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Red Knit Cap Girl to the Rescue
Red Knit Cap Girl to the Rescue
by Naoko Stoop
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magical and Personal, Global and Important, August 16, 2014
Wow, thank you! Here is the marvel of rich imagination and magical illustrations. Here is an issue we all need to address...but without getting into the politics or debates. Here are the lives of all beings for us to appreciate, as we relate and help and take care of each other. Meanwhile here is a sweet and gentle story that helps us to love the creatures of the earth, to experience what they may encounter, and then meet the beautiful caring of the sweet and inimitable Red Knit Cap Girl. Please Ms. Stoop, keep going with these amazing stories. :)


Red Knit Cap Girl
Red Knit Cap Girl
by Naoko Stoop
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Magical Mind of a Child, November 15, 2012
This review is from: Red Knit Cap Girl (Hardcover)
Red Knit Cap Girl is a treasure. In the gentle story, and lovely images, we find magic for the little ones, but also for ourselves as this charming book takes us back to our own childhoods and the wonder we may well have forgotten. As someone who studies (and hopefully practices) some creativity--see our edited EVERYDAY CREATIVITY AND NEW VIEWS OF HUMAN NATURE (this academic collection being a tribute to the power of creative process, and to our visionary contributors), I believe this charming book by Naoko Stoop transports us to a place of intimacy, immediacy, and aliveness in the moment. The book looks simple but it goes deep. The Zen master tells us to find the mind of a child. Red Knit Cap Girl brings it to us.


The Lie-Catcher in the Primate House
The Lie-Catcher in the Primate House
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Lie-Catcher is Gripping!, July 10, 2012
Wonderful! Lindsay Crane's new novel The Lie Catcher is gripping and far too believable. We meet a chimp who knows human language and witnesses an attempted murder. We get to know this chimp and others, along with their female advocate, a professor, and expert researcher, in dishonesty, at it occurs, from Berkeley who gets involved in international intrigue to stop the trafficking of endangered wildlife. The story is rich in detail, and this author really knows her facts and multiple settings, from Berkeley, California, to Africa. The story speaks for itself, but also offers general points and important questions, which arise naturally as the plot evolves, and I consider this a wonderful strength. How do we see and treat other beings in our interconnected world? Where does false elevation of humans above other species, our neglect of the greater whole, our allowing criminal treatment of other species, put us all at risk? How can so much of this happen beneath our very noses? How, in fact, can people do this to other species, who think and feel, as we do, who try to live in peace? Are these qualities so devalued in these living beings that they are only objectified? How do we stop those who want to kidnap, exploit, abuse, and kill for profit other creatures, treating them as these expendable objects for their own personal gain? (This central aspect of the story is not fiction at all, and we learn much about it.) How does it work when international interests, big money, and power are backing the abuses? What happens to those who dare to protest--and here our brave female protagonist is a key example. We learn the grave extent to which species are ignorantly or maliciously being endangered and wiped off the face of this earth--and all this in a plot that moves, fueled by writing that engages. I remain most glad, however, for the larger principles that underlie this drama. Speaking as psychologist and psychiatrist, spiritual practitioner, and researcher of everyday creativity (see my edited book and academic bestseller: Everyday Creativity and New Views of Human Nature) a book which emphasizes process and creativity as a way of life, we see here much of this "originality of everyday life." It is there in the acute conscious awareness of what's happening, the ability to risk-take, to innovate, to care and courageously take a stand against wrongdoing. The global canvas and extent of the problem is clearly portrayed, as well as our need to honor the lives of our fellow creatures, globally. Indeed, our survival and strength as living beings is in our very diversity, our honoring of each other, of rights transcending species, and the vast capacities (which we humans barely begin to understand) inherent in the mystery of life itself. Let us have wonder, rather than domination. With resolution here, we can breathe a sigh of relief, but it is only for some fictional characters. How can we, in the real world, work to stop and prevent such inhumane and criminal situations? This book does its own part to raise consciousness, toward species survival and a more harmonious life for all on this planet. I am grateful.
Dr. Ruth Richards


Infinite Vision: How Aravind Became the World's Greatest Business Case for Compassion (BK Business)
Infinite Vision: How Aravind Became the World's Greatest Business Case for Compassion (BK Business)
by Pavithra K. Mehta
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars We Can All Have INFINITE VISION, November 2, 2011
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Don't miss this book, Infinite Vision. It's about one person, "Dr. V.," who revolutionized healthcare for those who cannot see. But it's equally about us, about everyone. It's about our creativity when we don't set limits. And about how it can spread, even globally. It is about our higher potential. <Also see [...] Saybrook University, where we teach about everyday creativity.>

If you ever had cataract surgery, take note. You know what it is like; seeing or not seeing can change everything. In India, some have used a derogatory term for a blind elder, "a mouth without hands." Can you imagine?

