23 June 2017

Book Review: A Walk With Purpose: Memoir of a Bioentrepreneur By Michael D. Becker


A Walk With Purpose: Memoir of a Bioentrepreneur
By Michael D. Becker



FTC Required Disclosure: We received a review copy of A Walk With Purpose: Memoir of a Bioentrepreneur by Michael D. Becker free of cost or obligation for the purpose of writing this review.

Grab yourself a box of tissues and sit back for the best read you have had all year. We are talking about the great book A Walk With Purpose by Michael D. Becker

In this book, Becker takes us through his life, starting out as a child with his one and only experiment with drugs, through his life as a young computer geek who dropped out of high school, all the way through his life as a stockbroker, Biotech stock analyst, CEO, CFO, entrepreneur, and more.

Throughout his career, Michael Becker was in contact with numerous doctors, scientists, researchers, and more who were on the cutting edge of cancer research.  

Little did he know at the time that he would soon draw on the self-education he was getting to fight the disease himself.

A Walk With Purpose is an excellent read that you can’t put down.  From a business perspective, it is a great read giving the history behind some companies that we had never heard of that evidently are very big players in the biotech industry.

From a Life Recipe perspective, this book is a great read because it has such a positive message. A message of hope.  

From an entertainment perspective, A Walk With Purpose is a wonderful read.  Bittersweet would be a good way to describe the book.

This book is happy, sad, funny, serious, informative, pretty much anything you want to find in a book is in this book.

The actual book is over 400 pages long.  That sounds like a lot, especially to anyone who normally only reads the 99¢ ebooks.  But, it is a very fast read. Primarily because it is impossible to put down.  We read it in less than a day.  Of course, part of that day was spent eating, blogging, etc., too.

We give A Walk With Purpose all five stars on our scale of zero to five stars.  It fits into just about every category of book we can think of, except maybe poetry.

We think you will enjoy your copy of A Walk With Purpose. Maybe you will be giving copies of it as gifts.  

Our video review is in production now and will be available soon as it is on an express schedule.

 


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Here are the fill-ins:

1. A recurring dream I have is _____________________.
2. Turn ______________ into ________________________.
3. _____________________________ is driving me crazy!
4. Lately, I have been _____________________________.

Here are my responses:

A recurring dream that I have has me in the cold, hard, stone belly of a tremendous building. Sometimes this is the basement. Sometimes it is a hallway on the way to a cavernous attic. There is a feeling of terror, of abandonment, of the shadow people coming to get me. I say “a feeling” because I have no recollection of what actually happens in the dream, just the long, stone hallways. Only the feelings remain.  The most frequent scenario is the attic, which leaves far more terrifying feelings than those of the basement.

Turn bananas into pudding. OR, for a more adventurous endeavor, turn beets into pudding like my daddy did once.

My long zoom lens is driving me crazy! It is having trouble focusing and just keeps spinning back and forth trying to find its place. Sometimes it focuses okay, but more often than not lately, I’m left with very blurry cardinals!

Lately, I have been both invigorated and unmotivated. Nothing like being on both sides of the fence, eh?



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22 June 2017

Book Review: The Pen and the Brush By Anka Muhlstein

The Pen and the Brush
By Anka Muhlstein
Translated by Adriana Hunter

We were provided a copy of The Pen and the Brush in order to review it.

Wow! This book is a wonderful blend of art and literary appreciation. Often, I felt like I was in way over my head, but it was exciting and invigorating.

I have always enjoyed history, literature, and art, and this book is a perfect blend of all three. The focus of the book is how art inspired literature, but we also learn how literature inspired art, too.

There are some very funny moments in this educational book, as well as information that I never knew about a well-known American inventor. Maybe I’m the only person on the planet that didn’t know this about him, but just in case I’m not, I won’t spoil the surprise for you.

This book is inspiring and has made me want to explore art even further. It has also been the cause of a big increase in my to-be-read stack.

The Pen and the Brush was better than any art or literature appreciation class that I have ever had. If you love art and history, you will not be disappointed or bored with this book. Quite the opposite; you will be enlivened!


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Book Review: Eat Wheat By Dr. John Douillard



Eat Wheat
By Dr. John Douillard


We were sent a copy of Eat Wheat, written by Dr. John Douillard, for the purpose of writing this review.

Many people stop eating certain foods because they cannot tolerate them any longer.  They feel relief, but that does not last long.  Soon, the problems return.

Eat Wheat addresses why that happens. Dr. Douillard gives us good, healthy choices that will help detox and reset the body so that we can again eat the foods we love.

