Cesar’s Way Tuesday, Jan 4 2011 

After reading the book Cesar’s Way, it gave me a perspective on the relationship between dogs and their owners that I had never thought of before. A dog behavior specialist, Dog Whisperer author starts out by making some extreme comparisons between dogs in the US and dogs in Mexico. He essentially declares that dogs (especially dogs who are owned by the wealthiest California residence) are unhappy. That they are not treated like dogs, they not allowed to be dogs, but are treated more like humans. As a result they have behavior problems. They are not allowed to be dogs and they need to be rehabilitated and helped to learn how to be dogs. The dogs, he says, that he grew up around in Mexico would roam around in dog packs. They were free, free to be themselves. Well, after rehabilitating hundreds of dogs, he has become an expert in Dog Health Problems. Caring for a dog can be a financially draining and time consuming responsibility. There are so many things to consider when you try to train a dog to be a family friendly pet. I’ve learned some perspective by doing research on sites like this. According to the Dog Wisperer you need to have more than one dog. A dog needs another dog as a companion. I guess a human companion doesn’t count. But really, can a dog really forget to be a dog? Does their natural animal instinct go away they more you try and humanize your pet? Or do they just become miserable? I do think that there are a great number of people who go overboard with dog meds and too much human food and therefore create problems for their dog to function like a normal dog should. There is a balance for sure. I did enjoy reading about how randomly aggressive dogs, after being rehabilitated, becoming calm cooperative dogs without extreme measure like meds. Not all of us however can afford to give a dog that will meet all their needs. I can’t afford theapy for myself, let alone my dog.

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New Moon Friday, May 1 2009 

I know…I’m addicted what can I say? I love this series and it’s become a universal hit. The writer knows how to draw you in. All my friends at work are reading the series, including some of the men. What started as a series for young girls has drawn a wider audience.. partly because of the movie I think. I can just imagine being apart of the story and running from the cruel girl jeans vampires and their fangs. Today I’m finishing up the book New Moon.. sitting on my porch with my sencha tea and enjoying the tragic conclusion..sigh… I’m thinking of getting a Kindle so that I can read on the go more. I’ve been checking some laptop backpacks with all the compartments and I was looking at the benefits of book downloading. Maybe this goes against the code of bookworms everywhere but I think it would help me stay more informed as a reader and book lover.

Guilty Thursday, Jan 8 2009 

I picked up the book Guilty by Ann Coulter. I’m not a particular fan of hers in fact I think she is highly irritating, but I do appreciate her fierce, determination to stand up for what she believes in. The sneer and sarcasm that men use in commentary that make women angry, she dives into and throws it back. She holds her own when she is talking to tough, chauvinistic men and doesn’t back down. I’m intrigued by her take on this last election and how the media has handled the candidates. 

Twilight, what’s with the hipe? Wednesday, Dec 3 2008 

 

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I usually don’t go with passing fads but I must say that the Twilight series has captured my attention. I just started on the first book. The romance isn’t so much what captured my interest but the setting and brooding vampire theme intrigued me. It is set in Fork, Washington within the Olympic Peninsula an amazingly beautiful landscape of the Northwest. I’m a fan of Josh Whedon’s (director of Buffy The Vampire Slayer) creation of “Angel” the misunderstood, soul bearing vampire. I am curious to see how the “Edward” character development progresses within the Twilight series. It’s crazy that this book came out in 2005 and there is already a movie out based on the series of the same title. It’s been a very easy read so far, a nice escape. If you decide to read the books before you go see the film (which I recommend) there are 3 books in the series. So I suggest you sit back with your favorite latté or the best green tea and slip into a world of chilling mystery and beautifully tragic vampires and their unquenched thirst for love.

book quote Monday, Oct 2 2006 

So, I haven’t had much time to read lately, but I did find some time this weekend to sit down, suck on my favorite Korean Ginseng Tea Candy and to  read this great quote:

“We poke fun at the sactimony of environmentalits, and try hard to convince ourselves that the sprawling crapulence of big-box stores, strip malls, monotonous housing developments, and other degrading manifestations of our built environment somehow represents progress. We abandon or bulldoze old buildings and human-scaled neighborhoods, then create fake environments (shopping malls) to re-create what we destroyed…
We want a faith that makes us feel good about ourselves, not one that makes demands we’d rather not obey. We’ve turned religion into another consumer good. Our faith does not help us stand against the money-driven materialist culture, but instead baptizes our participation in it.”
-from “Crunchy Cons” by Rod Dreher

Wheel of Time Thursday, Sep 28 2006 

I am almost done with the first book in the series Wheel of Time-it’s called “Eye of the World” and I totally love it.  I admit, sometimes fantasy is pretty great.  The author just keeps writing them and writing them and he will never end it, and he will die with no end.  It kind of makes me not really want to get into it, but I guess it’s too late…I’m sucked in now!

I still haven’t finished “Crunchy Cons”….I need more free time!  I need more time to relax and chill out with my books and tea!

High Fidelity Tuesday, Sep 26 2006 

My roommate is reading the book High Fidelity right now, which I didn’t even know was a book before it was a movie (I’m slow to pick up on some things I guess!)  She says it makes her feel so bad for the main character, and she feels like it’s a pretty realistic character.  She hates seeing him put all this energy into a person when she isn’t what he wants anyways.  Have any of you read the book?  I liked the movie, maybe I should read it…

Books and community Saturday, Sep 23 2006 

The area that my parents live in are building these huge condominiums that will be connected with a huge 14 screen movie theater and shopping area.  But, what they are missing in the plans is a good book shop and coffee shop!  I think every community will fail if they don’t have a place where community can meet and come together.  In the 1950’s this may have been a hair dresser’s shop, or the barber shop for men, or church, but now where can people meet outside of a bar?  Coffee shops, music venues and book stores are so vital in my opinion.  Anyways, I just started thinking about this as I discovered that there are going to be a bunch of new condos for sale in Cincinnati, and I am curious what it would be like to live so close to so many people that you don’t know!  It could be a really neat community in there!

Reading date Sunday, Sep 17 2006 

Tonight I have a “reading aloud date” with two dear friends. We are going to head to the park, bring some drinks, a blanket to sit on, our favorite childhood book, and we are going to take turns reading them aloud. I can’t wait! There is this great park downtown with a fountain, and a view of the city skyline over the river. I love finding friends and excuses to lounge at parks. 🙂

Unfortunate Events Tuesday, Sep 12 2006 

I am in the middle of the books by Limony Snicket “A Series of Unfortunate Events” like I may have mentioned before, and I freaking love them!  They make me laugh out loud sometimes!  But, I will say that I am getting frustrated.  I think honestly, I just want it to end in a fairy tale ending!  I know it warns me the entire series that if you want a happy ending you shouldn’t keep reading, but for some reason, that makes me want to read it and find a happy ending even more!

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