Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Happiness Hacks – Alex Palmer

Researched and information quotes at the beginning of chapters – just happy related quotes. Sidenotes of people with information and help. Shows different things to do to be happy. Knows that not everyone has the same things that make them happy. Talks about different aspects of your life like work or love. Sum up after many hacks (one or two sentences). Does have a chapter called 'the downside of happiness.' there can be side effects or risky behaviors. A section that goes chapter by chapter that tells you about article/journal, site the author got information from.
Nice book, but not my top book. But can get some information out of it.

Monday, 25 June 2018

Stephanie Tourles's Essential Oils A Beginner's Guide By Stephanie Tourles

This book is more of an essential oil 101/introduction. Any side information/extra information is in purple boxes. It does seem researched well and is not brand specific. She has a section called “the top 11 essentials” - the essential oil, botanical name, information and a few recipes. It then goes to other essential oils – same go through as the other oils. The 'essential' home apothecary talks about bases, carrier oils, blending, and storage. There are sections of resources and recommended reading. It is more of a general, beginner book. But it does go through the oils people will come into contact with. And if you want more recipes than she put in – the internet then comes into play.

Sunday, 24 June 2018

The Simplicity of Cozy - Melissa Alvarez

There is a total of eight chapters and lists the exercises at the beginnings – two per chapter. She talks about different cultural ideals of cozy (would give their word for it) like hygge and gemΓΌlichkeit. Not a long explanation for them but states them. She goes through the energy of coziness and makes own place for cozy. The cozy lifestyle – to cherish more, self-care and work/life balance. And goes into embracing silence and being aware of now. Also, she goes into spiritual and self-growth. Different things to do in your life and aspects of yourself and your world.
I found it to be a pretty good book overall. But there was one line in the book that I found odd and questioned it. I go further in my review video, but it was along the lines if you were someone who enjoyed a certain subject (history – check out the video to hear the sentence), you could not enjoy or grasp the concept she was pointing out. And I found it odd because I was part of the first sentence and like the thing, she said I would not enjoy. I think I am not alone in that aspect.

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Travel Munich & Bavaria, Germany - MobileReference

This book is really informative – there are a little history and helpful information around the city. As an ebook links to other resources (websites) unable to fit into an ebook. Has an image of a map of Munich S-Bahn and U-Bahn and table of day tickets. There is also a section of a three-day itinerary in Munich, tours, markets/buys/shopping and weekly markets. A culture section tells of places and things to see. It also goes through attractions, sports, churches, and parks. Focused more on Munich than other places in Bavaria – some places outside of Munich is mentioned. Locations have what Bahn or bus number to get off of/close by. Uses German name with the English name in parenthesis. There is a section of road safety and rules and a phrasebook. It is a good addition if you are just looking to stay within Munich.

Friday, 22 June 2018

The Business of Writing – Kim Iverson Headlee

The books deal with these parts – organizing, packaging, presenting, marketing, the end... or is it? And then there is an appendix. It talks about the business/legal side of writing. Things you could or partially claim in taxes. Kim also covers many different things within the book like publications, e-trail/ebooks, launch, copyright, social media, touring, and more. Gives resources to help with different areas talked about in the book – articles, sites, and apps. States the good and bad of the business.
Is a good book on the next step for those who are done writing and the world of what could happen when you start publishing it.

Your First Novel

Ann Rittenberg and Laura Whitecomb with Camille Goldin

Divided into two parts, each done by one of the authors. So you are not trying to figure out who wrote what throughout the book. First is publishing by Ann and then writing by Laura. You would think it would be the other way around but they did it like that but it worked. There does have exercises in the book and has recommended reading. These can be helpful, can be used after reading the book. There is helpful information – using left and right brain situations, writing environment and doing research. They do talk about different types of books, points of view, structure and plot – since these things are different from what people write and the similarities they can have. But they do not go fully in depth about these topics. Other books and quotes are used as examples in the book to be used as an aid. It goes through the writing process and the publishing process. States that it will be heard, not everyone will have a lucky break. Resources are not put all together at the end so you would have to go through the book again to see a site or book resource.

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Shadows of Wychering - Michael wigington

Young Adult Fiction

the story follows Lady Ameline Harsent in this fantasy novella set in the Corvarix Age. Ameline, Jaime and Morgan journey together to Wychering.  The night took Adien's daughter – red-eyed demons. Believing that there is magick at Wychering – why Ameline and Morgan are there to help with the dark magic. Ameline has Morgan help her to sense the magic. As troubles com their way in the forest, Ameline meets Frigga who helps her. She comes out surviving and a sort of happy ending that is for the story.

            It is okay, a decent read. If you like fantasy in the more young adult way – this could be a read for you. This is not a blow my mind kind of book or top of the list but is a read if in between books.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Plant-Powered Beauty

Amy Galpar, Christine Daigneault

The essential guide to using natural ingredients for health, wellness, and personal skincare with 50-plus-recipes

Part one covers natural beauty basics like labels, natural same as organic?, how skin works, etc. Part two covers the recipes like facial, hair, body and others. Has good information explained in a way that any reader can get without a science degree but not like you are five. The book does not go overboard with information. The sidenotes are where they put beauty tips – in both sections. There are a few charts about essential oils, carrier oils, butters and others. The recipes are set up like other recipes, some to most having additional information – relating to the product or ingredients, some personal. Beauty tips is how to use the product and other tips. Has resources for beauty blending ingredients (sites categorized). There is some notes, glossary, index and recipe index. It is nice that they out in two different indexes because if one wants a certain recipe the reader does not have to flip around in the first index if not wanting to.

