Monday, April 23, 2012

Family Medicine Activist: Library Expansion for Activism

I love to read.  I love books.  Yes, real ones I can prop up on my exercycle while I pedal in the morning, others I can mark up and underline and dog-ear and read in bed.  Activism needs to be informed, so I read on the internet a lot, too.  I Tweet, Blog, Post, Comment, Broadcast, Network, Curate on line.  Books, though are heavenly and reusable.

I was in Columbus, OH for an OAFP cluster weekend (of meetings) Saturday and, to punctuate the trip, I went to two of my favorite bookstores: The Village Bookshop in Linworth (now West Worthington, OH) and Half Price Books on West Lane Avenue just west of the OSU campus.  I had a great time in each store, first in Linworth, then on W. Lane.  The results for my activist library:

Carlisle vs. Army   Jim Thorpe, Dwight Eisenhower, Pop Warner (and the forgotten story of football's greatest battle) by Lars Anderson.  To inspire his players at The Carlisle Indian School to try to defeat a much bigger Cadet team at West Point in November 1912, Pop Warner asked them to remember "it was their fathers and grandfathers who killed your fathers and grandfathers ....and destroyed your way of life.  Remember Wounded Knee.  Remember all of this on every play.  Let's go!"

Officers and Gentlemen Historic West Point in Photographs by Jeffrey Simpson

Sacred Ties   From West Point Brothers to Battlefield Rivals:  A True Story of the Civil War by Tom Carhart.  The Civil War through the eyes of six West Point Graduates including George Armstrong Custer and Henry Algernon du Pont.  The author was two years ahead of me (class of 1968) at West Point in the class of 1966 which lost many of its members in Vietnam.

Healing From the War Trauma and Transformation after Vietnam by Arthur Egendorf, Psychologist.
(OK, folks, you guessed it, I'm a Vietnam Veteran, too.  Activists can learn from war-and peace.)

Original Sinners A New Interpretation of Genesis by John R. Coats

Saving and Secular Faith An Invitation to Systematic Theology by B. A. Gerrish

Evangelism and Missions  Strategies for Outreach in the 21st Century by Ron Blue

The Anatomy of Grace by Peter W. Marty

The Maker's Diet by Jordan S. Rubin

1776 by David McCullough The intensely human story of those who marched with George Washington in the year of the Decalration

Human Biological Variation  by Mielke, Konigsberg and Relethford

Sinus Survival  The Holistic Medical Treatment for Allergies, Colds, and Sinusitus  by Robert S. Ivkor, DO

Musculoskeletal Medicine Joseph Bernstein, MD, MS, Editor

Essential Reiki Teaching Manual, A Companion Guide for Reiki Healers by Diane Stein

I encourage my fellow activists, as well as non-activists to read daily in your field and read often in others.  As a generalist, I find that lots of information relates to what I do and what I have to know or be familiar with.  I love to learn.  The quest is endless.  Quest On!


  1. Sensational info. I look forward to seeing more.

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