Monday, July 22, 2013

Summer Reading Reviews

Happiness at Home by Gretchen Rubin

This is a book that will be helpful if you haven't read many self-help books already. It is very specific about what she did to increase her happiness. However, this can be used as a "jumping off place' to start your own happiness project.
I have read the Happiness Project as well and this is just another continuation of that book.
I did strike me while listening to this book that overall she doesn't really seem any happier than I am. If you are expecting a total makeover, this is not the book for you. It is more about "happy" when I guess I was looking for "joyful"

Full Bloom by Janet Evanovich
Borrow this from a library, DO NOT BUY! I didn't like this book at all. The setting is an old pre- Civil War brothel. There are ghosts and dead bodies and just a jumble of things thrown together.
If I were 18-22 years old with stars in my eyes, I might like the book. It does have a happy ending and everything works out. (Does anyone confess to a crime in real life because they feel guilty for the innocent person being accused?)
I read this for a reading program but that is the only reason I finished it.

I am Proud of You by Tim Madigan
The subtitle "My Friendship with Fred Rodgers" to me was a little misleading. I thought it would be more about Mr. Rodgers than it turned out to be. The beginning was wonderful and made me very emotional. However, the emphasis of this book was mainly about what was going on in his life with little notes from Fred Rodgers interspersed.
It was also difficult to get a good grasp on the timeframe When listening, it seemed like this friendship lasted decades when only I think it was about several years.
Disappointed but not too bad. I wouldn't read it again but I am glad I did.

Acquired Tastes by Peter Mayle
This book discusses all the "finest" things in life. How a handmade suit is made. Also why cavier, single-malt scotch and custom shoes costs so much.
It also mentioned the negatives of these things.
It was an enjoyable non-fiction read. You can tell that this started it life as a series of magazine articles though.

Tell Me Where it Hurts by Nick Trout
I really enjoyed this audiobook. The overall setting is the Angell Animal Hospital and the day of a veterinary surgeon. However, it is filled with examples of different issues vets much face. brought up issues of what is considered appropriate intervention, pet owners not "hearing" what the doctor says, insurance and even animal cosmetic surgery. It mainly used dogs as the examples.
Great book and I learned alot and, as the owner of two pets, I have a new respect and information for when we next visit the doctor

Wild by Cheryl Strayed
This was an excellent book about the author' hiking the Pacific Coast Trail after the death of her mother.
I found the hiking part interesting, but what I really enjoyed was her processing her life and grief. If you have ever lost a loved one, I think you can relate to her emotions and how she did/didn't deal with them

 

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Lists and list and more lists

well I went through the Johnson City library and got the pamphlets that I wanted and hope to read some of the books on them.

 

Staff Recommendations: Books You Should Read Before You Die


      7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Restoring the Character Ethic Stephen R. Covey
      Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Mark Twain
     Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay Michael Chabon
     Anna Karenina  Leo Tolstoy
     Anyway:The Paradoxical Commandments: Finding Personal Meaning In a Crazy World   Kent Keith
      Art of Loving Erich Fromm
      Breath, Eyes, Memory Edwidge Danticat
      Chalice and the Blade: Our History, Our Future Riane Eisler
      Eagle and the Wren  Jane Goodall
      Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the west Blaine Harden
Everything is Illuminated: A Novel    Jonathan Safran Foer
Fahrenheit 451  Ray Bradbury
Forgotten Garden   Kate Morton
Gift From the Sea  Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Giver Lois Lowry
God I Love:A Lifetime of Walking With Jesus Joni Earickson Tada
Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories  Flannery O'Connor
Grapes of Wrath  John Steinbeck
Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth  Monica Sjoo
Hero with a Thousand Faces  Joseph Campbell
Holy Bible
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  Maya Angelou
Joy Choice: Happiness Is an Insdie Job  Elizabeth B. Brown
Lacuna:A Novel  Barbara Kingsolver
Man and His Symbols  Carl Jung
Nine Stories J.D. Salinger
Operating Instructions: A Journal of My Son's First Year Anne Lamott
Our Town: A Play in Three Acts  Thorton Wilder
Power of Positive Thinking  Norman Vincent Peale
Ragamuffin Gospel   Brennan Manning
Rainbabies  Laura Krauss Melmed
Road Cormac McCarthy
Sand County Aomanac, and Sketches Here and There Aldo Leopold
Secret garden  Frances Hodgson Burnett
Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams Deepak Chopra
Tale of Three Tress:A Traditional Folktale  Angela Elwell Hunt
THings They Carried: A Work of Fiction Tim O'Brien
Three Questions  John J Muth
To Kill a Mockingbird  Harper Lee
Traveler's Gift: Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success  Andy Andrews
Travels with Charley and Later Novels, 1947-1962 John Steinbeck
Twelfth Night:or, What You Will William Shakespeare
Under Milk Wood: A Play for Voices  Dylan Thomas
Unless  Carol Shields
Watership Down  Richard Adams
Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book that Changes Lives  Dan Millman
Who Needs Donuts Mark Alan Stamaty

