Pain, Top Training, Green Fitness, Injury Prevention, SCUBA,
by Dr. Bookspan - Functional exercise and medicine pioneer
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The minute somebody turns it on, I go and read a good book."
- Groucho Marx
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Healthy Martial Arts - metaphor for all life and exercise
Reader's Choice Award Winner -
International EUSA Martial Arts Association
By Dr. Jolie Bookspan. Sports medicine specialist, military scientist, 4th degree Black Belt, 2009 Master Instructor of the Year, and undefeated full contact fighter. Inducted into the International Black Belt Hall of Fame.
Wealth of information for the martial artist, or any athlete or exerciser, to train all aspects of body and spirit:
- Techniques for all athletes, trainers, and rehabilitation specialists
- Innovative injury reduction techniques during all movement.
- Strength, abdominal training that transfers to real life, flexibility and stretching, injuries, soreness
- Performance enhancement drugs, products, and foods.
- Nutrition, recipes, make your own healthier sports food and medicines.
- Breathing, speed, balance and agility.
- Spirit, brain power, mental exercise, simple ways to a better world.
- Joint stability, back pain prevention, knee pain, neck pain, communicable diseases, and other pain and injury.
- How to make training and daily life healthy.
- Wheelchair athletes
- Over 200 photographs, 228 pages.
Healthy Martial Arts is the top of the line book (of my books) for serious exercises and athletes. What my book "Fix Your Own Pain" does for your body, "Healthy Martial Arts" does for your mind, spirit, and life in addition to your joints.
Sun Tzu's "The Art of War" is the classic strategy manual in business and power. "Healthy Martial Arts" is the strategy manual for your life.
- Print Edition from Amazon.com: Click here for Healthy Martial Arts - beautiful 8.25 x 11" print edition from Amazon.com with over 200 black and white photos. Expanded edition 2009.
- eBook INSTANT DOWNLOAD with full color photographs: Click for eBook from Kobo books. Use this link to get any other eBooks you want also, or other things from Kobo.
- Signed Collectors Edition straight from the author: e-mail me to check first for availability including your address for postage determination, and how you want your edition personally signed - books @ DrBookspan.com. Use the "Donate" link above of "How To Order. PayPal - $20 each plus $7 US shipping for up to 3 of any of my books, or $24.95 international for up to 2 books ($20.95 to Canada) or whatever they are charging currently to track and insure and send. I bike to the post office to mail signed books directly to you. Let me know what special personalized signing you want.
Health & Fitness THIRD ed - How To Be Healthy Happy and Fit For The Rest of Your Life
Second and first editions contain things changed by the editors that I do not agree with.
Resellers still resell earlier editions.
Make sure you have the new Third Edition with beach scene on the cover.
Anyone with old editions, contact me to upgrade to new third edition.
Health & Fitness in Plain English
How To Be Healthy Happy and Fit For The Rest of Your Life
New THIRD Edition. 31 chapters of step-by-step instructions on what works & what doesn't for fixing pain, smarter fitness, healthier brain, spirit, and body:
- GREEN Fitness - No cost preventive medicine, daily health without buying exercise equipment or supplements, healthier medical practices and mind set. Living a healthy life becomes inexpensive, simple, self-empowering, "green," and puts the fun in functional.
- Health - Heart, cholesterol, diabetes, digestion, osteoporosis, body fat tests, weight loss, mental and emotional health.
- Exercise - Abdominal muscles (what they do and don't, and summary of The Ab Revolution), neutral spine during real life, healthy body mechanics, stretching, weights, improving balance, functional lifestyle fitness, how to get started, over-training, exercising with children and family, making daily life fun and healthful at the same time.
- Nutrition - Healthy eating, Vitamins and fads, health foods you can make inexpensively yourself, diets, supplements, drugs, performance enhancing food and products both good and bad, getting started, easy recipes, changing bad nutrition habits to healthy ones.
