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reviewed The Voyager by Jenny Lewis. Tuesday
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The Voyager by Jenny Lewis
I love this new album from Jenny Lewis.  “Head Underwater” reminds me never to give up in life because there is always something to look forward to.  This is a very upbeat song …
The Temple Is Not My Father: A Story Set In India by Rasana Atreya
The Temple Is Not My Father is an insightful book. Rasana Atreya introduces me to a group of people called devadasi in the Indian culture. The devadasi are servants of God.  They are preteen girls …
Edge of Nowhere by John Smelcer
Edge of Nowhere is set in Prince William Sound, which is located in southern Alaska.     The people of Prince William Sound speak an endangered native Alaskan language …
How We Got To Now: Six Innovations That Made The Modern World by Steven Johnson
The six innovations that Steven Johnson discusses in this book are not new.  Glass, sound, time light, the cold, the state of being clean and cold have been around forever.  What makes this …
The History Of Rock
Greiil Marcus points out what makes each song special. Not every song is book is well known, but each song is special in some way. "Shake Some Action" contains bland lyrics but outstanding …
Big Little Man: In Search Of My Asian Self by Alex Tizon
Big Little Man is an  enjoyable book that is part biography and part observation.  Alex Tizon teaches journalism at the University of Oregon.  He is  of Filipino ancestry.  I …
I believe that I possess the gifts to live the life of my dreams. This book provides reminders of the inherent gifts that every human being has.    I want to make decisions about …
Fearless In Tibet: The Life of the Mystic Terton Sogyal by Matteo Pistono
Fearless In Tibet is a biography of Terton Sogyal.  Terton Sogyal seemed like an unusual name to me, but I found out that it is more of a title than a name. I learned that a terton is a treasure …
Fujisan by Randy Taguchi
Fujisan is the best collection of short stories I have read in a long time. It is the first in which a mountain is the common thread in all stories. Mount Fuji is a symbol of the natural beauty of Japan. …
X-Men Days Of Future Past A 2014 Film directed by Bryan Singer
X-Men Days Of Future Past is the latest film in the X-Men movie series.  All of the X-Men characters appear in the film, but only a few of them have major parts in it.  It is very exciting …
The River and The Thread by Rosanne Cash
The beautiful voice of Rosanne Cash takes me to Biloxi. I have never been to Biloxi, but she communicates the beauty of this place so well in the song entitled Biloxi. I can see the ocean. I can see the …
A Curious Man: The Strange And Brilliant Life Of Robert
I love this biography of Robert Ripley. I grew up watching Ripley's Believe It Or Not in the eighties, but I knew nothing of the man himself. I thank Neal Thompson for writing such a comprehensive …
Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves From The Automobile by Taras Grescoe
A strap hanger is a person who relies on public transportation to get from one place to another. A strap hanger is also a person who does not own a car. These two traits apply to me. I am a proud strap …
Marie Curie And Her Daughters: The Private Lives Of Science's First Family by Shelly Emiling
Marie Curie won the Nobel Prize for both chemistry and physics. That is all I knew before I read this book. I am not a good science student. Shelley Emling succeeds in making scientific discovery interesting …
A Sanctuary of Trees: Beechnuts, Birdsongs, Baseball Bats and Benedictions
A Sanctuary Of Trees is a fascinating book. Trees are truly a sanctuary for people. They provide people with oxygen and they also purify our lakes and streams. There are endless applications for trees. …
Pieces Of Light: How The New Science of Memory Illuminates The Stories We Tell About Ourselves by Charles Fernyhough
The scientific study of human memory is always evolving and very complicated. Charles Fernyhough provides stories from his own life. He also includes stories from other people. These stories make the …
The Power Of Negative Thinking: An Unconventional Approach To Achieving Positive Results by Bob Knight
I never thought that negative thinking could lead to positive results. Bob Knight is a famous college basketball coach. I have never played basketball, but I love to watch the sport. Bob Knight makes …
Anytthing That Moves: Renegade Chefs, Fearless Eaters and The Making Of A New American Food Culture by Dana Goodyear
Dana Goodyear expands my knowledge of foods that people eat. Goodyear teaches professional writing at the University of South California. She is also a staff writer at the New Yorker. I admire anyone …
Ingenious: A True Story Of Invention, Automotive Daring and The Race To Revive America by Jason Fagone
I spend $66 every two weeks to fill our family van with gasoline. Our van gets just seventeen miles a gallon. After reading Ingenious, I have hope that some day my expenses for gasoline will be decreased …