This book is well-written and well-researched.  It is a very entertaining read as well.  Often times we find ourselves zoning out when reading books that are medical in nature.  Not so with Eat Wheat.

Why certain things have happened to us because of food is addressed in Eat Wheat.  Once David stopped drinking a name brand diet soda water for awhile.  His blood sugars improved. Then, he treated himself to one 20 oz. diet soda water.  His blood glucose went crazy.   Dr. Douillard explains why that happened.

If you are having health problems of any kind, we suggest you get a copy of Eat Wheat and see if it might be caused by diet.  Of course, ALWAYS consult your medical provider before you start any nutritional  program.

We give Eat Wheat all five stars and two snaps up in a circle.  We would give it a bag of chips, too, if they are baked, not fried, and do not contain preservatives or overly processed ingredients.

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21 June 2017

Waiting to Fire the Canon.

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Wednesday Hodgepodge



1. The first day of summer rolls in later this week. What are ten things you'd put on your list of  quintessential summer activities? Will you try to manage all ten this summer?

This question would have been much easier to answer 25 years ago when we had little kids about the house and we were in reasonably decent health. The kids are all grown and, for the most part, gone on living their lives elsewhere. And, we are no longer young and reasonably healthy.

I cannot come up with ten things. The only ones that I can come up with are watching to see which birds are brave enough to come out of hiding on the really hot days and then escaping back inside to the cool of our air conditioned room. And, yes, I will most definitely manage to get these two things done.

Oh, and, although I am not a sports fan generally, I will be waiting to see who wins the College World Series.

2. Do you collect seashells when you're at the beach? What do you do with them once you get them home? What's your favorite place to comb for seashells? How many of these 'best beaches for hunting seashells' have you visited? Which one would you most like to visit?


Calvert Cliffs State Park (Maryland), Jeffrey's Bay (South Africa), Sanibel Island (Florida), Shipwreck Beach (Lanai Hawaii), Ocracoke Island (North Carolina), Galveston Island (Texas) and The Bahamas

When we go to the beach, I do collect seashells. I love them and have been searching for a really big one like my parents had when I was a little girl. It was the kind that you could hold up to your ear and hear the ocean...at least, that is what they told us we were hearing. :)

So far, I haven't really done anything with them. They are in boxes and baskets around the house. I don't really know what to do with them other than photograph them, which I have done. 

Our backyard is full of seashells. I have no clue how they got back there and it is a bit scary to consider the possibilities.



I have never been to any of the beaches listed. I would like to some day go to Galveston Island, but not so much the actual beach part of it.

I have been to Virginia Beach and it was there that one of my favorite memories with my daddy was made.  I have also been to Matagorda Beach, TX, and the beach in Sargent, TX. I have also been to Clemson Y Beach, which is just outside of the lovely college town of Clemson, South Carolina. Go, Tigers!

3. At a snail's pace, shell out money, come out of your shell, go back into your shell, drop a bombshell, happy as a clam, clam up...which 'shell' phrase could most recently be applied to some event or circumstance in your life? Explain.

Go back into your shell” works for me most of the time right now. I find myself becoming more and more reclusive. When things are troubling me, I tend to withdraw. I am “happy as a clam” to stay here at home and watch all of the life going on in our backyard.

4. What summer activity do you dislike? Why?

I do not like to go swimming. I cannot swim properly, for one thing. I can swim under water, but not on it, like regular swimming.  For another, I almost drowned in my aunt’s swimming pool as a young teenager. While I am not so afraid of the water that I can’t take a bath or shower, I do not like being out in uncontrolled water or water over my head.

5. What's something you see as quickly becoming obsolete? Does that bother you?

Me! And, yes, it bothers me very much.

6. Insert your own random thought here.

If you still have your daddy, let him know how much you love him. Give him a hug and, while you’re at it, give him one for me. I can’t hug my daddy anymore. I lost him 9 December 2012.  

If you are estranged from your daddy or otherwise have problems with him, go to him and work it out, however you can. Don’t put it off. Neither of you are guaranteed tomorrow. Whatever his faults, he is still your father. Put on your big girl/boy panties and work it out!

If you can't safely be around him, then forgive him anyway. Forgiving is something you need to do for YOU. Forgiving him doesn't mean that you condone whatever has made it unsafe to be around him, nor does it mean that you have to put yourself in danger. It just means that you have let it go so that you can be the YOU you were meant to be and live in peace.

I sure do miss you, Daddy. 

Jimmy Ray Gunter, Madeline, and little Suz at the fair, 1966.




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