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Posted on Wed, May 30, 2012 21:35

What are you reading? 

What have you learned from your book thusfar?

Why did you choose the book?

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.

 

How about you? What are you reading?

 

 



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Posted on Sat, Jul 21, 2012 08:03

Thank you rmac! Will check it out......... B



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Posted on Sat, Jul 21, 2012 08:01

Hi Jenkneee,

Interesting book and movie. You might also enjoy seeing the new documentary on You Tube called, Thrive. Watch the original movie version. Thanks for sharing your book title.............. BeWell



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Posted on Fri, Jul 20, 2012 15:17

I am going to re-read George Orwell's 1984, it puts me in a fighting mood. Everyone should read it, we have 1984 right now in 2012.



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Posted on Thu, Jul 19, 2012 22:21

Hi Fifth_Element,

That's how books are. They have souls just like people and magnetic attraction. It must be a book that wants you to read it. There probably is a message within it that you will resonate with in such a way that you will know it was a message just for you. Share that with us when you've figured it out. Sounds like a great read. Thanks for sharing...... BeWell



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Posted on Thu, Jul 19, 2012 14:40

Quoting BeWell:

Hi rmac,

Want to thank you for both book referrals. Loved Thinking Fast and Slow. Blew me away! What exciting work and what surprises the author and his partner discovered. That one must go in my permanent library. Making me rethink a lot about myself as well as marketing.

Also finished Why Men Marry Some Women and Not Others. It surprised me. The best book I've seen so far on the subject, even though it was written in 2003. Statistics are powerful. The information for women over 40 contained lots of things I didn't know and never thought about. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Hopefully it will help to keep me from making some dreadful mistakes. Some of it contradicts what most people think of as given truths. Wish they had done the surveys on larger groups throughout the country.

You're a well-read treasure!............... BeWell

 

 



I expect you might also like "Imagine," by Jonah Lehrer.  It is about creative thinking.  How it really works.  How it can be encouraged.  On and on.

rmac



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Posted on Tue, Jul 17, 2012 22:26

Hi rmac,

Want to thank you for both book referrals. Loved Thinking Fast and Slow. Blew me away! What exciting work and what surprises the author and his partner discovered. That one must go in my permanent library. Making me rethink a lot about myself as well as marketing.

Also finished Why Men Marry Some Women and Not Others. It surprised me. The best book I've seen so far on the subject, even though it was written in 2003. Statistics are powerful. The information for women over 40 contained lots of things I didn't know and never thought about. Thank you, thank you, thank you! Hopefully it will help to keep me from making some dreadful mistakes. Some of it contradicts what most people think of as given truths. Wish they had done the surveys on larger groups throughout the country.

You're a well-read treasure!............... BeWell

 

 



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Posted on Wed, Jun 27, 2012 23:11

Oh shucks Rmac!  We need answers!!  Lord knows we can't seem to figure it out for ourselves....well....at least this writer can't seem to.  *sigh*

 

I read a study some time ago that put forth the notion that falling in love was a mental condition.  They called it "love ready".  When a person starts to think about finding a mate and falling in love....that's when it happens.  Love doesn't happen because the right person comes along.  Even if that right person did come along, if the other was not at a stage where they were "love ready"...it wouldn't matter; they would not fall in love.

 

I'll have to see if I can find your book.



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Posted on Wed, Jun 27, 2012 16:12

Quoting Diana3316:

Rmac~

So what's the answer????  Why Men Marry Some Women and Not Others.



Diana –

 

I wish there was an easy answer to the question.  You would need to read the book.  The book is not about the women you would take home to mama and those you would not. 

 

Molloy’s business at the time of the book, was giving presentations to companies on how to improve their business.  Convincing clients was a big part of it -- salesmanship in one form or another.  By researching successful companies, he had come up with a set of rules on how to present yourself to prospective clients. 

 

One of his female researchers asked if the same techniques would work in pursuit of a husband.  His response was they would not hurt, but why not find out.  So, a team of his female researchers set out to find out.  Upshot, yes it worked.  Something like 40 percent of the researchers were engaged or married within a year.  These were women who had been worried about being able to find a husband.

 

There was another piece of the puzzle.  They interviewed newly married men and women, asked questions.  What when why etc.  What came out is there is a time in a relationship when the man will be contemplating marriage, (if he is ever going to).  There are always reasons to put it off.  Reasons that he thinks are important, but she may not.  These might be better job, better home, next promotion, on and on.  The women that get married open the subject at the appropriate time and say in effect, “I don’t care about all that, let’s get married.”

 

Relationships that are allowed to go on and on seldom result in marriage. 

 

Now please, you all, don’t hold me to absolute accuracy in my answer to Diana.  This is an attempt to answer in the spirit of the book.  A book I read at least a few years ago.  You want absolute accuracy – read the book.   

 

rmac

 



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Posted on Mon, Jun 25, 2012 20:28

Rmac~

So what's the answer????  Why Men Marry Some Women and Not Others.



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Posted on Tue, Jun 19, 2012 16:57

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BeWell,

 

Not sure this is what you had in mind, but …..

