Showing posts from October, 2015

The #MINI Book Review: The Girl on the Train

There is a trick to reviewing a book. The trick is this: don't lose sight of the forest through the trees. It's hard to do, I have to admit, but you have to remember that a novel is a story, and while it is intellectually satisfying to judge the plotting and the pacing and the characterization etc, a novel lives and dies by the story it tells. I tell you this because I just finished The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, and there were several times I lost sight of the forest through the trees, several times I forgot that a good story was being told because I was too concerned about flaws in the writing, the multiple Point of View issues, the problems with voice etc. But there is a reason I couldn't do anything (including basic hygiene) except flip the pages as I neared the conclusion: I wanted to get to the end of the story, to see what happened. The  Girl on the Train is a good, suspenseful read, and if that is your cup of tea, then click on the link below and get rig

Good Health, Longevity and the Hunter-Gatherer Diet

It's so easy, even a Caveman can do it, and, no, I am not talking about saving fifteen per cent with Geico. I refer to the #paleo diet, of course, which I like to call the Hunter-Gatherer Diet. If you: need to lose some weight; have sugars on the high side; can't see your toes. The H/G diet (or lifestyle) is for you! Wait a second! How is it (you ask) that I am extolling the virtues of the Hunter-Gatherer Diet when the average life expectancy of a Hunter-Gatherer was 25 years of age? It's a good question: Here's my answer: Hunter-Gatherer's died of three things: a)infection, b) infant mortality, and c) their environment. a) Hunter-Gatherers didn't have ready access to antibiotics. Remember that penicillin was discovered less than 100 years ago. Infections, especially respiratory infections such as pneumonia and tuberculosis, and gastrointestinal infections such as amoebic and parasitic infections as well as dysentery, were usually lethal to the H/G. b) Est