Monday, 18 June 2018

Modern Guide to Energy Clearing - Barbara Moore

            This is a Llewellyn publication. It has three parts to it – chapters within each part. The parts are: spiritual and energetic well-being, personal care, and your environment. There is also two appendices – a sampling of blessings and serving the old mother. She goes through six terms that have a part throughout the book – energy and vibration being two. In the book at different points are 'taking note' exercises like journaling or seeing which clearing techniques are best for you. She goes through the different energy clearing techniques – talks about each one, even ones she has not used herself. But it is nice she includes ones she has not worked with or not really use for one reason or another. There are other topics as well like shadow work and curiosity talked about, not just clearing. Because it takes different things to do clearing.

            It is a nice book and for those who want a look at different techniques and not specific ones. This book can be an introduction to something that may work for you or not without putting to much time or money in one that does not work.

Sunday, 17 June 2018

Labyrinth - Tony Christie

This is a Llewellyn publication. Tony has stated to work with labyrinths for years. It looks at the labyrinth in all its active form. The book is composed of three parts: knowledge, experience and reflection. It goes into the two main types of labyrinths – the classical and chartres labyrinths. There is a few different excercises throughout. Te book is very informative and jammed packed with information. It does have a section talking about chakras and labyrinths. There is a reflection at the end of each chapter. He goes into different topics like Mithraic, alchemy, the four elements and more. Not a total beginner 101 book, only because there is so much information some may not fully wrap their head around it the first read, or first few reads.

            States the labyrinth can represent one or more journey all at once. For readers who want to bring labyrinths more  into their practice/life. Many aspects brought in to connect to labyrinths. This book like said earlier is jammed with information and a good resources for readers who enjoy the topic of labyrinths.

Saturday, 16 June 2018

101 Questions You Need to Ask in Your Twenties

Paul Angone

This is a second book of these types of questions by the author. Some questions/answers are less than a page and others are a few pages long. Some have excerises – like listing a number of items according to the question. He gives some historical/factorial information. The book is quick and to the point advice. Some of list type points. Some pages will just be a blank page with a quote from the book. The questions are not completely serious, but questions many may ask. Removable lists of all the questions by category – four types outlined in the table of contents. There is no conclusion just goes straight to the removable sheets.

Saturday, 19 May 2018


Color: Gold, Blue, Green (Depending on the color)
It comes in various colors like green, blue purple and brown color. Each color that is exhibited by this stone is meant for a type of energy that is radiated from it.
Red/brown Goldstone Associations:
·         Associated Crystals: Iron pyrite and obsidian mahogany.
·         Candle Color: Brown.
·         Chakra: Root.
·         Element: Earth and fire.
·         Flowers & Plants: Brown pansy, honesty, and orchid.
·         Herbs - Incenses - Oils: Sagebrush, sandalwood and wintergreen.
·         Planet: Jupiter.
·         Zodiac: Sagittarius.
The metaphysical properties of copper is well composed in goldstone that strengthen the circulatory system, bones and lowers down the pain that is caused due to arthritis.
Goldstone is a man made stone that is made from copper and has many healing attributes to it. This stone was originally created when alchemists were working towards creating gold. Goldstone is natural sandstone that has been treated with cuprous oxide which reduces to metallic copper during later annealing. It gives the material an aventurescent (sparkling) appearance.
It is now known as a transmitter stone that causes light to pass through you, energizing you and encouraging positive attitude. Goldstone is helpful for the solar plexus chakra and also helps to reduce stomach tensions and protect the center of the body.
Goldstone boosts the glow of life force energy, strengthening chi and the inner self. Goldstone places in the home of work environment will help calm over excitability and promote a sense of well being.
Aside from being an energy generator goldstone is also a good deflector of unwanted energies and is therefore also a stone of protection.
Goldstone is a wonderful stone to use with distant healing sessions allowing an increased glow of energy to channel through the sender in particular emanating from the senders hands.
Physically and in healing since goldstone contains copper it is also felt to be extremely useful in increasing the blood flow and reducing inflammation to the body.
Magickal Uses: Beneficial for Energy, Brings Positive Vibes, Healing, Increasing Blood Flow
Goldstone is a gemstone that helps the wearer to attain his goal with less effort. It makes the person calm and gives him strength so that he may stabilize his emotions. This gem is also considered as a protection stone that acts as the power creator and removes all the negative powers and the energies that are unwanted. It is also popular for its healing properties as it revitalizes the energy field of the one who wears it.
Goldstone is an energy stone.
Name Origin: Goldstone is a type of glittering glass made in a low-oxygen reducing atmosphere. Another common name for the material is aventurine glass, based on the original Italian name “avventurina” (from avventura, "adventure" or "chance"). It is also sometimes called "stellaria" or "sun sitara" (sitara = "star" in Sanskrit) for its starry internal reflections, or "monk's gold" or "monkstone" from folkloric associations with an unnamed monastic orde.

