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Growing up in a house full of teachers, I have always loved learning new things. It is probably the biggest reason I read all the time. Whether it is in-flight magazines, novels, newspapers, blogs or cereal boxes, my brain craves the kind of insight I find from reading.

With normal time constraints of adult life (work, home and family) it isn’t always possible to take a class on subjects I’m interested in. But with books, even if I only squeeze in a few pages a day, the entire world is at my fingertips.

wolvesRecently I read Decade of the Wolf by Douglas W. Smith and Gary Ferguson. This non-fiction book about the process, successes and fails of returning wolves to Yellowstone National Park gave me insight into a place I’d never visited. Reading the descriptions of the wolves, the biologists and their careful planning made me much more aware of all the elements involved in the environmental issues of reintroduction. From breeding cycles, to collar tracking to rancher’s concerns, the authors shared their knowledge and expertise.

So, if you also consider yourself a lifelong learner, here are a few books on a wide variety of subjects that I recommend. Challenge yourself – try something new!

To learn more about the body and health issues:

BecomeMedicalIntuitiveBecome a Medical Intuitive: A Complete Developmental Course by Tina Zion This book provides a complete training experience to become a medical intuitive. Each chapter advances you, step-by-step, to intensify your psychic abilities and develop your x-ray perception. A medical background is not necessary to excel as a medical intuitive.



The Reiki Teacher’s Manual by Tina Zion This book is designed for students, practitioners, and teachers. It will enrich the classes that current teachers are giving and gives the new teacher confidence and pride when providing that very first class. Practitioners will have a greater understanding of how to apply Reiki and what is actually happening during a session. The Reiki Teacher’s Manual is a precise step-by-step guide to instruct all three levels or degrees of Reiki.

wellnessWellness 100: 100 Carbs/100 Recipes by Amber French, DO and Kari Morris Just thinking about dieting or eating right can feel overwhelming and heavy for most of us, but Dr. Amber French and chef Kari Morris show us that it doesn’t have to be. Wellness 100 presents a realistic and optimistic option with simple guidelines and healthy, easy, and delicious recipes that are respectful of busy lifestyles.


To learn more about Russia:

russiaRussia in Private by Richard Yatzeck From the very beginning of Russia’s history, discord has been prevalent thanks to the ruinous jealousy of the nobles, the Pecheneg and Tatar invasions, and lost wars (or brutally costly victories, as in 1812 or 1945). Autocratic government with serfdom, famine, and gangsterism have been the Russian lot. Two questions: “Who is to blame?” and “What is to be done?”, have plagued life in that one-sixth of the world’s land surface since its conception, roughly 988 AD.

During ten tours of Russia, between 1961 and 1997 (nearly thirty years in all), Richard Yatzeck was generously included in the political, kitchen table conversations concerning these very questions. Public discussion of such matters has never been safe. Russia in Private is an attempt to plumb the abyss between Russian and Western life, and explain how Russians understand and bear their history.

To learn more about Relationships:

He Said, She Said, I SaidHe Said, She Said, I Said by Barbara J. Peters, RN, LPC In He Said, She Said, I Said, couples’ counselor Barbara J. Peters breaks down possible perceptions and misconceptions in seven key relationship areas: communication, trust, forgiveness, intimacy, acceptance, friendship, and love, by using common sense, wisdom, and some professional advice to open up the possibility for a different approach.

To learn more about Business:

smallbizRule of Thumb: A Guide to Small Business Basics by Marian Shalander Kaiser and Michael Mitilier  Rule of Thumb: A Guide to Small Business Basics is an introductory guide for first-time entrepreneurs and small business owners seeking to gain a basic understanding of what it takes to operate a small business.

A business owner needs to be aware of legal requirements, financial resources, record-keeping requirements, marketing basics and strategies, communication skills, human resource laws, as well as issues that may arise on a day-to-day basis. Knowing and following the laws will keep you out of legal trouble. Knowing and applying the skills needed to run your business on a day-to-day basis will increase the odds of your success. Rule of Thumb: A Guide to Small Business Basics will assist you in gaining a basic understanding of what it takes to operate a small business successfully.

To learn more about Kindness:

secretKindness-590x600Secret Kindness Agents by Ferial Pearson Moved by the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, Ferial Pearson wondered if a simple act of kindness could change a life. She thought of the school where she taught and the students she guided every day and wondered, what would happen if we started secretly carrying out small acts of kindness in school? Could a modest act of compassion really change the course of a life? She posed the question to her students. They didn’t have the answers but they were willing to find out.