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02.18 – Looking Forward

Depending on when I get back from the hospital & grocery shopping tomorrow, I plan on getting started with my next book for my monthly book challenge.  I think since I am going to be starting a class this week – I want to continue onto a more leisurely read, one tied strongly to culture in general, and some to my culture (African & Filipina) in particular.  I have three books that I am going to begin and see which one sticks to the end!

“Book of Five Rings” – Miyamoto Musashi

“…an enthralling treatise on martial strategy that combines a warrior’s instincts with the philosophies of Buddhism, Shintoism, Confucianism, and Taoism…”


“The Black Jacobins” – C.L.R. James

This book was written in 1938. “…In 1789, the French West Indian colony of San Domingo supplied two-thirds of the overseas trade of France and was the greatest individual market for the European slave-trade.  It was an integral part of the economic life of the age… In August 1791, after two years of the French Revolution and its repercussions in San Domingo, the slaves revolted.  The struggle lasted for 12 years…


Way of the Ancient Healer” – Virgil Mayor Apostol

…blends the art and science of the sacred teachings of Filipino traditional healing to help people find their path toward health and happiness… This book provides a comprehensive overview of traditional healing practices in the Philippines, exploring their origins, world influences, and role in daily life.”


Just typing out these few sentences describing each of these books makes me want to jump RIGHT in.  But, I need to sleep and get rid of this headache, for tomorrow is another big day.  Hoping I get to meet my newest nephew as he arrives in this world!

I am curious – if you all could chose one of the above books, simply from the brief descriptions, which would you chose? Why?

>Respectfully Submitted, Always Grateful<<    ~Mai


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