Post Script: Dognitive Therapy – Laura Vissaritis

Dognitive Therapy

Dognitive Therapy

 Laura Vissaritis

Penguin Random House

ISBN: 9780143783497

 

Description:

To change your dog’s behaviour, first you must change yours. A mindful approach to training your dog from Australia’s leading dog behaviourist.

 

Training your dog starts with you.

 

In this friendly and comprehensive guide, expert dog behaviourist Laura Vissaritis teaches you how to better understand your dog’s behaviour and, more importantly, how to change it.

 

Your bond with your dog is incredibly powerful and rewarding, but it is also an instructive relationship. Your dog’s behaviour is directly affected and influenced by your own. Based on successful principles of dog-training and psychology, Laura demonstrates how implementing small changes in behaviour can have a big impact on both you and your canine companion.

 

Packed full of real life case studies, exercises and practical advice, this book will inspire you to take a closer look at your own life to improve your relationship with your dog for good.

 

 

My View:

I had many “aha” moments when reading this book.  The advice, the case studies, the challenges…the rewards, all made so much sense. There are laugh out laugh out loud moments (did you know there is a scientific reason why sometimes your dog smells a bit like cheese nachos? You aren’t imagining things…it’s about sweat glands, see p215) 🙂  There were also times when I had a silent little weep and thought about rescuing another dog after reading the statistics Laura Vissaritis shares regarding animal cruelty, the battle animal rescues have in re homing dogs, especially older dogs and the case studies she shares about how dogs can add so much value to your life. Our Bob the Dog is a “rescued” English Staffordshire Terrier – he gives us so much love, we return that love willingly – in abundance.  We have a great relationship with Bob the Dog that has been enhanced by reading this book and being reminded to look at the world from your dog’s perspective and to remember that your dog will always be dependent on his human…always, forever.

 

Laura’s passion for her work is evident.  Laura’s love for her dogs shines like a beacon in the book.  To claim this book elicited an emotional response from me would be an understatement.  If you have a dog, love dogs, or have always wanted to share your home with a dog I urge you to read this book.

 

Bob the Dog relaxing

Bob the Dog relaxing with his favourite human ( not pictured)

 

 

 

Post Script: Today I Am…Carmen Warrington

Mindfulness for everyday.

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Today I Am…

Carmen Warrington

Hachette Australia

ISBN: 9780733636530

 

Description:

Discover your true nature and explore you inner world with these inspirational pieces.

From the author of popular affirmations handbook TODAY I WILL… comes this book of inspiration to use in daily life.

Each page is an invitation to appreciate the richness of your inner world in all its colours, shades and contrasts. Contemplate any page to feed your soul and nurture your spirituality.

To know yourself is to know the greatest secret of all – embark on a journey of self-discovery with TODAY I AM…

 

 

My View:

“Today I am …A torchbearer.

I can shine my light or allow the darkness to remain.

It is a simple choice – on or off. In the light I see what is real, in the darkness imagination and fear take over. Fear causes me to view your actions with suspicion and think the worst of you.” pps. 158-159.

 

“Today I am…I Am

I am perfect as I am

Whatever I am.” Pp166-167.

 

Thoughtful, mindful reflection on the power of choice and meditation.  There is something in this pocket size book that we can all take on our journey.  Simplistic prose, multilayered meanings.  Buy this book, read it, share with your friends or family.

 

Post Script: Writing The Dream – A Serenity Press Anthology

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Writing the Dream

24 Authors One Dream 24 Inspiring Stories

A Serenity Press Anthology

Serenity Press

ISBN: 9780994633736

 

Description:

A collection of 25 stories written by talented authors. No two writers are the same, but they have one thing in common: they are storytellers at heart and their deepest desire is to be heard. Writing the Dream shares the stories of twenty-five Australian writers, from emerging to established authors. Some are traditionally published, while others have taken the self-publishing route. Some have faced rejection after rejection, while others have had a dream path.

