Book Christmas Tree with Lights!

December 17, 2015 at 12:18 am | Posted in 2015, bear tree, Bearistas, Bears, book, book tree, Books, Christmas, Christmas Traditions, Christmas tree, Holidays | Leave a comment

I added lights, a few more bears, and an angel on the top! :)

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Book Christmas Tree!

December 13, 2015 at 6:12 am | Posted in 2015, book, Books, Christmas, Christmas Traditions, Christmas tree | Leave a comment

Since I’m organizing my book collection I decided to make a Christmas tree out of books! hahaha. Here it is so far. I might put lights on it too. If I had the patience I’d string popcorn and put it on! hehe

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Kindle Blurry On New Retina MacBook Pro FIX

April 6, 2014 at 6:29 pm | Posted in 2014, amazon, Apple, blurry, blurry kindle, book, Books, fix, jagged edges, kindle, Mac, macbook pro retina, retina display, text blurry, type display | Leave a comment

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Hey! You just got a new MacBook Pro with Retina display and you want to read your favorite books with the Kindle app, right? Well, you might notice that if you downloaded the Kindle app from the Apple app store, the text is blurry. BUMMER! Don’t despair! Try this fix before you cry. Delete your Kindle app that you downloaded from the App store, and deregister your Kindle for that device. Then go to the Amazon store and get the Kindle app there. Here is a LINK as of 4/6/14. Install this app instead of the other one. It might say you are attempting to over-write a newer file. That is fine. This app from the amazon store is the one you want! It should fix your blurry situation. Be sure to register this app so you can get all of your books. I hope this helps! :)

Shadow On A Tightrope 30 Year Celebration!

November 9, 2013 at 9:16 pm | Posted in 1980's, 1990's, 2013, Activism, Anorexia, Aunt Lute Books, Bailey Coy Books, blog carnival, Blogging, Body, Body Image, Body Narrative, book, Books, Bulimia, Bullying, Discrimination, discussion, Equality, Fat, Fat Acceptance, Fat Hatred, feminist, Gastric Bypass, Grrls/Women, Hate, Health, identity, Kristin Bell, library, Magic, Plus Size, Psychology, Reading, Scales, self-care, Self-Harm, Self-Injury, Shadow on a Tightrope, Shame, Supersize, Support System, Weight, Weightloss, Weightloss Industry, weightloss surgery | Leave a comment
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Kaweria (mom) and Nayeli (daughter) reading “Shadow on a Tightrope”

This year is the 30th anniversary of the publishing of Shadow on a Tightrope by Aunt Lute Books, and there is a blog carnival this week for the book! I am so happy to be participating. I can’t think of a lot of books that have changed my life, but I would say that this one has. I was about 19 years old when I first picked up SOAT. I was bulimic and fat, and had always been told that being fat was the worst thing in the world to be. In high school I had starved myself down to a “normal” weight, but I gained back some of the weight by the time I was 19 when I was trying to starve myself again. I remember being in Seattle at Bailey Coy Books (now out of business) where I found the book, and later reading the book during my lunch break at the University Bookstore where I worked for a short time. I could not believe what I was reading! For one thing, there were these other fat people out there! Who knew?!? And some of them had endured horrendous surgeries that I didn’t know existed back then (which are all too common now). AND then they were saying that fatness wasn’t the horrid devil wrapped in bacon strips that I had always been told it was! WHAT?!? Did I read that correctly? I didn’t know it at the time, but the book forever changed my outlook on fat and fat activism. Maybe not all at once, but it all stayed with me. It found a little space in my brain, and when everyone else and all of society screamed at me to be thin I remembered the words in SOAT. I remembered (for once) that this experience of being fat was not something I had to do alone, and even though I didn’t stop the bulimia for years, and hated myself for being fat a lot, the messages from SOAT were there working their magic. And, I really think it was like magic that these words in a book could so profoundly alter my view of the world. Years later I stopped the bulimia, and I now consider myself to be a fat activist of sorts, and SOAT is still helping me to figure out how to live with my body and how to live with a world that hates my body. I am forever indebted to Aunt Lute and all of the people who put the book together. I hope that this book can get in the hands of more fat people just so they know that it doesn’t have to be like this, they don’t have to hate themselves, and they aren’t alone.

More Free EBooks!

February 6, 2013 at 12:52 pm | Posted in 2013, Books, Christmas, Cooking, eBook, Free, Gina Meyers, Harry Potter, Jonathan Gottschall, Kristin Bell, Libboo, The Storytelling Animal, Unofficial Harry Potter Happy Christmas Cookbook | Leave a comment

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Here are two more links for free ebooks through libbo. If the links don’t work, then they have expired or someone else has already claimed the free ebooks! Otherwise, first come first serve! Up for grabs: Harry Potter Unofficial Happy Christmas Cookbook and The Storytelling Animal. I have read the Storytelling Animal and it was pretty interesting.

