It's a new month and a new book. I'm excited to share with you all that I'm reading a very fun book titled, Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America with Einstein's Brain.By Michael Paterniti.
It's a true story about a writer who discovered the pathologist who did the autopsy on Einstein and then literally stole his brain in the name of science so it could be studied. It is light reading,very fun and well written. After an intense summer, I needed something light to make me smile. I highly recommend it. It was a national bestseller in 2000.
Catch us up on any good movies you've seen lately, new or old.
Give us a short review and tell us why you liked it.
I watched a very fun little movie called, Ruby Sparks recently. It premiered in 2012. It is one of the most creative films I've ever seen. It's about a writer and his love story that came true in a most unusual way. Absolutely delightful! It's NOT a chic flick at all. You guys would enjoy it just as much as the ladies.
Checked it out from the library, my favorite place to find interesting movies.
Please share what you've seen lately........... BeWell
I got a surprise tonight. Did you know that it's been 1 year this month since I started the MM readers' blog? Thank you to everyone who participated. We all benefit from your sharing of ideas and joy.
The questions this month are...
What are you reading?
How is it going to help your love life?
This month I've chosen, Split-Second Persuasion: The Ancient Art and New Science of Changing Mindsby Kevin Dutton, PhD (2010, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). I'm not sure how it will change my love life yet, but perhaps it will give me some good tips on communication approaches. Maybe that will help me when I find the man of my dreams. ;-D
Last month I was reading The 6 Husbands Every Woman Should Have. I finished it recently and was enlightened a bit about a few things I never thought about. It was really a book about how there are 6 life-stages we all go through which causes us to make sometimes drastic changes in our lives and personality. Unfortunately I've never gotten beyond Husband 3... or that is stage 3, with any man. Here are the stages in my simplified words:
Stage 1: New love (effects only last 18 months)
Stage 2: The new baby (or new pet or hobby or sport)--where did the sex go?
Stage 3: Career over me?--Married to the job
Stage 4: The empty nest stage--kids are gone. Where is the person I married?
Stage 5: Retirement--there's a stranger in my bed.
Stage 6: Friends and companions--BFF
Basically, the book says we are not supposed to stay the same person. We all should be changing through each stage. Effort must be made to keep the relationship together. Grownups understand this. Grownups find a way to adapt, and they don't bail. That is love.
Please forgive me for being so late with my blog this month. I've been on vacation in Florida and then had to make a quick business trip as soon as I got back. I hope to be stationary for a while.
What are you reading now?
Why did you make that selection?
I went to the library today, not my normal day to go, and selected, The 6 Husbands Every Wife Should Have by Dr. Steven Craig. 2010, Simon & Schuster.
This book looked interesting to me, particularly because the last reader, a male, left a note card in it with the following quote:
"My job as a partner is to constantly reinvent myself, maturely and without resentment or regret. Doing so not only makes my marriage better, it makes my life fuller and it makes me a better person as well as a better husband. If I didn't face and make these transitions, my wife wouldn't want me. Not because I wasn't a good guy, but because I didn't grow up........ The truth is, most marriages don't fail because people change, they fail because people don't change."
I apologize for being 10 days late with my monthly reading blog. I've been a bit under the weather since the tornadoes blew through my city on the 31st of May. But I'm feeling a tad better tonight.
What are you reading now?
How is it helping you to get connected with someone who could be a potential date?
I picked up an old copy of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus: A Practical Guide for Improving Communication and Getting What You Want in Your Relationshipsby John Grey, circa 1992. It has sold over 50 million copies.
Although I've not read this one before, I've read about 100 others similar to it that have come out since then. This one is amazing!
One big lesson I've learned from this book thusfar is to just let men be. Don't offer any help, advice or ideas to Martians unless they ask for it. It's not in Martian DNA to accept our help. It's like Kryptonite to them. It literally stunts their personal growth and self-esteem and makes them shut down and turn away from us when we interfere in their evolutionary processes.
On Venus it is quite the opposite. Women always help other women with solutions and ideas which is called "kindness" on Venus. That's in our DNA. We thrive on kindness and understanding and sharing our feelings. If we don't get to do that with our mate we feel unloved, unwanted, and rejected. That's our Kryptonite. We have to be able to do this to evolve emotionally.
You have to read or re-read this book to learn how to get what you want from a Mars and Venus relationship. Unfortunately I can't do it in a nutshell here, and Dr. Grey does a much better job.
This book is, in my opinion, still the best relationship book out on the market. It's still going strong. I think John Grey should be given the Nobel Peace Prize for this work. Just for Chapter 11..... The Love Letter, which I will blog more about in another writing when I'm feeling better, and not dodging tornadoes.
Can you believe it's already May? Many new flicks will be coming out soon, such as Iron Manthat hits the box offices this Friday, Mudd with Mathew McConaughey, and Star Trek into Darkness on May 17th.
