• Languages

    The month of learning Spanish

    I had planned to brush up my Spanish this year but I was so busy with the blog, my job and the children that I hardly found time to work on the language. To deal with this problem, I decided to write several articles about learning Spanish on the blog. A November begins, I decided this would be my month of learning Spanish. That should be enough motivation to resume working on my Spanish skills. This month, I want to publish several posts on the topic. I want to both share my progresses in Spanish and give some tips to learn languages in general and Spanish more particularly.  Online free…

  • Books

    How to build your reading list

    I am now sharing my reading list on the blog. Actually, I love reading lists. Checking reading lists of other people is interesting and inspiring. You can get lots of ideas if you are looking for books to read. However, choosing which books you want to include in your list can be difficult. Are you including any book that you think could be interesting? Are you on the contrary only listing books that match some previously defined criteria? Do you have a deadline? Here are some ideas to help you build your reading list.  Which categories of books do appeal to you?  A good way to start your list is…

  • Life and blog

    15 inspiring quotes that could change your life

    When you are busy with work and family, you often feel like you are running to stay on the same spot. This is sometimes difficult to see the big picture and to focus on long terms decisions and tasks. Yet, you sometimes just need to think outside the box to be able to change your life. Here are some inspiring quotes that could change your life. Inspiring quotes about happiness Happiness is a virtue, not its reward. Baruch SpinozaIt is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. Aristotle Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of…

  • Books

    Book review: Madame Yang by Zhang Yihe

    Zhang Yihe is a Chinese writer and historian. During the cultural revolution, her father was seen by the Chinese authorities as a rightist. As a young woman, she was sentenced to 20 years for criticizing the wife of Mao Zedong in her diary. She spent 10 years in a re-education camp before she could be rehabilitated.  I wanted to insert a link to the English version of the book but then I saw that it was only translated from Chinese to French. So I will have to wait for the book to be translated in English… As Zhao Yonghai, vice secretary for the popular commune of Shibi, asks Yang Wanfang,…