Category Archives: books

You Cant Hurt David Goggins


I often quote authors, but I rarely recommend books. The only time I did that (that I remember), was in 2012 and 2017. You can view those posts here and here.

A book I recommend. For those that are ready to look in a mirror.

I’ve been following David Goggins’ journey for almost seven years. The first time I heard of him was through Jesse Itzler. Even though I was a Goggins fan, I was never drawn to read his book. Maybe it was the title, or the uniform? I’m not sure. Something wasn’t resonating. Now that I think of it, it was simply timing. No one does something until they’re mentally ready. Ready by their own will, or made ready by the will of outside forces. Well, now is that time for me.

The book is excellent. I highly recommend it.

Title: Can’t Hurt Me
Author: David Goggins
Released: December 2018

If you read a printed version of this book, you must also listen to the audiobook! It puts everything in context and goes deeper into interesting experiences and nuggets of wisdom. The audiobook is like listening to a fun interview, with chapters of the book mixed in. It’s really good.

Sidenote: If you aren’t grown-up enough to hear cusswords, you aren’t grown-up enough to read this book. I’m speaking to ALL ages when I say that. People complain about the language used in this book, and now I hear there is a Clean Version. I have zero problem with how David talks/writes. It’s not my life story, it’s his life story! And if I’m going to read about it, I want to know what really happened. I don’t want it sugarcoated for the masses. I prefer the real story, and I recommend the original.

goggins cant hurt me book

Leave a comment

Filed under books

Be More Pirate

be more pirate

be more pirate art

Sam Conniff quote


Filed under books

What I’m Reading

Mostly Plant Books Reading List.jpeg

I don’t think I’ve ever shared a reading list on this blog. It’s possible I have, since this blog is 10 years old. But if I did, I’m sure it was years ago. Too many posts to remember!

So let’s talk about books. Plus, what could be better than staying in bed on bitter cold days, snuggling up with a good book? Well… I’m sure there are better things… but that’s definitely a very pleasurable thing to do!

I’m the kind of person that likes reading several books at once. Certain books are good for certain times of day, some books are great for certain seasons, some for particular projects, etc, etc… I always have wacky ideas stirring and wild curiosities brewing, so I like dipping into lots of books. They’re like nerdy friends or research buddies! We have fun together.

I’ll share with you what I have in rotation at the moment, as well as what’s on the current reading agenda (books lined up for this season, and books that will soon arrive for me at my local library.)

At the moment my list seems to be mostly about nature, plant life and plant medicine. B-o-r-i-n-g. So sorry, if you aren’t into that sort of thing! I’m presently working on some creative projects that involve plants, so I’m super-into the topic at the moment. I promise that I’m interested in all types of subjects. For the most part though… I tend to lean towards non-fiction, philosophy, self-help and spirituality. Plus nerdy reference books, veggie recipe books, how-to manuals, foraging field guides, etc.. I rarely read fiction. (Same goes for movies. I don’t watch them often, but when I do I tend to favor documentaries.)

If you have books you want to share with me, please email me or leave a comment. I’m always interested in interesting books! I’d love to hear/read what you have to share. And don’t be afraid to recommend books that don’t fit my usual reading patterns! If you have a super-fab fiction title, or some other type of book that seems way-off from what I have mentioned — so what! Recommend it. Really. I’d be curious to see what you have to offer. I’m appreciative of any and all book titles sent my way.

Also… one last note. For some of the authors, I’m reading several of their works, but I’ll only list one book per author.

The Practice of the Wild
by Gary Snyder

One Breath: Freediving, Death, and the Quest to Shatter Human Limits
by Adam Skolnick

Creating Your Best Life: The Ultimate Life List Guide
by Caroline Adams Miller

Medicinal Plants of the Western Mountain States
by Charles W. Kane

The Lost Language of Plants: The Ecological Importance of Plant Medicines for Life on Earth
by Stephen Harrod Buhner

The Way of Tea: Reflections on a Life with Tea
by Aaron Fisher

Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All
by Tom Kelley

The Wild Wisdom of Weeds: 13 Essential Plants for Human Survival
by Katrina Blair

Eating the Sun: How Plants Power the Planet
by Oliver Morton

Body Balance: An Herbal Guide to Holistic Self-Care
by Maria Noel Groves

You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth
by Jen Sincero

The Body Ecology Diet: Recovering Your Health and Building Your Immunity
by Donna Gates

Conversations with God, Book 2: Living in the World with Honesty, Courage, and Love
by Neale Donald Walsch

The Book of Est
by Luke Rhinehart

The Wild Table: Seasonal Foraged Food and Recipes
by Connie Green

Feral: Rewilding the Land, the Sea, and Human Life
by George Monbiot

The Making of a Healer: Teachings of My Oneida Grandmother
by Russell FourEagles

The Microbiome Solution: A Radical New Way to Heal Your Body from the Inside Out
by Dr. Robynne Chutkan M.D.

Shadows on the Path
by Abdi Assadi

Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine
by Andrew Chevallier


Filed under books