Monthly Archives: September 2011

Happy kanelbullens dag (cinnamon roll, cinnamon bun, cinnamon swirl and cinnamon snail day! 🙂

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cinnamon bun roll day

October 4th is Kanelbullens dag in Sweden, known as cinnamon bun day. Enjoy!

Kindle Fire: Kindle Fire is Amazon tablet, announced on Sept. 29th and currently available as Kindle pre-order.

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You Can Create An Exceptional Life is the new book by Hay House authors Louise Hay and Cheryl Richardson. You Can Create An Exceptional Life can be ordered on Hay House and ordered on Amazon. In celebration of the release of You Can Create an Exceptional Life, Hay House is offering you the chance to win one of many great prizes including a Miraval Retreat, a coaching session with Cheryl, and a Kindle! View prizes & enter to win. More information about the draw can be found at the end of this post.

If you were inspired by the work of Louise Hay, with her “You Can Heal Your Life” and her latest “You Can Create an Exceptional Life”, you will be inspired by the Kindle book (of yours truly :): Louise Hay: You can heal your life and You Can Create An Exceptional Life vision – Louise L. Hay the AmAre Way which is puts her work under a new prospective, and offers approaches to live a joyful life based on Louise’s and other personal development writers.

Louise Hay is the author of the international bestseller You Can Heal Your Life, a metaphysical lecturer and teacher with more than 50 million books sold worldwide. Louise Hay has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and many other TV and radio programs both in the U.S. and abroad. You Can Create An Exceptional Life has already been a success on pre-sale.

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Cheryl Richardson is the New York Times best-selling author of numerous books, and is dedicated to helping people around the world improve their quality of life.

You Can Create An Exceptional Life: Louise Hay and Cheryl Richardson

You Can Create An Exceptional Life: Louise Hay and Cheryl Richardson

The words of Louise Hay have served as a beacon, leading many people out of the darkness of despair and into the light of a better life. Cheryl Richardson is one of the many individuals whom Louise has greatly influenced, before going on to become a best-selling author herself.

So what happens when these two combine their collective wisdom into one book: You Can Create An Exceptional Life?

As Louise and Cheryl engage in a series of empowering and intimate conversations, you’ll feel as if you’re simultaneously having lunch with your best friends and also attending a master class put on by two leaders of the self-empowerment movement.

You Can Create An Exceptional Life is the fruit of their travels across North America and Europe, where Louise and Cheryl discuss a wide range of topics, including the importance of loving ourselves and our bodies; aging consciously; bringing true prosperity and abundance to the world; manifesting positive relationships—both with family and friends and in the workplace; and facing death in a dignified and peaceful way.

These two amazing women are living proof that the spiritual principles they discuss in these pages really work. As you read, you’ll discover that you, too, have the ability to create an exceptional life!

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You Can Create An Exceptional Life
Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Hay House (September 20, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1401935389
ISBN-13: 978-1401935382

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Travel with Louise and Cheryl throughout North America and Europe as they engage in a series of intimate conversations about their lives and how they’ve dealt with a variety of topics including loving themselves and their bodies; conscious aging; and a dignified, peaceful approach to death. This book is filled with the combined experience of two women who have lived their lives using trusted spiritual principles that really work. Reading and applying their wisdom will radically change your life, too!

Cheryl Richardson is the author of The New York Times bestselling books Take Time for Your Life, Life Makeovers (Broadway Books) and Stand Up for Your Life (Free Press) and the new book The Unmistakable Touch of Grace (Free Press, 2005). Cheryl was the first president of the International Coach Federation and holds one of their first Master Certified Coach credentials.

Cheryl Richardson is the author of The New York Times bestselling books Take Time for Your Life, Life Makeovers (Broadway Books) and Stand Up for Your Life (Free Press) and the new book The Unmistakable Touch of Grace (Free Press, 2005). Cheryl was the first president of the International Coach Federation and holds one of their first Master Certified Coach credentials.

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You Can Create an Exceptional Life: Online Course
There is a Universal energy that creates us; sustains us; connects us to one another; and works in cooperation with our thoughts, words, and actions to generate our life experiences.

When you recognize and learn to work in partnership with this benevolent power, you become the master of your own destiny.

The formula is simple: Think thoughts that make you feel good, make choices that make you feel good, and take actions that make you feel good. Then surrender the outcome, trusting that Life will bring you what you need to grow and be happy.

This simple formula has radically improved the quality of both Louise and Cheryl’s lives, and it can improve yours, too. When you use it and learn to trust it, life unfolds in the most miraculous ways. You’ll be presented with extraordinary opportunities to make your life whole and to make a difference in the world.

