I have a hard-back book fetish. Kindle? Heck no. Give me a hardcover and a creamy page with Bookman font. Yum. The way the dust-jacket bubbles occasionally, makes my fingers holding it dance a happy jig. And, then of course, there’s the smell…you bookies out there know exactly what I’m talking about.
I just finished The End of Men: And the Rise of Women by Hanna Rosin, for my book review - visit here. I love sociology, quite an addict really. This book delves into the cultural trend of females dominating the work-force and the ramification on home life, romance and the global workforce.
As I assiduously study Timothy Keller’s Every Good Endeavor, I am refreshed with every paragraph. If you struggle with feeling like your work has meaning or purpose, this is the book for you. Recover the idea that work is a “vocation” or calling, “a contribution to the good of all and not merely…a means to one’s own advancement,” to one’s self-fulfillment and power.”
Against Fairness, an insightful perspective on how our desire to make things “fair” for everyone has crippled the desire to excel. It’s affected our schools and society at large (“We are the 99%!! ” ). Witty and playful anecdotes, backed with hard serious fact. He argues we’d all be better off if we favored a bit of favoritism.
Last week I crawled out of bed at my usual 5AM and scrambled to dress. Zip Dan off to work- then off to the coffee shop with one of the most-respected men I know.
Yes sirree. I’m married and still go on dates with my Dad. Granted, it’s often at strange hours – 6:30 AM for instance, but nonetheless, married or no, nothing could replace them.
One thing I love about my Dad (Papa to those in the know) is he always makes time. If you say you want a coffee date- boom- it will happen. Through years of business, family has always been first. I have not a single doubt that dad would drop everything for a chat even after I’ve moved out and have a wonderful husband of my own.
In recent years I’ve pestered Dad with many questions – from economics, faith, politics, ethics, and business management. He speaks from many years of successful entrepreneurship and when he talks, people listen. This morning we talked of nothing and everything. Debt, Investments, Politics and happiness.
I love you Papa.
Books to read- recommended by Dad:
On Faith: The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism
On Business Management:The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It
On Investing/Saving:Rich Dad Poor Dad: What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!
My dear friend Meghan Shea. We’ve endured nationwide debate tournaments, high-school drama, overseas missions trips, boys and now…wedding planning. On September 8th, “Megs” became Mrs. wed to the dashing Hunter Haugen. I’ll never forget the way she looks into his eyes, absolutely radiant. I’m pretty sure she was actually glowing.
To prepare for her nuptials we threw her a garden bridal shower. Pink. Green. Hotness.