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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 AUSTEN ESCAPE: A Novel Novel ~Katherine Reay

Monday, November 20th, 2017

Falling into their past will change their futures forever

Do you love reading Jane Austen?   Then I cannot encourage you enough to read THE AUSTEN ESCAPE.  A wonderful book and a most enjoyable read.   I have now read it 2 times and I am taking it on a small vacation with me.   Reay has captured Austen’s conversation style and the format of the book deals with conventions, economics, and circumstance that are abundant in our current times. The story builds and flows as though Austen is writing it herself.  Wonderful read.

About the author:
Katherine Reay has enjoyed a life-long affair with the works of Jane Austen and her contemporaries—who provide constant inspiration both for writing and for life. She is the author of three previous novels, and her debut, Dear Mr. Knightley, was a 2014 Christy Award Finalist, winner of the 2014 INSPY Award for Best Debut, and winner of two Carol Awards for Best Debut and Best Contemporary. Katherine holds a BA and MS from Northwestern University and is a wife, mother, runner, and tae kwon do black belt. After living all across the country and a few stops in Europe, Katherine and her family recently moved back to Chicago. Visit her on line at katherinereay.com.

Mary Davis is a design engineer working at her “perfect” job although she has a new supervisor who is critical and negative about her work.  She likes control and her set patterns in life while doing everything herself.  It is proving hard to go into work and her love interest is a consultant who is moving onward and does not seem to know that she is interested.

Isobel, Mary’s best friend since second grade, is working on her Doctorate on Jane Austen and her books.  Isobel’s mother left when she was young and her father never had time for her so Isobel adopted Mary’s family as her own.  Isobel is going to a two week retreat to Bath, England to live out a complete experience of being in Austen’s time period and she is insisting that Mary take some time off from her work frustrations and come to the retreat with her.  The trip is all paid for and Mary’s father insists that it is a good idea; she has not taken a break since her mother’s death.  Mary decides to attend and starts re-reading the Austen books.

The English Manor House where the retreat is held is stunning and the other guests on the retreat very interesting indeed.  The reproduced clothing is elegant and refined and they all pick an Austen character to enact for their stay.  Isobel’s father chooses this moment to overwhelm her with awful news and causes Isobel a small mental breakdown and truly believes she is in Bath and that she has become Emma.  Mary is left to guide her back to herself and in the process makes some terrible discoveries about their relationship, which entails some major working through – including working out her “perfect” job problems and making changes.

The book is most interesting and carries through the story line well and with great Austen-like aplomb.  I am sure my daughters would enjoy this book to the max.   I can highly recommend it and I am so happy that THE AUSTEN EXPERIENCE was sent to me for review.

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HEALING AND PREVENTION THROUGH NUTRITION: A Holistic Approach to Eating and Living for Optimal Health, Weight, and Wellness ~Evita Ochel

Monday, December 29th, 2014

I have been following Evita Ochel on her blog, website and Facebook for about eight years, I hope someday to meet her and talk in person, and she has been an inspiration for me time and time again when it comes to food, lifestyle, documentary choices, and healing.  Evita has never failed to answer any of my questions, she often refers me to whole essays she has written and she encouraged me in several juice fasts we did on line together.

This is her new book and updated second edition about healing, food and choices.  The book is geared towards explaining and educating the reader in what we have learned about nutrition, lifestyles, and healing in the most recent explosion of information.  Evita sorts out the test results, the resources, and the economically motivated myth making of advertisers.  There is a whole ream of truly significant known facts in this book, there is a great deal of research and de-mythologizing about what terms means and how they affect the way we eat, there is a solid understanding of our beliefs and how a body and mind are able to change, and there is an open discussion about resources available and how to utilize them to your advantage.  There is no preaching and “have to’s”, it is just teaching at its best level and the science is definitely presented in an appropriate reading- comprehension style.   The author wants the reader to know and understand; Food and eating are a whole person responsibility.

The politics, the economics and the environment are fully and skillfully covered.  You make the right choices for yourself and your family. Good review of the tools that work best for a healthy, healing kitchen.

“The World Health Organization (WHO) has defined health as ‘a state of complete physical, mental, and social well being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.’”  (Page 123)

For 39 years I have been cooking, growing and healing with food for my family.  I have often wished I had someone to talk with about Celiac Disease and Allergies and I found that person in Evita and am delighted to share her wisdom as found in her offering of HEALING AND PREVENTION THROUGH NUTRITION.    I was on my own in tracking down raw, pesticide free, GMO free grains and seeds – I had my own mill and no designer Gluten Free Kits for food.  Evita shares the links and connections; it is wonderful to discover so many of them are right here in my area and I have been using their products for years.

I very HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book. I am often asked to cook for other people and families, I did that in my younger years as I helped individuals make nutrition changes and create healing their lives. I will now recommend HEALING AND PREVENTION THROUGH NUTRITION for those requests. I will highly recommend WILD-PLATE by Laurel Anderson for those who want to make the gourmet shift in eating and preparation. HEALING AND PREVENTION THROUGH NUTRITION is all the facts and the easiest-simplest of preparation modes.

Evita Ochel sent me an iBook copy of this book for review.  How lucky am I?

Step by step make some healthy choices for the New Year – what have you got to lose?

About the Author:

Evita Ochel B.Sc, B.Ed, CHN, is a consciousness expansion teacher, writer, speaker, and Web TV host. She holds an honors bachelor of science degree in the areas of biology and psychology and a bachelor of education degree in the areas of science and mathematics. She is a natural health expert, certified holistic nutritionist, and certified yoga teacher. Her passion for teaching and empowering others to live the highest quality of life is reflected in all of her creative endeavors: written and video resources, teaching platforms, and events. She taught high school science for seven years, and since 2009, she has been teaching worldwide, online and in-person, providing guidance and resources for all areas of the mind, body, and spirit. She is the author and creator of seven websites and two video networks that feature hundreds of essays, articles, reviews, recipes, videos, and photographs. Along her personal journey into optimal wellness, she created the Healthytarian lifestyle, based on Fresh Thinking, Smart Eating, and Mindful Living. For more information about Evita or her work, visit www.EvitaOchel.com. (From Amazon webpage)

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