Before naming my blog Scriptio Sciura to echo to the hyperlink (and also to enforce sibilance), it was briefly “Corde Cordis” – from a heart to a heart.
Having dropped the original title, I almost forget that sometimes a blog can be personal, and expressive. It might have been lurking in the subconscious, since I have never responded to WordPress’s slightly-tempting “Upgrade to a .com domain!” emails (and also for the rather practical reason of not wanting to spend more when the visitors are rather sparse, it does not justify – yet). At some point, even the supposedly personal posts have become slightly impersonal.
However, there are things I do want to tell certain people. But admittedly, it can be a little tiring for an audience to suddenly receive “hello, I would like to clarify so-and-so” messages every now and then (bad experiences from somebody in the past trying to clarify everything he has done made me reflect on how annoying I can be at times too). However, at the same time, sometimes res ipsa loquitur (not in the legal sense) cannot be applied (even though I was half-stressing on that in WWFPD – What Would Fanny Price Do?). Blogposts, hence, can be a sort of “middle ground”. Especially when this is a site only read by friends and family – I believe I can be (reasonably) private and expressive, as I like.
Furthermore, I do believe the beauty of letter-writing – as much as I do like interacting face-to-face or text-to-text, sometimes during “live” interactions one might forget something. But upon realising, I would also reach a realisation that it is too late to clarify again. Hence do not be surprised if you see something which might echo from previous conversations – in fact, that might be me talking to you. A heart to a heart, after all.
If it is not a following up from previous conversations, treat this as a guide to understanding me. While leafing through the books on my Kindle, I see the books I might have bought when trying to understand people I really care for. Of course while trying to understand you, I really want you to understand me too.
As usual, I welcome any discussion. I don’t bite, and I don’t crumble that easily.
|Strange Bedfellows: The Surprising Connection Between Sex, Evolution and Monogamy, David P. Barash, Judith Eve Lipton||The Book of Human Emotions: An Encyclopedia or Feeling from Anger to Wanderlust, Tiffany Watt Smith|
|Modern Love: 50 True and Extraordinary Tales of Desire, Deceit and Devotion, Daniel Jones (ed)||Project Semicolon: Your Story Isn’t Over, Amy Bleuel|
|The Power of Forgiveness: Forgiving as a Path to Freedom, Joan Gattuso||100 Women I know: Candid Accounts of Rape and Sexual Assault||Old Masters and Young Geniuses: The Two Life Cycles of Artistic Creativity, David W. Galenson|
|Dear Hong Kong, Xu Xi||The Rules of Love, Richard Templar|
|Gifts Differing: Understanding Personality Type, Isabel Briggs-Myers|
|Human Rights in Ancient Rome, Richard Bauman||50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Shattering Widespread Misconceptions about Human Behavior, Scott O. Lilienfeld, Steven Jay Lynn, John Ruscio, Barry L. Beyerstein||Breathe: Inspirational Poetry, R A Stokeld||How to Fall in Love with Anyone, Mandy Len Catron|
|The Almost Nearly Perfect People: Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia, Michael Booth||A Life Beyond Boundaries, Benedict Anderson||Levels of Air, Julian Barnes||Private Island, James Meek||How to Choose a Partner, Susan Quilliam||Illustrations for the Book of Job, William Blake|
|Prisons We Choose to Live Inside, Doris Lessing|
|TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking, Chris Anderson|
|Kindness: the Little Thing that Matters Most, Jaime Thurston||The Yes Minister Miscellany, Antony Jay, Jonathan Lynn||The Science of Evil: On Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty, Simon Baron-Cohen||The Lover’s Dictionary: A Love Story in 185 Definitions, David Levithan|
|Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion, Paul Bloom|
|Law’s Strangest Cases, Peter Seddon|
|The Delphi Complete Works of Gustav Klimt||International Law: A Very Short Introduction, Vaughan Lowe||Simple Giving: Easy Ways to Give Every Day, Jennifer Iacovelli|
|The Toy Maker, J.A. Campbell|
|Weird Things Customers Say in Bookstores, Jen Campbell||Dunbar, Edward St Aubyn||The Peanuts Guide to Love: Peanuts Guide to Life, Charles M. Schulz||The Name of God is Mercy, Pope Francis|
|Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare?, James Shapiro|
|The Hong Kong Legal System, Stefan H C Lo, Wing Hong Chui||The Broken List to Mend a Broken Heart, Anna Bell|
|Legal Ethics: A Comparative Study, Geoffrey Hazard, Angelo Dondi|
|Evangelii Gaudium: The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis|
|How to Make Your Man Behave in 21 Days or Less Using the Secrets of Professional Dog Trainers, Karen Salmansohn|
|This is Me Letting You Go, Heidi Priebe||Wonder, R. J. Palacio|
|Lili: a Portrait of the First Sex Change, Lili Elbe, Niels Hoyer||Recipe for Joy: A Stepmom’s story of finding faith, following love, and feeding a family, Robin Davies|
|Tomorrow’s Lawyers: An Introduction to Your Future, Richard Susskind||Lawyers in the Dock, Richard L. Abel||Travels in China, Roland Barthes||Dialogues with Silence, Thomas Merton|
|A Guide to the Good Life, William B. Irvine||The Welfare State: A Very Short Introduction, David Garland||Secret Lives of Introverts: Inside Our Hidden World, Jenn Granneman||The Matisse Stories, A. S. Byatt|
|The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein|
|Justice: What’s The Right Thing to Do?, Michael Sandel|
|Modern Mindfulness, Rohan Gunatillake|