Here at G Living we get books and other stuff sent to us all the time, which is great, but most of it isn’t worth posting about. It’s either dull stuff or just isn’t that “G”. And if it’s not “G” or just plain dull, we either don’t post about it at all or if we do, it’s not always pretty because we tell it as we see it. But with that said, out of the last 40 books or so that have come our way in the past year, this one is definitely a stand out. It’s called American Horticultural Society New Encyclopedia of Gardening Techniques. Yeah I know, could they make the title any longer? Anyways, it’s amazing and I am addicted to carrying this 4 pound thing around with me right now. Well, maybe it’s not 4 pounds, but it is pretty hefty, in a good way if you know what I mean.
I’ll admit, am completely new to gardening at the ripe old age of 42. Yes, I have waited 42 years to start figuring out just how plants grow and what the heck they actually need to stay alive. I have killed many many plants in my time I am or was completely clueless how to even start a garden. I didn’t really even know how to plant seeds. Do I put them in those little green house starter trays? Can I just drop them in the ground? How do I plant trees, what plants grow where, how much water do they need, why didn’t my seed germinate and so on. Like any newbie I have a million questions and that is exactly what this book is all about. It’s like the google of gardening but in a book form with detailed illustrations. I love it.
I can see my grandparents shaking their heads at me right now, saying something like duh…. its an encyclopedia, you daft Monkie!
This is not one of those re-hashed gardening books filled with old photos ripped out of gardening magazines from the 80’s or worse the 70’s.
You can’t go wrong with this book. This is an up to date modern book with a fresh feel to it. This is not one of those re-hashed gardening books filled with old photos ripped out of gardening magazines from the 80’s or worse the 70’s. You know the books I am talking about. They are billed high in the discount section of Barns and Nobles. Those books are a desperate attempt to re-use old stuff and passing it off as new. Those books bore me. This is one feels like it was create especially for the modern urban gardener, which I am guessing is probably someone like you and it’s definitely me.
How many skinny bitches does it take to make a bestseller?
With a steady following (and the help of celebrity photo-endorsers like Victoria Beckham and Jessica Alba), Skinny Bitch has become a runaway sensation. After less than two years in print, a whopping 600,000 copies exist worldwide and translation rights have been procured for seven different languages. Yes, there are wannabe skinny bitches everywhere.
Okay so the book really isn’t about the G Living Monkies or even about me the Monkie Dark Overlord, but it should be. I am the darkest, greenest, juice guzzling monkie on the planet. I need a little praise too. I am just joking, I would guzzle green juice if anyone praised me or not. I am just that kind of Monkie.
The book (Thanking The Monkey) is by author Karen Dawn and is described as a book about Rethinking The Way We Treat Animals. No, it’s not a scared straight kind of book, with night video images of lab animals with their brains attached to shock devices. I think its a lighter fun type of book, in the same vain as the Skinny Bitch Books by my friend Rory Freedman. Her books are still on the NYTimes Best Seller List, how cool is that! Now to be honest, I haven’t seen the book yet, I just stumbled across a video on Youtube, which I posted below. In the video all the people I know are in the video and they even used my photo of Darrell Hanna with the rescued calves from Animal Acres.
Soon, I will go out and get a copy of the book and report back what I think of it. But until I get one, here is the official book description from the publisher and if you get a copy before me, post your thoughts below!
It’s 4:30 in the morning and I just finished watching a version of the movie 1984 (The Love of Big Brother) by director Michael Radford, which I had never seen. The film, which is based on George Orwells novel 1984, came out ironically enough, in … 1984. I was only 16 at the time, and I somehow missed it. I guess the big brains here in Hollywood, thought this was a nice bit of marketing genius and a scary look backwards at what could have been, if the world had actually gone Red. We would all be living in a world which required us to chant things like “We love big brother” and “Drill Baby Drill”. The population would have also freely given up their personal rights to keep themselves safe from the Axis of Evil in East Asia. And of course we would trust completely in our leader the decider! Good thing that never happened.
I am only bringing this up because for years I have owned both the DVD of the film 1984 and a CD by the Eurythmics called 1984. The CD’s 9 songs are based on the book and have been hardwired in my mind as sort of a personal soundtrack, along with songs by the Clash of course. In all this time, I had no clue why the music was never part of the film. The music in the film is this dull grey sounding stuff which it turns out the director wanted and the financiers didn’t. The company funding the movie turned out to be the Virgin Group and I guess they got their way for the theater release and the director got his way for the DVD. So for all these years, I had no idea a Eurythmics version of the film even existed. Kind of strange, since in the book, the main theme is about not knowing what existed or what will be. The government had total control of all memories, by constantly altering the history of what was. I have always thought that was spooky and a little too close to reality, because who is to say we really know what happened at any given time. Our only knowledge is what we are told. For the most part, we have very little first hand knowledge of any major events in the world that happen during our lives.