It is said that this stone is a manmade glass in which the flecks of copper metal is suspended that makes the surface of the stone glittering. This stone is known for its beauty and metaphysical properties. First created by alchemists trying to make gold. Not really a gemstone, more of a glass bead.
Created using copper and copper salts with a reducing flame. However, goldstone has been around since the European Renaissance, and is said to be one of the most popular gemstones in the world.
Historical significance/folklore:
There are a few lore stories about the origins of goldstone. The first is that sometime during the early 1800's, an Italian monk was making glass at his monastery. He accidentally spilled some copper filings into his molten glass and, voila, goldstone was born. The recipe for making goldstone was kept secret by the monks, but was handed down through time.
The second story also takes place in Italy. This story goes that a long time ago, molten copper was accidentally spilled into molten glass at a glass factory in Murano and accidently created goldstone.
The third story, is that goldstone was created by alchemists. One of the many problems that alchemists tried to solve was how to turn iron into gold. Goldstone is thought to be the result of one of these attempts. The original manufacturing process for goldstone was invented in seventeenth-century Venice by the Miotti family, which was granted an exclusive license by the Doge. Persistent folklore describes goldstone as an accidental discovery by an unnamed Italian monastic order or medieval alchemists, but there is no pre-Miotti documentation to confirm this.
Early monks working at a glass factory near Venice, Italy were practicing alchemy when molten copper accidentally tipped into a molten glass container.
This crystallized into thousands of tiny crystals and formed a melt with golden light sparkles. This is how the first goldstone came about. Though it is not technically a gemstone, it is often referred to as one.
Gemstone properties:
Red/brown goldstone is associated with vitality and energy. Blue Goldstone is associated with learning and communication. Goldstone is said to be the stone of ambition. It builds energy, courage and a positive attitude. Increases drive and confidence.
Metaphysical Properties of Goldstone gem
There are various metaphysical properties and uses of this stone. Some of them are mentioned below; the wearer may have a look:
·         This stone is also considered as a spiritual protector because of its reflective and transparent gaze. It also allows the flow of energy between the spiritual and physical realms. Goldstone is a good telepathic crystal and is useful for channeling star wisdom.
·         This stone brings a good charm and abundance for the wearer. It evaluates the risk and enhances the confidence of the person so that he may be the winner.
·         When you want to be out for a business trip or any adventurous tours then you may carry this gem along with you so that you may feel safe from any type of mishaps. That’s why this stone is also referred to as a protection gem.
·         This stone is also popular for reading the future trends.
·         Goldstone is an attractive gem piece that magnetizes the abundance, harmonizes all types of relationships and motivates the creativity of the wearer.
·         It is also used for physical vitality, energy work and charging other minerals.
·         The copper brown color of this stone connects it to the Sacral Chakra that is located on the spine.
·         This stone is used to remove heavy emotions, balances the mental pressure and make the wearer more creative.
·         Goldstone is said to be a Master Healer, stabilizing emotions and aiding in staying calm.
·         The second chakra that is Sacral Chakra represents the womb.
·         Goldstone helps us in developing the things that we want to manifest.
·         Goldstone also has many of the metaphysical properties of copper, including strengthening the circulatory system, strengthening bones, and easing arthritis pain, which is felt to be extremely helpful in increasing blood flow and reducing inflammation.
·         It is thought to increase the healing energies emanating from the hands, and is often used for long distance healing.
·         Goldstone should not be used with animals. With children goldstone will help alleviate fears of the dark.
·         In the environment it is good for any type of land regeneration.
·         Finance & Prosperity: Goldstone is a money charm. It is also a charm for anyone seeking fame.
·         Health & Healing: Goldstone is generally good at detoxifying the system and is useful for anyone who has undergone radiotherapy or chemotherapy.
·         Home: Goldstone will help attract prosperity to your home and is particularly good for older homes.
·         It Is The Stone Of: Amateur and professional actors, anyone who appears on radio or TV, for PR and press officers, and for anyone who seeks fame and success.
·         Ritual: Goldstone can be used in any form of star magic.
·         Work: Goldstone will help attract better pay or a better job opportunity.