- Pain & Injury - Full chapters on fixing discs, neck pain, upper and lower back pain, leg cramps, and headaches. Sections on knee pain, shoulder, and ankle sprains.
- Funny Facts about the body.
- A to Z GLOSSARY, explains it all with word derivations and stories.
Funny, jam-packed, practical, easy to understand, 379 pages of everything-all-in-one-source. Illustrated with humorous, instructive drawings featuring Backman!™
This THIRD edition is the book if you want to be healthier, happier, eat better, fix pain, and learn healthier movement habits. If you only get one book, this is the one. Or as they say, "If you only read one book this year, you should read more."
Amazon.com review THIRD edition 5.0 out of 5 stars -
"This book is Dr. Bookspan's gift to Humanity" by Raj Ponmudi
"I read this book after 'Googling' for some solution for my years of neck and shoulder pain. I am fortunate to come across this author. More than seven years of problem, several thousand dollars spent on this - no one (no Dr., no physio , no chiro, no surgeon) pinpointed the root cause. I found the root cause with the help of Bookspan. The author …patiently explains the root cause of several problems and provides SIMPLE solutions. The book is worth millions! A gift to humanity!!!"
About Upgrading to 3rd Edition from Earlier Editions
"On Sep 4, 2010, at 12:26 AM, Mark Bigler wrote:
"Your book arrived in today's mail -- boy that was fast!
The transformation you've achieved from the 1st to the 3rd edition of HaFiPE is wonderful! Throughly reworked text, layout and graphics --
after a quick scan though, it looks like not only more info, but in a clearer and cleaner presentation than before.
I'd forgotten how far ranging and informative your glossary is!
And, thanks for the starter post-its on my path to truth. ;-)
Back to reading and doing. With many thanks for all your work to share what you've learned,
- Order from Amazon.com: Click here for Health & Fitness: How to Be Healthy, Happy, and Fit for the Rest of Your Life THIRD edition with flying kite on beach cover from Amazon.com.
- Signed Third Edition Collectors Edition straight from the author: e-mail me to check first for availability and let me know how you want your edition personally signed - books @ DrBookspan.com. After I reply if I have the copies you want, use the PayPal "Donate" link at the top of this page telling "How To Order. $20 copy plus $7 US shipping for up to 3 of my books (any 4), or $24.95 international for up to 2 books ($20.95 to Canada) or whatever they are charging currently to track and insure and send. I mail personalized signed books directly to you.
- eBook: Instant download from the publishers, Healthy Learning and Coaches Choice: https://healthylearning.com/m-1422-jolie-bookspan.aspx
The Ab Revolution NEW Fourth Edition - No More Crunches No More Back Pain
NEW - FOURTH Edition
The cover is deliberately tongue-in-cheek - making fun of conventional ab book covers with headless torsos or overarched posture indicating NO use of brains or abs
Old 1st and 2nd have green bar.
I do not recommend any of the older editions (less organized, not as descriptive, and fewer photos. Contact me to upgrade. RIght now 3rd edition expanded is in Print edition for upgrade!)
This method is to fix one kind of back pain from hyperlordosis (too much lumbar inward slouch, also called swayback).
Ab Revolution FOURTH Edition, Reorganized, more examples - Now includes golf, pregnancy, and many new photo instructions.
Revolutionary functional core re-training method used by top spine docs, rehab centers, athletes, and military. Not a bunch of exercises. Fun quick techniques to change hyperlordotic lower back angle that causes pain, and straighten spine and pelvic angle to neutral, quickly stopping a major source of lower back pain. Functional strengthening is built in to the new healthier way you stand, move, exercise, and all you do. Change your knowledge of exercise, posture, back health, neutral spine, and what abs really do. No forward bending that stresses discs and practices bent-forward posture. This method is for the kind of pain usually felt during standing/ walking/ running/ doing yoga and Pilates, pushups (not sitting).