Please share with us what movie(s) you've seen recently and what you thought about it/them.
I watched Les Miserablesfor the first time on DVD last night. I resisted seeing it on the big screen because I don't normally get excited about musicals or operas. This one I wish I had seen in the theatre. It was fantastic, but a little hard to understand at times since they were singing the story. I read the book in the mid 1970s and enjoyed it during my "historical book" period.
It was very well done--acting, costumes, art direction. I still can't believe Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, and Ann Hattaway can sing and perform like that. Amazing performances by all, even the children.
BeWell reporting in and anxious to hear about your experiences with your movies of choice............ ;-D
With the Spring weather and the changing of the seasons upon most of us in the Northern Hemisphere, it is a time for renewal and fresh starts in our lives. If you live in the Southern Hemisphere, it's a time for reflection.
Share with us what you are reading, especially if you've discovered a book that may have given you an "AHA!" moment or new revelation about something.
I want to share with all the ladies a fascinating book I'm reading that just blew me away! KISS AND RUN: The Single, Picky, and Indecisive Girl's Guide to Overcoming Her Fear of Commitmentby Elina Furman. (2007, Fireside Books).
This is a little book that EVERY woman should read, single or not. It gave me more insights into why certain women and men are the way they are than any other book I've read. She lays it on the line.
I must admit that I had several AHA! moments while reading it, but I'm not teling what they were ;-D. I'm into my second time around with this book. That's unusual for me. Found it in the library, of course. ;-DDD............. BeWell.
As you may have read in my regular reading blog, I normally post this on the first of the month. I'm late because I've been out of town visiting my baby grandson for 12 days.
I invite you to share with us a short review of a movie you've seen recently. Tell us how many stars you give it. (0-5)
Last night I watched The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. 2012. The story was good, the special effects and cinematography were amazing. It was shot in New Zealand. It's a "boy" movie with lots of struggles, conflict, and fighting. I give it 3 Stars as a female, but if I was a guy I'd probably give it 4 Stars. ;-D
Please forgive me for not posting the first of April. I've been out of town. Spent 12 glorious days with my 11 1/2 month old grandson. See pic below. Then took a few days to do taxes. :-/
Please share with us what you are reading right now, and a few comments about how you like it.
I've got two books going at once:
1) There is a Cure for Diabetes: The Tree of Life 21-Day+ Programby Gabriel Cousens, MD (2008, North Atlantic Books)
Comments: This book was sent to me for review. I'm not a diabetic, but it has some GREAT information in it about nutrition in general. Very well documented. 446 pages and includes recipes and resources for healthy foods. I highly recommend this book for anyone who has diabetes or who has loved ones with it.
2) Caffeine for the Creative Mind: 250 Exercises to Wake Up Your Brain, by Stefan Mumaw and Wendy Lee Oldfield (2011How Books)
Comments: A great book to jump start the creative mind. Written for advertising people in a slump. Creatively done and presents some brilliant ideas.
Most of you are aware now that I go to the library regularly on Mondays.... primarily to check out books and movies. ;-D My library carries a great selection of old and new titles. I thought it might be fun to do a monthly blog on the films we have recently watched.
I invite you to share with us a short review of a movie you've seen recently.
Tell us how many stars you give it. (0-5)
I watched "The Mirror Has Two Faces", starring Barbara Streisand and Jeff Bridges, 2004.
This light romantic comedy was a great chic flik to watch during a recent snowstorm. It was a funny story about two college professors who fell in love in an unusual way. An all-star cast including Pierce Brosnan, George Segal and Lauren Bacall.
March is the prelude to springtime, and the time for new beginnings. It's a perfect time to learn something new in your life.
What do you feel compelled to learn about this month?
What are you reading?
I just received two books in the mail that I ordered last week:
Today I Begin a New Life: Intentional Creation by Dave Blanchard, 2012
The Observer's Chair: The Miracle of Healing Self-Esteem by Dave Blanchard, 2012
Both are excellent books with a new approach to taking back control over your life. I love this author because he is a life coach and has done a lot of research on how we react to stress physically, mentally, and emotionally and how to not allow life's ups and downs to thwart our plans for the future. Those are subjects I've chosen to learn about for the month of March.
Today I was in the library parking lot when a kamikaze lady driver, who was at least 90 years old, almost ran over me and the guy on the other side of her car who was walking toward the library too.
He was about my age, very good looking, charming, no wedding ring, and struck up a conversation with me about how we were almost killed at the same time by the same crazy old lady, and we should not be mad at her because we will be old someday too. We laughed while we walked into the library. He held the door for me, and wished me a great day. He did not seem shy at all.
Then while I was making my book and movie selections he kept flirting with me, bumped into me once, and I responded with smiles. But he never came over to talk with me. I took my time checking out. He kept watching me and smiling. I looked over my shoulder with a BIG smile as I left the library. He only smiled back. I took my time getting to my car, but he never followed.
