My rating: 5 of 5 stars A copy of The Tao of Pooh was provided to me by Tantor Media for review purposes.
"...the basic Taoism that we are concerned wit...moreMy rating: 5 of 5 stars A copy of The Tao of Pooh was provided to me by Tantor Media for review purposes.
"...the basic Taoism that we are concerned with here is simply a particular way of appreciating, learning from, and working with whatever happens in everyday life. From the Taoist point of view, the natural result of this harmonious way of living is happiness."
There are some things that I've accepted that my brain is just not built to understand. Calculus and Economics are a couple of examples. But the one shining example is Philosophy. My freshman year of college I signed up for Philosophy 101 but I knew right from the start I was going to have difficulty. Most people would have stuck it out and studied super hard, but I? Timed it just right and booked it out of there when the teacher's back was turned to the class. Yes. I am a coward. So suffice it to say, Philosophy and I don't have a good track record. But if my Philosophy professor spoke of Philosophy (and maybe incorporated some Pooh-isms into his lecture) as Benjamin Hoff does in 'The Tao of Pooh' I think I would have lasted more than 10 minutes.
'You'd be surprised how many people violate this simple principle every day of their lives and try to fit square pegs into round holes, ignoring the clear reality that Things Are As They Are.'
The Tao of Pooh discusses many Taoist principals by relating them to the characters from Winnie the Pooh. Winnie the Pooh symbolizes the Taoist ideal of a still and calm mind and his ability to accomplish tasks "effortlessly" and is a true personification of the Taoist foundation. At heart 'The Tao of Pooh' manages to be a simplified and practical introduction into the ideals of Taoism and how to go about incorporating them into your daily lives in order to change things for the better.
'You can't save time. You can only spend it, but you can spend it wisely or foolishly.'
While I had already read this book years past, the narrator of this audiobook was perfection and truly made this book even more spectacular. I had the pleasure of listening to Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner on audio (narrated by Peter Dennis) and I must say that Simon Vance did an incredible job with the different voices of Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore and the rest of the gang from The Hundred Acre Wood. This production was nominated for an Audie in the Solo Narration—Male category and is in my opinion completely deserving of the nomination.
'The wise know their limitations; the foolish do not.'
While 'The Tao of Pooh' may not be the most profound study in Philosophy or Taoism, it makes it clear and concise and thoroughly enlightening. (less)
The concept alone is amazing yet so simple. Not everyone reacts to the same diet the same way; that's why Atkins doesn't always work for everyone. The...moreThe concept alone is amazing yet so simple. Not everyone reacts to the same diet the same way; that's why Atkins doesn't always work for everyone. The concept is that your individual blood types react differently to specific foods and that by eliminating certain foods from your diet you can help your body in leading a healthier lifestyle. The one and only 'diet' book that I've found that actually works. I highly recommend this to anyone who truly strives for a healthy life. I know from personal experience that following the O Blood Type diet was a lifestyle decision that I should have made sooner. (less)
This book was recommended to me by my Naturopathy doctor and is one I'd love to own. Gives some great information on how to get the most out of your f...moreThis book was recommended to me by my Naturopathy doctor and is one I'd love to own. Gives some great information on how to get the most out of your food (I have been overcooking vegetables my entire life and I had no idea.. lol). Focuses mainly on eating raw vegetables and fruits but offers recipes on almost every type of food (vegetable, fruit, meat) that you can think of. (less)
Quick-Fix Gluten Free was kindly provided to me by Netgalley for Andrews McMeel Publishing.
Expected Publication Date: 8/23/2011
This cookbook is a Glut...moreQuick-Fix Gluten Free was kindly provided to me by Netgalley for Andrews McMeel Publishing.
Expected Publication Date: 8/23/2011
This cookbook is a Gluten-Free recipe guide with foods that actually sound good; something that you might actually want to consume! Which, take it from me, I've searched high and low for decent sounding gluten free dishes and this one definitely gets your mouth watering. Only problem that I have is, and it's a total personal problem, is that these dishes are sometimes very labor intensive and aren't exactly quick. I have a pretty busy lifestyle and sometimes I just need a recipe where I can throw stuff together, heat it up, and call it done. But considering I'm gluten-free, that's not always easy for me (read, never). My other problem, personal again, is that I also tend to stay away from dairy and I can't have eggs, period. So a few of these recipes that I've taken note of to make in the near future will take some editing but overall I definitely like the looks of this cookbook, I have made some of these recipes with success, and will definitely keep this on hand to try more of his recipes in the future.
