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The Longest Journey ever!

Ok, so I am a few days late.  Sorry, I have been quite busy and I also wasn’t sure what to write on.  I have been reading a lot, but nothing short and sweet that I can just tell you about and be done with so I will have to take a page from Josh’s playbook and do them bit by bit.  I like the way he does this, but I am not sure I am any good at it.  So here goes:

One of the things I am reading these days is the Old Testament of the Bible.  Now I am not here to preach to anyone or tell you that you should read it, but I feel that this book is important whether you believe in anything or not.  It does have a literary past and it is important in society because so many do believe in its contents.

Having said this I am now in Deuteronomy and if you have ever read the first few books in the Old testament you will know that this is some hard reading as it does go through the beginning and then is mostly Moses and the Children of Israel wandering for 40 years and currently for me that feels like infinity.

If you are interested in trying to read the Old Testament I have one tip for you.  One chapter a night to begin with just so you don’t get burned out and if you miss a night don’t make it up by reading 2 the next.  Anyways, I don’t really have many more thoughts on this, but if anyone has ever made it through the entire thing please let me know what your thoughts were.

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New Book Day

Title: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope
Author: Ian Doescher
Genre: Science Fiction
Summary (via GoodReads):
Inspired by one of the greatest creative minds in the English language—and William Shakespeare—here is an officially licensed retelling of George Lucas’s epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. ’Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearsome Stormtroopers, signifying…pretty much everything.

Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter—and complete with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations—William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Zounds! This is the book you’re looking for.

The people who will like this book
Young adults, Star Wars or Shakespeare fans.

Why it Should be on Your Reading List
It’s Star Wars. It’s Shakespeare-ish. It’s humor!

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Déjà vu or Predicting the Future

Have you ever had a horrible dream that woke you up making you think that it was real? Or what about that dream that wakes you up with a startle because you thought you were going to go off a cliff?  What about those dreams where you kinda forget about them and then a week later the same exact thing happens leaving you with that eerie sense of déjà vu?  Well in Harvey’s Dream, a short story by Stephen King in the Stories after Sunset collection, it seems just that happens only in very quick succession and his wife is only too in tune with what he is saying.  For a quick 10 page read every minute is gripping.  You just want to find out what his dream was all about.  I don’t know about you but I always find relief when I wake from a bad dream and realize it wasn’t real.  How would you feel if you woke with that relief only to find out an hour later that you were completely wrong?  I love the scary reality of this story and I wonder at times if our minds are capable of more than we are aware.  Can we predict something in the future?  I think to a certain extent we can with close attention to our surroundings and the people in our lives I am sure each of us predict how something will turn out on occasion.  I just wonder if there is something more our brains can do.  Only Dreams will tell!

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New Book Day

Summary

Title: The Dragonet Prophecy (Wings of Fire #1)
Author: Tui T. Sutherland
Genre: Fantasy
Summary (via GoodReads):
The seven dragon tribes have been at war for generations, locked in an endless battle over an ancient, lost treasure. A secret movement called the Talons of Peace is determined to bring an end to the fighting, with the help of a prophecy — a foretelling that calls for great sacrifice.

Five dragonets are collected to fulfill the prophecy, raised in a hidden cave and enlisted, against their will, to end the terrible war.

But not every dragonet wants a destiny. And when the select five escape their underground captors to look for their original homes, what has been unleashed on the dragon world may be far more than the revolutionary planners intended . .

The people who will like this book: Young adults, teens, tweens? Oddballs like me, probably.

Why it Should be on Your Reading List:
It’s fantasy, it’s dragons, it’s got humor. Where is the downside here?

Why it’s on My Reading List:
Because I promised my 12 yr old it would be the next book I read. Honestly. She reads me bits and pieces and it sounds funny and just enjoyable. It’ll be a quick read so why not? I like dragons all right.

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It’s Alive!!!

Ha! you all thought that I was going to be ending the Jupiter’s Travels series. Well you were wrong. Instead this week is the glorious day I expected to have last week. Thats right the third site I’m managing is now live. I had some free time so why not fill it with more work. Not really this stuff is fun and makes work out of reading or going out.

Everyday is an adventure and there is lots of new things to do and learn. The new site is all about that very thing. You can find the new site over at www.explorationlife.com, and It’s currently getting posts from myself and Jake. Jake is my brother and was the filmmaker portion of the Filmmakers Guide for the Movie Noobie podcast. Thats where all four of us got our start in this blog podcast thing. So the core four is back spread across two main sites and eventually I’ll get back into the movie noobie site and get it updated to fit our new styles. It has just been easier for now to leave it in place and learn about what I did wrong on the new sites.

