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J. J. Zepfanman @...readers

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Non-fiction, classics, religion/atheism, science, sci-fi, to name just a few book topics I gravitate toward.

Adventurer, Kentucky and beyond. 4K movie collector, music lover, and disc golfer. Info tech for work. Celebrate diversity! He/him.

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Heart of Darkness (Green Integer Books) (Paperback, 2002, Green Integer) 4 stars

Heart of Darkness (1899) is a novella by Polish-English novelist Joseph Conrad, about a voyage …

"I don't like work—no man does—but I like what is in the work—the chance to find yourself. Your own reality—for yourself, not for others—what no other man can ever know. They can only see the mere show, and never can tell what it really means."

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Best American Science and Nature Writing 2022 (2022, HarperCollins Publishers) 4 stars

A collection of the best science and nature articles written in 2021, selected by guest …

An important retrospective of 2021 writings

4 stars

I ran across this book at the library, and I'll definitely be seeking out the 2023 edition when it's released in October.

I really appreciate editor Ayana Elizabeth Johnson's commitment to including more diverse writers than the "white and coastal collection of pieces from highbrow publications."

I didn't read all of the writings in this book. They were all published in 2021, so I felt like some were already out of date. I simply skimmed the t.o.c. and picked the ones that looked the most interesting. I've already commented on Bookwyrm about the pieces by Wells, Kaplan, and Malloy.

I focused on the "Futures We Could Have" section, as I was most interested in solutions. The final piece on indigenous conservation efforts (by Sengupta, Einhorn, and Andreoni) was a good way to cap off the readings. "Researchers have found that biodiversity protection often works best when local communities have a …

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Your Rites Of Passage (EBook, Rayne Hall) 5 stars

Rituals give us meaning, confidence, comfort and joy. When convention and religion don’t offer an …

The right book at the right time

5 stars

I was delighted that this book, Your Rites Of Passage, fits so well with my opinions about spiritual practice and ritual. I don't want to do old rituals just the way they were because I don't feel comfortable with it. I did not have religion when I was young. Now, I want to find a quiet spirituality with simple rituals that have meaning to me.

Rayne Hall has advice for lots of events. She thinks about solo rituals as well as group efforts. The reader does not need lots of equipment although Rayne makes suggestions for people who want this. She talks too about different religions, especially how to include people of different faiths in each ceremony. I liked this inclusivity.I

I think that this book will be really useful. I will not read it from cover to cover again, but I will choose chapters when I have need of …

The Tao Te Ching (Hardcover, 1999, HarperCollins) 5 stars

A short but lasting document

4 stars

I had an enjoyable week listening to the Tao Te Ching (道德經 in Traditional Chinese, lit. "Way Virtue Scripture"), Stephen Mitchell's 1989 audiobook version. Like many ancient writings, it has changed drastically since it was first "compiled" into 81 short chapters, around 250 BCE. I'll be researching more about the textual history of the book, particularly since the oldest version was found in 1993, after Mitchell's version was published.

As for the subject matter, "The tao that can be told is not the eternal Tao." - Chapter 1, line 1. #TaoTeChing #DaoDeJing