Being a redhead myself, I thought this book would be a wildly fascinating read. Unfortunately, while it had some rather interesting moments/informatioBeing a redhead myself, I thought this book would be a wildly fascinating read. Unfortunately, while it had some rather interesting moments/information, it ended up being a bit too dry for my tastes.
I always liked The Hart Foundation and The British Bulldogs, they were two of my favorite tag teams in the world of wrestling. Reading this book was aI always liked The Hart Foundation and The British Bulldogs, they were two of my favorite tag teams in the world of wrestling. Reading this book was a real 'blast to the past' for me. Being able to recognize names and situations really helped me to connect with what Mr. Hart was saying. A spectacular insight into the wrestling world, however one does need to keep in mind that it is only one side of the story (personally I'd tend to believe this side than Vince's though)....more
A Year in the life of a cult film maker. Not exactly the most super exciting premise for a book. Most of the entries found within have been posted onA Year in the life of a cult film maker. Not exactly the most super exciting premise for a book. Most of the entries found within have been posted on Smith's blog, so if you follow that faithfully you've pretty much read the book already.
In between discussions of his bathroom habits and how often he's intimate with his wife, Smith manages to give a brief glimpse into what he does all day long... some of it is film based, most of it revolves around living his life. Not super glamerous, but an interesting look under the hood anyway. I really only picked up the book so I could read the sections entitled Me and My Shadow which turned out to be buried pretty far in (they tell the story of Mewes' drug addiction/rehab).
All in all, not a horrible read... kinda made me want to sit down and watch his 'Evening With' dvds at some point... if anything, the man knows how to tell a story....more
An interesting, first hand account of Munchausen by proxy. The author, Julie Gregory, tells and shows accounts of all the medications, appointments anAn interesting, first hand account of Munchausen by proxy. The author, Julie Gregory, tells and shows accounts of all the medications, appointments and lengths that her mother went to in an attempt to prove there was "something wrong" with her child.
Some of the things her mother did and the way the mother pushed the father's buttons so well... it was just horrid. I am impressed that Julie Gregory tells the tale in a simple, straightforward manner... not drawing out the bad or the good, not coming across in a whining/pathetic/looking for sympathy kind of voice. Just a 'here's the facts as they occured, maybe people might learn something from it' account of her childhood. Perhaps that makes it all the more chilling in the long run.
This is a book that I will constantly be reading, skimming, refering back to. I'm so glad I picked it up. It gives great tips/tricks from a professionThis is a book that I will constantly be reading, skimming, refering back to. I'm so glad I picked it up. It gives great tips/tricks from a professional photographer in a non-technical way. As Scott puts it... "you and I out shooting where I answer questions, give you advice and share the secrets I've learned just like I would with a friend - without all the technical explaination sna d techie phot speak."
Each chapter in the book focuses on a single topic and how to do it 'like a pro' -- flowers, weddings, landscapes, sports and people -- along with how to avoid problems and ideas on what kind of gear to invest in. I'm looking forward to putting some of these ideas into practice and seeing if there is a huge difference in the quality of my images.
Also going to go out and get the second book ASAP....more
Not a horrible book, but not the greatest I've ever read either. Was interesting to read about the life of a library cat, but the story was really morNot a horrible book, but not the greatest I've ever read either. Was interesting to read about the life of a library cat, but the story was really more about the town and the librarian herself.
If you have sons or work with boys, you should do them a favour and read this book. Even if you don't agree with a lot of it, it will at least make yoIf you have sons or work with boys, you should do them a favour and read this book. Even if you don't agree with a lot of it, it will at least make you stop and consider.
Dr. Leonard Sax is saying there are five specific issues in todays society that are affecting the way our young men are turning out. More and more males are suffering from a "failure to launch" ... they are living at home longer, less likely to be interested in getting any kind of job, content to stay with mom and dad and do nothing. The good news is that there are ways to combat this trend, but it might take time and a lot of pushing from groups of parents.
The five issues:
Changes in education - lack of competition in school leads to disengaging of boys... too much importance placed on book learning vs. actual experience... less sports/field trips etc to engage the natural curiosity in children... 'nature deficit disorder'
Video Games - giving boys the quick fix sensation of accomplishments... able to try a dozen things without having to fear any kind of real consequences...
Prescription drugs - the overuse of medications for ADD/ADHD may be causing irreversible damage to the motivational centres in boys' brains... this ties in some with the changes in education as more boys are being diagnosed with ADD/ADHD now than there ever has been in the past...
Endocrine Disruptors - environmental isses that may be lowering the testosterone levels in boys ... throwing their endocrine systems out of wack
and the big one that really hit home for me, personally (other than the video games... oh so true, that one) was the Devaluation of Masculinity - shifts in popular culture have transformed the role models of manhood. Forty years ago we had Father Knows Best; today we have The Simpsons.
The chaper on masulinity held some real eye openers in how our culture has shifted in less than fifty years. I've always felt that boys needed some sort of 'boy only' activities in their lives... in todays world it is next to impossible to find these activities anymore. Scouts are co-ed... cadets are co-ed... sports are co-ed... where can our boys learn to be men without the influence of girls?