Infinite Vision tells how Dr. V helped reverse this tragedy. The book is personal and inspiring, and it also gives operational details and a recipe for success. Dr. V, Dr. Govindappa Venkataswamy, a surgeon in South India, began, as a post-retirement project, what became the largest eye surgery operation in the world. And where a great many needy people now get eye surgery for free. His is a required case study for Harvard Business School, has been honored by Bill Gates (Award for Global Health) and many others. His Aravind organization has attracted visitors, promoters and collaborators from Seva Foundation to the International Lions Club, from Dr. Brilliant to Ram Dass to Wavy Gravy. Why? Here's a goodhearted doc moving from a clinic for 11 people to a massive medical movement which has brought hope to the 12 million blind people in India. A movement now spreading around the world. And a man who said, whose stated goal in life was, "to give sight for all." Now Aravind, is doing just that! Here is the story.

The recipe: Good person, hard times, a crippling arthritis that changed his career goals, a fundamental desire to help others. Deep spiritual roots, Sri Aurobindo and the Mother, in Pondicherry, India, astonishing spiritual leaders. And let it be said, with all respect, that this could also have been another of the World's Great Wisdom Traditions. Here, to be sure, is our True Vision. Our True Creativity.

And an ability to reach out. To involve others. To collaborate, to share and learn--and this includes sharing with groups that might be called "competitors" in other settings. Instead we learn to thrive together. To have a new bottom line of compassion and love, not profit or loss. Yet to find a greater monetary profit in this approach than in that of the so-called competition.

Dr. V never married nor had a family. Yet a fascinating side note is that a full 21, yes twenty-one, of his relatives have now become opthalmologists! And all are helping. Talk about family spirit (and the human spirit).

Best of all--and this is sometimes hard for us Westerners to believe--here is the Gift Economy. This is what can happen when we move from grasping and getting to caring and giving. Those folks weren't fooling in the Bible (or elsewhere) when they said that we who give will receive in turn. (Actually, we may also live longer as well--which is another interesting story! Here is a new world view we need badly today.

As Dr. V. said, "When we grow in spiritual consciousness, we identify with all that is in the world...It is ourselves we are helping....ourselves we are healing."
Is InfiniteVision a religious tract? Not at all; it is a business plan--one set in an engaging personal story. But a business plan with a different bottom line, a different way of operating. A different way of living. No wonder Harvard Business School took note. And so should we.

Do buy this book, by all means! And also give it to your own doctor. I have done so myself. Let me dedicate this review to my ophthalmologist and cataract surgeon, Gary Aguilar, M.D., in San Francisco, who has volunteered his services each summer, in places including Guatemala, Peru, and China, to help people who could never see otherwise. Whose lives have been changed. He too is part of this story. What a gift. What a role model. May each of us, in turn, help this influence to spread.


Sing Me a Song
Sing Me a Song
by Virginia C. Taylor
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Barilla we love you! 15 year old in the mills of Lowell, MA, mid-1800s, June 23, 2011
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Mid-1800s in Maine a 15 year old girl in a family of 12 kids, spunky, determined, leaves home with 5 other girls to work in the mills in Lowell, MA. I have lived in Massachusetts, been in Lowell, but through this story, based on Barilla's letters and poems (and a little "fictional" imagination) I really feel I have been there historically, for the first time, and also that I know this young woman. The reader is there, with young kids, in crowded and dangerous and horribly noisy mills, working long hours, yet young people, mainly girls, so eager and excited for their new lives in the city. This is wonderful historical writing, with strong documentation. It also includes a love story (boyfriend's song to Barilla is even part of the book, words and music!) Alas but she died of a lung ailment (due to the mills?) at age 17. I am almost tearful writing about it, that's how real this story felt. And I expect the story of Barilla was the story of a great many young, hopeful, and spirited girls of the time as the Industrial Revolution was taking hold. It is also a story of the human spirit and higher aspirations against the profiteering motives of people who put young lives at risk to produce an extra bolt of cloth. A book well worth reading.


Healthy Mind Interviews: With Khenpo Tsewang Gyatso
Healthy Mind Interviews: With Khenpo Tsewang Gyatso
by Henry Miles Vyner
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars priceless wisdom, May 27, 2011
If you are a Buddhist or interested in Buddhism, if you are brave and willing to explore the nature of mind and of what we call reality (and more), if you appreciate the profound knowledge of certain major Buddhist teachers, then do consider this shining book and interview. Khenchen Tsewang Gyatso Rinpoche, in the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, was for years the American representative of His Holiness the late Penor Rinpoche, and continues to contribute here and abroad in prominent roles. In India he holds senior academic and practice roles through Namdroling Monastery. Khen Rinpoche, as he is called, has students around the world and shares with us in his own clear and humble way the most profound teachings. His only wish is that you and I and all of us should find wisdom and compassion, and know greater truth, peace, and joy.


