Great Philosophy

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go..."-Dr. Seuss

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann

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For four years, in the 1920's, the richest people per capita in the world were the members of the Osage Nation in Oklahoma. They lived in mansions on their oil-rich land. 

Then they are being killed. Mollie Burkhart watched her family die, one by one. They were shot, poisoned, blown up. 


Other Osage natives were being killed and white people were inheriting their headrights. Each tribe member had a guardian, who had the right to handle any money that the tribe member could spend.
While the trials that took place say that this rampage lasted 4 years, there were numerous deaths that were never attributed for. There are probably about 300 deaths that were manipulated to inherit these fortunes. 


This was a very disturbing part of our history. 


https://www.davidgrann.com/

Happy New Year!

2019 has arrived and I hope that everyone has a good year. I have some things that I want to accomplish for 2019. I won't list them here, since that seems to bring bad luck. I hope that if you make resolutions, that you accomplish them.

On the other hand, I don't really think that using the start of a New Year as a way to better yourself is that good of an idea. You can better yourself all year long.

I hope people treat you kind and that you, in turn, treat people with respect and kindness. That is what is missing in this world right now. We have to be open to other people's differences and maybe just make their day by saying hello, how are you, have a great day.

I try to do that each and every day. Just be human. And just treat each other with RESPECT. 

I am hoping to get more reading done this year than last. I actually read 34 books, so not too bad. Have a goal of reading 40 this year. Hopefully we can get that done.

Friday, December 14, 2018

My Days With Harry Truman by Thomas Fleming

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This was just a short introduction to a novel that Thomas Fleming was helping Margaret Truman write about her father. There were some very interesting little conversations between the two men and it has made me consider reading the book that was the outcome of this research.


Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Fifteen Lanes by S. J. Laidlaw

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Noor is living in the fifteen lanes in Kamathipura, Mumbai's red light district. She is fourteen years old and will someday inherit the destiny of her mother, a prostitute. She is a devadasi, and that is the way of their heritage. Noor has a sister, Aamaal and a brother, Shami. Shami has been born with HIV, so he is a sickly child.
Grace lives across the city in a more privileged section of India. Grace is rather a loner, but has an incident with someone on a cell phone where she reveals herself and ends up paying an outrageous price for such at school.
The two girls meet in a program where Grace and VJ Patel are helping young girls growing up in the red light district. They become friends.

This was such an interesting and thought-provoking book. The author works with actual victim's of this way of life. It is so hard to believe that people are forced to live like this in today's world. This was just sad.  


This was a free book from librarything.com in exchange for an honest review.

http://www.sjlaidlaw.com/

Monday, December 3, 2018

Into The Water by Paula Hawkins


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This novel is about a small town in England that has experienced many deaths by drowning in a local river. The characters that have died all seem to be women and the first character is drowned as a witch. There are current deaths that have not been ruled suicide, accident or murder. That is what the novel is taking us through.
There are many characters in this novel, but I found that really smart. We really come to understand each character and the interplay involved in trying to find out whether the recent deaths were committed or not.
There are many underlying currents within this story. Sisters hating each other, affairs taking place (or having took place), teenage angst, etc.
There were a few really unanswered questions in the end, but I thought that this was well written and it certainly kept me reading.


Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King

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There is a werewolf loose during the full moon of each month in Tarker Mills, ME. January has a railwayman killed, February is a woman in her bedroom, etc. Little bit of gore in description, but not too bad.
This book is written with each chapter being the month, for one year. Each month the citizens of the town are in fear when the full moon takes over.
My absolute favorite part of this book is how Stephen King describes a grandfather clock: Ticks solemn ticks and tocks solemn tocks.

https://www.stephenking.com/

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Who Killed Polly by Frank Spiering

  
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On October 30, 1993, twelve-year-old Polly Klaas and two girlfriends are enjoying a slumber party at Polly's home at 427 Fourth St in Petaluma, CA. They are getting ready for Halloween and deciding what they are going to be. While doing this, a man marches into the bedroom and threatens Polly and her two friends.
He asks the question: Who lives here? and Polly answers that she is the one who lives there. The man starts tying her up with cloth and electrical cords. Polly offers him $50 that she has and he rejects that, although he stated that he was doing this for the money.
The man takes off with Polly, and immediately the two friends and involve Polly's mother. The police are called and a description given of the man involved.

Less than an hour later, twenty-five miles from where Polly was taken, a woman encounters a man having that same description, on property that belongs to a woman that she babysits for. Police are called, but the man is released after the police find nothing untoward about him, other than the fact that he has been drinking beer.

Richard Allen Davis is the man who is eventually identified as the man in both instances. He has a history of kidnapping, burglary, etc. He has a very long prison and arrest record.

This book gets very detailed about the case itself. There are undercurrents of this being much more than is known by the press and the public. I certainly hope that his indications aren't the truth, but you really have to read the book and his take on this case to make that decision for yourself.


http://frankspiering.com/