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Welcome to Sydney Morning Herald Online. Search Box , Section Navigation , Content. There's an entree of experimentation, a main course of casual sex topped with menage a tois followed by an oversized, mishmashed helping of dessert which involves dating a variety of people before ever even fathoming the concept of "settling down".

But how long does the "sowing" process last? It is necessary for it to stop at a certain age? Should both men and women sow their oats before settling down for the long haul? To the outside observer my late fortysomething lawyer friend has the ingredients of an "ideal life": Yet whenever we get together, all he wants to do is regale me with his stories about the time when he was single.

Excuse me, "very single", as he describes it. I told the women I was with that I didn't want to get married, ever. I never wanted to have kids and I wasn't ready to settle down. But I did three things right: I never lied, I never led anyone on and I was always upfront about my thoughts on monogamy: Somehow I don't quite believe him. In fact, I've heard those words before from many a gent: Or men who will say their phone ran out of battery or that their phone was at the "shop" - yes, I've had this excuse used on me before and therefore they couldn't text a woman back that night to confirm plans.

Or men who say they're single, when they're in fact dating multiple people at once. Or worst of all - the men who say they're looking to settle down when in reality they're nowhere near the point in their lives at which they would ever even fathom walking down the aisle But, as my lawyer friend quips: I think she's the one so I'm going to have to end this. I wish you all the best. He'd finally got to the point in his life at which that all-you-can eat-buffet no longer seemed appetising; he desired quality over quantity - he'd sown all his wild oats.

He'd done what he had needed to do. He was ready to settle down. He never wanted kids. Or a house in the suburbs. And now he had it all. And, surprisingly even to himself, he was extremely happy and felt far more fulfilled than bouncing from bed to bed without any emotional convictions. When I was ready, I was ready. I often wonder if this need to sow one's wild oats has something to do with age. That both men and women need to date, sleep with and explore as many people as possible during their 20s, so that, by the time they reach their 30s, they know exactly what they want and have ensured that they're not wasting time with those whom they don't want.

But then I meet year-olds and even year-olds, one of whom is dating a year-old who still seem to be sowing some wild oats even though it's uncertain whether they would have any wild oats left to sow. Life coach Christine Hassler has a different opinion. She writes in the Huffington Post that the whole "sowing" process is not exactly something that everyone necessarily needs to take part in, not matter what your age, sex or sexual orientation.

Try monogamy on for a while; come to your own conclusions about how it feels for you rather than obsessing about what you may be missing out on. And if you feel a strong desire to go sow your oats, make sure you are doing so with people who want the same thing.

Which raises the question: Or is it rather a case of when you meet the right one, there's no need to play around any more? My year-old television reporter friend says that, for her, there are no oats to sow.

She would rather remain single in her 20s than date or sleep around with many men just for the sake of "experience". They've been together 30 years. That's how I see myself. I don't need to slut around. Ask Sam reader Fred disagrees. He's been dating his high school sweetheart since he was 18 yet, eight years on, he finds himself being attracted to other women. He recently told me that he's struggling to keep faithful to his girlfriend and wonders if that's because he never really had a chance to sow his wild oats before settling in to a relationship with her.

On the other hand, Regina Lynn , the ex-sex columnist for Wired Magazine , says she hates the saying altogether It's like you are just out there spreading stuff around. A man spreads seed and a woman spreads legs. I didn't take the people I was with for granted.

What do you think? Do men and women both need to sow their wild oats before settling down? Is there an age when you need to do it by? Do you agree with Regina? Eating oats may be good for your sex life!

Apparently the expression "sowing your wild oats" isn't too far from the truth. Researchers at the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality have found that taking wild oat will increase sexual gratification by 25 per cent, with a 22 per cent increase in genital sensitivity. Maybe you should eat your oats, instead of always trying to sow them Scroll down to Category 8.

Thank you again for all your support! It seems you have a figure for when those oats "ought" to stop being sown due to attrition Not every older bloke has made a conscious decision to be single - nor are they necessarily "sowing oats", if they take the opportunity to get to know a woman before contemplating living what remains of their lives with just her.

We make our choices in life - not all of them based on sound logic or even rational thought processes; and we gotta live by them. Why there is such a need to measure other people and their life choices by standards we convince ourselves are the one's we stick too except when the 'price is right' enough to adjust those "set in concrete" standards , is beyond me.