For the Storytelling Animal: https://www.libboo.com/freebies/ef103b22-6e96-11e2-ac2f-1231391c65c1

For the Unofficial Harry Potter Christmas Cookbook: https://www.libboo.com/freebies/ef0e9574-6e96-11e2-ac2f-1231391c65c1

Free EBook Through Libboo!

January 23, 2013 at 10:27 pm | Posted in 2013, Books, eBook, Free, History, Jack Rakove, Kristin Bell, Libboo, Revolutionaries | Leave a comment

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Hey Everybody! I have a free ebook to give away through this neat new program called Libboo! First person to claim the book gets the ebook for free. :) Here is the link: https://www.libboo.com/freebies/88f153f4-6396-11e2-ac2f-1231391c65c1  Looks like the code expired or someone claimed it! Hopefully more books later.

Lots of New Kitties!

January 5, 2013 at 11:22 pm | Posted in 2012, 2013, Animals, Art, artist, arts & crafts, Birds, Books, Color, Colorful, cozy, craft, Cute, design, dolls, dots, fabric, feathers, feline, Friends, Fun, green, Handmade, Happy, hearts, Hello Kitty, Holidays, Kawaii, Kids, Kitties, Kitty, Kristin Bell, ornament, parrots, plushies, polka dots, ribbon, scarf, sewing, sewn, snowman, Stuffed Animals, Valentine | Leave a comment

I’ve been busy over the holidays making more and more kitties! They are so fun! :) Here are pictures of some more of them. :)

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Momiji Book Nerd Girls!

March 9, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Posted in Books, Colorful, Cute, dolls, Fun, Grrls/Women, Kawaii, Kristin Bell, library, Momiji, Nerd | 1 Comment

Some pics of my Momiji Book Nerd Girls. They are so sweet! :) Click the pics to enlarge. :)

Dear Cindy Ham, I Have Your Book!

September 13, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Posted in Books, Cindy Ham, Kristin Bell | Leave a comment

Review: Loud In the House of Myself by Stacy Pershall

February 20, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Posted in Acceptance, Anorexia, Anti-anxiety meds, Anti-depressants, Anti-psychotics, Anxiety, Ativan, Autobiography, Binge Eating, Bipolar, Black & White, Body, Body Image, Books, Borderline Personality, Bulimia, Compulsive Eating, Compulsive Exercising, Depakote, Depression, Eating Disorders, EDNOS, insanity, Internet, Kristin Bell, Lithium, Loud In the House of Myself, Mania, Manic, Manic-Depressive, MAO Inhibitors, memoir, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Mood Stabilizers, Navane, Prozac, Psych Meds, Psychiatrist, Psychiatry, Psychoactive Substances, Psychology, Reading, Review, Self-Harm, Self-Injury, Stacy Pershall, Stories, strange girl, Suicide, Surviving, Thin, Weightloss | Leave a comment

Loud In the House of Myself: Memoir of a Strange Girl is a new book by Stacy Pershall. Of course, I was immediately drawn to this memoir, because it is a) a memoir b) about a “strange girl” and c) deals with mental illness. Yay! Since I’m undoubtably a strange mentally ill girl, I knew I had to read this. Pershall writes about her life growing up in Arkansas and her morphing from an über-sensitive child into a teenager and young adult with Borderline and Bipolar issues. Anyone familiar with the mental illness memoir genre will certainly have heard of Elizabeth Wurtzel, and I just bring her up, because UNLIKE Wurtzel, Pershall is not whiny in her writing! Pershall is matter-of-fact about her trials and symptoms, even though the reader can imagine the actual playing out of illness to be much more harsh and unbearable.

Pershall describes her unrelenting eating disorder, mood swings and suicide attempts with a steady and precise hand. This book seems really accessible to me, because Pershall speaks not only to those of us who have been through the mental health care system, but also to people who might not really understand this special weirdness. The only thing I would like to see more of in this book is more OF this book! haha. Seriously though, I enjoyed reading this memoir and would love to read more from Pershall. I would especially recommend this book to people struggling with Borderline Personality Disorder. There is a special misery only known by Borderlines that is never really represented in the books that ostensibly deal with Borderline Personality Disorder. I really wish there were more accounts like this that show the uncrazy through the crazy of Borderline Personality Disorder.

