I was supposed to finish this book a week ago, for my IRL bookclub, and life got in the way. Yesterday morning though, I listened to the last 30 minutes of EDUCATED by Tara Westover on @librofm and oh WOW did this book deliver.
Tara Westover’s childhood and journey through higher education was absolutely incredible to listen to (and read about - I switched back and forth a bit). It’s one of those stories that is stranger than fiction, and I found myself consistently needing to remind myself that this is actually a person’s life story, and not something made up. I think the thing that struck me the most were the injuries that happened to her family throughout the years working in the junkyard, and the fact that, because no one believed in hospitals or doctors, these (gruesome) injuries were treated at home. I also cannot state clearly enough that Shawn is the WORST and should most definitely be arrested or something, because he is violent and evil and terrifying and the scenes Tara Westover describes with her brother are horrifying and were difficult for me to get through.
This book was AMAZING and I would definitely recommend reading it, though I would warn you to go into it with the understanding that there is violence and abuse throughout.
Have you read it? What did you think?
1,3586813 April, 2019
‘It’s strange how you give the people you love so much power over you.’
I’ve seen this book absolutely everywhere online and in stores, so when I dropped by a book shop last week and saw it in paperback I couldn’t resist.
Educated is a memoir that follows Tara Westover from her off-the-grid childhood in rural Idaho where injuries are treated by Herbalism, not hospitals, and she’s forced to teach herself math and grammar.
After getting accepted into a university, she becomes consumed by the idea of educating herself and escaping from the limitations her family and upbringing have imposed.
Have you read Educated? What did you think of it?
Literary awards—specifically the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize—bring me so much joy. Every year for almost a decade, I’ve tried predicting the winners, and every year, I get a little closer. What I love most about these awards is what they say about where we’re at as people when these books are chosen. 🌿
The two finalists for this years Pulitzer Prize for Fiction are great examples of what makes this award so special:
The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai was one of my absolute favorites last year. It’s beautifully written, thoughtful—it was nice to feel like someone understood the different types of fear I felt like no one else knew existed. I felt seem in a new way.
There There by Tommy Orange says a lot about where we are right now, in regards to gun violence, and it also made me realize how ignorant I’ve been to the struggles of indigenous people. I was thankful that this book informed me in so many ways, and pushed me to search for more voices I felt like I hadn’t heard.
Awards can be so powerful in how they showcase voices needing to be heard. I just find it such a beautiful thing, and I love when we value art like this. -
8373016 April, 2019
Name: Dukdik 🐘
The day started with me bathing her in the river (mud spa). I fed her sticky rice balls mixed with pumpkins😋
Note: This is a relaxing place for rescued elephants saved from zoos and circus—no saddle/no basket chair/no abuse.
#NEVERGonnaBeFamous pt 1: bc (a) I take a researched, #educated principled stance, even if I have to stand alone; I been doing it forever & (b) I speak my TRUTH, which people in the US HATE more than anything. *WARNING* please do UNFOLLOW if lies are comfortable. With that said on #EasterSunday ⠀
IMAGE STORY, translation(they enjoy savagery): “this is the same #notredame#cathedral in paris and at which pope nicholas v and the #catholic#church#blessed the #SlaveTrade which caused death to 10’s of #millions of people, so for me this fire does NOT deserve any #sympathy from #BLACKpeople .”⠀
I CAN CARELESS about Notre Dame #burning . It’s a foreshadowing of what’s coming to the West & it’s extended #countries for all its evil against #humanity for 500+ years of murder, genocide, slavery, wars, constant chaos & getting wealthy of the backs of “darkies” and STEALING resources for “democracy” (cough, cough Iraq, Libya, Syria and now VNZ) – ALL OF WHICH ARE STILL HAPPENING TODAY under their planning. WHY THE HELL SHOULD I FEEL BAD FOR France, a country that STEALS, PLUNDERS, MURDERS, MUTILATE PEOPLE & KEEPS 14 #AFRICAN COUNTRIES #POOR ‘TIL THIS DAY? 25%, estimate at $532 #BILLION , of #France ’s #GDP , that welfare state, is stolen yearly from 14 of these African countries. Anytime a real leader of the people is elected against French interests, France starts a war, overthrows the govt blaming victim countries for the poverty forced on them by the #french . Sounds familiar? I live in a country who does the same ish worldwide. * #Disclaimer below…⠀
*DISCLAIMER: French #citizens , like US’s, are not to be confused for the Elite who truly run these govts. 90% of the citizens are uneducated on what their govts do worldwide & wouldn’t believe it if #GOD said it; #brainwashed , indoctrinated; believe BS msm “news.” If they do know, the do NOT care, just those in US. They are ONLY #liberal online posts, in front of the “friends” of color, but NEVER liberal when it disrupts the #benefits they receive from their countries’ #immoral pillaging of the world.
