I picked up this book as a long time vegan looking for some tips on optimizing my eating for the cycling and running that I have been doing for many y...moreI picked up this book as a long time vegan looking for some tips on optimizing my eating for the cycling and running that I have been doing for many years. This book did not have much in the way of new information for either a long time vegan or long time athlete. However, I still enjoyed the book and would recommend to anyone looking for more basic info.
One of the best things about this book was the lack of preaching. There was no bashing of meat eating, just the focus on why and how a vegan diet can work for athletes. The nutrition information was simple and sound. The recipes are pretty basic for a more experienced cook, but really helpful if you want quick but healthy meal ideas. The last third of the book is about training for running events. If you are not a runner, not so useful. Sidebars featuring vegetarian athletes are presented throughout the book. Some inspirational stuff, but not too much and not too annoying.(less)
Somehow I had not run across this despite fairly wide reading about the various (mostly failed) 70's utopian and human potential experiments that aros...moreSomehow I had not run across this despite fairly wide reading about the various (mostly failed) 70's utopian and human potential experiments that arose from 60's counterculture. The concept of these games as alternative forms of conflict and competition is interesting, but it would be hard to imagine many of the games having widespread appeal today. Additionally a lot of the games involve touching / physical contact (Hug Tag, Lap Game) that likely would not be acceptable with many people. Still, though, a few of these games have stuck - particularly disc golf! Worth checking out for anyone with an interest in George Leonard, Stewart Brand, CoEvolution Quarterly. (less)
Somehow this didn't get rated when I read it. I picked this up about a year ago when I thought I might have to deal with some pain from an injury. Luc...moreSomehow this didn't get rated when I read it. I picked this up about a year ago when I thought I might have to deal with some pain from an injury. Luckily that did not occur, but I am glad I read this anyway. This documents a mindfulness meditation program that is available now in many hospitals and other medical settings where patients can get referred for pain, stress, and other health conditions. Three techniques -- body scan, seated meditation, and yoga -- are explained in detail These are not "cures" for the underlying conditions, but instead are tools that can be used to deal with the effects of the illness.
This is a great book for anyone who is looking for a scientific/medical approach to mindfulness meditation. You will not find inspirational quotes or other often unappealing aspects of self-help books. Also, if you prefer to explore something like this alone rather than in a group setting, you will find very detailed information about the program. The book is long, though, which would likely be a turn-off for some people. Also, I had some familiarity already with meditation and yoga prior to reading the book; if you don't it might be a little more challenging on your own. For people who prefer an organized setting rather than trying to learn from a book, I'd probably recommend skimming the book and looking online for a local program.(less)
Nice guide to the Santa Cruz coastline over time, including industry, railroads, and bridges. Detailed descriptions of locations make this an ideal bo...moreNice guide to the Santa Cruz coastline over time, including industry, railroads, and bridges. Detailed descriptions of locations make this an ideal book to take along for beach and coast walks in the area.(less)
Plus: Lots of fun if you are into tools and gadgets, especially if you have a wide range of interests. Recommendations were mostly right on for topics...morePlus: Lots of fun if you are into tools and gadgets, especially if you have a wide range of interests. Recommendations were mostly right on for topics I had researched myself at some point, and I found some good suggestions for things I had planned to look into eventually. Minus: This information is on the Internet. Does it really merit a print book? Yes, the layout is nice and it makes for a nice coffee table book, but something similarly useful could be done online and not be outdated in a second. This is supposed to the "new Whole Earth Catalog." Is it really necessary to relive and reinvent everything from the hippie/counterculture movement? I don't think so. Also, some minor editing errors.(less)