It also pays to remember that every sower of oats needs receptive soil to sow. What would stop a sower moving onto another field and sowing there? Maybe a field that returns a yield worthy enough of staying put perhaps? Just to keep you all informed as Sam is away there will be no blog tomorrow. I think that some people need to 'sow their wild oates' and some people don't.

Girls just seem more picky about who they sleep with because they have more to lose reputation, possible pregnancy etc. My parents have been married for 25 years and have only ever slept with each other.

My mother admits to being attracted to other men sometimes but knows it's just physical and fleeting and she would never in a million years jeopardise what she has, because it would never be worth it. I, however, would never have appreciated my fiance ten years ago.

I needed to date other men and work out what I wanted first so I when I met my fiance I could offer him someone who had figured themselves out. However, I do think that people over 35 who are still saying 'i'm just not ready to settle down' need a reality check.

If they get much older than that and want a family, they are subjecting their future children to an older parent who they will most likely lose at a younger age. I also think that girls need to be careful of the dreaded 'body clock'.

That kicks in for most women around As a 28 year old, I can tell you that that rumour was true for me. Too many girls not all, some are unlucky muck around in their early and mid 20s either with casual flings or long term, pointless relationships, and get to their late 20s and start looking for a husband.

I don't know why girls keep doing this with all the bad press it gets. I mucked around until I was about 24 and then got my act together and started looking for someone to be serious with. At 24, girls still have a few years to ease into a relationship without the dreaded baby question.

At 28 or 30, there's not enough time for that and it's no wonder guys get freaked out. Nope, that mindset is reserved for people who have problems, be it self esteem or believing that the perfect one is around the corner etc. Sowing ones oats can be fun But i got bored of it after a year or two.

For the last year or so i've stayed single trying to meet a woman i like who doesn't just want sex. Not as easy as you'd think, or maybe i'm just going to the wrong places.

This just sounds like the usual "grass is greener on the other side" complex. It is never greener. Most guys are out there sowing their seeds trying to sort the wheat from the chaff because we have the advantage of having time up our sleeve. I never believed I would agree with any US based "Life Coach", but Ms Hassler is corrct- there is NO need to sow wild oats or do anything else for that matter, just because it may be a cliche or trend.

As I have wrote before, would anyone want their partner "sleeping" with some one else, just for the experience.? Swingers and "Open" relationships aside, for most people such a move would be a relationship killer.

I never really felt the need to 'sow my wild oats'. My boyfriend of 5 and a half years is the only man I've been with we met when I was I didn't wait because I'm religious I'm not or prudish ok, by some people's standards I would be a bit prudish!

Keyword there being mutual.

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Choosing to stand with him against the suspicions of the community, Moll finds herself forced to make choices that will impact her life forever. World War II, Morocco — a viper's nest of corrupt French police, spies, fleeing emigres, gamblers and drinkers. It's the perfect place for weary American expatriate nightclub owner Rick Blaine to hide out. Rick's Cafe is the gathering place for the good, the bad and the ugly, but he doesn't care, as long as they spend their money.

One day, of all the bars in all the world, Rick's long-lost love, Ilsa walks in with her resistance leader husband, Victor, and Rick is pulled into both a love triangle and a web of political intrigue.

Ilsa and Victor need to escape from Casablanca, and Rick may be the only one who can help them. Casablanca is the greatest love story ever told and time may have gone by but it has not diminished it. An adult Christopher Robin, who is now focused on his new life, work, and family, suddenly meets his old friend Winnie the Pooh, who returns to his unforgotten childhood past to help him return to the Hundred Acre Wood and help find Pooh's lost friends.

Fearful of repeating his deadly mistakes from World War I in the Battle of Gallipoli, exhausted by years of war, plagued by depression and obsessed with his historical destiny, Churchill is reluctant to embark on the large-scale campaign, one that the entire war effort hinges upon. Clashing with his Allied political opponents U. Eisenhower and British Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, the troubled Churchill receives support and devotion from his wife, the brilliant and unflappable Clementine Churchill.

With her strength and shrewdness, "Clemmie" halts Winston's physical, mental spiritual collapse and inspires him on to greatness. Alfredo Philippe Noiret is the projectionist at the Paradiso cinema, where young Salvatore, or Toto Salvatore Cascio , is always hanging round, infatuated with American movies.

