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15 May 2016 - New Books, May 15 2016 - (1537)


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Click to open this book page at amazon.com


Click to open this book page at amazon.com


Click to open this book page at amazon.com


Mason Gibson really hurt my feelings one day; he said: "Jim, you're a poor student." Back in 1978-70, at AT&T Information Systems. Mason was my immediate superior and he could be a real asshole. He was not happy that I was in a project leader role that he managed. He was even less happy with the fact that I was a new Project Leader and that I was really scrambling to play "catch up" with a ton of technical software stuff. He probably hated the fact that his preferred candidates (for my position) reported to me - a situation that caused me much emotional stress because those candidates did not make an effort to hide their contempt and anger towards me because I had the job that they were better qualified to have - at least on the immediate technical level. I was just an ambitious person without any person that could mentor me or offer me protection from higher level managers who resented my presence within their "high caliber" technical organization - for me, it was difficult managing people with MS degrees and BS degrees when I only had an AAS degree. Enough of this crap..!

Mason was correct, even if I wanted to ignore that fact; I had been aware of that fact since my accident in seventh grade - even though the accident dealt with injuries to my right and left hip joints, I have since concluded that the accident and subsequent physical-emotional-mental damage that I sustained had basically derailed a portion of my mental acuity and dexterity - after this period of my life, I had real difficulty concentrating focusing on learning new things, at home, at school, wherever; I often felt like a retard when trying to master new information - math and algebra and science stuff were not so hard, but I had given up on myself by the time I was in high school junior year - I just wanted to be free of my life.

The above assortment of books suggests that I continue to be curious about many things in life. I am very frustrated because when I try to paint, my very minimal skill and talent are glaringly obvious, to say the least; however, at least I have several beautiful art books to look at and to peruse.

There is a very spiritual aspect or aspects of my personality. Islam and Muslims really anger me - even when I am both attracted to poets and to writers with historical Muslim backgrounds and beliefs and to the Koran. I doubt that I shall ever convert to Islam - I am simply by intrinsic nature attracted to religions and spiritual pursuits.

The books "The Geography Of Bliss" and "The Geography Of Genius" attract me because of my desire for "fun reads that also ubiquitously and unobtrusively inform and teach."

Now you know where all of my money goes - into books, books, and more books..!










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