I believe what Junger posits is true that mammals especially humans benefit from close ties with other mammals. It will be interesting to read commentI believe what Junger posits is true that mammals especially humans benefit from close ties with other mammals. It will be interesting to read comments on his thesis that PTSD is not the cause of what ails some military veterans but rather the loss of the close friendships and bonds of common cause that sustain them during military service.
I felt lost after law school graduation because all of the close friendships of the past three years had flown to different locations across the country. Our common goal was achieved and new challenges were ahead, but I missed very much walking across the street to the law library and seeing my classmates and talking things over. The best three years ever.
Reading Hope Jahren's Lab Girl was a bird's eye view of the world of academic science and personal struggle and triumph. Hope's father engenders in heReading Hope Jahren's Lab Girl was a bird's eye view of the world of academic science and personal struggle and triumph. Hope's father engenders in her a love of science and the laboratory. He was a community college professor.
As a young girl, Hope knows she does not want to end up working at the meat packing plant like many of her small town classmates will. So she embarks on the road to an academic career. Along the way, she meets Bill who shares her love of adventure and finding answers Bill and Hope develop a relationship that is personal and professional. They find success in the academic world where the struggle to obtain funding for their field of research is never ending.
Interspersing chapters on tree and plant science with her own story makes this book a fascinating read. ...more
I love reading about the brain and neurology. I thought this book would be typical of most books by esteemed neurosurgeons filled with descriptions ofI love reading about the brain and neurology. I thought this book would be typical of most books by esteemed neurosurgeons filled with descriptions of delicate, harrowing, and life saving surgeries. I was wrong but not disappointed.
Doty's book is really a memoir. He starts by describing his impoverished childhood, alcoholic father, and suicidal mother. At the age of 12, he experiences a life changing summer. He meets a woman who teachers him meditation and how think purposefully about his desires and goals in life.
He wins. He loses. He wins again in a more important and different way.
Most importantly, his book explores the connection between our hearts and our minds. ...more
Gilberts's novel is set in the period from the late 18th century and runs to the mid-nineteenth century. Readers follow the life of Alma Whiitstruck,Gilberts's novel is set in the period from the late 18th century and runs to the mid-nineteenth century. Readers follow the life of Alma Whiitstruck, the daughter of a self-made multi-millionaire.
Alma, grows into a large woman who is not a beauty. She longs for love. Possessed of a keen intellect and a curious mind, Alma studies botany-the field in which her father made all his money. She winds up in a marriage that surprises even Alma and leads her to Tahiti to try and understand her husband. She plays a unique role in the history of science.
The novel deals with the issues of slavery, religion, evolution, travel, spiritualism, the role of women, and families.
A well-written book that I am very surprised didn't win one of the major book awards. But then I love novels dealing 19th century science and the period when people began to lose their faith in God in favor of science. Our lives today still face this challenge. ...more