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I read this book as research for a college paper I was writing on positive intention and affirmations in your daily life and it's effects. This was on...moreI read this book as research for a college paper I was writing on positive intention and affirmations in your daily life and it's effects. This was one of the few books I could find that actually provided the scientific research as evidence. Very insightful and extremely interesting even if you're not the type to believe in this type of thought.
‘Just One Thing’ was kindly provided to me by Netgalley for Smith Publicity.
This was a well written positive littl...moreExpected Publication Date: 10/1/2011
‘Just One Thing’ was kindly provided to me by Netgalley for Smith Publicity.
This was a well written positive little how-to guide on how to be mindful of your happiness on a daily basis. This is a novel for everyone. It’s an easily understandable guide that doesn’t go into the ‘science’ of anything or even religion. This is definitely a great read for anyone interested in trying to make their days just a bit better.
The first time I read this novel I read it front to back and I enjoyed it. I did understand; however, that some of the situations the author would discuss didn’t necessarily apply to me at the time of reading. This is going to be a great book to keep on hand for whenever I encounter a situation where a little guidance is needed. I have a feeling the ‘Relax’ chapter will have its work cut out for it though. :)
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’The leering devils, the grinning Jack-O’-Lanterns, the cackling witches, and all the other Halloween symbols go back to a time when people, young and...more’The leering devils, the grinning Jack-O’-Lanterns, the cackling witches, and all the other Halloween symbols go back to a time when people, young and old, lived in real dred of goblins and ghosts, of witches and cats – especially at Halloween.’
Next up on my list of banned/challenged books and since it is almost Halloween I decided to take a peek at ‘Witches, Pumpkins, and Grinning Ghosts: The Story of the Halloween Symbols.’ This is certainly not your typical take on Halloween and certainly isn’t a Halloween book about cute fuzzy black cats or even about silly looking witches on brooms.
Within the first couple of pages I can see why it has been banned/challenged. The book discusses how Christianity had been born and how they attempted to overtake the Pagan religions and convince people of its evilness and even goes on to discuss the witchhunts. All historically accurate information, but not exactly the popular opinion nowadays.
‘In all parts of the Roman Empire, the Christian fathers did their utmost to stamp out everything pagan, as they branded the older religions. It was hard to persuade the conquered Celts that the gods they had known for centuries were evil. It was harder still to wipe out their rites and symbols. So the Christian church gave them new meanings and new names.’
I think it was a decently explained historical book on the details of Halloween and what the holiday really entails, but there were sections that I don’t believe her 100% historically accurate, and I found this on the non-fiction shelf at my library. Pretty interesting book overall though.(less)
I was extremely interested in taking a look at this cookbook as I’m plagued by several food allergies and it can be downright difficult for me to find a recipe I can follow to a T without having to replace this and that. When I read ‘120 Gluten-Free Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, Egg-Free, and Soy-Free Recipes Everyone Will Love’ I thought I had found the cookbook of all cookbooks; however, it ended up being just like any other cookbook I’ve picked up. My interpretation of the SubTitle was that ALL of their recipes were gluten-freen, dairy-free, etc, when in reality it was a gluten free recipe and then a dairy free recipe; there were few recipes that were actually free of all the common allergens. This brought nothing new and I still found myself replacing ingredients in order for me to be able to eat it.
Another thing that I love from a good cookbook is the pictures that correspond with the recipes and I found pictures weren’t provided for all recipes. There were some interesting recipes that I did try and (after substituting) did actually enjoy, but as I said above this really didn’t bring anything new to the cookbooks I already own.(less)
I had seen the Maru youtube video of this super cute cat running and sliding into a box but I had no idea it was this Maru cat I've heard so much abou...moreI had seen the Maru youtube video of this super cute cat running and sliding into a box but I had no idea it was this Maru cat I've heard so much about until this book. It was adorable and I loved it. Maru is a pretty cute cat, although I think my cats could give him a run for his money.
They like to cuddle. Bad camera angle... Binky isn't that fat. Okay, maybe she is.
That's Reindeer Buns.
That's Santa Binky. Binky REALLY hated her Santa suit. And it was a little small.
And see? My kitties like boxes too. My kitties win. (less)
ZooBorns The Next Generation was kindly provided to me by Netgalley for Simon & Schuster. Expected publication: November 6th 2012
Holy cuteness. Ser...moreZooBorns The Next Generation was kindly provided to me by Netgalley for Simon & Schuster. Expected publication: November 6th 2012
Holy cuteness. Seriously. Being a huge fan of the daily ZooBorns e-mails I knew I had to check this out for even more adorable animals. The baby tigers and baby lions always get to me but it's always fun seeing pictures of some animal that I've never even knew existed. Fantastic photography including a small description of the baby animals life. This is a great book that adults and kids can both enjoy. (less)