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Share the Wealth with Jason Makansi: Painting by Numbers at Left Bank Books

For this week’s Share the Wealth, I invite you to learn from my friend Jason Makansi this Thursday!

Left Bank Books welcomes author and independent consultant Jason Makansi, who will sign and discuss his new book, Painting By Numbers: How to Sharpen Your BS Detector and Smoke Out the Experts!

How well do you know what you think you know? If you’ve ever pored over election polling data, argued about climate change, or read an article describing the latest study on a topic you care about, Painting By Numbers is for you. Written in an entertaining and approachable style and with humorous illustrations to help explain complex modeling concepts, Painting By Numbers helps make sense of the numbers shaping modern society. Using examples drawn from polling data, medicine, climate modeling, and more, Painting By Numbers is the essential toolkit with 12 commandments for evaluating the numbers that shape our lives.

“There’s a desperate need for every literate person to understand this.” —Dr. Elton McGoun, Accounting and Business Professor, Bucknell University

This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Painting By Numbers  ($12.95) from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.

Join us
Thursday 27 July
Left Bank Books
399 N. Euclid Ave.
Saint Louis, MO 63108

The Good News of Puck, 4.21.2017

Today I saw Puck Vlaskamp play her last tennis matches as an undergraduate at Maryville University.  She has given her all to her studies and her sport, and has touched and inspired many of us at school. Puck is the Good News—of joie de vivre, presence, curiosity, and camaraderie.

Puck Vlaskamp and Kine Sandø Kleppe


The Good News of Remembering the Big Picture, 3.26.2017

I randomly pull books off of my shelves and turn to a page to see what’s there. Today I found the following in Dorothee Soelle’s Against the Wind: Memoir of a Radical Christian (she was a German theologian, feminist, and peace activist):

Once, when I was particularly depressed, a friend and pacifist from Holland told me something very beautiful: “The people who worked to build the cathedrals in the Middle Ages never saw them completed. It took two hundred years and more to build them. Some stone-cutter somewhere sculpted a beautiful rose; it was his life’s work, and it was all he ever saw. But he never entered into the completed cathedral. But one day, the cathedral was really there. You must imagine peace the same way.” Those words helped me a lot. It was good to know: I was participating in building a cathedral, and I knew that someday it would be completed, just as slavery was abolished, so war will also be abolished, though beyond my lifetime.

The Good News of Generating, 3.9.2017

I have 286 chapters in an almost finished first draft of a manuscript entitled, Our Heroic and Ceaseless 24/7 Struggle against Tsuris.

Supplication from the Founder of the Theater of Cruelty

We are your faithful servants
O Grand Lama

give us
grace us with your illuminations

in a language
our contaminated minds can understand

Antonin Artaud, to the Dalai Lama

–adapted from Eliot Weinberger, Outside Stories: Essays, p. 20

Share the Wealth with Thuy Khuu on Wednesday 28 December 2016

Have you noticed that toilet paper only comes in circular rolls? Has it occurred to you that it can be in other shapes, square for instance? What would happen then?

Every day, we interact with countless of products, literally! We see them, hear them, feel them, smell them, and even taste them in some cases! We are surrounded by design and living in a designed world. Yet, we usually don’t notice it until something goes wrong, then we question, “Who in their right mind would design this thing?! ”

My name is Thuy. I am a woman who has encountered her midlife crisis a decade or two early. At this Share the Wealth, please allow me to share with you the story of how I’ve found design, what design means to me, and what I would like to do with design.

Join us Wednesday 28 December 2016
Potluck dinner begins at 6:00
Thuy begins sharing at 6:45
At the home of Mark  Chmiel and Joanie French
4514 Chouteau Avenue
Forest Park Southeast 63110
Please park on Taylor Avenue or the 4400 block of Chouteau.


Wake Up

Someone asked Yudhishthira, “What is the most wondrous thing in the entire world?” He said, “The most wondrous thing in the entire world is that all around us people can be dying and we don’t believe it can happen to us.”

Sharon Salzburg, Lovingkindness: The Revolutionary Art of Happiness

Make America Great Again, Again

This is total war… If we just let our vision of the world go forth, and we embrace it entirely and we don’t try to piece together clever diplomacy, but just wage a total war, our children will sing great songs about us years from now.

–Richard Perle, quoted in Eliot Weinberger, What Happened Here: Bush Chronicles (2005), p. 72

From Cami Kasmerchak, Two Years ago, 10.23.2014

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In Forest Park


Thanks to Lori Hirst, who encouraged me to head over to Forest Park to see the Monarch butterflies.