Gifts of Age by Writer Charlotte Painter & Photographer Pamela Valois — Totally Inspired Mind

Is a phenomenal book and a must read, especially if you have young girls who you’d like to set an extraordinary example of what they could do and become, if they only wanted it enough. Paulette Motzko

via Gifts of Age by Writer Charlotte Painter & Photographer Pamela Valois — Totally Inspired Mind

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Top Shelf in November: A Feast of Cookbooks!

What a great list of food books!

November Top Shelf

It’s that time of year when our attention turns to holiday feasts and cozy nights cooking up special dishes to gather around. As the temperature dips, the leaves crisp, and the sweaters come out of the closet, hovering over a stove top and preheating the oven become welcome, heartening rituals. In this spirit, this month we’re highlighting five new cookbooks to inspire, ease and invigorate your epicurean adventures. Bon appetit! (Or, as we’re more apt to say around here, dig in, y’all.)

A Visual Guide to Drink: An Infographic Exploration of Beer, Wine, & Spirits
by Ben Gibson, Patrick Mulligan (On shelves November 17; available to pre-order now.)

Pull this book off your shelf to create thoughtful cocktails and keep your guests entertained while you shake and stir.  Designer Ben Gibson and editor Patrick Mulligan founded the design studio Pop Lab with the single goal of rendering all human experience in…

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An Aspirational Moss Book

What a lovely book!

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This is another book I have reviewed lately. It’s author, Annie Martin, is otherwise known as “Mossin’ Annie.” She lives in North Carolina but that shouldn’t stop anyone (except maybe those in drought prone parts of the country who can’t even think about these verdant landscapes right now) from acquiring this book.

One of the best parts of this book is that Ms. Martin points out that moss is the ultimate in sustainable gardening (provided, of course that you are not wild collecting it!) It is very drought tolerant–as my own yard will attest. It needs no “inputs” as we have begun fashionably calling them: extra water, fertilizer or pesticides of any kind.

Nothing eats it. And best of all, it provides a home to endangered creatures like frogs and salamanders. What’s not to like about this?

Of course it does take certain conditions to grow moss and those are…

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Chaos Is Better Than Order

A Fabulous review!

The Bookshelf of Emily J.

I don’t even know where to begin in describing and reviewing All the Light We Cannot See (2014) by Anthony Doerr. It is a sweeping and gorgeous novel about Germany and France during World War II. In some ways, it is “just” another one of those novels capitalizing on the horror and tragedy of our shared history. In other ways, it is new and needed and full of original characters and observations of that time.

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What stood out to me most was the way in which the novel demonstrated the danger of the efficiency that ruled the Nazi ideal. Any and all systems engage in this, in wanting order, not chaos, uniformity, not messiness. However, I learned from thinking about efficiency throughout the novel that I should be embracing more chaos and messiness in my life, and that order isn’t necessarily always good nor praiseworthy.

This idea struck me most…

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The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage, by Sydney Padua

This looks like an amazing book!

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Lovelace and BabbageCharles Babbage, once described as “a logarithmetical Frankenstein,” was an eccentric Victorian inventor who is widely credited with inventing the first computer, although it was never built in his lifetime. Ada Lovelace, the daughter of mad, bad, and dangerous Lord Byron, was an exceptionally talented mathematician widely credited with creating the first computer programs, although she had no computer on which to run them.

Babbage died a bitter man, offended that the British government never funded his “Analytical Engine.” Lovelace met an even unhappier end, bankrupting herself at the horse races and dying at the age of 36. That’s the history. But wait!

In this alternate history graphic novel, animator and cartoonist Sydney Padua brings Lovelace, Babbage, and the Analytical Engine thundering back to life for adventures in a steampunk London. History, mathematics, gears and cogwheels, bad puns, and Boolean logic jokes mingle in this thoroughly geeky appreciation of computing…

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The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy ~ ~ ~ by Valerie Ann Worwood – review

Essential Oils and Aromatherapy 2My Review

Easy to Use & Informative!

A fabulous book for both the novice and the advanced! Worwood delivers a hands-on and easy-to-comprehend approach to applying essential oils and aromatherapy for everyday use. The well experienced author reveals 600+ unique recipes that are very simple. Unlike many aromatherapy recipes that use 20+ ingredients, Worwood utilizes only a few essential oils that are the most effective. In fact, many of the recipes have no more than 10 essential oils, most have 5 ingredients.

The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy also contains helpful information about all essential oils used in the recipes and their medicinal values. What is more, it is the ideal for the novice who knows absolutely nothing about essential oils. As well, the recipes include home use, travel, work and emergency first aid. Continue reading

Cut Loose on Limerick Day!

What a great book!

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Edward Lear's 1846 Book of Nonsense - Chockablock full of limericks Edward Lear’s 1846 Book of Nonsense – chock-a-block full of limericks

The twelfth of May is Limerick Day, a “real holiday” (because the interweb says so!). The day honours the famed English author and illustrator Edward Lear, who popularised limericks in his opus magnum ABook of Nonsense (1846). Lear’s most recognised literary work is the nonsensical poem The Owl and the Pussycat. [Listen to it on Storynory.]

OwlpussycatThey dined on mince and slices of quince

Which they ate with a runcible spoon;

And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,

They danced in the light of the moon,

The moon,

The moon,

They danced in the light of the moon.

*Sigh…* If that’s an example of what limerick writing can do for one’s lyricism, I say let’s write more limericks. Lear’s delightful turns of phrase birthed his own brand of neologisms. Runcible, for…

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