The book made me really take a hard look at the topics presented, and I liked that it made me sit back and really /think/ about these things....more
What I learned from this book: Our food today is not as nutrious as it was 20-50 years ago. Industrial agriculture models are dangerous to the land anWhat I learned from this book: Our food today is not as nutrious as it was 20-50 years ago. Industrial agriculture models are dangerous to the land and the people they are feeding. Fruits, vegetables, meats and dairy products are not the healtful items they used to be... in fact the current trends in food production may be making people sick.
The book is an interesting read with a lot of eye opening studies, reports and tidbits. The first section deals with the decline of minerals and nutrients in our foods and how current production methods are likely at fault. After that, the author discusses agriculture trends and their impacts on the local and global scale... yes, changes in the way we farm impacts more than just our own country. The final section of the book talks about what we, as consumers, can do to try and make our own little changes -- plant a garden of our own, buy locally instead of at huge chain stores or take part in a community garden type thing. He also discusses heritage seed programs (save the species of plants before they vanish into the three or four 'standards' or turn into genetic hybrids that don't resemble anything we've ever had before) and ways that the average joe blow can take part in those.
It was an interesting, if a bit dry, read and certainly made me want to have my own garden and/or farm... if only I could afford the land!...more
What I learned from this book is that there are no rules when it comes to personal journal writing. This one aspect has made the idea of keeping my owWhat I learned from this book is that there are no rules when it comes to personal journal writing. This one aspect has made the idea of keeping my own journal less daunting.
A good book for beginning journalers... it lists some guidelines for keeping a journal, a list of items one may want to collect for their jounal tool box, and a series of ideas/exercises to get the writing flowing.
I'm still in the beginning phases of my own journal, but I can't wait to try some of the Lists of 100 as well as some of the other prompts/exercises she talks about.
This is the kind of world we live in today, where we are kept in a constant state of worry and fear about things that our paBe afraid! Be very afraid!
This is the kind of world we live in today, where we are kept in a constant state of worry and fear about things that our parents didn't really sweat over too much.
Skenazy let her nine year old son ride the subway from bloomingdales to their home by himself! He wanted to do it. He had his metropass, money for snacks and quarters in case he needed to make a phone call. It took him an hour or so to get home. He got the rush of empowerment that he could do something like that on his own and she got the reputation as America's worst mom.
In this book she offers up fourteen commandments on how to let your kids live a more "free-range" life... you know, the way /we/ grew up as kids? Walking to school by ourselves... riding our bikes to the library or a friend's house... playing outside all day until the streetlights came on then heading home - without parents hovering over us? The book had me nodding along, laughing and generally going 'yup, that's me' at a lot of the information/examples inside.
Favorite quote from the book: On local news it's 'Good evening and welcome to death, doom and destruction. Here's what didn't happen to you today but it could so we'll keep you in fear' - Tina Naughton Powers, former Tucson anchorwoman.
People wonder why kids today can't seem to do anything on their own... the simple answer is because parents are too afraid to let them stretch, grow and learn. We're terrified of the world around us and the kids are the ones suffering for it. It is time to let our kids back out into the world for games of street hockey, neighbourhood block parties and all the cool stuff that we got to do as we grew up....more
It was an interesting enough look at the various means and methods used in different time periods toDidn't enjoy this one as much as I enjoyed Stiff.
It was an interesting enough look at the various means and methods used in different time periods to try and contact the "other side" or to prove that the human soul lives on after death, but there wasn't much on the modern search and what was there was really technical and hard to follow.
Roach's writing is still easy to read, and her humour still shows through in different places, though she comes across a tad more... condesending... in this book than in Stiff. It certainly shows that she was a skeptic going into the research and nothing anyone did was going to change her mind.
I didn't read this one as fast as Stiff, but I did finish it, so that's something.
Here's hoping that Bonk is more interesting since it deals with provable scientific stuffs :D...more
I've always found multiple personality disorder to be a fascinating topc to read about, and was glad to see my library had a copy of this in when I weI've always found multiple personality disorder to be a fascinating topc to read about, and was glad to see my library had a copy of this in when I went hunting for it.
Knowing it is written by the doctor that treated the patient, rather than by the patient herself, makes it a little more interesting to read for me. I rather liked having his thought process outlined and how he reacted to each alter as they were presented to him. I also really enjoyed the fact that he included actual copies of the letters he received from each alter and pictures that one of them drew. It was fascinating to see how drastically the handwritting changed from one alter to the next.
The integration process was also super interesting to read about, how each was absorbed and how the memories were released to her. She wrote about each one afterwards; how it felt, what memories she got back etc.
Seriously a fascinating read for anyone interested in MPD....more
I wanted to read this book because I had read Jack Ketchum's Girl Next Door and in the notes at the back he had mentioned that he based it on an actuaI wanted to read this book because I had read Jack Ketchum's Girl Next Door and in the notes at the back he had mentioned that he based it on an actual crime. So I went digging and found this, checked it out of the library and read it.
It was written by a newspaper reporter, is a fast read and pretty much covers the facts and not much else. In fact, it reads like a very long newspaper story and doesn't really delve into anything beneath the surface.
For the basics on the case, the trial and the aftermath, it's a perfectly acceptable read, but if you wanted something more indepth or fleshed out this certainly isn't it.