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NO IS NOT ENOUGH: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need ~Naomi Klein

Monday, December 25th, 2017

NO IS NOT ENOUGH is from my personal library and I have read it twice now.  I have been a fan of Naomi Klein’s books and research since I read THE SHOCK DOCTRINE a number of years ago.  As a writer, Klein digs deep and her research is impeccable – startling – revealing.  I find myself finding the truth and sorting out the pap I was taught in school and rendering new discoveries, which work for me and bring understanding.   NO IS NOT ENOUGH is another answer to my weary soul after this past election (2016) I am not blind, stupid nor do I ignore what is on the table and this small tome brought me a deep well of hope and wisdom to ponder and set out to make a difference.  Changed my focus.

The book does begin by spelling out just what the new administration is trying to accomplish for the wealthy and deconstruct the society and the Constitution, as we know it today.  This show is being run by the wealthy and it is definitely in the coup category of exploitation of citizens of the USA.  The Fascist Republicans, Dictatorial Wealthy and Fascist, Conservative “Christians” have played the game well and have produced destructive results.  The ranting about “false” news is all a significant part of the game plan, first described by THE SHOCK DOCTRINE.  History professors are sharing how other countries have used these tactics to destroy their homelands – it is a classic scenario.   We have developed A RESISTANCE MOVEMENT to work against this plan and yet these groups and voices are getting burned out, QUIET, as the forces press forward and repeat and repeat and repeat and repeat as LOUDLY and outrageously voiced with constancy.

Klein says that the way to produce hope and future is to begin to address, constantly and consistently, exactly what we want.  She writes about a huge gathering called THE LEAP that put together exactly what they wanted for their children and their future of their country (Canada).  The leadership wrote a doctrine of their philosophy and a wish list of values and activities they wanted instead of the abhorrent policies and prejudices being exploited by past government leadership.  THE LEAP is now being taught loudly and fervently and many groups around the world are sharing what it is that they want and what they want to achieve.   Lots of ideas are emerging to implement the future spelled out and described.   This is the balance to the resistance.   What is it that we value and what is it that we want.   THE LEAP is having a definite impact in California and certainly all over Canada.  Other countries are adapting to the lessons as well.  Several resistance groups have adopted the program in tandem with the resistant action plan.   Hope abounds and voices and individuals learn and rally around what they want rather than what is being dictated.  New candidates are running for office.

I found the book enlightening and certainly hopeful.  I have made a list of what I am resisting and what I am working toward.  It is helpful to keep my children in mind at all times.  What do you want for your children’s future?  How do you support that action?

I highly recommend this short read and the boost it will give most readers towards hope for a good future.  Good foundation for resistance and planning groups.

Naomi Klein (born May 8, 1970) is a Canadian author, social activist, and filmmaker known for her political analyses and criticism of corporate globalization and of capitalism.  More on Wikipedia.

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FOLLOW THE RIVER HOME: A Novel ~Corran Harrington

Saturday, July 2nd, 2016

“Daniel Arroyo has suffered a lifetime of guilt over the sudden death of his infant sister, who died when he was eight years old.  He now lives his middle years between that guilt and worsening episodes of PTSD from a Vietnam he left thirty years ago.  When a violent encounter on a dusty highway forces Daniel to face what haunts him, he finds himself pulled back to the neighborhood of his youth. Where old houses hold tired secrets.  What really happened on that steamy August afternoon?  The answer comes spilling from the old neighborhood, and Daniel begins to find his way home.  Corran Harrington takes the reader along the Rio Grande, from its headwaters to the sea.” (Cover)

Each chapter of this book flowed a segment of Daniel’s life and each was a collection of tight, incredible, descriptive words, which just held the readers attention.  One knew the wild asparagus and the movement of water in the irrigation ditch.  This was the place where Daniel value programmed, of his best friend, of his siblings and parents.  There are roots here – deep roots.  Wild roses tapped the window and the basketball bounced on the court, it was supposed to be safe.  I think on purpose the next chapter did not flow from the last, rather it was a jump into another memory and experience and at first I found this disconcerting until I began to expect it.  I think this was to show the confusion in Daniel’s mind and it succeeded.  The psychological dimensions of the story were revealed and explained out of sequence and made the reader work a bit to integrate the life being told.

By coming back home, drawn in by the wonderful next-door neighbor, Daniel is able to find himself and his own truth and it will free his life and propel him forward.

FOLLOW THE RIVER HOME is quite the read and I think I will keep my advanced reading copy on my shelf for a future read.  At this time in my life the “death” theme was a bit tough to take and I felt sadness as I read – a loneliness that made finishing the story a release.

TLC Book Tours sent me a copy of this book for review.  If you go to the link you can see all the other reader’s reviews of this book.

From the Cover:

“Corran Harrington is a Pushcart Prize nominee, a Santa Fe Writing Project finalist, a Hidden River Arts Eludia Award finalist, a Bosque Fiction contest finalist, and a New Millennium Writings award semi-finalist who short fiction (written also as Connie Harrington) has appeared in number literary journals.  A former lawyer, Harrington also has a background in cultural and linguistic anthropology.  She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

NOTE: This review is several days late, I am so sorry I had a sudden illness and could not get to my computer to get the post into the schedule.  I hope this will prove to be a fine posting and not cause problems for TLC or the author.

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HOW TO BE ALIVE: A Guide to the Kind of Happiness That Helps The World ~Colin Beavan – Author of No Impact Man

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

“Colin’s work is about asking us to think about what makes us truly happy and what’s really important in our lives.” – Arianna Huffington

I was expecting a self-help book when I agreed to review HOW TO BE ALIVE for TLC Book Tours.  And yes, it is a self-help book and also one, which challenges the reader to know that as you help yourself you will also help others – you can change the world with one small step and repeat one small step strategies.  The author says: “That’s what this book is about – the quest for a joyous and meaningful life while living in a frightening, confusing world that needs our help.”