Toujours l'Amour
Toujours l'Amour
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5.0 out of 5 stars Opera Aria "Hits"! Theme is l'amour, January 27, 2011
This review is from: Toujours l'Amour (MP3 Music)
What a delightful collection of opera aria "hits" from the SF Bay Area's own mezzo-soprano Marsha Sims. The theme is l'amour; it is love. Here are favorites from operas including Carmen, Il Trovatori, Barber of Seville, Orpheus and Eurydice, Marriage of Figaro and more. Ms. Sims has performed at different venues in this area and in Austria and Verona, Italy. She has played Carmen (Carmen), Flora (La Traviata), and Suzuki (Madame Butterfly) among others. These recordings with the Cantolopera Orchestra are enchanting. Try one, try several--they are a treat.


When Daylight Comes: A Biography of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky
When Daylight Comes: A Biography of Helena Petrovna Blavatsky
by Howard Murphet
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars you'll like it, October 26, 2010
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An engaging book, and very worthwhile for those interested in Mme. Blavatsky and the history of Theosophy. Theosophy contains important writings to which even H.H. Dalai Lama has paid some attention. The only other review at this time has little to do with the BOOK itself! The first reviewer found no value in H.P. Blavatsky's views and hence dismissed the work outright. In fact, Howard Murphet, who wrote this book back in 1975, made a commendable effort to clarify his perspective and assumptions, and give us a clear, and chronological, while quite entertaining look at her life, evolution, and aspects of the early history of Theosophy. He also laid clear, at the outset, the range of biases of others. The Introduction starts with a startling contrast between some who considered Mme. Blavaksky a terrible and dishonorable person and others who found her a shining and blameless icon. That is to say, this romantic and controversial figure has inspired many stories. But let us look instead at what she did. Murphet takes us on a journey that tries to keep a middle course, while accenting the account with stories and moments of definite interest. The book does include footnotes and a bibliography. It ends with an Epilog containing an apology by a New York newpaper after HP Blavatsky's death for printing allegations "which appear to have been without solid foundation." The Theosophical Society is an important group which persists to this day with an international following and headquarters in India and Illinois. Mme. Blavatsky played a unique role, and made a major contribution which is helpful to many. Let us stop discussing rumors and look at less controversial parts of her life and history and what was accomplished. Those readers with a true interest in Theosophy and Mme. Blavatsky will find benefit and definite interest in this book.


The Earth-Friendly Food Chain: Food Choices for a Living Planet
The Earth-Friendly Food Chain: Food Choices for a Living Planet
by Linda Riebel
Edition: Paperback
Price: $15.95
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5.0 out of 5 stars Healthy for us, healthy for the world, November 20, 2009
THE EARTH-FRIENDLY FOOD CHAIN is a remarkable book that can change how we think and live. And definitely how we EAT. The author, Dr. Linda Riebel, is a longtime scholar and activist in this area. Dr. Riebel gives us crisp practical advice in highly readable sections brimming with interest, humor, color, and memorable examples. Included are really good ideas for what we can do in our relationship with food, day in and day out. Here are two sections, for example: (a) Eat Shorter on the Food Chain, and (b) Eat wider on the food chain. Not only will you, the reader, learn exactly what this means, but will encounter suggestions that could change your life. You will also, by the way, know about a modern Noah's Ark, in Norway, hidden deep in a cave. Why would scientists want to store many thousands of species of plants? What is this insurance against? We should all be aware of our choices and how they play into the bigger environmental picture, and our futures. Here is a book we should all read. And read again. Highly recommended.


Healing into Possibility: The Transformational Lessons of a Stroke
Healing into Possibility: The Transformational Lessons of a Stroke
by Alison Bonds Shapiro
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5.0 out of 5 stars Healing into hope, creativity, and new life, June 15, 2009
HEALING INTO POSSIBILITY is a marvel. I have already bought an extra copy for a friend who had a stroke. Yet this new book by Alison Bonds Shapiro is, I believe, for everybody. Furthermore...get ready for this.. it is a page turner! I am speaking here as all of physician, psychologist, spiritual practitioner and close friend of someone with similar trials. I am also speaking as a scholar of the art and process of everyday creativity--a capacity we all have as our birthright, and which is every bit about how to live in the moment and to heal and thrive and find new richness and hope in all aspects of our lives. (I recently edited "Everyday Creativity and New Views of Human Nature.")

Healing into Possibility shows us how to cope with adversity, and shows clearly that it is not what happens to us, but how we respond that can make all the difference. Here is how we live and grow, make meaning of adversity, and even find true joy in our lives after all had seemed lost. Alison Bonds Shapiro takes us, in the most engaging way, through her story, her struggles, her triumph. We also meet her remarkable friend Rita who is, similarly, a model for us all. The "Eight Principles of Transformation" at the end are, themselves, worth the price of the book.

While engrossed in pure "story," we also encounter some of the most hopeful and cutting edge findings of our times, including the latest news on neuroplasticity and stroke recovery--a potential once thought to be brief but which is present for a great many years--and the relation of healing to attention, mindfulness, effort, compassion, and much more. We also find the many ways we can not only help ourselves but help each other cope with and grow from physical or psychological crisis--whether parents, children, colleagues, students, clients, or friends. I cannot recommend this beautiful book enough. May it do fabulously well.


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