It’s a fun and exciting day for both jake and I but is also a packed as we spend most of the day live troubleshooting the issues we couldn’t foresee when building the site behind the scenes. You can only prepare so much. sometimes you just have to go live and see what breaks. We have great content planned for the weeks ahead and a big project that should get announced in few weeks. You should check it out as this is the first site not only include text posts and a podcast. Jake will regularly updating us with video content as well. We have some great new Advertising relationships to leverage as well so be sure to look out on both for discounts and red trials that will help support the sites.

Don’t worry I plan on making the content relevant and timely for both sites and if you start checking both now you might even find that content from Niki and Giggles finds it’s way onto explorationlife.com as well. I could go on but I think you should just head over there now and see what shenanigans are going on today. Also hit the Lets explore post and let us know what you want to see us explore or share some knowledge you have.

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The Meaning of a Journey

As with all journeys and trips this one too comes to an end. Much of the end of Ted’s trip finds him wandering between confusion, annoyance, and peace. In The last most of his time is spent in India. The culture and customs of this place are not like anyplace before and it is not until he once again gives himself in to the culture that he begins to find joy and peace in the travel through the country. This is also where we find the rest of what is told to him when he told his fortune and that he is Jupiter.

I find it relatable that Ted is not a religious man. I too believe in that there is a world of things we can’t understand, but you aren’t likely to find me lining up at the doors of a church anytime soon. As he travels Ted ponders the idea that instead of there ebbing only one god. Per haps god moves between us all. inhabiting us for a period of time that only he knows.  Those time s when we feel our hearts soar and minds become amazingly clear. he posits that these are the moments when we become gods ourselves. It makes sense or could be the incredible heat of the Indian plains frying his brain. Never the less it makes you wonder about us and the spiritual world we believe in. We all believe in it, but our ways of belief are varied. I hope that my travels will find me in place where the greatness of the moment overcome everything else and I too feel as though I’m a god for a moment. To me this sounds like the perfect summarization of the moments you never forget in your entire life.

Let’s come back to the end of Ted’s journey. He finally after 4 years arrives back at home in England. The world he left is radically different. Triumph who made the bike he rode around the world has gone from owners to craftsman owned. Now the people that make the bikes are the same people that own the company. They are struggling and hopefully the notoriety of the ted showing it off and the news stories get them some much needed publicity. The most important thing is that Ted has changed and now finds it hard to be attached to only one place. HE has been on the move for so long that the constancy and uncertainty of where he would be staying from day to day was the part that felt right.

What happens to us that we forget the life we were leading for a much worse version. Why do think the way of living we are returning to is worse. I know you know that feeling it is the same one you have when you go on vacation and then come back and you wish for nothing else but to be back at that vacation spot. Why what can happen in the course of a week that changes us so quickly and so completely that we want nothing to do with the old life. Personally I think it is because originally human kind was meant to be a nomad species. Our ancestors moved to follow food sources and worked in harmony with the world that they lived in. There were still conflicts there always will be when we are involved in the mix, but is was nowhere even close to what our conflicts look today.

I’ve wandering again though.  Ted struggles for a bit after returning home he can’t seem to find the word to describe the trip and get the book writing started. Finally after to unusual and unforeseen accidents. He finds his muse wherever it was hiding. So it is that in 1979 Jupiter’s Travels is upon the world. It is for a long time relegated to only Europe. It wasn’t until there was enough of an outcry in america for the book that it found its way over here via an american publisher. As mentioned before it inspired many a travels including one made Ewan McGreggor and Charlie Boorman in 2004.Imagine that 35 after first being publish it became the inspiration behind a trip and TV series.

I’ll admit that it is hard to get through some parts of the book, and i wish there was more detail and explanations n some places but even with that it is a great book about not just seeing the world. The thing I took away from it is that not matter how you start or end the journey. you must go out into the world open willing to let it imprint a part of itself onto you. without this openness to let yourself get influenced by the work you will never truly be able to become apart of it. I know I tend to rant and rave on these so I leave that as All I’m going to say on it for now. Did you keep up with me on this or read the book yourself? Leave a comment below and discuss your thoughts on the book.

