Not Walking On Water

Author: James S. Reiley
Publisher: Sunstone Press
ISBN: 1611390508
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Waking up to the idea that there may be more to the universe than he learned in Sunday School, Paul Bradley sets off to make sense of all manner of newly discovered spiritual notions. Fortunately he is guided by another computer software guy named Bob who is also a hippie/Zen Buddhist. Paul’s trip takes a slew of turns through organic farming, strange encounters with other beings, far out forms of spiritual discipline and the dissolution of a broken marriage. At every hard spot or weirdness, Bob is there to provide enlightened guidance, usually with a peculiar twist of some sort. Written in the style of Dave Barry with humor punctuating most situations, the novel is aimed at people trying to get a handle around the ideas of where we come from, where we’re going, and why. JAMES REILEY has degrees in Mathematics, Computer Science and Medicine and has spent the last thirty odd years studying spirituality from a variety of different perspectives. Dr. Reiley is currently a part-time writer and practicing physician in Connecticut.

Still Not Walking on Water

Author: James Reiley
Publisher: BookBaby
ISBN: 1483528944
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Paul Bradley, a smart, well educated, computer software engineer has just gotten a divorce, sold the farm and, at forty, is starting back to medical school. He has been asking and continues to ask some of life’s big questions. Like what is the point of all this struggle for existence anyway and how does the universe really work, spirituality-wise. His friend Bob is a somewhat scruffy-looking computer scientist that used to work with Paul. In appearance, he gives the general impression that he would be just as at home standing on the median divider of a highway holding a cardboard sign reading ”Will Compute for Food.” He is an information junkie and has expertise in just about all of the sciences and most brands of meta-physics, having been a Zen Buddhist earlier in his life. He has spent much of his life in search of higher awareness, including the use of various psychoactive chemical accelerants. The story begins with Paul starting naturopathic medical school in Portland, Oregon. He is immediately attracted to another medical student, Laura, a woman of southern persuasion who is the same age as Paul. She is beautiful and a good match for him intellectually. Laura has a wonderfully funny personality but when crossed, takes no prisoners. The attraction between Paul and Laura continues to grow stronger through the four years of school together. There are three other older medical students that together with Paul and Laura form the Geriatric Five. This group includes: Don--he didn’t say much, but was awfully quiet Ann--she seemed less interested in humans than in the animal menagerie that lived with her (possums, cats, one bad-ass parrot, two crippled pigeons, etc.) Tony--he was an Italian from New Jersey and had a masters degree in pugnacious This group provides a stable and caring backdrop as well as sources of occasional melodrama. Every chapter contains at least one medical myth that is shattered by the philosophy of naturopathic medicine. Usually they are examples of finding the actual causes of the health problems and fixing them rather than suggesting pharmaceuticals to cover them up--e.g. ADHD, arthritis, eczema, diabetes, high cholesterol, etc. (This is a point of view not necessarily blessed by the AMA.) Paul and Laura spend much of their interaction time in a pleasant banter that grows less contentious and more playful as they fall in love. This exchange provides much of the humorous background in the novel. But before Laura can give herself completely to Paul, she must shed the attachment to a philandering former boyfriend named Chuck left behind in her North Carolina home town. Once she has closure on that bit of history, she and Paul are free to form the relationship that has seemed inevitable. Paul’s three children from his first marriage, Matthew, Sean and Samantha enter the scene periodically along with Laura’s daughter Tory. They add comic relief to the story and some interesting personalities to the mix. Even Paul’s ex-wife makes a few appearances seemingly just to stir up everyone’s emotions. Paul spends a little of each week during much of medical school as a computer consultant with his former company. As well as providing access to his friend Bob, it gives Paul a chance to comment on various aspects of American culture, like greed and ruthlessness from a slightly different point of view. Several of Paul and Laura’s experiences are chronicled as they see patients in the medical school clinic. Some of these are major successes and some are failures, but all provide insight into the benefits of natural medicine as opposed to the kind of medical treatment that is currently dominant in this country. The story ends with Laura and Paul graduating, taking the medical boards and starting their practice near San Francisco. Their first patient in their new medical office is a former associate of Ram Dass and is an obvious blessing from Neem Karoli Baba regarding their new venture.

