The Kite Runner: Perspective of Afghanistan

Afghanistan is a place many of us talk about in relation to the world news, but not many know the sight and sounds of the land. I have never seen Afghanistan outside the images plastered on the TV. I can’t help but wonder how the land is like for the people you live or have lived. Someone recommended reading the Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. I remember this book being on the must read list several years ago but just now have finished reading it. And let me tell you…. IT WAS FANTASTIC!

W;t or Wit: Finding Empathy

I recently read for a literature class the play “W;t” by Margaret Edson.

And it was intense ….

The first time I read it, I remember chuckling at the sassy lines of Vivian as she dished out her annoyance onto the unwitting medical staff.

The second time I read it, I was shocked at how Vivian was treated by the medical staff. They called her research. Left her exposed. They refused to acknowledge her as a human being.

Decoding Your Dog: Understanding Man’s Best Friend

Dog have grown beside man over a millennium. Our evolution and  their evolution are closely tied together. However, we lack some simple understanding. Now, I include myself in the circle of those that sometimes doesn’t understand what my dog is feeling or saying. I even volunteer with a humane society and still have the occasional misunderstanding between me and the dog I am working with. (It is easier to misunderstand a dog that you don’t know very well than one you do.) So how can man understand dog better?

TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking

Everyone has a story to tell or something to teach the world about, but to do that means having to address the public. However, public speaking is scary. If we could, many of us would try to avoid it at all cost. TED Talks have created an art form out of public speaking despite the challenges many have faced. The videos of the speeches are watched over and over again. Speeches that have inspired and motivated others to change the world or advance more into the field. So what is the secret of the success of TED? I would suggest reading TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking by Chris Anderson to discover that answer. 

The Cheat Sheet to Acing College or How To Become A Straight-A Student

The school year is just around the corner.  College is full of responsibilities. You will be asked to juggle class work, work, volunteering, club activities, and so much more while making the grades so the quest for success means mastering the art of optimizing studying. Those that left high school and are getting ready to start their college journey, I have one piece of advice for you. Read How to Become A Straight-A Student: The Unconventional Strategies Real College Students Use to Score High While Studying Less by Cal Newport.

Tea: More Than Just A Leaf

I recently visited Vital Tea Leaf  in the neighborhood of Chinatown in San Fransisco, California. There I started to discover that there was more to tea than just the simple package of leaves. I mean let’s be honest. How many of you have ever taken a break to contemplate the creation of tea?

So with my curiosity awakened, I went to the one place a broke college student can go to learn without a major price tag. The local library. I found a book that does a wonderful job capturing the complexity of the tea making processes, the benefits of tea, and how tea affects the world in various ways.  The books was The Tea Book by Linda Gaylard. I was fascinated by what I learned so I am sharing it with you. Here are the top 10 cool factoids about tea that I learned.

Self-Love, the Art of How to See Yourself As You Really Are

Look at the person next you. What do you see? Do you see someone beautiful? Do you see someone that looks down on their luck? However, what you see isn’t necessarily who they are. The same thing can be said about you out in the world. We all have this ideal image that we continuously strive for, but we encounter unhappiness when that image doesn’t become our reality.

The Art of War or The Art of Life

I decided to dive into The Art Of War and figure out what was the value of this literature piece. So after spending several days curled with this book, here is what I came away with.