Monthly Archives: July 2011

The 2012 Story: The Myths, Fallacies, and Truth Behind the Most Intriguing Date in History by John Major Jenkins

Ugh, just ugh. The 2012 Story: The Myths, Fallacies, and Truth Behind the Most Intriguing Date in History by John Major Jenkins was one of the most painful books I’ve read in quite a LONG time. But–although I had to struggle for a month to get through it– I finally finished his 30 year in the making work on Maya Studies/2012.

 First of all, the one thing I appreciated most about his book was that he does not subscribe to the whole apocalyptic we’re-all-gonna-die-in-a-flaming-inferno thing. I’m really tired of hearing people say that the world is going to end and all that jazz. And apparently so is he. He points out that many of his colleagues in Maya studies and “2012ology” subscribe to the doom and gloom fatalistic point of view because it makes them more popular in the public eye. People love hearing bad news. They want to watch specials about 2012 on the Discovery Channel while stuffing fistfuls of popcorn in their faces and tut-tutting to each other.

The world has been “ending” every couple decades or since forever ago. Old news. I liked his analogy about it. His principle is that time is following cycles set down by the Mayans thousands of years ago, and 2012 is simply the ending of the 13th of their 394.5 year cycles called Baktuns. He interjects that people whom are claiming the end of this cycle is the end of the world is like saying at the stroke of midnight the world will end each day. It’s not a ending with a period, it’s more of a circular state of being.

That being said…. Damn, Jenkins. Did you really need to talk about it for 500 pages?

Parts of the book were pretty interesting. He’s been making trips to South America and studying Mayan astrology and time-keeping since the 70’s, so I feel his knowledge is credible in many ways. The Mayan mythology and creation stories were enjoyable, as were reading about his experiences on LSD. But SO much of the content was devoted to him bad-mouthing other 2012ologists and proving why he was right and they were wrong. We get it. You have been ostracized from the community because you’re not jumping on the PARTY LIKE IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD bandwagon. (Yes, he even hypothesizes about the parties that will be thrown on December 21st, 2012. Parties that he will not be invited to…)

But then things get a little incredible. He claims that George W. Bush is the infamous Mayan version of the antichrist “Seven Macaw,” come back to fulfill the prophecy that foretells the ending of a certain age of consciousness. Um… I’m a Democrat too, but Jeeze… He also goes on a bit of a rant about big corporations and how they are destroying our way of life.

Basically I feel that the whole book was a mish-mash of his different hurts within his scholastic community and a bit of a tirade against modern society. A little too much crazy mixed in with WAY too much explanation of the terribly boring Long Count system that the Mayans used for tracking time. It’s definitely a book that I am glad to be free of.

Not to say I didn’t learn anything, but the process was painful. A good quote to wrap up the whole experience is:

“Eternity cannot be found by living forever; it is found only when death is embraced.”

Eternity can also be found between the pages of this book. Reading it certainly felt took forever for me…

1 star of 5

 

 

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Quote of the Day: Maggie Stiefvater

Shiver

“Then I felt his breath on my ear as he said, voice barely audible, ‘”I am alone in the world, and yet not alone enough to make each hour holy. I am lowly in this world, and yet not lowly enough for me to be just a thing to you, dark and shrewd. I want my will and I want to go with my will as it moves towards action.”‘ He paused, long, the only sound his breath, a little ragged, before he went on, “‘And I want, in those silent, somehow faltering times, to be with someone who knows, or else alone, I want to reflect everything about you, and I never want to be too blind or too ancient to keep your profound wavering image with me. I want to unfold. I don’t want to be folded anywhere, because there, where I’m folded, I am a lie.”‘

-From Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater


Quote of the Day: Gandhi

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

-Gandhi

 


Poem: Emma Bull

For it All

Fantasies of violence, breaking bottles on the wall

Hungry for the motion, for the action, for it all.

Road noise on the night street, see the tail lights through the blinds

Out there where your dreams slide toward the night side, for it all.

For it all, for it all, what you’re aching for

When the magic’s real

and like a fire in the sky

When the deal calls for a sacrifice and you know you cannot die

For the edge the best ones live on, for it all.

You want to be a hero, with the axe about to fall

You’d buy it for the love and for the glory, for it all.

You want to dress in black

and lose your heart beyond recall.

Hunt a dream through rain and thunder,

on your honor, for it all.

In you head, no car is fast enough

In your heart, no love is true

Would it ruin all your solitary fantasies

If I tell you that it isn’t only you?

Keep your ankles off the tailpipe,

Keeo your boot heels off the street

We’ll hit the throttle, we’ll hit the redline

We’ll find the edge

We’ll make it sweet

We’ll go for it all.


Anxiety, stay the hell away from me…

Hey guys!

Today,  I encourage you to check out The Daily Inspiration. I’ve done a guest post for the blog about my own experiences with overcoming anxiety. Please feel free to leave comments and post feedback about what you think– whether that’s your own tribulations with anxiety, tips and tricks on “how to deal,” or questions on the topic.

The direct link to my article can be found here.

 

Keep calm and carry on…

Chelsea


Be Thrifty: How to Live Better with Less compiled by Pia Catton and Calithia Suntree

So, in light of the not-so recent economic downturn (or better yet, in light of the fact that I’m working for minimum wage for the first time in 6 years) I decided to give Be Thrifty: How to Live Better with Less a try. A compilation by Pia Catton and Calithia Suntree (a name only previously thought to exist in World of Warcraft…) the book is a collection of essays, recipes, tips, tricks, and skills on how to—get this— spend less and save more! While not exactly a novel concept, I liked the way the book was fashioned, with the sections being organized into the categories of your life they’d fall under (ex. saving in the kitchen, home repairs, personal grooming, raising thrifty kids, etc…)

Be Thrifty

Definitely my favorite part were the essays located in each chapter, because they are what gave real life to the book. Call me crazy, but reading 30 pages on how to fix a toilet or patch a hole in the wall is just not my idea of entertainment. To give credit where credit is due, though, I’m sure this book isn’t really meant to be read from cover to cover as I did, so that’s why I may have found that it lagged a bit.

I did learn several new products/skills to use in my everyday life that will aid me in the pursuit of saving rather than spending. I really liked the idea presented about shopping. Basically it stated that when you stumble upon something in a store that you “can’t live without,”  just realize that, up until five minutes ago, you were doing exactly that. Before you knew it existed, you were perfectly content with what you had. Something to think about, for sure…

4 of 5 stars


Landing at Sunset

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