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The Life of a Young Girl in an Attic

So I read the Diary of Anne Frank.  For the most part I didn’t feel like it was ultra depressing.  The book is a young Jewish girl’s diary that she wrote while hiding in an attic during World War 2.  I read this book once before long ago, but couldn’t quite remember how it went.  I think it is interesting that she choose to write it like she was writing letters.  What is even more interesting to me is the tone of the book. She seems mostly lighthearted and full of hope.  I guess that makes sense given that she didn’t expect to die at 15 and she expected to get saved.  I imagine most can’t imagine the worst happening to them.  I wonder how most people would handle hiding in an attic for 2 years.  I imagine it was dreadfully awful, but she doesn’t quite paint it that way. Yes, they get bored and, yes, there are fights but she continues with school lessons and writing stories and falling in love.  This book is for those that need to be reminded that our world is really not as bad as it could be unless of course you are in hiding but I think a lot of us have it good and we would do well to remember that.  I highly recommend this read because it is an interesting perspective of something none of us can understand and also a perspective of a different time period, one with a whole different set of morals than we have today.  I also think it does most of us a lot of good to be reminded that prejudice of people because of religion or anything else can lead to some horrible atrocities.  I know the ending is not happy but we all need to see that hope can exist when all seems lost.

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New Book Day

Title:  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Genre: Fantasy / Historical Fiction
Summary (via GoodReads):
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs.
It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

The people who will like this book
Technically this is a Young adult book, so I’m guessing the young adult book crowd who enjoy mysteries, paranormal and thrills (looks like the creepy too)  would enjoy this selection

Why it Should be on Your Reading List
It’s a best seller, it has a funky name and it looks completely freaky. Why not?

Why it’s on My Reading List
I tend to lean toward the young adult books, partly because the content is a bit less jaded but still very real and occasionally disturbing. Since I am not a horror fan my hope is that this book is a level of creepy I can handle!

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A Brief Interruption

I was all ready as the title of this post indicates to give you all some great news. Alas it ended up not happening yet. The internet is a great place and creating a blog is easy to do. You get a domain name, slap together a WordPress site and start filling it with content right? Well thats sorta true. Yesterday should have been the launch day of my other new project Exploration Life. The problem co-creator  Jake and I ran into is life clashing with our high standards. We want to do this site right only original content from the writings down to photos and videos. Nothing will be pulled from other sources. We want everything to come from us. 100% original. Why? Because in the internet culture today anybody can go out and steal images and content from other places. This site though is about finding our own way through the world and part of that is sharing things the way we see it. Not using the vision of someone else. So we decided late that we would postpone the launch of the site. In the end i think it will workout for the best. For the  moment we are simply stating that we will launch in April. If  that is next week or the last week in April we don’t quite now yet. Like I said we want to give you the best content we can. As you may know I’ve been reading Jupiter’s travel because of this new launch and can’t wait to finish sharing the final part of it with you. That will be coming next week.

However, with the end of Jupiter’s Travels approaching I’m faced with a new problem. I need Another book to talk about for a few weeks. I think I have one in mind but I thought lets see what you guys think I should read next. If i don’t get any suggestions I’ll continue with my thought but I don’t want to give it away just yet either. So leave me a comment below to tell me what you think I should read.

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Internet: Is it true or false?

I am going to break away from my typically topic this week and talk about an interesting thing I read this week on the Interwebs.  I frequent the baby center forums on a fairly regular basis.  I am mostly a lurker just seeing what other moms are doing that I might need to think about with my little guy.  Now on baby center there are boards for each month a baby is born in so I pay attention to the April 2013 board.  Sometimes a person might follow 2 boards for instance the one month they were originally due in and the month they actually had their baby.  Anyways the board I follow has a well known lady amongst them.  We will call her Sally.  Anyways she had her April baby and then got pregnant again 3 months later.  She was due to have that baby a week ago maybe.  Anyhow she was in a car accident and supposedly the baby died.  Now I believe this all to be true, but after this was all posted and the drama played out for a day or so, people started to wonder if this was all false and made up to extort money from people.  Another person from another board got on and said that her husband had been cheating and could not be trusted to be telling the truth (he was the one that informed everyone what was going on).  Anyways irregardless of what happen it got me thinking about how easy it would be to falsify your life on the internet and just become a different person.  I have my own little blog, but what if I had decided to just create a blog and then tell a story and act like it was my life?  How crazy would that be and what if people fell for it?  I mean why not, why would someone tell a story like it was real oh wait but people do that all the time they are called fictional books.  I guess the only difference is that online you don’t know if it is fictional or real?  Something to think about.  Happy Reading!