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  • Andrea Camilleri: The Wings of the Sphinx (Inspector Montalbano Mysteries)

    Andrea Camilleri: The Wings of the Sphinx (Inspector Montalbano Mysteries)
    The wonderful, irascible Inspector Montalbano of Vigata, Sicily is at it again. Did I mention he's wonderful? And there are 10 earlier ones in the series.

  • Ariana Franklin: The Serpent's Tale

    Ariana Franklin: The Serpent's Tale
    The very wonderful Vesuvia Adelia Rachel Ortese Aguilar (prepare to die!) continues her work. Who knew that the wretched pit that is present day Salerno once housed an amazing and Europe-reknowned medical school? Where even women were allowed to become doctors...

  • Ariana Franklin: Mistress of the Art of Death

    Ariana Franklin: Mistress of the Art of Death
    Wonderful. And amazing as a first novel. There are some inevitably cringe-worthy scenes (if you're going to be true to the middle ages) but Franklin's ability to bring those times to life is spot-on. And she is amazing with the first of the Plantagenets. Makes me want to jump his unsavory little bones.

  • Nicholas Blake: The Worm of Death

    Nicholas Blake: The Worm of Death
    Vintage 1960 British murder mystery. Good if you'd like to learn quayside shipping vocabulary for the docks at Greenwich...

  • Kent Haruf: Where You Once Belonged

    Kent Haruf: Where You Once Belonged
    Well written but depressing. Very depressing. His others are better.

  • Kent Haruf: Eventide

    Kent Haruf: Eventide
    the sequel, sort of, to the wonderful Plainsong. I know that he's the father someone related to a knitblogger I read regularly. She mentioned him one time and the prior book Plainsong. Who? dunno. I'm not sure I would have appreciated Haruf as much had I not moved to a small, rural town. Go find him. He's quietly wonderful.

  • Ray Kurzweil Ph.D.: Transcend: Nine Steps to Living Well Forever

    Ray Kurzweil Ph.D.: Transcend: Nine Steps to Living Well Forever
    Another state-of-the-research book from Kurzweil and the longevity physician, Terry Grossman. I liked Fantastic Voyage better, but for sheer quality of information relevant to our health today, it's hard to beat. You can get a free (but for the shipping cost) copy at Ray and Terry's, their website that sells the supplements key to the program. As they say, they don't care if you get the supplements from them or not, just get them, take them and make the lifestyle changes. Then we'll be around to benefit from the next geometric progression of the health research paradigm.

  • Mehmet Oz M.D.: Healing from the Heart: A Leading Heart Surgeon Explores the Power of Complementary Medicine

    Mehmet Oz M.D.: Healing from the Heart: A Leading Heart Surgeon Explores the Power of Complementary Medicine
    so far so good. the ego required to succeed in the star-system world of cardio-thoracic surgery is only minimally present at the half way point in this book. In his world this is no doubt radical, radical stuff. Interesting to see the highest towers of traditional western medicine allow alternative therapies in.

  • Diane Ackerman: The Zookeeper's Wife

    Diane Ackerman: The Zookeeper's Wife
    Love Diane Ackerman. Just started this, I'll get back to you...

  • Dana Stabenow: Whisper to the Blood: A Kate Shugak Novel (Kate Shugak Novels)

    Dana Stabenow: Whisper to the Blood: A Kate Shugak Novel (Kate Shugak Novels)
    Another keeper. All is not well in The Park. The Aunties have taken matters into their own hands. Be afraid. another bit of wonderfulness from Dana Stabenow. Once again I'll be tapping my fingers for another year till the next Kate Shugak mystery shows up. Sigh.

  • Byron Katie: A Thousand Names for Joy: Living in Harmony with the Way Things Are

    Byron Katie: A Thousand Names for Joy: Living in Harmony with the Way Things Are
    Loving What Is continued on...tough Work but is there really a choice about it? heh.

  • Greg Mortenson: Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time

    Greg Mortenson: Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time
    Alrighty, I'm late to this game but if you haven't read this, go forth and read it NOW. It's a wonderful tale and it's not over yet. As we ramp up the war in Afghanistan why not join the Dept. of Defense and do your required reading? As Rep. Mary Bono (yes, that one) says, you'll learn more about the region from this book than you will from months of Pentagon briefings. Go Dr. Greg!

  • Andrea Camilleri: August Heat

    Andrea Camilleri: August Heat
    Camilleri's latest Inspector Montalbano mystery set in Sicilia. Just wonderful. Now I have to wait a year for the next one. Crap.

