Réunions de famille - Rodinný sjezd - Ivan Kraus

3. července 2015 v 13:47 | k |  Mnou přečtené knihy
I have chosen this book for it was a bilingual version. I used that extra quality for about 15% of its content (longer passages which I was too lazy to keep on translating).
The writer almost always got through any story to his dad and what he had experienced in the concentration camp. Although it was nice at times, usually I found it just annoying. I viewed it as unnecessary beating around the bush. Like some forced eidetic memory, something like: "...and when I was looking at the setting sun, I suddenly recalled the day I witnessed the same thing for the 1st time in the concentration camp... ". The stories were sometimes really good, but this forced position drove me away significantly, so as a result I didn't much enjoy reading that book. I wonder whether I was annoyed mostly because I probably had expected some family stories and what I got was vastly different.

The vocabulary expantion:
arracher (vytrhnout, odtrhnout, vymoci), attirer (přitáhnout, poutat zraky, pozornost), soupir (vzdech, povzdech)

Gentle Star

8. prosince 2013 v 15:00 | k |  Hudba
Inni-K's song

We won't be lonely
Where we are going?
you may be further alone/along the road
Heaven knows
yes heaven knows, heaven knows
you're with me

oh gentle star
guiding me all the way
here your are
you're riding my heart
of hearts

Those whom I meet
and those that may
join this
road we're all travelling
they will know
yes they will know your love will go on and on and on and.. on and on
we won't be lonely
where we are going?
oh you may be futher alone/along the road
heaven knows
yes heaven knows
heaven knows
you're with me

Oh gentle star
guiding me all the way
here you are
you're riding my heart of hearts
oh gentle star
guiding me safely home
here you are
you're riding my heart
of hearts
my hear of hearts
you're riding my heart of hearts

G-string: h all the time
D-string:d, e,f major,g
F=f major

just like beginning without G

EFED-5X, then change....

Accidental genius

14. listopadu 2013 v 17:52 | k |  Mnou přečtené knihy
The book originally borrowed for one of the children I teach gave me the feeling that I myslef am the one who experiences the adventure of discovering or inventing something very useful for the mankind. It was very exciting for me. The fact that the inventions were partly accidental did not diminish its effect upon me.
At the same time I got very valuable advice: If you don't understand some field and yet you will need some knowledge of it simply ask an expert to collaborate with you. Problem solved!

Byl jsem dětský špion( I used to be a child spy)-Jozef Kollár

20. října 2013 v 12:26 | k |  Mnou přečtené knihy
inspirováno vyprávěním Pavla K.-inspired by the story of Pavel K.
read on 3rd October

Fascinating page-turner, just as usually;the book concerning exceptional individuals could not have any other effect on me.

Pavel was showing excellent abilities in strategy during the summer camps so the supervisor selected him as a good candidate for futher education for state matters. His parents were offered the spa healing procedures for him so his health would improve. They agreed and they never got to know that what happened in "spa" was actually a spy training. Very tough one which he had to go through since the age of 9. He spent plenty of time learning survival etc.
After some time he became a part of group made out of 3 members.Pavel s specialization was planning the strategy.
They were sent to different locations. Their missons were usually following some people and noting their activities. During the last mission they were to observe the merchant with guns and as a result one of his friends died and another became disabled.

I realised that reading biografies of famous or hard-working personalities actually makes me feel like I am the hero too. Even the simple aspect of walking in Hobit triggered the desire to be a walker in me. These books really inspire me a lot.

Why do we wash our hands anyway?