In this unprecedented three-lesson online course, Louise Hay and Cheryl Richardson show you exactly how to use this formula in your own life. In particular, you’ll learn:

• How to infuse each day with positive intentions and pleasure.
• Little-known tools for creating new, life-enhancing mental habits.
• Powerful techniques for living with the kind of attitude that generates more and more positive experiences.
• Ways to make peace with your body once and for all so you can fall in love with YOU.
• How to put yourself in the state of mind that encourages Life to bring you more of what you need to stay healthy and strong.
• And much, much more!

YOU really can create an EXCEPTIONAL life! Don’t miss this opportunity to join these two pioneers for this uplifting one-of-a-kind online course!

If you can’t make the live air dates, you can still join Louise and Cheryl!
For your convenience, all participants automatically receive downloadable mp3s of all three lessons. Each lesson will be uploaded into your account within a few days of its live air date and then be available for you to download anytime within seven days. Hay House will send you a notification email when each lesson is available to download from your account. So, you can still take the course no matter your schedule!

Lesson Details:

October 11, 2011, 12:00-1:00pm PT, 3:00-4:00pm ET
Lesson 1: How You Start Your Day Is How You Live Your Day
The first hour of the morning is crucial. How you spend it will determine your experience for the rest of your day. During this first lesson, Louise and Cheryl talk about the importance of starting your day with intention and pleasure. You’ll learn specific strategies for starting the day off in a comfortable and joyful way. In particular, they’ll teach you:
• How to become aware of the thoughts associated with your morning routine.
• How to use powerful affirmations in the right way at the right time.
• How to link good thoughts to morning events as a way to create new, life-enhancing mental habits.
• And much more!

November 8, 2011, 12:00-1:00pm PT, 3:00-4:00pm ET
Lesson 2: How You Live Your Day Is How You Live Your Life
Continuing on from lesson 1, which was all about you how to start your day in a whole new way, Louise and Cheryl now discuss the importance of how you choose to live your life. Over this empowering hour, you’ll discover:
• How to leave your house with the kind of attitude that makes the day special.
• How to bring affirmations and positive intentions into your work day.
• How to successfully deal with life’s daily challenges in a new, more effective way.
• And much more!

December 6, 2011, 12:00-1:00pm PT, 3:00-4:00pm ET
Lesson 3: The Beauty of Wisdom: Aging with Joy and Gratitude
In this final lesson, Louise and Cheryl teach you how to unleash the power of joy and gratitude in your day-to-day life. In particular, you’ll learn:
• How to make peace with your body so you fall in love with you!
• How to implement the habits that support healthy and joyful aging.
• How to put yourself in the state of mind that encourages Life to bring you what you need to stay healthy and strong.
• And much more!

You Can Create An Exceptional Life

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Have a look to this free You Can Create An Exceptional Life: Louise Hay and Cheryl Richardson excerpt titled “The End of the Movie”.

As I step out of the shower, I can feel the weight of melancholy pulling at my chest. There’s a sadness I can’t explain. I sit down on the edge of the tub and give presence to it-allow it to live and breathe within me, and wait for it to deliver its wisdom. With each slow, deep breath, the answer begins to surface. Spring is in the ethers, and my winter of writing is coming to an end. It’s almost time to say goodbye to this book.

I know the routine. As the ending of a book creeps up on me, I tend to simultaneously rush to finish it and slow down to savor the process one last time. This is my final chapter, and finishing is always bittersweet. But there’s something more. . . .

I realize that I’m also anxious about a dear friend who is seriously ill. I’m afraid for him, for me, for us. I towel-dry my hair, brush on a bit of mascara, and glide some gloss across my lips. I need to get dressed. Louise and I are in downtown Vancouver for an event, and we’re meeting for breakfast in half an hour (and she’s always early). This time, I have an agenda.

We sit at a quiet table in the back of the restaurant at our hotel. The ritual has now become second nature: I sit down, immediately take out my iPhone and press Record, and I unpack my notes. Sitting in front of Louise, I feel a bit wobbly, vulnerable. I’m doing my best to hold back the tears, but I can’t help but feel transparent in her presence. She can see that something is wrong but doesn’t say anything. Instead, she just stares into my eyes and waits for me to speak.

I have a dear friend who is seriously ill, I tell her, and I’m afraid he might be dying. While I want to be positive, I can’t help but worry about whether or not he’ll make it, and I don’t know how to talk to him about it. I know you’ve had plenty of experience with illness and death, and I just need to know what to do.

“You love him,” she responds immediately. “And you make it a good experience. When people are in trouble, I always concentrate on a few things. First, I focus on who they are as a person, not on their disease. I like to remind them of how wonderful they are- how funny, thoughtful, wise, or kind. And I often bring up favorite memories from our time together. Most important, I allow them to lead the process. We need to respect where people are. I simply ask how they feel in any given situation, and let their answer direct where our conversation will go from there.”

