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Review of Olga de Pitray’s book: Voyages Abracadabrants du gros Philéas

In English “The bizarre travels of fat Philéas” was published in 1890 by Olga de Pitray, and I was completely fooled by it, because of my wrong understanding of the title, since my rusty and not so wide French thought that the word Abracadabrants meant something like magic, or magical (you know, for the word abracadabra), but in reality it means “bizarre” so I ended up reading a “comedy” book instead of the fantastic magical one I was expecting. 

Unfortunately for me, this first deception was just the beginning of this tedious and boring book, because I dislike it from almost the beginning, because despite the hard efforts Olga made for making it bizarrely funny, I just found it plain null. 

The book center’s about Philéas, a fat man who is rather slow (intellectually speaking), and how he goes on a hunting travel with this mean man who just wanted to make fun of him and make him his personal clown. 

So, the entire book is just about the poor fat guy being bullied and put into random awkward position just for this other guy’s amusement. So, instead of being “funny” I just felt sorry for poor Philéas and found myself annoyed pretty fast. 

Luckily for me, the book was a short one, just 270 pages on my iPad, so the pain was not that long. And the vocabulary and writing of the book is very simple, which is the only good thing I can pull out from it, since I read it in French and it didn’t gave me any headache, like Notre Dame, or other French books I’ve read. 

To conclude I don’t recommend this book, so if you ever cross path with it in iBooks, just ignore it and try to find something else more worth reading. 

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Visual Art: Wild Nature.

Tetramorph made by lion, ox, eagle and human by sir Helder Amos
Wild Nature
As you may already know, I am always reading and searching for knowledge, because it is true that knowledge is power, and one of the things I’ve learned is that despite we, humans, are the only “rational thinking” beings on earth for the moment, we still have lesson to learn from other species that may not be as rational, for example:

We have to be brave, fearless and royal like the lion to face all the obstacles that life put in front of us.

Also we have to be light, and soar the sky, so we can look below and have a better eye, like the eagle. So we can take different perspectives into consideration when making decisions.

And let’s not forget, that not matter what happens we have to keep a calm and focused hard working attitude like the ox, to accomplish our goals.

So from now on let’s try to incorporate the wild nature’s nature into our nature. So we become naturally better. Because if we incorporate the teachings of this animals into our life, we will be unstoppable like nature itself.

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Analysis of the Meditations of Emperor or Rome Marcus Aurelius

Meditations of Emperor of Rome
Marcus Aurelius
As I mentioned in my last review, I was reading this philosophy book, Meditations of Emperor of Rome Marcus Aurelius, and this is the second oldest books that I’ve read, being the Bible number one, because Marcus wrote this meditations during a period of his life from around 120 to 180 AD, so yeah, it’s pretty old.

But despite being more than 1800 years old, this book shows that mankind is still the same. As that it doesn’t matter how many years pass we will always be same. We will have the same thoughts, the same opinions, the same troubles and the same character, since we are humans.

Just as cats remain being cats after thousands of years, so are we. So what I reaffirmed when I read this book (because I’ve realized that a long time ago) is that life and humans are the same sh!t but during a different era. One just have to substitute one old problem for new another. People before got anxious because they couldn’t get a goat, nowadays we get anxious because we cannot get the latest iPhone.

Back to the book, it's name is in point, because that’s what you get, Marco Aurelius’ Meditations, the book is a compilation of short statements Marco Aurelius wrote, during the before mentioned period of life. And every statement is an opinion about life, death, religion, politics, family, nature, the universe, law. Literally there’s an statement for everything. And the best part, is that ALL THIS STATEMENTS CAN STILL BE RELATED TO TODAY. Which I found very amusing an interesting, mostly because I’ve meditated that before, so I agreed with A LOT of those statements, like, I literally almost highlighted the whole book, because I was like: “lol, same” or “I know, right!” every time I found a quote that matches my philosophy.

Could it be that I am a reincarnation of Marcus Aurelius? 

So, every night that I lay myself to read, I felt like I was talking and changing opinions with the Emperor of Rome, because, the book are just his thoughts and opinions. And they feel so sincere and honest since the beginning, that you don’t feel the pressure one feels when readying other philosophy books (because most of philosophers just want that the whole world adhere to their philosophy). The book is literally, “This is what I think and what I feel, you don’t have to agree, but this is what I have in my mind and heart”. So I found it extremely pleasant to read.

But despite the fact of being pleasant, the book was heavy, it had too much content, it has statements that although being just a few paragraphs long had they were so dense with what he wanted to express, that it made the reading tiring. So that’s why I started reading Heidi on the other hand.

