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DISROBED: How Clothing Predicts Economic Cycles, Saves Lives, and Determines the Future ~Syl Tang

Monday, December 11th, 2017

I am passionate about the book DISROBED, it is just the perfect read and by a futurist so for me it is also an informative read.  It is only 124 pages in the hardcover book; each page is packed with information that made me want to know more.

DISROBED is cleverly organized to introduce the reader to first one idea, expound and discuss in full chapter.  The next chapter introduced a new idea, expounds and then connects one to the early concept and discussion.  There is a building onto the idea and it makes one feel very wise and smart about the economic trends that are happening in relationship to the ideas.

First idea is based on how clothing predicted the current President’s win.  What were the trends in clothing and tattoo art before Obama won his election?  Clothing tells us what large groups of people are thinking, even before they know for themselves.  So how do we become a knowledgeable person about trends and clothing?  What are people really purchasing and wearing and how naked are women becoming to follow the fashion quirks?

Big question right now for me:  Why do so many young women and a few young men take naked pictures of themselves and then post them to their friends?  Why soon afterward do they commit suicide?

We already know what is fake it just takes a bit of putting ideas together to realize that we do know.  Real Prada or a great knock off?  We like to identify with groupthink and belong, so how does that show what we are thinking and how we manifest our current values?  How are banker’s wives becoming recession proof and how do they predict a recession?   How could not shopping save the planet?  Is your cotton shirt causing starvation or will clothing save the lives of lots of people?  All interesting questions to ponder and to discover in these essays – fascinating.

I learned so much about the crisis we are in with regard to water and how clothing is a huge part of the problems with water.  I see in the paper that Nestle’ is trying to takeaway the whole water supply of a small town in Oregon and I know most of the world does not have clean drinking water.  People are interested in the environment; farm to table food, reusing fabric and thread is becoming a big business in my own city.    I am aware of minimalism becoming a huge trend in my own community and are you aware of the tiny house movement?

The book ends with discussions of how clothing is a weapon in the war against terrorism leading up to looking at the power to change –everything.

I read each chapter twice as I went along so that I could comprehend and become more fluent in the idea being introduced and then to track the way the threads were being bound together to get a very large picture.

Fascinating book and I will read it again.  I am asking my one book group to read it before they head to a plastic surgeon’s office or purchase 10 more things off the rack.    Powerful read.  Good read.  Fun read.  Wise read.

Syl Tang

Syl Tang is CEO and founder of the 19-year old HipGuide Inc. A futurist, her focus is how and why we consume, with an eye towards world events such as natural disasters, geo-political clashes, and pandemics. She has written hundreds of articles on the confluence of world events and soft goods for the Financial Times, predicting and documenting trends such as the Apple watch and other smart wearables, lab-made diamonds, the Department of Defense’s funding of Afghan jewelry companies, the effects of global warming on South Sea pearls, and the unsolved murder of tanzanite speculator Campbell Bridges. Her brand consulting work focuses on helping companies including Diageo, Revlon and the State of Michigan. She is behind the launches of some of the most well-known beauty, beverage, automotive and urban development efforts including category changers such as frozen alcohol and mineral makeup. In addition to developing her site, in 1999 she created the first mobile lifestyle texting product in the market and predicted mobile couponing, as it exists today. Her company HipGuide is a case study taught in universities around the world, from Dubai to Nova Scotia to Purdue, through a textbook series. (TLC BOOK TOURS)

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THE EAGLE TREE: The Remarkable Story of A Boy and A Tree ~Ned Hayes

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

An environmental love story, takes place in my hometown, is a great voice for autism and potential.  Peter March Wong is a fourteen-year-old boy who loves to climb trees – at least 3 everyday.  He is a walking encyclopedia of knowledge about trees and he is a gifted scientist.

March and his mother have moved into a smaller house, because Dad has moved to Arizona.  This move is very unsettling to March and he needs to climb a tree, a very tall tree.  He does not follow the rules because he discovers an extremely tall, old tree in the distance, when he was up in the new neighbor’s tree.  He spent too long up in the tree and his mother is worried and concerned….everything is new and different…. March explodes into a screaming and hand flapping experience and the police arrive to take him to a hospital for observation.  Now March needs to learn new behaviors as he comes into adulthood and in order to stay with his mother.

The huge EAGLE TREE is also under attack, as a developer wants to clear-cut the area and put up houses and apartments right at that very spot.

“Intertwining themes of humanity and ecology, THE EAGLE TREE eloquently explores what it means to be part of a family, a society, and the natural world that surrounds and connects us.” (cover)

I so enjoyed the comments in the book that praised our wonderful schools and the commitment to assisting children to be their best.  March’s mother will not move to Arizona because there are no programs like here and no commitment to education for all.  Washington State has amazing schools.

I knew nothing about this book when TLC Book Tours sent me a copy for review. I am so pleased to share this story with you.  It was a wonderful read; a hopeful read.

The Librarian I was working with last week said he had the book on his list and he was #15 for check out; he could hardly wait for his turn.

I want to share two cover quotes that I believe are significant in sharing this book with others:

“Every human experience is unique, but THE EAGLE TREE provides insight into one distinctive and uniquely important perspective.  The descriptions of climbing in EAGLE TREE get deep into the mathematical pattern-based sensory world of a person with autism.  The experience of navigating a tree climb is described in detail with mathematical and sensory detail that seems very authentic to me.” Temple Grandin, Ph.D.

“A gorgeously written novel that features one of the most accurate, finely drawn and memorable autistic protagonists in literature.  The hero of the book is like a 14-year-old Walt Whitman with autism.  Credible, authentic, powerful.”  Steve Silberman, author of NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity.

I enjoyed every single page of this book and cheered for March’s growth, passion, and determination.  This book should be required reading at least for our whole city and will bring a sense of pride and button popping spirit for our community and our efforts in behalf of our natural resources.

From the cover:

“Ned Hayes holds an MFA in creative writing from the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University.  THE EAGLE TREE is based on his past experience working with children on the autistic spectrum and on family and friends he knows and loves.  Hayes lives in Olympia, Washington, with his wife and children.”

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