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Choose This Not That for High Blood Pressure: Choose This Not That Series
Choose This Not That for High Blood Pressure: Choose This Not That Series
by Personal Remedies
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like Hearing Your Mother's Time Tested Advice For Proper Eating, August 24, 2011
"Choose This not That for High Blood Pressure" is one of a series of nutritional
guides for people suffering from high blood pressure. Proper eating habits for high blood pressure is important for controlling this common medical problem. While this book "is not a substitute for medical advice," it does include "a list of food items and easy to follow suggestions on how to improve your health through nutrition and good choices you make every day."
"The book contains similar information for those who have one of the following common health conditions" as well as high blood pressure. Those other health risks include Alzheimer's disease, Depression, Type 2 Diabetes, Obesity, Gout, High Cholesterol, High Triglycerides, Stress, or a deficiency in Vitamin D among others maladies.
The book does advise that its nutritional advice is for adults only. The suggestions "do not apply to children, pregnant women or breast feeding mothers."
The "suggestions are organized by food groups." The best and the worst food choices are listed first in their respective categories. The authors of this series have conveniently "summarized their information and guidelines for each specific scenario so that they fit on a maximum of two pages. This will allow you to print and post the appropriate pages in your kitchen or on the door of your refrigerator, and carry a copy with you when grocery shopping or dining at restaurants." This nutritional advice is arranged to make it simple to read, understand and follow.
The book is illustrated and spaced in such a way as to be easy to read at a glance. Naturally, with any kind of book giving nutritional advice the reader may want to know the sources of the information provided in the book. The authors have provided a website address in the back of the book where detailed sources of the information can be examined. "The primary sources used by the web site and therefore this book are US government sources." They include the USDA (Department of Agriculture), NIH (National Institute of Health), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Cancer Institute and the US Environmental Protection Agency and other sources.
This excellent book, along with eleven others in the series dealing with nutritional information for other common health problems are also available as phone Apps through Droid Market and of course the publisher. This is a very handy eating reference book. It's simple to read and understand and will remind most readers of their mother or grandmother's time-tested advice at the dinner table or restaurant.


Katharine Lane Weems: Sculpture and Drawings
Katharine Lane Weems: Sculpture and Drawings
by Louise Todd Ambler
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Is An Excellent Introduction to the world of Katharine Lane Weems., August 12, 2011
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This a straight-forward photographic collection of most of the best work on Katharine Lane Weems. It's even better if it studied at the same time as Weems' Memoir "The Odds Were Against Me" as told to Edward Weeks. When combined with the memoir, it makes both books much more informative. These two books were source material about Katharine Lane Weems for my own book about the former homes of famous or infamous Bostonians, "Boston's Notable Addresses."


