Slow Death by Rubber Duck By Rick Smith & Bruce Lourie

Book Review: Slow Death by Rubber Duck by Rick Smith & Bruce Lourie This book needs to be read by anyone who cares about themselves, their family, their friends, and/or the planet. When you go to read this book, you need to have an open mind. An open mind to different definitions than what you are accustomed to. An open mind to look at words such as "pollution" from a completely different perspective. I did not start out with an open mind, Continue reading

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Book Review Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and RedemptionWhat an amazing book! First, I have NOT seen the movie; I don't know if I want to. Second, the book was very well written. We actually listened to it via audiobook on a long drive and we became so engrossed in it that we almost got ourselves lost on the road! Yeah, it was that good. If we were reading this book (rather than listening), we would not have been able to put it down. Continue reading

The Path Between the Seas by David McCullough

Book Review: The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914 I must admit, I would have never chosen this book out of just needing something to read. What a shame that would have been if I had missed the opportunity to read it. My interest in the book stemmed from a trip where I visited the Panama Canal, Panama, during my trip to Central America. I thought I should have a bit of history about the canal itself, Continue reading

Hungry for Change documentary review

Documentary Review: Hungry for Change I had started writing an article on diets, and why they don't work, with the intent of talking about how meals should be a way of life rather than a fad diet, when I ran across this documentary, and it basically covered a good amount of what I was going to write about. So while I don't normally do movie/documentary reviews, I felt this one was important enough to share. (It turns out there is a book version of this information as well.) Continue reading

Crowdsourcing: Why the Power of the Crowd Is Driving the Future of Business by Jeff Howe

Crowdsourcing: Why the Power of the Crowd Is Driving the Future of Business I have to admit that my life experiences prior to reading this book led me to the bias that crowds almost always produce worse results than rational individuals acting independently. While that may still be true in (the frequent) cases where crowds suffer from conformity and "groupthink", this book made me reconsider my thinking about the value of crowds the rest of the time. Here is the common sense reason described in the book: Continue reading