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What’s your favorite part of going to a Chinese restaurant? Right. The fortune cookie that sort of ties up the meal when the tiny paper message is pulled from its cracked shell. Whoever is gathered around the table reads their fortune and everyone gets to decide if it fits or if that cookie belonged on someone else’s table. Recently, my fortune was tailor made for me. “Treat yourself to a good book for a needed rest and escape.” I have the perfect solution, instant gratification, because I have a BKPedia …

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The World's Healthiest Foods, 2nd Edition by George Mateljan – book review

The debate never ends, does it, about foods that are good for your body, others you should avoid and those which should never pass through your lips. I picked up this book, or should I say hefted it from the table, and was immediately impressed. I had read that this is the second edition of the original book and that it contained over 300 new recipes but the majority of the 1060 pages are devoted to educating readers on food. How to cook it is just part of the package. …

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Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work – book review

“Disrupting yourself is critical to avoiding stagnation, being overtaken by younger, smarter, faster workers, and fast-tracking your personal and career growth.” That quote from the new book by Whitney Johnson, Disrupt Yourself, is the first of many reasons why this book was a good choice for me and will be a good choice for you. Beginning with the introduction we start to learn how disruptions affect what goes on in our brains and how they can work in our favor. The author’s scrupulously researched text gives us seven variables that …

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Wired for Authenticity – book review

Lately I’ve been reading and hearing about authenticity. I don’t mean on occasion or now and then. I mean every day. So when I saw the title of this book I was intrigued. Wired for Authenticity, really? This book is full of lessons on the truth of how to live your life in authenticity. You can’t be your authentic self if you are trying to emulate someone else. You just end up being the second rate version of someone else. Now the author, Henna Inam, had my full attention because …

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Overcoming an Imperfect Boss – book review

Why is it so hard to work for someone else? Karin Hurt attempts to answer that in her book Overcoming an Imperfect Boss. “The boss-subordinate relationship is unnatural by design. We look to a person we have not chosen (whom we may or may not respect) for affirmation, evaluation, and reward. Then we have to figure out what will make that person happy. Further we take this unnatural structure and make it even more awkward through performance feedback systems.” Let’s admit right off the bat that your boss might be …

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You Are What You Tweet – book review

I was given a copy of this book to read and was immediately drawn in. If there’s a book that covers the topic of social media, especially Twitter, in so many aspects, so far it’s unknown to me. I’ve been reading books and writing reviews for a couple years but until today have not posted them on my personal blog. Why not? It’s a mystery. I’ve never considered it until now.  I hope you take the time to read the full review posted here. You Are What You Tweet: Harness …

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Refining Grace