Category: General Musings

Until I saw Ryder Carroll’s book listed on Amazon, the idea of bullet journaling was unknown to me, but after I’d read the book’s description I understood immediately what it meant, because it reminded me of “Committee Action Minutes”, often used at brain storming meetings in the workplace. (Action Minutes, unlike the usual Minutes, record only items that require action and are short, and bullet pointed.)

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My Mission Statement: My vision (mission) for My List of Betterment is to create a list of fifty books, and write about them. The books on the list are books “that speak to me” and deepen my understanding of the world around me, and myself (quality reading). “… The act of reading might be simple but … it is also one of the most important things in all this human world.”

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“Books hold treasures! Treasures are discovered by a commitment to seek them.” My “currently reading” book list can often have more than five books listed, these are the books that I’ve committed myself to read in the near future, the ones I’ve cracked open. My Currently Reading List should not to be confused with my To-Be-Read List (TBR) which is much too long to list here, nor my Books Owned But Not Read Yet List.( It you want to delve into my TBR list, a list that has no end (over 150 books are currently mentioned), you are welcome to peruse it on GoodReads.)

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A Bookish Observation of a Favourite Genre, Nature Writing: Nature writing means the reader can sit comfortably in their reading space, warm and comfortable, but at the same time experience the minunate of drops of rain and their sound and sight, reflections on the water, the different lights flowing over the landscape, ripples on a pond in the moonlight, and so much more.

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Over the last few years I’ve developed a habit of collecting eBooks with the intention of reading them, but because they are digital, and do not physically sit on our bookshelf, they get overlooked. When I discover an eBook that intrigues me, I load down a sample from Amazon.com.au, however, sometimes the book is priced between zero to $5, which is very enticing, so I buy it; hence the resulting list of forty-six books.  Knowing that this pile of digital books was getting unmanageable, I felt a desire to develop a method whereby I could see them, physically; I wanted the books’ physical presence in some form.  After thinking about it for quite a while, I found a work around; a printed catalogue solved the problem.

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Each year, one of my favourite book bloggers, Sheila of Book Journey, sets a challenge titled “First Book of the Year“. Once again I’m delighted to accepted Sheila’s challenge, (it’s more of an invitation really).

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My word for the year 2017 is GRIT: firmness of character, indomitable spirit, toughness and resolution, unyielding courage in the face of hardship or danger.

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My word for the year 2015 is THINK.

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The Camino pilgrimage has fascinated me for years. I’ve read many books about it. I know I’ll never be fortunate enough to place a foot on the sacred pathway, I won’t get my walking passport stamped, nor will I be able to hang a scallop shell from my overweight backpack. But that’s OK, I haven’t completly missed out because I read books.

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I love multi tasking projects. A little bit of this and a little bit of that. Recently I’ve been teaching myself graphic design techniques in the graphic drawing software iDraw. My inspiration came from another book blogger, one of my favourites, A Work In Progress. In one of her recent blogs the blogger displayed a really nice piece of cross stitch. I was so inspired by it that I mirrored the pattern by way of a graphic design technique. Here’s the result:

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