Contemporary Classics

Alum Pearl S. Buck graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in 1914. In 1938, she won the Nobel Prize in Literature. The committee said that they were awarding her this year’s prize for her “notable works in which pave the way to a human sympathy passing over widely separated racial boundaries and for the studies of human ideals which are great and living art of portraiture…” In her memoir, she referred to the several worlds that she lived in, “one small, white, clean Presbyterian world” of her parents and the other “big, loving not-too-clean Chinese world” with no communication between the two. I can’t really relate to Pearl in the sense where I live in two different worlds of white and Chinese, but I can relate to the desire of escaping to the comfort of a good book.

“Surely books ought to be within the reach of everybody.” –Pearl S. Buck

So, in the effort to intentionally care for my mind, I get lost inside of a good book. From Tina Fey’s Bossy Pants, to Pearl S. Bucks’ The Good Earth, to Chelsea Handler’s My Horizontal Life, to A Failure of Nerve by Edwin Friedman. My mind wanders as I explore the different styles and contexts. It’s so interesting to imagine the author reading their work to you! I mean, come on, I would LOVE if Mindy Kaling read to me Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? I would die from hysterical laughter to hear her tell these stories. It just reminds me how relaxing and enjoyable I find reading to be. I adore the smell of a fresh book from the library, but I also really like having an entire library of books on my Kindle at my fingertips.

So, today I encourage you to read a book. I mean, yes, it is really important for all of us to see what happened on Scandal last night, including me, but that’s why it’s called On Demand. But seriously, go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon, your local public library and find a book that really interests you. I’m not talking about one that you have to read for class, work or church, but something that you enjoy. It’s the simple things in life that matter most and add to your longevity. That’s a fact.

Ja'el Daniely

Ja’el at the National Library of Ireland

– Ja’el Daniely


About jaelisawesome

I am currently a senior at Randolph College, founded as Randolph-Macon Woman's College in 1891, majoring in Political Science: International Relations with minors in Spanish and Studio Art. Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia I believe that I have significant contributions to make to the world of diplomacy and US foreign policy. As Student Government President I am the liaison between the students and the faculty and administration, as well as the student representative to the Board of Trustees. I also serve as the Co-President of an all female a cappella group Songshine. I am known for being involved in any and every aspect at school. Some of my passions include playing on the volleyball and tennis teams, singing in almost every group at my school, performing in my very first musical Spring Awakening in the theatre department to taking orders as a barista at the schools’ coffee shop Main Grounds. After I graduate in May 2012, I aspire to attend the Master of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in European Union Policy Studies one-year, 33-credit graduate program. The intensive, residential program is based wholly in Florence, Italy and results in an MA degree in Political Science from James Madison University. My goal is to spread the Love Warrior Community, meaning more people actively bringing self-love into their lives and into the lives of others, more people accepting and loving themselves as they are and more people empowered to follow their passions and share them with the world. The Love Warrior Community is as strong as those involved. By joining the Love Warrior Community, I have the opportunity to create my own self-love practice, bringing more love into my life and the lives of those around me. I will be able to influence a greater number of people and help them to see their value and worth beyond their bodies.
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1 Response to Contemporary Classics

  1. Reading a good book is definitely a Self-Love Diet practice! I’m starting my next book now, 96 hours by Georgia Beers. Thanks for posting Ja’el, it’s good to “hear’ from you again!

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