What? Tide Pods?

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Don’t eat these! They’re poisonous!

I just learned that teens and 20-somethings are making videos of themselves eating detergent pods. The health risk is great and some have even died. This challenge has gone viral. I don’t get it. There seems to be no upside I can see in this behavior other than fame? There’s a lot of better ways to get attention.

I haven’t viewed any of these videos as I don’t want someone’s statistics on YouTube to go up.

“O mores, o tempora!”

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Thanksgiving Dinner Strategy

Reasonable ideas to not blow your healthy eating habits with Thanksgiving. I admit I’ll indulge more. I think your daily eating habits are what makes the difference. I can do better with that and resist the temptation to hibernate and eat heavier food as winter nears.

How to Read More

With so many To Be Read (TBR) books, I would like to know how to accomplish this. I feel I haven’t read as much this year as in the past. Yes, it’s been a topsy turvy year so that’s one reason.

Also, I haven’t taken the train as much. Whenever I go into the city on the train I get a good chunk of reading done. I always bring 2 or 3 books to switch them up.

A Kindred Spirit

By serendipity, I just discovered this smart, engaging woman’s vlog on books and writing. Farah lives in the UAE and is articulate, perceptive and oh so knowledgeable about current books.

After the first video I watched (above) I immediately subscribed. Then I watched her talk about writing and bonded with her because as a screenwriter, I am concise with description and context and get right to the dialog.

According to her Good Reads account she reads 100 books or more a year. Wow. I envy that. I have to update my Good Reads, but I aim for 26 books a year.

Above Farah talks about the 5 classics she wants to read this year. Some she probably finished by now.

Here’s my list of classics I have read this year:

  1. Dante’s Inferno – a reread and a delight. I got a lot more out of it.
  2. The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington – just started so watch this blog for a review.
  3. His Excellency by Émile Zola – the third book I’ve read in the Rougon-Macquart series.
  4. The Kill by Émile Zola – my goal is to read all 20 of these Rougon-Macuart books.
  5. Prometheus Unbound by Aeschylus – It was a classic I missed though I knew the legend.
  6. The Lady of the Camilias by Alexander Dumas, the Younger – it reminded me of The Kill.
  7. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. I reread this and discussed it online with a friend, with whom I try to read a classic and discuss it online each summer.

 

Learning from Ben

After watching Thomas Frank’s wonderful video on doing your homework faster, I saw this video on Ben Franklin’s daily plans. I’m definitely going to start clearing my desk each night and choosing an intention for each day.

What do you think of using Ben Franklin’s ideas in your life? Are they helpful? How would you tweak this for the 21st Century?

Flying: Is It Worth It?

Here’s a fun comparison of three price points for cross-country flights.

Even though service has gone down, I’ll always love or want to love flying. I’ve been fascinated with air travel for as long as I can remember. I’ve flown Jetblue, but don’t recall all the niceties.

This “Is It Worth It?” series compares budget, midrange and luxury goods and services in an entertaining way. They look at everything from steak to apartments.