Other properties of Gemstone
·         It revitalizes the energy of the one who wears it.
·         It makes the person creative so that he may improve his life and take it on the track.
·         It makes the person happy by inducing the positive and happy thoughts in his mind.
·         It protects the body, simulates us physically and mentally.
·         Goldstone, is used as an energy generator and like diamond, is a good deflector of unwanted energies, therefore is a protection stone. It reminds us to set goals that are lofty and work to attain them.
Goldstone, is used as an energy generator and like diamond, is a good deflector of unwanted energies, therefore is a protection stone. It reminds us to set goals that are lofty and work to attain them. Goldstone is effective when you are sending healing energies from the heart, throat or third eye chakras. It is thought to increase the healing energies emanating from the hands, and is often used for long distance healing.
Some of its additional meanings include the following:
·         helps you to stay calm
·         stabilizes your emotions
·         very protective
·         can be used as an energy generator to deflect unwanted energies
·         revitalizes your own energy field
·         gives you confidence and strength
·         helps you to feel optimistic and happy
·         advances and stabilizes energies of intuition, sexuality, desire and vitality
Goldstone Gemstone Meanings - Emotional, Spiritual, etc.
Goldstone is great for positive energy, renewing strength, a transmitter stone and balances energies. It symbolises human ingenuity to improve your life. This is technically a man-made stone, however it contains copper, which is felt to be extremely helpful in increasing blood flow and reducing inflammation. As well has been known to encourage faith.
Goldstone is not for the shy and self-effacing, can induce happy thoughts and helps keep your feet on the ground. This stone stops you becoming big headed and activates root and sacral chakras. It is effective when you are sending healing energies from the heart, throat or third eye chakras.
Goldstone Gemstone Meanings - Healing, Medical, Physical, etc.
Goldstone is said to protect the center of the body. Also stimulates you physically and balances energies. Goldstone can be gently uplifting and a great mood stabiliser. It renews strength and can help to reduce stomach tension.
Blue Goldstone
It is blue in colour with tiny glittery bits. Infused with copper sparkles - a powerful energy generator.
Blue goldstone is a lucky gemstone and a great for providing composure. It aids transformation of thoughts from one person to another, good stabilising emotions and is good for giving energy. It helps remove or repel unwanted entities from your environment. Also the gemstone of wisdom and science, helping us remember the light within the darkness and showing us to reach for the stars.
Blue goldstone is good for lifting depression, eases pain of arthritis, rheumatism and other
aches and pains. It is great for anxiety and helps with pain and inflammation. Blue Goldstone is associated with learning and communication.
Blue Goldstone can be cleansed using cold water, burying in soil, sage, sound and moonlight. Blue Goldstone should not be cleansed using sunlight as this can cause the colour to fade
Green Goldstone is associated with growth and abundance.
Note: Crystal properties are listed for information purposes only and are not intended to replace medical treatment. Always consult a physician for proper medical treatment.


Goldstone is made of glittering glass, containing tiny crystals of metallic copper that give it its radiant sparkle.  Its color makes it an excellent tool for restoring and balancing the sacral chakra, promoting sexual health and creativity.


Its metallic copper crystals are an excellent source for healing arthritis.  Copper is known for bringing relief to arthritic pain by reducing inflammation while increasing mobility and flexibility.


Goldstone is also said to be the stone of wealth, as it promotes vitality and ambition.



This crystal is called Goldstone, and as the name suggests it is used to bring a boost to your finances. It draws on the energy of the sun, so it is useful in the summer to place it outside in order to "charge up". It is associated with vitality and energy so its great for the root chakra!if you need to boost your finances program the stone for your needs, say an affirmation and use it only for this. You could wear around your neck ( like this one) or have a piece in your purse.





“The Stone of Ambition”

[Man-Made Stone]

Blue Goldstone is the master healer.

Blue Goldstone connects one with the Divine and provides one with wisdom, energy and courage. Assisting with learning and communication, it teaches one to see the light at the end of the darkness and that everything is the source of energy and vibration.

Blue Goldstone is one of the best stones for Empaths, people dealing with hypersensitivity.  

Blue Goldstone vibrates at the frequencies of new beginnings and balance. Associated with the Throat Chakra, it encourages acceptance of who we are, to express authenticity and no longer deny our truth.

Blue Goldstone is associated with the metaphysical properties of Copper.



[CHAKRA(s):]  HeartThroatThird-EyeCrown

Energy Vibration: 3

Element: Fire and Earth

Zodiac: Sagittarius

Planet: Uranus







Diminishes Psychosomatic Ailments

Protects Against Psychic Attacks

Guards Against Unwanted Energies

Protects Psychic and Empathic Sensitivities

Protects From Diseases of The Skeletal System








Good Luck






New Beginnings

Higher Vibrations







Use to increase telepathic communication

Enhances empathic and hypersensitive abilities

Helps one gain recognition

Helpful for children who are afraid of the dark

Encourages the discovery and acceptance of authentic self

Attracts fame and success

Aids the development of invisibility

Very strong generator of energy (use when more energy is needed)

Helps to calm and focus the mind

Aids in the channeling of psychic information

Provides composure and stabilizes emotions

Lifts the spirit and raises our vibration to higher octaves

Effective in the transmission of healing energies from the Heart, Throat and Third-Eye



Useful For Migraines

Enhance Eye-Sight

Reduces Stomach Tension

Heals Psychosomatic Ailments

Use To Conquer Bulimia and Anorexia

Heals Tonsillitis

Heals Angina

Helps With Pain

Helps With Inflammation





“The Generator Stone”

[Man-Made Stone]

Goldstone comes in handy when used in any form of star magick.

Goldstone, a telepathic crystal, embodies great healing and protective qualities. This stone is highly effective in sending healing energies from the heart, remote healing and in revitalizing the energy field. When channeling energy, Goldstone boosts the flow of life force energy within the hands.

Goldstone strengthens Chi energy.

