Thought Exercise: To Bury or Not to Bury

Today’s Daily Prompt:

Bury. Rhymes with the Larry, Mary and the other berry but looks like jury. Thank you, English Language.

Bury is a word of hiding or of an end. It’s obscure and leaves us curious.

It isn’t a comfortable subject for most but the first thing I think of when I hear bury is a funeral. Nobody wants to talk about funerals. It’s weird and in a lot of settings, it feels like an off-limits subject. But it is important. Part of our culture just so happens to include burials of the deceased. This movie certainly doesn’t shed any light on burial….

But of course, we hope to avoid the whole buried alive thing.

The history of funeral rites is a very interesting topic. A bit morbid on one level but it’s human. It says a lot about different cultures and religious beliefs. Burial grounds have been found dating back to 60,000 BC.!

It’s incredible how traditions and rituals evolve. If we look at afterlife plans nowadays, burial is by no means the only option for the deceased.

I just recently purchased an audiobook called, Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach. She talks about the “strange lives of our bodies postmortem.” And how you have uh… options. Like getting involved in science or art….as a cadaver….

Yes, I know. It’s a little…off-color, taboo? Disrespectful? … bizarre?

Honestly, I was a little disturbed with myself and my interest in the topic! But when I read the description and listened to the preview, that avid learner in me wanted to know more!

This coming from a girl who, as an adolescent, kept herself up at night worrying about what life was like after death. <<<< This is way too deep of a subject for right now but my point is there’s so much to learn, even if the topic is uncomfortable. Be curious!

“As long as you’re uncomfortable, it means you’re growing.” – Ashton Kutcher

“As you move outside of your comfort zone, what was once the unknown and frightening becomes your new normal.”  -Robin S. Sharma

Get out there and step out of you comfort zone!

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Wait there’s more!

The deceased are not the only thing we bury.

Sometimes we bury…..

  • something to find later
  • treasure
  • a time capsule
  • the hatchet
  • our heads in a pillow
  • our heads in the sand
  • the secrets of our past
  • or just a dog bone

I hope your thoughts are good and exercised!

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33 Quotes About Learning

Inspirational words of those who lived before us and those who live among us.

33 Quotes

 

“We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn.” ~Peter Drucker

“I am learning all the time.  The tombstone will be my diploma.”  ~Eartha Kitt

“Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn and you will.”  ~Vernon Howard

“Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned.”  ~Mark Twain

“Learning is not a spectator sport.” ~D. Blocher

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” ~Henry Ford

“Learning is not attained by chance. It must be sought for with ardor and attended to with diligence.” ~Abigail Adams

“Curiosity is the wick in the candle of learning.” ~William A. Ward

“One of the reasons people stop learning is that they become less and less willing to risk failure.” ~ John W. Gardner

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“You aren’t learning anything when you’re talking.” ~Lyndon B. Johnson

“Supposing is good, but finding out is better.” ~Mark Twain

“Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow.” ~Anthony J. D’Angelo

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” ~Alvin Toffler

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
~ Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

“Self-education is, I firmly believe, the only kind of education there is.”
Isaac Asimov

“The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.”
~B.B. King

“For the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them.”  ~Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics

“A man, though wise, should never be ashamed of learning more, and must unbend his mind.” ― Sophocles, Antigone

“Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.” ~ Dalai Lama XIV

“Be curious about the world in which you live. Look things up. Chase down every reference. Go deeper than anybody else–that’s how you’ll get ahead.”
Austin Kleon, Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

“I’m starting to think this world is just a place for us to learn that we need each other more than we want to admit.” ~ Richelle E. Goodrich, Smile Anyway

“to learn and not to do is really not to learn. To know and not to do is really not to know.”
Stephen R. Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

“He who laughs most, learns best” ― John Cleese

“Smooth seas do not make skillful sailors.” ~African Proverb

“Change is the end result of all true learning.” ~ Leo Buscaglia

“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” ~Chinese Proverb

“The great aim of education is not knowledge but action.” ~Herbert Spencer

“If you think education is expensive, try estimating the cost of ignorance.”
~Howard Gardner

