Thursday, November 13, 2008

frogging with inspiration

due to the problems mentioned yesterday,the Daughter's scarf was ripped back to the beginning and a change in plan was made. It was too wide and I was going to run out of yarn before getting the proper length and it seemed a little dense so the lace pattern didn't show very well. Since it was being frogged I changed from a size 6 to a size 7 and the width reduced by eight stitches. My wife took a turn on the needles and almost got me back to the same place in a few hours. I wish I could knit that fast but we all have our strengths.

My spinning mojo is not inspiring me lately. The fiber that I dyed just sits and taunts me. I want to spin it and knit the swatches but not today.

How many of you are readers? A few months ago I was inspired to read the book by the late Randy Pausch, "The Last Lecture." When the special on TV was aired, I saw the most positive person ever. I think of myself being an optimistic person but compared to him I felt like Eeyore. Reading the book made me look at my self and reaffirmed some of my thoughts. He looked up to Captain Kirk, and you probably ask why? Kirk wasn't the smartest, that was Spock, Bones took care of the medical issues, and Mr Scott could engineer more power at request. It was leadership and the ability to keep focus no mater the situation. He acknowledged and respected their skills in their fields but set the tone and remained in control. So many managers feel threatened to surround them self with people smarter than they are. I'll be finished with the book tonight, short quick read but very inspirational.

What books have you read that were inspirational or touched you personally?

Hope you all have a great Friday...

Life is Good


  1. The first book that comes to mind is Shake Hands With the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda, by General Romeo Dallaire (ret.), the Canadian who served as force commander of the UN Assistance Mission for Rwanda in the months leading up to, and during the start of, the genocide in 1994.

    Stay with me, here. I know this doesn't sound particularly inspirational. It is not, by any means, a happy story; rather, it's one of the most horrifying ones I've ever read. Dallaire suffered from post-traumatic stress syndrome for years, attempted suicide, and continues to struggle with his memories of the slaughter and the failure of his warnings to the U.N.

    Yet I find Dallaire's account of his struggle to regain his health, his return to Rwanda, and his determination to educate others both touching and inspirational.

  2. Anonymous1:40 AM

    Well, I'm a big reader, but a lot of the books I read are what my daughter and I fondly refer to as "taco bell for the mind" - sci fi/fantasy, just light reading. If going for meatier fare, I tend to gravitate towards essays. I love the essay. A book of essays on various topics will keep me very happy for an afternoon. It's an art.

    One book that had a somewhat profound impact on my general worldview the first time I read it was The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk.


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