As I listen to Louise speak, reluctant tears spill from my eyes, and she reaches into her bag for a tissue. “You never know where we’re going on these trips, do you?” she notes with a smile, tucking the tissue into my hand. “It’s hard when this happens.”

I know we must think positive, but-

“But wait,” she interrupts, “death is not negative. Death is a positive step in life. We’re all going to do it. You’re upset because you just don’t want your friend to do it at this time.”

Or in a way that’s painful, I admit.

“Yes, it’s important to be sure that our loved ones are pain free. I remember when my mother was ready to go. She was 91 and became very sick, and they wanted to perform a monumental operation on her. I said, ‘no way! You’re not going to put this woman through something like that at her age. Just keep her out of pain.’ That was the top priority-keep her out of pain and let her drift off. And that’s what happened. Over the next several days, she drifted in and out of consciousness. She would drift out and come back talking about relatives, and then drift off again and come back with another story. She didn’t have pain, which was so important to me.

“We’re all going to leave this life at some point, Cheryl, and I don’t think there’s anything to be afraid of. You see, I wasn’t raised with hell and damnation. I mean, I lived it . . . but since I wasn’t raised with that concept, I’m not afraid of death. I don’t think I’m going to hell. I’ve done that already.”

This last statement was said in such a matter-of-fact way that it could only be recited by someone who had transcended a painful past. I nod, smile, and wipe my cheeks.

“We need to address the vast array of stuff we’re taught about death,” Louise continues. “If your parents went to a church filled with messages of hellfire and damnation, you could be very frightened of death. You’ll wonder, Have I been good enough, and if not, am I going to burn forever? And if you think you’re going to burn forever, then you’ll be scared shitless of dying.

So, you’re not afraid of death at this point in your life? I ask Louise.

“No. I don’t want to go right now because there are things I want to do, but I’m going to say that throughout my entire life. We all will. There’s always one more thing to do-a child’s wedding to attend, a baby ready to be born, or a book to write.

I also have this very strong feeling that we arrive in the middle of the movie, and we leave in the middle of the movie. The movie is continuous. We enter and we exit. All of us do that. There’s no wrong time or right time, there’s just our time-it was our time to be born and our time to go.”

I think about the idea of leaving in the middle of the movie and agree that it is the hard part of death- never having a “buttoned-up time” to go.

Louise explains, “I believe that long before we arrive, the soul makes the choice to experience certain lessons-lessons about loving each other and ourselves. When we learn the lesson of love, we may leave with joy. There is no need for pain or suffering. We know that next time, wherever we choose to incarnate, we will take all of the love with us.”

So the question is, then, how to make peace with leaving in the middle of the movie. The problem, as I see it, is that we are so uncomfortable with death. We don’t talk about it. We don’t prepare for it. We don’t even allow ourselves to think about our fears and concerns. We live in a culture that avoids the topic altogether. Instead, we wait until we’re up against a serious illness and forced to make important decisions under pressure-for loved ones or ourselves-and then wonder why it’s so frightening and painful.

To make peace with leaving, we first need to be willing to address the issue. We need to face the awkwardness and uncomfortable feelings associated with death by looking fear in the eye. When we do, we discover what that fear has to teach us.

I certainly ignored anything having to do with death until my early 30s, when I had the privilege of going through the process of dying in a conscious way with someone I cared about. Her name was Lucy, and she was in her 80s. Lucy had a house filled with lifelong treasures, a wise mind, and a big heart . . . but no family. During a hospital visit for a bad chest cold, she was told that she was dying of cancer, and she promptly asked me to help her get her affairs in order. My first reaction was, No way! I have no interest whatsoever in stepping into that minefield. However, after further discussion, my compassion (and guilt) got the better of me, and I reluctantly agreed.

What unfolded over the next three months was nothing short of a miracle. One by one, Lucy and I reviewed the treasures in her home and made plans to give them to specific people. I became intimately familiar with her life, her loves, and her desires for how to end her life. I made her a promise that I would follow through on her wishes, both while she was dying and once she was gone.

On the night of Lucy’s death, I had given a speech and was home tucked in bed when something told me to get up and drive the hour-long trip to see her. Knowing enough to trust my gut, I did what it instructed and went to the hospital. Once there, I found my friend unconscious, in a private room, stationed with a loving and compassionate nurse who assured me that she could hear everything I said.

For almost an hour I sat by Lucy’s side, reviewing the instructions she had given me about her end-of-life planning. I talked them through, out loud, as she lay before me. I assured her that all was in order and that it was okay to make the transition to a more peaceful place. Was I frightened? You bet. But I was also prepared.