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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Memoir about the struggle of women in the Arts, August 12, 2011
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I'd read this memoir many years ago when digging up material for my book "Boston's Notable Addresses." It's a difficult book to locate and once I noticed it on Amazon I immediately ordered a copy to give to my daughter who is an artist based in Rome. What brought my attention to Katharine Lane Weems (1899-1990) was the fact that in 1961 she had donated one of her Mother's homes, the Back Bay mansion at 53 Marlborough Street, complete with all the antique furnishings to The French Library. That building is still the home of The French Cultural Institute.
In the era when Katharine Lane Weems grew up women of her social class weren't supposed to work, they were supposed to get married and raise the next generation of Boston Blue Bloods. And they most definitely were not suppose to work in the male world of Art. Weem's was an animal lover and while visiting the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, where her father was President, she discovered that she liked to draw. Naturally she drew what she loved.
She accepted all the challenges of becoming an artist and eventually became a noted sculptor of animals. Some of her more memorable work can be seen at various Harvard University Buildings including the twin pair of 3-ton Indian Rhinoceroses flanking the Harvard Biological Laboratory's main entrance. The frolicking
"Dolphins of the Sea" that greet each arrival at the New England Aquarium are also her work.
The book, "is as told to Edward Weeks," and is probably some kind of privately published memoir with a small press run and that is what makes it so difficult to find. It reads like an oral memoir but includes many passages from Weems' diaries. It's well-worth reading because it provides a glimpse into the private world of the Back Bay Boston rich and their lifestyle. It also interesting because of it's first-hand description of socialites breaking out of their cast system to actually work in the wider world of everyday folks.
After finishing the book, the title of the memoir won't ring very true. The odds really weren't against the author--if anything, the deck was stacked in her favor. Her friend Brad Washburn at the Boston Science Museum was happy to accept her contribution of an exhibit room in her mother's name that was filled with, what else, but examples of her Katharine Lane Weems animal sculptures.
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Logitech Ultimate Ears 350 Noise-Isolating Earphones - Dark Silver (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Logitech Ultimate Ears 350 Noise-Isolating Earphones - Dark Silver (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
Offered by Outlet Digital
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay But Not As Good As The Pair I Already Own., June 3, 2011
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My first few days of testing these "Ultimate Ears-350" went fine until I noticed that one of the earphones didn't produce the same sound level as the other one. In fact, if I turned the volume down low, I completely lost one of the two earphones. At medium levels the difference in the two earphone's sound was annoyingly obvious. I did like the soft ear cushions and the extra covers to use as needed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Primer On How To Do Night Photography, May 7, 2011
One of my adult sons took a class at The New England School of Photography with the author of this manual on Night Photography. I attended a couple of photo exhibitions of the work of those classes at both Harvard College and The Boston Convention Center.
When this book was published I was fascinated by it. I'd done lots of night photography and time exposures using various types and formats of film over the decades, but I'd never tried it with a digital camera. Frankly, I had no idea how do accomplish that transition from film to digital.
This book explains and illustrates exactly how to make that jump. It has an excellent chapter on the history of night photography, which I enjoyed very much since I'd studied those early photographers in great detail in the past. The book has 250 pages of text and illustrations. It also includes the work, both text and illustrations, of several other contributing photographers from Lance's circle of friends and co-workers.
Chapter topics include "The History of Night Photography: From Daguerreotype to Digital, Night Photography Equipment, The Basics of Night Photography, Film-Based Night Photography, Digital Capture, Night Photography Imagine Workflow, High Dynamic Range Imaging, Moonlight and Star Trails, and Light Painting."
This is the best introduction to the art and science of night photography that I've personally experienced.


Win: The Key Principles to Take Your Business from Ordinary to Extraordinary
Win: The Key Principles to Take Your Business from Ordinary to Extraordinary
by Frank I. Luntz
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Luntz Provides His Focus Tested Vocabulary for Success, May 3, 2011
"Win is an unprecedented examination of the art, science, and language of winning, and a must-have for people who want to understand and emulate the winners of today." That blurb pretty much sums up the content of Dr. Luntz's latest book. In eleven chapters plus notes and index he defines a winner by listing the most common 15 attributes of successful people.
He lists his "Nine P's Of Winning" that are what it takes to get to the top. He gives each of those "P's" a chapter--People-Centeredness, Paradigm Breaking, Prioritization, Perfection, Partnership, Passion, Persuasion, Persistence and Principled Action.
What makes this book different than most other books on growing a business from ordinary to extraordinary is that Dr. Luntz tests all his theories through thousands of focus groups. His testing ability is what makes him so successful as a political consultant as well. He doesn't just provide "seventy new words that work" he pre-tests them to be certain they really work as claimed. The readers of this book may have actually witnessed him testing some of his focus groups on Fox News Channel or MSNBC/ CNBC.
He is has mastered verbal communication as both an art and science. Like his previous book this one is easy to read. Unlike his previous book, this particular volume is
directed toward the businessperson.