 

But, while their writing journeys are different, all of them strive to create, entertain, inspire and inform. And all of them have unique and creative voices that deserve to be heard.

 

With contributors including Anna Jacobs, Juliet Marillier, Natasha Lester, Jenn J McLeod, and a host of other talented writers, the stories in Writing the Dream are set to strike an inspirational chord in every hopeful writer’s heart.

 

 

My View:

Australian authors share their personal stories of process, inspiration, writing experiences and publishing in a very personal and honest collection of short stories. So many of the names here are familiar to me; some are authors I have already had the pleasure of reading their work, or I may have seen them talk at a festival or “know” via social media, regardless of how I have “met” this diverse group of writers, it felt like these authors were reaching out and speaking directly to me – such an intimate and inspirational approach; I highly value the advice given so generously here.

 

If you aspire to write, or dabble, or dream or perhaps know someone who does then this little book will brighten their day and get the words flowing on the pages.

 

As a bonus you get an extra chapter free, twenty five individual stories and each author provides a set of tips at the end of their chapter. One of the best hints/tips I think is from Melinda Tognini:

“Just start.” (p.233, emphasis added)

 

 

 

 

 

The Perfect Gift Suggestion – Flash Giveaway

I recently discovered THE perfect gift for the writer in your life (I have a few  writers to consider this year so this will tick off a few names on my Christmas List)

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Pilot 2017 is bursting with features! Stay motivated and productive with weekly advice, tips and book recommendations from more than fifty inspiring authors including Benjamin Law, Anna Funder and Inga Simpson. PLUS there’s 150 competitions, festivals and awards, a years’ worth of writing prompts and tons of industry info.

Find Pilot at pilotpress.com.au  on Facebook & Instagram

 

And the wonderful people at Pilot have generously offered me a copy to give away so you can share the love too. *Australian residents only.*  This is an easy giveaway – all you have to do is click through this link.

Pilot 2017: A Diary for Writers  and look at the contents page and tell me what useful item is on page 188.

 

**I will randomly select one winner on the 14th of December 2016.

 

***Congratulations Deborah – and thanks to all who entered. ***

 

Post Script: Pounce – Seth Casteel

Once you see this cuteness you cannot un-see it!

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Seth Casteel

Little Brown and Company

Hachette Australia

ISBN: 9780316349222

 

Description:

Photographer Seth Casteel’s underwater photographs of dogs and babies have captivated an international audience. Now, Seth has found the perfect way to capture our other best friends: cats!

 

A beautiful, funny gift book with more than 70 previously unpublished photographs, Pounce reveals adorable cats and kittens as they pounce and jump through the air, arms outstretched — all in Casteel’s signature up-close, mid-action style.

 

 

My View:

Once you see this cuteness you cannot un-see it!

 

This is the prefect book for all cat lovers. When you look at these playful, sometimes intense, cute pictures you cannot help but be charmed and smile and smile.  I know a special someone who would love this book – for a birthday, for Christmas – for any time actually!

 

 

Pop over to Tracey’s blog for a chance to win a copy of Pounce  http://www.carpelibrum.net/2016/11/friday-freebie-to-win-copy-of-pounce-by.html
Entries close midnight Friday 25th November 2016

 

 

 

In The Mail 18th November 2016

I am very excited by the books that arrived in the mail this week.

Books 18/11/016

So many great reads – it is almost better than Christmas!  I have started reading  Melina Marchetta’s  – Tell The Truth Shame The Devil– a great mystery/thriller ( maybe I might finish that tonight),  I have flicked  through  Vivienne Westwood’s Get a Life and I must say I am really keen to start this –  this hardback is beautifully presented – love the detailing on the inside back and front covers and the handwritten message from Vivienne and all the wonderful images sprinkled liberally throughout the book. This would make  a fantastic Christmas gift for someone special (or for yourself, your pretty special too).

I loved Saul Black’s The Killing Lessons  so really looking forward to Lovemurder.

