The Alchemist

I read the Alchemist for the first time around 1996, almost a decade after it was originally published.  Like many books I’ve read long ago I had forgotten most of it.  It was a chance encounter seeing it featured as a book to digitally borrow from my library app and I listened to it during […]

Montaillou – Life in a Medieval Village

I just finished Montaillou by Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie.  This took me over half a year to finish not because it wasn’t great, but because I have two young boys and thus free time is non-existent. I learned of this book in a Reddit post and quickly bought it as it is right up my […]

Dhammapada

Finished the Dhammapada today. Here are my highlights: For hatred does not cease by hatred at any time:  hatred ceases by love, this is an old rule. If a traveller does not meet with one who is his better, or his equal, let him firmly keep to his solitary journey; there is no companionship wtih […]

Meditations – Marcus Aurelius

Meditations – Marcus Aurelius I just finished Meditations and have written down quotes from it that I wish to remember.  As I’ve described in this post, I’m absolutely astounded at the knowledge of the Ancient World and just now realize what a disaster the fall of the Roman Empire was for the progress of human […]

The White Witch of Rose Hall

I just finished the White Witch of Rose Hall which I read in preparation for an upcoming trip to Jamaica.  I love history and researching Montego Bay learned that one of the only surviving plantation estates is Rose Hall.  According to my research the only reason it survives is that former slaves were afraid to […]