Goldstone is an energy generator, making it a perfect stone for healers. It increases the flow of energy, strengthens Chi energy and reinvigorates the inner-self. As a transmitter stone, it causes light energy to flow throughout the body to reinvigorate the inner-self.

**Goldstone is also associated with the metaphysical properties of Copper. **

CHAKRA(s): Root/Sacral

Element: Fire and Earth

Zodiac: Sagittarius

Planet: Jupiter





Protects Against Bacteria

Deflects Unwanted Energies

Protects The Center of The Body



Energy Level


Physical Strength

Emotional Stability








Positive Vibrations

Blood Flow

Life Force Energy

Star Magick


Used to elevate fear of the dark

Great money charm

Stimulates the physical body

Helps in attaining goals

Place in a room to fill the atmosphere with calm uplifting energy

Influences one to overcome depression

Great for anyone seeking fame

Attracts prosperity to the home

Used for channeling star wisdom

Influences a positive attitude

Great for the use of star magick

Attracts an increase in pay

Influences one to have a positive outlook on life


Detoxifying The Body

Antidote For Depression

Eases Arthritis Pain

Strengthens Bones

Strengthens Circulatory System
Renews Physical Strength
Increases Blood Flow
Helps With RadiotherapyChemotherapy
Protects Against Ulcers

Saturday, 14 April 2018

How Women Rise

Brake the 12 habits holding you back from your next raise, promotion or job

Sally Helgesen
Marshall Goldsmith

Three parts and has author's note: the stories in the book are true, but many of the names have been changed. There are examples of cases – talks about different women and relates to the topic. It goes into different topics and some stories crossover to the topics. Some of the things discussed are stockiness, self-promotion, failing, faults and more. Each chapter covers the habit one at a time. Peer coach tips are placed in the book. The conclusion is the last chapter and there is a wrap up of the twelve steps.
I found it has its points and can be helpful to those who want a different take on business books and directed to women.

Key to Tarot Sarah Bartlett

Interesting images to go with the introduction and basics chapter. In chapter one there is an affirmation for accepting your choice. There is also writing about cleansing and accessing your intuition. For each, there are keywords which part of the basic setup for each card. You will have keywords, meaning and an activity along with the card. With the minor cards, it is quick to go through like other books and it starts with the suit as a whole than each card. Court cards are first and then ace up. For the selection of spreads chosen for the book, there are example readings. There is a glossary, further readings, and useful websites. It is another take on learning tarot and the exercises are a nice addition to learning the cards.

The Twelve Faces of the Goddess - Danielle Blackwood

Part one talks about astrology and magic (chapter 4). Part two talks about the goddess through the signs – it starts with Aries. Each has their own chapter (twelve chapters). At the end, there is a conclusion and a bibliography. It talks about the elements for a paragraph of each, modes and other point keywords. Points involving sabbats and ritual basics. Some pathworkings and rituals in the book. Also, there are recipes like oil or incense relating to the ritual. There is a one-page conclusion.
It was nice as a person who does not bring in astrology into my life. As I looked at it more for the goddess information/working.

The Witch Doesn't Burn in This One Amanda Lovelace

This a book of poetry. A lot of the poems are less than a dozen or two dozen words. The text is red. One poem per page. Some poems have very few words. Some are continuations of previous one. One is just scribbles on the page which I found cool and a little surprising but when you see the title you get it. Two pages have one sentence just repeated over and over again. It is part two of a trilogy she is writing. Not for the faint of heart and she mentions it in the beginning. I enjoyed this book and a quick read. I found a lot of other works of poetry it is about things happening in today's society and personal experiences.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Kitchen Table Tarot - Melissa Cynova

In this one, more is set up as almost equal of information about each arcana and other information. The two sections of the arcana are the fourth, fifth and sixth chapters. The first three go into getting started, like a list of basic decks and spreads like other books. Also, care and keeping your deck and how to take care of yourself as well. The third chapter is about ethics of reading, it is a whole chapter. I have seen this covered in only a paragraph or two but it is something important to talk about. But I am not too sure about a whole chapter. Chapter seven does go into professional reading and about doing it for others and yourself. Chapter eight is a small chapter about when things go wrong. When a person is getting a reading goes a little weird. There is a conclusion, it is not huge it is brief. There is recommended reading. It is easy to get through and is similar to other books if you have read other books.

Make Space: a minimalist's guide to the good and the extraordinary by Regina Wong

She does give a little information about herself and her road to minimalism. Bringing in the concept and gives examples from her life. It is personable but so personable that you just want her to move to the next concept. I have mixed feelings when it comes to personal stories in books that are tended to inform people, and this book was okay for me. The examples could be related to a number of people. Makes a point that there will be challenges to being more minimal – like those close to you questioning your journey. There are activities placed throughout the book. When there is italics, those are quotes/statements from others. She makes points that there will be challenging and it will be hard, where others may downplay or overlook this part. Also stating that if you live with others it will be a process for them to and need to do it themselves or even resist this change. This book is not how to clean or organize better. It seems research into some of the things written. Not a long book, gets to the point. Not a step by step on how to do it, because everyone's experience with it will be different in the journey of minimalism or with less stuff then they do now.

