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Old 06-19-2008, 01:10 PM   #21
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Yowsa! I recently reread "the Strange Sea Monster of Strawberry Lake" (entire book) after finding it available in reprint on the net. I had read it when I was maybe 10-11 years old, and remembered it often and fondly. I ordered several copies for my pre-teen neices/nephews.

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Sir John Templeton, famous investor, apparently is on a spiritual quest.
We are trying to persuade people that no human has yet grasped 1% of what can be known about spiritual realities. So we are encouraging people to start using the same methods of science that have been so productive in other areas, in order to discover spiritual realities.

—Sir John Templeton, Interview with Financial Intelligence Report
I believe it was Author Martin Seligman in Authentic Happiness who described a meeting of great minds on an island in the Carribean owned and hosted by John Templeton. Purpose-to discover the meaning of life. Seligman, Czichsentmihaly,and Robert Wright were some of the speakers. I have read all that these authors have produced, and all the books linked to their books on Amazon.

Complete paradigm shift. Everything now makes sense.

Start with Authentic Happiness and pay special attention to The Evolving Self by Czichsentmihaly. Each chapter ends with questions designed to challenge you and open your mind. Czichsentmihaly now teaches at the Claremont Colleges in Calif. Right down the road from me. I hope to take a class of his.
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Believe it or not I think Rich Dad Poor Dad opened my eyes the most. The concept of cash flow was somewhat foriegn to me. As a whole I thought the book was ok but that cash flow section really hit home for some reason.
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wow!, it's been a while since i last thought about that book.
apparently the "lost" last book in the series is in print now..
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Retired Gypsy, that is actually the only one besides Your Money Or Your Life that I wanted to put on this thread.

I read Atlas Shrugged in my late teens, and it remains the most important book of my formative years. My paperback copy is still marked with corner folds, bits of paper, highlighter, underlined, etc. It is one of my most treasured possessions.

This book was the first time in my life I'd been exposed to the concept of a meritocracy. I know there are a lot of detractors to Rand, and I don't debate those concepts, but I can say that for me, the book was revolutionary.
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Retired Gypsy, that is actually the only one besides Your Money Or Your Life that I wanted to put on this thread.

I read Atlas Shrugged in my late teens, and it remains the most important book of my formative years. My paperback copy is still marked with corner folds, bits of paper, highlighter, underlined, etc. It is one of my most treasured possessions.

This book was the first time in my life I'd been exposed to the concept of a meritocracy. I know there are a lot of detractors to Rand, and I don't debate those concepts, but I can say that for me, the book was revolutionary.
This mirrors my experience with reading Altas Shrugged. Did you know they are making a movie of it? Angelina Jolie is planned for the part of Dagney Taggard.

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This mirrors my experience with reading Altas Shrugged. Did you know they are making a movie of it? Angelina Jolie is planned for the part of Dagney Taggard.

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How very cool! I'm not a big movie person (although I can't wait for the new x-files movie to come out next month) but that is one I'd love to see. Angelina Jolie as Dagney...I can see that working...I think she's a pretty good actress.
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