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    • If you do end up cracking the spine on The Book of the New Sun, you might find it interesting to follow along our book club discussion as you go. I also didn't especially get along with this book the first time I read it, but am appreciating it much more in the environment of a communal read, and in the format of a slow read.

    • I would, but the book is all off the place. It starts off on a point then jumps a few hundred years in the future, then jumps back again.

      Though, as an answer, it is an example of an elective monarchy, which lasted till 1806. Most people assume that the first born child (normally a son) inherits the throne. However, the HRE was elective. The emperor/king did not have to be German either, with nobles from England and Spain being Elected to the position. Richard of Cornwall was elected to the ruler of Holy Roman Empire in 1257 

      Henry VIII was also a candidate for the position, but wasn't elected/

    • I'm about halfway through too now. Very interesting book, thanks for the heads up!

      Next on my list is David McCullough's "The Pioneers" - again about the mid west I think, the opening, Chapter One, is titled " The Ohio Country"

    • @apm Did you see that Michelle's book "Becoming" has a companion journal that was released today? It looks great! Here are some of the writing prompts from the "look inside" pages:

      Write about a time when you spoke your truth to others. How did it make you feel? What did you learn?

      Write about a specific experience when someone dislodged a dream of yours by trying to lower your expectations. How did it make you feel? How did you try to overcome that obstacle? List five ways that person was wrong.

      List three people who contribute to your circle of strength. Next to each person's name, describe why he or she is so dependable.

      Describe someone you know who was brave enough to tell their story. How did it change your perception of them? How did it change your perception of yourself?

    • Note: @apm = @StephenL . New name, new avatar. Same dude.

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      Write about a specific experience when someone dislodged a dream of yours by trying to lower your expectations. How did it make you feel? How did you try to overcome that obstacle? List five ways that person was wrong.

      I can relate to this question on such a deep level, @Jain . Many people in my journey have set lower expectations for me—I was considered learning disabled in elementary school, for starters. But I’ve always taken it as throwing down the gauntlet and worked twice as hard to prove them wrong: as an adult I qualified for admittance to Mensa, the high IQ society.

      Powerful stuff. I’ll be sure to look for the companion journal when I’m at the bookstore tonight.

      🙏

    • @StephenL I'm so impressed that you qualified for Mensa! Is it true you can only apply once? What a wonderful achievement and congratulations for overcoming so much to get there.

    • Having just returned from two weeks in Scotland, wandering about the Highlands, the Isle of Lewis, and the Midlands around Hadrian's wall, I relearned, once again, how tough the local terrain can be to walk on. Makes me even more impressed by Mr Stewart's walk