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The Power of Vulnerability by Brené Brown
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Self-help books with a great big dose of interesting research are the best. I can't believe how many of her anecdotes I could have written myself. I need to find a way to revisit this without listening to the whole audiobook...
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Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist
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I think this is just one of those books that seemed right at the right time. It was spottily religious, but somehow remained not at all preachy. Maybe the author and I had so many other things in common that that one thing faded into background noise ...more
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Survival Math by Mitchell S. Jackson
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The Element by Ken Robinson
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There was a lot to like here, though how to practically implement it seems such a stretch as to be impossible.
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Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
Little Fires Everywhere
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There was a lot to like here. After reading all these books about following your true path and not bowing to the pressures of society, this was a great read about what can happen when you follow what you think is right, even when the rest of society ...more
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The Radium Girls by Kate  Moore
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1.) It's not that I expected this to be an upper, but listening to the doubt cast on these women by doctors and corporations during the Kavanaugh hearings and #metoo made this particularly difficult to read. 2.) I have no idea how so many of these la ...more
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White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
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Dream More by Dolly Parton
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Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot
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I imagine there will be parts of this that will stick with me a long, long time. However, there were times when I did not understand exactly which "you" the author meant. There were times when I got bogged down in understanding whether what i was rea ...more
You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero
" I think the thing I like most about this book is, at 40 with a job that isn't what I want it to be and 4 kids and living in the middle of nowhere, it' ...more "
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Stephen Fry
“There are young men and women up and down the land who happily (or unhappily) tell anyone who will listen that they don’t have an academic turn of mind, or that they aren’t lucky enough to have been blessed with a good memory, and yet can recite hundreds of pop lyrics and reel off any amount of information about footballers. Why? Because they are interested in those things. They are curious. If you are hungry for food, you are prepared to hunt high and low for it. If you are hungry for information it is the same. Information is all around us, now more than ever before in human history. You barely have to stir or incommode yourself to find things out. The only reason people do not know much is because they do not care to know. They are incurious. Incuriosity is the oddest and most foolish failing there is.”
Stephen Fry, The Fry Chronicles

“Here are some of the remedios, and what they were used for by the old curanderas.
For calentura (fever), for de sauco (elderberry) flowers were placed in a jar of water, and soaked for twenty-four hours, then strained through a cloth, and the water given to the sick one. This was used either fresh or dry.
Polvos de coyote is like a small tomato bush. In the spring it has a white flower, later a small green berry, which looks like a tiny tomato, about the size of a small marble. In the fall this berry dries up into a pod, and inside this is a grey powder. This powder was blown into the ears to cure sordera (deafness). The reason for its name, polvo de coyote, is that it grows on the mesa, where the coyotes roam.
Yerba de la golondrina (swallow's herb) was used as an inguente (salve). This yerba was picked green and hung up to dry. When dry, it was ground into a powder and mixed with sheep tallow for a salve. It was used for wounds, cuts, and sores. Yerba de la golondrina, or swallow's herb, grows close to the ground and has small round leaves, and looks like a small fern. The reason for the name is that the swallows eat the leaves of this yerba.
Yerba de la golondrina grows only in the southern part of the state.”
Work Projects Administration, Women's Tales from the New Mexico WPA: La Diabla a Pie

Robert Whitaker
“This new marketplace for drugs proved profitable for all involved. Drug industry revenues topped $1 billion in 1957, the pharmaceutical companies enjoying earnings that made them “the darlings of Wall Street,” one writer observed.19 Now that physicians controlled access to antibiotics and all other prescription drugs, their incomes began to climb rapidly, doubling from 1950 to 1970 (after adjusting for inflation). The AMA’s revenues from drug advertisements in its journals rose from $2.5 million in 1950 to $10 million in 1960, and not surprisingly, these advertisements painted a rosy picture. A 1959 review of drugs in six major medical journals found that 89 percent of the ads provided no information about the drugs’ side effects.20”
Robert Whitaker, Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America

Marie Kondō
“We should be choosing what we want to keep, not what we want to get rid of.”
Marie Kondō, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing

Jennifer Egan
“If I had a view like this to look down on every day, I would have the energy and inspiration to conquer the world. The trouble is, when you most need such a view, no one gives it to you.”
Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad

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