18. října 2013 v 20:05 | k |  Vyslechnuto
Yesterday, after our psychology lesson during which we were warned we have only a few more days to choose a topic for our seminar work I went to the teacher and asked her if my chosen topic "On necessity of addiction" would be acceptable. She agreed and we exchanged a few words about rituals etc. The last student who remained in the class was just about to leave and said: "Anyway, I don't get why do we even wash our hands". "Well, do you brush your teeth at least once in three day?"I asked. "No...I mean...you meant....yeah, I do" was the reply. "And why do you do so?" " I have invested about 10, 000 Kč in that so far.." "So you want to keep them in your mouth for a few more years, right?" "Exactly" "Well....and people...." glance at him "some people wash their hands after going to the toilet". "Yeah but there is nothing dangerous. It's just some proteins." "Then what do you do if your friend were soaked through with sweat, you were wearing nice tuxedo and he wanted to hug you? " "I would just hug him" "Really?" " Of course, I am a good friend" "Ok, then imagine this situation: your friend is lying in the bathtub where he have trown up, peed and crapped. How would you feel if you had to pick him up?" I wouln't pay much attention to it as he would be obviously in need" "I see. But after taking him out and making sure he is fine what if you noticed you must rush to school? You wouldn't bother to take a shower as you don't want to come late, right?"
"Or imagine somebody did this" I imitated picking my nose "and then wanted to cordialy greet you by shaking your hand. How excited would you be then?" According to his facial expression the boy seemed to be convinced.
Bodily liquids are very intimate thing. And often even intimidating.

What the heck is Fiction of relationship?

14. září 2013 v 21:35 | kj |  Mnou přečtené knihy
We could say that everything can be fictional or imaginary. Even once it exists in one´s mind it becomes real, just because the idea of it exists, although one know it is pure imagination.
It was said by psychotherapist Dr.Yalom that: "relationship is never viewed/experienced in the same way by all participants". In my opinion it means that relationship is never real.

Partly I am convinced that relationship only "live" in our minds, so it is no actual thing, but part of me thinks that once it is shared, no matter it is not identical, it is a real thing.
I would call "fictional" perhaps only platonic relationship..... unless the platonic lover commits suicide.
Even our imagination creates roots for our deeds. So from this point of view nothing can be seen as "unreal".

Jane Eyre

15. července 2013 v 18:22 | k |  Mnou přečtené knihy

I almost borrowed the original, English version of the book, but due to laziness(too remoted library) I decided to grab the closer, Czech one. And I can tell that I will never regret this "unfortunate" laziness as I enjoyed reading beautiful czech descriptions so much that I am convinced that the english would never be able to provide me such a plesure. My native language is simply quite a bit more emotional for me, at least concerning the literature.


As a part of my Coursera "Fiction of relationship" course I was supposed to read this book. I came to the library. I was about to look closer at the "Br__ " on the bookshelf and as soon as the flower cover was noticed I remembered very clearly that it was this very book I had already read about....well, it could be even more then 10 years back.

The surprising thing was that I remembered only the beginning. Her perished friend, the "orphantage" with ita unfriendly environment, some cruel relatives...but that was it. Nothing else was remembered. It seems very strange to me as finishing reading all books I once opened used to be common for me in my early readers days.


Even as a child Jane seemed to be quite admirable little lady who stood for herself.

Her judgement and intuition were always right and she was also quite sincere to herself in every way: her look, abilities, feelings. But it is strange how at such a young age she was able to recognise that the mental capacity of her friend, Helen was better than hers.

Before she advertised herself in the local newspaper she shortly talked about certain uneasiness, need and thirst for the excitement of unknown she had. It mentioned that she, altough being a female felt that she has the same right as men do to lead an adventurous life.

It seem to be a very slight shadow of feminism.

After her master s arrival she spoke with him in pretty straight and daring manner.

Her sympathy for her employer grew almost unnoticeably but after few meetings she admitted that it was him who made her days and brought the desired excitement and liveliness.

For about 100 pages I was on tenterhooks waiting how her affection towards Mr. Rochester will develop. The worst was the upcoming wedding-and as it is often said, the hope is what dies the last so I hoped and prayed that she would be the chosen one, that by some luck it would work out. It was the thrill indeed.

And as her own wedding impended new questions arised, connected with strong uncertainty.

She was heading to the unknown future, to new places she might dislike.

But the revelation in the church turned the things the other way aroud.

Her story until here, the ruined marriage, was not way too much complicated.

