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A Day of Beauty

"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson My day was one that seemed to careen from one area of interest to another with not much connection between them. I began the day with continued reading of Cormac McCarthy's novelThe Crossing, the second volume of The Border Trilogy. In the late morning I took a break to attend a performance of the great Romantic ballet Giselle by Adolphe Adam. This was shown at the

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On the Wings of Ideas

A Dream of Daring by Gen LaGreca "When men understand that their greatest gift is their intelligence, that their glory is to use it, that their own will is their trusted guide to chart their course, that their labors are theirs to choose, that the fruits of them are theirs to keep, and that surrendering this immense power to the rule of others is beneath the dignity of man---that is when the new age will soar to heights unimaginable." (p 281) While reading A Dream of Daring I was reminded of Jo

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Freedom from Distraction

The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time by David L. Ulin “I go back to the reading room, where I sink down in the sofa and into the world of The Arabian Nights. Slowly, like a movie fadeout, the real world evaporates. I'm alone, inside the world of the story. My favourite feeling in the world.” ― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore Several years ago I read a wonderful book, Distraction, by the philosopher and author Damon Young. His book describes the success of several g

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Novelist and Philosopher

Ayn Rand Explained by Ronald E. Merrill Revised and Updated by Marsha Familaro Enright "Do not lose your knowledge that man's proper estate is an upright posture an intransigent mind, and a step that travels limitless roads. ... Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark. In the hopeless swamp of the bot quite, the not yet, and the not at all, do not let the hero in your soul perish and leave only the frustration for the life you deserved, but never have been able to reac

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The Mind of the Market

The Mind of the Market: Compassionate Apes, Competitive Humans, and Other Tales from Evolutionary Economics by Michael Shermer The market economy needs no apologists and propagandists. It can apply to itself the words of Sir Christopher Wrens epitaph in St. Pauls: Si monumentum requiris, circumspice. [if you seek his monument, look around.] Ludwig von Mises, Human Action, p 850 There is more information in the 261 pages of The Mind of the Market than there is in most books more than twice its s

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