To conclude because I otherwise I could start going one by one of the 12 books/section this book contains, I wanna say, that despite I don’t know Marcus Aurelius, what he did in life, how old was he when he wrote it, or how he governed Rome, I loved the book, I enjoyed it from beginning to end, as I agreed with most of the content, so maybe I should be the next Emperor of Rome.

Quote from Meditations of Marcus Aurelius 

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Review of Heidi

Mostly known because of the old cartoon tv show and a few movie adaptations, Heidi is a book written by Johanna Spyri.

Published on 1959, Heidi, brings us the tale of the so called young girl who is sent to live in the Swiss’ Alps with her ill humored grand father.

There’s not to much to say about Heidi, because it is a children story, and as most books for kids it’s simple, not too long, entertaining and it is perfect for a light reading.

In my case, I started reading Heidi to take me away of the other book I am reading: Meditations by Marco Aurelius, emperor of Rome. Because that one is a heavy philosophical book, and since I don’t like to condense myself with other people’s philosophies, I mix them with other children books to try to keep a balance between hard deep readings with simple and entertaining ones.

Back to Heidi, like I said before, the most I can say about it it’s a resume, the book is simple and it tales the tale of Heidi, a free spirited girl, who after having lived with her grandparent for some time in the Swiss’ Alps, she is taken to Frankfurt to serve as a friend to a sick girl called Clara. So it shows the contrast of living in the mountains vs the city.

But then, as free as Heidi was, living in the city wasn’t suiting pretty well, because she was not a city girl. So she eventually gets sick and has to be back to her dear Alps.

As expected from a child book, Heidi is full of morals and good values, and it even becomes a very religious book, which I loved, because it teach children the basics of god, hope and faith. It also teaches the values of patience, and to accept things as they come because everything will make sense in the right time. (And here I must quote Olaf from Frozen 2: “Everything will make sense when I grow old” but, although Olaf then say that it doesn’t, it kinda does or at least for me it does, it just all depends on how we look at things, but I’m getting off topic...)

The only thing I dislike about the book, it’s that it turns too miraculous in the end which reminded me a lot of The Secret Garden, but then again, it is a children book, and we have to give the children happy endings, and miraculous things in their readings to open their mind so they can believe that everything is possible. Because as I have stated several times here in my blog it is.

So, despite I downloaded Heidi for free in my iPad using iBooks (you can download it too in this link), I might be getting a hard copy of it to give it to my niece and nephew so they can read it as well. Because I think that every kid reader should read this book as it’s so nice, fun and entertaining.

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Review of Denis Diderot & Jules Assézat’s Story: Entretiene d’un père avec ses enfants.

As I was feeling that I needed to read something in French to practice it a little bit to not forget it, I started searching in iBooks for Free French books, I initially was looking for oeuvres de Éliphas Lévi, but after I got a few from him, this title from Denis Diderot & Jules Assézat pop up suggested for me. So I got it too.

After it downloaded, I accidentally taped it and it opened, (I usually just get a couple books and then chose which one I will read next), but when it opened I saw that this was not a novel nor a long story, it was short, it had only around 40 pages on the iPad, so I just thought let’s read it.

So I started to read, effectively, my French was getting rotted because it took me a while to get to a good pace of reading, despite me being an slow reader, it took me way longer than usual to finish the first page. Although I’m not really sure if it was because of my forgotten French or the fact that this story is almost 250 years old, as it was published in 1771, so it is written in a kinda weird old French style.

Since  the title, that can be translated in English as “Conversation of a Father with his Children”, most of this book is a dialogue, which I loved, since I find reading dialogues easier than long paragraphs. And another thing that I totally enjoyed was that the title totally deceived me.

Because, first of all I had never read anything from Diderot, although I may have read his name once or twice in some philosophy articles, but I never really had look him up. So, judging by the title I was expecting a story of a father talking to his little children, probably telling the kids stories or something of the sort. You know... Something fantastic.

But the story is totally the contrary, the set up it’s with the father being sick, in bed, talking to his adults children, remembering life and something that he did in his early life that could have ruined the family name.

Again, totally opposed of what I thought, this story ended up being a Philosophic Tale, which brought  a peculiar situation into the readers mind, and then it was discussed among the characters of the story, and every one of them giving their own opinion. So, if you are like me that like to immerse in the books, you would find yourself asking the same question that were asked in the book. What would you have done in the father stead? Because, the conversation that the father has with his children, it’s about a decision he had to made regarding his job.

To wrap it out, because I wanna be careful not to spoil the book, I can say that I totally loved this story, because it was the first time I read something like that, since usually all the books of philosophy I’ve read are more of the thoughts and opinions of said philosophers, like, they usually just express their opinions and push their beliefs into others, instead of bringing the questions that originated those opinions to the readers to let them create their own opinions. So this philosophical tale was very appealing to me, and I will totally be looking up for more ouvres de Diderot, because I loved his style and way to express his thoughts.

