Posted in books, United States

The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque

PortraitofMrsCharbuqueJeffrey Ford knows how to write a good book which keeps you absorbed and guessing. Part of my current challenge was to read a chapter of a book everyday. I chose The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque because I had started reading it and had then just left it. Not because of the book but because of my life.  It had just exploded into being busy and things like reading were being neglected. It’s a fascinating story and you never know where it is going to go next. It is set in 19th century New York and is full of art and artists. It is really good to read a book where you find out a lot about the way artists do things and go about things. It is bizarre and like nothing else I have read because it is so strange. In the end it is why it becomes compelling. I had started to read my one chapter a day which became two which became three and soon I needed to finish the book. It is well written and in many respects you are held at a distance so that you view the work and observe. Art appreciation. The story then takes a turn and you are hooked and lost in the reading of it . I cannot say more. It would spoil it for you if you want to read it.

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Posted in Business and Economy, California, San Diego California, Society and Culture, Stress Busting, Stress Management, United States

Smashing Stress

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A business in San Diego charges clients 10 dollars for 15 minutes of plate and smashing to get rid of their pent up tension. it’s better than drowning your sorrows and better than taking it out on others. it’s a healthy outlet for stress. We all need one…more than one because stress can build up quickly in these troubled times and we need strategies for dealing with it. Deep yoga breathing works for some people  but others need something far more active to release their anger so if plate smashing in a safe environment works…go for it! That people can continue to come up with things to meet market needs is encouraging. We just need to keep thinking and being creative about it!

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