Book #2: Brave New World

Posted in 365 Books with tags , on May 29, 2011 by kiyokotown

Author: Aldous Huxley

Published: 1932

Fun Fact: The nineties movie “Demolition Man” starring Sylvester Stallone and Sandra Bullock contains several references to BNW, including Bullock’s character’s name, Lenina Huxley.

A Rose By Any Other Name: In BNW, characters will sometimes say things like, “My Ford!” or, “Year of our Ford.” This is in reference to Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company. His company’s mass production of the Model-T spawned the idea of mass producing humans in the attempt to create a utopian society.

You Might Like This Book (Even If You Don’t Like Books):  … if you’re into Sci Fi, if you liked Demolition Man, if you ever thought to yourself, “Procreation should be homogenized and controlled!”

Buy this book here.


Book #1: And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street

Posted in 365 Books with tags , , , on May 28, 2011 by kiyokotown

You Might Like This Book (Even If You Don’t Like Books): … if you’re under the age of six, regardless of your affinity for literature, you liked even one of Dr. Seuss’s other books, you were ever a child and embellished a story to your friends, siblings, parents, teachers.

Buy this book here! Your young’ns will thank you!

One Book A Day … for the next 365 days

Posted in 365 Books with tags , on May 27, 2011 by kiyokotown

I love to read.

My father would take me to the bookstore and within minutes I would have armfuls of glossy paperbacks and a hopeful smile. “Pick two,” he would say, but I always ended up with three. How could he hinder such a passion for the written word? A passion, that truly, he instilled in me. He could make up fantastic stories at the drop of a hat. When he wasn’t there, I would make up stories for myself. He had the most amazing  and vast collection of books that I felt betrayed when he bought himself a Kindle recently. (A thousand books at the touch of your fingertips! – and the classics are free, free!, he told me, like a little kid with a new toy.) During one conversation we both voiced our shared love for the slightly musty stench that older paperbacks have, the crinkle of the edge of each page as we run our thumbs back and forth across it.

I tried (and failed) to get my younger brother to love books as much as I do. When my nieces and nephew were born, I tucked books into their Easter baskets and bought each one their own copies of The Eleventh Hour by Graeme Base, Alice in Wonderland and The Jolly Postman. When they are older, I will buy them such greats as The Hatchet, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Harriet the Spy, The BFG, and Harry Potter.

Besides the joy and pleasure I get out of diving into a good book, I believe that my love of the printed word has rewarded me in several ways: first and foremost, my vocabulary. It’s no secret that most eloquent speakers are well-read. Not that I’m calling myself eloquent, but I can safely say that my vocabulary is significantly more extensive than any person I’ve met who has told me, “I don’t really like to read.”

Secondly, my passion for reading has allowed me the luxury of finding most English courses in school fairly easy. My Verbal SAT scores were near perfect, (while my Math scores were…er, less than) and recently, ten years out of any kind of schooling, and without preparing, I took a college placement test and scored a top placement in English! (Again, we’ll leave my Math scores out of it!)


I could go on and on about the merits and benefits and rewards one can reap from picking up a book. But I’d rather show you!

I hope someone somewhere will find this blog and share my list with their child, friend, sister, nephew, uncle, mailman. (Seriously, mine is really nice and always says hi!)

Happy Reading!

Post #38: Cameron Diaz

Posted in Post A Day 2011, Random on February 18, 2011 by kiyokotown

Dear God, no.

Post #37: Mental Floss

Posted in Post A Day 2011, Random with tags , on February 18, 2011 by kiyokotown

What’s your favorite magazine? Mine’s Mental Floss.

Ever since I got laid off from my low-paying but seriously beloved assistant editor job, I have had to cut back on some items now deemed overtly indulgent.

One of those casualties was my favorite publication, Mental Floss. A second runner up, but by a long shot, would be either Real Simple or Entertainment Weekly. And then maybe, maybe Glamour.

I’ve never been into fashion (yikes – in Girl World, admitting that fact is almost sinful) but Glamour has a nice balance of  the lifestyle pieces I enjoy and the fashion spreads that I always skip. The girls are never my body type – I’m  5’3″ and between 108 – 115 pounds, depending, and I have short legs and big hips. Above all, though, I generally find the clothes … weird and unattractive. At least for me.

What’s your favorite magazine?

As I am writing this, I’m starting to reconsider the 20-something dollar subscription to Mental Floss hardly seems like much. And I used to get so excited when I saw those colorful covers in my mailbox.

That’s it. I’m going to go re-subscribe right now!



Post #36: Five foods that lower cholesterol

Posted in Kiyokotown Livingwise, Post A Day 2011 with tags , on February 12, 2011 by kiyokotown

Do you have high cholesterol? Most likely your doctor has discussed with you strategies to help manage and lower your lipid levels. One of the most effective and natural ways of controlling your cholesterol is with diet. There are certain foods that have been shown to lower cholesterol.

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), an estimated 35 million Americans have dangerously high total cholesterol levels, putting them at serious risk for coronary heart disease, stroke and heart attack. Additionally, about 34 percent of U.S. adults are obese and 6 percent are extremely obese, putting them at an increased risk for high cholesterol. Obesity raises blood cholesterol and triglyceride levels and lowers “good” HDL cholesterol levels.

Here are five foods that help lower cholesterol:

1. Oats: Studies have shown that the beta-glucan soluble fiber found in oat products reduces “bad” LDL cholesterol levels. In 1997, the FDA deemed food products containing rolled oats and oat bran as “heart healthy” and able to reduce the risk of heart disease. The AHA recommends getting between 20 to 35 grams of fiber a day.

2. Blueberries: Blueberries contain an antioxidant called “pterostilbene,” which has been shown to reduce cholesterol and other lipids in the blood.

3. Walnuts, almonds and pistachios: These nuts are rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, which studies have shown significantly reduces cholesterol levels. One study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that eating 1.5 ounces of walnuts daily lowered “bad” LDL cholesterol levels by 9.3 percent.

4. Fish: Fatty fishes like salmon, tuna and mackerel are a good source of both protein and omega-3 fatty acids. Studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids can reduce triglycerides and increase “good” HDL cholesterol levels. Other studies have suggested that omega-3 fatty acids may also act as an anticoagulant, helping to prevent blood clots.

5. Olive oil: The antioxidants in olive oil can reduce the oxidation of “bad” LDL cholesterol levels, helping to stop the hardening of arteries. Choose the least processed “extra-virgin” olive oil.

Post #35: Dear …

Posted in Post A Day 2011, Random on February 10, 2011 by kiyokotown

… Smelly Man in my Math class,


Please, please, for the love of God, take a shower. Or brush your teeth. Or chew some gum!

Do something! You are very stinky.

I’m sorry, but it’s true, and I had to spend almost three hours sitting less than two feet from you. My head started to hurt from holding my breath.


Thank you,