So if you can read French or if you can find the translated version of this story I totally suggest you to read it, because it’s short, it’s entertaining, and most importantly, it will make you think and reconsider your beliefs and values. I got it for free in my iPad on iBooks, since it’s public domain, here’s the link to download it. But I’m sure it must be available in English somewhere else.

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Visual Art: Future Unknown.

Future Unknown by Sir Helder Amos
We cannot predict we will have a future nostalgia, because the future is unknown

It’s been a while, almost a year, since my last piece, but here it is, finally a née master piece! and I am loving it badly.

Sometimes I press and stress myself too much for creating, because I wanna be writing and making pics all the time because that is what gives me purpose and fuel me, yet I always forget that sometimes, time is the best teacher and muse.

I am sure that if I had rushed myself to create something, it wouldn’t be as special as this turned out to be. And what a time it took! I literally worked on this for almost two weeks or maybe a little more. But then, again, time was perfect, because element by element were showing in line in my head and filling each space little by little, until they were all aligned and this is the result.

I hope you like it, and also know that every element in this pic has a meaning, do you think you can figure it out?  Feel free to give me your interpretation of this pic via email or in the comments of this post; because I’d love to see what this image sparks in your mind!

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BLOG: You can be anything!

Yes, that’s right, life is full of paths and options for you to chose the one you like the best and the one that best suits you, so never doubt of yourself because you can be anything if you set your mind and actions towards that goal.

Everything is achievable, because every goal and profession has a route to succeed, just remember that yes, YOU CAN BE ANYTHING, just don’t expect to become something overnight, therefore if you wanna be a doctor, go to college and study hard for 6 years; if you wanna be a YouTuber, grab a camera and start recording yourself, you will begin with 0 (zero) subscribers but if you keep posting your community will grow; if you wanna be poet, start writing some verses and with time you’ll have enough to publish a book; and even you wanna become a porn star you can start by opening and onlyfans account and well.. you can guess the rest.

Also remember, that you can chose and change your path at any moment of your life, so it doesn’t matter if you are a 30 years old bearded latin man, if you want to you can become the logo of a famous doll brand if you let your hair grow long enough to make a ponytail. And here’s the proof.

Life in plastic, it’s fantastic! 
Because even if it’s self made and fake. If you believe it’s real then it is! (at least in your mind). And remember that dreams sometimes sounds funny, impossible or even stupid until they are achieved. So don’t be too surprised when I become the image of a doll in the future. Because I want to be a big, huge, famous artist, philosopher and writer with a doll named and inspired on me... And I won’t be giving up until I die or make it. So, as long as I keep trying I will always have the chance to make it.

And you? Are you trying?...

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REVIEW: Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell.

According to Wikipedia, Black Beauty was published on 1877 and it was the only novel written by her author, Anna Sewell, whom sadly passed away a few months after its publication but, at the same time, she was fortunate to see her novel being a success, because Black Beauty instantly became a best seller and it is now considered a classic of literature.

Now, leaving the Wikipedia article aside. From my point of view, Black Beauty is a beautiful novel that tells the story of the life of a black horse from his point of view, this book it’s usually described as an autobiography of a horse. Because it is narrated in first person, so it really feels like a peak inside the thoughts of a horse, (in case they are capable to think).

I imagine that the reasons why this books was so popular back in the late 1800s it's because it attacks and criticizes the abuse of the Horses as the only way of transportation. Remember that back then, the cars didn’t exist yet. So horses were the only way we humans had to move around besides our legs. And I am sure this book changed the perspective of a lot of people. And I hope, it brought an easier life to the poor horses back then.

One of the things I loved about the book is how subtle Anna teach good lessons of empathy, acceptance, love and religion to the readers. They are all over the book, but they are so subtle and so well distributed that it's pleasant to read so you might found yourself smiling to her beautiful lessons and agreeing with her. Although, if you just read for reading you might miss this beautiful hidden messages, because despite being simple pieces of knowledge, you have to be engaged with the book to fully get them.

Another thing I loved was the language and the length. Black Beauty was so easy to read that it made it very enjoyable, and it is not a long book, but it isn’t short neither, it's in between which is perfect, I like this 300ish pages type of books. Because if it had been too short, it might have had to left something out, but at the same time, I certainly wouldn’t like to find myself reading a 1.000 pages book of a horse life, and I love horses, but that would have been too long.

