The Intellectual Devotional

The Intellectual Devotional presents 365 short chapters displaying what humanity has learned, created, and achieved during its time on Earth. The book covers seven subjects— one for each day of the week. Monday-History Tuesday-Literature Wednesday-Visual Arts Thursday-Science Friday-Music Saturday-Philosophy Sunday-Religion After taking every Appreciation class offered at my community college,Continue Reading

The Power Plate Diet

The Power Plate Diet has four rules: No super-starchy carbs after 4 p.m. Cut back on added sugar Cut back on sodium Cut back on alcohol In addition, what goes on your plate varies based on meal. For breakfast, it’s a third each of proteins, carbs, and fruits/non-starchy vegetables. ForContinue Reading

Niksen

So you’ve Konmari’ed your entire house (or at least have a drawer of items that spark joy and a closet that is best forgotten), what’s next? Why not try Niksen? It’s the Dutch art of doing nothing translated into a new American act of decluttering your mind. Or, according toContinue Reading

Gardening in Summer-dry Climates

From Vancouver to San Diego, gardeners along the Pacific Coast must select plants that work for Gardening in Summer-Dry Climates. This book can help with clear instructions and a huge (over 200 pages) compendium of suitable plants. Equally amazing is that each plant has at least one full-color photo. ForContinue Reading

The Ultimate Spam Cookbook

I really thought that I had used Spam in many creative ways over the years. Fried rice? Of course! Toasted Spam and cheese sandwiches? Yes! Mac ‘n Cheese with Spam and peas? It’s a no-brainer! But The Ultimate Spam Cookbook has provided me with so many fresh ideas for myContinue Reading

You're on Mute

You’re on Mute is probably the funniest book ever written about the bane of 2020, Zoom. It includes sections on work meetings, family gatherings, dating and job interviews. The book doesn’t tell you which button to push to unmute yourself. Instead, it focuses on the etiquette of video meetings. JeffreyContinue Reading

Immune System Hacks

With 187 Immune System Hacks, it is like reading brief summaries of more than a season of the Dr. Oz show! While some of the hacks are well known, many were new to me. Mushrooms have vitamin D? Who knew? I’ve also never heard of Ashwagandha or Propolis before. I’mContinue Reading

Big Kibble

You really don’t want to read what is in the food you are feeding your dog. However, it is an eye-opening read. Big Kibble essentially throws anything they can get, that is cheap, into the mix. Their history of doing so goes back to post WWI. All those war horsesContinue Reading

The Medieval Knight

The Medieval Knight was popular from 1200-1500 throughout Europe. English kings and nobles originally required forty days of knightly service, either fighting or standing guard, in exchange for bequeathing land to the knight. However, they were soon forced to pay the knights too. It was getting increasingly expensive to beContinue Reading

The Mutant Project

With the first genetically modified babies born in October 2018 in China, The Mutant Project has officially begun. Of course, the doctor involved was ultimately sentenced to a three-year prison term. But once the genie is out of his bottle, it’s impossible to coax him back in. It turns outContinue Reading