While I was looking at her beautiful face, she suddenly woke up, looked directly into my eyes, gave me a big smile, and took her last breath. In that moment, something significant shifted. Death and I had become intimate friends.

I sat by Lucy’s side that night for quite a while after she passed, staring at her face, her hands, and her lifeless body, contemplating this scary thing we call death. But I wasn’t scared. Instead, I felt safe, touched in a tender and profound way, and surprised by how natural the actual process turned out to be. Yes, I would miss my friend, but from this new perspective, death wasn’t the silent monster I had made it out to be-a bogeyman who needed to be locked away, only to be let out at the last possible moment. It was a gentle state of release and surrender, the completion of a promise.

The Beauty of Wisdom – Excerpt from “You Can Create an Exceptional Life”
This excerpt has been taken from the book You Can Create an Exceptional Life by Louise Hay & Cheryl Richardson. Courtesy of

It’s a warm November day in Tampa, and Louise has just delivered the welcome address to more than 3,000 attendees of Hay House’s “I Can Do It” conference. Standing at the side of the room, I watch as the sold-out crowd erupts in affectionate applause when she announces that she’s in her ninth decade, and it’s the best one of her life so far. It’s such an inspiring moment.

On the way to our hotel, I study Louise as she walks purposefully toward the front door. A unique blend of funky and elegant, she’s dressed in a flowery crinkled shirt draped over tight-fitting leggings. She radiates the energy of youth and the beauty of aged wisdom.

We arrive at the hotel and head up to Louise’s room. She immediately opens the balcony doors, and I feel a comfortable breeze graze my skin while I scope out a place to sit. I flop down, cross-legged, on a wingback chair near a stunning arrangement of flowers—lilies, tulips, sunflowers, and raspberry-colored roses—resting on the center of a coffee table in the middle of the room. “The flowers are a gift from someone who needed my help last week,” she tells me. “They make me so happy.”

She makes her way to the kitchenette and proceeds to make us each a cup of tea. While she removes the tea bags from their wrapping, she shares her excitement at having found a new black velvet cover for her iPad—the latest technology tool she’s been enjoying with gusto. I realize that even at age 84, Louise is the eternal student. I so admire her curiosity and hunger for learning.

I set my tools around me and wonder what she knows at 84 about feeling comfortable in her skin that I could learn at 51. I ask her how she looks and feels so good at her age—what’s her secret?

“Well, to me it comes down to loving yourself, loving your body, and making peace with the aging process,” she replies. “You can’t do anything well or for the long term without loving yourself first. When you love yourself, you care about your body, and you care about what you put into it. You also care about the thoughts you choose to think.”

So if we’re diligent about practicing what we’ve already talked about in this book, we’ll have a much easier time as we age?

“Yes. Life has gotten much easier for me because I’ve learned how to plan my experiences. My positive affirmations go before me, smoothing the way. I make a point to anticipate what I would like to experience in the future. For instance, today I needed to do three errands, so I affirmed: This is a glorious day, and every experience is a joyous adventure.

“As I entered each of the three different stores, I found lovely salespeople who made friendly conversation with me. One clerk and I even laughed and laughed over something silly. Each of these experiences was a small yet joyous adventure. Part of the wisdom of aging is to find joy in even the simplest situations. When we live our lives to the fullest, we’re going to make the little things in life wonderful and good and important.”

I note that as we get older and lose friends or family members, it seems that we value our connection to others more, even the kind of connection Louise is talking about in these everyday situations.

“We could, or it could make us bitter. We can choose to be bitter about losing loved ones, or we can choose to reach out to new people and fill the emptiness.”

The more I get to know Louise, the more I appreciate, on a deep level, the value of putting good thought habits in place early in life. When she talks about her approach to living, it’s clear that she’s invested a lot of time and energy in managing her mind. As a result, this investment has given her a far more positive view of aging. Her vigilance about living with purpose and intention keeps paying great dividends year after year. As I witness her response to life, I keep being reminded to deepen this habit myself.

“Don’t get me wrong,” Louise admits. “I’ve faced the same challenges most people do as they age—wrinkles, weight gain, stiffness, and noticing that young men no longer look longingly at me. But there’s no use making myself miserable about things I cannot change. We’re all going to age. I’ve just made a decision to take care of myself and love myself no matter what.

“I eat well. I consume foods that are very good for my body, foods that support me. I eat very little that drains my body or that doesn’t support me. I also do things like acupuncture and craniosacral sessions once a month as a general tune-up. And I do my best to choose thoughts that make me feel good as much as possible. This is the big lesson that I’ll keep repeating: Our thinking either makes us feel good or it makes us feel bad. It’s not the events nearly as much as it’s the thoughts.”