The only negative aspect, and I am not sure to called it negative, because it's something that cannot be helped as the book was perfect for its time, it’s that unfortunately, Black Beauty nowadays might seem to be out of style, because we don’t use horses anymore as a way of transportation, but if we take the Disney's movie Cars and mix it with Black Beauty, it would adapt perfectly to the present. Although cars are machines, lifeless objects without feelings, that can be used and abused by human kind without consideration, unlike horses. But that’s just a thought I had while reading the book: “so this is what a Uber driver’s car would feel if it writes a book, lol”.

So to wrap this up, I totally recommend Black Beauty to everyone, for me is a must read novel, because you might end up being a nicer and better person after reading if you catch the messages within the lines. And also is a book for all ages, so even kids can and should read it. So they grow to be more empathic an caring humans beings.

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Dreams Come True: The Crazy story of how I got a ticket to Magic Kingdom.

Oh boy! I went to Magic Kingdom!!
I just came back from my 4 month long vacation in Orlando, Florida. And my thoughts and dreams before even getting there was “I wanna go to Disney” despite being aware that I didn’t have enough money to visit because we all know that the Land of the Mouse is expensive.

So, with that dream in mind I went to visit my sister from October to March, to spend the nephew and niece birthday with them (the nephew in October and the niece in February) along with the holidays and my birthday (January).

Now, during my long vacation I stayed at my sister’s place, in a complex called Windermere Cay, which made my dreams really painful, because it is located right behind Magic Kingdom, so every night I could hear and see the fireworks from the gym or the pool or anywhere in the complex. Because of its proximity with the park.

While I was there, twice or thrice a week I would came out of the apartment to see the fireworks and wish I was there, in Magic Kingdom, watching them from the castle. It was really poetic, actually, because I had only been to Magic Kingdom once before, so I would remember my first time there, wishing for a second time as the fireworks lit the dark night.

Crazy Hair day at Magic Kingdom 

So the months started to pass, and I kept dreaming, but I kept myself busy, because I got a pass to Seaworld and I explored other parts of Orlando and it’s surrounding areas. But always keeping my dream of going to Magic Kingdom in the back of my mind.

Nevertheless, ironic as life can sometimes be, by December a friend of mine was to preform in the holidays show of Epcot, so he invited me to the park to see him perform, which he did amazingly, so I had the chance to visit Epcot for the first time, and despite I enjoy it a lot and I got a Daruma Doll in Japan (which I hope to talk more in the future), I still felt like.... “Epcot is okay but it is not Magic Kingdom, I wanna go to Magic Kingdom”.

Christmas time arrived, then mi birthday and around late January another friend brought to the table an opportunity to visit Animal Kingdom, so he took me to there, and that’s how I visited that park for the first time. But at the end of the day, I had the same bittersweet flavor in my mouth and thoughts... “Animal Kingdom is fun but it is not Magic Kingdom, I wanna go to Magic Kingdom!”.

February arrived, and my day to departure started to come closer, so I started to wish harder to go Magic Kingdom every time I saw the fireworks from my sister’s place.

Cinderella Castle 

And then in a blink of a eye, March was there, my departure from Orlando due to March the 4th,  it was March the 2nd and I still hadn’t gone to Magic Kingdom, but I am strong believer, so I kept on dreaming, because I’m a Disney fan, so I do believe in the secret, Cinderella, and all that crap that dreams come true if we really wish for them and focus our actions towards their realization.

And on that train of thought I pinpointed my flaw! I was just dreaming about going to Magic Kingdom, but I really wasn’t doing anything to make that dream come true, so on March the 2nd, late at night, I started to update all my social media, asking for someone that could help me get a ticket or pass me to Magic Kingdom in exchange of a Tarot Reading.

March the 3rd arrived. I was devastated, because I was leaving the next day and I hadn’t fulfilled my dream of going to Magic Kingdom, so I made plans for going to Bush Gardens instead with a friend. But then, around 11 am, when I was about to leave for going to the park, out of nowhere, I got a notification on my phone...

“I can give you a ticket to Magic Kingdom for a Tarot Reading”

And I am sure you can imagine the rest of the story.... I graduated with honors as the worst friend in the world, because I immediately cancelled the plans to go Bush Gardens with my friend for obvious reasons, and I went on my own to Magic Kingdom, the day before my departure, after wishing going there for 4 months straight, with the Corona Virus around and all my family calling me crazy for going to such a populated place.

And guess what? I didn’t care if I caught the Corona Virus while in the park, because my dream came true and I enjoyed all the lines, all the people and specially the firework show at the castle in the end. The one I saw so many times from afar and I was able to see on my last day in Orlando from the exact spot where I wanted to see it since my arrival.

I literally cried during the whole show. Moved by all the events and how dreams really do come true. And all because I never stop dreaming, I never stop believing that my dream could come true and most importantly, because I put a little, simple action towards it.

Or probably I was just Lucky.

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