BrandingPays: The Five-step System to Reinvent Your Personal Brand by Karen Kang
Branding is a life skill according to Karen Kang. I define branding as the skill of presenting of what I have to offer to the public. Karen Kang is a branding strategist. She has helped many individuals …
This review is from: Flying Blind: One Man's Adventures Battling Buckthorn, Making Peace with Authority, and Creating a Home for Endangered Bats by Don Mitchell
The title of this book is Flying Blind. Bats are not blind, but they fly fast, ungraceful and often in an unpredictable way. I have a respect for bats just from learning this information. My movements …
Writing On The Wall:Social Media The First 2,000 Years by Tom Standage
I use social media daily. I use it blog about movies, make friends and look for a place to eat. I also read books and listen to music using social media. This subject really appeals to me. I did not …
How Exploration Transformed Medicine in the Twentieth Century by Kevin Fong
The premise of extreme medicine is that medical practices being used today can be traced to something in the past. There is a story of Robert Scott who died hypothermia exploring Antarctica in 1912. …
Dangerous Neighbors: Volcanoes and Cities by Grant Heiken
Dangerous Neighbors highlights the positive and negative aspects of volcanic activity. A volcano is a tourist attraction in many countries. In Italy, people trek to Mount Vesuvius to enjoy a warm mud …
Ice Dogs is an exciting novel. It is about how two teenagers named Victoria and Chris spend a week in the Alaskan forest. They guide six husky dogs tied to a sled through the Alaska bush. A bond of friendship …
Silver People is a novel about the construction of the Panama Canal. The title is a reference to the payment of silver coins that dark skinned workers received for their labor. White skinned workers …
The title of the book attracted me to read it. I never thought about a philosophy of walking before. Frederic Gros is a professor of philosophy at the University of Paris. Gros introduces the ideas of …
Who's the Slow Learner is about a young man with Down Syndrome who received an inclusive education in the California public school system. I have always thought of myself as a slow learner because …
Edison and The Rise of Innovation is a biography by Leonard DeGraff about Thomas Edison. He works as an archivist at the Thomas Edison National Park in New Jersey. Most biographies have just words in …
Mambo In Chinatown is about how the life of a twenty-two year old Chinese woman is transformed when she becomes a professional ball room dancer and dance instructor. I admire ball room dancer because …
Struck by Genius is a fascinating book about how a man becomes a math genius after a brutal mugging eleven years ago. Jason Padgett acquired synesthesia and savant syndrome after the accident. Jason …
The Kill Switch: A Tucker Wayne Novel by James Rollins
The Kill Switch is an exciting novel by James Rolllins. The plot is centered around how a former Army Ranger named Tucker Wayne, and his Belgium shepherd dog named Kane escort a Russian pharmacist out …
Sergeant Stubby: How a Stray Dog and His Best Friend Helped Win World War I and Stole the Heart of a Nation by Ann Bausum
Sergeant Stubby is the true story about the relationship[ between a soldier and his bull terrier in France. during World War One. Stubby captured a German prisoner. For this courageous action, he earned …
reviewed Duets by Linda Ronstadt. May 24
Duets by Linda Ronstadt
Linda Ronstadt has left behind a great musical legacy. This duet album is part of that legacy. For the first time, I get to hear all of Linda's greatest duets on one CD. My favorite track is "Prisoner …
The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph (Hardcover) by Ryan Holiday
This book will help me approach the obstacles and present situation with more clarity and confidence. I recently applied for a job that I did not get. I originally perceived this as a negative experience, …
Overcoming Obstacles in Cooking by Matthew W. Miller
I have cerebral palsy like the author in this book. I have problems with fine motor skills like cutting and peeling. I would have a hard time cooking anything that involves heat too. With assistance …
Brian Kevin is a journalist who spent six months following the Thompson trail. It is a journey that begins in Colombia and ends in Rio De Janeiro in Brazil. I would love to experience some of the things …
Chris Niebauer is a professor of neuropsychology at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. His research about the left side of the brain works is fascinating. The left side of the brain makes explanations …
Daniel Miller and Jolynna Sinanan are two anthropologists from London. They spent ten months exploring how people in a small rural town in Trinidad use the webcam. The social scientists in this book …
reviewed "Xscape" by Michael Jackson. May 24
I love all versions of the eight songs on this album. "Slave To The Rhythm" and "Love Never Felt So Good" are my two favorites. They are great dance songs. I love the remix of "Love …
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