The Backyard Gardener: Simple, easy, & beautiful gardening with vegetables, herbs & flowers, by K. Orzel.

My Copy: 9781493026579 (image from bn.com) I gotta admit--the photos in this book make me drool over the lovely plant-life. The Backyard Gardener is a great resource for those who need some info before investing a bunch of money in gardening. (I kinda wish I started reading this before I went all-out in my quarantine … Continue reading The Backyard Gardener: Simple, easy, & beautiful gardening with vegetables, herbs & flowers, by K. Orzel.

Q#127: How can you effectively create calluses for guitar practice when you constantly have to wash your hands?

Thanks to Coronavirus and my workplace, I'm washing my hands far more often than ever before. I can't even use the fingerprint scanner on my phone anymore because it can't read it (unless I re-calibrate, but I'm debating on that). The one thing I heard when I first started guitar practice was the need to … Continue reading Q#127: How can you effectively create calluses for guitar practice when you constantly have to wash your hands?

Don’t Bullsh*t Yourself!: Crush the excuses that are holding you back, by Jon Taffer

My Copy: 9780735217003 (image from twitter.com) I'm sure the title gave away that this was a self-help book, and it doesn't disappoint. No worries, it doesn't curse you out throughout, but does call it the way Jon Taffer does on Bar Rescue...minus the physically in your face element. His calmer voice comes through well in Don't … Continue reading Don’t Bullsh*t Yourself!: Crush the excuses that are holding you back, by Jon Taffer

Dangerous Personalities: An FBI Profiler Shows You How to Identify and Protect Yourself From Harmful People, by Joe Navarro

My Copy: 9781635653366 (image from rodale books) A lot of what we're seeing in the news today has a lot to do with dangerous personalities, and it's a plus to read a book like this. Now, this 2017 edition does briefly mention a certain political figure, but he's not diagnosing him. If anything, clinicians apparently … Continue reading Dangerous Personalities: An FBI Profiler Shows You How to Identify and Protect Yourself From Harmful People, by Joe Navarro

Nurses and needles and veins, oh my! Prepping before donating blood or plasma.

I think all plasma donation sites should have this on the home page: if you have veins that like to hide or jump at the elbow and you have a hard time giving blood, don't bother showing up to donate plasma!!! That would've saved some time and made my day better. I tried to go … Continue reading Nurses and needles and veins, oh my! Prepping before donating blood or plasma.

Around the Writer’s Block: Using Brain Science to Solve Writer’s Resistance, by Rosanne Bane

My Copy: 9781585428717 (image from amazon.com) If you're in that awful stage called "trying to be a writer," or "want to be a writer," or "I hate writing, it's too hard," because of that brick wall in your head, then this is a book for you. If you've read a dozen books about how to … Continue reading Around the Writer’s Block: Using Brain Science to Solve Writer’s Resistance, by Rosanne Bane

The Voice Book: Caring For, Protecting, & Improving Your Voice by Kate DeVore & Starr Cookman

My Copy: 9781556528293 (image from amazon.com) I'm trying to remember exactly why I bought this book, but I think it was to help me out when I was starting out as a tour guide and teaching. I have a loud voice, annoyingly loud to me most of the time, but I don't have much strength … Continue reading The Voice Book: Caring For, Protecting, & Improving Your Voice by Kate DeVore & Starr Cookman

Double Your Brain Power: Increase your memory by using all of your brain all the time, by Jean Marie Stine

My Copy: 9780131867192 (image from abebooks.com) Another blast from the past, another self-improvement book on the shelf...but I've actually read this one...way back when. I was just so young I didn't know what to do with it.  My memory sucks, and with all the books on my shelf (and all the classes I keep signing … Continue reading Double Your Brain Power: Increase your memory by using all of your brain all the time, by Jean Marie Stine

#045–What do you do when you need a mental health day, but can’t get off work for it yet?

I think we're all in a pretty lousy place this past year. There was a meme people passed around that became my mantra on New Years Eve, 2016: "The first rule of 2017: do not talk about 2016" What sucks is this year is shaping up to be more of the same, if not worse. … Continue reading #045–What do you do when you need a mental health day, but can’t get off work for it yet?

Walking Killer vs. Running Victim: a theory about survival from a fitness perspective.

Header image from The Night of the Hunter (1955), a WAY too creepy movie. I think we know the plot device by heart. Hell, they're probably the main reason why we ended up with so many damned Scary Movie sequels and other tribute/parody films over the years. For this immediate example, I'm going to take … Continue reading Walking Killer vs. Running Victim: a theory about survival from a fitness perspective.