What are ALIVE Instructors Reading?

For the past three Wednesday nights, ALIVE Instructors from many different generations have gathered on Zoom to catch up, show support for one and another and of course, laugh.  This past Wednesday our featured event was titled “What Are You Reading?” 

A vast subject range is represented in the list below: adventure, critical thinking on society, improving oneself through various avenues, nature connection and issues of justice, to financial planning, and even a book on post-Victorian literature.  It’s safe to say, the conversation is always rich with the team.

At ALIVE we place great importance on staying current with society and bringing a diversity of thought to our facilitation and programming.  Being a part of Wednesday night’s discussion and looking at the 40 books represented below further reinforces how proud we are to be working with everyone and have a community that continues to help push ALIVE to improve while deepening themselves along the way.  Thank you.

* The ALIVE Instructor Team (from all generations) is welcome to join our Wednesday night online cocktail parties.  Check your email for details.

We Started the Book Share With The Following Quote:

“Many of us labor under the illusion that control is always good, that it would be dangerous to just let the universe take care of things.  But is our control really necessary to the workings of the world? We don’t have to wake up early every morning to remind the universe to make the sun rise; when we turn our backs on the ocean, the universe doesn’t mess up and make the tide go the wrong way. We don’t have to remind our children to grow every year, hold seminars for flowers to explain how to bloom, or to make sure the planets maintain their distance from each other. The universe runs this amazingly complex planet, with all its flowers, trees, animals, winds, sunshine, and everything quite well, yet this is the power we are afraid to surrender into. It may sometimes be hard to find the good or the lesson in a difficult situation; we may wonder why it’s happening. But there is often no other way for the universe to heal us except to present us with tough situations.  Try to see it as what it is, rather than what is bad. None of us really know why events happen in our lives. The problem is that we think we should know; but living requires humility, for life is a mystery. All will be revealed in its own time.” (p.186)

Life Lessons, Two Experts on Death and Dying Teach Us About the Mysteries of Life and Living
By Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and David Kessler

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Life Lessons – Two Experts on Death and Dying Teach Us About the Mysteries of Life and Living
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross and David Kessler
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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
Taylor Jenkins Reid
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The Push – A Climber’s Search for The Path
Tommy Caldwell
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Wealthing like Rabbits – An Original and Occasionally Hilarious Introduction to the World of Personal Finance
Robert R. Brown
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ANTIFRAGILE – Things That Gain From Disorder
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
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Come Of Age – The Case for Elderhood in a Time of Trouble
Stephen Jenkinson
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The Overstory
Richard Powers
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The Munschworks Grand Treasury
Robert N. Munsch, Michael Kusugak, Michael Martchenko, Hélène Desputeaux, Vladyana Krykorka
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Kids These Days – A Game Plan for (Re) Connecting with those we Teach, Lead, & Love
Jody Carrington
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Born A Crime – Stories from a South African Childhood
Trevor Noah
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How to Change Your Mind.What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression and Transcendence.
Michael Pollan
Recommended by Sydney Badger
The Testaments
Margaret Atwood
Recommended by Anna Parker
Principles for Success
Ray Dalio
Recommended by Christine Kinghorn
Solitude – Seeking Wisdom in Extremes
Robert Kull
Recommended by Jamie Innes
Classic KrakauerAfter the Fall, Mark Foo’s Last Ride, and Other Essays from the Vault
Jon Krakauer
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When They Call You A TerroristA Black Lives Matter Memoir
Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele
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A Peoples History of the United States
Howard Zinn
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The Marrow Thieves
Cherrie Dimaline
Recommended by Sarah Peacock
Resilience- Hard-Won Wisdom For Living A Better Life
Eric Greitens
Recommended by Jalynn Bosley
The Forest City Killer: A Serial Murderer, a Cold-Case Sleuth, and a Search for Justice
Vanessa Brown
Recommended by Grace Woodley
Zinn & The Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance
Lennard Zinn
Recommended by Ryan Howard
The Unreal And The Real – Volume One, Where on Earth
Ursula K. Le Guin
Recommended by Sarah Davidson
Endurance.Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage
Alfred Lansing
Recommended by Hil Lederer
Embers – One Ojibway’s Meditations
Richard Wagamese
Recommended by Jake Fell
The Wayfinders – Why Ancient Wisdom Matters in the Modern World
Wade Davis
Recommended by Lee Rimer
Blink – The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
Malcolm Gladwell
Recommended by Christie Whyte
NOLS Soft Paths
Rich Brame and David Cole
Recommended by Finn Thomas
The Emerald Mile The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of The Grand Canyon
Kevin Fedarko
Recommended by Anna Parker
Emma
Jane Austin
Recommended by Jess Rock
Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself. How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One
Dr. Joe Dispenza
Recommended by Sydney Badger & Bonnie Smith
Braiding Sweetgrass – Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
Robin Wall Kimmerer
Recommended by Justine Wilmot
The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck – A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
Mark Manson
Recommended by Emily Cole
Lands of Lost Borders – Out of Bounds on the Silk Road
Kate Harris
Recommended by Sam Dear
The Magicians
Lev Grossman
Recommended by Christine Kinghorn
Shaman, Healer, Sage – How To Heal Yourself and Others with the Energy Medicine of the Americas.
Alberto Villoldo
Recommended by Melissa Tong
Lost Connections- Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – And The Unexpected Solutions
Johann Hari
Recommended by Jalynn Bosley
From the Ashes
Jesse Thistle
Recommended by Sarah Peacock
Edible & Medicinal Plants of Canada
MacKinnon, Kershaw, Arnason, Owen, Karst, Hamersly Chambers
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The Hitch – Hikers Guide to the Galaxy
Douglas Adams
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Wherever She Goes
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