During the day, the village priest comes in to censor every film, and every kiss is removed. Years later he returns for Alfredo's funeral. The scene where the grown-up Salvatore sees all the forbidden kisses spliced together from the cutting room floor, in a secret anthology of rapture, is sublime. After receiving news of her father's death, Alice, a young travelling sheep-shearer, tentatively decides to return to the dilapidated family house of her childhood, in muddy North Yorkshire.

Surprisingly, it's been already fifteen years since Alice left behind an ailing dad and her older brother, Joe, to wander about from farm to farm; however, this cold and heavy homecoming will be Alice's last chance to reclaim the land she believes was once promised to her.

But, now, on one hand, there's Joe's resentment paired with a rancorous rivalry between siblings - while, on the other hand - fleeting mournful shadows of a troubled past permeate the walls of an imperfect prize. What will it take to keep the haunting memories at bay? Within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history.

Shot in Aardman's own distinctive style, the film will take audiences on an extraordinary journey into an exciting new world, unleashing an unforgettable tribe of unique and funny new characters voiced by an all-star British cast. British Animation at its best. Edie has spent 40 years trapped in a colourless life in England, tending to her controlling husband after his stroke. When he passes away and her daughter tries to send her to a care home, she packs an old camping bag, leaves her life behind and embarks on an adventure she never got to have - climbing the imposing Mount Suilven in Scotland.

The journey to the summit will be long and difficult, but Edie is determined to prove to herself and everyone else that it s never too late.

Sweden, early s - an era of social change and unrest, war and poverty. A young working class woman, Maria, wins a camera in a lottery. The camera grants her the eyes to view the world, and empowers her over several decades to raise and nurture her family of six children and an alcoholic, womanizing and sometimes violent, although ultimately loving, husband.

What starts as a vibrant affair between a legendary femme fatale and her young lover quickly grows into a deeper relationship, with Turner being the person Gloria turns to for comfort. Their passion and lust for life is tested to the limits by events beyond their control. The two could not be more different - Sandra is a fish out of water next to her outspoken, serial dating, free-spirited sibling.

But different is just what Sandra needs and she reluctantly lets Bif drag her along to her community dance class, where gradually she starts finding her feet A comedian uses her troubled past as material for her stand-up routine, trying to rise up through the comedy circuit by playing Northern England's working men's clubs in the s and s.

Three seniors, who are living social security check to check and even reduced to eating dog food at times, decide they have had enough. So, they plan to rob a bank A social commentary on growing old in America and what we are sometimes driven to, due to circumstances. After leaving London for the English countryside, writer A. Milne starts to spin fanciful yarns about his son's growing collection of stuffed animals.

These stories form the basis for "Winnie-the-Pooh" and "The House at Pooh Corner," published respectively in and Milne and his family soon become swept up in the instant success of the books, while the enchanting tales bring hope and comfort to the rest of postwar England. An American widow finds unexpected love with a man living wild on Hampstead Heath when they take on the developers who want to destroy his home.

Happy-Go-Lucky is a film from acclaimed director Mike Leigh. Poppy is a year-old Londoner with a bright outlook on life. She loves her job, she loves her friends, she loves her freedom. Mike Leigh's new film follows her over a few weeks one spring as she learns to drive and embarks on a new romance. Jim Hardy, a song and dance man left showbiz to open a Connecticut Inn.

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More than 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war, the greatest displacement since World War II. Filmmaker Ai Weiwei examines the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact. Over the course of one year in 23 countries, Weiwei follows a chain of urgent human stories that stretch across the globe, including Afghanistan, France, Greece, Germany and Iraq.

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Read the rest of this entry Traveling home with beautiful Alice Shea , she steps through the door and kicks off her sneakers. In the kitchen, she unloads her shopping, snapping a banana from the fresh bunch. She peels it open, and licks it along its length, her imagination getting the better of her, treating it like a cock. Her desire aroused, she raises the hem of her dress and runs her hands over her thighs, her white cotton panties revealed.

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He told us that sadly, General Bhangoo had died in a plane crash several months before this October talk. The man was flying an ultralight around K2, intending to fly it around the world. David's main translator was Ghulam Parvi, a "personal repository of Balti culture. If I remember right, it was someone's illicit dinner. Ibex are protected, but, um, General Bhangoo had his connections.

