Category Archives: Books

What I’m Reading…Instant Influence: How to Get Anyone to Do Anything Fast

Another book in my “To Read” stack. A review will be coming soon if I deem it worthy of one. — Douglas Instant Influence: How to Get Anyone to Do Anything–Fast by Michael Pantalon If you want to motivate your … Continue reading

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Book Review: Garden of Secrets Past by Anthony Eglin

Book Review: Garden of Secrets Past by Anthony Eglin: An English Garden MysteryMinotaur Books, 2011 I have been a big fan of Anthony Eglin’s books since reading the first English Garden Mystery, The Blue Rose. He caught me immediately with … Continue reading

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Book: The Information by James Gleick

This a is big book (544 pages) but quite an easy read. It has taken me less than a week to make my way through using both print and ebook versions of the text, depending on which was most convenient … Continue reading

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Read it now! — “Do the work” by Steven Pressfield – Free

I have just finished reading Do the work by Steven Pressfield and would highly recommend you do the same. In fact, I am thinking that I will make it (and Pressfield’s earlier book, The War of Art) required reading before … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading… Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It by Karen Solomon

You don’t have to be a proponent of survivalist training to understand the joys of preserving what food you are giving so you can enjoy it later, usually when the food would not be available otherwise. Jam It, Pickle It, … Continue reading

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What i’m Reading…

Home by Bill Bryson Amazon Best Books of the Month, October 2010: Bill Bryson (A Short History of Nearly Everything) turns his attention from science to society in his authoritative history of domesticity, At Home: A Short History of Private … Continue reading

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Book: Berried to the Hilt: A Grey Whale Inn Mystery

I love mystery books. movies and television and I came across the Grey Whale Inn series a few years ago. Whenever I see another one is being published I put it on hold at the LA Public Library so I … Continue reading

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Book: East to Adonia

Our friend, Jenny Bellington, has just released her first book, East to Adonia. It is available in paperback and Kindle editions. Take a look! From the publisher: “Our surprise release this week is a personal favorite. ZOVA Books welcomes Jenny … Continue reading

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What I’m Reading…Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Book Five: Last Olympian

I have been reading this book series at the insistence of my 12-year-old son. He really enjoyed them and loves to talk about the stories. He even checked this book out of his school library to make sure I would … Continue reading

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Added to my To-Read List: Making Things Move by Dustyn Roberts

I am a fan of the “maker” world, as is my son, so this book caught my eye immediately when I saw this blog post, “NEW PRODUCT: Making Things Move: DIY Mechanisms for Inventors, Hobbyists, and Artists by Dustyn Roberts … Continue reading

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Quora Questions: What are some tips for getting the most relevant insights of a good book?

What are some tips for getting the most relevant insights of a good book? Click the link above to read all answers. Here is mine… ?"My favorite method is to make sure my journal is close at hand when reading … Continue reading

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My Word Gift Guide #11: The Not So Big House

#11 The Not So Big House As anyone who knows me can tell you, I am a geek in all things. One of my “other” geekdoms is architecture. I tend to read a lot about it and also seek out … Continue reading

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My Word Gift Guide # 7: Cucina Rustica cookbook

# 7 Cucina Rustica Another great cookbook from my kitchen shelf. I regularly make family favorites Suga Sciue Sciue and Sausage Risotto. Great, simple, straightforward recipes to feed your Italian food desires. All Gift Guide Recommendations: # 6 The Italian … Continue reading

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My Word Gift Guide # 6: The Italian Slow Cooker cookbook

# 6 The Italian Slow Cooker cookbook A great companion to any of the slow cookers mention in the last Gift Guide entry, this cookbook has some excellent slow cooker recipes to make your home life easier while also tasting … Continue reading

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My Word Gift Guide # 3: Handy Farm Devices And How To Make Them (1909)

# 3 Handy Farm Devices And How To Make Them (1909) This is a great book for lost knowledge that can still be useful today. I love to try and re-use materials around my house and yard when they no … Continue reading

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