So it’s not the wrinkle, it’s the thoughts you have about the wrinkle?

“Absolutely. The wrinkle is just there. And it’s there for everybody. You haven’t been singled out to be the one person who has that wrinkle. It’s foolish to make yourself unhappy about something like that. We want to enjoy every phase of life as much as possible.”

Speaking of wrinkles, I mention, let’s talk about the body. You said that the secret to your success at 84 has to do with loving yourself and your body, but what if you’re a woman who’s 50 pounds overweight and hates what she sees in the mirror? How do you look at yourself and say “I love you” when you don’t like what you see?

“Well, that’s the point of what we’re doing,” Louise replies. “As I said before, I no longer believe in working on a single issue. In the early days, I worked with individual problems like weight loss. Then one day I discovered that if I could get clients to love themselves, we didn’t have to work on problems anymore. Self-love was the core issue for everybody and everything. And that’s a difficult realization for a lot of people to accept or acknowledge—that it could be that simple.

“This woman you’re talking about might think her issue is weight, but it isn’t her issue at all; it’s self-hatred. If we can get to the bottom of that or get her to start consistently practicing affirmations that will support her in building a good relationship with her body, it will begin the process of self-love.”

After pausing for a moment, she goes on. “It’s true that sometimes you need to adjust your diet in order to stick with this new practice. By now, most of us know that sugar is addictive and just isn’t good for the body. Wheat and dairy products cause problems for many people, too. We need to eat foods that nourish and fuel our body and our mind. While it’s wonderful to say the right affirmations, if you’re loading yourself up on caffeine, sugar, junk food, and the like, you’re going to have a hard time focusing your mind on anything at all, let alone positive affirmations. And if you’ve grown up on junk food, then you might need some guidance on what it means to eat a healthy diet. I didn’t know anything about good nutrition until my cancer diagnosis invited me to find out what my body needed. Even now I still keep up with the latest info when it comes to health and healing.”

I can certainly appreciate the importance of taking good care of the body as we age. Like so many of us, I’ve read my share of books, websites, and studies trying to learn as much as I can about diet, exercise, or supplements. There is a maze of information out there, and it’s easy to get confused. Our society spends billions of dollars on anti-aging books and products, health-club memberships, and diet programs, searching for the right formula for creating optimal health . . . yet obesity rates continue to climb, and our overall health continues to decline.

In the last several months, I’d been focusing on exactly what Louise is talking about: loving myself and my body first, and allowing this love to lead me in the direction of wise choices that support my emotional and physical health. I am learning, firsthand, that it works. As I’ve built a strong connection to my body, I’ve naturally become drawn to the right foods, types of exercise, forms of self-care, and even health-care practitioners. Yes, I now know that it all starts with love.

Louise Hay, the author of the international bestseller You Can Heal Your Life, is a metaphysical lecturer and teacher with more than 50 million books sold worldwide. For more than 25 years, she has helped people throughout the world discover and implement the full potential of their own creative powers for personal growth and self-healing. She has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and many other TV and radio programs both in the U.S. and abroad.

You Can Create An Exceptional Life: Louise Hay and Cheryl Richardson – Book and Hay House prizes draw
You Can Create An Exceptional Life Retreat at Miraval
One (1) winner will receive registration for the You Can Create an Exceptional Life Retreat with Louise Hay and Cheryl Richardson at the Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa, Mar 25-29, 2012.

Trip to I Can Do It! Tampa
One (1) winner will receive a weekend trip for two to the I Can Do It! Tampa Conference, Nov 11-13, 2011. This prize includes two full conference passes, hotel accommodations for two nights, and round-trip domestic coach airfare within the continental United States.

You Can Heal Your Life Conference in Las Vegas
One (1) winner will receive a trip to the You Can Heal Your Life Conference with Louise Hay and Cheryl Richardson in Las Vegas, NV, Jan 21, 2012. This prize includes two conference passes, hotel accommodations for one night, and round-trip domestic coach airfare within the continental United States.

Coaching Session with Cheryl Richardson
One (1) winner will receive a 1-hour telephone coaching session with Cheryl Richardson. This is an extremely rare opportunity to receive a private coaching session from Cheryl!

The Art of Extreme Self-Care On Demand Course
Two (2) winners will receive The Art of Extreme Self-Care 12-Lesson On Demand Course by Cheryl Richardson.

Amazon Kindle
One (1) winner will receive an Amazon Kindle 3G (Free 3G + Wi-Fi, 3G Works Globally, Graphite, 6″ Display with New E-Ink Pearl Technology).

