Brenda’s Reading: Disrupt Aging: A Bold New Path To Living Your Best Life at Every Age

Brenda’s Reading: Disrupt Aging: A Bold New Path To Living Your Best Life at Every Age

I recently read a book about aging and living longer written by Jo Ann Jenkins, the CEO of AARP. I was curious to find out how this book might compare to other books I have read on the subject. One similarity I recognized was the notion that we should re-examine our attitudes and beliefs about getting older. However, a new thought was that we start a national discussion and movement to change the way we…

Maria’s Reading: Year of Yes

Maria’s Reading: Year of Yes

Shonda Rhimes the writer, producer, TV mogul, who owns Thursday Night, shares life changing lessons that most, even those who are not successful yet unhappy introverts, can find helpful. It all begins with her sister Delores mumbling under her breathe “you never say yes to anything” while preparing Thanksgiving dinner in 2013. Dolores had been listening to Shonda list all the fascinating invitations she had declined lately. The offhanded comment is explosive for Shonda who…

Brenda’s Reading: Attitudes of Gratitude: How to Give and Receive Joy Every Day of Your Life

Brenda’s Reading: Attitudes of Gratitude:  How to Give and Receive Joy Every Day of Your Life

Can gratitude help us have a more joyful life? Well M.J. Ryan tells us why she believes this to be true in her book, Attitudes of Gratitude: How to Give and Receive Joy Every Day of Your Life. Ryan shares her personal experiences and those of others who have overcome obstacles and still maintain attitudes of thankfulness and gratitude. The book is divided into three sections. The first focuses on the gifts of gratitude, the…

Brenda’s Reading: Why Worry? Stop Coping And Start Living

Brenda’s Reading:  Why Worry? Stop Coping And Start Living

Over the last several months I have been struck by how often the subject of worry comes up in conversation. It seems that everyone I talk with has some issue that they are concerned about and are fearful that the outcome may not be what they desire. I must admit I often find myself worrying about one thing or another, sometimes to the point of causing me indigestion. While looking for books on the subject…

Maria’s Reading: This Is Getting Old, Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity

Maria’s Reading: This Is Getting Old, Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity

Throughout our ever-changing lives we are best served by recognizing the latent potential opportunities as we make transitions, imagining our new future. Then there is the dilemma of getting older when we are essentially faced with the puzzle of how to ‘age well’ with the blessing of more time that is filled with the challenges of evermore limiting capabilities. Throughout this collection of essays about her personal experiences with aging Susan Moon demonstrates that we…

Brenda’s Reading: The Power Of Habit

Brenda’s Reading: The Power Of Habit

Charles Duhigg suggests that habits are the result of a three-step process that he calls a habit loop. The loop begins with a cue or trigger that tells the brain which one of our habits to use. Second there is a routine, which may be physical, mental or emotional. Third there is a reward, which helps the brain figure out if the habit loop is worth repeating. Over time this process; cue, routine, reward becomes…

Maria’s Reading: The Invention of Wings

Maria’s Reading: The Invention of Wings

This must read novel is a powerful story of women finding their voices, being courageous and standing-up for their freedom in the face of the most dreadful oppression. The story is told through chapters alternately narrated by the main characters. Sarah is the daughter of the Grimke family, who are members of Charleston’s social elite. Handful as named by her mother Charlotte, is the enslaved girl called Hetty by her Grimke owners. Their vastly different…

Maria’s Reading: The Happiness Project

Maria’s Reading: The Happiness Project

The subtitle of this book written by Gretchen Rubin is: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun. Now that’s a subtitle! It is also a clear message about what you are in for as a reader. While on vacation I came across the book at the home we were visiting. The book had been suggested by a friend…

Brenda’s reading: What Should I Do With My Life?

Brenda’s reading: What Should I Do With My Life?

Po Bronson takes a very unique approach to the question that many of us have asked when contemplating: What we should do with our lives? He conducted a very interesting and insightful experiment to find out how everyday people think about this question and what process or techniques they use to answer it. The result is this fascinating book about people from a broad spectrum of ages, professions and circumstances. Bronson heard more than nine hundred…

Maria’s Reading: Hallelujah! The Welcome Table

Maria’s Reading: Hallelujah! The Welcome Table

Last week I pulled out all of the books written by Maya Angelou from my bookcase. It was my way of honoring one of the legends of our time. I read some of her poetry, the highlighted lines with my notes in her memoirs. I ended up rereading Hallelujah! The Welcome Table; A Lifetime of Memories with Recipes. I love to cook and I love read. It was delightful to pour a glass of wine,…