Still speaking of books

I’ve been burning the irises in the last few weeks. I’m a fan of requesting books from the library and then facing piles of them when they arrive for pickup en masse. And I find it so hard to act mature; to keep the guilty little smile off my face and  the toes to the pavement instead of letting them dance out in their own graceless form of a jeté.

But I do and then I scurry home with my bag (s) of treasures, clean my glasses and arrange the different seats I’ll be moving between with my nose pasted to the pages.

Some of the goodies I’ve been reading are:

For the body and mind:

  • PRESCRIPTION FOR NUTRITIONAL HEALING (this one I had to buy) what an amazing book of health solutions to problems. Up to date info on alternative healing, ways to help prevent the problems and different therapies. Phyllis Balch & Stacey Bell even gives solid info on helpful vitamin, herbs and supplements for the problems. I think this book should be on everyone’s shelf. Be warned though – this is one of those big honking mothers of a book so have a lap pillow ready.
  • THE TRIGGER POINT THERAPY WORKBOOK by Clair Davies. the descriptions on the front cover pretty much say it all: a self-treatment guide of pain relief & a proven method for overcoming soft-tissue pain available in a practical step-by-step format. (Plus, I am fan of any writer who an maneuver a raft of big-worded gook and simple it down so everyone can ‘get it’. ) This book is definitely on my to-buy list.
  • THE PLAN by Lyn-Genet Recitas. She writes about how we’ve lost touch with out bodies. How allergic reactions to many of the foods we eat cause constant inflammation in our bodies and how it affects us. She talks about stepping back, cleaning out the system (gently), and then slowly discovering our true reactions to different foods. As well she shows the reader how to live a healthier life. This was an interesting read. I’m glad I did.
  • THE BIOLOGY OF BELIEF by Bruce H. Lipton. This baby takes the reader into the mind. He shows us, right down to cellular levels, how our minds affect our bodies. This line tells it: It shows that genes and DNA do not control our biology that instead, DNA is controlled by signals from outside the cell, including the energetic messages emanating from our thoughts. HUH! Meditation alert! Meditation Alert!

For the artist in all of us:

  • THE COMPLETE WATERCOLORIST’S ESSENTIAL NOTEBOOK BY Gordon Mackenzie. Another treasure from North Light. You know, you can admire many artists but it seems like there are usually only a handful who truly connect with each of us. Gordon is a long time painter and wildly generous in sharing tips to help others. This book overflows with valuable tips. Love this man’s style—his paintings and his sketches are priceless.
  • THE ANIMAL BOOK by Steve Jenkins. Now this was requested as a research book for my writing but I was so blown away by his artwork, never mind the fantastic information, I had to buy it. Steve uses cut and torn papers to illustrate throughout. This book is described as a bookshelf essential and I could not agree more. Child or adult—this one is a keeper.

For the who-dun-it solvers we’d all like to be without having to actually get down and bloody about it:

  • Joan Hess and her Clair Malloy series are always fun
  • Carolyn Hines and her Sarah Booth Delaney series has been most enjoyable
  • Laura Cass has a librarian, driving a bookmobile through the countryside. Light and satisfying (and I like her stray cat called Eddie).
  • Kerry Greenwood with her Phryne Fisher series should be at the head of all to-read lists. Love, love this writer’s style. You are there in her world of Australian, kicking ass with Phryne.
  • Paige Shelton has a farmer’s market series worth reading. Great characters and enough action to satisfy our inner Sherlock.
  • Leann Sweeney always writes a story that is delightful enough to pull you away for a few hours.
  • Jenn McKinlay’s Fairy Tale Cupcakes series is fun, fast and the characters are good stuff. If you like cupcakes, a motley cast of characters and lots of chuckles then try Jenn’s books.

And many, many more . . . but right now I’m off to read a couple of fishing stories that I picked up for Man-wonder but decided I was keeping them in my stash. Maybe he’ll get to read them:

  • One by Henry Winkler, an avid fly-fisherman. It’s called I’ve never met an idiot on the river


  • Tony Taylor’s Fishing the river of time because he’s writing about our local areas.


And yeah, my eyeballs are feeling like the inside of a hen’s wings after she’s had her daily dust bath.

Toodles for now eh.


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