November 2014 Book Giveaway: Folio Books: Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Seas, Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce and Forsyth’s The Day of the Jackel.
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Guest Reviewer: Patricia Easton Full Title: Killing Cancer—Not People Author: Robert G. Wright Publisher: Robert G. Wright [Self]; 2nd edition (2010) Number of Pages: 240 How long it took me to read: 1 week Where I bought this book: Picked it up at a wellness center in Toronto. ISBN: 978-0578063270 Like a Moth to a […]
August Book Giveaway: Delightful Hands by Andrew Pace. Enter to win. The winners will be notified at the end of the month.
July 2014 Book Giveaway: Eye Spy by Tahir Shah. Enter to win. The winners will be notified at the end of the month.
Deep down, what I love most about this story is that it’s an extraordinary tale of the American Dream. Too many people are caught up on The Room because, ‘Oh man, it’s hilarious guys. These people are so bad at acting. The dialogue makes no sense!’ It’s so much more than that, though. It’s about how a man who seemingly came from nothing managed to not only make millions, but to force his way…
June 2014 Book Giveaway: Thrones of Desire, edited by Mitzi Szereto. Enter to win. The winners will be notified by the end of the month.
It is much harder to go along the unknown path, doing research that will almost certainly end up frightening you, and finding out whether your insurance will cover the costs of a midwife. It is scary not to know whether your friends and family will support this controversial decision, a decision that would fly in the face of their decision to stay on the beaten path. But it was when off the beaten path that I learned what I was capable of…
May 2014 Book Giveaway: Scorpion Soup by Tahir Shah. Enter to win. The winners will be notified by the end of the month.
I think one of the things that scares people about parenting is that frightening responsibility, that fear of doing something wrong, but you overcome that fear each day and when you go to sleep, you do it knowing an even greater love, and finding yourself capable of so much more than you could have imagined. Having someone’s life in your hands each day, being the center of someone’s world, is a terrifying reward in itself.
Dr. McKenna’s studies showing the emotional and neurological impact of having one’s baby nearby in the night is good affirmation for the many parents who have continued to follow their instincts in spite of social convention. A move back to these roots is exciting. Parents shouldn’t feel frightened, shamed, or pressured out of doing what they feel is right for their families.
There are no pumpkin seeds in my cupboard, no tomatoes drying in the watery British sun, and no fresh beetroot monopolising my vegetable basket. There are however, two litres of meat stock, a dozen marrowbones and several pig’s cheeks in my freezer. Perhaps I have been guilty of the same close-mindedness of the people I chastise for not even trying a lamb’s kidney. By consistently viewing vegetables as the supporting act for meat, I have ignored a veritable cornucopia of nature’s bounty.
Obsession, and the tunnel vision it gives us, isolates us. That isolation, in turn, gives more room for obsession to grow. It takes a strong person to pull someone out of their own head over and over and to try to shove them back into the light. It requires a patience and love I have found in my family and in my friends.
The human desire to submit has always fascinated me. I mean, domination makes sense from an evolutionary stand point. Submission, less so. But it is something that I have even felt in myself from time to time, and it is a reoccurring theme in many forms of literature. There is something universal about it, and the only way I’ve ever been able to explain it is this: there is a euphoria that accompanies freedom from responsibility.