Posts tagged ‘non-fiction books’

November 26, 2012

zone tips

Do you want to live to be over 100 years old?  Check out the practices & lifestyles of people who live in the “blue zones“…

The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest

To view a short article of the concepts, click here.  The book gives in-depth research, interview stories, & additional information relating to the blue zone areas.

The lessons are common sense, holistic lifestyle choices—>  Eat less – focus on produce, whole grains & nuts (less meat & processed foods), be physically active, enjoy good relationships, be socially connected, prioritize family, engage in a spiritual life, & live without stress.

Favorite book thoughts:

  • from the Okinawans, “…eat until you are no longer hungry, not until you are full.”
  • the surface area of our intestines covers a tennis court…hello, inflammation
  • scientific studies suggest 25% of longevity is dictated by genes, 75% determined by lifestyles & everyday choices
  • there is a correlation between having a sense of purpose & longevity
  • “the most successful centenarians we met in the Blue Zones put their families first”

“Moderation is the center wherein all philosophies, both human & divine, meet.”  ~ Benjamin Disraeli

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May 8, 2012

lincoln lesson

How is it that my 2nd grader knows Lincoln was shot behind the left ear but I didn’t?  hmmmm…maybe a retention or recall issue…?  Faulty cells!  Too bad books like Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly, or anything other than a drab textbook, weren’t required reading back in the day.  Certain brains learn better in story or visual formats!

Cover

The thing about history or thinking about anyone else’s life, is that we’ll never really know the entire story!  A continual exercise in pondering, wondering, & supposing conclusions.  Mental entertainment?

“The more I see the less I know for sure.”  ~ John Lennon

April 30, 2012

tina time

If you are looking for a “light” read, checkout Tina Fey’s Bossypants.  Her comedic writing elicits smiles & laughter.

Bossypants

That is the actual cover.

Favorites:

  • the entire chapter entitled “That’s Don Fey” – her father
  • reading about crazy showbiz life & SNL
  • hearing comedic twists (truth?) on motherhood, politics, & life in general
  • realizing how we can all relate on some level

Bossypants makes me want to find the funny in life.

“To say I’m an overrated troll, when you have never even seen me guard a bridge, is patently unfair.”  ~ Tina Fey, Bossypants

February 17, 2012

same different

A book about friends, relationships, death, haves & have-nots, despair, poverty, prejudices, riches, & history…

Same Kind of Different as Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together

…but the message rising above all is…faith, hearing God’s voice, speaking God’s truths, & sharing God’s love.  A riveting & beautiful true story.

“I found out everybody’s different–the same kind of different as me. We’re all just regular folks walkin down the road God done set in front of us.”  ~ Denver Moore, Same Kind of Different as Me 

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