 

“Why men marry some women and not others:  the fascinating research that can lead you to the alter and land you the husband of your dreams,” Molloy, John T.

 

rmac

 



rmac,

Thanks for the title suggestion of Why Men Marry Some Women and Not Others. The book doesn't sound exactly what I had in mind... LOL! But perhaps I'll take a look at it anyway just in case its title is deceiving. HA!

 

BTW... enjoying Thinking Fast and Slow. What a brilliant concept about the two seperate thought systems. It's so right on target. Still in the early pages of the book. Wished a few of my college professors had known about some of these ideas when grading papers way back then.  ;-D.............. BeWell!



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Posted on Sun, Jun 17, 2012 20:01

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rmac,

I finished Stumbling On Happiness and appreciated all the studies which were well documented. The book answered my question about why product survey data is not necessarily indicative of sales outcomes. I've had many clients come to me after they wasted good money on expensive marketing research only to find that their product didn't sell the way the researchers predicted.

 

Now I've started Thinking Fast and Slow. I think I'm going to like this one as well, although it's going to take me a bit longer to read. I noticed that the author looks at intuition. I hope he also looks at the decision making influences from the quatum physics perspective and even from the astrological side. My publishing career has taken me into those realms. The research is fascinating from those perspectives too. There's so much yet to be learned about the way things work in our universe.

 

Haven't decided what's next after, Thinking Fast and Slow. Thanks for your suggestions and I appreciate any others in the future. At the moment I'm leaning toward the best books and information that help me understand how men relate to women in the romantic partner selection process ;-D.



BeWell,

 

Not sure this is what you had in mind, but …..

 

“Why men marry some women and not others:  the fascinating research that can lead you to the alter and land you the husband of your dreams,” Molloy, John T.

 

rmac

 



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Posted on Fri, Jun 15, 2012 11:45

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BeWell,

 

I have been resisting the temptation to provide you with a whole long list of books.  So far successfully.  I will give in to temptation a little and suggest two others you might like, “The Female Brain,” by Lounn Brizendine and “The Essential Difference,” by Simon Baron-Cohen.  These are a bit heavier.  They both deal with the brain, the underlying differences between men and women. 

 

Louann Brizendine has a newer one called The Male Brain.  I have not read that one yet.

 

rmac 

 



rmac,

I finished Stumbling On Happiness and appreciated all the studies which were well documented. The book answered my question about why product survey data is not necessarily indicative of sales outcomes. I've had many clients come to me after they wasted good money on expensive marketing research only to find that their product didn't sell the way the researchers predicted.

 

Now I've started Thinking Fast and Slow. I think I'm going to like this one as well, although it's going to take me a bit longer to read. I noticed that the author looks at intuition. I hope he also looks at the decision making influences from the quatum physics perspective and even from the astrological side. My publishing career has taken me into those realms. The research is fascinating from those perspectives too. There's so much yet to be learned about the way things work in our universe.

 

Haven't decided what's next after, Thinking Fast and Slow. Thanks for your suggestions and I appreciate any others in the future. At the moment I'm leaning toward the best books and information that help me understand how men relate to women in the romantic partner selection process ;-D.



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Posted on Fri, Jun 15, 2012 10:46

Quoting Voyager54:

~Be Well~  many years ago...speaking of Library's...a friend from STL, bought a library and converted into a restaurant...named it Carnegie's at Soulard...I wonder if it's still there. HE was sparing no expense on the place. I went in one day to see it totally gutted and prepped for the renovation. Big. And down near the river if I recall...this was perhaps 30 years ago...probably before you were born darlin'!



V54,

Yes, I know the Library restaruant at Soulard. I think it is closed down. The building is still there. I saw it last week when I went shopping for fresh fruits and veggies at Soulard Market. Yes, it must have been at least 30 years ago, probably longer when they renovated it, and... since we are the same age, I'm sure it was before I was born. Ha!



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Posted on Wed, Jun 13, 2012 06:36

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rmac,

Didn't want you to think I was ignoring you. Just want you to know that I'm reading Stumbling On Happiness right now. Very interesting book. I'll report back once I've finished it. Know some of the things they mention from my first-hand experiences in marketing and advertising. I did fall for the card trick. LOVED it!...... Later.... BeWell



BeWell,

 

I have been resisting the temptation to provide you with a whole long list of books.  So far successfully.  I will give in to temptation a little and suggest two others you might like, “The Female Brain,” by Lounn Brizendine and “The Essential Difference,” by Simon Baron-Cohen.  These are a bit heavier.  They both deal with the brain, the underlying differences between men and women. 

 

Louann Brizendine has a newer one called The Male Brain.  I have not read that one yet.

 

rmac 

 



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Posted on Mon, Jun 11, 2012 21:24

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BeWelll:  Sometimes titles can really put one off and cause one to miss a great book.  The book Curious mentions is perhaps one of them.  I have not read it.  I have looked into others with titles that should have put me off, but the very oddness of the title pricked my curiosity.  One I would recommend in that Category is “Stumbling On Happiness,” not at all what you expect and another great book on how people think.  If you are fascinated on what and how people think – read it. 

