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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 …
The Obstacle Is The Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Adversity Into Advantage 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, …
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, …
The Kill Switch: A Tucker Wayne Novel by James Rollins
The Kill Switch is an exciting novel by James Rollins. The plot is centered  around how a former Army Ranger named Tucker Wayne, and his Belgium shepherd dog named Kane escort a Russian pharmacist …
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 …
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 …
reviewed "Morning Phase" by Beck. February 27
posted in Music Matters
"Morning Phase" is Beck's finest work. All of these songs touches me either lyrically, thematically or musically. "Waking Light" and "Unforgiven" are two songs that …
Edison and The Rise of Innovation is an biography by Leonard DeGraff  He works as an archivist at the Thomas  Edison National Park in New Jersey.  Most biographies have just words in them.  …
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 …
 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 …
Silver People:Voices From The Panama Canal by Ms. Margarita Engle
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 …
reviewed 2014 Grammy Nominees. January 28
posted in Music Matters
2014 Grammy Nominees
My favorite track is "Same Love" by Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis. This is the first rap song that touches me. This song is about having acceptance of every person regardless of their sexual orientation. …
reviewed All is Lost. January 26
posted in Movie Hype
All is Lost
All is Lost is a film about one man and his fight for survival in the Indian Ocean.  This film has no dialogue, but the performance of Robert Redford proves that good acting does not need …
Inside Llewyn Davis: Original Soundtrack Recording
I love the music on this soundtrack.  Oscar Isaac is a talented  actor and singer in the title role.  He makes me believe that he could have been a folk singer from 1961.  He portrays …
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 …
Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson
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 …
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 …
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 …
Innocent Blood is an exciting book of religious fiction. The plot centers around three main characters who are part of a religious prophecy to stop Armageddon. One person is an archeologist. She is known …
Social physics is a social science that attempts to explain how the spread of ideas leads to new behaviors.  The author is a man named Alex Pentland.  He is a data scientist from the Massachusetts …
reviewed Frozen (2013) A New Animated film fro.... November 30, 2013
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Frozen (2013) A New Animated film from Walt Disney Pictures
Frozen is the best animated film of the year.  The plot centers around a young woman named Elsa.  She is born with the power to freeze every thing she touches.  Elsa's loneliness and …
reviewed "Foreverly" by Billie Joe Armstrong a.... November 28, 2013
posted in Music Matters
I really enjoy the collaboration between Norah and Billie Joe. These songs were originally recorded by the Everly Brothers in 1958. Norah and Billie Joe make these songs sound current and fresh. My favorite …
reviewed Lone Wolves by John Smelcer. November 21, 2013
John Smelcer perpetuates the endangered Native American language called Athna in this book..The main character is a young heroine who is proud of this Indian language. This language is passed down to …
reviewed Now 48:That's What I Call Music. November 17, 2013
posted in Music Matters
Now 48:That's What I Call Music
This compilation of pop hits is superb. It is the best collection of pop songs this year. It is always good when a CD like this introduces to me artists that I have never heard of. Yes, I still enjoy …
The Ageless Generation gives me hope that I can live a long and productive life. I don't have a specific age target that I am shooting for. I just hope that I am healthy throughout my life. This book …
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 …
The Power of Twelve has a very simple plot. A group of twelve spiritual beings from another planet try to prevent the spread of greed and destruction at the hands of an evil real estate developer named …
The title drew me to this book. It is simply a person's twitter bio. It certainly got my attention. I would like to meet this person who promotes herself online like this. I never thought that Twitter …
reviewed "New" by Paul McCartney. October 15, 2013
posted in Music Matters
I love this new album from Paul McCartney. My favorite song is the title track "New". It puts me a great mood. This song motivates me to explore different options in life. This tune gives me …
reviewed Gravity (2013 film). October 14, 2013
posted in Movie Hype
Gravity (2013 film)
Gravity is one of the best films of the year. It stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as the sole survivors of a space shuttle mission.   The bond between their two characters is one aspect …
True Hollywood Noir: Filmland Mysteries amd Murders by Dina DiMambro
Dina Di Mambro explores the scandals and demises of some the greatest film and television actors and actresses in history. Dina Di Mambro is a film historian. The information she provides about these …
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 …
reviewed "The Diving Board" by Elton John. October 01, 2013
posted in Music Matters
I really enjoy "The Diving Board" by Elton John. The title song is the perfect song to relax to after a long hard day. This is the first song dedicated to the graceful sport of diving. I admire …
Simple Dreams: A Musical Memoir by Linda Ronstadt
Simple Dreams is a great memoir of Linda Ronstadt's life and career. She is best known for her pop hits from the seventies like "Blue Bayou" and "Your No Good." But, she has recorded …
reviewed Anything That Moves: Renegade Chefs, .... September 25, 2013
Anything 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 …
Unwrapping Wonder: Finding Hope in the Gift of Nature by Carol O'Casey
I have never read a book about the connection between nature and God before. The premise of Unwrapping Wonder is that everything in nature brings people closer to God. Going for a walk to observe things …
reviewed The Family (2013 film). September 16, 2013
posted in Movie Hype
The Family (2013 film)
A Brooklyn mobster and his family move to Normandy France in The Family. They are in the witness protection program for because of Robert Deniro's mobster activities, I enjoyed this film, because I did …
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 grow …
Wondermen: A Love Affair With Adventure, Travel, Writing, Philosophy and Family Life by Nigel Hey
Wonderment is an excellent autobiography about the life of Nigel Hey. He is a journalist who has written about a variety of subjects. He has written about how politicians use science to achieve their …
"Aimless Love" is an excellent collection of poetry by the two term poet laureate of the United States. His name is Billy Collins. This book contains poems that Billy has published in other …
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