Review of Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman 

I just finished the book Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman. If you like the idea of sitting around a campfire and listening to stories, then you will love this book. I listened to the book on Audible with the author reading it. Neil Gaiman is an excellent reader who pulls you into the story as he reads it. Before starting this book my knowledge of Norse Mythology was limited to say the least. I knew that Thor was the God of Thunder , Odin was the All Father and what I knew about Loki came from watching various Marvel movies. One of the things I liked about the book is that each chapter is a story on its own, you could skip a chapter (why you would want to is beyond me) and still follow the next story. It is of course better to read all the stories because they bring you into the world of the Norse God’s.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Neil Gaiman’s writing, loves stories of myths and legends and I would also recommend to those who love the Lord of the Rings- sagas by J. R. Tolkien. You may notice the influence that the stories of Norse Mythology had on Tolkien’s writing.

A Review of Genius Food by Max Lugavere and Paul Grewal, MD 

Genius Food is based on the research that Max Lugavere and Dr. Paul Grewal did on the effect of what we eat has on our cognitive health. The trigger to this research was the discovery that Max’s mother had the onset of early age dementia. Because there was no history of early age dementia in his family, he figured that the cause must be environmental, which would include nutrition. My mother passed away in 2014 as the result of the physical symptoms of dementia. So when I learned what this book was about I had to read it.

The audible book is read by Max and it is clear that the subject is important to him. The first thing I like about the book is that Max and Dr. Grewal make it clear that the science of the connection between nutrition and dementia is in its infant stage and more research needs to be done. That anyone who tells you that they have the answer is lying. That this is the best information they have based on today science. I am not a nutrition expert, so I cannot comment on the science other than to say that the book appears to do a good job at explaining the science behind the information they provide. The biggest complaint I have is not with the book itself, but how links are handled in audio books. I am usually listening to audio books while driving, going to sleep or just relaxing so when the narrator spouts off the link I don’t always have the ability or the desire to bookmark the spot right then. I wish that the links would be listed in the summary of the book

I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning about the role nutrition has on our cognitive and physical health.

A Review of Nomadland: How to Survive America in the 21st Century by Jessica Bruder

I enjoyed this book, no enjoyed is not the right word, the book kept my interest. It is a story of a growing group of Americans who, through multiple circumstances found themselves without a permanent place to call home. Many are over retirement age, but can’t afford to retire. They live in RV’s, vans and even cars, traveling across America working seasonal jobs at Amazon warehouses, campgrounds and the sugar-beet harvest to name just a few. Invisible to most they live on the edge of a society whose laws and culture are against their lifestyle. The best part of this book was when it was about the people and their lives. The weakest or at least the part that made me virtually roll my eyes was when the author started to spout off stats and picked up the political bull horn. I would recommend this book if you are interested in what is happening to a section of today’s middle class. I

date: 2018-03-29 1:31 PM

Subscription Overload

I wrote down a list of podcast that I have subscribe to and there are over sixty-three of them. I realized I may have subscribed to too many. Now some of them like the The Get Fit Guy ones are ten minutes or less, however on the other side of scale are podcast like Hello Internet are at times closed to two hours long. When it comes to listening I divide the podcast into three categories, ones like the Pen Addict where I listen to every episode, ones that I occasionally skip episodes like How I Built This and finally those I just listen to occasional episodes like Planet Money. Thinking about it there are a fourth group and those are ones I listen to almost out of habit or because someone has recommended it and I feel I should like them also. Which logically doesn’t make any sense since we all have different likes and dislikes, but we all do it (don’t we). My husband and I call it the Indian Pickle Problem. I love Indian Pickles he does not, but he kept trying them trying to figure out why I liked them. I would laugh at him because what he was doing didn’t make any sense to me, but now I think I understand. Anyway I think it is time for me to cull my podcast subscriptions.

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