The teachers in the schools are graduates of the schools. They have an equivalent of a 5th or 6th grade education, but that is what the villages need. They then get teacher training workshops during the summers. The earthquake zones "are still a nightmare. I thought this summed up the wise simplicity of the people that Mortenson grew to love: No human, nor any living thing, survives long under the eternal sky.

The most beautiful women, the most learned men, even Mohammed, who heard Allah's own voice, all did wither and die. The sky outlives everything. View all 3 comments.

Jul 18, Lyn rated it liked it. Reading this I was left inspired by Greg Mortenson's determination and endurance. As a mountaineer, he was trained at focused effort, but I would submit that building schools for girls in conservative Muslim Pakistan and Afghanistan was a higher summit than he ever attempted. This is written in a workmanlike, journalistic Reading this I was left inspired by Greg Mortenson's determination and endurance.

This is written in a workmanlike, journalistic style; not great literature, but a great story. Reminds me again what a difference one man can make - like Muhammed Yunnis and Bill Couch at Right Roads and hundreds more people working hard to do some good every day. View all 7 comments. Aug 07, Stephen Gallup rated it did not like it. Some books I really enjoy reviewing. In a third group are books that bother me by triggering one of my pet peeves: Others exploit children especially disabled children as a means of manipulat Some books I really enjoy reviewing.

Others exploit children especially disabled children as a means of manipulating cheap emotions. Three Cups of Tea is in the latter bunch. I was starting to bog down with the mediocre writing that several other reviewers have noticed, but then it was announced that the author was actually coming to speak in an auditorium at my place of employment.

Re-motivated, I tried again to make headway in the book, and got as far as the point where our doughty hero returns to Pakistan with funds to start building a school. On the big night, I headed over to the auditorium about half an hour early, only to discover the place had been filled to capacity for a long time. Why the big deal? A long, boring mountain.

As far as I know, he was motivated only by a laudable desire to do good. That by the way is another problem with the book: His motivations are never really explored. Apparently he did indeed do something remarkable, and that should be commended. When I was unable to get into the auditorium that night, my copy of the book went back onto my table.

In fact, I just got rid of it. It became a sort of political phenomenon around a book. With all the copies out there, I wonder how many people actually read more of it than I did. UPDATED to add this bit of news because, of all the book reviews I've posted, only this one has inspired people to flame me with comments.

As the comments are borderline ad hominem attacks, as opposed to any kind of argument about the book's merits, as a book, I always promptly delete them. Everyone is entitled to beliefs, political and otherwise.

When I write here, it's primarily about literary merit. I found little of that, and now, apparently, there's another reason to question the value of this thing. Feb 09, Debbi rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Anyone who wants global peace to be more than a pipe dream!!

I wish goodreads had a star rating for this book. Anyone who has ever wanted to make a difference, anyone who has ever dreamed the impossible dream of a diverse world living together in peaceful coexistence, anyone who has ever feared their own small voice was too small a drop in the bucket to matter -- MUST read this book, and then share it and its message with everyone you know.

The book is fascinating, inspirational and informative on so many levels -- exciting action story, moving human drama, exotic travelogue, social action miracle, bird's eye view of contemporary history in the making in the world's most complex and volatile region, a revelation of the tenaciousness and power of the human spirit under the most destructive conditions.

For the first time, I have a basic understanding of the roots of conflicts in central Asia, and how the very land and landscape and their role in outside powers' self-serving political decisions have helped to shape today's Pakistan and Afghanistan enough of a reason right there to read this book.

But the real MIRACLE of this book is that this is all done through the mind-boggling true story of one man's miraculous mission, and seen at ground level through the eyes and souls of those who call these lands home, in such a way that these foreign places and people feel as intimate as sisters and brothers -- which, in fact, as this story makes clear, they are. The book follows GREG MORTENSON who has my vote, along with many others', for the next Nobel Peace Prize from his unexpected life-saving encounter with the hospitality and generosity of a remote village in Baltistan northern Pakistan through his fulfillment of a grateful promise to come back and build a school for this tiny, poor community -- and on through the unfolding of an incredible mission so incredible you can hardly believe it's nonfiction to bring nonsectarian education and basic humanitarian aid to tiny villages throughout remote, war-torn and povertry-stricken areas throughout northern Pakistan and, eventually, Afghanistan.

I have read dozens of eloquent pleas for and dreams of world peace -- but NEVER have I read so shockingly concrete a story of planting its actual seeds -- never have I been so moved to feel global peace can actually be more than mere dream. May 01, Malbadeen rated it it was ok Recommended to Malbadeen by: Greg Mortisen this, Greg Mortisen that, Dr.