Review: Buzz—The Science and Lore of Alcohol and Caffeine

December 21, 2010 at 3:26 am | Posted in Abstinence, Addiction, Alcohol, Alcoholics, Anxiety, Books, Booze, Brain, Caffeine, Coffee, Coke, Medicine, Mental Health, Psychoactive Substances, Reading, Relaxation, Stephen Braun | Leave a comment

() I might owe my fast reading of this book to my Starbucks coffee run, but it could also be attributed to the good and interesting writing in this book. “Buzz: The Science and Lore of Alcohol and Caffeine” by Stephen Braun is a captivating discourse on two of the most beloved substances on the planet. At one moment you are a molecule-sized scuba diver following the path of the ethanol molecule throughout the body and the next you are sizing up the athletic advantages of caffeine. The first half of the book is dedicated mainly to alcohol and its effects on the body and brain. The second half discusses caffeine. While the book may be a bit outdated (published in 1996), it still has relavent information for lay readers interested in how caffeine and alcohol work in the human body. The book really left me wanting to know more of the unanswered questions about how these substances work on a microscopic/molecular level. I felt that the first half covering alcohol was more complete, and ultimately more interesting, than the caffeine part, which is why I give this book 4 stars instead of 5. A good read nonetheless and you will come away probably knowing more than you do now about alcohol and caffeine.

Get Salted!

September 10, 2010 at 4:33 am | Posted in Books, Cyprus Hardwood Salt, Kristin Bell, Mark Bitterman, Powell's Indiespensable, Recipe, Salmon, Salt, The Meadow | Leave a comment

Do you like salt? Well, I don’t so much, but salt is everywhere and it is in everything practically. I was happy to get this preview/recipe from my Powell’s Indiespensable subscription, even though I don’t like fish or salt. Anyway, I thought I’d share. It sounds fun to make. The special Cyprus Hardwood salt is available from The Meadow a company in Portland, Oregon. If you try the recipe, be sure to let me know. I’m going to wait for my mom to catch a salmon so she can try this! Click on the recipe to see a larger version that is easier to read. :)

Polly McKean Bell’s Book

September 10, 2010 at 3:55 am | Posted in 1880's, Bell Family, Books, Christmas Traditions, History, Kristin Bell, Mince Meat Pie, Oregon Historical Society, Pioneer Stories, Polly McKean Bell | Leave a comment

This is a wonderful little book that was written by my dad’s stepfather’s mother about life in the 1880’s in Astoria, Oregon. The story is very charming. I haven’t scanned the whole story, but I thought I’d include a few pages here. The title is “Evergreen Boughs and Mince Meat Pie.” It is a very sweet story about Christmas time traditions just before the turn of the last century! Be sure to click on the pages to see an enlarged version of the page!

UPDATE: Just found this great story about Polly’s aunt Eliza and Uncle Hustler! http://files.usgwarchives.net/or/clatsop/bios/hustler1188gbs.txt

Review: Devil in the Details-Scenes From an Obsessive Girlhood

September 4, 2010 at 12:10 am | Posted in Anti-anxiety meds, Anxiety, Anxiety Attacks, Autobiography, Books, Brain, Buspar, compulsion, Compulsive, Humor, Kristin Bell, memoir, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Psychiatry, Psychology, Religion, Scrupulosity | Leave a comment

“Devil in the Details: Scenes From an Obsessive Girlhood” by Jennifer Traig will tickle your inner OCD child if you have one. I’m not a full blown OCD person, but I can relate to some of what Traig writes about, and she shows us with much wit what a full blown disorder is like. It is great that she has such a wonderful sense of humor about a disorder that is so crippling to her and so many millions of people like her. For those who don’t understand Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, this gives a good glimpse into a life that is severely train-wrecked by it. I give this four stars instead of five, because I found the ending a bit weak compared to the rest of the book that kept me enthralled. My only unanswered question is: am I the only one who noticed that the candies on the cover of the book aren’t COMPLETELY straight???!!! haha. (  )

Review: The Shiniest Jewel-A Family Love Story

September 3, 2010 at 11:40 pm | Posted in Adoption, Art, Books, Cartoon, Families, Family, Graphic Novel, Illustrated, Kristin Bell, memoir | Leave a comment

“The Shiniest Jewel: A Family Love Story,” by Marian Henley is a graphic novel that you won’t want to put down! The story of adoption, life, love, etc. told in adorable cartoons. If you have never read a graphic novel, you should start with this one. You won’t be disappointed. Maybe you are thinking “I’m an adult, I don’t do cartoon books! I need small type, 500+ pages and footnotes to believe I’m really reading.” haha. Don’t be silly. Really, you don’t need to prove to anyone how serious a reader you are! Indulge in some chocolate here! Besides, this book IS serious!

