Sit Quietly, and Listen to Your Breath

I am continuing on my reading journey. I think I’m slightly ahead of my goal.

Book 2: 21 Day Weight Loss Kickstart by Neal Barnard

You might be familiar with Dr. Barnard if you watch PBS. He has a popular program that is frequently played during pledge drive time entitled, Kickstart Your Health. The program essentially sums up everything that is in the 21 Day Weight Loss Kickstart book. Dr. Barard focuses on a plant based diet, and reduced fats and oils. He doesn’t suggest an elimination of oil, nuts, or avocados, but he does recommend a reduction in these items. Also, this plan allows for some convenient plant based food options such as Boca Burgers or other processed foods. The main message behind this diet is to get you to alter your food intake for just 21 days, and watch the progress. See how you feel, and see if you loss weight. Now, me personally I don’t need to lose weight, but I’m looking at this from a healthy life style prospective, and I’m fully behind anyone giving it a try for 21 days. If you don’t have time to read the book, you can find all the information that’s in the book, including meal plan, recipes, and shopping list on the PCRM website. They also have a handy iPhone app. with a daily menu and recipes.

Book 3: History of Pahala – Marge & Dennis Elwell
This is the third book in a series of books based on the history of Ka’u. The History of Pahala focuses on the sugar cane industry and related activities in and around Pahala.

Book 4: Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

This was the first audio book for the year. I have had a hard back copy of this book for over a year, but just couldn’t find the time to sit down and read it. In some ways, I’m glad that I didn’t. Steve Jobs was indeed a unique and revolutionary individual. I am left feeling that this book was repetitive, and not very objective. I felt that Mr. Isaacson fawned quite a bit over Mr. Jobs. Here are my thoughts about Mr. Jobs: He was lucky. He had a great sense of design. He didn’t take no for an answer. He didn’t mind taking other people’s ideas for his own. He was very focused on his own goals, and wanted to motivate people to make great products even if it meant being a jerk to them. I like his minimalistic and integrated ideas of design both in architecture and industrial design.

I keep trying to figure out if I learned anything from the book that I could apply to myself. I think I did, but I have to digest it a bit further to put it into words.

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