In “Vlog Like a Boss,” Amy Schmittauer tells you everything you need to know about online video — how to get over your fears, set a goal, grow a community, encourage engagement and coming up with a strategy — while being funny at the same time.
My husband is an avid video gamer. While he doesn’t get to play as much as he likes now that he’s a father, video games are still a big part of his life and how he chooses to spend his free time. We’ve often talked about how we should handle video games as our son gets older, which is why I was so excited to be contacted about reviewing “A Parent’s Guide to Video Games.”
The author, Dr. Rachel Kowert, is a gamer and a parent, as well as being a research psychologist, making her a knowledgeable and balanced guide. She covers the typical hot topics when it comes to video games, such as addiction, aggression, and sexism, and she dispels or confirms these concerns with research. Continue reading
“You Are a Badass” is the first New Age book I’ve read that acknowledges that New Age concepts are flat out wonky-sounding.
If you’ve seen/read “The Secret,” or books similar to it, you know what I mean. New Age books promise you wealth and prosperity by using your mind to move the energy all around us. This is the “Law of Attraction,” which basically states like attracts like, and is all over the pages of self-help books.
I first heard about the “Engine 2 Diet” through the popular documentary “Forks Over Knives.” I was fascinated that a group of burly fire fighters would take on the challenge of eating a plant-based diet. In my opinion, vegan food is only worth their weight if all-American, meat and potatoes kind of people love it.
“The Engine 2 Diet” (“E2” for short) starts off with a harrowing story of pulling a fellow fire fighter out of the blazes of an apartment building fire, who sustained 3rd degree burns — the worst kind — on 70% of his body, narrowly escaping death. People rarely live if more than 65% of their body is burned. Continue reading
“168 Hours: You have more time than you think” by Laura Vanderkam is a book about time management and life balance. But it’s also about career management and volunteering. And it’s about productivity and being fully present.
“168 hours” is a collection of essays — food for thought, if you will. This is terrible if you’re a smash and grab reader (get in, get out, move on), but wonderful if you love to look analytically at your life and ponder ways to make it better (as I do).
The illustrations are stark black and white. The illustrator, Miriam, armed with paper and an X-Acto knife, cut the images out, line by line, bit by bit. They are beautiful, amazing and give the book a unique style.
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by Tony Robbins.