Joan of Arc and Yolande of Aragon–The Maid and The Queen

A riveting book by Nancy Goldstone on the historical events of 15th century leading to coronation of Charles VII as the king of France. The main characters were Henry V king of England waging the 100 years war, Charles VI being a mad king lost his kingdom to England and his only surviving son was estranged and cared by Yolande of Aragon, Louis II’s wife and Queen of Sicily. Charles VII and Yolande’s sons and daughters grew together in Anjou. Later Yolande’s first daughter was married to Charles VII to become France’s queen. Joan of Arc came to rescue their “king to be” – Charles VII and helped to declare him as King of France and gets coroneted him in Rheims. In another battle at Compiegne, Joan was captured and English finally put her to judicial investigation by priests and court officials and used heresy and heretical means to pass capital punishment and burned her alive to meet out death penalty. During her inquisition, to one of clergy’s question Do you know if you’re in God’s grace? to which Joan famously replied If I am not , may God bring me to it; If I am, may God keep me in it.

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Blogging using Word 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope I’ll accustom to Word 2013 & Windows 8 as the blogging tool from now on, super simple and efficient than Windows Live Writer and still lacks a couple of things and hope MS can fill those gaps soon. Word 2013’s cloud embrace is remarkable and Office is progressing in the cloud direction and is for good for consumers and MS. The diagram above uses Word 2013’s ‘smart art’ feature as I wanted to test my skills to create a simple diagram and publish it. After publishing, realized that I may still need Windows Live Writer in case and installed 2012 version and corrected the placement of text below the diagram as Word 2013 misses the following:
Preview before posting as appears in a browser/wordpress site and source HTML editing. Hence the tilt to upend may take yet another version, perhaps word 2016?! Another juicy thing is Windows 8 metro is solid and very likeable!!

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Making Laws and making Sausage in Capitol

A very short introduction on The U.S. Congress by Donald A. Ritchie was an informative read and I enjoyed this section the most and want to capture it for reference.

Laws are like sausages” goes the old saying. “It’s better not to see them being made“. A mix of persuasion, pressure and bargaining will be ground into every bill that becomes law. Managing legislation through to enactment involves finding something to offer to as many member as possible. On those where they have little stake, members may trade votes, supporting someone else’s pet projects in return for a promise of support of theirs. a practice called logrolling. members will feel pressure from President, their party, their constituents and lobbyists on how to vote. some will not make up their minds until last minute, on the way to cast their vote. They have compared this situation to “seminar on the run”, as they try to determine how to vote from notes stuffed in their pockets, briefing books, whispers from staff, hurried briefing from collogues, and last minute calls from white house.

Making Laws and making Sausage in Capitol

A very short introduction on The U.S. Congress by Donald A. Ritchie was an informative read and I enjoyed this section the most and want to capture it for reference.

Laws are like sausages” goes the old saying. “It’s better not to see them being made“. A mix of persuasion, pressure and bargaining will be ground into every bill that becomes law. Managing legislation through to enactment involves finding something to offer to as many member as possible. On those where they have little stake, members may trade votes, supporting someone else’s pet projects in return for a promise of support of theirs. a practice called logrolling. members will feel pressure from President, their party, their constituents and lobbyists on how to vote. some will not make up their minds until last minute, on the way to cast their vote. They have compared this situation to “seminar on the run”, as they try to determine how to vote from notes stuffed in their pockets, briefing books, whispers from staff, hurried briefing from collogues, and last minute calls from white house.

Deliver the Unexpected

‘Deliver the Unexpected’ by Richard Robbins- a business fable that espouses 7 new (albeit older) truths. I didn’t read the entire book but took the essence, the truth as said, here they are:


1. The Future Myth
Myth: Goals create success by telling us where to arrive tomorrow
Truth: Goals create success by telling us what to do today
2. The Knowledge Myth
Myth: Success comes from knowing what to do
Truth: Success comes from doing more of what we already know
3. The Failure Myth
Myth: Failure is opposite of success
Truth: Failure is path to achieve success
4. The Abundance Myth
Myth: Abundance is defined by what we have
Truth: Abundance is defined by what we give
5. The Value Myth
Myth: Value is delivering more of what people want
Truth: Value is created by delivering the unexpected
6. The Attraction Myth
Myth: We attract into our lives what we want to have
Truth: We attract into our lives who we are
7. The Happiness Myth
Myth: You can have happiness
Truth: You can’t have happiness but can only be of it