Review by Andrew Seigel, Second Degree Black Belt (now Third Degree since this review):
I bought this book after attending a seminar with this extraordinary lady - more on that in a moment. The book is invaluable to ANYONE who wants to eliminate back-pain immediately. Most of us have been told so many times to "stand up straight, don't slouch" that we do precisely the wrong thing, over-arching which puts strain and stress on our back each and every day. With Dr. Bookspan's straightforward, no-nonsense approach, you can instantly modify your posture and the pain/ache in your lower back (from swayback) IS GONE! What is deceptive is how easy this is to accomplish and so on first read, you might not totally grasp the concept. Take your time with the book, try each modification and exercise as she clearly explains it, and give it a try. Your first goal should be to stop the pain, your second to start strengthening your abs and back by retraining your daily habits - and let me tell you, you'll thank her for it. I was fortunate enough to attend one of her seminars. That's where she really works her magic, face to face. She utilized the concepts in her book to change the way a room full of martial arts instructors and Grand Masters live their daily lives. For all of our knowledge and experience, Dr. Bookspan provided a collective epiphany to over 60 veteran martial artists, we were all shaking our heads in amazement and smiling at how good our backs felt. It's practical and it WORKS! To her credit, Dr. Bookspan LIVES her healthy lifestyle philosophy. This book is not very big, nor is Dr. Bookspan - but both are filled with tremendous power and wisdom. Everyone could benefit from the Ab Revolution.
FOURTH Edition - 184 pages, 155 illustrations:
Part I - Learn neutral spine to stop a major form of lower back pain from too much inward lumbar sway (swayback / hyperlordosis). No exercise needed. Part 1 gives specific instructions to learn how to move to neutral spine in all you do - 74 photos and drawings for many daily life examples.
Part II - Functional strengthening from simple moves to the toughest you can get. Understand that exercises themselves do not fix any back pain, that is Part I to fix pain. Part 2 is for using neutral spine to get healthy exercise and change bad ab exercises into healthy neutral spine moment. Health requires movement! 81 more photos and drawings.
- INSTANT DOWNLOAD eBook in FULL COLOR: Click for eBook INSTANT download from Kobo books. Make sure it's 4th, not 3rd edition. Use this link to get other eBooks too. I have heard that eBook displays all photos properly (the the Kindle version, link below, doesn't show all photos, depending on your device). I recommend the eBook.
- Kindle 4th Edition from Amazon.com. Click here for The Ab Revolution Fourth Edition - No More Crunches No More Back Pain KINDLE.
I have been told that 4 illustrations do not show on some Kindle formats (and do in others). Don't worry. Captions explain everything about the illustrations. The same illustrations show up fine in the eBook. Let me know if you need help. I can e-mail you the drawings if really needed. Best to get the eBook.
- Coming 2015 - Print book - 4th edition Print Edition. Apologies that the 4th edition in print, which I worked to finish for 2014 is delayed. I worked extra for my Academy students during the Fall 2014 semester, and could not finish the work needed to release the book. I will continue work and hope for 2015.
Stretching Smarter Stretching Healthier
Not the same old stretches.
Fun, easy to read, immediately helpful techniques to retrain daily movement habits to stretch functionally. Your daily life becomes a built-in way to increase flexibility and mobility, and stop injuries from bad stretching and movement habits.
Learn innovative real stretches. Learn how to apply healthy movement to daily life, better athletic performance, sitting at your desk, relaxing, and all you do.
Nearly 200 humorous drawings featuring Backman!™ guide you step-by-step.
How to fix your pain, step-by-step:
Every page, of 330 total, has specific things to do, things to avoid, things to check for, and/or a story of people who did and didn't fix pain and why.
No special health foods or extra pots and pans needed
Happy Sexy Food - Loving Healthy Eating and Cooking Coming Soon...
