The unfortunate, yet truly exciting thing
about life is that
there is no core curriculum.
The entire place is an elective.
My not so little Drummer Boy is marching off to college–hopefully without lugging his drum set. Sniff! Have I told him everything I wanted to say? Will he remember to dare failure and never give up on himself? Will he get some sleep despite internet being on 24/7 at the dorm?
Because a mother’s wisdom may not always appeal to a teen, a favorite Powerful Goddess blog fan helped cull this collection of books that might be lifetime companions for someone starting out on life’s brave new solo adventures.
The Evolution Man or How I Ate My Father by Roy Lewis
Have the travails of teens and man changed much since our cave dwelling days? Human evolution explained as a domestic situation comedy.
For all hopeful tinkerers and creatives who suspect creativity is the domain of a select few. Might genius simply be the fruit of learning from the next failed step that you persist beyond?
How To Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention and Discovery by Kevin Ashton
The Aladdin Factor by Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen
Life could be much sweeter (and sooner) when we ask for the help we need. Here’s why and how.
The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter by Meg Jay
For the generation of indulged youth, a friendly reminder that it’s never too soon to plant the seeds of relationships, career and finances.
To honor my Drummer Boy’s Asian roots while impressing young ladies with his culinary skills:
Mangoes and Curry Leaves: Travels Through The Great Subcontinent by Jeffrey Alford
Because he was born in a land that he has not visited since…
Frog In The Well: Portraits of Japan by Watanabe Kazan by Donald Keene
To make the ladies swoon…
John Updike’s Collected Poems 1953 to 1993
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz
Easily the smallest book of the lot, it is powerful in its specific practices on how to live in peace with oneself, with the least worry and regret.
The Omnivore’s Dilemma: The Secrets Behind What You Eat (Young Reader’s Edition) by Michael Pollan
If what we eat is what we are and think, shouldn’t we be more curious about our food–or what we consider food?
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon by David Grann
A non-fiction thriller lest science and obsession carry him away, leading him to forget he is a piece of nature’s whole.
And whether you are have comfortably discussed the myriad aspects of the topic that simmers in their mind…
S.E.X.: The All-You-Need-to-Know Progressive Sexuality Guide to Get You Through High School and College by Heather Corinna
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