Leaving Home by Garrison Keillor

Rocky Rates It: Leaving Home by Garrison Keillor

My knowledge of A Prairie Home Companion being a notch up from abysmal, I decided to tackle the series of bound essays titled Leaving Home by a broadcaster whose reach spanned from the lakes of Minnesota to the shoreline of Lower Alabama.  I’d dare say our political leanings are as equally far apart, but that didn’t …

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French Women Don't Get Fat By Mireille Guiliano

Rocky Rates It: French Women Don’t Get Fat by Mireille Giuliano

Prepare for gushing, fan-girling, and mad props!  This is the most common sense, effective, simply glorious non-diet diet book I’ve ever read!  There, I’ve said it.  Now, you need to understand I’m pretty well-versed in dietary lore.  I’ve flirted with the likes of Pritikin, Atkins, and–Lord, help me–Suzanne Somers.  I’ve sweat to the oldies, boogied …

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Poisonwood Bible

Rocky Rates It: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

I read Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible several years ago and decided a re-visit was in order.  I was impressed when I approached it from a reader’s perspective, but from a writer’s perspective, the sheer magnitude of Kingsolver’s craft left me–for lack of a better term–fangirling my way through the novel. Kingsolver lays bare five souls, six …

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Salem's Lot

Rocky Rates It: Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

I didn’t even buy a pumpkin this Halloween.  Didn’t decorate.  Didn’t wear a costume.  Didn’t have any trick-or-treaters come knocking at my desolate door.  But do you know what I did have this Halloween?  Vampires!  Loads and loads of vampires! I had frights aplenty with King’s Salem’s Lot.  This tale made it to the big screen …

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Love Your Life by Cheryl Marks Young

Rocky Rates It: Love Your Life by Cheryl Marks Young

Love Your Life is a comprehensive workbook for discovering your passion and actually doing something productive if not profitable with it.  It is most decidedly not an “if you can dream it, you can be it” guide of feel-good psycho-babble.  The text hinges on the metaphor of a master gardener; a metaphor that is, if …

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The Emperor's Children

Rocky Rates It: The Emperor’s Children by Claire Messud

The Emperor’s Children is the most “adult” book I’ve read this year.  Every character is mired in his/her own sense of inadequacies, be they real or imagined.  From the self-possessed Marina who strives for a name beyond that of her famous father to the hapless Bootie, whose idealism threatens his own destruction, Messud presents a …

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Rocky Porch Moore

The NOT-As-Fat Lady Sings: Amazing Fat-Burning Machine Finale

  My six-week odyssey with UltraSlim has drawn to a close.  I’d like to give a shout-out to the good folks at One Life Chiropractic/Gulf Coast UltraSlim for putting up with me and my antics along the journey, especially for looking the other way while I practiced my dance moves and Darth Vader voice on the …

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Halftime with the Amazing Fat Burning Machine

After three sessions with UltraSlim, the amazing fat zapper, I have reached the halfway point of my targeted treatment plan.  The results speak for themselves:  there’s 8 1/4 inches less of me to lug around.  The scale has tipped enough for me to move that lever down a notch.  At certain times of the day, I …

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Rocky Rates It: Bicycling Magazine’s 1000 All-Time Best Tips edited by Ben Hewitt

This is a decent compendium of tips for cycling with a very useful glossary of lingo. I found some of the tips to be repetitive and several that were just plain common sense, but overall, I feel better educated about cycling. As a newbie, I would have appreciated a section on shoe selection and an …

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