Did I do something wrong? He seemed to be giving me all the right signals and I was responding. Any ideas about how I should have handled this situation?
Has anyone else noticed that MM has changed perhaps all the "single" status' to "never been married"? I had originally listed myself as "single" because I've been divorced for practically forever and the baggage is long gone. That's what culturally I think most people understand "single" to mean--either never married or divorced so long they forgot they had ever been married. ;-D
MM friends, what is your definition of what "single" means? ....... BeWell
This is February, the month decicated to love and romance. This month the questions are...
What are you reading?
How is your book (or reading material of another type) helping you to make progress toward your love life?
The book I'm currently reading is, Food Consciousness, by Shannon McKeown, MS, LDN. 2012, Kima Global Publishers. It educates people about how food works in your body and how processed food messes with your metabolism and mind. It also shows things you can do to de-stress yourself so your food can work beter to regenerate your cells and prevent disease. She approaches things from a spiritual perspective.
The way this book is helping me to make progress in my love life is that it is helping me to clean up my diet which will make me think clearer and be healthier and more attractive mentally, physically, and spiritually. It also has a few recipes in it which could inspire me to whip up a great romantic dinner if I'm lucky to have a wonderful guy to cook for this month. FYI..... I'm a pretty good in the kitchen, BTW........ ;-D......... BeWell
I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's answer............ BeWell.... ;-D
Hope each of you welcomed in the New Year with thoughts of hope and determination to make this the best year of your life.
What are you reading?
What lesson(s) have you learned thusfar from your selection?
I'm currently reading, Life Unlocked: 7 Revolutionary Lessons to Overcome Fear by Srinivasan S. Pillay, MD, (Rodale, NY,NY, 2010). This is one AMAZING book if you want to understand why people get stuck and can't move on or succeed. Whether it's not being able to find a job or a spouse, or caught up in loops of indecision, or can't seem to get their business growing, or whatever, the book explains why and how to snap out of it. It's very scientificly based.
I'm only in the first chapter and already learned that my amygdala has caused an earthquake in my brain due to all the stress I've been under the last 2 years. That's what's happening when you think your mind is short-circuiting. I'm ready for some relief! I also learned that new studies have shown that blind people can sense fear on people's faces even though they can't see. Very interesting findings. Will comment more as I learn more from this great work in psychology.
Rmac, you're going to LOVE this one!
Happy New Year to all and may this be your best year ever.............. BeWell...;-D
I just finished Martha Washington's Booke of Cookery. I think it was written in the late 1970s. Returned it to the library today. Not a very "sexy" book, but I'm on a cooking kick right now for a work related project.
This book is composed of recipes handed down through Martha's first husband's family and some of her own. The compiler also did research on cooking through the ages and made notes throughout about how methods changed from the middle ages through the 1700s. So did the spellings of English words. It seemed like people spelled the way they talked, dialect and all. The main thing I learned was how extremely complicated most of the recipes were, and exact measurements were rarely given. Cooking was quite a laborious chore back then, and meat must have been an obsession, for it seems they ate anything with 4 legs except for the family pets. ;-D
My vote for my favorite book for 2012 is...... Quirkology. I found it totally fascinating!
My vote for my least favorite book for 2012 is.... 50 Shades of Gray. The only good thing I liked was that it painted a great picture for women of the type of sick controlling men to stay away from.
Looking forward to your answers....................... BeWell ;-D
Can you believe it's already November and Thanksgiving is only 3 weeks away? Where has the time gone?
Well, I've been super-busy with several work-related projects, but forced myself to start a new book. The title I've chosen is, Click: the magic of instant connections by Ori Brafman and Rom Brafman, (Broadway Books, 2010). I'm hoping to learn how to connect better with people in different situations. I do a fairly good job connecting right now, and there are times when I'm just shut down emotionally for no apparent reason. That isn't good when you need to be at the top of your game and you let great opportunities pass you by because you got momentarily shy.
I just started reading Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves. The reason I chose this title is that I've run across several men recently who refered to their Emotional IQ and this little book. So I thought perhaps the Universe was giving me a message to read it. ;-D Maybe yes? Maybe no? I'll report back soon about what I've learned.
How about you? What are you reading right now? And share with us how you like it and why you are reading it................... BeWell
Please share with us the book you are enjoying now, tell us what it's about, and what you like about it.
I am embarassed to say that I don't have a book going at the moment. I have several on order at the library to read and waiting on them to come in. In the meantime I checked out a stack of videos to get me through this rainy weekend we're having in St. Louis--vestiges of Hurricane Isaac is slowly moving through the state of Missouri dropping much needed rain.
The two videos I've watched so far are Water for Elephants and Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. Each are 2011 films. Has anyone read either of these two books. I loved both of the videos. Both very different types of love stories.
What are you reading (or watching.... ha!) this month? ............. BeWell