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Oak Tree

Oak Tree
Quercus species

The oak was sacred to many people, including the ancient Greeks, the Norse and the Celts. It was often associated with the gods of thunder as oak was often split by lightning. This is probably because oaks are often the tallest tree in any area. More recently oak was the sacred wood burnt by the druids for their mid-summer sacrifice. In fact the word ‘druid’ means ‘oak man’ In modern history, tradition has it that Charles II hid in an oak tree at Boscobel when pursued by the Roundheads. Since then, children wear oak leaves on May 29th to commemorate Royal Oak Day (now known as Oak Apple Day). Oak is the common name for many acorn-producing trees and shrubs that are members of the beech, or Fagaceae, family. Geographic Society and is part of the National Historic Landmark district of Hampton University. Although it is rarely reached, the symbol of an 80th wedding anniversary is oak. In Britain, an oak tree image is engraved in a six pence coin. It is one of the oldest Britain’s coins. Oak branches are displayed on some German coins, both of the former Deutsche Mark and the current Euro currency. The Royal Oak is the third most common pub name in Britain. Oak trees are classified as members of the genus Quercus, a Latin word said to be derived from a Celtic word meaning "fine tree." They thrive across the Northern Hemisphere in China, Japan, Europe, the British Isles, and in all of the continental United States except for Alaska. More than half of the 600 species are native to North America. About 60 varieties grow north of Mexico. In the forests of northern areas that have short summer growing seasons and long winters, such as Canada, northern Europe, and Siberia, varieties of oak are very scarce.
Also called Common Oak or English Oak, the Oak is the largest of our native broad-leaved trees, regarded as “the King of the forest”, Oaks are sturdy and tall with domed crowns. The broad rounded canopy has wide spreading thick lower branches. There are two native Oaks in Wyre, the other being the Sessile Oak (Quercus petraea). Both have the different characteristics of leaves and acorns.
Oaks then produce a new flush of leaves, especially on young trees, and this phenomenon is called lammas growth, because it occurs around the time of Lammas, the Celtic festival of first fruits, on 1st August. In autumn, the leaves turn various shades of yellow and brown, as chlorophyll is withdrawn from them and carotenoid pigments become visible instead. In some areas, the leaves are shed at the end of October, but in milder areas a few leaves will stay on the trees until December.
Oak trees can be found around the world across a large variety of terrestrial biomes. There are more than 80 species of oak in North America. Oaks can grow over 40m high and over 3m in diameter. Often 1000 years old. White and red oaks need slightly acidic, well drained soil to access their nutrients. Subterranean mycorrhizal fungi found along the roots of many plants, help oaks to take necessary nutrients from the soil. Oaks need full sun. The leaves have large deep lobes and smooth edges. There are two tiny lobes where the leaf joins the stalk. They are dark green, turning orangy-brown in autumn. The leaf stalk is short. The greyish bark has very knobbly ridges and deep fissures.
Oak timber is strong, elastic and durable. The heartwood resists penetration by liquids, making it ideal for posts in contact with the ground. The timber is best once the tree has reached about 150-200 years old. It has conspicuous growth rings which give a characteristic silver grain when quarter-cut or split. It is ideal for making furniture, barrels, railroad ties, and in the past, ships.
The tannin in oak bark is used in leather preparation. Cork is made from the bark of some species that grow only in Spain and Portugal. Recent advances in molecular genetics have shown that DNA from samples of oak can be isolated and analyzed. This type of analysis has a variety of potential applications in archaeology and forensic investigations. Oak used to make wine barrels has been found to increase the antioxidant activity of wines aged in the barrels as well as adding a distinctive aroma to the wine.
One teaspoonful of pulverized oak bark powder can be added to 1 cup of water, boiled, and then simmered at a reduced heat for 15 minutes to make an oak bark tea. This tea can be taken internally as an intestinal astringent up to three times per day. Oak bark is also available in both an extract and a tincture. For rinses, compresses, and gargles, 20 g of pulverized bark should be dissolved in 1 qt (1 L) of water, and prepared in the same manner as the tea. Oak bark is also available as snuff, tablets, and capsules.
Oak bark should not be used externally over large areas of skin damage or used as a full bath. Oak bark for gargles, enemas, or douches should not be used for more than two weeks before consulting a doctor. A doctor should also be consulted for any episode of diarrhea that lasts longer than three days despite treatment with oak bark. No side effects have been reported when oak preparations are used at recommended dosage levels. Patients occasionally experience mild stomach upset or constipation if the dosage is exceeded. Oak bark preparations are believed to inhibit or reduce the absorption of such alkaline drugs as antacids. In addition, oak bark has been found to reduce the effectiveness of codeine and atropine.
Oaks are deciduous species and most drop their leaves each fall. The age of first reproduction varies with geographic and local position, tree density, and life span. In order to reproduce, oaks are wind pollinated. Growth of male flowers begins in the spring, they develop in the summer, and produce pollen the following spring. Female flowers develop in late winter or early spring. Acorns, the result of pollination, mature 3 months after fertilization. Birds and mammals are the major predators of acorns, but they also move acorns around.
Acorn survival to adulthood depends upon their movement. Small mammals that store acorns can disperse acorns short distances (mice) or greater distances (chipmunks and squirrels). Larger animals and birds tend to destroy the acorns. Some birds that utilize acorns only eat them and others store them above ground (leaving them to be consumed by other predators). Only birds such as jays, who store acorns below ground and “space hoard” – spreading their stash across space, actually facilitate the dispersal of acorns.
Acorns are a source of food for rodents, deer, birds, and other wildlife. Birds feed on leaf buds. Deer also feed on leaves and twigs while the tree is young. Invertebrates feed on the leaves or on other invertebrates. In particular, adult moths lay eggs on oak leaves. When the caterpillars hatch, they consume the leaves. Some insects cause the tree to produce “galls” outgrowths of the bark, in which the larvae will develop. Other insects, such as beetles, weevils, and spiders can also be found. Fungus and lichens can also grow on oaks.
350 different species of insect are supported by Oak. A single oak tree may have over 30 different lichen species on its bark. Huge numbers of creatures seek food and shelter in crevices of the bark, in the canopy of fresh leaves, hollow trunks of old trees, leaf litter and branches of dead wood and rotting wood on the forest floor.

