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'The Effort'

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'The Effort' by Billy Collins

John Rowland and William Workman: Southern California Pioneers of 1841 by Donald E. Rowland

I found this on my parents' shelf. Rowland and Workman were ranch owners in the San Gabriel Valley, where I grew up. In fact, I attended John A. Rowland High School. I assumed Rowland was just some rich guy who bought a lot of property at a good time. Actually, he and Workman were deeply involved in the early history of New Mexico and California. Surprisingly interesting and well-written.

Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

Fascinating. Based on the idea that we make judgements without thinking about them, and there are ways of taking advantage of our unconscious and ways to hone and maximize the process. Lots to consider. Highly recommended.