Review: Comfortable with Uncertainty: 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion

Comfortable with Uncertainty: 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion
Comfortable with Uncertainty: 108 Teachings on Cultivating Fearlessness and Compassion by Pema Chödrön

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not quite what I was expecting, but nevertheless good. One hundred and eight micro-chapters, each about two pages long, with a short explication of Buddhism from Chödrön’s perspective. Buddhism and Stoicism have some interesting parallels. In some respects they each start from the same place and reach some of the same conclusions. It’s their tenor that is so strikingly different. Something like the difference between acceptance and resignation.



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Review: A Wake for the Living

A Wake for the Living
A Wake for the Living by Andrew Nelson Lytle

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Lytle’s graceful and loving portrait of the lost world of his youth, the Old South. I found it a bit dry in parts, but mostly enjoyable. Basically a lyrical variation of one of history’s oldest laments: The World Is Different Than When I Was Young. To which I had my usual reaction: the past is interesting to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there. I hope that when I am near the end of my life I will have the courage to see the present and future with kinder eyes.



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