Sometimes

David Whyte not only reads his poem “Sometimes,” but he explores it and how it came to be.

SOMETIMES
by David Whyte

Sometimes
if you move carefully
through the forest,
breathing
like the ones
in the old stories,
who could cross
a shimmering bed of leaves
without a sound,
you come to a place
whose only task
is to trouble you
with tiny
but frightening requests,
conceived out of nowhere
but in this place
beginning to lead everywhere.
Requests to stop what
you are doing right now,
and
to stop what you
are becoming
while you do it,
questions
that can make
or unmake
a life,
questions
that have patiently
waited for you,
questions
that have no right
to go away.

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Book Review: Big Thinkers and Big Ideas by Sharon Kaye

Explore deep questions and practice big thinking–with philosophy for kids

Have your kids ever asked you about things like whether or not what we see is real? Or why some actions are considered good, and some are bad? If they have, then they might be on their way to becoming a philosopher. Big Thinkers and Big Ideas is a book about philosophy for kids ages 8 to 12 that will teach them about the concepts and people that are important in philosophy, so they can start exercising their mind and looking at the world with new eyes.

With this philosophy for kids book, they’ll learn about different kinds of philosophy from all over the world and philosophers like Socrates, Pythagoras, Ayn Rand, and Neil deGrasse Tyson. Help them practice thinking deeply and come up with their own solutions to complex problems.

Dive into philosophy for kids with:

The big four–Read about the four main branches of philosophy: metaphysics (reality), epistemology (knowledge), logic (critical thinking), and ethics (values).

What do you think?–The questions inside will encourage kids to build better arguments and talk to their friends and family about meaningful topics.

Just the first step–If philosophy for kids is interesting for your child, this book is a great primer for more advanced philosophy books.
Inspire kids to think differently with the perfect introduction to philosophy.

My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free copy from the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Big Thinkers and Big Ideas is an excellent book for children, especially those who have a lot of questions. It will help them to think about things and look at things in a different way.

I like the introduction which asks if we all see colors the same way. How do you know that your red is the same as my red? Maybe your red is my blue. Honestly, this is a question I’ve often contemplated because it can’t be answered.

According to Big Thinkers and Big Ideas, there are 4 branches of philosophy: reality, knowledge, ethics, and logic. Those are also the 4 main chapters of this book, and each chapter looks at questions from each branch. Each question comes with an explanation but not an answer. It also explains the ideas on that subject by a philosopher and challenges the reader with a scenario to think about (called Think About It!). It will get adults to thinking too!

Book Review: Reason for Existence by Richard Botelho

25778909Title: Reason for Existence

Author: Richard Botelho

Category: Science Fiction/Philosophy

Publication Date: 2/1/16

Length: 188 pages

Summary

When David Jordan, an extraterrestrial human in appearance, agrees to help U.N. Secretary General Nicholas Straka resolve an escalating nuclear crisis, he also learns he must defuse a horrifying plot to exterminate humanity by a hostile race of beings who despise human culture. Somehow, he must thwart both crises before a worldwide intervention is launched by his superiors, destroying human innocence in the process. In Reason for Existence, David learns the origins of human conflict, the nature of secret societies, the true meaning of friendship, and the enduring qualities of love.

 

My Review

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.

Reason for Existence is not your typical thriller. The main character is David Jordan who is asked to help stop an escalating nuclear crisis. But that’s only the beginning.  There are extraterrestrials who want to exterminate the human race on top of the humans wanting to nuke each other. 

There is so much more within these pages, though, than crises and extraterrestrials. Thrown into the mix is David, who is an alien who looks human, trying to figure out the meaning of life and human love.  

Reason for Existence is an interesting and creative novel. I recommend it, especially if you think you’d like a philosophical sci fi thriller.

Purchase on Amazon.

 

About the Author

1294555Richard Botelho is the author of two books: The Individualism: Personal Change to Transform Society, a nonfiction social commentary, used in over 100 colleges and universities across America, favorably reviewed in The Midwest Quarterly and other scholarly journals, and winner of the S.C.P.H.C. Gold Award for Philosophy in 1996; and Leah’s Way, his first novel, which received a rave review in the February 1st, 2004 edition of the Library Journal. He has a B.A. and M.A. in government from California State University, Sacramento, graduating with honors. Mr. Botelho has had numerous articles published in ML Publications, The Stone Institute, and the Northern California Sociologic Association.