You Can Create an Exceptional Life Prize Bundle
Three (3) winners will receive a You Can Create an Exceptional Life Prize Bundle which includes: (a) You Can Create an Exceptional Life by Louise Hay and Cheryl Richardson, (b) The Art of Extreme Self-Care by Cheryl Richardson, (c) You Can Heal Your Life Box Set by Louise Hay, (d) Embracing Change CD by Louise Hay, (e) My Daily Affirmation Cards by Cheryl Richardson, (f) Power Thought Cards by Louise Hay, (g) I Can Do It 2012 Calendar by Louise Hay, (h) Turning Inward Journal by Cheryl Richardson.

The following sponsors are also offering you the chance to win even more prizes! Alex Ong [Coaching Session], John Holland [Reading], Lynn Zavaro [Private Session], Susan Kammerhoff [Angel Reading], and Susan Smith Jones [Consulation].

Kindle Fire vs. Kindle vs. Nook vs. Kobo vs. Sony Reader: what’s the best eReader? While it is hard to tell what’s the best eReader without knowing your personal preferences, it is possible to compare their features and benefits for us.

Kindle Fire
Kindle Fire is a power-house in the world of portable readers. Kindle Fire offers movies, apps, games, music, reading and more, plus Amazon’s revolutionary, cloud-accelerated web browser. It provides access to 18 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, and books; Amazon Appstore – thousands of popular apps and games; Ultra-fast web browsing – Amazon Silk; Free cloud storage for all your Amazon content; Vibrant color touchscreen with extra-wide viewing angle; Fast, powerful dual-core processor
Amazon Prime members enjoy unlimited, instant streaming of over 10,000 popular movies and TV shows.

Kindle features
The Amazon Kindle hardware devices are powered by an E Ink electronic paper display, using up to 16 shades of gray, minimizing power use and simulates reading on paper. Content for the Kindle can be purchased online and downloaded wirelessly using standard Wi-Fi or Amazon’s 3G “Whispernet” network. With “Whispersync”, customers can synchronize reading progress, bookmarks and other information across Kindle hardware devices and other mobile devices.

Kindle is available in three models:
Kindle, Wi-Fi, Graphite, 6″ Display with New E Ink Pearl Technology
# High-Contrast E Ink Screen
# Read in Bright Sunlight – No glare
# Built-In Wi-Fi – Shop and download books in less than 60 seconds
# Enhanced PDF Reader – With dictionary lookup, notes, and highlights
# WebKit-Based Browser – Browse the web over Wi-Fi

Compared to previous Kindle version:
# New Sleek Design – 21% smaller body while keeping the same 6″ size reading area
# 17% Lighter – Only 8.5 ounces, weighs less than a paperback
# Battery Life of Up to Two Months – A single charge lasts up to two months with wireless off
# Double the Storage – Up to 3,500 books
# 20% Faster Page Turns – Seamless reading

Kindle DX, Free 3G, 3G Works Globally, Graphite, 9.7″ Display with New E Ink Pearl Technology
Free 3G Wireless: Download books anywhere, anytime

9.7″ diagonal E Ink screen is ideal for a broad range of reading material, including graphic-rich books, PDFs, newspapers, magazines, and blogs

Slim: Just over 1/3 of an inch, as thin as most magazines

Auto-Rotating Screen: Display auto-rotates from portrait to landscape as you turn the device

Read-to-Me: text-to-speech feature

Kindle, Wi-Fi, Graphite, 6″ Display with New E Ink Pearl Technology – includes Special Offers & Sponsored Screensavers
New, Lower Price, subsidized with sponsored screensavers tailored for the reader’s tastes.

Kindle content library
Kindle has the widest selection of ebooks, with over 950,000 books and the largest selection of the most popular books, including 107 of 112 New York Times Best Sellers. Some books, like James Bond’s stories, are exclusively available from the Kindle store.

There are also over 1.8 million free, out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books like The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Pride and Prejudice, and Treasure Island. Learn more

Low Book Prices: New York Times Best Sellers and New Releases from $9.99.

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Nook features
The Nook has Wi-Fi but lacks Kindle 3G connectivity. Nook ause zForce Infrared Touch technology to create a touchscreen layer on top of the E Ink screen. This is meant to make navigation easier and the software keyboard pops on screen only when you need it, rather than having the buttons permanently under the display. For this reason, Nook is shorter and lightet, but thicker, than the Kindle. Nook offers 2GB of storage, and microSD card slots, so it is expandable up to 32GB.

