By Jean Graham
If writers still used manual typewriters, there would be a steady clickety-clack, clickety-clack, DING! throughout the Garden State. If they were still using electric typewriters, New Jersey would hum from Stokes State Forest to Wildwood Crest.
Computers being virtually silent, there is barely auditory evidence of this. But rest assured that local writers are producing a bumper crop of books, and their content is as diverse as the state itself. Self-help books. Journals. History books. Nature guides. Poetry and humor, and short-story collections. Fiction for young adults and fiction for not-so-young adults.
Although the following books that have poured into The Star-Ledger’s office over the past year by New Jersey writers is impressive, it is by no means complete; homegrown writers are constantly adding to the list. Herewith, a mere sampling.
Advice from educators includes Maureen Baldwin’s “Colleges at a Glance: A Concise Country-Wide College Search Guide for Average Students” (Maureen Baldwin) and Andrew Aloysius McCabe’s “The Gifted One: The Journey Begins” (Balboa Press).
“So You Want to Be a Landlord: Tales from the Crypt” (djv murphy), by High Bridge’s DJV Murphy, examines the pitfalls of managing rental properties.
And Midland Park’s Les and Sue Fox find masterpieces in unlikely places in “The Art Hunters Handbook: How To Buy Art for $5 and Sell It for $1,000,000” (West Highland Fine Art & Publishing).
CPA Thomas Corley tells how to improve your finances in “Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals” (Langdon Street Press), and Red Bank’s Chris Ruisi tells how to maximize your potential in “Step Up and Play Big” (Advantage Media Group).
Liz DiMarco Weinmann empowers women over 40 in “Get DARE (Drive, Advance, Rule, Express) From Here!” (Liz DiMarco Weinmann); and Morris County’s Laura O’Reilly provides diet and exercise motivation in “Get Fit To Go” (Unlimited Publishing).
Former prisoner and current Newark community activist Rickey Samad Danzey delivers a short but powerful message to young people in “Caution: A Message to Our Youth, Our Future” (Ambitious Publishing).
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Is there anything cuter than pinchable, kissable, chubby baby thighs? We go through great lengths to make sure our little cherubs stay chunky and 'healthy' looking. So why do we beat ourselves up if we don't look like bikini models at 40 and 50?
During nursing school I had choices- take care of my family, work, go to school and STUDY? Or...take care of my family, work, go to school and log in 10-15 miles a week on my runs. Studying won out. Priorities.
Exercise always holds a place of priority in my life, but I had to drop my level of intensity, and the duration of my workouts. I exercised enough to maintain my energy levels and my health, but not enough to keep the skinny butt. (The vending machine near the lecture hall didn’t help…what’s up with those anyway? Why are they filled with junk? I’m not expecting celery and tofu, but Snickers is NOT a meal replacement.)
How far do we go? Well, if exercise becomes a life obsession, soley for the purpose of another person saying we look great- but deep down we are miserable and the red velvet cake is instilling thoughts of a binge and purge fest- FUGGETABOUDDIT. This subject does indeed get my Brooklyn up. Why do people always equate looking good with weight loss? It really is ok to look 'regular'. I think the media is catching on...take a look at the real looking people in commercials these days.
As a responsible health and fitness advocate I add this: Check with your physician and learn your body mass index, and what a healthy weight is for your height and frame.
If you are overweight take strides to be healthy by modifying your diet and taking gradual steps to build stamina and embark on a regular exercise routine. It really does work! Anyone who has stopped with the junk food snacks and put more physical activity in their lives has seen the results. Make it a lifestyle and the results will last a lifetime.