Book Reviews

Marilyn Paul, Ph.D. discussing her newest book “An Oasis in Time” Tuesday 2/5/2019

Research and experience show clearly that trying to accomplish something all the time is detrimental to our health, relationships and our productivity.  We need significant down time every week.  Yet, particularly if we are disorganized, overwhelmed and stressed, stopping is hard!!  How do we stop taking action?  There is much to learn from the Western…

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Marie Kondo, a peer-reviewed compendium

I make no secret of disliking Marie Kondo. I’m gonna link to proof here and here. And I watch very little television these days, follow the news through secondary sources (Facebook, the Weather Channel) and trace it back to primary sources (The New York Times, Washington Post, reputable websites, etc.) as needed. It’s not ignorance,…

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The Happiness Project, a Gretchen Rubin inspiration

I am writing this while cold, hungry, caught up in the vaguest beginnings of a headache, and superbly grumpy after suffering through administrivia all afternoon. Because, of course, taxes. THBBFT, to quote Bill the Cat. Blustering through the puzzles was the only rational option. I don’t remember who taught me “administrivia,” but it is one of…

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The Sensory Child Gets Organized by Carolyn Dalgliesh

I’m unhappy that I didn’t post this review in August 2015, when I first stumbled on the book in a thrift shop. The review only went up on Amazon, grrrrr. Better late than never? It offers techniques for helping children with Sensory Processing Disorder stay organized. Someone in my family has Sensory Processing Disorder, which…

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How to organize just about everything by Peter Walsh

I love Peter Walsh and I loved Clean Sweep, but…. How to organize just about everything: More Than 500 Step-by-Step Instructions for Everything from Organizing Your Closets to Planning a Wedding to Creating a Flawless Filing System is not as useful as I’d hoped.  Great on some basics: “how to organize a school locker” was…

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An Oasis in Time by Marilyn Paul, Ph.D.

An Oasis in Time: How a Day of Rest can Save Your Life, like It’s Hard to Make a Difference When You Can’t Find Your Keys is a gentle, good-natured look at human tendencies. But the books couldn’t otherwise be more different. It’s Hard focuses on STUFF, anything from the paperwork for paying the bills to…

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Step Aside, I’m a Professional

“Step Aside, I’m a Professional!” I know there’s a joke somewhere which started that expression. I can’t find it, which is making me nuts. “Step Aside!!!” was the first thought popping into my head when I finished Clutter Control: Useful Tips for Getting Rid of the Mess, compiled and edited in 1991 by Susan Wright…

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The H Word

Hoarding situation

It’s bad for me to be bored in a library. I will unfailingly wander to the “For Sale” racks and I WILL find something. This time it was A Pint of Murder, written by Charlotte MacLeod under the pen name Alisa Craig and published in 1980. I vaguely remembered the name Charlotte MacLeod – turns…

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