Kobo features
Kobo can best be seen as an entry-level eBook reader, lacking some of the higher-end features of Kindle and Nook such as a web browser, music player, keyboard and 3G wireless. Kobo also has the least amount of customization in terms of reading experience. Kobo is thinner than the Nook. Kobo feature only Wi-Fi connectivity and not 3G like Kindle. Kobo use zForce Infrared Touch technology, to offer a touchscreen layer on top of the E Ink screen. This makes navigation easier and the software keyboard pops on screen only when necessary.

Without a physical keyboard, Kobo eReader is slightly shorter and lighter than the Kindle, but the extra technology enabling the touchscreens makes it thicker. Kobo as the lowest storage space, with 1GB. The Kobo store has 500,000 eBooks, and 1.8 million free eBooks.

Sony Reader
Sony Reader is the outsider in the battle for eReaders market share. As Kindle, Nook, Kobo, it uses an electronic paper display developed by E Ink Corporation. It is viewable in direct sunlight, requires no power to maintain a static image, and is usable in portrait or landscape orientation.

One of the reason why the Sony Reader is not as popular as Kindle, Nook, Kobo, it is that the market-share of its ebooks library is smaller than the ones of competitors. The Reader also can display Adobe PDFs, ePub format, RSS newsfeeds, JPEGs, and Sony’s proprietary BBeB (“BroadBand eBook”) format. The Reader can play MP3 and unencrypted AAC audio files.

Sony DRM rules of the Reader allow any purchased e-book to be read on up to six devices, at least one of which must be a personal computer running Windows or Mac OS X. The owner cannot share purchased eBooks with other readers/accounts.

Comparing text on Kindle, Nook, Kobo

Comparing text on Kindle, Nook, Kobo

According to Business Insider, text on the Kindle has high contrast and looks the best, because blacks look the blackest on Kindle. Text on the Nook looks good, but not great. There’s noticeable jagginess on letters. The Kobo’s text has the lowest contrast, and remnants of previous pages stay burned in for a few page turns.

Kindle flashes a black screen between pages. Nook and Kobo flash only from time to time, but their screens contain more remnants of previous pages.

Kindle vs. Nook vs. Kobo according to PCWorld

Kindle vs. Nook vs. Kobo vs. Sony Reader

What’s the best eReader: Kindle vs. Nook vs. Kobo vs. Sony Reader?
Overall we suggest Amazon Kindle, both in terms of hardware and ebooks library. If you value a cutting-edge touchscreen, modern design, and easiness to hold shape, then Nook is for you. Nook is the second biggest seller (after Amazon) of eBooks. The Kobo has the smallest bookstore, the worst battery life, and needs a newer menu system.

Our final advice ask friends and go to a store, familiarize with all three devices, how the reading experience feels for you, and then purchase the one which fits you better!

September 27 is the Ecological Debt Day, aka “Earth Overshoot Day”. From today on, the total resources consumed by humanity exceed the capacity for the Earth to generate those resources for 2011. From today until the end of the year, we are consuming way more than we should. We are “borrowing” from 2012 and, unless in 2012 we cut consuption enough to compensate for our debt so far, we are burning the resources which belong to future generations. We are stealing from people who are not even born yet!

The Ecological Debt Day – Earth Overshoot Day is calculated each-year, taking the world biocapacity (natural resources generated by the earth that year) and dividing them by the world Ecological Footprint (humanity’s consumption of the Earth’s natural resources for that year), then multiplying by 365.

Ecological Debt Day is founded upon two scientific measures; humanity’s Ecological Footprint and the Earth’s biocapacity.

Humanity’s Ecological Footprint for the specific calendar year is an important component of both calculating Ecological Debt for that year and for the general idea behind Ecological Debt Day. One’s Ecological Footprint, be it of the world, a nation, a town, or of an individual represents the impact that entity made on the Earth that year by consuming a set amount of the Earth’s resources. The general Ecological Debt of each year is calculated by factoring in the world’s Ecological Footprint, however, each nation’s individual date on which it will reach Ecological Debt can be calculated by substituting that nation’s Ecological Footprint for a specific year in place of that of the world’s.

The other leading factor in determining date on which Ecological Debt occurs for a given year is the biocapacity of the Earth for that year. By engaging in activities that diminish the production cycles of natural resources, which can be the resources themselves, such as depleting forests for timber, humanity lessens the Earth’s biocapacity so that the number of resources able to be produced that year will be less than that of the year before. When viewed in terms of monetary debt, this idea can seen as compounding interest on an unpaid loan. Due to this factor, humanity’s over-consumption of the Earth’s natural resources is shown to be unsustainable as the Earth’s biocapacity will eventually collapse should this behavior continue. The Global Footprint Network, a partner of NEF, has calculated that humanity used 40% more resources in 2008 than the Earth was able to produce that year.