Red Oak
Each species of red oak behaves more or less the same, taking 2 years to mature their acorns
- Key identification: Leaves have pointed lobes.
- Red oak species in Southern Ontario include Pin oaks, Black oaks, and Northern Red Oaks.
- Trees produce acorns every 3 to 5 years
- Forecast in the last week of June to the first week of July.
  • Look at the tips of branches at the ‘drip line’ of the tree (the edge of the crown). Look for green acorns that are starting to come out of the caps. Binoculars will be helpful. Since red oaks take two years to grow their acorns, you may also see smaller bumps that look like scaly balls. These are the beginnings of next year’s acorns, most closely resembling the cap of the acorn. They will be round with no acorn visible.
White Oak
White oak species produce mature acorns in one year.
-Key identification: Leaves have round lobes
-White oak species in Southern Ontario include Bur oak, Swamp oak, and English oak (introduced).
-Trees produce acorns every 4 to 10 years.
-Forecast in the last week of July.
  • Look for acorns at the tips of branches at the drip line. The acorns will be very small and green. Binoculars will be helpful.

Sessile Oak - Quercus petraea
Regarded as “the King of the forest,” Sessile Oaks have straighter branches than the Pedunculate Oak, radiating from a more upright trunk. Sessile and Pedunculate Oaks often hybridise and their ranges overlap. In Wyre you may find leaves with rounded lobes at the base with a long stalk, for example. Oaks can grow over 40m high and over 3m in diameter. Oaks often reach an age of 300 years old.
British people have always loved the Oak. Its great size, low branches and hollows in the trunk mean it was used as a natural tree house, hiding place and social centre. Robin Hood was said to have lived in the Major Oak in Sherwood Forest. Kings and Queens have hosted many a social event around a big old Oak. Oak trees were often landmarks and are still found in many place names such as Sevenoaks in Kent, England. The Gaelic word for Oak is “dairoch” and is seen place names in Scotland such as “Craigendairoch” or “Clasindairoch”. The Welsh word “der” can be seen in place names like Derwen and Deri. In Irish “doire” means oakwood.
The Sessile Oak is widespread, particularly in North and West Britain, including the Wyre Forest. The acorn is the ripened fruit or seed of the tree. It looks like an egg in a cup. Unlike the Pedunculate oak, the acorn of a Sessile oak has almost no stalk. The wavy dark green lobed leaves are very distinctive with their long (1-2cm) yellow stalks. The leaf bases do not have rounded lobes at the base, but are wedge shaped. The Greyish bark has very fine vertical cracks and ridges forming shapes called “plates”.

Oak - associated fungi and lichens
Chlorociboria aeuruginacens - A saprophytic fungus common in The Wyre on dead oak branches.
efsteak fungus - Fistulina hepatica - This parasitic fungus attacks Oak and can give a deep brown colour to the timber, enhancing its market value.
Bulgaria inquinans - A saprophytic fungus common in The Wyre on dead oak branches
Bryophytes - are the group of non-flowering plants which include mosses and liverworts, and 65 species grow on the trunks and branches of oaks.
Lichens - A remarkable diversity of lichens, totalling over 300 species, have been recorded growing on oaks.
Oak apples and other galls - grow around the eggs of insects laid in the buds. Over 40 species, including midges, mites and wasps, are responsible for stimulating the oak to produce these unusual growth forms on its leaves or twigs, within which the larva of the insect lives and feeds.
Great Oak Beauty Moth - Hypomecis roboraria - A large but well camouflaged moth whose caterpillars resemble a twig when at rest, and feed on oak leaves.
Purple Hairstreak - The purple hairstreak (Neozephyrus quercus) is the only butterfly whose larvae feed exclusively on oak leaves.
Wood Ant - The ants climb to the top of the tree to find the aphids which they then “milk” by stroking them until they ooze sweet, sticky honeydew.
There is a lot of competition for the acorns of the Oak tree. Here are the main suspects to look out for.
Grey Squirrel - They peel the acorns first then bury them to store for winter food.