Even….it is still quite simple plot.

The coincidence that her saviours were also her relatives is kind of too much reminding the movie happy end so I do not like that much.

In John Rivers I unfortunately recognised the character of my current partner. But the John was ever worse. I can see his coldness in everything but what he is excited about.

It brings me to the dilema which I saw in a movie: the woman had to choose either the man who wanted to marry her because it was the right thing to do and basically his duty and who was quite loving, or the other one who simply loved her very much.

Although it is a bit irrational I prefer the second option(just as a heroin).

The cold love Mr. River had was the love for duty, not for the person and hers or his personality but more for the results,

Anway if one loved the other in indeed unconditional manner and would be able to do anything including giving up the parter to make him happy, he/she would be despided by the stroger loved one as the loving one would not have the true desire for his/hers partner.

It would lack the passion.

The religion was omitted excepting the very begginig and the end.

In Lowood Helen spoke about the justice she will be rewarded by in heaven. And what a zeal she had for that!

John Rivers had pretty distinctive attitude: he regarded the whole religional thing as his life mission. It was the most important matter for him. He was not able to see beyond his area of interest and he believed that a woman of such qualities as Jane had should(as she must had been chosen by God for this) follow his plan, forgetting anything else.

It must have been very hard for her, living in non-loving environment, orphant, with no one who had symaphy for her. But still, she had material security and accepting some bullying she was quite safe.

And how rational she was after revealing Mr. Rochesters secret!

She is very strong and straigt:to her aunt, teachers, Mr. Rochester, John Rivers. Even in need she keeps her dignity Sometimes she is rather reserved.

My experience

I was often breathing with her and altough I was able to switch off my Eyre code when the reading was stopped, as soon as I re-opened the book I was very excited the learn what followed.

I was enchanted by the elegancy of the Victorians.

The more time I spent with her the closer I felt towards her. And during analyzing(listening lectures)I liked her even more than while reading.

In my opinion this book might be not so interesting, maybe even boring for men as it is written from the point of view of female and it mostly concerns love.

Coursera lecture

There were many appealing matters he spoke about but I will mention only the most significant and useful ones(at least for me).

One of them was the constant change which was for instance easily showed at the change of names of our heroin: from Jane Eyre to almost Rochester, Elliot and eventually Rochester. The same with her stays: she constantly moved from one place to another.

The importance of fairytale language was pointed at. The theory of fairytales is that it is indirect, softer way of talking about "adults"stuff: mommy cannot be bad, so lets call her step-mother. Professor also compared growing up and the freudian issue (which I am very sceptical about and which I disagree with).

The aspect of power appears and it is very obvious-both men(almost her husbands), her former teacher, the rich ladies complaining about their governesses…they all are in way better position than her and they all can basically commend her.

And what a brutality Mr. Rochester shows when telling her she most leave instead of directly proposing her!

Where we are-how are injuries affect us and how we re-live them is very important factor being strongly accented by the lecturer. Where do we live in our mind?

According to the professor The Jane Eyre has been all the time the story of injured child, bearing her trauma and it is supposed to show how much our past has affected us.

The path which she had to go through to be who and where she eventually was is significant.

The professor shows that one of the most important factors which co-created her could be the experience of being locked up in a room with a "ghost". But I disagree with that as she never recalls it again although she mentioned that this was what formed her personality. Where is the proof then?

Her inner child-the one which throws the fits of anger appears only in once scene and shortly reappears when her aunt is dying.

She expected to turn to somebody else: to some Mrs. Rochester which she had not known -after her wedding.

Professor implies that Bertha- Rochester s former wife is the Other- Jane s alter ego.

It is like Jekyll and Hyde-Bertha is darker side of Jane-she bears the angry part of her personality. Professor is convinced that the author did not intent to making this alter ego.

And to make the wedding happen the great things must happen: Rochester must sacrifice his sight and some fingers and his fiancée must inherit some money which make their relationship-in terms of dominance and class- more balanced.

