I came across this quote in A Moveable Feast and smiled at the curmudgeonness of it. I can't say that I don't feel the same way at times though. 🙂 When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be the happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day … Continue reading Ernest Hemingway: a brief rant-quote about people
The human body is a miracle of form and function. I'm always amazed at how intricate we are.
I've been on a personal/professional development reading kick recently and I just finished reading The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership. Co-written by Bill Walsh and Steven Jamison, it's an interesting combination of football field-meets-boardroom. To be sure, there are many parallels between coaching a winning football team and a winning business … Continue reading Lessons from Bill Walsh
We buy these difficult books because we feel that, while not very exciting, they are in some way good for us. It's sort of literature-as-bran-flakes philosophy. If something is dry and unpalatable, it must be doing something good for our constitutions. ~Chris Baty, No Plot, No Problem
According to Brain Pickings, here is a list of must-reads for 2013 just in time for that science enthusiast or techie on your holiday shopping list (or just for you!).
Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss My rating: 5 of 5 stars This exhaustively and impressively researched exposé on the food industry reads like good investigative journalism with an element of suspense thrown in. While I think most people know that processed and pre-packaged food isn’t good for you … Continue reading Book Review: Sugar, Salt, Fat
Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John J. Ratey My rating: 3 of 5 stars This book was a bit of a mixed bag for me. It started off strong and rather compelling with a case study about innovative personal fitness (not PE) classes at a few high schools that … Continue reading Book Review: Spark
Write Away: One Novelist's Approach to Fiction and the Writing Life by Elizabeth George My rating: 5 of 5 stars This turned out to be one of my favorite writing books written by a bestselling author (Stephen King's On Writing and Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird being tied for my favorite). She caught my attention … Continue reading Book Review: Write Away
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand My rating: 5 of 5 stars This was a fantastic read that tells the story of Louie Zampirini, a World War II airman who epitomized the Greatest Generation. Zampirini, the son of Italian immigrants, spends his childhood engaged in shenanigans and … Continue reading Book Review: Unbroken
Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely My rating: 4 of 5 stars I first saw Dan Ariely present his notion of predictable irrationality in a video on tedtalks.com. He presented his ideas in a very entertaining manner, so I thought I would check out his book. The book is … Continue reading Book Review: Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions