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Summary:

The author is trying to figure out, scientifically mainly, if people are destined from birth to be right-handed or left-handed. He quotes scientists who have studied plants and micro-organisms who cannot determine if the subjects are right-handed, left-handed, or ambidextrous.

Opinion:

I quit half-way through because the author just seemed to be whining to me. And when the author wasn’t whining, he quoted so much scientific jargon that I felt like I was in Physics class. I gave up. Maybe someone else will have better luck.

© Cori Endicott May 2011

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Summary:

A look at Jane’s writing life and how her reputation and fame have progressed since her death.

Opinion:

I would giggle and laugh at some of the realizations of what a great author she is. Any Jane Austen fan would enjoy this book.

Watch for my book notes to be posted later.

© Cori Endicott May 2011

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Summary:

Two mice and two Littlepeople become accustomed to their Cheese always being accessible. When the Cheese is “moved,” or runs out, the mice follow their natural instincts and seek out New Cheese. However, the two Littlepeople continue to sit around waiting for their Old Cheese to reappear. After awhile one of the Littlepeople decides to venture out in search of New Cheese and along the way discovering new things about himself.

Opinion:

I figured this was a good book to read since I’ll be graduating soon and going off into the real world. I did discover things about myself that could use tweaking. This is a book everyone should read.

© Cori Endicott April 2011

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Summary:

Redd’s back and she’s not the only one Queen Alyss is contending with. Hatter Madigan deals with personal issues and Dodge is chomping at the bit for the Cat to show up again.

Opinion:

I picked up the sequel to The Looking Glass Wars really only to find out what was going on with Hatter. Not sure if the third one’s out yet [June 2011 update: It is], so not sure if I’ll complete the trilogy.

© Cori Endicott April 2011

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Summary:

Two psychologists who specialize in OCD, hoarding, etc., interview and attempt to treat hoarders and understand why they collect what they collect.

“Hoarders” and “Hoarding: Buried Alive” in book form. Even touches briefly on childhood hoarding and animal hoarding.

Opinion:

Because I’m addicted to the TV shows, I found this book fun to read. The cases were fascinating and really gave insight on how hoarders went about making decisions. I feel this is a good resource for research papers, or if hoarding interests you, an interesting read.

© Cori Endicott March 2011

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In a previous post, I argued the call for organic fertilizer/compost head in every town. Well, I’m back with another suggestion.

Pigs eat anything and everything. They’ll even eat rib bones. Think about it rib bones being fed to the creature that will become more ribs. How economical and ecological is that? It’s like the stone crabs off theMiamicoast.

It occurred to me the other day when I was making dinner how much organic kitchen waste I was putting in a trash bag. Organic as in came from the Earth, not plastic or paper products. Please don’t argue semantics with me. If my friends that have pigs weren’t an hour’s drive away, they’d be getting buckets of potential slop from me every other day.  These friends already keep a bucket in their own kitchen for slop. I’ll add to it! Gladly! Anything to decrease the amount of waste going into the landfills.

Think about it…a bucket in your kitchen where you could scrape unwanted leftovers, potato peels, apple cores, pizza crusts, egg shells, coffee grounds, etc. into and it would go to the pig farm to feed your future side of bacon! How would the bucket get there? Well…that’s another point.

The farmer could have collection points throughout the town, or come around every couple of days like the garbage truck and pick up the buckets. And when you drop off or set out your bucket, you’ll get a fresh, CLEAN bucket in return.

Or the farmer could even hire people to drive around and collect buckets for a fee. See? More local jobs! And with every little expense put towards feeding the pigs, bacon and ribs become cheaper!!!

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