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Finishing Section 3

Chapters 26-29 recount some of the happenings with Elmwood Wisconsin and the UFO working group. 
One of the residents, a Methodist minister, voices his objection to the "UFO Days" that are being planned at Elmwood.  He uses a two-pronged attack:
  1. people are bowing down to the UFO as a "golden calf" rather than seeking spiritual guidance from God
  2. their was only only Jesus, who died for our sins, so the aliens must be evil.
Of course I am oversimplifying, but that those are the main ideas.

While, I was reading I couldn't help but think of this as happening in the 50's but this was in 1988.  I also looked up Elmwood Wisconsin and they apparently still have the UFO Days.  They even have a Facebook page set up for them  UFO Days in Elmwood

Then the book joins the UFO Working Group where they had two "undercover" people getting all sorts of information from people at the celebration. They also talk to a professor of exobiology, Cyril Ponnamperuma.  Exobiology is the study of what life would look outside of Earth's atmosphere. Also, at this time, 2 Canadian scientist were working on a theory about what dinosaurs would look like if the Stenonchosaurus dinosaur hadn't died out

It ends with the group looking at picutres that were shown in People magazine, the humanoid, and the Canadian pictures and they all look remarkably similar.

Strieber Grey Alien
Stenonnychosaurus human from the Dinosuar Museum Dorchester


Just found this while searching UFO working group.  Starstream

Sunday, July 15, 2012

She's baaaaack!!!

Well, I am going to try this again.  I am kiinda of excited  because I know so much more about blogging than i did before. I still have the book Out There and looking on previous posts I stopped at Chapter 26.  Here we go again 

Monday, August 22, 2011

Elmwood WIsconsin

These chapter talks about the UFO encounters that occured in Elmwood Wisconsin.  Some were not very freindly and gave pause to fact that most people assume that alien enounters are friendly.  They may not be.  It also documents on man's obsession about creating a landing strip for the aliens to come and land in Wisconsin and what a boon it would be to the economy of the town,
 On to Chapter 26.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

...back to our regularly scheduled program

Chapter 22 begins with a man and his dream. In this chapter Tom Webber has a dream about the people of Elmwood not welcoming the alien visitors that seem to be arriving at that town.  In the next chapter he goes to visit the mayor.
He does mention electromagnetism and I have always thought that the reason ufo are always seen near trailer parks is because of the metal. All that metal must give off a large signal and of course to add some more weirdness. Stonehenge is said to have been built where a whole bunch of electromagnetic lines converge.  Pretty cool huh?

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Phew! It all works out (kinda)

Well, leave it to Carl Sagan to smooth things over.  It seems that both he and Senator Proxmire were both worried about nuclear technology. Carl brought up the L in Drakes equation and the senator realized that if there is an advanced civilization, that they have survived without blowing each other up and that maybe we could learn from them.

While reading this I recalled a book that mentioned how Jane Goodall would talk to people about their viewpoints and see  how she could help them meet their concerns without harming animals.  Blessed are the Peacemakers :-)

Chapters 18 discusses about how alot of the people on the SETI project, now that it was funded, were technologically advanced but didn't really have the passion. Basically they were engineers trying to solve interesting problems, not that they believed in the extraterrestrial being.

I also thought that this entire book talks about how we were looking for aliens.  However, I haven't heard anything about what we are doing to contact them. Are we sending signals as well? I hope that it least mentions this in the book at a later point.  Of course their was a section in Codes and Ciphers about this as well.