The Rivers of London sounds interesting…  “my story really started when I tried to take a witness statement froma man who was already dead…” This grabbed my attention!  And I see Lisa Unger took my advice and created a novel from one of the novellas she wrote a while back 🙂  Ink and Bone – another I cant wait to start reading. And last but not least – a local publisher – Serenity Press brings us  Writing the Dream; twenty four inspiring stories from many writers you may know or know of – Louise Allan, Sara Foster, Jenn J Mcleod, Monique Mulligan, Sandi Wallace… I cant wait to read your stories!

Post Script: The Scandinavian Belly Fat Program – Berit Nordstrand

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The Scandinavian Belly Fat Program

12 weeks to get healthy, boost your energy and lose weight

Berit Nordstrand

Murdoch Books

ISBN: 9781743368893

 

Description:

A twelve week plan and 70 recipes to help you reduce unhealthy belly fat and live a healthier life.

It’s best-selling author Berit Nordstrand’s fall-in-love-with-life approach to food that makes her belly fat program unique. We now know that it’s the fact around your belly, rather than anywhere else on your body, that’s the most dangerous to health. Belly fat causes problems for the liver, kidneys and heart and contributes to cardiovascular disease, asthma, migraine, rheumatism, cancer, depression and of course diabetes. For men, a healthy waist size measures less than 94 cm and for women, a waist less than 80 cm. In this book, Berit sets clear, short-term goals to help you to reduce your belly fat over 12 weeks. Her program is packed with food and body facts, and simple food tips, tricks and more than 65 recipes that speed up the rate at which your body burns fat, increase your muscle mass and help you reach your ideal, healthy waist size.

 

 

Author bio:

 

Norwegian physician and specialist in clinical pharmacology Berit Nordstrand is devoted to studying the relationship between food and health. Also a certified cognitive therapist, Berit serves as chief consultant in a clinic specializing in addiction medicine. More than twenty years ago, when a young mother and recent medical school graduate, Berit faced numerous health challenges with her young son including epilepsy and ADHD and sought out ways to use food to help her son. Now, her son Petter is doing great, and Berit shares her results with the world on how the right food can bolster health and help us enjoy life to the fullest. Mother to six children between the ages of 6 and 22 years old, Berit is known for her inspiring talks and her passionate belief that everyone can enjoy the food they eat every day while reducing the risk of lifestyle diseases.

 

 

My View:

A sensible approach to changing your eating habits and becoming healthier.

 

This is not a diet but a method that creates lasting change in your eating habits for the long term, so that you can maintain good health and a stable weight for the rest of your life.  Methods that entail a radical shift in diet overnight will only work for the super motivated, while a gradual reorganisation is easier to achieve, because you will quickly see the effects of even the simplest little step. It creates curiosity, optimism and motivation, which will make your lifestyle change a lasting success.” (p.17)

 

I am not amongst the super motivated J  so this books speaks to me. I like its sensible approach – its goal driven focus – for example, Goal for Week One  – replace all white sugar and all products with ‘added sugar’ shown on the list of ingredients, with the sweet tats of nature… (p.21) this action will help reduce your sweet craving and reduce your waist size (p22-23). Nordstrand offers advice, replacements for white sugar, some science to back her claims, some tips and tricks to help you achieve this gaol. I like this one –“cut out sugar in your coffee. It’s better to soften coffee with a little milk and sprinkle ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon into the cup.”(p.27)  I don’t take sugar in tea or coffee but I like the idea of adding cinnamon – I am a big fan of this spice and already add to oats, bircher muesli or anywhere I can. Nordstrand then shares fresh recipes that are white sugar free. And so on for the twelve weeks of the program.

 

I like the approach in this book – a little science, advice, tip and tricks, some recipes – an emphasis on fresh foods, replacing simple carbohydrates with wholegrains and seeds, cutting out processed hydrogenated fat from your meals, suggests food for a rich diversity of helpful gut bacteria, suggests minerals that help burn fat and advocates drinking green tea and eating a few square of dark chocolate…for added health benefits. You can’t argue with these suggestions.  A very sensible approach to healthy eating.