Foreword by BY CHEF CHRISTOPHER EMMOLO:
Whenever people hear the phrase “health food” or “healthy cooking” their minds immediately go to a dark and sad place…at least mine does. It seems that every time one of friends wants to show me their culinary prowess by making something healthy they think it’s delicious and I typically smile and say thank you as I choke it down with plenty of libation. The idea of people cooking healthy has gotten so bad that whenever one of my friends offers to cook something healthy for me I decline as politely as possible. In fact, a friend of mine who is a chef turned butcher frequently offers to make me one of his “diet” dishes that is allegedly healthy and delicious. As much as I trust the man, I must always politely decline. Let’s face it, healthy food is not tasty food. Everyone knows this. Or do they?
Several years ago I embarked on a great culinary journey. One that I am still on today as a chef now located in South Florida. I frequently go out and sample the cuisines of fellow chefs and amateur cooks alike. I regularly look through cookbooks – any cookbook – to find a recipe that I can use or that provides me some inspiration to write one of my own. And yes, I do frequently look through those healthy cookbooks with all of their über-healthy recipes and such. And no, I do not usually find anything remotely usable or inspiring in those books. Even some of the most famous and notable chefs in the culinary world today fall short when it comes to cooking food that is genuinely healthy while at the same time genuinely delicious.
Several years ago I met Dr. Jolie Bookspan at the Eastern USA International Martial Arts Association Black Belt Hall of Fame weekend. At the time I was suffering from such debilitating arthritis that I was forced to end my study of the martial arts. I had, at the time, been studying martial arts for nearly twenty years. It was then that I found out why she is known as “the St. Jude of the Joints.” Thanks to my good friend Dr. Bookspan I did not have to end my martial arts practice. In fact, it is thanks to her work in sports medicine that I am able to walk, run, exercise, and enjoy a fulfilling and normal life.
Sometime after our initial meeting, I was in Philadelphia with some friends of ours and she invited us all to her house for dinner. I remember walking through the market with her and seeing some of the things she was picking out. At the time I was a young line cook at one of the top restaurants in Pittsburgh and I thought I knew a thing or two about food. I was incredibly skeptical of many of the items she bought at the market. Still, I admit, I was also a bit curious. In the time that I have known Dr. Bookspan, she has always been a straight-forward, no-hype woman. Everything I have ever seen her do has been done with precision and meticulous execution resulting in very positive results. Her approach to a healthy meal is absolutely no exception.
I can still remember that dinner. The smell of the food and the way it tasted reminded me of some of the better restaurants I had dined in in New York City. Her meals could easily rival those of some of the best chefs out there. To say that I enjoyed my dinner at her house would be an understatement. I remember that I did not stop at a second helping. The food was that good. But wait…I had forgotten that this was “health food.” More incredibly, made in a small old-fashioned kitchen with no specialty pans or tools, ordinary simple ingredients, and little prep time. Healthy cooking is not supposed to be this good! Well, that’s what I used to think.
Dr. Bookspan is one of those people who will challenge the conventional hype-driven stereotypes. And she’ll do so successfully and from a position of love and friendship. I have never forgotten the amazingly delicious, yet incredibly healthy meal she provided on my first visit to her home in Philadelphia. I have over the years tasted – never more than a taste, mind you – other healthy meals. Not a one has measured up in terms of flavor.
Over the years I have thought back to that delicious and healthy meal I had at Dr. Bookspan’s house and wished that I could recreate it and others like it. Unfortunately, I never truly had the means to do so and my busy and often chaotic lifestyle would get in the way of me collecting recipes from her. Finally, thanks to this book I now have the chance to recreate that amazing meal and more like it for family and friends. Whether you’re a professional chef like I am, or an at-home cook I am sure that you will find her recipes easy to follow and packed with flavor. I have absolutely zero doubt that Dr. Bookspan’s no-hype, straight-forward approach will have you cooking delicious yet healthy meals that will have your friends and family raving.
