Category Archives: Book Reviews

Book Review: Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall

Penguin 2013, by Kjerstin Gruys, Ph.D What could you go without for a year?  Chocolate? Wine? Sex?  What about mirrors?  That is exactly what Kjerstin Gruys does, a year without mirrors.  This book tells us her story. A touch self-indulgent?  Sure, maybe, when the other ‘go without’ books are usually more along the saving-the-world theme […]

Book Review: First we make the beast beautiful

First, we Make the Beast Beautifull.  Sara Wilson. 2017. Pan Macmillan Australia Pty Ltd There is a dark part of me.  You may have met her.  She really wants to dislike happy looking, perky, pretty people who have a tendency for having pictures of themselves with baskets of produce on the front of their bestselling […]

Book Review: The Devil Within.

Stephanie Merrit (2008). Published by Vermillion. I do not have bipolar disorder (once called manic depression), yet I recognize so much of myself in Merrit’s terrifyingly honest memoir. A part of me kept thinking – ‘how can you write this? … all this shame and humiliation. The irony is Merrit; before her bare all book, […]

Book Review: Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong about Everything?

Long Title: Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong about Everything? How the Famous Sell Us Elixirs of Health, Beauty and Happiness. Timothy Caulfield. Published by Beacon Press 2015. Spoiler alert – yes it would seem poor old Gwyneth is wrong about everything; from juice cleanses, to coffee enemas and steaming her fanny (OK – I added that […]

Book Review: Dying to Wake Up

Dr Rajiv Parti, MD with Paul Perry. Published by Atria Books 2016. Sometimes I like to draw inspiration form unlikely quarters. Not research based ones.  Parti tells of his journey from ambitious, callous and pain killer addicted Anesthesiologist to founding a conscious based healing center after a profound Near Death Experience (NDE). This is a […]

Getting to Know my Vajajay: My Journey in Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation

WARNING! This post covers private things in private places.  Sensitive minds and eyes should leave now. So why might ones Pelvic Floor need rehabilitation?  There are many reasons; they all boil down to pelvic pain.  This may be a result of illness, child birth, interstitial cystitis (painful bladder), years of pain and pelvic floor tightening, […]

Step One: Surrender

Surrender

“We admitted we were powerless over chronic pain and chronic illness – that our lives had become unmanageable” CPA I am working the famous 12 steps.  Yes the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Some of you might be disappointed to know I am ‘working’ it on chronic pain/illness, not booze. Today I am ‘working’ step […]

Book Review: The Four Agreements.

Don Miguel Ruiz – Amber-Allen Publishing,U.S. (1997) I downloaded The Four Agreements on my Kindle about 24 moons ago.  Admission: I did not get past a few chapters.  It is not the easiest read, full of unusual language and metaphors. It is based on the philosophies of the Toltec people (an ancient civilisation from Central […]

The Anxiety Book. Elisa Black. A Review

The Anxiety Book. Elisa Black

*Published by Hachette 2016. I purchased Elisa Black’s ‘The Anxiety Book’ as an airport treat for myself after calming a massive panic storm which was brewing.  That calm after the storm or the almost storm is sometimes (but not quite) worth the storm.   I did have a near death experience once, the euphoria after that […]