history, history (religious, political & societal) and language. At times it was so lovingly intermixed it was hard to separate true history from fiction. I was experiencing the same ideology and romantic inclinations as the characters of the book. How does one separate fact, fact by consensuses and romantic hypothesis? This a book about love. Romance all along the spectrum, all very personal in how it evolves in each character.


I do not fault the author in his momentary lapses into the bland or mundane. He has a lot going on in the book; a juggler with a lot of balls in the air. Even the juggler needs calming intermissions ;-)

Being from the other side of the "pond" I so enjoyed a glimpse into the tension of being Welsh in a British (English) dominant society. King Arthur means a lot more to me know than the idealized Disney or other light and fluffy rendition. It is about a time and place as much as the Iliad.
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Border Songs (Vintage Contemporaries) by Jim Lynch
Border Songs (Vintage Contemporaries)

windwright, January 5, 2013

How about viewing a controversy through several pairs of glasses and odd happenings. Never mind how you feel about protecting the United States border; you will be left more bemused by it than feeling victimized after reading this book. More over you are given more that one underdog that will pull on your heartstrings: The obvious Aspergers young man to a retired college professor. They all pull on their puddly boots on foot at a time.

I like how the author stated in an interview that more than one boarder exists in this book as in real life. Please come explore the obvious and subtle boarders with Jim Lynch.
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Border Songs (Vintage Contemporaries) by Jim Lynch
Border Songs (Vintage Contemporaries)

windwright, January 5, 2013

How about viewing a controversy through several pairs of glasses and odd happenings. Never mind how you feel about protecting the United States border; you will be left more bemused by it than feeling victimized after reading this book. More over you are given more that one underdog that will pull on your heartstrings: The obvious Aspergers young man to a retired college professor. They all pull on their puddly boots on foot at a time.

I like how the author stated in an interview that more than one boarder exists in this book as in real life. Please come explore the obvious and subtle boarders with Jim Lynch.
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Daughters of the Witching Hill by Mary Sharratt
Daughters of the Witching Hill

windwright, November 23, 2012

Bravo to Mary Sharratt for writing a book that transported me right to the time and tribulations of a 17th century village in England. Not only did she paint a realistic picture of a rural village and the people of it, but she gave me insight to how this village dealt with common everyday trials but how they were coping with the change in how they were allowed to worship. This was the transition between Catholicism and Protestantism, politically and as a practice to the very core of the country.

The story was told in two parts. The first part by the matron of the family who came from a catholic upbringing. She believed she was a healer "blesser." Essentially a good witch. Her best friend was accused of being a bad witch, but was allowed to exist. The second part of the story was told by the matron's granddaughter. She loved her granny but didn't want anything to do with her practices. Maybe because she was raised protestant, but surely as she was afraid. It didn't matter in the end, sadly.

Instead of having righteous indignation for how these women (and a couple of men) were treated, I was stunned by the complexity of it. Then followed the righteous indignation ;-)
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