Tom Kessler MD, MSPH, FAAFP, FAWM, writes,
"As a family medicine physician who spent a full 3 decade career with the United States Public Health Service, continues to be involved with humanitarian outreach in areas of need throughout the world, and ponders the "health care" debate, I count it an unearned privilege to have met and collaborated with Dr. Jolie Bookspan.
"Dr. Bookspan continues to amaze me with her depth and breath of interests and knowledge. She has consistently sought ways to improve the health of individuals with a variety of problems. That she has now shared about healthy food is very good news!
"All due respect to the American Medical Association, no amount of money spent on medicine as practiced in the United States can possibly compensate for the unhealthy diet, inactivity, and passive expectation by so many citizens. With her long and successful experience with healthy moving, I am very eager to obtain and read her new book. I am confident I will be recommending it along with her other books and web site to any person serious about being responsible for healthy living."
Diving Physiology & Hyperbaric Medicine
2. Diving Books by Dr. Bookspan:
Diving Physiology In Plain English
Diving Physiology In Plain English
The scuba divers cult
classic. New 6th printing blue
A FUN book on Diving Physiology. For divers, beginners through instructors, search and rescue teams, training departments, health care providers, and family of divers. Clear information to understand (not memorize) physiology and medicine, and apply to safer decompression, thermal, equipment, gas mixing, fitness to dive, nutrition, rescue, injuries, and to demystify the many claims and counterclaims in diving. Complex topics translated into understanding. Fun stories and illustrated glossary.
All your questions answered, easy to read, and the real stuff.
Diving & Hyperbaric Medicine Board EXAM Books and Guide to Entire Field
and Hyperbaric Medicine Review For Physicians - BOARD EXAM Guide.
compendium of information physicians need to work in hyperbaric medicine
and take the board exam. Organized, interesting, and
a complete reference of the entire field for anyone physician or non,
interested in the field.
The scientific society that published this book (and my Diving Physiology book, above, and Chamber Technician and Nurse book below) stopped all their publications. I have begun work to make these works available directly.
Apologies that this book, which I hoped to finish, even if only in electronic book, for 2014, is delayed. I worked extra for my Academy students during the Fall 2014 semester, and could not do the work needed to release the book. I will continue work and hope for 2015. Please contact me in Spring 2015.
Chock-filled, fun to read compendium of diving nursing and chamber technology, physiology, physics, clinical practice, and hyperbaric treatment of diving and non-diving conditions.
Includes all 13 approved indications for clinical hyperbaric oxygen treatment complete with protocols, chamber equipment, codes, fire safety, regulations, patient care, Transcutaneous Oximetry (the whole TCom module) and "How to Take a Test." Prepares you for both the CHT and CHRN certification tests. NEW updated test questions, with answers, step by step calculations, and explanations, all written in Plain English
Order from The Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society:
Scientific evidence for approved indications by leading experts in the field, for scientists, practitioners of hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and their patients.
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I am the behind-the-scenes Science Officer of The Vidocq Society - International cold case think-tank. Here are my friends' and colleagues' really creepy books
The Murder Room: The Heirs of Sherlock Holmes Gather to Solve the World's Most Perplexing Cold Cases brings to you top cases and our founders (and my friends), talented courageous Frank Bender, Commissioner Bill Fleisher, and the Sherlock Holmes of deviance Richard Walter. Also available on Kindle Edition and Audio Version - The Murder Room .
The Girl with the Crooked Nose: A Tale of Murder, Obsession, and Forensic Artistry tells of my dear colleague Frank Bender's facial reconstruction of murder victims, leading to needed resolution and attention to neglected murders, including hundreds of women tortured to death near Ciudad Juarez. Frank and his daughter Vanessa have assisted the Ni Una Mas project (Not One More).
In Trail of Blood, The Vidocq Society helps solve the murder of 24 year old Scott Dunn. Scott's parents never gave up when his killers left no body, no weapon, only blood, so much blood.
