A successful, enriching work about anxiety, mindfulness, and positive perspective.

MINDFUL FRAMING

TRANSFORM YOUR ANXIETY INTO VITAL ENERGY

This debut work of self-improvement uses imagination and illustrative thinking to help readers “transform” their anxiety into confidence.

Segurado, a medical doctor, offers a lively, colorfully illustrated guide to meditations that serve to reimagine stress and anxiety, rather than just calm it, which sets it apart from similar meditation and self-help titles. Rather than delving deeply into the psyche, the author suggests “mindful framing,” which he asserts could transform one’s life while only taking up 15 minutes of one’s morning. Reframing stressful and anxious thoughts into calm, positive visions is the key to “a balanced and healthy life,” he says. He provides full-color illustrations to help with visualizations, and his website provides videos and audio to supplement the book’s material, with the goal of “training” the reader to become a master at positive meditation. Specifically, Segurado suggests that readers learn to use their imagination, or “mind’s eye,” in order to figure out what’s causing frustrations and what needs to be done to overcome them. Then he offers a visualization in which the reader imagines boarding an “anxiety bus,” in which all the passengers represent sources of anxiety. Knowing these sources, the author explains, helps a person understand and deflate his or her difficulties. At the end of the visualization, the reader steps off the bus and watches it drive away—symbolizing that stresses are external and don’t have to rule one’s mind. This and other tools, which help one engage the five senses and develop various rituals, may make this book a useful resource for people who struggle with anxious thinking. Overall, it’s an engaging and creative unique approach to meditation and wellness that could be taught to children and adults alike.

A successful, enriching work about anxiety, mindfulness, and positive perspective.

Pub Date: March 25, 2018

ISBN: 978-0-692-05098-9

Page Count: 86

Publisher: NEO Chi Institute

Review Posted Online: May 14, 2018

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WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD

A LIFETIME OF RECORDINGS

Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. AND THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON

This early reader is an excellent introduction to the March on Washington in 1963 and the important role in the march played by Martin Luther King Jr. Ruffin gives the book a good, dramatic start: “August 28, 1963. It is a hot summer day in Washington, D.C. More than 250,00 people are pouring into the city.” They have come to protest the treatment of African-Americans here in the US. With stirring original artwork mixed with photographs of the events (and the segregationist policies in the South, such as separate drinking fountains and entrances to public buildings), Ruffin writes of how an end to slavery didn’t mark true equality and that these rights had to be fought for—through marches and sit-ins and words, particularly those of Dr. King, and particularly on that fateful day in Washington. Within a year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had been passed: “It does not change everything. But it is a beginning.” Lots of visual cues will help new readers through the fairly simple text, but it is the power of the story that will keep them turning the pages. (Easy reader. 6-8)

Pub Date: Jan. 1, 2001

ISBN: 0-448-42421-5

Page Count: 48

Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1, 2000

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