My name is Rory Freedman, and I’m a food addict. There. I’ve said it. Granted, I’m half-kidding. But only half.
A few months ago, I started to feel a little under the weather. And that pretty much never happens to me because I generally take such good care of myself. But I had a few nights that I didn’t get enough sleep, and a couple of days that I didn’t eat well and I smooched a boy I later found out was sick. I’m not blaming him if I was in my usual healthy state, it wouldn’t have mattered. I take full responsibility for having a compromised immune system. (But I do have to say: What kind of an asshole kisses a girl without telling her he’s sick?! Douche bag. Blah, blah, blahI was sick. I didn’t want to take antibiotics; I haven’t taken them in forev. But my body was taking a long time to get well. So I made the decision then and there to do a juice fast. When we eat, our bodies’ energy goes to work on the food, breaking it down and sorting it all out. When we don’t eat, our bodies energy goes to work on us, getting around to all the shit it stored while we were eating. A juice fast would keep me nourished and satisfied, but would allow my body to tackle whatever that dirty boy infected me with.
So I picked a date to start the fast. And then I moved it back. And I set another date. And moved it back. And again and again and again. I always had a good reason: I’m gonna be in a seminar this weekend. I won’t have access to fresh-squeezed juices. I’m gonna have so many leftovers from Thanksgiving. And those are my favorite foods. I have too much food in my fridge. I can’t stand to waste. I came up with so many excuses, that finally my reason was, I’m all better now. I don’t need to fast anymore.
If you’re the type who looks to the New York Times Best Sellers list for reading ideas, you’re probably feeling very enlightened this week. Human awakening is a dominating theme on this week’s Paperback Advice grouping (four books out of ten, to be exact), celebrating the Skinny Bitches and the concept of a better world.
Two of the top ten titles are the works of author and spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle, who’s teaming up with Oprah Winfrey to offer an exclusive online class on his latest guide, A New Earth.
Maybe you’ve heard of her…chef and creator of the hugely popular Roxanne’s restaurant in Marin County, co-author of the un-cookbook Raw with famed Chicago chef, Charlie Trotter, and wife of wealthy environmentalist Michael Klein. We have Roxanne Klein to thank for catapulting gourmet raw food into the mainstream. Without her, people would still be thinking that raw food was just about a bunch of hippies eating carrot and celery sticks. Continue Reading / See Additional Photos
Alan Weisman offers yet another fascinating nonfiction with his eco-thriller “The World Without Us”, where he speculates what would happen if humankind no longer roamed the earth. A very common human pondering… as seen in the 1946 classic film “It’s A Wonderful Life”. George Bailey despairingly pondered what life in Bedford Falls would be like if he never existed. When things go wrong, and life doesn’t follow a path richly abundant, we ponder.
We now have a global view of community rather than worry over a small town. Those concerned with the state of the Earth quite naturally imagine what might happen if we were to vanish. Mother Nature is not a small town bully, but she definitely is in charge no matter how grandiose our perception of our importance in the scheme of things. Some of us think we are unique enough to alter our earth. At those times, our long-suffering mother gives us a whack and puts us back in line. Should we leave the planet, signs of our existence would slowly disappear into the redesign of the uninhabited planet state, as Weisman describes. Continue Reading / See Additional Photos
My new book called the Thrive Diet will be published in Canada in March by Penguin Canada. It will be published in the US in October. However, it may now be pre-ordered on Amazon.ca
In the book I make the case that excess stress is the root cause for most all disease, cravings, poor sleep quality, fatigue, signs of premature aging and even obesity. Its reduction can have a profound affect on vitality as a whole. Eating mostly raw plant-based whole foods in place of standard refined ones can help reduce biological workload and therefore decrease stress and its debilitating affects.
It’s classified as a “diet” book, but is really a lifestyle program. It includes 75 balanced whole food, plant-based recipes as well as recipes for sport drinks, energy gels and post exercise recovery smoothies.
Unlike most “diet” books the Thrive Diet includes a chapter that addresses the huge environmental strain of food production and delivery. In fact, food production and its transportation is the number-one draw on fossil fuel, more so than any other industry. Therefore it is the greatest contributor to artificial global warming. “The Thrive Diet for a Healthy Environment” chapter explains how we can significantly reduce our personal appetite for fossil fuel by shifting to a plant-based diet. Continue Reading / See Additional Photos