Why Not Me

Author: Mindy Kaling
Publisher: Crown Archetype
ISBN: 080413815X
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From the author of the beloved New York Times bestselling book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? and the creator and star of The Mindy Project comes a collection of essays that are as hilarious and insightful as they are deeply personal. In Why Not Me?, Kaling shares her ongoing journey to find contentment and excitement in her adult life, whether it’s falling in love at work, seeking new friendships in lonely places, attempting to be the first person in history to lose weight without any behavior modification whatsoever, or most important, believing that you have a place in Hollywood when you’re constantly reminded that no one looks like you. In “How to Look Spectacular: A Starlet’s Confessions,” Kaling gives her tongue-in-cheek secrets for surefire on-camera beauty, (“Your natural hair color may be appropriate for your skin tone, but this isn’t the land of appropriate–this is Hollywood, baby. Out here, a dark-skinned woman’s traditional hair color is honey blonde.”) “Player” tells the story of Kaling being seduced and dumped by a female friend in L.A. (“I had been replaced by a younger model. And now they had matching bangs.”) In “Unlikely Leading Lady,” she muses on America’s fixation with the weight of actresses, (“Most women we see onscreen are either so thin that they’re walking clavicles or so huge that their only scenes involve them breaking furniture.”) And in “Soup Snakes,” Kaling spills some secrets on her relationship with her ex-boyfriend and close friend, B.J. Novak (“I will freely admit: my relationship with B.J. Novak is weird as hell.”) Mindy turns the anxieties, the glamour, and the celebrations of her second coming-of-age into a laugh-out-loud funny collection of essays that anyone who’s ever been at a turning point in their life or career can relate to. And those who’ve never been at a turning point can skip to the parts where she talks about meeting Bradley Cooper.

The Art of Game Design

Author: Jesse Schell
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 1498759564
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Good game design happens when you view your game from as many perspectives as possible. Written by one of the world's top game designers, The Art of Game Design presents 100+ sets of questions, or different lenses, for viewing a game’s design, encompassing diverse fields such as psychology, architecture, music, visual design, film, software engineering, theme park design, mathematics, puzzle design, and anthropology. This Second Edition of a Game Developer Front Line Award winner: Describes the deepest and most fundamental principles of game design Demonstrates how tactics used in board, card, and athletic games also work in top-quality video games Contains valuable insight from Jesse Schell, the former chair of the International Game Developers Association and award-winning designer of Disney online games The Art of Game Design, Second Edition gives readers useful perspectives on how to make better game designs faster. It provides practical instruction on creating world-class games that will be played again and again.

Backpacker

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Backpacker brings the outdoors straight to the reader's doorstep, inspiring and enabling them to go more places and enjoy nature more often. The authority on active adventure, Backpacker is the world's first GPS-enabled magazine, and the only magazine whose editors personally test the hiking trails, camping gear, and survival tips they publish. Backpacker's Editors' Choice Awards, an industry honor recognizing design, feature and product innovation, has become the gold standard against which all other outdoor-industry awards are measured.

Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha

Author: Daniel Ingram
Publisher: Red Wheel/Weiser
ISBN: 1911597183
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The very idea that Buddhist teachings can be mastered will arouse controversy within Buddhist circles. Even so, Daniel Ingram insists that enlightenment is an attainable goal, once our fanciful notions of it are stripped away, and we have learned to use meditation as a method for examining reality rather than an opportunity to wallow in self-absorbed mind-noise. This book sets out concisely the difference between concentration-based and insight meditation. This is a revised and much expanded edition.

World Without Mind

Author: Franklin Foer
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101981113
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Elegantly tracing the intellectual history of computer science, Foer puts the DNA of the very idea of "tech" under the microscope. Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon, he argues, are breaking laws intended to protect intellectual property and privacy. This is not the path towards freedom and prosperity, but the total automation and homogenization of our social, political, and intellectual lives. Today's corporate giants want access to every facet of our identities and influence over every corner of our lives. Foer both indicts these companies, and shapes a path towards reining them in.

Let the Great World Spin

Author: Colum McCann
Publisher: Random House Incorporated
ISBN: 0812973992
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In 1974 Manhattan, a radical young Irish monk struggles with personal demons while making his home among Bronx prostitutes, a group of mothers shares grief over their lost Vietnam soldier sons, and a young grandmother attempts to prove her worth.

The Mindful Way to Study

Author: Jake J. Gibbs
Publisher:
ISBN: 9780989531412
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The ability to pay attention is a key component of effective learning. Just think of all the times in your life when parents, teachers, bosses, and coaches have told you to pay attention to what you are doing. You would think that with all of the attention paid to paying attention, we would be pretty good at it. The problem is we're not, because most of us have never been taught how. Commonly adopted methods like forced concentration are actually counterproductive to learning and achieving our goals. In addition, too much focus on future goals and rewards takes our attention away from what we need to be doing in order to achieve them. Luckily, there is another way, a better way: the mindful way. The Mindful Way To Study: Dancing With Your Books is a guide to help students, professionals, and other lifelong learners develop a better approach to their educational and career pursuits. By using mindfulness, or the practice of bringing full awareness to the present moment, the authors blend the latest research with entertaining stories and specific techniques to teach readers how to truly pay attention, and even learn to enjoy it.