Review: Major Problems in the History of American Families and Children

September 2, 2010 at 11:49 pm | Posted in Academic, American History, Books, Children, Civil War, Families, Family, Frontier, History, Immigrant, Kristin Bell, Major Problems in American History, Native American, Orphans, Primary Sources, Race, Slavery, US History | Leave a comment

“Major Problems In the History of American Families and Children” edited by Anya Jabour is one of the books in the Houghton Mifflin ‘Major Problems in American History’ series. The book is a tremendous resource of both primary source documents and academic writings on the subject of American families and children. The book helps to train college students to look for primary sources and how to evaluate those sources by providing examples of discourse related to many of the primary sources in the book. The primary sources in the book are interesting and provoked further exploration of topics which include families in bondage, Native American, Victorian, frontier, Civil War and immigrant families to name a few. It also tackles the case of orphans, families of the 1950’s, the welfare system and late 20th century family politics. An example of what a good textbook should look and operate like. Bravo! (  )

Review: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

September 2, 2010 at 11:29 pm | Posted in American, Autobiography, Books, Kristin Bell, memoir, Race, Slavery, The South | Leave a comment

“I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” is Maya Angelou’s memoir of her life up until about her early twenties. Mostly set in the South, she tells of a semi-impoverished childhood in an early 20th century America that is still reeling from the legacy of slavery. Perhaps what is most striking about this memoir is that it was written in the 20th century, but the life she describes is very different than what people experienced even a mere 50 years later. The story is engrossing and at times horrifying, but always interesting. The only reason why I give this book four stars instead of five is that I felt the ending was a bit of a let down–perhaps because I wanted to read more. This book is well worth your time and effort and is an example of why Maya Angelou is so renowned. (  )

Review: The False Friend

September 2, 2010 at 11:10 pm | Posted in Books, Fiction, Friends, Kristin Bell, Memory | Leave a comment

“The False Friend” by Myla Goldberg is a novel about friendships, trauma and memory and how we can be betrayed by all three. The main character is a young, professional woman named Celia who goes back home to disclose her truth about what happened to her best friend, Djuna, in junior high. The writing was pretty good, but it seemed the novel lacked some depth. I did enjoy reading the book, but was a bit disappointed by the ending. Not my favorite book of all time, but I have read much worse. If you are in the mood for a light read with a fairly interesting story, then you might like this book. (  )

Review: Packing for Mars-The Curious Science of Life in the Void

September 2, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Posted in Astronauts, Astronomy, Biology, Books, Cosmonauts, Kristin Bell, Mars, Moon, NASA, Physics, Science, Space Travel | Leave a comment

“Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void” by Mary Roach will probably make a wanna-be astronaut out of you if you aren’t already! Simply put, this book is FANTASTIC! I fell in love with the idea of space travel all over again. Roach’s writing is top notch and very humorous. This book was a joy to read and it makes me want to have a bake sale to help fund space missions or something. People often ask “why go to space when there are so many problems on THIS planet?!?” and I think that Mary Roach has an answer for them. Get this book and read it! I can’t imagine anyone not loving it! (  )

Review: The Shallows-What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains

September 2, 2010 at 10:24 pm | Posted in Anxiety, Bibliophiles, Biology, Books, Computers, Computing, Geek, Internet, Kristin Bell, Psychology, Technology | Leave a comment

“The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains” by Nicholas Carr is a terrific and fascinating book. I couldn’t put it down. It would be easy to dismiss Carr and say “oh yah, whatever, the internet is making us all dumb, riiiiiiight,” but his case is compelling and hard to dismiss. He isn’t even so much saying that technology is bad at all. His point seems to be that we should be more mindful of the impact that technology has on us. Only Carr talks about it with interesting and thought-provoking examples from ancient history to current psycho-biology! You’d do well to read this book in print and NOT on an ebook reader too!

This book is engaging, well written and thought-provoking. If you really believe you are getting so many things done by doing 100 things at once, you should pick up this book and think again. Well worth the thoughtful contemplation time. (  )

Review: Understanding the Borderline Mother

September 2, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Posted in Anxiety, Books, Borderline Personality, Counselor, Depression, Eating Disorders, Kristin Bell, Self-Harm | Leave a comment

“Understanding the Borderline Mother” by Christine Ann Lawson is an interesting book, but I felt that it focused far too much on the negative aspects (yes there are many) of the Borderline Personality. If you pick up this book, but didn’t know anything about Borderline Personality Disorder you would probably think that people with the disorder are pure awful with no redeeming qualities. The book does have some good aspects and is compelling to read, but it seems too one-sided and lacks any understanding of any of the pain and suffering that might motivate the behavior of a person with this disorder. Borderlines are often difficult patients and difficult people to understand, but many times it seems they are completely misunderstood in therapeutic situations. This book does not really attempt to “understand” the Borderline, but does describe some of the behaviors that are often times seen. (  )

