Tuesday, October 21, 2014

what i'm working on...

summer and sun and all things hot.

I am in Myrtle Beach this week with my mama for our annual mother/daughter girls trip. We haven't been to the beach in about a year and a half, and it was long, long overdue! Since it still feels like summer from where I'm sitting, I am going to review one of the sweetest novels of the summer titled Butternut Summer by Mary McNear.

Butternut Summer is the second installment in McNear's series (the first being Up at Butternut Lake  which you don't necessarily have to read to enjoy this novel). Caroline's ex-husband Jack who unceremoniously left her and her daughter, Daisy is back in Butternut Lake, hoping to rekindle the flame, claiming he is a changed man. Caroline has her doubts but she is a little caught up with financial issues and Daisy running around with a mechanic who has a seedy history (and in my opinion the best people do) to really give Jack and his changed man speech much thought.

Despite Caroline's attitude and inability to believe that people can change, It is so, so sweet watching Daisy and Will fall in love. Even watching Caroline and Jack figure out where they stand warms the heart. It's all rather predictable, but that's what I'm looking for in a breezy summer romance novel.

Monday, October 20, 2014

some voodoo to better you.

It's difficult for me to explain the idea of sound therapy even after reading Eileen Day McKusick's Tuning the Human Biofield: Healing with Vibrational Sound Therapy because the whole idea of bettering a person by sound is new to me, and a little wild because I have never had it done. So I'm going to leave the educational portion of this review to McKusick herself as she explains the complete practice of Sound Balancing, with pictures and everything right in her (very first) book.

This is right up my hubby's wheelhouse as he's a chiropractor and does all this voodoo with pressure points, massage, and energy yadda yadda. But basically what I got out of this book is that certain sounds disturb us. They disturb our healing, give us anxiety, and negatively affect our well being. Now this is an idea I can get behind. It makes sense, the balance of sound frequencies in different people and all that. No one's the same. McKusick has found a way to remove the "pain and trauma stored in the biofield" with the use of tuning forks. Yeah it sounds a little wacky but she's got the research to back it up and a private practice set up in Vermont where she's making the big bucks. If this is the type of therapy you may be interested, or you're a chiropractor or massage therapist, I absolutely recommend this resource.

Friday, October 17, 2014

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

this will warm even cruella deville's heart.

I've said this before and I'll say it again. I am not exactly a dog person. Honestly, I think people's dogs smell and they jump on you and sniff your crotch when you're in your workout clothes. It's rude. But I also think that other people's children are smelly and annoying, and I'm still planning on having some of my own. So there's that logic that probably if I had a dog, I'd love it. For now though, I'll just stick to my cats Atticus and Bruce Smith.

Anyways, the point is that even though I am not a super head over heels dog lover, I absolutely loved Linda Gray Sexton's latest memoir about the spotted dogs in her life titled Bespotted: My Family's Love Affair with Thirty-Eight Dalmatians. This book is dedicated to all of the Dalmatian dogs her family has owned, bred, and loved, with their stories compiled into a beautifully written narrative that you won't want to end. Sexton reminds readers how dogs save us, and tells all about how hers saved her from depression. She gets really honest in her writing, even including how to move on after the loss of a beloved pet. Bespotted is sure to warm even the coldest of hearts.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

psychedelic therapy.

As a whole, I've tried to stay away from hard drugs, even during my more experimental years. My college boyfriend once called me on a really crazy trip, and it kind of spooked me. It was like talking to a stranger, but one you liked better. Tom Shroder wrote a book all about how trippy (or psychedelic depending on your generation) drugs can actually help treat certain disorders titled Acid Test: LSD, Ecstasy and the Power to Heal. My immediate opinion? I haven't encountered a book as insightful as this one in a long while. What a trip.

Shroder gives a pretty impressive history on LSD and Ecstasy - Albert Hoffman, the experimental years, the abuse, the backlash, the therapeutic powers, and especially MDMA's (aka Ecstasy's) role in treating PTSD, as well as anxiety and depression, which are all serious issues in our country. Shroder shows the role that psychedelic therapy can play in saving lives in a beautifully written narrative, weaving the lives of three men, that just might turn you into a believer.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

an eye-opener.

Generation Xer's hear time and time again how we are a generation all about instant gratification. We skip the starter houses and buy houses our parents couldn't afford until much later in life. We buy the fancy washing machine that matches the fancy dryer even though we have a perfectly good set of white ones in the basement. We charge, charge, charge because we want it now, now, now. It's a problem, and although our elder's may blame us, it's really American's problem. Just ask journalist Paul Roberts, he'll tell you all about it in his latest socioeconomic book titled The Impulse Society: America in the Age of Instant Gratification.

Compiled of three parts and nine chapters, The Impulse Society touches on our society and its focus on instant gratification and narrow self-interest which hinders our leader's ability to think about our future as a whole, keeping the long run in mind. Leaders are giving us what we want, not what we need. Roberts talks about how patience, discipline, and self-sacrifice are no longer being practiced, and have become unnecessary. And what has taken the place of these values? Close-minded pleasure that has consequences we are simply delaying. What changes can we make now? For starters you can spend less time on your smart phones and more time with your family. You can buy local rather than from the man. You can live out your values to the best of your ability and hope that it spreads farther and faster than greed and impulse.