Reading is FUNdamental

Brian's bookshelf: Read in 2013

Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools
Harlem Redux
Modern Buddhism: The Path of Compassion and Wisdom - Volume 1 Sutra
Black Is the New Green: Marketing to Affluent African Americans
Buck: A Memoir
Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth
RENDEZVOUS WITH RETIREMENT: A Guide to Getting Fiscally Fit
To Repel Ghosts: The Remix
Forty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete
It's Bigger Than Hip Hop: The Rise of the Post-Hip-Hop Generation
The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America
Our Man in the Dark
Divided Soul: The Life Of Marvin Gaye
Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove
I, Dred Scott: A Fictional Slave Narrative Based on the Life and Legal Precedent of Dred Scott
The Anthology of Rap
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
Dramas of a Bald Head Queen

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Four Things I Would Write About …

I’ve found a formula to read more and will triple my reading goal for this year. Although I want to share my thoughts on everything I read I've realized that I am not interested in making something I find enjoyable an assignment. Reading is FUNdamental and is something to do with joy or it becomes a task like cutting grass. I don’t want to cut the grass. I’ve read and reviewed a few books here on the blog, some books I just read. There are some unfinished reads in my Kindle, in my car, on a table, on my dresser …


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Book: Caged, Memoirs of a Cage-Fighting Poet


The life of a fighter, the life of a writer.

Cameron Conaway is a poet and for some time, a cage-fighting mixed-martial artist. His relationship with a demanding father provides the foundation for this inspiring memoir. Caged begins in Conaway’s childhood, where he describes an intolerant and at times verbally as well as physically abusive father. From the outset of the book, it is inevitable that his parents’ would divorce ... 


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You Must Adjust


“History becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.”

English novelist and futuristic thinker H.G. Wells

Via Pratical Intelligence | The Art and Science of Common Sense - Karl Albrecht

Reading is {Fun!}damental

42-15866433 When I’m not sharing my random observations about nothing and yet everything, I read. I read books but due to the constraints of a paperless environment at work I’m unable to enjoy the crease in the small of her back. Enter the skill’s I’ve acquired with appearing to be working, I read Blogs.

I like to spread them out, I’ve got twenty-two inches baby. Double monitors at work allow me to keep the bizness on one screen & my favorite Blogs on the other.

I’m Mr.TramueL and I read ‘em & you should too …


Ask Willie Stylez Black 'n Bougie

BlaQ Daisy

Citizen Ojo


Daily ANTicipation


Goddess Intellect


Inconsequential Logic


Life Skills with iHustle Nation

Mason Says

Miz's Write For Life


Multi Culti Cynti

Mz. Sporadic

O Hell Nawl

Reads 4 Pleasure

Spoken Words & Thoughts

Super Blogettes

The Curvy Gurl Chronicles

Up 4 Discussion

Mind of a Diva

Minus The Bars

My Mind… Opened

Perspective: Life through My Eyes


Read Well,

Mr. “I taught my German Shepard to read Spanish” TramueL

The Gift & The Opportunity

blueprint “Every Christian should gift this book to another Christian”


He offers hope that has been tested.

“This world temps us to give up. Sometimes you want to give up. No matter how deep your faith, life can throw some hard pitches at you that you aren’t prepared for. And life gives you no sneak peeks at what’s to come; it offers no “coming attractions” to prepare you for those unexpected pitches.

People can be cruel, and things change quickly. Everything you count on today can be gone tomorrow. Often you live feeling either pissed off or pissed on. So we need hope. Not hope in just anything, but hope in something tried, proven, and true. Religions come a dime a dozen. Some people worship lettuce – until they get hungry. Some people worship money, until it loses value. Others worship themselves. And we all know where that leaves us – full of ourselves and full of it. So when you face a mountain of despair, and the pressure of life saps every bit of your strength, you don’t need a god who’s hot with Madonna this month; you don’t need the god whom the rapper thanks win he wins an award for his explicit material. You need the God who isn’t impressed by the material girl, the God who has proven himself worthy. The God with a record.

You see, hope left to itself is just an emotion. And that emotion will connect to anything that pretends to be worthy of it. If a figure named Santa Claus presents himself as one worthy of hope, then people – especially children – will put their hope in him. But since Santa isn’t real, hope invested in him is hope wasted. So I don’t just need someone to place my hope in, I need someone worthy of that hope. Someone for whom the evidence has come in, evidence I can sink my teeth into.”

- Kirk Franklin “The Blueprint” … A Plan for Living Above Life’s Storms

My previous post “15 Minute Freestyle” for all intensive purposes was a way for me to satisfy my commitment to posting at least once a week. Without any preconceived notions I set out to write whatever came to mind, something easy and fast. In retrospect I understand where each thought was born and truthfully I wasn’t expecting much of a response. I did however receive five one off emails, text, & dm’s from friends who didn’t want to comment on the Blog. Whether directly or indirectly related to any one of my thoughts the common theme was about hope.

The reason I four letter word beginning with L and ending in E The Blueprint is because it’s real. Mr. Kirk Franklin talks from experience and presents his{tory} in away that’s not stuffy, preachy or degreedUP. “♬ ♫ ♪ far from hood but still understand the streets ♬ ♫ ♪”

That excerpt is power{Full} because it reinforces what we already know; We have resorted to using strength according to the wor(l)d rather than according to the word, putting too much hope in man. What it taught | teaches me is that we should counsel from God’s word because it is the truth.

Truth = Honesty. One of my thoughts from the freestyle concerned awareness about self-honesty. I hope everyone received what they needed from me {through Him}, I would like them to know that what I received from them {through Him} was even more valuable.

Deep Bows,