November 16, 2005
'How to Meditate with Your Dog' — by James Jacobson
Not a joke but a book, about which Craig Stoltz wrote quite positively in yesterday's Washington Post.
Here's the article.
- Giving Your Dog A Good Om
James Jacobson's "How to Meditate with Your Dog" (Maui Media, $16.95) sounds like one of those one-joke throwaways you find by the cash register at the bookstore: "Your Cat as Your Financial Advisor," "The Goldfish Whisperer," "Your Boss Is a Weasel," etc.
But as much as any book about meditating with your dog can be legit, this one is.
Which is to say, it's not a metaphor or a joke.
It explains how to meditate with your dog.
- It doesn't matter that you touch your dog with one or both hands, or really that you touch your dog at all [during meditation]. But the physical contact of our hands on our dogs is reassuring to them. It helps increase the sense of connection between us....
Maui's [the author's Maltese] back rose and fell with her breath. My hands rose and fell with hers. I kept my attention on Maui's breath -- I could feel it swirl through her body. In a few minutes, without conscious effort, my breathing synchronized with hers.
Jacobson, a veteran meditator and incurable dog-man, takes full advantage of his two enthusiasms.
After delivering the goods -- with such key details as where, when and precisely how to enter the sweet zone with your animal friend -- he explains, at length, why this is a good idea.
It can calm both human and dog, he says, and forge a powerful bond.
It may confer the known human health benefits of meditation onto dogs.
It raises both parties' alertness and enriches subsequent experience.
Dogs, the ultimate creatures of the moment, can teach us to be, not do, as the meditaterazi say.
Some tangents will appeal only to devotees: Turning a walk into a walking meditation seems a stretch, especially when Jacobson attempts to tune into Maui's world by focusing on the sense of smell as they move along. (Jacobson does sniff the trash barrel, but doesn't pee on it.)
And the bit about meditating without your dog seems, well, unnecessary.
Still, as the author points out, most dog people already meditate with their dogs, but they just don't call it that.
This odd little book can, if you do not mind feeling a bit silly in the effort, help you cultivate a new level of closeness.
What's the worst that can happen?
You take a nap with your dog.
Now you are very relaxed.
You are ready to take the next step.
Visit dogmeditation.com and proceed.
No, that's not it....
No, still not quite there....
Ah, the heck with it.
The Hidden Door Company will "transform any doorway in your home or office into concealed storage."
From the website:
- • Hide a room
• Make a closet attractive yet functional
• Create a display niche for books or art
An interview with Ive (above), at 38 already one of the world's premier industrial designers, appears here.
The same page, in the right–hand margin, lists well over 100 of the world's greatest designers, interviews with whom are also available.
You could easily spend a day or a week here.
Laser–Guided Pool Cue
Blade Wars: Episode 2 — Schick Quattro Power v Gillette M3Power
Over two years ago I featured these two heavyweights in a shave–off won, surprisingly, by Schick.
That was when razors didn't vibrate.
Times change and old tools learn new tricks.
Gillette came out of the blocks first in May of last year with its M3Power (below),
featuring a triple–bladed battery–powered vibrating head (below).
Now comes Schick over a year later with its recent entry into the vibrating razor arena, the Quattro Power, featuring not three but — Doh! — four vibrating blades.
Gillette's said to be preparing a five–bladed contender called the Fusion, to be introduced next year, but here we deal with reality (Oh, really? — I hadn't realized until you pointed it out...), not vaporware and "real soon now."
This morning's shave–off here at bookofjoe World Headquarters produced a clear-cut — and I use the term advisedly — winner.
Let's just say that should you opt for the Schick you had better pick up a styptic pencil as well 'cause you are gonna lose some blood.
My shave with a new Schick Quattro Power (top and below) left me with six (6) bleeding places on my face.
I so seldom cut myself with the Gillette M3Power that I've stopped purchasing styptic pencils.
I had to rummage around under the sink until I found one to stop the hemorrhaging.
It's odd, the Schick shave felt OK — it just seemed to take a little of my epidermis with it each time it passed by.
In terms of esthetics the Schick is likewise a clear loser: it's bulky, feels cheap in the hand and has an ugly gray, white and orange color scheme.
The winner, by TKO: Gillette.
Perfect for the quantitative type.
If your kid is on the cusp in math class you could do worse for her/him than to give this cool dish to the math teacher come holiday time.
From the website:
- Mathematically–inclined chefs will adore this baking pan with the first few dozen digits of pi trimming the rim.
Glazed stoneware; microwave safe; hand wash.
10 3/8"D x 1 5/8"H.
World's Most Expensive Truffle Brings $112,000
Weighing 2 lb. 10 oz., the rare white Alba truffle (above), described by auctioneers as "the size of a small handbag," sold for $112,000 (£64,000;€95,000) at auction on Sunday to an anonymous buyer, reportedly from Hong Kong.
That's $41,311 a pound in case you were wondering.
The previous record was $27,000 per pound, set in 2004 by a syndicate including Gwyneth Paltrow (she's everywhere!).
The auction linked potential buyers in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Italy and London via satellite.
Decisions, decisions: 'I want candy'
Not just the title of a great 1982 song by one–hit wonders Bow Wow Wow (below),
but the plaint of sweets aficionados throughout the lands occupying the shell of our blue planet.
But enough of the treacly sentiment, already: let's cut to the chase.
Now you can snuggle up with your choice of pillows that are "picture–perfect replicas of the original candy packaging" (top).
The Reese's Peanut Butter Cup measures 34"W x 15"L.
The Dubble Bubble measures 30"W x 9"W.
The Tootsie Roll measures 43"L by 6.5"D.
$29.95 each here.
Note: the Tootsie Roll might make a nice low–priced body pillow if you don't mind hugging polyester.
I must say that since receiving my Body Ploh (below)
back in April I've never slept better.
Oh, one last thing: I noticed when I was writing this that the Reese's was out of stock so I kept the crack research team up all night until they found an alternate source.
Nothing is too good for you.
The team looked terrible, though, by the time they'd finished their assigned task.
Oh, well — easy come, easy go....