Sunday Ramble and Two Books I Didn’t Like. Sorry.

Visited the local Friends of the Library book sale yesterday, in the rain, where C.J. and I managed to spend much more than we intended.  He got several art books and a couple of books full of house plans while I nearly completed my Jane Austen collection. Can you name the book I still have to find. I’ve decided it’s a good time to re-read all … Continue reading Sunday Ramble and Two Books I Didn’t Like. Sorry.

Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu Translated by D.C. Lau

For many years now, I have taught Daoism as part of my 7th grade history unit on China.  I wish I could call back my previous classes and correct all the mistakes and misrepresentations I have made over the years.  Fortunately, what 7th graders take away from a lesson on Daoism isn’t all that deep, so I probably haven’t done much damage. Still.  It’s symptomatic … Continue reading Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu Translated by D.C. Lau

Cat Country by Lao She

I admit, I feel quite pleased with myself for understanding so much of Lao She’s 1932 satire Cat Country. Consider that most of my knowledge of late 19th/early 20th century China comes from movies, The Last Emperor  in particular, and a couple of books, Boxers and Saints and The Painted Veil to name most of them.  A few teacher seminars over the years. I did pretty well recognizing just what … Continue reading Cat Country by Lao She

The Art of War by Sun Tzu

The Art of War by Sun Tzu has been heralded as the book everyone in both the military and the business world should read.  Adopt the principles of Sun Tzu and you will always win, or so we are told.  Some even suggest it will help the average person with daily life. I bring neither experience as a soldier nor as a business person to the … Continue reading The Art of War by Sun Tzu