on Anthony’s Bourdain’s suicide…

Anthony Bourdain was a well-known chef, author, traveler and host of TV documentaries and shows that explored international cuisine and culture, always with a pinch of humanity.


He was found dead of an apparent suicide by hanging on June 8 in his hotel room in France, where he was filming an episode of Parts Unknown.

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N. Vincent (2006) Self-Made Man: One Woman’s Year Disguised as a Man – Part II

This is the second part to a previous entry that can be found here. Please read it first before continuing in this part.

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A few of my 2017 readings

I have been a little busy over the past few months to maintain this blog unfortunately. I hope that I will be able to be more consistent in the year ahead.

I have read a large number of books over the past year, so let me share a couple of lines about 12 of them, one for every month, in no particular order.

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This Guy’s relationship tips: General Characteristics of the Husband

I was recently asked to give a lecture, or a series of lectures, on the topic of marital issues in our communities. So the notes I prepared were organized to present the issues one may encounter before getting married first, such as the characteristics to look for in the husband and the wife; celibacy; getting to know the spouse before the marriage, etc. And then address issues encountered once married.

I thought that I would share these notes on this blog, as they may perhaps be of interest to some readers… The following is a first entry in a series of entries on the topic of Introduction to Islamic Teachings on Marital Issues: the general characteristics of the husband.

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D. Miguel Ruiz. 1997. The Four Agreements – A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom. A Toltec Wisdom Book

A couple of weeks ago, a colleague at work mentioned having acquired this new book, and then on Friday, mentioned having just finished reading it, thanks to a very long wait at a medical clinic. This is not the type of book I typically spend any time on, so let me tell you why I did.

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This guy’s relationship tips: don’t expect too much (part 2 of 2)

This entry (part 2 of 2) is about unrealistic expectations we impose on the role our spouses are supposed to play in our relationship…

In Part 1 of this entry, we covered the following roles we expect our spouses to step into automatically once we are in a relationship:

  • religious and spiritual leader;
  • psychotherapist;
  • best friend;
  • business partner;
  • intellectual stimulator;
  • personal life coach; and
  • romantic lover.

There are a few more to cover…

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