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5.0 out of 5 stars By Far and Away One of the Best Pictures of 2010., April 26, 2011
In many ways this is a perfect film. It was obviously a labor of love with most of the famous cast probably working for union scale with some points if the movie was successful. The story is simple. It's about an old hermit, played by Robert Duvall, living in the backwoods of Tenn during the 1930's. He reaches an age when most of his few friends are passing away and he decides to plan and conduct his own funeral while he is still alive to enjoy it. Bill Murray plays a slightly dishonest funeral parlor owner. It's a marvelous serious role for Murray who most people only remember for his comic roles.
Sissy Spacek plays Duvall's one-time lover. Since most of the town folks either don't know the hermit or fear him, there are very few friends that the Duvall character wishes to invite, but he does want a big funeral that brings together everyone who has ever known him. He wants them to reveal his true story. He eventually comes up with a sure-fire method of attracting thousands of people to his funeral.
His plan works and along the way the hermit's mysterious and fascinating life story emerges. Lucas Black, Lori Beth Edgeman and Bill Cobbs play key supporting cast roles. Part of the joy of this film is the feeling of reality in it. The small rural town, the log cabins, the feeling of the Depression Era all come through on the screen. In addition to the famous actors, many of the crew members do double duty. This is a fascinating look at how a good story and straight-forward acting are the keys to making an enjoyable movie. This movie probably set a record for low budgets. Antique Car fans are liable to overdose on the collection of vintage autos included in this excellent film.


Country Strong
Country Strong
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3.0 out of 5 stars Another Country-Pop Stars Trips and Can't Get Up, April 23, 2011
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The best thing about this 112-minute, PG-13 rated Music/Drama/Redemption flick is that the audience will get to hear some pretty good country music. It seems like Hollywood can't seem to cool it with making more movies about all the music stars whose drug infested lifestyle destroys their careers and personal lives. Last year brought the world "Crazy Heart." In 2005 "Walk the Line" was the best of this genre. In this year's version it's just not very believable probably because the heartbreak wasn't about an actual country or pop music heart breaker. This movie seemed designed to win Golden Globes and Oscars for its stars. It failed. The only really touching scene in the film involved a hospital concert for kids sick with cancer.


A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop
A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Buzz Was Wrong About This Chinese Remake of Blood Simple., April 22, 2011
The Hollywood buzz about this movie was mostly negative with lots of comments about it being overly acted and overly directed. Frankly, I found the movie excellent with many flashes of the cast and director's great talent. The location of the Noodle shop on the edge of a great painted desert-like wilderness reminded the audience of an early 2,000 year-old version of the Howard Johnson chain motels and cafes. These inns were placed along roads so that travelers wouldn't starve or run out of water. The only thing that was missing was a series of stone signs reading "Last Water Stop For Two Day's Walk."
The movie was kind of slap-stick Chinese Theater, but it worked fine. Much has been made out of the director's adaptation, actually homage, of the Cohen Brother's movie "Blood Simple," but frankly most people won't even recognize that. This story works just as well in Chinese cinema as it did in America. The humor is funny, the characters are large and obvious, but oh so human. As is the usual case with this legendary director, the cinematography is wonderful. Some of the landscapes are stunning. Over-all the film also has a Clint Eastwood, Italian Western feeling about it. It's kind of a successful chop suey-spaghetti western. It's a very entertaining escape from the boring daily routine.
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Hasselblad Masters: Emotion
Hasselblad Masters: Emotion
by teNeues
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Pictures Not Worthy of the Beautifully Done Book, April 21, 2011
This 11 x 14 inch beautifully produced photographic collection seems like an echo of the same type of books the Hasselblad Camera Company was printing 40-45 years ago when I first became interested in photography. Apparently these are the 10 winners of Hasselblad's 2009 Masters Competition that drew entries from almost 3,000 photographers.
The ten winners were then assigned the topic of "Emotion" to illustrate. Oddly enough, these razor sharp, perfectly exposed and printed images all seem to be severely lacking any emotion. Naturally, there are some pretty good photographs included in this collection but they feel like the images of industrial photographs. They are perfect technically, but otherwise uninspiring.
My own favorites were the landscapes of Bang Peng because the mountainous, Chinese subject matter is so alien to most Americans. The Stephan Zirwes architectual photographs of an airport taken from above also produced some beautiful aerial patterns. Alexandfelix produced some interesting Fine Art collages but they too appeared too much like industrial photographs of computer chips.
Sadly, while these are nice samples of the 10 individual winners of this photographic competition, they aren't very inspiring although they do confirm that Hasselblad makes wonderful cameras. Somehow the book made me wish to see the original portfolios from which these 10 winners were selected.


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