October Book Review : I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Under the Oaks : October Book Review, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

For the month of October I’d initially intended on reading Nicholas Sparks’ new sob story, The Longest Ride … but I typically can presume how those stories will start, progress, and end. And don’t get me wrong, I’m still going to read it and enjoy it … but that fact alone is something I can easily presume. Sometimes I like going into a book not knowing whether or not I’ll like it or hate it because I feel like that’s how I’ll find those “diamonds in the rough”. This month’s chosen book was one of those for me, a “diamond in the rough.”

I was in the ripe mood for a biography when I picked up Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. I’d never read it as part of an educational course, but it was one of those I wish I’d read so I figured what better time than to read it when I want to read it and in my own time. Angelou wrote this story in 1970, documenting the first 16 years of her life. Her story starts in the 1930s in Stamps, Arkansas and documents her life as a young black girl living not with her parents, but with her religious and strong-willed grandmother, disabled uncle, and older brother, whom she adored most inĀ  her life. Continue reading

life lately under the oaks

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It was suggested for anyone wanting to be inspired on a daily basis to read Seth’s Blog. I signed up for his email updates after reading a few posts on the blog and I have been able to walk away from each email with another little piece of the puzzle, like this from his post Q&A : Poke the Box vs. meh:

The real work comes after the novelty wears off. This work creates value, because given control over our actions, most of us stall, float sideways or sabotage the work. Because it’s unsafe. How could it be any other way? Change is always risky, because change moves us from what we know to what we don’t.

Starting my day reading his inspiring words (mostly for business) has been a nice change of pace and a good charge to start my day motivated.

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Dreaming of… San Francisco

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Lately, my mind has been nonstop about San Francisco. I read a lot of blogs and follow a ton of Instagram accounts of people in San Fran and it has me day dreaming all the time. I have a bad (but so good) feeling that I’m going to fall in love and never want to come back to the East Coast. I really can’t believe that I’ve made it this far in life without ever having visited California. Jason and I have been talking about our First Year Anniversary trip and where we’d like to go. I suggested a very long weekend in San Fran but ideally, and not necessarily for our anniversary, I’d like to take a whole week or more to drive from LA up the Pacific Coast Highway to Big Sur, on to a few days in San Fran, then heading all the way up through the Redwood National Park to Seattle for a few more days. How amazing would that be? San Francisco is top on my list though and if I could get only a weekend, I’d take it in a heartbeat!

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