Since the "What are you reading?" blog was so successful in July, I decided to start a continuation blog for August.
Please share with us the book you are enjoying now, tell us what it's about, and what you like about it.
I'm reading, Quirkology: How We Discover the Big Truths in Small Things by Richard Wiseman, PhD. (2009, Basic Books/Perseus Book Group). It's filled with lots of interesting stories about statistical studies that flush out the mysteries about everyday things like how to tell if someone is a liar, what a person's sense of humor reveals, odd behaviors of animals, and all sorts of interesting things. I've found some good conversation starters from this fun little book and I'm just half-way through it.
A dear friend of mine bakes homemade chocolate chip cookies when she wants to get her husband in a romantic mood. It works every time for her! A true and sweet story! I have another friend who brought herself out of a deep depression after her unexpected divorce by surrounding herself with the scent of roses--flowers, rose scented candles, rose scented hand creams and bubble baths, air fresheners and diffusers. She even cooked carrots in rosewater and made rosewater icecubes. It worked like magic!
For me, it's the fragrances of vanilla or cinnamon, and as strange as it may seem.... the earthy smell of the woods and distinct aroma of caves! It's all that nature girl Earth energy within me I suppose. Ha!
How about you? What aromas, fragrances, or sents make you romantically intoxicated or emotionally comforted?............ BeWell
I'm almost finished reading, John Lennon: The Life by Philip Norman (ecco, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2008). It's a fabulous book for trying to understand the "complexity and simplicity" of John Lennon and the dynamics of the Beatles from their start to the finish and through the death of Lennon.
I've learned that John was a very troubled soul due to his dysfunctional family history--alcoholic father and crazy mother. He was gifted with genius level creativity in many different areas--art, music, writing, poetry, film production, and more. I think he may have been ADHD before the drug companies coined the term. After reading so much about him I feel compassion for what he must have been going through trying find himself while trying to handle the fame. Yoko was the only person in his world who loved John for John and not his persona of being the leading "Beatle". She understood his complexities. I'm sure she was his soul mate and his death completely broke her heart.
I didn't choose this book. It chose me. Every time I went to the library my eyes would be drawn to it, until one day I decided to just check it out. I've enjoyed it tremendously and read it for pure entertainment.
I became a grandmother for the first time this past week! My daughter's tiny, perfect baby boy came into this world several weeks early. Both mother and baby and daddy are doing great.
What a wonderful feeling it is to hold him in my arms, feel this new kind of love for the very first time, and be mesmerized by the mystifying miracle of life. WOW!
All grandparents out there..... do you have any advice for a new grandparent or comments on grandparenthood? Unfortunately they live 300 miles away, at least for right now, so my visits will be limited. Thank goodness for Skype!
Here's a fun topic to discuss...
Do you have at least one special superhero/heroine superpower that is unusual or amazing?
This is something unique that most people are unable to do, but you can do it magically with total ease. It could be something fun, crazy, serious or downright weird.
For example... I seem to have been born the Queen of Lost and Found. I have this crazy ability to help friends locate small lost items--wallets, cell phones, drivers' licenses, car titles, rings, keys, etc. Most items are not misplaced in the home, but lost in a public place. My friends seem to think it works 60%-80% of the time when I'm in power-up mode, but I'm only good for one lost item a day.
The first time I discovered this superpower was in high school when I found a friend's contact lens on the other end of the grassy archery range. It was a cold and windy day and I found it an hour after she lost it. Would you agree it was a jillion to one odds that the contact lens was recovered?
Example 2... Another friend of mine is the Goddess of Writing Upside Down. She does it just about as easy as she normally writes right side up. How crazy is that?
What is your superhero/heroine power(s)? Or do you know of anybody who has an unexplainable ability?