Dogs Know Stuff

Dogs Know Stuff

Jonathan Unleashed, by Meg Rosoff

My dog knows stuff! I am pretty sure now that behind those puppy eyes she is hiding a whole lot more about life that I will ever understand. Maybe Confucius was right by saying that life is really simple, but somehow we insist on making it complicated. And every time I look at my dog I know that she knows that I know I don’t really know what to be when I grow up, or even how on earth to get there.

Meg Rosoff delivers….

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Think..Listen..Feel..And Enjoy Some Poetry

Think..Listen..Feel..And Enjoy Some Poetry

Djinni Hunter, by T. Kozumplik

I am afraid my only knowledge of rhymes would be limited to “twinkle twinkle little star“.. which, by the way, I’m not even sure it could be called so. Truth is I have never allowed myself to enjoy some poetry… a busy life, always on the move plus, there aren’t exactly many poetry books on the shelves!

As a matter of fact Newsweek declared poetry’s death in 2003 with the very controversial article  “Poetry is Dead. Does Anybody Really Care?“.  I am mostly sure I help killing it, as I can’t remember the last time I cracked open a book of poems.

I found poetry intimidating for one reason: if well written, it forces you to listen, think and feel the world around you.  You can’t tweet while reading poetry. You can’t watch tv while reading poetry. You have to be fully aware, your senses fully open. It’s you and the sweet, melodic sound of words. One after another.

41tvgqrqr5L._UY250_.jpgWhen Thomas Kozumplik asked me to read his book Djinni Hunter I was about to decline. I didn’t feel qualified to review poems,  but when I read some of his verses  I couldn’t help to like them. And that’s all it matters.

Someone said it takes knowledge and commitment to appreciate poems. I would said patience too. But once you allow yourself to  listen the pure sound of words, you are close to discover a new world of emotions.

 


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Are You A Self-Help Addict?

Are You A Self-Help Addict?

Don’t Get A Job, Live Your Dream, by Scott Haug

Did you know that the self-help represents a $11 billion per year industry in the U.S. alone?

Surprised? Well, don’t be! Self-improvement is the goal of everyone in some ways, we all strive to make tomorrow a little bit better than today; we want to be more productive, more focused, we want the perfect life/job/partner and we are not ashamed of spending up to $500 million  on personal development products every year.

Motivational speakers, inspirational websites, personal coaching, books and seminars.. everything you want. Or need.

I will never get tired of self-help books, I love reading them and becoming inspired by other people stories. Don’t Get a Job, Live Your Dream by Scott Haug is the latest addition to my collection.41d49rY+4BL.jpg

At age 22 Scott -fresh out of college and with a new job- felt trapped. A good job and the new acquired inpependency could’t relieve the huge discomfort he felt everyday after work. No matter how he tried, still the unpleasant feeling made him unhappy. So, one day he decided to quit his job, he found himself a new one and he was finally ready and confident for a fresh start. But after moving his life across the country and settling in a new location, he got a call..the new job was cancelled for budget reasons.

Well, if this is not a major set-back then I don’t know what it is! The impressive thing was Scott’s reaction, he quickly regain his composure and start figuring out the next step. And this book is about how he made it happen.

Don’t Get a Job, Live Your Dream contains 7 important reasons that will help convince you to live the life you truly want to live. Each chapter explains some strategies and useful tips for changing your life:

  1. Be an Inspiration
  2. Create Extraordinary
  3. Live a Life of Meaning
  4. Eliminate Future Regrets
  5. Exercise your Right to be Free
  6. Use the Last of the Human Freedoms
  7. Act on the Only Chance You Have

 

What sold me Scott’s book was its different approach. For once a self-help book which is not promoting to be aggressive, but more self-conscious, understanding that we all have fears, but we also have the courage and the power to overcome them.

If you feel stuck or trapped in a life that doesn’t belongs to you, just step back and listen to your heart…we already have all the answers we need.

 


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Veritas Numquam Perit: When Death Talks To You

Veritas Numquam Perit: When Death Talks To You

 

Morgue. A Life in Death, by Dr. Vincent DiMaio and Ron Franscell

Coming from ancient greek the word autopsy (αὐτοψία) -literally “to see for oneself”-  has been used since the 17th century for a surgical procedure that consists of a scrupulous examination of a dead human body to determine the cause and manner of death and to evaluate any disease or injury that may be present.

Ancient Egyptians -probably around 3000 BC- were one of the first civilizations to remove and examine the internal organs of humans in the religious practice of mummification. But in many other societies autopsies were forbidden, as it was believed that the disfigurement of dead persons prevented them from entering the afterlife.cover82937-medium

Beside culture and religious beliefs, autopsy has an essential role in criminal investigations. Veritas numquam perit (truth never perishes) Seneca wrote, and Dr. DiMaio devoted his life to find it.   With 40 year experience and more than 9,000 autopsies done he is one of the country’s most methodical and intuitive criminal pathologist.

From the pen of one of the best crime writer Ron Franscell and Dr. DiMaio’s memories comes a fascinating life story behind the morgue doors, through the cases that have made DiMaio famous -from the exhumation of assassin Lee Harvey Oswald to the complex issues in the shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

Suspenseful stories, revealing anecdotes and enough macabre insider details to rivet the most fervent crime fans.

Every man’s life ends the same way. It is only the details of how he lived and he died that distinguish one man from another.

∼ Ernest Hemingway ∼


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Life Lesson from Zach

Life Lesson from Zach

If at Birth You Don’t Succeed: My Adventures with Disaster and Destiny, by Zach Anner

Zach Anner is a comedian, actor and writer who gained world-wide attention with the submission of a video to Oprah’s “Search for the Next TV Star” competition, thanks to that he won his own TV show called Rollin’ With Zach, a wheelchair travel show filmed throughcover82372-medium.png the States and aired on OWN TV in 2011.

Zach’s has a YouTube channel, where he posts regularly, with over 290 thousands subscribers and over 13 million total views.  His projects include a travel show Riding Shotgun, a workout show Workout Wednesday and a show in collaboration with SoulPancake titled Have a little faith, in which he explores the basic of several religions that have a foothold in the United States.

If at Birth You Don’t Succeed is a hilariously irreverent and heartfelt memoir about finding your passion and your path even when it’s paved with epic misadventure.

Zach Anner is out of any doubt a talented comedian and an excellent writer, this book is about an intelligent and sagacious man who has the nuts to live life.

Splendid. Do yourself a favour and read this book. I promise you won’t stop laughing!!


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When Life Was Good

When Life Was Good

A Bronx Boy’s Tale, by Jimmy Newell

One of my favourite things to do while I walk around the city is trying to imagine how was like to live in New York in the past; trying to imagine the Fifth Avenue in the 60s or shopping at Macy’s in the 70s or feeling the roaring 80s invading Downtown.cover85108-medium

A Bronx Boy’s Tale takes you in a very special place at a very special time, it’s a beautiful account of life that takes you back in time, when life was good and hopes strong.

A splendid book to read!

And if you pay enough attention, you can feel it.. the heart of the city beating! It’s there. It’s always been there.


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