Susan Spilecki

Helpful votes received on reviews: 100% (4 of 4)
Location: Brighton, MA United States
In My Own Words:
I am a part-time college professor with a part-time business coaching procrastinators to greater productivity.


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Papal Sin: Structures of Deceit by Garry Wills
Garry Wills' introduction to Roman Catholic systematized self-deceiving traditions, *Papal Sin,* is a tour-de-force for awakening the consciences of cradle-Catholics who have taken for granted the moral authority of the popes and their teachings. By examining one at a time the encyclicals and councils of the popes, and setting them against history and theology (including that written by such Roman Catholics as St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, John Cardinal Newman, and Lord "power corrupts" Acton--and, oh yes, the holy scriptures), Wills challenges his readers to examine their own beliefs, to abandon what Thomas Aquinas called "cultivated ignorance," ignorantia affectata, "an ignorance so… Read more
Singing for the Landlord ~ Greg Greenway
Singing for the Landlord ~ Greg Greenway
Wth this album, Greg Greenway shows himself extraordinarily flexible. His version of American Folk encompasses the difficult issues of Ireland and South Africa as well as those of the States. The combination of Greenway's clear melodic vocals and the smooth harmonies of his back-up singers gives listeners a layered experience of the music--and the issues that underpin it. Just as you can't leave a Greg Greenway concert thinking nothing of the way you vote, so his album encourages self-reflection: not just the emotional kind that most song-writers encourage, but intellectual as well. In these days of sound-bytes and micro-ideas, this is a really good thing.
Around the House and In the Garden: A Memoir of He&hellip by Dominique Browning
In her essays on life in a home, Dominique Browning, editor of House & Garden, offers her own intensely personal experience with the ways in which the home environment affects and is affected by divorce, self-esteem, and vice versa.
Her descriptions of her rooms, her struggle to find a good living room couch (after successfully finding a kitchen sofa), her explanations of plants and flowers to her young sons, all create the feeling that you are on the phone with an old friend working to describe her evolving life. Her deep understanding of the ways in which our environments affect us (for better, for worse, just like marriage) leads the readers to feel like the changes we've been… Read more