Sunday, November 29, 2015

Book Review: Super Genes

Book Review: Super Genes, by Deepak Chopra, M.D., and Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D.

Many years ago, when Deepak Chopra came onto the New Age scene, I was most impressed by his theory that each individual cell in our bodies is directly influenced by our thoughts, emotions, what we eat, etc.  In that way, they can be transformed, for good or bad. This book seems to take off on that point, going further to say that our very genes can in fact change when influenced by these things.

So, if you were born with less than positive gene structure, it is within your power to change them radically, through diet, adaptation to stressors, exercise, meditation, sleep, and emotions.  Part 2 of the book goes into each of these in detail, teaching you how to live a richer and more meaningful life.

This book suggests that self-transformation (and ultimately, universal transformation) is within your power.

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 I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Book Review: apartment therapy complete + happy home

As a New Yorker, when I think of "apartments," I think cramped spaces, not enough rooms, the need to "appear" more spacious.  So, when I saw the book, Apartment Therapy complete and Happy Home, I thought, this would be good for me, as I live in a New York apartment.

As soon as I opened the book, I saw it had nothing to do with apartments, rather it centered around homes.  The colonial home, the Tudor home, the modern high-rise, the split-level, etc., and so forth.  This was immediately something I couldn't relate to.

Despite my disappointment, I must say that the book is quite lovely.  It includes everything from setting up your home (walls, painting, floors, windows, etc.), to living in your home (the various living spaces), to maintaining your home (repairs, cleaning, organization).
Some of this can be geared towards the apartment dweller, but generally we do not do upgrades of any great extent due to the fact that the dwelling does not belong to us (renters).

The monthly cleaning suggestions are good, if you can keep up with such stuff.

There are tons of colorful photographs (by Melanie Acevedo) showing many different designing ideas.

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  • Sunday, November 1, 2015

    NYC Marathon 2015

    Hardly got a wink of sleep last night.  I often get my best energy in the wee hours of morning.  Ended up going to bed at 4:30 am (which was actually 5:30 am, the clocks having just been set back a few hours earlier).
    Woke around 8:30, feeling quite bleary eyed.  I was an hour late for my pain medication, so I took that.  Was wishing for breakfast and a big cup of coffee, so I got myself together, strapped my camera on my arm, and headed out to McDonald's.  
    Got a sausage and egg biscuit, and a large coffee to go.
    Sat on some steps by my apartment building, and chowed down.
    Missed getting a few shots of the wheelchair runners, but I was just taking my time, and felt ok about it.
    I thought the first set of on-foot runners was going to be the women, but I ended up getting mostly shots of men.  Could be they diverted the runners to another avenue to accommodate the masses, I'm not sure.
    (click on any picture to see larger images)


    Halloween Night

    Logan had a big day today.  First some trick or treating on the avenue with his mom, and then a Halloween party with his friends.  Afterward they were all going trick or treating again, so Logan went along with his mom.  He was to spend the overnight at Grandma's, so I went along for the ride, getting there about 7pm.  Logan brought some candy along, and shared it.  He played Scrabble with grandma.  We all had a dinner of chicken cutlets, corn on the cob, and green beans.  We watched some of The World Series (unfortunately, The Mets lost again), Logan cuddling up on the couch to do so.  Soon his eyes got heavy,  and it didn't take long for him to reach dreamland once his head hit the pillow.