Monday, August 20, 2012

Monday Blogcrawl

When I stroll around Sydney I often note the number of churches that have closed, the buildings turned into something else. I suppose it is inevitable; the western world has ceased to be interested in joining, and communal worship seems to be one of those things we have left behind. But still, sad to see whole communities disappear as their members enter nursing homes and their buildings fall into disrepair. I should start a theodiversity movement which seeks to restore forgotten sects and cults and ensure a diverse religious landscape. In the meantime, here are some things that might interest you from the World Wide Web:

Lots of argument this week about the behaviour of Buddhist monks in Thailand

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

From: A Soft Place to Land: Life-Changing Moments of Wisdom and Grace by Maggie Hamilton

"Often those who live long in our hearts are life's improbable heroes. It is their willingness to venture outside the square that helps reawaken the hero in us all."

pg. 46

Monday, August 6, 2012

Monday Blogcrawl

A day never goes by when I don't employ at least some of the advice of Dale Carnegie. But more and more I am realising the wisdom of his advice to listen twice as much as you speak. I am by nature talkative, and I am also a showoff, so am inclined to babble. But when I am quieter I have realised that I am more interesting and people trust me and like me more. So this month I am trying to be quieter and to make more of an effort to listen and to remember what people tell me. Here are some interesting self-help-ey things from the web from the past week:

Recently deceased self-help superstar Stephen Covey (photo AP)