Someone's Daughter: In Search of Justice for Jane Doe A young woman was found murdered with no one knowing who she was for more than 50 years. Twists and turns and how the Vidocq helped historian Sylvia Pettam find the woman's name and killer. My friends and colleagues selflessly volunteered resources and time - including Frank Bender doing facial reconstruction, and Dr. Terry Melton the DNA.
Deadly Betrayal The CBS Murders is based on an actual major, high-profile investigation, told from the inside by my cool colleague FBI man Don RIchards.
Effective Interviewing and Interrogation Techniques, Third Edition The NEW third edition by Vidocq commissioner Bill Fleisher and lie detection expert Nate Gordon - The Truth Doctor.
I Have Lived in the Monster: Inside the Minds of the World's Most Notorious Serial Killers by Robert K. Ressler and Tom Shachtman. See all really creepy books by Robert Ressler.
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I wrote the Fitness and Conditioning chapter in Dr. Paul Auerbach's bible Wilderness Medicine
Running on the Sun Sure, I'm proud, that's my youngest brother. He does the DOUBLE Badwater, starting on the mountain, running 130 miles back to the starting line, plays the national anthem on his trumpet (really well), then begins the 130 mile race through Death Valley with everyone else. One of many memorable scenes is runners passing a support vehicle on fire from the heat.
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Jackie Chan's autobiography - In his own words, the hard and ascetic training throughout his youth that made him a top martial artist, stunt man, acrobat, humble actor, and ambassador. Click to get I Am Jackie Chan: My Life in Action. Watch the results of top real training and special heart in any Jackie Chan Movies.
GANDHI - Humbling. Inspiring. Enlightening. Multiple Oscar Winner. Spectacular honor and reason applied to politics. Everyone needs to see and learn from this one. Gandhi (Widescreen Two-Disc Collector's Edition).
Young Indiana Jones - A literally epic work of sleeping genius. Action, art, well-researched origins of the most pivotal events, concepts, and figures shaping the countries, economics, and mind sets from the early 20th century to today. The originally made-for-TV episodes astutely reorganized for DVD into a three volume chronology of Indiana Jones traveling from childhood to young adulthood meeting Hemingway, Ho Chi Minh, Eliot Ness, Edison, Freud, Roosevelt, Louis Armstrong, Picasso, Churchill, Krishnamurti, Tolstoy, Puccini, Yates, Pancho Villa, more. Filmed on location in 35 countries, top actors portraying well-developed engaging historical characters in context. For an illuminating experience, before each episode, watch the insightful companion documentary of the history and people (of the 95 included documentaries), then stand in awe of the stories that weave it all, in guise of an action adventure feature movie. The rabble panned it because they might learn history and world view? In Volume 3 "Indy" learns from no less a character than the historian Toynbee at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919 about history repeated by those who fail to remember (or know it in the first place). This is history ahead of its time. Click to get any or all three volumes of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones.
The Animated Tales of Shakespeare - Triple Emmy Award winning animated shorts of Shakespeare's popular works. Exceptional Russian animators create fabulous art that inspires and delights children and adults. Each is short, yet complete, voiced by Shakespearean actors. Incredible animation, each tale different, including stop-motion puppetry, cel animation, oil paint on cel, paint on glass, more, in finest Russian fairy tale color. This link should take you to see the various individual plays and DVD sets The Animated Tales of Shakespeare.
The Man From UNCLE - Fun physical skills and great storytelling in this 1960s TV series. Utopian and Eutopian (to me) agency of confident fun role models, disciplined and well trained, cooperative team work, fun science, women portrayed as smart strong and in charge of themselves, a worthy #1 boss with class. Campy at moments that's part of the charm, elevated through talented real acting and real athletics not special effects. Plus glimpses of many well-knowns when so young. Really fun big-time MGM sets, iconic machinery of the 1960s, pioneering cinematography. Illya Kuryakin (played by David McCallum) had PhDs and black belts and chess rankings; marksman, archer, pilot, polymath, proficient in many languages and musical instruments. When I was a kid I wanted to BE Illya Kuryakin. Still working to be. Meanwhile the real Robert Vaughn, who was Napoleon Solo, studied between rehearsals for his real Masters and PhD, and bravely worked for political responsibility. Click to get The Man from U.N.C.L.E.: The Complete Series.
