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My Book Reading

Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly  (completed)

Lou Reed: A Life by Anthony DeCurtis

   (in progress)

Killing Floor by Lee Child   (completed)

   (1997, Reacher's first appearance)

Sticky Fingers - The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine by Joe Hagan


The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone (Dey St. Books, just completed, full review just published)

Double Agent Celery: MI5's Crooked Hero by Carolinda Witt (pen-and-sword books)

The Bourne Identity by Robert Ludlum (1980, the book that started the franchise, just completerd)

The Take by Christopher Reich (Mulholland Books)

Podcast Favorites

Kara Swisher's Recode Decode this week is an interesting conversation with Tina Brown. Using the publication of her new Vanity Fair Diaries as a starting point, they examine Brown's publishing career, notably her wonderful runs with Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. Then they dive into the internet age, how it's changing the publishing world, Brown's start-up of The Daily Beast, followed by venting about Facebook today. Swisher puts together the best intervierw/talk with Brown I've heard since her book was published. Brown was consistently creating some of the best magazines in the world, at a time when that mattered.

Rich Roll's podcast is one I've discovered recently, and I'm working to catch up. Here are two don't-miss episodes:

Fogel is the star of, the producer of, the man behind Icarus. If you've not watched this documentary, exclusively streaming on Netflix, get to it! Of all the interviews I've read and heard with Fogel, Roll brings out the most interesting perspective. It's a fabulous listening experience.


Lance Armstrong needs no introduction. I don't care whether you admire or dislike him, his wealth of experience and new perspective on many matters is worth listening to. Me, I think he's one of the finest athletes ever.


Saturated Fat Is Not The Enemy

It'll cause heart attacks! Your arteries will clog! Saturated fat has long been a nutritional bad guy, but no more. Strength athletes and many nutritionists have long known the truth, that humans are designed to consume this type of fat, it works within our bodies and positively contributes to our health.

The Truth About Saturated Fat exlains that even Dr. Andrew Weil has reversed his stand on saturated fat, and is now an outspoken enemy of excessive carbs. 


"Natural" Fries Not Necessarily Healthier

It's a good thing nutritional information is made public. Wendy's will be making a big deal of their new, "Natural-Cut Fries with Sea Salt," but be smart. They are still French Fries. Deep-fried. Even though you'll be eating smaller products, they contain more salt, and have more calories, then the fries Wendy's has been selling for decades. Such effective marketing...


Mood and Food

Food and mood influence each other more than many people realize. All of us have emotional food issues to some extent. Understanding this and helping ourselves control the issues is a deal breaker for anyone wishing to change their body composition. John Berardi discusses the issues in a recent interview at Precision Nutrition.


Enjoy the gluten-free lifestyle


No longer are those persons with celiac disease haunting the sparse selection in their local health food store to find basic ingredients, as was the norm for years. Today the “health food” aisle of grocery stores contains a decent selection of flours, grains, pasta, sauces and other foods with no gluten in them. 

News reports today often tout the gluten-free diet as healthy for everyone. Research is sparse, this is a fairly new line of thought, but there is a good deal of science and nutritional logic involved. For all of us, moving towards a gluten-free diet does not mean leaving behind taste, flavor or selection. Three recently published cookbooks reinforce this notion.


In time for holiday baking, The Ultimate Gluten-Free Cookie Book: 100 Favorite Recipes is just what you think it is. All manner of cookies, featuring a variety of flavors and wacky names. Many of you may wonder why I’m talking about a cookie-themed cookbook, but hey, a cookie here or there, especially after a good workout, isn’t all bad. And if that Chocolate Graham Cracker cookie is gluten-free, so much the better! Author Roben Ryberg sets the beginning gluten-free baker up with common-sense help, explaining what gluten-free truly means, how to choose the proper flour, and how to set up your kitchen.  (Da Capo Press)

 Here’s a cookbook that gets it: Free For All Cooking by Jules E. Dowler Shepard packages 150 gluten-free and allergy-friendly recipes. All her dishes can be manipulated to be egg-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, or even all three. I like this concept; if I’m going to fork over $18.95 for a paperback cookbook, I’d like it to present the healthiest alternatives possible.  Whether you are figuring out the tricky aspects of baking with gluten-free flours, or wondering what to replace eggs and dairy products with, you’ll find essential help in this comprehensive volume. (Da Capo Press)

The Gloriously Gluten-Free Cookbook: Spicing Up Life with Italian, Asian and Mexican Recipes attempts to make everyone with celiac disease happy at mealtime. Get past the cheesy title and readers will find 125 recipes, presented clearly with easy-to-follow directions. No photographs of the dishes will make you feel inadequate after you finish your version, either. Author Vanessa Maltin is an expert in the field of cooking gluten-free, but why are so many basically unhealthy recipes included? Fried rice, breadsticks, calzones, baked ziti with sausage, on and on. However, for only $19.95 you’ll still come away with many good recipes you can enjoy, and I do appreciate her reaching into other cuisines for ideas. (Wiley)




Therapeutic Massage Is Saving Me

As an older (or at least middle-aged) athlete, my body has absorbed a couple of lifetimes of exercise and injury. Working full-time as a personal trainer means I’m on my feet many hours, slowly lifting weights for others as I rack and un-rack machines and bars. Couple that with my own workout sessions and bike rides, and I find myself walking around in a body that hurts somewhere each day.

Over the years I’ve utilized Active Release Therapy to assist me in healing a ruptured rotator cuff without surgery. That was terrific (Mary at Iola Family Chiropractic). Several chiropractors have worked on my body over the years, and here and there I’ve enjoyed massages. A few years ago I bought a “deep tissue” massage, but that turned out to hurt like hell and seemed to damage me, not heal my sore muscles.

Imagine how happy I was to meet Inna Mazur, owner of The Massage Factory, at Gold’s Gym. She convinced me I would benefit from her knowledge and experience, especially someone who works out as often and as intensely as I do (and is as old as I am!). 

I cannot over-emphasize how happy and amazed I am with her work. Inna has treated my recurring rotator cuff pain, my bulging disc and IT band issues, and general tightness and small, accumulated damages to my structure. Having enjoyed four injections into my spine early this year thanks to my bulging disc, I’m learning how to utilize therapy, stretching and foam roller work to keep me from the surgeon. 

Inna is instrumental in the process. She is certified in more therapies than fits on her office wall, and has become integral to my ongoing health and fitness education. I cannot recommend Inna Mazur highly enough for massage therapy, whether you have pain, need stress reduction, desire deep tissue work, or suffer from migraines or pain elsewhere.

(920) 450-2142