• Creativity,  Reading Will Save the World,  Roque's Weekly Review

    Roque’s Weekly Review for 05/29/2019

    I am currently on my summer break. For a while, I had planned to take a couple of summer classes, but I decided to give myself some time off instead. My upcoming fall semester will be my last semester as an undergraduate, and I’ll just do all of my work then. For now, the days have gotten warmer. The afternoons are longer. My cat falls asleep by my side while I read a book. It is a stark contrast to the frenetic schedule I had over the last school year. FEATURED WORK This week, I wanted to share some more of my photography from last school year. One of my…

  • Culture and Society,  Reading Will Save the World

    Reading Will Save the World: Summer Reading

    The Summer Solstice just happened, and that means it is officially summer. Reading books is one of my favorite activities during this time of year, and I have a small handful of them to recommend. There are generally two kinds of books I read these days, and I’ll be offering up a couple of suggestions from each option. The first kind of books I’ve been reading lately have been for pure escapism and entertainment. I love to dive deep into an imaginative space that is full of awe, mystery, intrigue, and wonder. On a daily basis, I exist in a literal and linear physical habitat, but in my head, there…

  • Culture and Society,  Intention,  Piano,  Reading Will Save the World

    My Daily Rituals for a Meaningful Life

    I have a lot of goals and dreams in my life, and I am cultivating daily rituals to help me accomplish them.  These are incremental steps that I take on a regular basis to help me get further along in my goals. They may not seem like much, but in the overall scheme of my life, they make a huge impact. Here are my daily rituals that I try to live by: 1. Drink lots of water every day in the morning. One of the first things I try to do after waking up is drink one or two glasses of water. I also have coffee in the morning, but…

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    Reading Will Save the World

    Reading Will Save the World: My Book Notes

    Will reading save the world?  Yes.  This is an ongoing series about books and reading that I am carrying over from the previous incarnation of this blog.  Here at Bloom, I will continue to highlight books that I love but also delve deeper into my thoughts about what reading books means to me.  This week, I explain my book notes. I have been thinking a lot lately about what it means to be an active reader.  In my mind, it means questioning the content as one navigates through the highs and lows of a book.  It means grappling with conflicts, contemplating ideas, and seeking insight.  Reading guides us into exploring…