Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Tale of Two Cities Read-along

Starting April 21st reader will be joining together to read A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. As a fan of Dickens I could not pass up the opportunity to re-read this novel. I will be tweeting about my read (@WeeklyZen ) with the #1Tale2Cities tag. On Monday's I will update Weekly Zen with a close reading of the chapters that the group was scheduled to read.  All the information about joining the read-along and schedule is posted at Reading in Bed . 

The event runs April 21- May 19 2014 and below is the reading schedule:
  • April 21: Start reading
  • April 28: Book the First ch. 1-6 and Book the Second ch. 1-5
  • May 5: Book the Second ch. 6-16
  • May 12: Book the Second ch. 17-24 and Book the Third ch. 1-3
  • May 19: Read to the end
  • May 26: Wrap up and winner announcement

Friday, February 28, 2014

Quotes from Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Below are some of my favorite quotes and moments from Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights. Check back often as the list may change with each new reading.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

“If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger.”

“He's more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” 

“Be with me always - take any form - drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! it is unutterable! I can not live without my life! I can not live without my soul!”

“I have to remind myself to breathe -- almost to remind my heart to beat!”

“My love for Linton is like the foliage in the woods: time will change it, I'm well aware, as winter changes the trees. My love for Heathcliff resembles the eternal rocks beneath: a source of little visible delight, but necessary. Nelly, I am Healthcliff! He's always, always in my mind: not as a pleasure, any more than I am always a pleasure to myself, but as my own being.”

“She burned too bright for this world.”

“He wanted all to lie in an ecstasy of peace; I wanted all to sparkle and dance in a glorious jubilee. I said his heaven would be only half alive; and he said mine would be drunk: I said I should fall asleep in his; and he said he could not breathe in mine.”

“Nelly, I am Heathcliff - he's always, always in my mind - not as a pleasure, any more then I am always a pleasure to myself - but, as my own being.”

“I've no more business to marry Edgar Linton than I have to be in heaven and if the wicked man in there had not brought Heathcliff so low I shouldn't have thought of it. It would degrade me to marry Heathcliff now so he shall never know how I love him and that not because he's handsome Nelly but because he's more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of his and mine are the same and Linton's is as different as a moonbeam from lightning or frost from fire.”

“He shall never know I love him: and that, not because he's handsome, but because he's more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made out of, his and mine are the same.”

Audio Books 2014

My entire reading life I have been a voracious reader but within the last three years I have discovered the awesomeness of audio books.  I tend to listen to them while I am running or biking, and driving. Sometimes they are supplemental to the books that I am reading and sometimes I am just listening to the book. Here is a provisional list of the books that I plan on listening to in 2014. When I have listened to a book I will cross it off the list and put the date finished behind it. It will be added to my overall READ in 2014 list.

1. Divergent (supplemental) February 2014
2. Insurgent (supplemental) February 2014
3. Allegiant (supplemental) February 2014
4. Eleanor & Park
5. The Last Lecture
6. Crazy Rich Asians
7.  Drood (supplemental) January 2014
8. Wuthering Heights (Supplemental) January 2014
9. The Thirteenth Tale
10. The Last Dickens (Supplemental)

Monday, February 10, 2014

Timeless You: The Biology of Youth and The Wisdom of Experience by Deepak Chopra

You must unlearn, what you have learned. – Yoda

Deepak Chopra, M.D., author of more than 75 books in more than 35 languages partnered with to launch the course “Timeless You: The Biology of Youth and the Wisdom of Experience.” The course is currently being offered for $29 and it is a six part course that is geared towards the 45+ crowd. In the six courses Deepak Chopra teaches readers how to redefine age and how to maximize your life by taking 15 years off your chronological age.The course is in six parts, a review of each part follows.
Course One: Changing Perceptions: (85 minutes)
In this section you are taught to change the way you think about age and that in turn will change the way you age. This part of the course is packed with inspirational tidbits and knowledge. There is also a great discussion on Vedic views. In this part of the course there is also a great audio clip meditation. The best takeaway from this part of the course is: “Your body is not a noun. It is not a thing. It is a verb, an activity.”- Deepak Chopra
Course Two: A Youthful Mind: (105 minutes)
This section teaches ways to increase brainpower, curiosity and creativity. With quizzes, activities and printouts this section is fun and informative. I learned a few new things in this section and found ways to further my daily creativity. My favorite takeaway from this section: "People don't grow old. When they stop growing, they become old." - Anonymous
Course Three: Healthy Relationships: (90 minutes)
Course three teaches the reader how to interact with their family, friends and their community. Letting go of grievances is highly stressed in this section. The more you can let go, they more years you can to your lifespan. Favorite takeaway: “Everything that imprisons us is a self-imposed idea.”- Deepak Chopra
Course Four: The Mind Body Connection: (105 minutes)
This section demonstrates yoga, pranayama, meditation and restful sleeping as ways in which you can keep booth your mind and your body young. As a registered Yoga instructor this was perhaps the most familiar area to me. I have to say this course includes one of the best meditations I have experienced in a long time. Favorite quote: “Thoughts are a part of meditation. You cannot force your mind to stop thinking. Just let the thoughts come and go, and before long your mind will quiet. Let go of your need to control what happens.” – Deepak Chopra
Course Five: Mindful Eating: (95 minutes)
This section teaches us what to eat and how to have a healthy relationship with food. There were some great and concise ways of thinking about meals and food choices in this section, not to mention some fantastic recipes that you can print out. Favorite quote: “Eating is more than sustenance. It is vitality. It is joy. It is togetherness.”- Deepak Chopra
Course Six: Joyful Exercise: (110 minutes)
It is stressed in this course that exercise, both cardio and strength training are the most important thing that will help to keep your Biostat lower than your chronological age. This is the only part of the course in which you can see how it is geared towards an older crowd. Unlike the rest of the courses the printouts here are specific to less mobile populations. The ideas though are solid and although I disagree with the amount of time per day and week that a person should exercise there is no denying that exercise it important.
The course is well worth the money. Although it is geared towards an older audience the information presented is universal. Some of it is information that many of us already know, but just like a mantra the repetition of the information in your life will help you to be more likely to maintain each of the steps in six part course.

The course is a mixture of reading, listening, watching and interacting. There are also moments in the course when it will ask you to step away from your computer and go out in the world and perform tasks. No matter what age, all the exercises can be performed. The information is straight forward and entertaining, not to mention user friendly. Through the six course I did not experience technical difficulties or confusion about the presentation of the material.  

I highly recommend this course to anyone, regardless of age. Also fans of Deepak Chopra will find this a nice compilation of many of his work’s advice in a neat little package. Set aside the time for this course you will learn something about yourself and have an enjoyable time. For information about the course or to register go to:

NOTE: I was asked to audit this course. In no way does that affect the review that was presented here.