The Top 3 Most Effective Ways to Take Notes While Reading

Needull in a haystack


Normally, I don’t recommend any needull with lists. But, I like Farnam Street and what they suggest on effective ways to take notes while reading makes sense to me. But, for this you will have to have your own copy of the book 🙂

There are three steps to effectively taking notes while reading:

  1. At the end of each chapter write a few bullet points that summarize what you’ve read and make it personal if you can — that is, apply it to something in your life. Also note any unanswered questions. When you’re done the book, put it down for a week.

  2. Pick up the book again and go through all your notes. Most of these will be garbage but there will be lots you want to remember. Write the good stuff on the inside cover of the book along with a page number.

  3. Copy out the excerpts by hand…

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Here There Be Shadows

Wide Awake But Dreaming

As I mentioned to one of my fans I’m a busy girl.  Oh, and now a member of the ACLU.  Yes, I went to a mixer presented by them last night and paid my dues when I got home.  So I’ll have my card by the end of April and head towards my birthday as a first-time member.  Yay me!  And tonight I’m hanging with people from Planned Parenthood, so the struggle continues.

The novel continues, albeit a bit slower, because The Resistance is important at the moment.  But I’m getting there five hundred or so words at a time, so keep watching this space ’cause my kids are coming.

And speaking of that, one of them has moved into a spooky place…

(The following excerpts from The Foundation Chronicles, Book Three: C For Continuing, copyright 2016, 2017 by Cassidy Frazee)

the ground floor was gloomy the first floor…

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Thursday’s Doors ~ Creative Foundations (standing sideways to door), # 2 view 


Here’s my two patient


Bribed with a lollipop each,

allowing side trips on circular walk,

from my downtown Delaware, Ohio

apartment getting fresh air,

cash from bank and candy,

stopping to check out

all the sights.

This sign says,

“Our Town



Below it

are standing 2 sweet

Delaware, Ohio- -born girls.

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Thursday’s Doors

on Norm Frampton’s blog,

where unique and intriguing

doors may be found:

Welcome and enjoy!

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Team Iain’s 100 Mile Challenge

Karen Thorburn Photography Blog

This has been a difficult post to write, especially at this time of year.

I used to take a lot of things for granted. The ability to roll over in bed and hit ‘snooze’ when the alarm goes off in the morning. The ability to boil the kettle and make a cup of tea. The ability to stand under a hot shower and wash myself every morning. The ability to lift my phone and send a text to a friend. The ability to type my latest blog post. The ability to cook a tasty meal, sit at my dining table and feed myself. The ability to throw on some shoes and step outdoors. The ability to hug the people I love. The ability to wipe tears from my eyes.

A high level spinal cord injury could rob me of every one of these abilities. Disaster could strike when I’m least expecting…

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Happy Hard Year: Surviving 2017

A Holistic Journey

“He told of how the trees had grown in all sorts of conditions, endured lightning strikes and windstorms and infestations. [The boat builder] said the wood taught us about survival, about overcoming difficulty, but it also taught us about the reason for surviving in the first place. Something about infinite beauty, about things larger and greater than ourselves.” Daniel J. Brown, The Boys in the Boat

Anticipation trails the greeting: “Happy new year!” The newness in the turn of the calendar somehow holds out hope of a fresh happiness, a better year. But I will be grateful to hold onto the status quo of a mom on duty, keeping up with the home lessons and activities, churning out the chow, running the house. Put my face on this year? Maybe! The lipstick box awaits, now organized. Host company?? I pulled off Christmas. WRITE? Perhaps I ask too much. Because I…

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