Doctor Sleep

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King is a horror genre novel and a psychological thriller.The sequel of Doctor Sleep  is a sequel to The Shining and it talks about Dan Torrance when he is an adult .

Following the events of The Shining, after receiving a settlement from the owners of the Overlook Hotel, Danny Torrance remains psychologically traumatized as his mother Wendy slowly recovers from her injuries. Angry ghosts from the Overlook still want to consume Danny to inherit his phenomenal “shining” power and eventually find him, including the woman from Room 217. Dick Hallorann, the Overlook’s chef, teaches Danny to create lockboxes in his mind to contain the ghosts, including that of former Overlook owner Horace Derwent.

As an adult, Danny (now going by Dan) takes up his father’s legacy of anger and alcoholism. Dan spends years drifting across the country, but eventually makes his way to New Hampshire and decides to give up drinking. He settles in the small town of Frazier, working first at a tourist attraction and then at a hospice, and attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. His psychic abilities, long suppressed by his drinking, re-emerge and allow him to provide comfort to dying patients. Aided by a cat who can sense when someone is about to die, Dan acquires the nickname Doctor Sleep.

In the meantime, Abra Stone, a baby girl born in 2001, begins to manifest psychic powers of her own when she seemingly predicts the September 11 terrorist attacks. She slowly and unintentionally establishes a telepathic bond with Dan; as she grows, the contact becomes more conscious and voluntary and her shining grows stronger than his. One night, Abra psychically witnesses the ritual torture and murder of a boy by the True Knot, a group of quasi-immortals (many of which possesses their own Shine abilities) who wander across America and periodically feed on steam, a psychic essence produced when the people who possess the shining die in pain. The True Knot’s leader, Rose the Hat, becomes aware of Abra’s existence and formulates a plan to kidnap Abra and keep her alive so she can produce a limitless supply of steam.

The True Knot begin to die off from measles contracted from their last victim; they believe that Abra’s steam can cure them. Abra asks for Dan’s help, and he reveals his connection with Abra to her father David and their family doctor, John Dalton. Angry and skeptical at first, David starts to believe Dan and agrees to go along with his plan to save Abra. With the help of Billy Freeman, one of Dan’s friends, they foil and kill a raiding party sent by Rose, led by Rose’s lover Crow Daddy; however, Dan realizes that Rose will relentlessly hunt Abra for revenge. He visits Abra’s great-grandmother Concetta, who is dying of cancer, and telepathically learns from her that he and Abra’s mother Lucy are half-siblings with the same father. As Concetta dies, Dan takes her diseased steam into himself. Meanwhile, dissention in the ranks of The True Knot, along with Rose’s obsession with Abra, leads to the group splitting up, leaving Rose with even fewer followers.

Following another kidnapping attempt that Abra foils with Dan’s telepathic help, she baits Rose into confronting her at the location where the Overlook Hotel once stood in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, now home to a campsite owned by the True Knot. Dan and Billy travel to the site, while Abra helps them by using her astral projection. Dan releases the steam collected from Concetta to the remaining group of True Knot members lying in wait, killing all of them. He frees the ghost of Horace Derwent to kill the last member, Silent Sarey, waiting to ambush him and Abra, and the two fight Rose in a long psychic struggle. With help from Billy and the ghost of Dan’s father, Jack Torrance, they push Rose off an observation platform to her death. Before leaving the campsite, Dan makes peace with his father.

In the epilogue, Dan celebrates fifteen years of sobriety and attends Abra’s fifteenth birthday party. He tells her about the patterns of alcoholism and violent behavior that run in his family, and warns her not to repeat them by starting to drink or submitting to rage. Abra agrees that she will behave, but before they can finish the conversation, Dan is called back to his hospice, where he comforts a dying colleague who had antagonized him in the past.

The Shining

The Shining  by Stephen King is about Jack Torrance and his family. Danny Torrance has what is called the shining because he has psychic abilities.The plot centers on Jack Torrance, his wife Wendy Torrance, and their 5-year-old son Danny Torrance, who move into the hotel after Jack accepts the position as winter caretaker. Jack is characterized as an aspiring writer and recovering alcoholic with anger issues troubled by past binges that, prior to the story, had caused him to accidentally break Danny’s arm and lose his position as a teacher. Jack hopes that the hotel’s seclusion will help him reconnect with his family and give him the motivation needed to work on a play. Danny, unknown to his parents, possesses telepathic abilities referred to as “the shining” that enable him to read minds and experience premonitions. Dick Hallorann, the chef at the Overlook, also possesses similar abilities to Danny’s and helps to explain them to him, giving Hallorann and Danny a special connection.

