Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Anyone who needs a little self-motivation should check out Infinite Possibilities-The Art of Living Your Dreams by Mike Dooley

Infinite Possibilities outlines a very straight forward plan for manifesting dreams. The basic premise is that once a dream is clearly visualized, all that's required is a belief that it will happen coupled with sustained action in the general direction of the stated goal. Dooley claims the Universe will do the rest.

Dooley's ideas can be described as a Plan of Action for the Law of Attraction. Oftentimes, people read about the Law of Attraction and interpret it as just wishing something into being. In reality, the Law of Attraction is a call to action. In Infinite Possibilities, Dooley stresses the importance of taking ownership of a dream by acting on it.

Infinite Possibilities touches on the idea of people being eternal spirits – something those who believe in an afterlife claim as well. The departure comes in Dooley's assertion that we can have more than one earthly experience – something many traditional spiritual teachings fall short of. Dooley doesn't use the word reincarnation, but that's basically what he's talking about. I neither believe nor reject this idea. My position is that the only moment I have is now, so everything else is irrelevant.

One thing that separates Dooley from other motivational thinkers is his profound sense of humor. Life should be fun and learning how to live one full of joy should be fun as well.

Besides his books, lectures and workshops, Dooley also offers a service called Notes from the Universe. Every weekday, I receive a personalized inspirational (and often funny) Note from the Universe. If you'd like to receive a Note from the Universe, sign up here: http://www.tut.com/account/register

I've written about Dooley in several other blog posts because his work has had such a positive impact on me. To learn more about Dooley's work, check out his website: http://www.tut.com/About/mikedooley

I have awarded Infinite Possibilities by Mike Dooley four out of stars on my Goodreads Page

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Trusting the Currents by Lynnda Pollio

Today we have a guest blog by Lynnda Pollio, Author of Trusting the Currents

Lynnda Pollio never expected to be a writer.

That changed when she began hearing the voice of Addie Mae Aubrey, a Southern, African American woman. Her first words, It’s not what happened to me that matters, began a spirited remembering of Addie Mae’s teenage years in the late 1930s rural south and the hard learned wisdom she asked Lynnda to share.

Beginning at age eleven with the arrival of beautiful, mysterious cousin Jenny and her shadowy stepfather, Uncle Joe, Trusting the Currents explores Addie Mae’s reluctant awakening. As Jenny introduces Addie Mae to the world beyond what can be seen, romantic love enters her life for the first time with Rawley. Unfathomable loss and rising trust in the “Invisibles” leads Addie Mae on a tumultuous journey to a life-altering decision.

Trusting the Currents is a story of self-discovery—of faith, courage, family, and the uneasy search for one’s place in life. It represents a new literary genre of “conscious storytelling”, engaging high spiritual frequencies that resonate with the reader’s heart, guiding them deep into their own truth and transformation. Addie Mae’s story may belong to one woman, but the lessons it teaches belong to everyone willing to open their hearts and listen to the truth within their souls.

Trusting the Currents won the 2014 Nautilus Book Awards gold award in Fiction. The Nautilus Book Awards honors books of high literary merit that promote spiritual growth, conscious living and positive social change. Previous Nautilus Book Award recipients include Barbara Kingsolver, The Dalai Lama, Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle, and Marianne Williamson.

Also available on iTunes and BarnesandNoble.com

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Fat Charlie has a problem. Not only has his father, Anansi, died leaving him stuck with a horrid nickname, but Fat Charlie's previously unknown brother, Spider, had popped onto the scene. Spider's appearance is far from joyful. Like Anansi, Spider has more than a few tricks up his sleeve, all of which leave Fat Charlie in a whole lot of trouble http://www.neilgaiman.com/works/Books/Anansi+Boys/

Anansi Boys was narrated by Lenny Henry, a well rounded actor with a long history of working with big stars like Tracey Ullman and David Copperfield http://lennyhenry.net/bio/
It was Henry's narration which really made this audio book work for me. I was amazed at smoothly and convincingly Henry was able to move from the American voice of Spider to the British voice of Fat Charlie.

Anansi Boys was a surreal story, much like Neil Gaiman's other works such as Stardust, Coraline
and The Ocean at the End of the Lane. Gaiman has a unique way of drawing people into a story, even ones that are fantastical. Anansi Boys kept me interested and entertained on a long road trip http://www.amazon.com/Neil-Gaiman/e/B000AQ01G2

The only thing about Anansi Boys that didn't work for me was that the ending lasted longer than my interest. I actually thought the last two chapters could have been eliminated altogether. Once I knew the characters were out peril, that should have been the end of it. Nonetheless, I am awarding Anansi Boys four our of five stars on my Goodreads Page https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4673038.Adele_Park

Lenny Henry's narration work had a lot to do with my high ranking of this project on Goodreads. I'm looking forward to hearing what Henry will come up with next, as well as Neil Gaiman who I understand is coming out with a Halloween Book. Perfect!   

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

A Review of Skink-No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen

Best Airport Read Ever!

Next time you're stuck in an airport, let me suggest Skink-No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen as a little ointment for the traveling blues. For starters, Skink was written for young adults, so the print is nice and big. More importantly, it was penned by one of the best satirists of our time http://www.carlhiaasen.com/

Let me be the first to say I'm not exactly the person you want to find yourself sitting next to in an airport, or worse, an airplane. “Nauseous Flier” would be a severely understated description of my traveling habits. Generally speaking, I like to “enjoy” the time leading up to the flight by washing down fistfuls of Dramamine with gallons of Sprite Zero (the irony that I can't sit still for five seconds yet suffer from motion sickness hasn't escaped me).

My flight home from San Francisco over the holidays started out in the usual way (weird breathing exercises plus the aforementioned over-the-counter anti-retching pills). Then, I retrieved my new copy of Skink-No Surrender from my travel bag. Carl Hiaasen can't pump out his novels quickly enough for me, so when a new one arrives, I like to savor it. In this case, however, I had a lengthy wait so I decided to dip into my satirical stash.

Two pages into Skink, I was cackling like an old crone.  My Sprite Zero lay unmolested on the seat next to me and the Dramamine pills became a distant memory. Thirty pages later, I noticed the airport was getting full, yet there remained a wide bert around the place where I was sitting. Apparently, if you chortle like a loon, others are reluctant to penetrate your circle.

I was so engrossed in Skink that by the time I was on the plane I had forgotten all about having to hold down my lunch for dear life. There was nothing my fellow passengers could do to about my involuntary guffaws, but I tried to keep my laughter down to a dull roar as I returned home to Utah.

Adults may be familiar with Hiaasen's best-sellers including Tourist Season, Sick Puppy, and Basket Case. More recently, Hiaasen has turned his attention to young adults, which serves us all well. I hate to sound like a Grumpy Granny (I don't even have kids or grandchildren), but young people just don't read enough. It's not that kids don't like to read, it's just that many haven't discovered the writers who will truly entertain them. Hiaasen's books are not only knee-slappers, they also contain some important environmental messages. But don't take my word for it, read this review from the the School Library Journal http://www.amazon.com/Skink-No-Surrender-Carl-Hiaasen/dp/0375870512

Because an otherwise miserable flight turned into an adventure for me, I'm awarding Carl Hiaasen five stars for Skink-No Surrender on my Goodreads Page https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4673038.Adele_Park

If you'd like to hear Hiaasen describe Skink-No Surrender in his own words, check this out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccJGUEPlU5Y