Colditz - David McCallum and accomplished cast in a brilliant BBC TV series. Based on true escapes and attempts of WWII prisoners of war from renowned Colditz castle in Nazi occupied Germany. Phenomenal theater, writing, staging, lighting. Extraordinary physical mental intellectual chess. Ingenuity. Steely discipline. Two-year weekly series from capture, years of detention, to liberation by the Allies. Check your region for compatibility with formats of Colditz.
Time Tunnel - Scientists (!) caught in a secret government experiment, travel to top historic battles, tragedies, & world upheavals, from the Titanic to Krakatowa to Pearl Harbor to Marco Polo and the American Civil War in historical context. Also meet Robin Hood, Merlin, Space Men, and Dinosaurs in best 1960s style. Friendship, bravery, intelligence, athletic martial arts in every episode, Tony and Doug are the fighting scientists. Lee Merriweather is a lab-coated competent high level scientist (remember this is the early 1960s). The original TV show in separate volumes. Click to get The Time Tunnel.
The Gods Must Be Crazy - Should have had an Academy Award. The insanity of "civilization" seen from the intelligent innocence of a Bushman, in physical comedy form. Click to get The Gods Must Be Crazy Series (The Gods Must Be Crazy / The Gods Must Be Crazy II).
Kung Fu - Full set from the original TV show. Learn the Zen lessons applied to real life. Set in the American old West and Imperial China. Lots to learn from this - martial art mind-set and background, mental training, bravery and compassion in the face of the many bigotries and difficulties explored in the continuing stories. Click to get Kung Fu: The Complete Series Collection.
Alice in Wonderland. Johnny Depp is brilliant as The Hatter. Alice, at 19 years old, is a role model for all seeking to be adults in a crazy world. Helena Bonham Carter is fantastically insouciant as the Red Queen. Movie effects are magical. For everyone who has lost their "muchness" and wants it back. Click for Alice in Wonderland in blue ray, DVD, Instant video, and a list of cool options.
Star Trek. The original Star Trek - Exemplar of real theater, real acting, and universal issues in metaphor. The Hero of a Thousand Faces, all the more evident from simple sets and lack of fake effects. I wasn't a "Trekie" watching this as a kid, but I grew up learning possibilities of bravery, intelligence, cooperation, logic, silly logic, inconsistent logic, humor, physicality, fearless selfless duty. I learned rank without one-upmanship. I saw discovery and benefit without greed. (I became the Spock of Vidocq - I am science officer of the Vidocq top world forensic society for greater good.) Watch and Learn. Or watch and feel Deep Satisfaction at how well it's done. Each Original Star Trek crew member was a fully developed self. Next Generation continued holding the baton high, with the different tack of most members operating from one personality aspect, and only Captain Piccard a masterful adult composite. (Then I went to see Shatner's World, William Shatner's stellar one-man show, and realized, while I was Spock and had truth, that the truth is, to be HAPPY with the truth, Be Kirk and Shatner.) Click to transport to a higher plane and get Star Trek and More Star Trek
Galaxy Quest. Homage and spoof together - Galaxy Quest - called funniest sci-fi/ comedy film of all time. Click here to take a look.
Seven Years in Tibet. "Important" may be the first recommendation for this sweeping respectful beautiful moving sincere powerful illuminating true story. Extraordinary depth from all the actors. I was transfixed watching the movie on a tiny borrowed TV after reading the book Sieben Jahre in Tibet Mein Leben am Hofe des Dalai Lama. The many well done reviews tell more of the plot. Click for Seven Years in Tibet
The Cuckoo's Egg. Best page-turning true thriller ever. Computer hacking from Berkeley to Berlin to FBI to KGB, you'll race to see what's next. Click to take a look.