Greg that blah, blah, blah. This book was such a glowing endorsment for the person Greg Mortisen that I had a hard time taking in the story of what he did, because quite frankly I was getting sick of him. Which isn't necessarly fair because he wasn't telling the story so I'm not saying he's narsacistic or anything but the person telling it could have toned it down a notch or two and let us come to our conclusion, and no doubt we would ha Greg Mortisen this, Greg Mortisen that, Dr. Which isn't necessarly fair because he wasn't telling the story so I'm not saying he's narsacistic or anything but the person telling it could have toned it down a notch or two and let us come to our conclusion, and no doubt we would have, that Greg Mortisen is a super great guy for what he did.

I think i would have been more inclined to enjoy Morisen's story in a magazine article than in this extended page tribute to him. View all 17 comments. Such an important story. The sun is not "lemony. Then when I picked it back up to read, all I could hear in my head for the voices were Abu from the Simpsons. The widely spaced streams o Such an important story. The widely spaced streams of tracers leaped across the road like ellipses. But to Mortenson, who wouldn't learn his friends had survived until the following week, when he returned to Kabul, they looked more like question marks" p.

In my book, the one way to neuter a good firefight is to compare it to punctuation. Don't get me wrong, I think it's absolutely sexy to be able to name all English forms of punctuation in under a minute, but tracers are not like question marks. It is a tribute to the story itself that it is important enough to still make the read worth it. And, as Tracey Coleman said, "Tara Mortenson is a saint". View all 23 comments. Jan 03, Doug Bradshaw rated it it was ok. Much of Greg's work is valid still, but when I hear a lot of it is fiction and that he has been raiding the charity, I want to send him permanently to Afghanistan to run one of the schools.

Here's my original review which I gave five stars: This book affected the way I think about other cultures and the relationship the United States has with them.

The writing was fun and well done, sometimes a bit too many adjectives and flowery descriptions were thrown in to make sure we didn't bored, and plent Much of Greg's work is valid still, but when I hear a lot of it is fiction and that he has been raiding the charity, I want to send him permanently to Afghanistan to run one of the schools. The writing was fun and well done, sometimes a bit too many adjectives and flowery descriptions were thrown in to make sure we didn't bored, and plenty of time was taken to point out that Greg is a bit of a loner, a bit odd, not really much of a businessman, and sometimes inefficient.

Here are the things I found very helpful, eye opening and excellent: But what we learn very quickly from Greg's book is that the military solution will only take us so far and that we need to follow up with solutions to help and educate the people in these backward societies.

And it's not just throwing money at the problem. Greg has done what it takes to get things done properly by lovingly getting to know the people one on one and then through years of work and thrift and effort has built up the relationships, built schools, bridges, helped provide clean water sources, etc. The people know Greg, trust him, love him and give Americans a good name.

I think it has been very wise of Greg to keep "Christian" teachings and religion out of the formula. In fact, much of what he has tried to do would not have happened if he were trying to push Christian ideals in the schools. The schools teach the very basics, from math and writing, to good hygiene and science. Not only do the people love Greg, but Greg loves the people.

Perhaps this is the most time consuming and difficult lesson to be translated to the normal American, that these people are good, hard working, lovable people. Obviously, some of the leaders and businessmen are cutthroat and greedy. Our prisons in the US are full of such people. But the core values of the Muslims are good and the people, once they trust and know someone, are loyal and full of integrity. It's worth the effort to get out there and help them, which gets me to the next idea in the book 4.

If we don't get out there one on one and help with our money building schools for appropriate education, water systems, sewer systems, etc. I loved Greg's hugely efficient and thrifty ways. How many American's could afford to build one school? The one on one effort with the people to get these projects done for an affordable price with their participation is unbelievably more efficient and effective than what we've tried to do in Iraq.

And because the people are so involved, the school is a thing of pride for them and their children love going and the education immediately begins to change there lives in amazing ways. View all 4 comments. Segnalo, inoltre, una grossolana inesattezza che almeno chi ha controllato il manoscritto prima della pubblicazione avrebbe dovuto correggere: Inoltre, quando si parla del wahhabismo, l'ideologia di stato dell'Arabia Saudita, non si fa cenno a quelle che sono le sue origini storiche, riconducendo il tutto a una ingenua questione terminologica.

