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Holistic Health and Healing

book cover image: The home reference to holistic health & healing

Are you looking to reduce stress, sleep better, improve your health, mood and mental acuity

Scotiabank Giller Prize 2015 long list

The 2015 Scotiabank Giller Prize jury announced its long list.

Bill 31, It's in effect

The Making Ontario's Roads Safer Act is now in effect.  The changes to Ontario's Highway Traffic Act include new safety measures for cycling, stiffer penalities for distracted driving and added safety for tow truck drivers.  I'm fine with any deterient that will make road safety a priority for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.  

The food of Taiwan

book cover image: The food of Taiwan: REcipes formthe beautiful island

Taiwanese-American Cathy Erway, author of The Art of Eating In, has created a great cook book of Taiwanese cooking with almost 100 recipes

Hitler's Minister of Propaganda

book cover image: Goebbels

With the 1992 discovery of the microfilmed Goebbels diaries in an archive in Russia and the resultant publising of a massive 29 volume German language edition Peter Longerich, a German history professor in London, is the first academic to fully utilize Goebbels' writings.

I love a good cowboy story

book cover image: crossfire trail

If you like a good western story you already know that Louis L'Amour is tops in his field. 

Language matters

book cover image: language matters

Language matters is not only an unequivocal statement it is the title of a documentary that asks questions such as "What do we lose when a language dies?". 

Elephant Song

I don't want to give anything away about this movie so it will have to suffice it to say that in Elephant Song the relationship between a psychiatrist and one of his patients figures prominently in the plot line. 

Obstacle course racing!

book cover image: off course: inside the mad, muddy world of obstacle course racing

I am going to have to start off by saying that you would never find me involved in obstacle course racing.

They thrust the boundaries of knowledge

book cover image: 1001 inventions: the enduring legacy of Muslim Civilization

In the seventh century, as most of Europe continued its descent into intellectualy dormancy, the geniuses of Muslim society thrust the boundaries of knowledge and their innovations shaped civilizations to this day.