It is good to start this kind of living journey by knowing who you are and what is your life purpose.  The book is also a beginning workbook to assess those parts of your life and how they manifest.  Beavan also offers a free workbook one can download off his website – no lie, this is good stuff found here.  You probably will not be abandoning your cubicle after the first chapter but rather you will be writing down on paper the lists of happy moment in your life and remembering just how fabulous they felt.  How good you felt in various situations and experiences, which assist in your definition of self and how you could live a values driven life.

Early on in my life I embraced Voluntary Simplicity and a Green Lifestyle.  Our family uses bicycles and lived with only one car.  We walked the 50 minutes to school with the children and also to tennis lessons and soccer.  We grew lots of our food, shopped the farmer’s market and the free-trade store.  We worked at the food coop and did very little shopping. Our home had solar panels, and nothing toxic in the building materials.   I learned a great deal from HOW TO BE ALIVE even though I left the traditional work role early on and embraced alternative work early in life.   Actually, we live in a community that has a giant alternative life-style membership; lots of green living folks, and I still found more to learn and discuss from reading and working with this book.   Beavan also opened up my thinking about alternative folks in New York City and even in Texas – yes!  They do indeed exist.

Right in the middle of the book I discovered a quote from Kim Woodbridge, who is a blogging/Facebook friend from Philadelphia!   Delightful!

“Lifequester = Someone who tries to under stand her True Nature and uses that understanding to make a better life for herself and others.” (author)

There are lots of quotes from Religious leaders, political leaders, and famous souls and the writing is gently informative laced with great stories and examples.  There are good references and referrals to other projects and individual’s work.  I could have spent a month on this book alone; what a dynamic way to start the New Year without making resolutions and feeling better about one’s self with each section perused.  I would highly recommend this book to everyone, especially if one wishes to find more happiness and even more happiness for the whole world.  It will resonant and activate lots of tiny steps to leave the world a better place for all.

Colin Beavan
Colin Beavan Facebook

From the book, About the Author:
Writer and social change activist COLIN BEAVAN attracted international attention for his yearlong lifestyle-redesign project and the wildly popular book, No Impact Man, and the Sundance-selected documentary film that it inspired.  He has appeared on Nightline, Good Morning America, The Colbert Report, The Montel Williams Show and NPR, and his story has been featured in news outlets from Time Magazine to the New York Times.  A sought after speaker, he also consults with businesses on improving eco-friendly and human-centered practices.  He is the founder of the No Impact Project and a dharma teacher in Kwan Um School of Zen.  He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

“This is the book where self-help turns into helping the world – and then turns back into helping yourself find a better life. Fascinating and timely!” –Bill McKibben

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Full Cup, Thirsty Spirit: Nourishing the Soul when Life’s Just Too Much ~Karen Horneffer-Ginter, Ph.D.

Monday, January 14th, 2013


I wish I had owned a copy of Full Cup, Thirsty Spirit when I was a young mother and working on balancing my life, with apparently no time for myself at any given moment.  Karen Horneffer- Ginter has taken her expertise and 16 years of work experience and put together a manual for all of us who are too busy and our lives are too full.   I wish I had had this book when I was doing counseling or working on a busy college campus, but the race was just warming up; the author’s words would have given us more balance as we  arrived at the started line. I would have referred this book to nearly everyone I encountered. People are so driven today; so busy.  It is here now and it is about time.

Full Cup, Thirsty Spirit is about time management but not just for work or school projects, it is about finding a new rhythm to your life which is holistic and assists one if finding their individual best life.  It is about couples learning who they are as individuals and then meshing their rhythms and activities to make a more complete experience.   It gives new meaning to partnership in relationships that does not just imitate a business model.  Our lives and our families are often very busy but they are not a business.  Corporations and Businesses are often held up as the ideal but these models are not very relevant for successful living and relationships.

Horneffer-Ginter uses a 6 step form to assist folks in finding their best, which includes rediscovering core values and integrating them into YOUR actual life not the imagined way one thought life would be happening.   She calls the steps – shifts:

Shift 1: Honoring Our Rhythms
Shift 2: Turning Within
Shift 3: Filling Up
Shift 4: Fully Inhabiting Our Days
Shift 5: Remembering Lightness
Shift 6: Embracing Difficulty
Ending with finding a balance that integrates the themes.

Searching for the spirit within ourselves can often be thought of as being part of a religious experience.  Sometimes that religious experience can be just more busyness to incorporate into our lives and may or may not give back to our best living.  This author is not preachy or evangelical in her concepts and ideas.  She is showing us how to find the magic in “no” and “intentionality” bringing us to our center and making our activities more beneficial to nurturing us and not just consuming us.   She shows us how to confront our imitation behaviors which are not working to our benefit, how to tackle perfectionistic expectations and to lift up what truly helps our best light shine.  Often these changes only take a shift in our perceptions and thinking and are not such a major workout or dramatic in their plan or intention.

The language in the book is conversational; the format is something that anyone could read a chapter or a section a day and find they are able to make the step by step changes on their own – Lots of ah-ha examples to explain and define.  I also liked that the quotes were inspiring  and were truly relevant to what she was explaining and demonstrating.  Full Cup, Thirsty Spirit was written after 16 years of practice in the areas of psychology, yoga, and contemplative practices.

Karen Horneffer-Ginter is the Co- founder of the Center for Psychotherapy and Wellness in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

www.fullcupthirstyspirit.com
www.Karenhg.com

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I received a copy of this book from TLC online book tours and  Hay House, Inc. in exchange for writing this review.  The Publisher is giving away a copy of this book for a great comment.

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