Monday Motivation (1/11/16)

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Do you ever encounter things in life that you just don’t want to do but in which you have no say?  Welcome to life! There are some things that you can change (removing toxic people from your life) and some you can’t. For the things you can’t change, it’s important to change your attitude and focus on the positive experiences (otherwise, you fall into a vicious cycle of being annoyed by everything about this person/situation). This week’s Monday Motivation includes quotes about the importance of your attitude toward things in life.

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Book Review: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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Title & Author: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Genre: Memoir
Synopsis (from Amazon):

Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’ captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide.
 
Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local “powhitetrash.” At eight years old and back at her mother’s side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age—and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns that love for herself, the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors (“I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare”) will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned.
 
Poetic and powerful, ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’ will touch hearts and change minds for as long as people read.

First thing’s first: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is the most touching book I’ve read in a long time. I read a lot, and I like a lot of what I read, but this book truly moved me. I was transported to a time I’ve never known (the 1930s and 1940s) and places I’ve never lived (Stamps, Arkansas and St. Louis). I felt the isolation of being unwanted by your parents during your youth and believing that you only have a sibling to lean on. Marguerite [Maya’s real name was Marguerite Johnson, which she changed later in life] was confused and – rightfully – frustrated by the rules of segregation in the deep south and this book put me in the position to feel like everything was happening to me personally.

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Currently Reading: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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I’m still working my way through The Signal and the Noise (currently at 33%!), but I decided to alternate with another book – I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. Part of this is because TSATN is taking forever to get through – though it is very interesting. The other part is practical: I checked out I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings from the library and it’s going to expire in a week.

The synopsis (from Amazon) is as follows:

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Monday Motivation (#8)

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Today’s Monday Motivation post is here to provide inspiration to keep you writing! In honor of the start of February – which is Black History Month in the U.S. – I’m highlighting some amazing quotes from black authors. These quotes aren’t strictly about writing but they can all relate to the writing process.

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Monday Motivation (#4)

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It’s the start of another work week and I finally have to go back to my real job. I can’t believe my two weeks off has already gone by! I miss my coworkers though and I’m fortunate enough that I really enjoy my job. Anyway, my point is that it’s Monday and that means another round of Monday Motivation. (If you missed any of the previous entries you can view them here.) Since I actually have to go back to work too, I thought I’d share some quotes from authors about work (and hard work in particular). Continue reading