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.

Sunday, 21 January 2018


Fire and Water Information:

Personal Library and Places to Get Books:
How to Build Your Personal Library, By David Alves on September 20, 2011,
5 Inexpensive Ways to Amass Your Own Personal Library, By TJ,
How to Keep A Library Of (Physical) Books, March 10, 2014,
10 Ways to Build a Library on the Cheap, Craig Donofrio April 11, 2013,
Building Your Own Library, Aug 05. 2016
A Home Library on a Budget: 9 Places to Find Free and Low-Cost Books
Creating a Home Library for Your Family on a Limited Budget,”© 2015 The National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance
Creating a Personal Library,” October 29, 2014 by Avil Beckford,
Building a Personal Library on a Budget,” Marco Gustafsson November 27, 2010,
Build a Quality Home Library—Without Breaking Your Budget!,”by Janice Campbell · August 19, 2015
7 Apps for Cataloguing Your Home Library,”Emily VanBuren, June 12, 2014,
How to Create a Home Library,” Leah French, Updated 05/03/17,
How to Build an Inexpensive Hobby,”by Trent Hamm, Updated on 09.16.14,
How to Keep A Library Of (Physical) Books,” September 17, 2013, By Ryan Holiday,
8 Reasons to Catalog Your Books (and How to Do It),” Emma Nichols 01-14-16,
Book Bliss: 6 Of The Best Apps For Organizing Your Home Library,” by Trish ParsonsMay 19, 2017,


Self-Sufficiency Handbook By Alan and Gill Bridgewater

First part of the book is about the land and using it. It holds information about the advantages and disadvantages of living in the country, animals and going abroad. The second part goes into the self-sufficient house. They go into a little bit of three different types of homes – passive, high-tech and the natural house. They go into different heating and cooking options. The advantages and disadvantages are in list form and not in paragraphs and are not overly explained. you get the point, and if you want to know more you can get another book on the topic. Tells what would be a poor or good choice in firewood. The book does have images and diagrams to show things talked about – like solar tubes. There is a slight focus on alternate power sources. Part three goes into a food garden. It talks about common wild food, soil care, saving rainwater and so on. There is an A to Z section of vegetables, fruit, and herbs. Part four goes into animal husbandry and part five is about the pantry. Talking about different animals you could keep. And making different foods and doing different things – drying mushrooms and smoking cheese.
As a complete guide, it does go into a whole variety of things. If it did explain everything, it would be a lot longer. But it is a good start to have a look at the different things out there. It is a good starting point.

The Magickal Family by Monica Crosson

I like the concept of this type of book, even though as of right now I do not have my own children. It is a nice topic to have some information about, because from what I have seen it is a new topic that has not come into play that often. It has two parts, first Family Magick and then Family Sabbat Celebrations. After the table of contents, there is a table of activities if you want to go to that activity without having to look through the entire book or chapter for it. There are Notes pages for those who like to write in their book or have a place to put additional notes.
There are rites/rituals, crafts and vision quests in the book, which is nice. So there is a connection to what can be done outside of the book and read about it. There are sections that are just information (ex. a garden section/section of plants and food). There is a sense it is kitchen magic orientated, and that of being a green pagan – which many are. The Sabbat section does start with Samhain – with the fact that too many it is the New Year. The conclusion is one page.
Personal stories are brought in to bring in ideas on how to raise kids. These are her stories so not everyone is going to relate or connect. But it with these stories that it started to bring down the book. There are good ideas and points and information but is bogged down by the stories. For me, it would be better if there were more information and ideas, but not have the stories overshadow the book. Stories are nice to have but not when they are taking over the book. I expected more out of this book. Maybe it is because I do not have kids yet or the fact I am not fully onto her writing style. Again, this book does have its points.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Tarot For Life and Love

The introduction has little tidbits about tarot. For example doing readings, about spreads, suits and history. Shape of book to me looks like a bookmark – could have been shaped more handheld/ personal size. The description of cards not like other books – not like do the keywords or typical 'what it could mean' in a reading. Interpretations to deal more of what the card means two to three different ways. For the short length the descriptions are well thought out. Interesting background choice for each card – for the major arcana – the card itself, ombre effect of a solid colour. With the minor arcana, the cards are piled onto of each other (multiple of the same card). Spreads with a sample reading after explained. There is no conclusion it just ends.

Friday, 12 January 2018

The Green Witch by Arin Murphy-Hiscock

Discusses what is a green witch and green witchcraft. The book talks about energy centers and has tips to improving your home. There is a page on broom purification – if you have not or are not looking into greater information about brooms. Some exercises are placed in the first few chapters – in smaller font relates to that portion of the chapter. There are meditations and rituals. Part one and two are about learning and living as a green witch. Like the magic of trees and flowers (a brief introduction because I know that there are books that go in depth), stones, and herbs and greens. As well keeping a garden. Creating items/ rituals with items talked about in the chapter – herb related, a broom balm and stepping stones. In the appendix there is the magical associations of natural items – quick and few associations.