Věra Čáslavská-Život na Olympu: Pavel Kosatík

29. června 2013 v 2:34 | k |  Mnou přečtené knihy

I grabbed the book as soon I noticed it on the book shelf in a library because I have always liked gymnastics and the stuff connected with it. Naturally our greatest gymnast could not stay spared my attention.

Very nicely narrated story of her life.

Although written in third form it sounds like you are reading the thoughts of herself.

I would prefered just the sport part of her life as the gymnastic was what I was interested in but it fortunately turned out to be quite different from what I expected.

Luckily the book had balanced her personal and political life with the sports one which made very good symbiosis.

Perhaps the worst-or rather badly resulting- step she took was marrying the "wrong man" and signing a political petition for what she later struggled a lot. She has never regreted getting married as she has loved her children very much. Neither she has regretted signing the petition altough as a result she was forced to decline the amazing job offers as starring in an authobiografical Hollywood movie.

From her pesonal life it was incredible what bullying she had to face.

And if her husband really had hated her in the way it was explained there it is hard to believe that one could handle that and remain sane.

One of the most interesting sports attitudes was the following one: she did not compete with her competees but with herself.

Also the inspiration got from Japanese was quite surprising.

Many legendary knacks had been perfomed for the very 1st time by her, until her era passed. One of them was -until she entered the play only men s -" yamashita" for instance.

The author described the gymnast s attitutes towards her tasks in very interesting manner. I consider it not to be very sure whether this was exactly what she felt.

Anyway, undoubtevely it was pleasure to read these well-written passages. It literally brought me to the place where I could witness very closely what was happening on the piedastal.

Sometimes the writer is perhaps giving too much of philosophy and describes in the detail what and in which way she was thinking about certain things

Bu it doesnt hurt the story, not at all, to the contrary!

It pictures her as a saint.
And she might be such.

Why not?

20. května 2013 v 2:23 | k |  Názory
Few days back I had been thinking of buying crisps, so I walked into the shop, grabbed them and I was counting how many coins I will pay with and how many I willl get back and I happily concluded that I will actually receive exactly 10 Kč, which is really nice number, especially considering it is one single coin.

Passing the way to the cash desk I noticed my favourite chocolate snack. It was small and cheap. Without even really thinking about it I took it and proceeded to go to originally intended place.

As soon as I paid I realised: "What the hell just happened? Not even 2 minutes ago I was happy about the idea od receiving exactly one coin and now, I like this ( *Snap!*) I bought something I had not even wanted." In my thoughts I got back to the decision process and right away the whole thing was elucitated: While seeing the snack I simply said to myslef : "Why not?".

This phrase have been present with me for some time now.
Unless I got some offer like: "Let's party until the morning" (connected with siren sound), I usually said: "Why not? It won't harm me". I had been like that even before I conciously discovered my true passion of helping people (the intention to make every action of mine useful for somebody). I had been appreciating this willingness to do almost anything and I had deemed it to be undoubtebly positive. But this showed to be pretty dangerous sometimes.

Imagine it.
Just a small cheap snack.
Nothing bad you would say.
But it was accompaigned by crisps. And I cannot miss the fact that I am daily consuming considerable amount of chocolate. So for many people there might be nothing wrong with eating it, but as I live surrounded by sugar at every step, therefore I might even get diabetes soon. So in my very case I would better stay away from these kinds of meals.

Though it is not only about food. Not at all. Yet I am convinced that while we agree to do something without properly thinking it over it is not the right way.
We should realise all posible consequences.

In this very case it would be:
getting fatter, strenghtening my addiction to chocolate, slowering metabolism in the long term, loss of money

These little things make our lives.

The snack actually did not do anything significant to me as long-expected delicious meal. Honestly, eating it was probably not enjoyed.
But thanks to it, I realised how part of my mind secretely works and this expecience indeed opened my eyes. So I must say it worthed it.
The dangers of " why not" should not be ignored.

Superlearning-Wolfgang H. Stark

16. května 2013 v 20:35 | k |  Mnou přečtené knihy
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