This was incredibly accessible. Thich Nhat Hanh conveys a playful, humorous discussion of the gathas (practices) of Buddhism. Think of this as an audiThis was incredibly accessible. Thich Nhat Hanh conveys a playful, humorous discussion of the gathas (practices) of Buddhism. Think of this as an audio version of explaining yoga or weight training exercises and how each impacts your body and mind.
I found the explanations of the very simple, yet powerful exercises as enjoyable as the exercises themselves.
If I was setting up a kid's meditation class, I would look to his explanations as source material. ...more
The Governor of Illinois is about to be sent away on corruption charges when he disappears from custody. Private investigator Michael Kelly is hired bThe Governor of Illinois is about to be sent away on corruption charges when he disappears from custody. Private investigator Michael Kelly is hired by a mysterious entity to find the governor who's been missing for some time.
The book is well written and consistent in Harvey's style that follows classic noir in a modern setting - down to the clipped dialogue.
As an Illinois resident, the story elements feel familiar and blended from multiple scandals. His settings are accurate and well described. His take on corruption and insiders is well incorporated without being cartoonish. Any idea that the characters are broadly brushed would be laughable to those who read the daily news in Chicago.
Harvey writes with a hero's tone, but no bias. Considering the subject matter and the clear bad guy-good guy dynamic, there is nuance and even some insight to gain about the mess that is the Illinois political machine.
An easy, escapist read with some excellent plot development ...more
My review, really a 4.5. It's not perfect, but it's pretty close. The material covered is easy to read and the explanation of the science accessible aMy review, really a 4.5. It's not perfect, but it's pretty close. The material covered is easy to read and the explanation of the science accessible and well cited. Highly recommended for anyone with a fatigue/stress related medical condition or anyone who hasn't gotten as much out of a Paleo or Vegan diet.
I bought this book when testing my doctors had been ordering came back with results that were wacky but weren't something they could specifically diagnosis. Fatigue issues are hard to combat in our modern society. There's a faster-more mindset. Rebalancing or even defining what your body wants versus our 24-hour go-go days is tough.
My interest in this book was learning how a diet could be mapped to the 24-hour cortisol cycle. Having read multiple works on Whole 30, Paleo, vegetarian and renal support diets, I came to this not expecting too much new material. I was pleasantly surprised.
Christianson wrote the book to serve a broad audience of stressed individuals. Those who have worked with endocrinologists, pulmonologists and hematologists may find some of the material fills in the blanks of conversations with doctors.
The questionnaire to determine which of the 3 levels of adrenal stress you may be in was greatly helpful. I am skeptical of any survey due to poor survey design. However, his categorizations do map to 24-hour cortisol panel interpretations and much of the fatigue disorder research I've done.
Using those categories, he explains why sometimes good diet and consistent exercise might be the opposite of what you need. This was also refreshing and well-backed. A 30-minute workout might leave you the "good tired" or put your body in distress. Christianson does a great job of explaining the difference. We are bombarded with messaging about fitness and the hour high-intensity workout. For people looking to reset the battle against their fatigue, the advice here on low-intensity exercise patterns and why the body can reject healthy habits was well delivered.
His information on protein and carb cycling to follow the natural biological rhythms of our ancestors was presented differently and more scientifically than anything I had read in paleo related cooking and diet. Timing of these ratios does help. Anyone who has listened to the "eat as much as you want" mantra of some paleo diet writing knows that's a myth and won't lead to improved health. Here the addition of timed carb ratios for breakfast, lunch and dinner gets more to the body's efficient use of what it's given. Adding healthy carbs isn't evil, but for breakfast might be setting you up for additional calorie intake. And since eating for energy is a thing people in stressed or fatigued states do, Christianson timing hacks of the body's need for certain nutrients at certain times really brings home the great part of the paleo and vegetarian diets.
There are lots of recipes and suggestions of foods. Paleo and vegan people will again see common ingredient lists. The addition of rices and beans (not paleo) is discussed and presents a different take from other diet books. As a sometimes triathlete, I found the timing of carbs for energy level and the additional food suggestions made a lot of sense. Triathletes spend a lot of effort tying to time glucose production and storage, but here Christianson makes it really easy to understand as an everyday lifestyle.
There are many recipes that I will try in the book. And some that I already have. Much are easy to do. There's suggested menus which is also helpful for guidelines planning purposes.
Christianson also includes information on sleep timing and light exposure and pollution. Here may be where this book covers better information than most diet/lifestyle program works. By acknowledging that the body wants and needs different things at different times of the day to sync with natural circadian rhythms, the author shows ways to incorporate various sleeping, eating, activity/exercise and light exposure to cue the inner workings of our bodies to work with us instead of against.
While most diet books are only about food and give lip service to good exercise, this one goes further on the Why and the How. And it does it with a conversational style that doesn't waste the reader's time nor lectures. There are many takeaways that can be selected from this book. Choosing to follow just one aspect has the ability to improve an individuals ability to operate their days more fluidly and with better health overall. ...more
Excellent 21 page overview of psychology influences in the new digital marketing space. Much of the bias and choice material might be covered by previExcellent 21 page overview of psychology influences in the new digital marketing space. Much of the bias and choice material might be covered by previous readers of the psychology space.
However, clarity and ease of the presentation of UX concepts is valuable. And sharing with an executive who doesn't think in these daily terms may be helpful.
For me, the introduction of the term "Social Proof" versus "liking" or "upvoting" provides a much cleaner, broader and more categorical term for 'verb-noun' awkwardness when discussing social networks and their necessary value within communication and marketing efforts....more