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Splitting America: How Politicians, Super PACs and the News Media Mirror High Conflict Divorce
Splitting America: How Politicians, Super PACs and the News Media Mirror High Conflict Divorce
by Don Saposnek
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Calling for a Return to Civility, October 27, 2012
With divorce at all time highs and civility in politics at all time lows, I don't know what is more dispiriting - the alienating effect of high conflict on children or on voters. The parallels that the authors draw are striking and speak to the heart of a deep malaise in our society.

War-like language permeates every aspect of our lives and raises the anxiety level of the whole populace. It is no wonder that there are more handguns in the US than there are people! Candidates keep the pot simmering so they can come across as the hero who can save the day.

When listening to political discourse and media coverage, identifying narcissistic and high conflict behavior is not that difficult. Eddy and Saposnek suggest two litmus tests. Ask yourself, 1) "Is this really a crisis?" and 2) "Is this really a hero?"

While one can justifiably point a finger at the other side, irrespective of one's politics, that's not going to help turn the situation around. What will help is discernment. Stirring up fear and suspicion keeps media viewers and campaign contributors coming back, and if it also generates anger and hatred, well, that's show biz. It is up to us to buy into it or not. It is up to us as voters to demand honesty and civility of those we vote into office.

The authors offer some suggestions on how to reframe the debate using EAR - statements that reflect Empathy, Attention and Respect - and BIFF - responses that are Brief, Informative, Friendly and Firm. They call on politicians and media to return to self-imposed limits on high conflict rhetoric, and for a return of campaign disclosure laws. They point out that the Citizens United ruling of 2010 that led to the formation of Super PACs destroyed all vestiges of accountability and restraint in political advertising.

Are the authors confident of the future? Not really. They suggest it will get worse before it gets better, but at least by articulating the problem in this way, we might be more inspired to be the change we want to see and demand change in our institutions.


Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife
Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife
by Eben Alexander III M. D.
Edition: Paperback
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and Compelling, October 27, 2012
Hollywood could not have scripted a more plausible or powerful scenario to demonstrate the existence of heaven and the afterlife than the experience of Dr. Eben Alexander. A top neurosurgeon whose whole career was focused on the brain as the seat of consciousness, he got bacterial meningitis with no history of exposure. It was such a virulent form that it put him into a coma and stopped all his higher brain functions. According to current medical understanding, he could not have been thinking or even dreaming and should have died, yet he returns to life bursting with joy at having met God.

Having been in a deep coma for six days his doctors expected him to be a vegetable should he even survive, yet he regained his full memory and faculties. Not surprisingly, the experience forever changed his understanding of consciousness and of our place in the universe. He tried every possible medical, physiological and biochemical alternative to explain his experience, yet each one was discounted in turn, leaving only the mystery.
I am reminded of the TV ad with the cell phone testers asking, "Can you hear me now?"

As a radio host and reviewer I have received a surprisingly large number of books describing near death experiences, each one offering similar or complementary insights about the nature of death and divinity. One of the reasons this book stands out is that Dr. Alexander's credentials are unassailable, the case was impeccably documented, and he was a skeptic with no ax to grind for a divine or metaphysical explanation. We are also given enough of the scientific details to understand what a miracle this truly was.

The book is beautifully written, and deftly interweaves his personal story with the drama of his illness, recovery and attempts to understand what happened. The lyrical description and the ineffable beauty of what he experienced "on the other side" will touch you deeply. "Proof of Heaven" makes your heart sing as you recognize the truth of our eternal connection to Source. Don't miss it.


The Rational Psychic: A Skeptic's Guide to Extraordinary Perception
The Rational Psychic: A Skeptic's Guide to Extraordinary Perception
by Jack Rourke
Edition: Hardcover
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Approach That's Just Right, October 11, 2012
Jack Rourke's approach to explaining psychic phenomena reminds me of the story of The Three Bears - not too woo-woo, not too skeptical, but just right. His own story has elements in common with many stories I have heard before: a stressful childhood; ability to "know" things before they happen; suppressing his abilities because they were not "normal;" and then finally accepting one's gifts and using them to help others. His gifts, I might add, are impressive and the case studies he relates are very convincing. It is not surprising that he is in demand as a consultant to the entertainment industry.

His book provides helpful criteria for making the distinction between true psychics, able to provide objectively verifiable readings, and the often well-meaning but unverifiable statements and prognostications of others who may be highly empathic, but are probably using a vivid imagination combined with good people-reading skills.

I appreciated the methodical way he explains the different forms of extraordinary perception, the scientific basis for how they probably work, and how to develop and enhance your own skills. He provides a synthesis of his decades of research into psychology, neuroscience and physics to ground his explanations of paranormal phenomena and help the reader distinguish between the hype and true mystery. His stated aim is to show the way to safe and meaningful personal and spiritual development, and his own work is an inspiration in that regard.
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Primal Blueprint Quick and Easy Meals: Delicious, Primal-approved meals you can make in under 30 minutes (Primal Blueprint Series)
Primal Blueprint Quick and Easy Meals: Delicious, Primal-approved meals you can make in under 30 minutes (Primal Blueprint Series)
by Mark Sisson
Edition: Hardcover
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, Delicious Recipes!, October 10, 2012
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I got this book because it seems to cover the latest state of knowledge on healthy eating. I just started using the recipes, so I have yet to determine the effect on my health or waistline, but I can already say that they are delicious, inventive and easy to make. They are both a treat to the eye and to the tastebuds, and they really satisfy. My husband, who is very suspicious of anything that smacks of diet food, has given these recipes two thumbs up. He even made one of them himself!


Spirit Calls
Spirit Calls
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Compilation!, October 10, 2012
This review is from: Spirit Calls (Audio CD)
Pure heart-filling, foot-stomping, body-swaying inspiration! Listen closely to the lyrics - they're all brilliant. Try putting this music on in the background and see what it does to your mood.

