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A Painter's Guide to Design and Composition: 27 Masters Reveal Their Secrets by Margot Schulzke
A Painter's Guide to Design and Composition: 27 Masters Reveal Their Secrets

poochiemama, January 10, 2010

Beautiful book full of beautiful art and helpful exercises. This book discusses very practical methods to teach artists how to recognize and create a good composition. I highly recommend this to anyone struggling with composition.
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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story by John Berendt
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story

poochiemama, January 1, 2010

John Berendt has the gift of capturing the essence of his characters. This is a true story, but only a highly skilled writer could have made them so engaging and fascinating to follow. Truly a book I couldn't wait to get back to and was sad to turn the last page.
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The Myth of Alzheimer's: What You Aren't Being Told about Today's Most Dreaded Diagnosis by Peter Whitehouse
The Myth of Alzheimer's: What You Aren't Being Told about Today's Most Dreaded Diagnosis

poochiemama, May 16, 2008

Peter Whitehouse has impressive credentials and sounds like an extremely compassionate man, but the premise that Alzheimer's is simply the normal consequence of getting older for some people - plain old 'brain aging', and we should cut back on the research to find a 'cure' and concentrate on providing better care for the millions predicted to develop this condition - has some merit, but it will NEVER be accepted as a natural condition. Dr Whitehouse suggests we're seeing many more cases of 'brain aging' because we're living longer. People who develop memory decline in their forties and fifties? Just unlucky chumps!

Dr Whitehouse believes Alzheimer's has been promoted as a specific disease so the drug companies and anyone else who stands to make a buck from the fear it inspires can keep the river of moola flowing. Because Western cultures are seeing 4 times as many cases as Eastern and Mid-Eastern cultures with similar life expectancy, it is plausible that how we live and what we eat plays a substantial role in the development of severe cognitive impairment.

No matter what it's called - or what it is - we need to figure out why so many are afflicted. As a person with first hand experience in watching the emotional devastation for both the victim and the caregiver, I understand why he would like to increase understanding and awareness, but I doubt his book will change the way people view this ghastly condition.


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Alzheimer's: Answers to Hard Questions for Families by James Lindem Nelson
Alzheimer's: Answers to Hard Questions for Families

poochiemama, April 26, 2008

EVERYONE feels dread - and some revulsion, when a diagnosis of Alzheimer's is announced. This book acknowledges the feelings, and the social implications, without sugarcoating but with a great deal of thoughtfulness and heart. Many actual histories are presented, giving the reader a better sense of the magnitude of this disease.

The Alzheimer's Assoc. has all the technical bases covered, but for those struggling with the moral and ethical decisions involved, and how to make an unfortunate situation into one that truly expands the human spirit - this is the book to read!
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