 

rmac

 



rmac,

Didn't want you to think I was ignoring you. Just want you to know that I'm reading Stumbling On Happiness right now. Very interesting book. I'll report back once I've finished it. Know some of the things they mention from my first-hand experiences in marketing and advertising. I did fall for the card trick. LOVED it!...... Later.... BeWell



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Posted on Mon, Jun 11, 2012 21:02

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~BWell~...See, I figured you'd like the FF...they really are awesome. Close your eyes at a concert and you'll swear you've traveled back in time and the Beatles are on stage...only better.

 

High School reunion eh?  Gawd,,,please don't remind me.  It was 40 years ago today,Sister Mary of the wild frontier taught me to play!...Actually is was the Brothers of Mount Assumption.

I used to live in Ladue when I worked for an amazing company out in Fenton, called MARITZ.

They had me galavanting all over the world every week of the year so I never did get to know STL all that well.  Before I lived in Ladue, I lived in Creve Couer on a street that was named with me in mind...Wild Turkey Court...down behind the TGIF...assuming that still exists.



Voyager,

Wow! Sorry you didn't get to enjoy STL while you lived there. Many aspects of it make it a world-class city, including its library systems. I know how it is to travel so much that you can't have a normal life and enjoy your home and hometown. I galavanted the Midwest like you the world.

 

Yes, I'm familiar with Maritz. I have a good friend who used to work there, but got laid off. Maritz positions itself as a company that is still doing well in business, but it lost quite a few clients in recent recession years, according to my source.

 

Although I was born and raised in STL, I've only just moved back 6 months ago or so after having been gone for 38 years. So everything is new to me. It's like being in a city I've never been to before, except I have tons of friends still living here. I feel like a tourist. The city has changed so very much, some for the good and some for the not so good. Haven't been over to Creve Couer yet. If I remember correctly, there's a really nice park with a lake there. Ladue has remained elegant and well kept.

 

The natives still speak with that dreadful St. Louis accent. It makes me cringe. And my daughter said I'm starting to get my old STL accent back again. Oh, no! I must make myself consciously aware that I eat with a fork and not a faaark, and the parking meter takes quarters and not quaaaters. ;-D



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Posted on Sun, Jun 10, 2012 06:34

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~BWell~...Ok darlin'...Coinkydink...Surprise me...it's not Australian...what is it?

Of the Fab Faux, Jimmie Vivino is the guitarist on Conan and Lee is the bass player for what's his face's band on Letterman.

They've been touring for years. And they get all the buck for their shows. The cool thing is that they are not Beatle copycats or even a tribute band...they are reproductionists. They don't have the hair style or the clothes and their concerts don't go through a novella of period pieces.

You Tube has a great deal of their live shows...but as I mentioned, check out the Abbey Road Medley part 1.

The check out their version of I Am The Walrus played on the Letterman show...their string section is awesome! It's a women's string section and I'm horrible at names and titles due to my rapid aging process. Sorry.



Voyager,

Coinkydink (ko-wink-key-dink) is something that happens by coincidence. Maybe it's a midwestern coloquialism. I don't know, but it's a common term around here. ;-D

 

OK.... so I took some time this morning and listened to the Fab Faux on YouTube. TOTALLY AMAZING!  Found it interesting that there are 5 of them in the core. Found  a link to their upcoming concerts: http://www.thefabfaux.com/guests/FabFauxNews/

 

I was wrong about my friend who is a music promotor.  He does work for the Liverpool Legends www.liverpoollegends.com which is another Beatles tribute band managed by George Harrison's sister, Louise. They do early Beatles with wigs. I assumed wrong because he said the group he represents was rated the best tribute band. I don't think so anymore after listening to Fab. I prefer Fab and the later-more complexed music, although Legends are pretty fun to listen to as well..... but I'm not going to tell my friend about my preference. ;-D

 

All of this has really got me into the Beatles again. Ha! I'm going to have to call the DJ and make sure he brings his Beatles music for our upcoming High School reunion.



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Posted on Fri, Jun 08, 2012 15:40

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~BE~...Check out the Fab Faux on You tube...they have tons on there but pull up the Abbey Road medley...they did that without any computers...awesome stuff...And the Fab faux are all famous musicians...I wonder if you can recognize them... They do Beatles better than any other band in the world and almost better than the Beatles themselves!  They were the band at Radio City for John's 70th birthday...Yoko and Paul were there.



V,

Yes, I've heard of the Fab Faux, but haven't seen them in concert yet. While I was still reading the Lennon book I ran into an old friend of mine who is a promotions consultant and has done a little work for the group. What a coinkydink that you would mention that!  ;->

 



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Posted on Thu, Jun 07, 2012 06:42

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Why, pray tell?  Why skip this one?

 

 

 

Unless, of course you've read other John Barth novels.

 

 

 

ROFLMAO

 

P.S.:  Still reading it.  It "DO" go on forever.  And carrying around a dictionary to elucidate mid-sentence commentary every few paragraphs is a chore indeed.



Curious,

I don't read a lot of novels anymore. I used to be hooked on the classics. I'm mostly a non-fiction reader now. But I'll take a look at the reviews and consider it for future reading.............. BeWell



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