“Manic” A New Memoir of Bipolar Disorder

May 11, 2008 at 1:55 am | Posted in Anti-anxiety meds, Anti-depressants, Anti-psychotics, Bipolar, Books, Depression, Drama, Health, Kristin Bell, Mania, Manic, Manic-Depressive, memoir, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Mood Stabilizers, Problems, Psych Meds, Psychiatrist, Psychiatry, Schizophrenia, Surviving | 1 Comment

I just finished reading “Manic: A Memoir” a few days ago, so I thought I’d share my opinion with you. The book is the memoir of this high-powered female attorney from Los Angeles who has bipolar disorder. I’m usually really interested in most Continue Reading “Manic” A New Memoir of Bipolar Disorder…

Bookworms Rejoice!

December 27, 2007 at 7:02 am | Posted in Bibliophiles, Books, Cataloging, Education, Kristin Bell, library | 1 Comment
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Okay, this post is for all of you bookworms out there! If you don’t know about this site, then here it is, the greatest website in the world for bookworms: www.librarything.com! I was looking on someone else’s blog when I found a link to this website. Long story short, it is like YouTube for books! It allows you to Continue Reading Bookworms Rejoice!…

A Book Everyone Should Read!

December 24, 2007 at 3:06 pm | Posted in Acceptance, Activism, Anti-anxiety meds, Anti-depressants, Anti-psychotics, Bipolar, Books, Counselor, Discrimination, Elyn R. Saks, Geodon, Haldol, Haldol DEC, Haldol Decanoate, Kristin Bell, Lunatic, Medicine, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Navane, NIMH, Prescription Meds, Problems, Psych Meds, Psychiatrist, Psychiatry, Psychiatry Denial, Psycho, Psychosis, Reading, Risperdal, Schizophrenia, Seroquel, Surviving, The Center Cannot Hold, Therapist, Trazadone, Trilifon | Leave a comment
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I just finished reading Elyn R. Saks’ book, The Center Cannot Hold, and I highly recommend it to everyone, especially people who are touched by someone who has mental illness. The book is a memoir of Ms. Saks’ life and coming to terms with schizophrenia. From an early age she recalls having strange thoughts, but Continue Reading A Book Everyone Should Read!…

It Is Always Too Soon…

October 31, 2007 at 7:59 am | Posted in Books, Cat Break, Cat Stories, Dies, Kristin Bell, Oregon, Pet Care, Pets, Portland, Powell's Bookstore | Leave a comment

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Fup Rest In Peace 1988-2007

It is always too soon when our beloved animals pass. This time it is the much-loved Fup who was the store cat at Powell’s technical bookstore. She was 19 years old and lived Continue Reading It Is Always Too Soon……

Tips And Tricks For Surviving A Mental Illness #9

September 5, 2007 at 1:20 am | Posted in Acceptance, Anti-depressants, Anti-psychotics, Bipolar, Books, Depression, Eating Disorders, Education, Haldol, Health, Kristin Bell, Lithium, Lunatic, MAO Inhibitors, Medicine, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Mood Stabilizers, Prescription Meds, Problems, Psych Meds, Psychiatrist, Psychiatry, Psycho, Psychosis, Reading, Schizophrenia, Scientology, Surviving, Therapist, Tips & Tricks, Zoloft, Zyprexa | 1 Comment

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Well, I think I have covered most of the basics regarding mental illness, or at least the ideas I had right off the top of my head. But, I haven’t covered this next topic yet, so here we go with number nine: Continue Reading Tips And Tricks For Surviving A Mental Illness #9…

Harry Potter: I Can’t Wait!

July 20, 2007 at 2:30 am | Posted in Book 7, Books, Deathly Hollows, Good vs. Evil, Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling, Kristin Bell, Magic, Reading | Leave a comment

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Well, the time is almost here and I can hardly stand the wait! Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows aka Harry Potter Book 7 is almost out. By this time tomorrow it should be released. I might go to a Harry Potter book party after my work party tomorrow night! Well, I don’t know if I will, because I’m getting my copy delivered by Amazon.com. I am hoping it will arrive on Saturday. The only problem I can see is that I don’t have time to sit down and read the book right now. I don’t know if I can wait though. I really want to read book seven as fast as I can to find out what happens. Continue Reading Harry Potter: I Can’t Wait!…

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