Dec 27, Phayvanh rated it liked it Recommends it for: And I'm returning it so it may be passed along. The premise is great, an inspiring story, whether real or not, and one I'd love to continue to know about.

My main problem with the book is the storytelling, how it abruptly snaps back and forth in place and time so that I am not always sure where the scene is taking place or when until fully into the scene. And some scenes are left completely hanging at the end of a chapter only to be dealt with later, almost as an after thought. There are a lot of missing dates, such that by the end of the book, I was still unsure as to how long it took for the first school to get built.

But you keep reading or I did, at least because the story is full of hope and frustration, and you really want the best of everybody, even the conivvers. But Relin's verbose prose keeps tripping you up: Besides, how many times can he emphasize just how magnificent the view of K2 is?

Or how treacherous a journey every journey was? In the end, one hopes for the best of all involved and is encourages that the work will continue. I'd rather knwo this story though from watching a TV movie or reading some expanded Sunday story in the New York Times Magazine rather than this book. Also, the other thing that bugged me in this book is how the author describes the "people" of Pakistan, which I do take some offense at, just lumping them into a sort of stereotypical group like that.

Talking about their gentle, simple ways, etc. Even though, admittedly, he does go on to illustrate the extreme kindness of the Pakistanis involved, I still bristle at any sort of generalisations from outsiders. Not beautiful in that spiritual way, but physically, a little too much so.

Jul 18, Shelley rated it it was amazing. My 'book sharing' buddy loaned this book to me and it just sat on my shelf. She said it was an amazing true story which lead her to staying up way past bed times reading. It was only when she asked for the loaner book back that I cracked it open. Next I knew, I was hooked too. It was a long week at work, but worth it. Anyhow, definitely read this book! It is an amazing story of Greg Mortenson's work in Pakistan building school.

Rich America throwing their weight and money around. I' My 'book sharing' buddy loaned this book to me and it just sat on my shelf. I've heard that before. Not how it unfolds. His intentions are solid gold and his pockets are all but empty when he starts It was a great sociology lesson about cultures. But they all share the dream of making the kids lives better with education.

Nov 18, Marian rated it it was amazing. This book is excellent. Sometimes books such as these, howbeit inspiring, are often tedious to read. This one was not. After a failed attempt to climb K2, Greg Mortensen is separated from his guide and wanders into a small Pakistani village he otherwise would have never known existed. The friendships he made altered the course of his life.

He promised to build them a school after seeing the teacherless village children writing school assignments in the dirt with sticks.

After t This book is excellent. After the first school, his work took on a life of it's own as he gained the trust of the people in other villages bringing as many schools as he possibly could to some of the poorest places in the country. This man probably knows more about the hearts and minds of the people in Pakistan and Afganistan than any expert in Washington.

This is not a political book; however, I was left thinking we've missed the mark in how we can protect our country from terrorism. Greg seems to have the keys--respect, hard work, love, keeping our promises and education.

I would like to be as passionate and brave as this man; or, at the very least, as loving and supportive as his wife. Jan 17, Lisa Vegan rated it did not like it Recommends it for: Heartbreaking, uplifting, suspenseful, at times very funny. At first I thought Mortenson must have some incredible amount of charisma, but really he just had the urge to help and w Heartbreaking, uplifting, suspenseful, at times very funny.

At first I thought Mortenson must have some incredible amount of charisma, but really he just had the urge to help and willingness to learn, and simply showed genuine respect and care for those people he worked with and for.

The only magic was his tirelessness and his level of passion for his work. When I was eight, my family was friends for a summer with a family from Pakistan. Yet, I feel as though I learned more about these two countries from this book than I have previously learned from all other sources.

This is a very inspiring real life story. I challenge any reader to not care about and root for both the children and adults of this region, and for me that translated to everybody everywhere who face challenges of poverty, illiteracy, or other such problems.

The map that appears before the Table of Contents really helped me, and I always appreciate maps in books. I really enjoyed the photographs in the center of the book; I wish that there were many more of them. Mortenson, after failing to climb K2, dedicated his life to building schools, for educating both girls and boys, first in Pakstan the first one in a village where the people helped him as he came off the mountain and then eventually in Afghanistan too.

