Currently Reading

Hey everyone! I wanted to share what I am currently reading. I read several books at once, because they serve different purposes.  I also read pretty quickly and enjoy reading. I am not reading from each book every day!

Often times I will have friends ask what I am reading, so here is what is currently on my bookshelf (except for my fiction book which is on Kindle as I found a great deal).




The Well-Educated Mind: A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had (Updated and Expanded)



Don Quixote (Signet Classics)



Eugene Field’s Poems Of Childhood



The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

Your Leadership Edge



Mantrums: The Sequel

I saw yet another mantrum this week! I was getting a few things from the grocery store and was in the express checkout lane. There was a man ahead of me in line, that while getting a free candy bar with the purchase of something particular he had, went on a rant to the cashier about food stamps and said something about himself being white (I couldn’t hear that part).

When it was my turn to check out, I asked the cashier how her day was going, she apologized for the gentleman that was on a rant. I said that I was fine, but asked if she was okay after dealing with that.

She told me that she has two special needs children and she is on food stamps herself, so while she was offended by what she was saying, she kept working to do her job.  I expressed that not everyone feels the way that man does, and thanked her for her good work at the store.

She was a kind woman, and did not deserve to be treated like that. She was simply doing her job.


I was getting my oil changed the other day, and was enjoying reading a book while I waited.

There was a man who was having some custom work done on his car, who was not happy about it and proceeded to throw a ‘mantrum.’ This is basically when a grown man throws a toddler tantrum.  He was yelling and cursing. The staff was calm and accommodating, without stooping to his level.

Throwing mantrums (or womentrums–which doesn’t have as nice of a ring to it), really takes away from the focus on the issue at hand. Instead, it can become more about someone’s emotions, and can be counterproductive to what is really going on.

My approach for dealing with customer service issues related to bills or other things, is when I call, I am very polite, inquire how they are doing and explain my issue, while noting that i know it is not their personal fault. I keep my tone light, while still getting my concern across.  Typically, issues get resolved pleasently and quickly.  We both walk away feeling good about ourselves.
With mantrums, no one wins, everyone feels miserable. With our world today, we need more kindness and consideration. When you are talking to someone else, remember they are a person, who has emotions. Belittling someone is never appropriate, even when you are upset.


Be the bigger person!


A commonplace book is something that you can enter in information you have heard or read. Generally it is something that someone else has said, so it is different than a journal of your own thoughts, feelings and opinions. I did some looking online and apparently in the 17th century, it was even taught to college students at Oxford.  Some notable people that kept commonplace books are:  Thomas Jefferson, Napoleon, Virginia Woolf and even the fictional character Sherlock Holmes.

I have been wanting to start a commonplace for awhile now, and after listening to a webinar on how to do so, I was eager to get started. I recently had surgery, so I wanted to do this on a budget. I am happy to say I didn’t have to spend a dime.

Below is my commonplace book and materials.










I used a 3 subject Vera Bradley notebook I already had on hand.  I have tabbed the subjects: Classics, Spiritual and Spoken (i.e. podcasts, sermons, conversations).  I made the tabs using divider sticky notes I had purchased the other month. I also am using sticky tabs to mark where I am in each section.  Besides writing in pen, I also already have erasable colored pencils that someone had given to me on hand.