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Easter Sunday at the BEST gym around. Top effort this morning Tribe
Let that sink in..🤔 They don't want you sharing your thoughts & ideas with other non critical thinkers. It's like infecting them with a deadly virus. When in reality... critical thought is actually the perfect antidote!✊🏾 #Thoughts #CriticalThinker #Educated #Deepthoughts
221 hour ago
A book that I absolutely couldn’t put down. I highly recommend Tara Westover‘s memoir. #Educated#TaraWestover
Not going to give away anything other than the blurb, but if you’ve read it and would like to discuss it, DM me!!!
“Tara Westover and her family grew up preparing for the End of Days but, according to the government, she didn’t exist. She hadn’t been registered for a birth certificate. She had no school records because she’d never set foot in a classroom, and no medical records because her father didn’t believe in hospitals.
As she get older, her father became more radical and her brother more violent. At sixteen, Tara knew she had to leave home. In doing so she discovered both the transformative power of education, and the price she had to pay for it.”
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С праздником- Вербным Воскресеньем!
Знаете ли вы, что название праздника Вербное воскресенье произошло от обычая освящать в этот день в церкви ветки вербы. Они символизируют пальмовые ветви, которыми иудеи приветствовали Иисуса в Иерусалиме. В России пальмы не растут, поэтому их заменили вербовыми ветками. Верба – первое растение, которое расцветает весной. Она олицетворяет пробуждение природы после зимнего сна и возрождение новой жизни. праздник #вербноевоскресенье#будь#образован#эрудирован#праздник#весна#весна2019 #☀️ #holiday#palmsunday#be#educated#spring#spring2019 #⭐️
"I meet people and they become chapters in my stories." - Avijeet Das
Posted by martin.parnell |
It’s extraordinary how sometimes you meet someone and, through a series of connections, it can lead to an amazing opportunity.
Three years ago at my year-end fund raiser in Cochrane, raising donations for Free to Run in support of a kayaking and camping trip for Afghan women and girls, I met Umair Khan.
I next met up with Umair at an event organized by my friend Gitti Sherzad, who appeared in my TEDx talk and had founded Pillars for Afghanistan, an organization that was raising funds for an orphanage in Kabul.
On April 4th I went to The Art of Leadership for Women Conference at the Telus Centre in Calgary. I had been looking forward to this event for months and the main reason was that Malala Yousafzai would be speaking. Malala’s story had been an inspiration to me as I traveled to and from Afghanistan running marathons in support of the women and girls who run for freedom and equality.
Malala was born in the Swat district of northwestern Pakistan, where her father was a school owner and was active in educational issues. After having blogged for the BBC since 2009 about her experiences during the Taliban's growing influence in the region, in 2012 the Taliban attempted to assassinate Malala on the bus home from school. She survived, but underwent several operations in the UK, where she lives today.
In October 2014, Malala, along with Indian children’s rights activist Kailash Satyarthi, was named a Nobel Peace Prize winner. At age 17, she became the youngest person to receive this prize. Accepting the award, Malala reaffirmed that “This award is
My quote makes it to this Inspiring blog post of Martin Parnell meeting Malala Yousafzai!
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Oooh those roots...so blendyyyyyyy
For this #lewk I used my absolute favorite bleach ever, Blonde Me by @schwarzkopfpro
It has incredible bond enforcing technology and even helps to subtly neutralize warm tones.
But let’s be real. BLEACH IS BLEACH. As nice as it may be, it still can cause your hair to be dry or even break. **keep up on those trims, take the lightening process slow, get the treatments, and etc**
Us professionals can use the best bleach, the best bond builders, and be as gentle as we can be... and it STILL won’t create a miracle.
I am grateful for the influencers and other professionals out there who do what they do and share their incredible work. But there are still people out there who do not fully educate or share the fine details on HOW they got their level 2 black box dye client to a level infinity, clear white blonde after “only” 6-8 hours. Which is fine!!! And that’s why I’m writing to anyone who’s paying attention to tell you that... we cannot do it all. Those crazy sessions contain a ton of work, money, time, and HELP **and probably some extensions too 😘**. So when you show your stylist an Instagram post of someone’s work and say something along the lines of, “I would like this color and I want it today. If I can’t have it today I’d like to have it in like maybe 12weeks?.”
We don’t actually work magic. I know some of us may tease that we do but we’re just joking!! The bar is high compared to where it was even 5 years ago. Trust your beloved stylist to come up with a plan that works for you including your budget and preferred timeline. All will be well, dear, and your hair will be where you want it to be I’m no time 💕
36109 hours ago
After following a friend’s example of reading Hillbilly Elegy” @danaandbooks , I’m beginning this one that’s supposed to be in a similar vein. An interesting counterpoint to three other environmental / herbal / philosophy books I’m also reading. Yeah, I might have reading ADD. #educated#memoir#reading#books#booksofinstagram .