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“There are three kinds of men. The one that learns by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves.” – Will Rogers

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I enjoy reading because it allows me to listen to an author through the words of their story. Think about all the great authors and thinkers of the past. When you pick up a book you are reading what they wrote decades if not centuries ago. You learn about what it was like when they were alive. You learn about how they spoke, what was entertaining for them, what they ate, listened to, the whole thing.

Some of the older books tend to drag a bit because of this language barrier but they are well worth the read. If you are not someone who can sit down with a good book and become engrossed in the work for hours on end, who cares? Read a chapter or a few pages a day. You’ll read more over time. The reading will open your mind to new ideas, new ways of thinking, and broaden your horizons.

I really enjoy reading books that are written by people I typically disagree with. This solidifies my beliefs and values. I have also been surprised when I find myself agreeing with them. I read broadly across many subjects because I am naturally curious and want to learn and open my mind to these other ideas. I hope you become an avid reader too!

I’ve added a few sections to thinking Thursday. I’ve added the workout routine I’m following under Exercise Program, and I’ve added a section called interesting apps. I have my core of apps that I’m satisfied with currently but do, from time-to-time, find another app to add to my inventory.

Exercise Program:

Jim Stoppani’s Shortcut to Size – (www.bodybuilding.com) – I’ve done this workout before and returning to it because it is just a good all-around weight routine. It’s 8 weeks in length, a 4-day split with 3 rest/cardio days mixed in.


Armor, Steakley – Recommended by an Army Buddy. A terrific book so far.

Ethics, Aristotle – Almost done with this one.

The Shariyat Ki Sugmad, Paul Twitchell – This is my bible. I finished it and will re-read again. This book is a permanent fixture on my reading list.

Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe – Still plugging away on this one. I’ve put it on hold, not because it is a bad book but due to the nonfiction reading, I’m taking on (I love nonfiction books more than fiction).

The Science of Success: What Researchers Know That You Should Know, Paula Caproni. I just started this book in conjunction with the author’s course on Coursera.


The Science of Success: What Researchers Know That You Should Know, Paula Caproni, University of Michigan, Coursera. – I started week 1 yesterday. A buddy of mine recommended this one and I’m glad he did. This is a good course so far.


Inside the Free Masons – Netflix


Venom (Another Marvel Movie) is scheduled to come out on the 5th. I cannot wait. This one looks terrific!


Ozark – Netflix (in the cue) – Re-watching Season 1 to remind me what’s going on. I’ll kick into Season 2 when I’m back on track with this one.

Designated Survivor – Netflix – Finished the first two seasons. I hope they have another one but who knows? If you liked the “24” series, you’ll like this one. It’s a good show with lots of plot twists and will keep you at the edge of your seat.

Interesting Apps:

Nothing to note this week…

I hope you take up reading, even if it is solely focused on your interest areas. Reading does so many things for you. Have a great Thursday.

Until next time…