Archive for ‘Health’

July 30th, 2014

Storey Basics®

by Gwen


Container Vegetable mulch herbs

Storey Publishing has come out with a great idea of getting experienced authors to create small specialized books on just one topic. They are called Storey Basics® Books for Self-Reliance and so far I have read the first two you see here and I couldn’t be more thrilled with them.

They are written by people that know what they are talking about. While they cover the basics, they also have given me, a non-amateur gardener, some great tips. They have wonderful indexes so that you can get to where you need to go quickly and in the case of Saving Container Plants and Saving Seeds, they both include an extensive index of specific plants, including how hard they are to grow and propagate, how they pollinate,  issues to note, etc.

These two little 128 page Kindle books have replaced two large gardening chunksters that I had on my shelf. Why have the big books that often include tons of plants that I will never cross paths with when I can find what I need easily in smaller versions?

They are sold in paperback (retailing under $8) and e-book versions (retailing under $5) and don’t cover just gardening and herbs. There are books on quilting, growing Christmas trees, making vinegar, frozen yogurt, and more. The release dates seem to be staggered since last March to March of next year. Amazon already has more listed than the Storey website itself, so it is a nice way to see what’s coming soon.

Again, they are quick reads, yet well-covered and indexed, and have been written by experts in their fields.  (Rosemary Gladstar is the “Queen” of Herbs, sqweee!)So if you have been thinking of trying something new, check out either the Storey Basics® Books for Self-Reliance or Amazon and get busy. If you need a refresher course on a subject, they are a great place to start as well.

What first caught my attention about them was the one on quilting that comes out in September. My roommate is pretty darn good at quilting and I needed someway to catch up to her skill level quickly. Well, like I said the quilting one isn’t out yet so I tried the gardening ones to check them out thinking that I could be all, “I got this and I can vet these here beginner books on gardening.” Woops, I learned a few new things, like I have been propagating Hibiscuses all wrong, no wonder why they always die.

They won’t change your life, but they might make it a bit easier.  Which is pretty much my motto lately, so they are perfect. Now, don’t bother me, I’m propagating the hydrangeas and hibiscuses.

Storey Publishing gave some of the books in the series and I have bought a few to help complete the current selection. Next month, I will learn all about Vinegar so that I can share it with you and then September, my sewing machine will be busy sewing circles or whatever the Quilting Basics book tell us to do to master the art of kicking my roommate’s butt, I mean master quilting.







September 1st, 2011

What About The Boy? by Stephen Gallup

by Gwen

What About the Boy

What do you do when the “experts” have no answers or solutions for you? If the problem is something simple, like your car making a weird noise, the answer is easy. You take it to another mechanic.

What do you do when your child isn’t developing as fast as other children and the doctors not only have no idea what is wrong with him, but also have no suggestions on how to move forward, how to help him? With courage and determination, risking everything, Stephen Gallup and his wife Judy went to astounding lengths for their son.

Often, when reading a memoir or biography, I attempt to put myself in the subject’s shoes, pondering whether or not I would take the same steps that they did. I couldn’t even fathom what Stephen, Judy, and Joseph faced, yet was in awe that they were able to continue to sacrifice and move forward everyday into the the unknown. I mean, when you have a child, you tell yourself that you just want him or her to have ten fingers and toes, but inside you want so much more for them. What do you do when everything you dream about for them isn’t possible in the eyes of modern medicine? Do you give up? How could you?

Stephen Gallup and his wife refused to give up, refused to accept that Joseph couldn’t be “normal”, and continued to have big dreams for their son against all odds. They showed a determination to move beyond that I am not sure that I could muster myself, yet what choice did they have?

They took risks, with therapies, their future, their family’s approval, really with everything to not give up on Joseph and that is the beauty of this book. Nothing was more important than getting Joseph walking, talking, going to school. They refused to give up on him.

What About the Boy? is a profile in courage that is often hard to read. I can’t even imagine what it was to live through. There are parts of it that drag a bit, just as I am sure that the events did in the Gallup’s own struggle, but in the end, there is an accepted triumph that was worth all of the sacrifices. This family fought a battle pretty much alone and they should have had to. We expect modern medicine to have just about all of the answers and they don’t. We think that if they don’t have the answers, that we should just give up and we shouldn’t.

The Gallups never gave up on Joseph and none of us should ever just blindly accept that there are no answers.

What About the Boy? by Stephen Gallup

  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Lestrygonian Books (September 1, 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 0615431534
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615431536
February 8th, 2011

Master Your Sleep by Tracey I. Marks, MD

by Gwen

Master Your Sleep by Tracey I. Marks, M.D.
Proven Methods Simplified

Master Your Sleep

I sleep like a, well, nothing because I don’t sleep unless I am drugged to the gills. So when PR by the Book pitched this one to me, it was a no brainer. (note: the cool disclosure)

Master Your Sleep totally changed the way I look at sleep and more specifically, my sleep issues. And I am not alone in my insomnia, ⅓ of my fellow Americans suffer from it. Not only that, but the cost for this lack of being able to get forty winks costs were estimated at almost $150 billion in 2006. (This includes treatments for illness related to sleep deprivation, missed work, and the decrease in productivity)

Okay, enough facts, what I really like about Master Your Sleep is that Dr. Marks doesn’t waste any time. The book is written in a brief and easily understood way and yet still covers all the bases. From the different sleep disorders, to different treatments, to issues with children, the book covers it all in 125 pages. Manna from sleep heaven in 125 pages! (plus a few more in the Appendix for things like sleep diary pages and sleep problem solving worksheets) I now feel armed to go to the doctor and not only ask the right questions, but am able to tell him/her what my issues are in a way that is going to get me the help I need.

If you or a loved one has sleep issues, Master Your Sleep is the place to start tackling it. It is that simple. Excuse me, I have a date with Mr. Sandman thanks to this book.


Master Your Sleep Proven Methods Simplified by Tracey I. Marks, MD


  • Paperback: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Bascom Hill Publishing Group; 1 edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935098462
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935098461
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