“Action comes about if and only if we find a discrepancy between what we are experiencing and what we want to experience.”  ~Philip J. Runkel

Correction does much, but encouragement does more. ~ Goethe

A well-educated mind will always have more questions than answers. ~ Helen Keller

There are obviously two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live. ~ James Truslow Adams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Literary Bucket List

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I’ve decided to publish my book collection! Though I am especially proud of my tangible collection…there is something about that raw touch and smell of a book, a novel, the bound pages of a story…I have also included my e-books, audio books and hopeful acquisitions of the future.
The problem with my collection is that I have yet to read all of the books! Any books I have read in the last six years (post high school) I have put in bold, the rest are on my to-read list. As I feel like a fraud for owning such a rich collection of books without having read (or remembering) many of them, I am now considering this my Literary Bucket List.
*Read in school, but want to read again as an adult.
** Favorite!
¹ I started reading the book and didn’t finish…but want to!

Tangible:

  1. Adulting by Kelly Williams Brown¹
  2. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  3. And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
  4. Animal Farm by George Orwell*
  5. Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  6. The Art Forger by Barbara A. Shapiro
  7. The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
  8. Catch 22 by Joseph Heller (NEW)
  9. Catcher and the Rye by J.D. Salinger*
  10. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  11. Choke by Chuck Palahniuk
  12. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald*
  13. Cut by Patricia McCormick*
  14. The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to His White Mother by James McBride*
  15. Death Be Not Proud by John Gunther
  16. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury*
  17. Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  18. The Giver by Lois Lowry*
  19. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens¹
  20. Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks*
  21. The Go-Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann
  22. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  23. Hamlet by Shakespeare
  24. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad*
  25. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  26. The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  27. How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster*
  28. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  29. I Dare You! by William H. Danforth**
  30. I’ll Let you Go by Bruce Wagner
  31. In the Blink of an Eye by Walter Murch
  32. Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali*
  33. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer*
  34. Kindred by Octavia E. Butler*
  35. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  36. Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold¹
  37. Macbeth by Shakespeare
  38. Me, Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
  39. A Million Little Pieces by James Frey¹
  40. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  41. Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder*
  42. Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich*
  43. Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger
  44. The Odyssey by Homer
  45. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  46. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey*
  47. Ordinary People by Judith Guest*
  48. Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  49. The Pigman by Paul Zindel
  50. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver*
  51. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving¹
  52. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  53. Room by Emma Donoghue
  54. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  55. A Separate Piece by John Knowles
  56. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
  57. Stone Garden by Molly Moynahan
  58. The Stranger by Albert Camus*
  59. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe*
  60. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  61. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee*
  62. Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  63. Too Far by Rich Shapero
  64. A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks¹
  65. Wicked by Gregory Maguire¹

E-books or Kindle Books:

  1. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien¹
  2. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  3. Divergent by Veronica Roth¹

Audio Books: 

  1. The Body Book by Cameron Diaz
  2. Bossy Pants by Tina Fey
  3. Looking For Alaska by John Green
  4. Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
  5. You Are a Bad ass by Jen Sincero**
  6. The Like Switch by Marvin Karlins, Jack Schafer
  7. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Wish to Own

  1. Children of Men P.D. James
  2. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  3. The Game of Thrones Series by George R.R. Martin
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Musical Monday: Instrumental Break

There have been times in my life where I’ve hated instrumental breaks…especially in karaoke! But in past few years, I have had a growing love for instrumental and orchestral music. Part of the reason I enjoy it is because, even though I love to sing, I can’t sing along…there are no words. I can listen to this music and focus on something without getting distracted by the words. This was mostly when I was reading or studying for school. I enjoyed background music but if I was reading the lyrics would mess me up, so this was my solution! And now, I listen to it just because I like it!
Enjoy!
Titanium/Pavane by The Piano Guys

Children by Escala

My Immortal by Lindsey Stirling

Sweet Child of Mine by Dallas String Quartet

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