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109. Read: Uncanny Valley A Memoir

books mental fitness read Jan 21, 2021

By: Michael Beiter

Uncanny Valley by Ana Wiener was an enjoyable read I had a hard time putting down. Memoirs seem to be that way. This one reminded me of Hillbilly Elegy and Educated. 

Wiener describes her time in Silicon Valley during the tech boom of the early 21st century. This place churned out new millionaires daily. Billionaires were also made from new software offerings. That fact was wild to me. Billionaires, which Wiener says "Shouldn't be a level of wealth that is attainable."...

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107. Read: Wintering The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times

books mental fitness Jan 18, 2021

By: Michael Beiter

 

Every now and then my timing is good. I finished Wintering by Katherine May as we were blanketed with snow during a blizzard warning in my native Iowa. 

I sat by the window of my apartment on the end cushion of my couch and watched out the window as snow started falling calmly. Then the wind picked up and made it into the aforementioned blizzard. 

First the gray sidewalks and streets disappeared under a blanket of white. 

Then the trees and siding of...

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105. Read: How To Do Nothing

books mental fitness Jan 14, 2021

By: Michael Beiter

Maybe I'll stop saying it. Because my clients have to be tired of hearing it. I hope it doesn't come off as a jockeying of sorts - a kind of way to establish that I'm higher up on the fake hierarchy of books read. But this woman was holding back tears as she said "I don't know how to handle boredom. I don't now how to not do something." 

My response: "I read a book on that." 

Followed by advice to 'Be a human being, not a human doing.'

The opportunity was almost too...

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101. Read: 24/7 by Jonathan Crary

books mental fitness Jan 04, 2021

By: Michael Beiter

"The average North American adult now sleeps approximately 6.5 hours per night. Which is an erosion from 8 hours a generation ago and 10 hours in the early 20th century" says Jonathan Crary in his book 24/7. 

This is a startling find. I will use this quote to support my stance that sleep is sacred and valuing it places you in the upper echelon of intelligence in what is otherwise an increasingly ignorant 'hustle' culture. 

Much like the statistics for obesity...

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100. My top 5 books to help yourself

books mental fitness read Jan 03, 2021

By: Michael Beiter

I've been asked a lot lately what books people should read. The self/help type are what they inquire about. 

I'm reminded of a quote from Nassim Taleb whenever I'm asked these questions because it's true. Taleb says "My top 10 books of all time changes every summer." 

The more I read the more I find hidden gems or value in the not so openly marketed stuff. 

Here are my top 5 books I think you should read to help you live a better life. You might find one of them...

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