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‘The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks’ The BOOK: More Incisive, Fulfilling & Illuminating Than Movie.

by Anura Guruge


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I saw the movie, serendipitously, when it was shown on HBO in April 2017. I had DVRed it because the title and HBO description of it intrigued me.

I did a post on my reaction to the movie on May 1, 2017. The movie, which was choppy, often hard to follow and disturbing in its portrayal of the Lacks family (who happened to be black) left me wanting to know more. I knew I had to read the book. I ordered paperback copy then and there.

I just finished reading it.

Good book. Well written. Fast paced, dramatic and with a lot of local color. I was very impressed with the author, Rebecca Skloot. She sure can write — and write well. She did a good job. My only gripe is that she, STILL, glossed over talking about the HeLa cells. I wanted more. More details. Maybe that would have been too ‘technical’ for the book.

The movie, and then the book, made me realize, to my chagrin and shame, that I really know very little about cells — in general. To I, that seems crazy. I really, over my, by and large misspent life, should have learnt more about cells. Yes, I do intend to try and rectify that. Cells are what makes ALL life on Earth possible. I have billions of them making up my body, BUT I know more about popes or Pluto than I know of the cells that keep me alive. What about YOU? Do you think you know all you should about your cells?

I now need to watch the movie again! I just ordered the DVD, from Amazon (Prime), for $9.96.

I was sad when I got to the end of the book. The book made you so much a part of the idiosyncratic Lacks family. You just wanted the drama to continue. Alas, too many died.

Sobering tale. Some very upsetting and disturbing episodes. How can such things happen in the US? Child abuse! The indignities suffered by blacks. Yes, I learnt loads. Parts of the book made me very sad and or angry. I am sure that there is till some of this ‘bad stuff’ happening in the black community. Such a shame.

You really should read this book. I urge you to. You will thank me for it.

 


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Poor John Lennon, Of ‘The Beatles’, Was Murdered This Day, 37-Years Ago; December 8, 1980.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. Wikipedia: /en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_of_John_Lennon


They say that people remember when they were when they heard that President John K. Kennedy had been shot on November 22, 1963. I do too. I was in Ceylon, all of 10-years old. My adoptive father got a phone call. I don’t know from whom. Then he came and sat down and said: ‘President Kennedy had been shot‘.

I was 27-years old when John Lennon got killed. I remember that more graphically.

We, and by that I mean MOST Brits living in Great Britain at the time, did not hear about the tragic shooting until the next day, Tuesday, December 9, 1980. That was because the shooting took place in New York at 10:50pm U.S. Eastern Time. It was already Tuesday morning in Britain.

I heard the news, that totally shattered me, on my company car radio, around 8am, while seated in traffic, in north London trying to get to work at ITT in Cockfosters. I can still see it in my mind’s eye. Me sitting in traffic. Yet another damp, dark, dreary December morning. It was all shades of grey and brown. I sat there in shock.

Wow. 37-years ago.


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The GREAT Sir Winston Churchill Was Born This Day 143-Years Ago; November 30, 1874.

by Anura Guruge



The justifiably legendary
“We shall fight on the beaches” speech.


Click to ENLARGE. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winston_Churchill


The stupendously MAGNIFICENT “Blenheim Palace” — which belonged to his grandfather. I have visited it a few times. A REAL “Downton Abbey”. The gardens certainly more spectacular.


I guess I am on record, on this blog, as saying, 2.5-years ago, that he was my GREATEST hero.

That indeed has to be the case. He gives me goose bumps, inspiration and fortitude. I admire him much, for his leadership, courage, intellect, oratory, humor and above all his writing. Boy, could he write. Wish I could write like that. Yes, of course, I know of his supposed failings. He probably would not have liked me much — just because of the color of my skin! Pity. But, in a way he was a product of his era when Britain truly did rule the Empire. I also attribute the rumors as to his supposed ‘gayness’ to a British ‘thing’ of ‘that era’! It was commoner than most would appreciate.

What a MAN. To I, it was he who made sure WE won WWII. Whether they knew it or not, all the other key players were led (by their nose (most of the time) by Dear Winston.

Yes, I have paid him the highest compliment that I can. I named a gorgeous, very regal Golden after him. My ‘Winston’ from 1998.

 


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Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick” Was Published In The U.S., This Day, 166-Years Ago; November 14, 1851.

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First U.S. edition, New York, 1851.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moby-Dick


Inspiration, IF NOT basis, for Melville’s “Moby Dick”.


I have to confess that I am NOT sure whether I have ever read ‘Moby Dick’ in its entirety! Yikes. I know I have tried, but I have this distinct impression that I gave up — albeit, this from when I was a teenager (and, to be honest, I do not that often NOT finish a book if I start reading it).

That said I have read Nathaniel Philbrick’s “Revenge of the Whale” — and recently also watched the movie. I am a BIG fan of Nathaniel Philbrick and have read 3 or 4 of his other books.

Interesting that ‘Moby Dick’ was first published in London — rather than New York.


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Republished “Quick Guide To Brain Meditation” eBook With “Draft2Digital” For iBooks, B&N etc.

by Anura Guruge


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I had never heard of “Draft2Digital” until a few weeks ago when I came across them in a CreateSpace forum. I had a quick look and I was impressed.

They are INCREDIBLY flexible and appeared to cover all the bases. Lulu and others offer similar capabilities BUT Lulu (who I used to publish with many years ago) has become a pain to use/

My MAIN INCENTIVE was that they would publish my eBooks on Apple, as iBooks. I have never had that exposure.

As some of you know I have been a diehard Amazon, Kindle (KDP) and CreateSpace fan when it came to publishing my books. While a Kindle eBook can be read on any Apple device I knew that not having my eBooks as iBooks was a ‘limitation’. So, that Draft2Digital’s biggest pull — plus that I didn’t have to jump through any hoops in terms of reformatting my eBooks. The Word document I used with Kindle would work — AND DID WORK!

Draft2Digital is EXTREMELY SLICK. Wow.

It took me a TOTAL of 12-minutes to create an account (from scratch, with passwords etc.), set-up payments (PayPal) and TAX INFORMATION AND publish the first book!

12-minutes.

Yes, I had all the files, book descriptions etc. from doing it on Kindle. So all of that was just copy-and-paste.

No fees or up-front payments. They take 15% commission (or thereabouts) and I am cool with that.

My problem is that most of my eBooks are still subject to KDP Select — which means Amazon has exclusive rights to them, ALBEIT on 3-month rolling windows. So, a couple of weeks ago I went ahead and cancelled all the KDP select rollovers. But, right now I only have this book (I published) and the Pope John XXII book that are OUT of KDP Select. I will publish all of them as they come off KDP Select but that will take me into January 2018.


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Meditation Is NOT Yoga, Yoga In Itself, Is NOT Meditation.

by Anura Guruge



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It both amuses and disturbs me to see how folks in the West have complicated meditation. Meditation was never meant to be complicated. Complicating meditation defeats its whole purpose!

As some of you know I teach meditation classes every once in awhile. I have had folks tell me, at these classes, that they get stressed because so much emphasis has been put on ‘staying focused on one object’ and they are worried that they might NOT be able to do that. That is crazy. Nothing about meditation should be stressful.

This is why, I took the time, to write this “Quick & Easy Meditation” book, this Summer, though I was in the midst of writing a book dear to my heart (to do with THINKING) and already have a 300+ page book in my head about Buddhism.


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