Transforming Memories: Sharing Spontaneous Writing Using Loaded Words – Book Summary


I must be honest here, this book both challenged me and encouraged me. The aha moments I identified with were tempered by flagrant emotional tension of those stories that left me shocked. The book begins at the title with a badge of courage, “Transforming Memories: Sharing Spontaneous Writing Using Loaded Words”. To understand the title is to understand the environments these three authors grew from; all of them children of alcoholics.

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There are no pages bleeding out poor me, feel sorry for me, sympathy-seeking, parent-slamming, passive aggressive, co-dependency. Instead the book is predicated on what it was like to grow up in a family dysfunctional due to alcoholism. The first part of the book by Liz Crocker, Polly Bennell, and Holly Book describes their discovery of writing as a healing mechanism for their souls. Through their practice of writing and seeing its advantages, they agreed that they needed to share this form of therapeutic benefits with others. This book, Transforming Memories: Sharing Spontaneous Writing Using Loaded Words, is the result.


Less Pain Fewer Pills: Avoid the Dangers of Prescription Opioids and Gain Control over Chronic Pain

This book is ultra-easy to read and what you read, you will understand because it’s not written it doctorese. It’s divided into sections so you can choose which chapters to read now and mark some for later.  The author, Dr. Beth Darnall, has a wealth of knowledge, experience, and wisdom that she shares in hopes that it will help victims of pain understand that there are options. Read a summary of the book, Less Pain Fewer Pills here.

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More Chocolate, No Cavities: How Diet Can Keep Your Kid Cavity-Free – Book Summary

Parents and dentists are often baffled when children in their care, who brush often, have enough fluoride, and don’t eat sugary treats, get cavities. Dr. Roger W. Lucas, DDS says the reason he wrote this book is so “parents who are motivated to keep their children cavity-free are not accidentally surprised when their child gets cavities.” This book, More Chocolate, No Cavities: How Diet Can Keep Your Kid Cavity-Free, was very easy and interesting to read. You will find that whether following a sequential path through the four unique sections or skipping about to whatever topic is most relevant right now, the context makes sense and is easy to follow. Besides parents, grandparents and anyone else concerned about cavities, this book is also written as a resource for dentists.More Chocolate, No Cavities book cover

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“Cavities are 100% preventable.” Let me add here that Dr. Lucas goes into a deep and succinct explanation for his recommendations for preventing cavities in teeth from the time of the first tooth. His recommendations are on point for cavity prevention, but it is so sound, it can be extended to overall healthy habits.

I read this book and was intrigued by what I learned from the research and experiential knowledge of the author. It’s advice I can apply to my diet in general, and as a benefit, prevent future cavities.



Every Body’s Guide to Every Day Pain by Ya-Ling J. Liou D.C. – Book Summary

These words used to be part of someone else’s conversation, but now they are part of mine. “It never used to hurt when I did that!” and that’s just what this book is all about. Every Body’s Guide to Every Day Pain book coverIt doesn’t matter if you’re 25 or 65, there will be times when pain appears and all you want is an explanation, a remedy now and a way to prevent it from happening again. This is the book that helps with each of those elements of every day pain. I noticed, and you might be interested too, that this book is a primer on the aches and pains common to everyone. It doesn’t address chronic pain and specific illnesses. I hope those are covered in future books, but in this Volume One of a 3-Volume set. the author discusses what she calls ‘nuisance’ pain and what to do so those pains don’t escalate to five-alarm-fire pain.

I tend to be a logical thinker and a visual learner. This book practically catered to my learning style. First there are illustrations and photographs that are invaluable as supporting material. Second, the book is divided into three major segments that answer: Why does it hurt? How do I make it stop? How do I keep it from happening again? When we have unexplained pain, isn’t that what we want to know?

This is a practicable book. Read the full book summary here.