How Mortenson has lived his life is laudable, although I do hope his own family is thriving. Yes, ignorance is the enemy. I wish the Obama administration, the U. Congress, and all world leaders could see that. Mine is polar exploration and mountain climbing. So, at the beginning of this book, when the failed K2 attempt is described, I was riveted from the start Also, I knew the San Francisco Bay Area locations, which was fun, and I was interested in the Pakistani and Afghani mountainous areas; I even learned a bit about Montana and other places.

A sequel has just been published: I hope this book earns the Central Asia Institute www. There is a web site for this book for further information: View all 41 comments. Apr 25, Carrie rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Feel-good, mandatory read for anyone interested in children, the future and in current events.

My check to CAI will be in the mail soon- It makes you want to get involved. The story of one incredible man's love for mountain climbing, that leads to the adventure of a lifetime. Working to build schools for villages in the remote corners of Pakistan and Afghanistan, Greg Mortenson shines as an example that even one person can make huge difference to world.

He may be a future Nobel Peace Prize winner Feel-good, mandatory read for anyone interested in children, the future and in current events. He may be a future Nobel Peace Prize winner and he is undoubtedly a real-live hero.

After reading, I understand more about the nature of middle East interests and of the importance of education for those who desire to learn. For more information about the book and the Central Asia Institute: Never give up, never lose hope.

But for the first time, knelling among a hundered strangers, watching them wash away There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled.

You feel it, don't you. I was just an average bloke. It was the media that tried to transform me into a heroic figure. But I've learned through the years, as long as you don't believe all that rubbish about yourself, you can't come to too much harm. We're the country of thirty-minute power lunches and two-minute football drills.

Our leaders thought their 'shock and awe' campaign could end the was in Iraq before it ever started. Haji Ali taught me to share three cups of tea, to slow down and make building relationships as important as building projects. He taught me that I had more to learn from the people I work with than I could ever hope to teach. God does not change. The true core tenants of Islam are justice, tolerance and charity, and Syed Abbas represented the moderate center of Muslim faith eloquently.

You represent the goodness and courage that America is all about. Get out, don't be afraid, and spread your message for peace. Make this your finest hour. If we truly want a legacy of peace for our children, we need to understand that this is a war that will be ultimately won with books, not with bombs.

Dec 24, Lena rated it really liked it Shelves: On his way down, the exhausted climber got lost and wandered into a remote and impoverished village that had never seen a Westerner before. As the kind residents helped Mortenson regain his strength, he committed to repaying them by building a school for the dozens of children he saw carving their lessons into the dirt with sticks.

The fact that he survived this hostile environment at all, let alone succeeded in a humanitarian endeavor of such enormous proportions, is truly inspiring. Part of what permitted Mortenson to make so much progress is that he allowed himself to learn how things needed to be done from the local people. Though American, Mortenson was raised by missionaries in Africa, and his sensitivity towards and ability to integrate into another culture was a crucial part of what made this project work.

In addition to providing valuable insight into the lives of a people the West knows little about, this book also offers a unique perspective of the events in Pakistan and Afghanistan that led to the current war on terror.

Mortenson began building his small schools at the same time fundamentalist madrassas were also springing up in that part of the world. I would recommend this amazing and educational book to pretty much anyone, but I do have to add one caveat.

Though I was very moved by the story, I did not like the writing so much. The author and I seemed to have different pacing—he spent long passages talking about things of little interest to me while barely touching on aspects I wanted to know much more about. Jan 25, Lyn Elliott added it Shelves: As it is, I have skipped then abandoned it. Aug 11, Wils Cain rated it it was amazing. I had no idea what this book was about - and it has completely blown me away.

As a follow-up to Tuesday’s post about the majority-minority public schools in Oslo, the following brief account reports the latest statistics on the cultural enrichment of schools in Austria. Vienna is the most fully enriched location, and seems to be in roughly the same situation as Oslo. Many thanks to Hermes for the translation from Jeff and Cheryl Scruggs are authors, speakers, and Biblical counselors, not LPC's. Their writings include the widely used book I Do Again, which chronicles their thirty-year story of marriage, betrayal, infidelity, divorce, emotional damage and scarring, forgiveness, reconciliation, trust, and remarriage to each other. Savannah Grey is a Freelance Writer, a Hypnotherapist, Consultant, Sports Fanatic, and Philosopher and has a degree in Psychology. She is the founder of, a website dedicated to educating and healing survivors of abusive relationships.