Nice look at Green Witchcraft, it is not fully complete but many things into one book which is nice. It is a good introduction. Even with the subtitle does state it is your complete guide. It is pretty complete to the things and ideas of Green Witchcraft. It can be a connection and start for some readers, possibly first book/ introduction to the practice than other books.

Pinfluence: The Complete Guide to Marketing Your Business With Pinterest by Beth Hayden

It begins on how to open an account and gives ideas before you start 'pining.' There are actions plans at the end of each chapters. How to incorporate what was written in the chapter to put into your own account. Beth talks about the pin it bookmarklet on your browser if you able to do so ( Puts in the book to help build your presence as a company. As well as how to bring in other social media sites to Pinterest and vice versa. Does not go into depth or drags on just gets to the point.
Some of the things noted are not really needed to say/ charge twenty to twenty five dollars for. Like how to set up the account for one, it is pretty easy to set up the account. But if you are not fully in depth with social media it could come into play. It has its moments of helping people or business out when trying to build a presence online and the book can be helpful.

No Recipe by Edward Espe Brown

Before words is the introduction to the book. There is a relation to cooking and meals but it is the more spiritual point of view to the kitchen and cooking. A sense of the kitchen being a sacred space and zen place. Personal stories are in this book, I was not fully connected to this aspect of the book but is the point to the book. Abstract questions and statements are put into the book. Be aware this is not a cookbook, and does not have any in it. It is more of the connection you can have to cooking. If cooking is an important aspect of your life – this could be for you. If you are a person who brings zen practices into your life (because zen practice is the authors practice). This could also be a short book to look into. It is more spiritual and personal interactions. Tries to pull out the connection of that spirituality and cooking. There is information laced in the book. And how food and act of cooking and eating can affect us.

Since I do not have this type of connection or desire the type of connection to cooking or food as Mr Brown put into this book, I could not really relate. As well the almost life story he put into the book was somewhat hard for me to work my way through the book.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Million Dollar Website by Lori Culwell

She uses a fictional client as an example throughout the book to show what she's talking about. She has a list of what makes a good and bad website, example expand the business, generate sales, can they 'get' it – what the site is about. Chapter two is about defining your audience. Shows examples of sites about audience like Amazon and the 'buy it' button. With chapter three she has it about making your keyword list. Gives a small list of sites to help out with your own lists like Google AdWords and Wordtrackers. She tells you to have a look at the websites you like the best – your top five and borrow the things you like from them to use to yours. The book does go into building your site and as well to be personable. Along with building your site, it adds in that you can make a profit from your site, even if you are not selling products – like adding ads.
This is more of a how-to book, a step by step on how to build a website – it is a more WordPress pointed book. I would like to have seen more help with Blogger. It is more for the professional who wants to expand online and not just for a blogger who is a blog focused without an income part of their site. At the end, it does have a list of the sites used in the book. Which is nice so you do not have to go back in the book if you did not already note the website already. It is personable and informative. Many can have the understanding to build a website.

Martin Luther A Late Medieval Life by Volker Leppin

With some of the text given – could expand points made. But it is quick to the points and facts. Which can be nice for a book that just wants to get the points across to the reader as an introduction to him rather than something offered in a post-secondary setting – which my first point could be added towards. It is not too in-depth, so an average/everyday reader can have a basic knowledge of this man and a good start if doing some sort of project or learning about him. It is not a textbook (or traditional idea of a textbook) but could be used as one.
It shows what influenced him, the world around him and what made him do the things he did. It shows what happened after the 95 Thesis – and the author examines a few of them. Not really goes into Martin's childhood, it is from his education forward. It can account that not much information was written down about him during his childhood up to his education. And not much was written down at the time like lit would later one for many people. The book shows outside influences into his life and work. The shows in the book that Luther wrote more than the 95 Thesis and other texts Luther had read as well. If looking for an in-depth book about Martin Luther, this may not be the book for you. But overall this is a good book for those who want a Martin Luther collection or books about the time and events that occurred in his life.

Henry III the Great King England Never Knew It Had by Barren Baker

Good for anyone who likes royalty, early English history or the English monarchy. There is a timeline of his life; map of England, Wales and Scotland during his reign. As well as Europe around 1260, London in the 13th century and Westminster Palace in the 13th century. Can be a book used as a textbook and general book at the store. A good introduction to his life from birth to death. Also, there are a few quotes. Each chapter is divided into year periods – ex. 1199-1219; 1233-1234; 1265-1267. They are not the same year periods because different events and situations took different lengths of his life. For some readers, it may drag and it does go in-depth for some. It is a nice secondary source for those who would want to use it in there research. There is a focus on facts and not really the interpretation of them. There are a few quotes here and there – so some primary sources throughout the book and as well at the end of the book is a section of images. Images like a family tree, King John, sketch of Henry in a cradle and others.
It is a nice book to have for those who have an interest in some sort of English history or a good resource if working on a paper.