I read this book slowly. Often I would go back and read a chapter again savoring it not wanting it to end. I got to love the three main characters, Ha...moreI read this book slowly. Often I would go back and read a chapter again savoring it not wanting it to end. I got to love the three main characters, Hattie, Logan and Thebes and found myself cheering them on, feeling for them, wanting to know them better. Most of all wanting them to be alright. They all seemed to be hanging by their own thread but together, they got through all the painful things they were faced with when running away or giving up would have been so much easier. They came together with strength, love and a sense of humor. They did what they had to do even though it was the hardest thing to do. This was such an inspiring story filled with hope. It is definitely a must read. (less)
Read every word of this book the day I bought it. It shall be my bible for the next 6 months. I intend to follow the 3run/week plan plus cross trainin...moreRead every word of this book the day I bought it. It shall be my bible for the next 6 months. I intend to follow the 3run/week plan plus cross training plus drills, strength training and stretches. The key runs in particular look challenging. I'm excited to give this program a try. It makes perfect sense and the multitude of positive reviews are encouraging.
I've trained for 5 marathons now using pretty much the same traditional high mileage approach with the exception of 2009 when I tried Jeff Galloway's run/walk training plan. I managed to BQ under that method but I still felt I could run a better time according to all the race predictor formulas. I logged up to 50 miles within 5 runs per week to prepare for the race but somehow I always struggled with my pace in the last 5 miles on race day.
The concept of training for the almighty marathon on only 3 runs a week sounds too good to be true. But now that I have seen the required workouts; one day of intervals, one tempo run of up to ten miles, and one long run at near marathon pace, I realize that any additional runs would increase the chance of injury and not provide any benefit in training. "junk miles" The 2 to 3 cross training days consist of hard workouts swimming, rowing or cycling to supplement aerobic endurance while allowing the weight bearing muscles to recover.
Strength training exercises, stretches and warm up drills complete the well rounded program. I'm looking forward to beginning the 16 week training plan in hopes that I can run a personal best marathon in New York this year.(less)
I was set to give this book a four star rating until I read the last page. Terrible ending for sure. But I thoroughly enjoyed Koch's book up until tha...moreI was set to give this book a four star rating until I read the last page. Terrible ending for sure. But I thoroughly enjoyed Koch's book up until that point. I enjoyed his sarcastic wit. His observations about the absurdities and pretentious bullshit relating to the fine dining culture are bang-on and made me laugh. That alone was enough to make me want to keep reading. A few reviewers rated the book low because they didn't like any of the characters. I can't say I liked them either but I still thought it was a very good read. It was definitely disturbing once the main plot was revealed and became increasingly repulsive as you got more insight into the thought process of this madman and in fact his whole insane family. It began to remind me of the literary equivalent of a Francis Bacon painting. Maybe not the same level of artistic genius but the disturbing nature to this art form which in the end is an evoked response created by a work. That is what art is. In film, literature, painting or any creative expression, if it evokes a strong emotional response, then it has touched the viewer/reader in some way. That's why I feel this book deserves at least a 3.5 rating. I also think it held up very well in the translation which is not always the case. (less)
As a story or a written memoir, I would not have rated this book so highly. But as a graphic novel, I give it 4 stars. Backderf meant to tell the stor...moreAs a story or a written memoir, I would not have rated this book so highly. But as a graphic novel, I give it 4 stars. Backderf meant to tell the story mainly through pictures. The short captions and bits of dialogue serve more as clarification of facts. It is the artwork that powerfully conveys the darkness and despair that surrounded Dahmer's teenage years in a completely different way that text alone ever could. Each panel was well thought out with regard to flow of the narrative and variety of perspectives and subject detail.
I found it interesting presented through the perspective of someone who went to school with him. The title is a little tongue in cheek as Backderf himself admits he did not like or even know Jeffrey Dahmer very well.
The only criticism I have is that I found his finger-wagging at the adults for not reaching out to Dahmer a bit hypocritical. He could have reached out to Dahmer just as well. At the very least he could have alerted someone he trusted to Jeffrey Dahmer's disturbing behavior. Don't get me wrong. I'm not trying to say Backderf could have foreseen or prevented the terrible crimes that were committed. But I don't believe Dahmer's actions are explained or justified by his unhappy family life or the way he was treated by his schoolmates. I am convinced he was born with "faulty wiring" and most likely there isn't anything that his friends or teachers or family members could have done to change the course of his chosen actions. He would have only hidden his oddball behavior from others.
Really, then this book is simply a look at the type of behavior Jeffrey Dahmer showed to those around him in the years leading up to his becoming one of the most despicable serial killers ever. It is a disturbing story made interesting by its unique presentation. Definitely worth checking out.(less)
I consider myself a healthy, active and generally a clean eating person. But lets face it. No one's perfect. So once a year I do an Ayurvedic cleansin...moreI consider myself a healthy, active and generally a clean eating person. But lets face it. No one's perfect. So once a year I do an Ayurvedic cleansing fast. This spring I picked up The Detox Strategy by Brenda Watson and came away with a lot more ideas on how to make positive lifestyle changes that I can continue practicing throughout the year.
In my previous cleanses, I altered my diet for two to three weeks eliminating dairy, caffeine, alcohol and processed foods. The Detox Strategy focuses not only on healthy diet including some great recipes, but it also gives many practical tips on cleaning up your own environment by using eco-friendly cleaning products, air and water purifiers and being aware of toxins in personal care products. It gives detailed information on what to look for in vitamin mineral and herbal supplements. Foods to be avoided are specified with well grounded rationale.
Physical activity, meditation and adequate sleep are also a big part of the well-rounded program. The plan is presented in an easy-to-follow way. Initially, I went through a bit of adjustment such as caffeine withdrawal headaches and decreased energy. But in the end I felt the program was beneficial. More importantly, I feel I've made some improvements in my everyday routine that I intend to continue long after the detox is over.
I would highly recommend this book even if you do not wish to follow the herbal detox program. It contains very helpful information abut how to make your family's life a little greener.(less)
What a pretentious, whiny, badly written piece of crap this was. I listened to the book on tape narrated by her perfect little self and alternately la...moreWhat a pretentious, whiny, badly written piece of crap this was. I listened to the book on tape narrated by her perfect little self and alternately laughed and puked throughout the 6 discs...Alright I only made it through 5 of the six. But I couldn't take it any more. The book should come with a barf bag. She mostly complains about how she is constantly on a diet and her tough life being married to Dr. Oz who doesn't spend nearly enough time with her. Did you know his show was all her idea? She's a trained Reiki practitioner. She practices on her kids. She just hates going to dinner parties because she has to listen to people brag about their kids. Bla bla bla. The one thing I learned from this book is that Dr. Oz must be a saint to put up with her.(less)
I stumbled on this book at the library. As soon as I began to read it I knew I had found a real treasure. Great insight that has relevance decades aft...moreI stumbled on this book at the library. As soon as I began to read it I knew I had found a real treasure. Great insight that has relevance decades after it was written. And written so well. The beautiful poetic phrases have a rhythm that seems to be echoing the sea which gave her inspiration to write this book.
At the same time, her ideas have profound depth and clear simplicity. She presents her ideas on living a purposeful life eloquently but humbly, never sounding preachy or claiming to have all the answers. In the end you come away having feeling inspired and enriched. That doesn't happen very often.
I have a blue ceramic platter of sea shells and smooth rocks that I have collected over the years. I always liked their aesthetic beauty but now they carry so much more meaning for me.(less)