The grocery store we frequent has a Three-Books-for-$10 bin, and recently I scored three unexpected goodies. One book each by W.E.B. Griffin, Clive Cussler and James Patterson. I have made my way through Griffin’s different series, excepting Badge of Honor, enjoyed the adventures of Dirk Pitt that Cussler conjures up and curled up in blankets late at night with Patterson’s works . . .sometimes leaving a light on. I haven’t started these new additions to our library, but am saving them for . . . a snowy day? Hmmm . . .
Still having a balance on my iTunes card which was a Christmas gift, I downloaded Krav Maga by Boaz Aviram the other day. This system of self-defense has piqued my interest for years; as much as over a decade ago, I toyed with taking classes while still living in Brenham. I now wish I had persevered in doing so, as I don’t foresee that opportunity presenting itself again. So. I bought this book for self-education and just because I believe I will be able to glean some benefit from learning more about the system’s philosophies and techniques.
Along those lines, when we got into our occupation of security work a few years ago, I purchased Israeli Security Concepts: A Comprehensive Guide For Selecting Training And Deploying A Security Team For Installation And Personnel Protection (Volume 2). While targeted for a specific audience, there are so many techniques and practices that can apply in everyday life and situations. Interestingly, one thing I do already is back into parking spaces. I have been doing this for . . . well, a long time. I would say it started when I began driving larger vehicles – my Tahoe and now the “Beast” F-350 – as it seems easier for me to pull out versus backing, but I do recall doing it with my Honda sedan. It seems to be something I began doing instinctively. At any rate, I believe a civilian could pick up some valuable personal security tips from this book.
I just finished another Zane Grey work, The Mysterious Rider. Never a fan of Westerns per se in the past, I do so enjoy his books. He not only conveys the spirit of bygone days of life in The West, but the stories of people living those in those times and environment. I’ve been hooked on these for a while now. They are available free on iTunes, and I read them on my phone.
My personal library was quiet extensive prior to full-timing, but I did keep books which comprise a core of that previous collection. Shaman, Healer, Sage is one of those, and I am revisiting it.
Ha-ha! Now you know one of the reasons I am not blogging every day. As our work duties are much lighter here and I have much more free time, I figured I might as well indulge in some reading and studying.
What’s on your bookshelf that’s getting your attention these days?
“We do not want riches. We want peace and love.”
– Red Cloud (Makhpiya-Luta), Oglala Sioux, 1870
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