Great Spring/Summer Reads

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The World’s Strongest Librarian: A Memoir of Tourette’s, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family An inspiring story of how a Mormon kid with Tourette’s found salvation in books and weight-lifting. Josh Hanagarne couldn’t be invisible if he tried. Although he wouldn’t officially be diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome until his freshman year of high school, […]

Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation – Interview with Michael Pollan

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Michael Pollan wants women to get back in the kitchen. And men. While we’re at it, he’d like to hustle the children in there, too! Because according to Pollan, the way we cook (or avoid cooking) defines our culture. The influential food journalist’s new book, Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, borrows from the format […]

My Book Shelf From 2012

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A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. It is one of the few havens remaining where a man’s mind can get both provocation and privacy. ~Edward P. Morgan I became somewhat […]

Embrace Your Freedom to Choose

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“Your life is the sum result of all the choices you make, both consciously and unconsciously. If you can control the process of choosing, you can take control of all aspects of your life. You can find the freedom that comes from being in charge of yourself.” ~ Remember and honor the month of November […]

Life’s Frailty, and the Gestures That Go a Long Way

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Several years ago, my friend Jeffrey Zaslow sent me a chapter from a book he was writing about lifelong friendships among a group of women from Ames, Iowa. It was a powerful story about love and loss that moved me to tears. With the draft pages still in my hands, I sat down with my […]

Looking Ahead With Lauren: Don’t Give Up On Your Resolutions!

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As January rolls on, I am proud to be sticking with some of my resolutions so far. I have been doing yoga at least once a week and started at a new studio last week (love those Groupons!), am halfway through my cake decorating class, been working out more than usual and working on my […]

How To Live an Extraordinary Life. ~ Stephen Cope

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I don’t believe in gurus. But if I did, my guru would be Stephen Cope. When I read Stephen’s startlingly good Yoga and the Quest for the True Self about six years ago, I knew right away that it would change my life forever. I have been deeply immersed in thinking, writing and breathing Yoga […]

50 Life Secrets and Tips

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#1 Memorize something everyday. Not only will this leave your brain sharp and your memory functioning, you will also have a huge library of quotes to bust out at any moment. Poetry, sayings and philosophies are your best options. #2 Constantly try to reduce your attachment to possessions. Those who are heavy-set with material desires […]

Book Review on “The War of Art” By Steven Pressfield + Author Q & A

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It took me three months to read a book about resistance. Yes, my hand did hurt when the cookie jar slammed shut. But oh, the lessons learned were so worthwhile. The force behind the jar? A free copy of Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art. I received a copy to review in October and I eagerly placed […]

Explore Yourself With “The Untethered Soul” By Michael Singer

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“The Untethered Soul” is one of those books that has earned front and center status on my bookshelf. Michael Singer is humble and honest in his approach to teaching us how to look deeply at our self. He shows us how to open our heart and soul instead of collapsing and withdrawing from the world. […]