The cool thing for you musicians and singers out there, is that there is a companion songbook so you can easily follow and learn the lyrics and music.


What Went Wrong: The Truth Behind the Clinical Trial of the Enzyme Treatment of Cancer
What Went Wrong: The Truth Behind the Clinical Trial of the Enzyme Treatment of Cancer
by Nicholas J. Gonzalez MD
Edition: Hardcover
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sobering Tale, September 27, 2012
This book is alternately depressing, infuriating and inspiring. It is the exhaustively documented story of a clinical trial of a promising enzymatic therapy for treating highly lethal pancreatic cancer. The trial compared a treatment Dr. Gonzalez had been using with major success in his private practice against a chemotherapeutic agent, Gemzar.

The trial was so mismanaged and stacked against Dr. Gonzalez's protocol that after more than 10 years of futile struggle, this promising approach has been kept out of the mainstream oncological arsenal. While Dr. Gonzalez may have written this book to set the record straight about the chain of events, and it gives way more detailed information than anyone but a lawyer would want to read, it's real importance is in highlighting the unholy and incestuous alliance between Big Pharma and the governmental institutions charged with funding medical research that continues unabated.

This is tragically a story that has been repeated over and over since the early 1900's, and because it is so unthinkable that our own government and academics would pervert the research process to protect monied interests, we passively allow this to continue. Dr. Gonzalez ends his book with an angry appeal to true researchers to stay away from tainted funds and to preserve their integrity for the good of mankind. He himself continues to use his protocol and save patients every day. A sobering tale, indeed.


The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food
The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food
by Janisse Ray
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Call to Arms for Green Thumbs, September 27, 2012
What a charmingly enticing gem of a book - part memoir, part rhapsodic love song to nature, part practical guide to the world of harvesting, saving, banking and breeding seeds and plants.

It is a timely reminder of our dependence on a resource that is rapidly being undermined and overtaken by agribusiness, to the detriment of our health, our food security and even our sovereignty within our own piece of earth.

Anyone with even a green pinky should read this book.


The Source Field Investigations: The Hidden Science and Lost Civilizations Behind the 2012 Prophecies
The Source Field Investigations: The Hidden Science and Lost Civilizations Behind the 2012 Prophecies
by David Wilcock
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mind Expanding!, September 22, 2012
This is an amazingly important book about things that are critically important to our species, yet are systematically suppressed. It is a fascinating read with over 500 pages, now tattered, dog-eared and stained because I couldn't put it down. The book explores some of the most fundamental questions of the universe, and comes up with some pretty plausible explanations based on some pretty impressive research and connecting the dots on Wilcock's part.

Let me give you some examples. After the detente with Russia, their scientists turned their attention from armaments to basic research and their results have been mind-boggling. Exploring the ability of coherent light to transport information, they shone a laser through a fertilized duck egg into a fertilized chicken egg. When the chicken hatched, it had webbed feet and a broad bill! In another experiment the scientist shone a laser through a healthy seed into a seed that had been killed by radiation at Chernobyl. The seed recovered and sprouted into a fully healthy adult plant.

This is the tip of the iceberg of the amazing information in this book, and it is a cry of anguish and anger that the resources now available to us - whether for healing, for free energy or for repairing the damage to the planet - are being withheld for reasons of greed, power and control.

There are insights into possible explanations of the unified field, the nature of space and time, the role of geometry in the structure and function of everything, fish falls!, and on and on. This is definitely my favorite book of the year, and I can't recommend it highly enough.


Learning to Laugh When You Feel Like Crying: Embracing Life After Loss
Learning to Laugh When You Feel Like Crying: Embracing Life After Loss
by Allen Klein
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.70
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Compassionate Gift, September 15, 2012
After a traumatic loss, it may seem that all joy has gone out of life, leaving only grief and sorrow. Allen Klein has been there, and knows that you can learn to laugh again.

His book is a collection of mini-chapters that can easily be dipped into or read cover to cover. Wonderful inspirational quotes head each chapter, and as you progress through the book, you are gently carried along the path from loss to learning, letting go, living and eventually to laughter - what he calls "the five stages of living after loss."

Each quote is followed by a few succinct paragraphs in which Klein offers wise and practical advice drawn from the insights he gained in coping with his own loss and as a hospice volunteer. Never Pollyanna-ish, Klein acknowledges the reality of your pain while showing you the way to the light:
"Because of the intense loss you are experiencing, you may feel that you have also lost your sense of humor. You haven't lost it. It is just misplaced. You can, and will, find it again. Keep looking. Today, tell yourself that you will find one little thing of hope, one little thing that amuses you, one little thing to smile or laugh about. If you can do that, you have taken a big step in your healing process."
This book is a blessing. I can't think of a more compassionate gift for someone who is grieving.


Sustainable Life: The New Success
Sustainable Life: The New Success
by James Wanless
Edition: Paperback
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Living in Harmony, September 4, 2012
James Wanless infuses this book with a lifetime of wisdom and experience as a counselor on both sides of the physical reality-spiritual reality divide. His exploration of sustainability touches every aspect of living, from creating a home to nurturing relationships to respecting the planet that provides for us. Success in life is not given on a silver platter; we are responsible for our own happiness and welfare and that of the planet. Skills that James calls "sustain-abilities" need to be learned and practiced, and will be reflected in our daily choices.

This book really holds up a mirror for reflection on how we are crafting our experience of life. It reframes success as a life lived in harmony with our nature and with mother nature. The beautiful cards that James created to illustrate the book are available as a separate deck to facilitate the process. The last part of the book is called the sustain-ability gym, and it has a series of helpful exercises that you can use to guide your personal journey of self-exploration.


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