Three stories of people being absolute legends

Andrew Carnegie In 1898, Spain and America signed the Treaty of Paris of 1898 and ended the Spanish-American War. (Well, we call it the Spanish-American War in the US, but "a more accurate name would be the Spanish-Cuban-Puerto Rican-Philippine-American War.") Also, why are so many treaties in US history signed in Paris? Two others I… Continue reading Three stories of people being absolute legends

Guys, these are my thoughts on retrospectiveness

In War and Peace, Tolstoy writes about the "law of retrospectiveness...which makes all the past appear a preparation for the subsequent facts." By the way, retrospectiveness is not a real word. Sorry, I guess you don't have the same clout that Shakespeare has, Tolstoy. Wait, did I just copy it down weirdly?? Ugh, there's no… Continue reading Guys, these are my thoughts on retrospectiveness

Three things that help me actually like reading the Bible

1) The Bible Project My first experience with the Bible Project was being shown their animated cartoon+handwriting videos by teachers in church and in school (if you're like, isn't that illegal?, don't worry---my teachers are law-abiding citizens, it's because I go to a private school). screengrab of the Leviticus video They have these overview videos… Continue reading Three things that help me actually like reading the Bible

My notes on Malcolm Gladwell’s Talking to Strangers

Goodreads If you don't like non-fiction, you might like Malcolm Gladwell's books. They're psychology books that turn experiments and anecdotes into arguments for why the world works the way does--but in ways that slightly turn your view of the world upside down. There are people who love him, and then there are people who give… Continue reading My notes on Malcolm Gladwell’s Talking to Strangers

When times seem bad, read about a time that was even worse

Right now I'm reading The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson. It's a detailed chronicle of Winston Churchill and Great Britain from 1940 to 1941. During those two years, Londoners suffered the extreme anxiety and danger of regular, destructive bombing from the Germans. When I chose this book as my Book of the Month… Continue reading When times seem bad, read about a time that was even worse

Interesting questions to ask your friends

When I search for questions to ask friends, all the lists seem to overlap in their interesting but mostly impractical suggestions. For example, the first one I saw on Google was: "Do you think you're brave?" They're the type of question that is temperature-sensitive. They only work best at certain times and in certain places.… Continue reading Interesting questions to ask your friends