Mr. Bean, Johnny English, and all the phenomenal physical comedy of Rowan Atkinson. I have stood in train stations in rural Asia and in modern malls watching clips of Mr. Bean wordlessly delighting farmers, families, elite businessmen alike with his universal comic humanity. Click for The Glorious Talent of Rowan Atkinson
Garrison Keillor. No pile of Pulitzers, Nobel Literature Prizes, and Neustadts can thank him enough. Garrison Keillor.
Bobby McFerrin. I saw him at a summer outdoor concert hall so many years ago. Large crowd from every background, transfixed at his rich voice. Of many moments that made the dark evening glisten, he sang the entire Bach accompaniment for an audience member who got the opportunity of a lifetime to add her sweet melody for the Ave Maria. Don't miss his album HUSH with cellist YoYo Ma. He said it best - Don't Worry Be Happy, enjoy Bobby McFerrin
Ed Norton. Mastery. I watched an interview of him as he showed using body mechanics to convey searing differences in character. The Illusionist, Fight Club, Hulk, choose Your Favorite Ed Norton.
Wallace and Grommit. Crackling good talent and fun. Miles above claymation. Creator also gives proceeds to support children's causes. Click and be happier for knowing Wallace and Grommit.
Angelina Jolie. Laser capability that would have taken Tomb Raider to annual sequels regardless of the bad writers. Obviously right to turn down offers of mere "Bond Girl" saying she would BE Bond and did it with Salt. If mortals could have handled it, would have been another franchise. Moves mountains bringing world health issues to light and action, through not only Changeling, Mighty Heart, Land of Blood and Honey, but direct behind the scenes action. Angelina Jolie
Robert Downey Jr. A brave man: The Soloist, Tropic Thunder, Sherlock Holmes, Chaplin. Click for all the raw polished ability of Robert Downey Jr.
Dolph Lundgren. His acting saves any movie he is in. Excellent movement skills, intelligent, watchable, lots more good things to say. Anything Dolph Lundgren
Rawhide. Learn how to man-up. Not an old Western. A well-done model of dealing with constant extreme adversity with Brains, Bravery, Brawn, and occasional Blammo. You may never complain about your little troubles again. See a fledgling Clint Eastwood (who they introduce prophetically as "green as they come, but he's got the makins") learn under bravest Eric Fleming starring as Gil Favor Trail Boss, and the courage and honor of Pete, Trail Scout (the wonderful Sheb Wooley). Learn actual American events of Fence Wars, Sheep Wars, anthrax devastations, Dipping Wars, and "frontier justice" of convictions without proof. Skillful depiction of historical wrongs and bigotry against non-whites, and genocide against Native Peoples. In contrast, you need to ignore that the writers had no idea that women were people, or, you can watch how women were depicted, and learn how they were actually thought of in the 1950s and 1960s when this was written. Don't miss first season. Second season also of Rawhide
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Amazing Grace DVD movie. Everyone needs to know this true story of one man risking much, battling Parliament to end the British slave trade. Learn what is key motivating factor in real social change. Pivotal events and actual characters including the slave ship captain, sickened by his deeds, who became the minister who wrote the hymn Amazing Grace.
Giant Microbes! - Now you can have two brain cells to rub together. I love the sound of brain cells rubbing together. Or get fat cells if you prefer. Cold germs, MRSA, why not? These are plush toys, instructionally shaped pretty much like the actual cell, but large enough to play with. You can have an actual Bookworm, give Chickenpox, e Coli, and Bed Bugs as gifts. Give an office-mate the (plush toy) flu. Be Patient Zero Index Case at your workplace. Funny toys. Available in boxed gift sets too. Click to see Amazon.com' s safe GIANT FUNNY MICROBE TOYS
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