When viewed through an economic perspective, Ecological Debt Day/Earth Overshoot Day represents the day in which humanity enters deficit spending, scientifically termed “overshoot”. In recent years this issue has gained notoriety as it appears to represent a trend rather than a freak occurrence

If you were inspired by the work of Louise Hay, with her “You Can Heal Your Life” and her latest “You Can Create an Exceptional Life”, you will find in “Louise Hay: You can heal your life and You Can Create An Exceptional Life vision – Louise L. Hay the AmAre Way” a book which puts her work under a new prospective, and offers approaches to live a joyful life based on Louise’s and other personal development writers.

Louise L. Hay’s bibliography includes:
You Can Heal Your Life. Hay House Inc., 1984. ISBN 0937611018
Heal Your Body: The Mental Causes for Physical Illness and the Metaphysical Way to Overcome Them. Hay House Inc., 1984. ISBN 0937611352
The Power Is Within You. Hay House Inc., 1991
Inner Wisdom: Meditations for the Heart and Soul, 2000
The Adventures of Lulu: Three Stories to Help Build Self-Esteem and Courage in Children, 2005
You Can Create An Exceptional Life. Hay House Inc., 2011. ISBN 978-1-4019-3538-2

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The Hobbit movie, prequel to The Lord of the Rings, will be released two parts, titled The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again. They are been filmed in New Zealand. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released on 14 December 2012. The Hobbit: There and Back Again is scheduled for 13 December 2013.

The Hobbit 2012: fan-made trailer (HD)

The Hobbit movie: plot
Gandalf tricks Bilbo into hosting a party for Thorin and his band of twelve dwarves, who sing of reclaiming the Lonely Mountain and its vast treasure from the dragon Smaug. When the music ends, Gandalf unveils a map showing a secret door into the Mountain and proposes that the dumbfounded Bilbo serve as the expedition’s “burglar”. The dwarves ridicule the idea, but Bilbo, indignant, joins despite himself.

The group travel into the wild, where Gandalf saves the company from trolls and leads them to Rivendell, where Elrond reveals more secrets from the map. Passing over the Misty Mountains, they are caught by goblins and driven deep underground. Although Gandalf rescues them, Bilbo gets separated from the others as they flee the goblins. Lost in the goblin tunnels, he stumbles across a mysterious ring and then encounters Gollum, who engages him in a game of riddles for the path out of the tunnels, or his demise. With the help of the ring, which confers invisibility, Bilbo escapes and rejoins the dwarves, improving his reputation with them. The goblins and Wargs give chase but the company are saved by eagles before resting in the house of Beorn.

The company enter the black forest of Mirkwood without Gandalf. In Mirkwood, Bilbo first saves the dwarves from giant spiders and then from the dungeons of the Wood-elves. Nearing the Lonely Mountain, the travellers are welcomed by the human inhabitants of Lake-town, who hope the dwarves will fulfil prophecies of Smaug’s demise. The expedition travel to the Mountain and find the secret door; Bilbo scouts the dragon’s lair, stealing a great cup and learning of a weakness in Smaug’s armour. The enraged dragon, deducing that Lake-town has aided the intruder, sets out to destroy the town. A noble thrush who overheard Bilbo’s report of Smaug’s vulnerability reports it to Bard, who slays the Dragon.

When the dwarves take possession of the mountain, Bilbo finds the Arkenstone, an heirloom of Thorin’s dynasty, and steals it. The Wood-elves and Lake-men besiege the Mountain and request compensation for their aid, reparations for Lake-town’s destruction, and settlement of old claims on the treasure. Thorin refuses and, having summoned his kin from the mountains of the North, reinforces his position. Bilbo tries to ransom the Arkenstone to head off a war, but Thorin is intransigent. He banishes Bilbo, and battle seems inevitable.

Gandalf reappears to warn all of an approaching army of goblins and Wargs. The dwarves, men, and elves band together, but only with the timely arrival of the eagles and Beorn do they win the climactic Battle of Five Armies. Thorin is fatally wounded and reconciles with Bilbo before he dies. Bilbo accepts only a small portion of his share of the treasure, having no want or need for more, but still returns home a very wealthy hobbit.

The Hobbit movie: TheOneRing.Net

The Hobbit movie: release
The Hobbit is an upcoming two-part epic fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson. It is a film adaptation of the 1937 novel of the same name by J. R. R. Tolkien and prequel to The Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Jackson, director of The Lord of the Rings, returns as director of the film and also serves as producer and co-writer.

The Hobbit movie: cast
The film will star Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield. Several actors from Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings film trilogy will reprise their roles, including Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Hugo Weaving, Cate Blanchett, Christopher Lee, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood, and Orlando Bloom. Composer Howard Shore, who wrote the score for The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, has confirmed his role in both parts of the film project.

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