  • Janwillem van de Wetering: The  Japanese Corpse (Soho crime)

    Janwillem van de Wetering: The Japanese Corpse (Soho crime)
    Two Dutch cops sent to Kyoto to solve a murder in Amsterdam involving the Yakusa. Van de Wetering is a 'voice' like no other. He spent several years in a Zen monastery in Kyoto himself. The entire series has been re-issued by Soho Crime and is totally wonderful. And the cover design by Cheryl Cipriani is awesome. Yes, I'm a cover art ho.

  • Anthony Bourdain: Kitchen Confidential Updated Ed: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (P.S.)

    Anthony Bourdain: Kitchen Confidential Updated Ed: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (P.S.)

  • Alice Hoffman: Practical Magic

    Alice Hoffman: Practical Magic
    The hardback has an illustration taken from Dante Gabriel Rossetti's Proserpine. Much nicer. Hoffman's a great storyteller. And I always want her characters to go forward to the next book. But they never do. Go read this one anyway. You're welcome.

  • Tony Hillerman: The Mysterious West

    Tony Hillerman: The Mysterious West
    This is a REALLY wonderful short story collection edited by Hillerman. Lord, I'm going to miss that man. All of the stories are set in the west or midwest, small towns and large. They're quirky and somewhat unexpected, especially relative to the usual work of the authors like J.A. Jance, Dana Stabenow (a bit darker), Lia Matera (chilling), etc. The true find for me is Wendy Hornsby. One of the best written stories, independent of genre, I've ever read. I've never read a more skillfully built exposition of the backstory built into the actual story. wow. I'm off to see what else of hers I can find.

  • Charles de Lint: The Wild Wood

    Charles de Lint: The Wild Wood
    Re-reading this bit of loveliness from de Lint. Among other things, it's about an artist who's lost her mojo. It's apropos given that I've re-started The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron.

  • Elizabeth A. Lynn: Chronicles of Tornor 3: The Northern Girl (Chronicles of Tornor)

    Elizabeth A. Lynn: Chronicles of Tornor 3: The Northern Girl (Chronicles of Tornor)
    Found this as I was repacking ancient boxes of books. It was written in the late 70s and is flat out wonderful. It's the third book of a trilogy (the 2nd one is Dancers of Arun) I highly recommend all of them. It's Fantasy with an incredibly drawn world worth of an Ursula LeGuin, deep and quirky characters, and stay-up-all-night story telling. go. find them.

  • Julia Cameron: The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity [10th Anniversary Edition]

    Julia Cameron: The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity [10th Anniversary Edition]
    A birthday gift from the Gomez. Starting this once again after years of hiatus. Wonderful.

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July 19, 2006

Comments

Erika

Yes! I know exactly what you are talking about!

This will sound totally nutty, particularly coming from a stranger (Hi, delurking!) but after about a year of nothing but "lost days," a series of events led me to a major dietary change* and acupuncture, and I haven't had a single "lost day" since then. Energy levels, ambition, motivation, have all returned to normal. It's like I finally got my life back, and man, is it great.

* In my case, I had been eating a LOT of meat and dairy - so I started eating almost NO meat and dairy, and felt 1000% better within 24 hours. Everyone's different - I advocate "whatever you're eating, try eating the opposite for a few days."

Michelle

As someone who took two naps on Sunday, zoned out in my office for about 4 hours on Monday, took a nap yesterday afternoon and still went to bed early last night and faked an illness to let my class out an hour and a half early tonight, I have no advice whatsoever. I do, however, feel ya.

Edge

yeah, I've been getin' em too, but you know that

Mary

Oh yes, been there, done that. I think it can creep up on you and before you know it you're on the sofa all day, or whatever. I've been trying to make myself do one of the things I don't want to each day and then give myself permission to avoid the others - until the next day.

Becca

Good for you for getting out to the gym.

Heather

Me too - sometimes you just need to hibernate a bit. Even in the summer.

margene

If it's as hot there as here it is no wonder you want to do nothing. The gym is a good way to start out the day even if you have to force yourself. Hope it helps and you feel more motivated.

michelle

I hope the gym helped. This happens to me all the time too. Up to a point, I give myself a pass. After that, steps must be taken. Going to the gym is a good start. Getting out, even if it's just into the back yard, is a step forward.

As far as avoiding avoidance, take one task and focus on it for just 15 minutes. After the 15 minutes, you can go back to bed. I find if I commit to 15 minutes I can often go much longer.

Other times have to resort more elaborate schemes: fold three pieces of laundry, open one bill, find three things to throw out, repeat from the beginning. Progress is made, but it's done in such a roundabout way that it still feels a bit like avoidance and keeps me from being overwhelmed.

That said, I would really like to go home and spend the day on the couch.

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