Monday, January 23, 2017

Queenie's Teapot by Carolyn Steele


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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Books you read, decorate or just appreciate, YESπŸ˜‚

                         Picture from Maria De Pascale on Facebook via PINTEREST.

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WHEN NO ONE WAS LOOKING - Project Mnemosyne by Kim Frauli

About the book:
After terrorist attacks reshaped the world in which she lived, an orphaned Julianna Brenner was taken to live in the Scholars Compound. There, she and her best friend Declan work on medical advancements to benefit the world outside. Everything they do is dictated by the rules of the New Regime. When Guardian Costma, the leader of the New Regime, summons them to assign a new project, Julianna has serious objections to the nature of the project. With Declan’s help, she devises a plan to get them out of the Scholars Compound and live a life of their own making. However, they are blindly entering a world about which they know very little, and Guardian Costma will not let them go without a chase. Will they be able to find freedom they seek? Are their family members still out there waiting for their return? Or will the truths they learn be too much to handle?

About the Author, Kim Frauli:

Kim Frauli lives on a farm in rural Illinois with her husband, three children, and a menagerie of animals. She spent several years in marketing and communications for non-profit organizations, including serving as editor-in-chief of a hospital’s health magazine. She took a break from full-time work to focus on family and volunteer work and became involved in education. She has served as a PTO president, board of education member, reading tutor and youth sports coach, in addition to chairing various events.

Is a family friendly (clean - no language or sex) encourages good values and doing the right thing. 

Link for free digital download 

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Island trees

                        A sun spot peeked itself through shaded fronds, Kapiolani Park.

                    Nutty tree of many, noisy flapping fronds made me look up.

Aww . . . . yes,  this Nutty tree stood still enough for me to take it's  picture.  Half a second later fronds flapping with the tradewinds.

Monday, January 16, 2017


Scenic scene opposite of the surf spot,view of Ala Moana Beach and all of Waikiki.  Icon Diamond Head way in the back.  Beautiful day to breathe in the salt air.

Learning to Breathe Fire: The Rise of CrossFit and the Primal Future of Fitness by J.C. Herz

Learning to Breathe Fire: The Rise of CrossFit and the Primal Future of Fitness

The absorbing, definitive account of CrossFit's origins, its explosive grassroots growth, and its emergence as a global phenomenon.

One of the most illuminating books ever on a sports subculture, Learning to Breathe Fire combines vivid sports writing with a thoughtful meditation on what it means to be human. In the book, veteran journalist J.C. Herz explains the science of maximum effort, why the modern gym fails an obese society, and the psychic rewards of ending up on the floor feeling as though you're about to die.

The story traces CrossFit’s rise, from a single underground gym in Santa Cruz to its adoption as the workout of choice for elite special forces, firefighters and cops, to its popularity as the go-to fitness routine for regular Joes and Janes. Especially riveting is Herz’s description of The CrossFit Games, which begin as an informal throw-down on a California ranch and evolve into a televised global proving ground for the fittest men and women on Earth, as well as hundreds of thousands of lesser mortals.

In her portrayal of the sport's star athletes, its passionate coaches and its “chief armorer,” Rogue Fitness, Herz powerfully evokes the uniqueness of a fitness culture that  cultivates primal fierceness in average people. And in the shared ordeal of an all-consuming workout, she unearths the ritual intensity that's been with us since humans invented sports, showing us how, on a deep level, we're all tribal hunters and first responders, waiting for the signal to go all-out. 

Crossfit - rest is not a part of the program, ignore the part of the brain that tells them it's impossible to keep moving. Stopping is not an option, no finish line but to finish what you started. Combination of weightlifting, sprints and gymnastic movements and pull-ups, pushups and unweighted squats as many rounds as possible in 20 minutes. Do you believe that? 20 minutes! Wall ball shots, sumo dead lift high pull, 20-inch box jumps, 75 lbs push press, rowing machines, high intensity regime, Crossfit obvious way to train, duh:) Boy, can you not move so fast! Don't forget the Russian Kettle Bell and those crazy boxes. This book talks about fuel for the body ATP, muscle cell, molecule, phosphates, plus metabolic pathways, fuel production system, etc. Examples for different men in different groups. Crossfit became a hit, helped people achieve what they thought was unachievable. Crossfit overcame the part in your mind when you are physically exhausted, a flash of aggression (as stated) gives you a strange dignity in this last moment, last moment to finish. A fitness cult, yeah... When you see 20% of body weight disappear, change in health habits for the better. Even employers encourages Crossfit because it's a win-win situation. Employees are healthier less burden on health insurance cost for them. What a wonderful read, it's intensity describing the workout was my favorite part. Won this book on Goodreads, First Read Giveaway. Thank you!