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Slave, Warrior, Queen Morgan Rice

The first of a series by Morgan Rice. I got this from Kobo for free – at the time of reading and for a few months after. It starts with Ceres the main character for the book and series. She is settled in Delos, book starting with the Festival of the Killings. We meet her brothers and friend/somewhat love interest. The conflict/first conflict point starts when the Emperor's soldiers take her, in which she defends herself. At the same time we learn that her father is bladesmith and has taught her, he has left for a better job elsewhere and that her mom and she are not on good terms – her mom not fully loving towards her. She has found a few ways to keep herself alive/surviving in terms that she wants. When she accepts to be a weapon keeper, a whole new set of problems arise for her and another woman feeling threatened by her. While all this is going on and what has gotten her in this mess is the Revolution against the Empire. After lives lost and heartbreak Ceres becomes a fighter in the Killings which would lead into the second book.

The Witch's Cauldron Laura Tempest Zakroff

Off the bat this book is informative. And is part of a series from Llewellyn. You do not need to read or purchase all in the series. I have this one and the one that was written on the broom. It talks about a few different things to start off with like defining a cauldron, basics, and nine uses for it (container and maker). It is not a few lines of information and then a lot of personal information – it is full of information. There is also talks of cauldrons you can go see in the world – at museums mainly in Europe. As well it talks about cauldrons of Ceridewn, Baba Yaga and others – information, story, symbolism and consideration. A good part is about different styles and material of cauldrons so you know what may be right for you. From making your own to purchasing one. But it also talks about reusing products (like a plate for candles and offerings, saucepans and other items) to be use as a cauldron. There is other information surrounding it like decor at sabbats, taking care and safety of a cauldron. Then there is cauldron magic – and a not from the author's husband, a piece of advice 1 take care of yourself 2 take care of others and 3 don't be a jerk. Near the end there is recommended readings and resources.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Hand Lettering Art Set and Project Book - Gabi Joy Kirkendall and Jaclyn Escalena

I got this as an ebook, if you get the physical copy you get the book, 12 artist markers, and drawing pencil. This book includes artist's tips and shows different types of fonts. It is not much and not the entire alphabet for that style. Each shows common style elements. Sows defining characteristics of the different types of typography – art deco and coastal are just two of the styles. Some show the history of the style and writing. It talks about the style as well, not just show you what the letters could look like. 3D techniques, flourishes, and other techniques are shown. The book is a good start off point if you want to branch out in your writing style or artwork or craft.

Get Money Kristin Wong

Instead of saying it is in parts, it is in stages. The reading can and most likely to go through all three stages. It is more of a personal finance book. Within the book, exercises/assignments are places for the reader to do. It gives space within the book where you can write in it. You do not have to write in the book but it is an option. On the website, www.thegetmoneybook.com in the introduction, states you can find the assignments and worksheets to print out, video tutorials and more. There are pro talk sections, different interviews with personal finance and behavioral experts. Has the end of chapter points. Talks about setting goals – like saving for a trip or paying off student debt. SMART acronym – specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-based. How this process can be helpful throughout the book and life outside the book. Also talking about frugal, budget, emergency funds, credit inquiries. At times the points are focused on an American audience but can be generally looked at by other people outside of America.

Fix Freeze feast Kati Neville and Lindsay Ahrens

A cookbook, one that is helpful for those who want meal plan a week or two in advance. Information about planning and prepping your kitchen. The recipe set is basically the same for each one. It states the ingredients, how to make, then to cook the freezer meal and on hand for cooking each meal and pack it up items. There are different categories of chicken main dishes, beef main dishes, beverages, and others. There are images of the recipes to show you what they would look like when you make them. Feast tonight meals – light colour background. Recipes have some information about an ingredient or authors history with the dish. The recipes do seem pretty easy to do so it is not that hard for people to do one day a week and bring it out later. Reference at the back and shelf life of the items. And there is a freezer inventory template at the back.

365 Ways to Live Generously - Sharon Lipinski

This is set up in weeks, week 1 to 51, not days like other books that have the same concept that I have read. I am used to the books going from January 1 to December 31. But this one takes the week approach. It will go week one day one and so on. In the books, each week comes attached with one of the seven habits the author stated at the beginning of the book. They are physical health, mindfulness, relationships, connecting with yourself, gratitude, simplicity, and philanthropy. On the day it will state the habit, a quote, talks about what it is that day, and practice. Most of the practice is journal work. This book is still just as interesting as other 365 books. It does make you think of you can do and do better. Some of the days connect to other days. It will be like, 'back on day 8...' or something similar to that. There is a year in review for each habit. Simplicity is divided into a few categories in itself. There is a charity evaluation worksheet. There is no conclusion, it goes straight to the table and sheet. The index is divided into the habits.

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Toxic Home Conscious Home Dr Rob Brown

This book has three parts, twelve chapters total. Each chapter talks about the realm of the home, as well as water, air, and food that come into your home and body. It is very informative and well researched. Much of the information is recent – between 2010 and 2017. The writing can be easily understood by the reader. Has figures/images like a table of different plastics. Talks about different types of water, what is in our air, our food and the products we contain and cook with. Small talk about cleaning and personal care. Energy and spirit we put into the home also have an effect and it briefly talks about it.