Book Review: Downward Dog Upward Fog

Have you ever felt that you were looking for something but didn’t know just what, then find it and instantly know that it’s not only what you’ve been looking for, it’s what you need? That’s sort of how it was for me with Downward Dog Upward Fog, a novel by Meryl Davids Landau.

I was looking for some light summer reading when a friend gave me this book. I read the back cover and instantly was intrigued because, like me, the protagonist (Lorna) is a woman with a great life, but she still feels something’s missing. She’s become impatient, critical, short-tempered, and nothing seems to go right for her. Until she finds her spiritual side, that is. Then, somewhat predictably, everything changes.

If I didn’t know better, I’d say the author somehow stepped into my brain and siphoned my thoughts. How else could Lorna think and behave the same as me? I suppose that’s one of the most delightful things about this book — it was easy to imagine the story happening to me.

I never cease to be amazed at how easy it is to fall into a place where mole hills are mountains and negative energy comes from everywhere before I realize that I am the problem. When I change my perception, I change my reality.

This book was just what I needed because it reminded me to reconnect with my spiritual side. I have a long way to go before I reach the plane Lorna achieves by the end of the book, but today I recommit to trying.

If something seems to be missing from your life and you can’t quite put your finger on it, I encourage you to read Downward Dog Upward Fog.


Thought Management 101: Wake Up and Be Happy by Gene Teglovic

One of my resolutions for 2011 is to read at least two books a month — one for learning and one for fun.  Thought Management 101:  Wake Up and Be Happy was the perfect place to start.   Teglovic shares his perspective on thought management in a conversational tone, creating a book that is simultaneously entertaining and enlightening.

He describes levels of existence as channels on a television:  channel one is the physical body; channel two is the psychosocial/emotional/intellectual self; channel three is the silent observer; and then there is channel four.  He doesn’t name channel four other than to suggest it is “God, Spirit, Energy, Universe, etc.” because “it is too immense, too omniscient, too magnificent to describe.”

He uses simple metaphors to illustrate his points and uses a children’s song as a memory device to guide readers along the path to happiness.  He provides questions to spark thought observation and a simple mediation practice to help you observe your thoughts.

In a scant 107 pages, this software professional synthesized his years of life experience and dealings with psychologists, licensed professionals, and holy persons and manages to teach readers what thoughts are, where they come from, and how to manage them to create happiness.

The book is available in paperback or e-book form at and has a Facebook page at where fans can get a coupon code worth 50% off the purchase price from the web site.

If you are ready to “step outside your ingrained thought boundaries…and “open your mind,” I think you will enjoy this book.  “You’d be surprised what might come in.”

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