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Monday, October 22, 2018

Wild Drinks & Cocktails - Emily Han

There are many of us who would like to make our own booze, but can't due to space or perhaps personal hesitance. Or maybe you already have the means and want to take it to the next level. If you are in either of these categories this fantastic guide will help you make your own squashes, shrubs, switchels, tonics, or infusions at home.

The directions in this book are easy to follow and modify for your own purposes. I tried making the Sage and Apple wine successfully. I also modified a recipe that originally used apricots and substituted peaches from a nearby orchard and mixed it with the desert willow blossoms from my own backyard. I anticipate using this book as guide for many years to come to make custom drinks for the change of seasons and many other special occasions.

Friday, October 19, 2018

After the Ecstasy, the Laundry - Jack Kornfield

Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water
-Zen Proverb

It seems like self-improvement and spirituality are high volume topics these days. People are focused on improving themselves, their lives, and their higher self, but our bodies still remain in this physical plane. So what happens after we reach enlightenment? How can we bring enlightenment into our daily lives? How did Saints and Prophets do it?

In this fantastic book, Kornfield presents saying, proverbs, and stories from multiple religions, including Christianity, Hinduism, Sufiasm, and Judaism, to help the reader find how to bring mysticism to every day activities. Readers from assorted backgrounds will find wisdom in the pages of this book.

More by the Author:
A Path with Heart
The Wise Heart
A Lamp in the Darkness

Related Reads:
Zen Flesh, Zen Bones - various
Thou Art That - Joseph Campbell
Parallel Sayings of Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, Lao Tzu

Monday, October 15, 2018

Alchemy of Herbs - Rosalee de la Foret

In this fantastic book de la Foret examines the history and healing properties of twenty-nine, 29, herbs using both historical references and modern day studies. Many readers likely already have these herbs in their cabinet and may even use on a daily basis already.

Part I examines the history of herbal usage, how herbs efficacy is determines, and how to match herbs to your own body and not just what ails you.

Part II divides the herbs up by flavor: Pungent, Salty, Sour, Bitter, and Sweet. Each herb is examined and presented with its scientific name and properties, along with its healing properties and preferred preparation. Additionally it contains information on contraindictions that may cause problems, such as illnesses,
conditions, or medicine. Each herbal entry also includes a number of recipes, such as food, tinctures, and teas.

This is definitely a book for beginners, but veterans of herb usage may enjoy some of the additional recipes found in this book to add to their repertoire.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Cacti of the Southwest - Hubert W. Earle

This pocket guide contains 152 species of cacti and includes both black and white photos and colors photos to assist the reader in identifying them.

There's not much to say about this particular guide, as it only contains barebones information and photographs. Handy for use, but not in-depth.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Mastery - Robert Green

How does one become a success in life? How does one find their true calling? How does one gain the skills to reach their goal? What can masters from all over the world and throughout the centuries teach us about achieving success?

In this volume Greene provides valuable and specific advice that can be applied to any professional pursuit to achieve ones goals. Greene uses a variety of Masters, including artists, engineers, inventors, musicians, psychiatrists, scientists to give readers a full vantage of the kinds of successful people who have used habits and techniques. A few examples include: Leonardo d Vinci, Henry Ford, The Wright Brothers, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Carl Yung, and Marie Currie.

Whatever your pursuit in life, whether you are still at the discovery stage or the master stage, you will find useful advice in this book.

More by the Author:
The 48 Laws of Power
The Art of Seduction

Friday, October 5, 2018

Succulent Woman - Sark

Traumatic events throughout their lives and just every day experiences can sometimes make it difficult for women to integrate their whole self into their own person. By sharing her own personal journeys in a colorful free-for journal style book, Sark hopes to encourage other women to take a brave leap into finding and becoming their whole selves.

The tone varies through the book from playful to serious. Due to its format a reader can reader it straight through or pick a random page to read. Each chapter is filled with the author's personal experiences, activity suggestions, and media suggestions to help a reader find her own voice. The first half of the book focuses on the individual and the chapters are themed: Love & Romance, Fat, Creative Expression, Money & Power.
The last two chapters contain inspiration containing Portraits of Succulent Women and Building a Succulent Community.

I enjoyed the watercolor illustrations and the handwritten typeface throughout the book. The playful tone of this book is different than many of the self-help and inspirational books I typically read. While I didn't find it was for me, I would definitely recommend it for women who are on their journey within themselves.

More by the Author:
Succulent Wild Love
The Bodacious Book of Succulence
Eat Mangoes Naked

Recommended Reads:
The Artist's Way - Julia Cameron
Warrior Goddess Training - Heather AshAmara

Monday, October 1, 2018

Radical Ecstasy - Dossie Easton, Janet W. Hardy

Easton and Hardy have written several books on BDSM (bondage domination sadism and masochism) and alternative relationships in the past. In this piece they share personal experiences and revelations in using BDSM to bring about ecstasy and self-transformation. Experiences as both bottom and top are present in this book, so readers will get to learn about how it feels in both positions. Some of these experiences involve pain, which is often associated with BDSM, but many scenarios are strictly domination and submission.

Readers who are uncomfortable with sex and especially BDSM will want to steer clear of this book that doesn't shy away from descriptions of pain and submission. Those who are comfortable or willing to forge on may find introspection within the context of sexual encounters that may provide insight into their own lives. Whether the reader is simply curious or looking to enhance their own lives through sexual means this is a fantastic book.

More by the Authors:
The Ethical Slut
When Someone You Love is Kinky

Related Reads:
Carnal Alchemy - Stephen E. Flowers Ph.D., Crystal Dawn Flowers
Dark Moon Rising - Raven Kaldera
Kink Magic - Taylor Ellwood & Lupa