One of my goals for 2018 is to read a book a month, and I am already up to 25! Goals are great!
I recently finished two books that kept catching my attention in airport bookstores: Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind and Jay Heinrichs’ Thank You for Arguing. Sapiens is an interesting overview of our past as humans and how we got to where and who we are now. Thank You for Arguing explains rhetoric in a fun and accessible way, and it was interesting to realize how much we need to learn more rhetoric in school, to assist in not falling victim to manipulation and to be better at having productive discussions.
I’m on the lookout for something new!
I just finished watching The Hollywood Masters on Netflix.
Every episode is an interview with a fairly influential person in Hollywood. It is fascinating to hear their backgrounds. For instance, I had no idea Norman Lear dropped bombs during WWII, or that the chairman of Disney Studios, Alan Horn, started in electrical engineering and some other odd jobs. The episode with Ken Burns was fantastic if you want to geek out on history, democracy, and sociology. I really enjoyed how each interview inspired me in some way, and the interviewer, Stephen Galloway, is just so lovely and articulate you can’t help but feel endeared towards him.
I love traveling around Ireland to visit archaeological sites and view some of the gorgeous and wild landscapes. For me travel is a great way to refresh, and to learn more about not only other cultures and histories, but it allows me to grow as a person and adapt to new situations.
Here is a cool shot from one of my recent trips to Baltinglass passage tomb Co Wicklow, where I got to fly a drone!
I enjoy learning about health. Whether that’s from a scientific and medical perspective, ways to eat healthier, or exercise and lifestyle changes. My favorite exercise is hiking, walking in beautiful scenery, or working on an excavation.
I practice yoga at least 5 days a week, and I’m a mentor with Bad Yogi. Through Bad Yogi there are free, short videos on YouTube (for beginners wanting to check out yoga), there is the Bad Yogi Studio (a monthly subscription), and there is the 8 week Perfect Body Yoga Program.
I recently got to catch a few shows of one of my favorite artists and people, Myles Kennedy. You may recognize him from Alter Bridge or Slash, Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. He is now on tour for his new/first solo album released earlier this year, Year of the Tiger.