The setting and characters are influenced by King’s personal experiences, including both his visit to The Stanley Hotel in 1974 and his recovery from alcoholism. The novel was followed by a sequel, Doctor Sleep, published in 2013.

Must read-Thriller, Suspense,Horror,Mystery

Be happy

People struggle to find their sense of purpose when the purpose of anyone’s life should be happiness. Your motivation? It should be to be happy. Whatever issues you may have with someone else, fix the issues you have with yourself first. Sometimes we project our frustration on others and sometimes what we detest about certain people is what we detest about ourselves. Before trying to save the world, make sure you are saved.The greatest thing you can give to yourself is love.

Forgive yourself .It is easier to forgive others , but it is hard to forgive yourself. While you may not have the forgiveness of the one you have hurt, having your own forgiveness will help you move on and make a change.And while the person that has hurt you may not have asked you for forgiveness; forgive them. You are greater than your circumstances, than your scars and your emotions.

Have an understanding of who you are, but do not look down upon or scorn  others that do not share your ideals. Tolerate other people’s ideals and respectfully disagree. Do not believe something you have lived and do not disregard an idea you do not have full knowledge about.Be honest, be respectful,be loving, be forgiving, be conscientious, be aware, be open minded.

The Alchemist

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is about a young Spanish boy named Santiago who is  in search of a treasure .An old king, whose name was Melchizedek or the king of Salem, tells him to sell his sheep to travel to Egypt and introduces the idea of a Personal Legend. Your Personal Legend “is what you have always wanted to accomplish. Everyone, when they are young, knows what their Personal Legend is.”He adds that “when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” This is the core theme of the book.

Along the way, the boy meets an Englishman who has come in search of an Alchemist and continues his travels with him. They travel through the Sahara desert and during his journey, Santiago meets and falls in love with a beautiful Arabian woman named Fatima, who resides with her clan near an oasis. He asks Fatima to marry him, but she says she will only marry him after he completes his journey and finds his treasures. He is perplexed by this, but later learns that true love will not stop nor plead to sacrifice one’s Personal Legend, and if it does, it is not true love.

The boy then encounters a wise alchemist who also teaches him about Personal Legends. He says that people want to find only the treasure of their Personal Legends but not the Personal Legend itself. The boy feels unsure about himself as he listens to the alchemist’s teachings. The alchemist states, “Those who don’t understand their Personal Legends will fail to comprehend their teachings”. It is also stated that treasure is more worthy than gold. The main theme recurs all through the novel, “When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream.”

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11 Minutes

Eleven Minutes is the story of a young girl named Maria who leaves her Brazilian home to go to Geneva, Switzerland, in hopes of great adventure and great love. Her situation does not prove to be what she had hoped and she pursues a career in prostitution in order to make money quickly in order to return home. During her time in Switzerland, Maria experiences pain, pleasure, and love and must decide the correct path for her life.

Maria is a young girl whose goal is to get married and have kids. Her culture does influence her views.Since she is from a small town, her views are conservative. However, when she experiences bad luck she must compromise her values .

Good read for hopeless romantics, wanderers, Paulo Coelho fans

Young Goodman Brown

Young Goodman Brown is an allegory about a young puritan man who takes a journey in the woods to find himself and leaves his young wife Faith behind. Puritans believed the woods were the place evil spirits resided.

Loss of innocence is equaled to loss of faith.In this sense his innocence was what kept him from questioning his life up until this moment. That innocence that does not question what is told and has no reason to do otherwise. For this very reason Young Goodman Browns wife is dressed with ribbons. Innocence is lost when it’s shown to him that no one he knew lived the life they told. First Faith loses her beautiful ribbons .Before Young Goodman Brown loses his faith he loses his Innocence first . Innocent is what had held him back from seeing the reality .His faith was tied to his Innocence. Innocence becomes his blindfold. When his blindfold falls off, he questions his faith. Faith is often described as believing in what you cannot see. The moment what he was told and taught fails to hold significance and truth , he wants to see proof . His words against the devil does not work because he does not hold a spiritual authority that an intimate relationship with the Almighty would have given him. He had some belief that it would. When his last fight is lost, he lets evil in his heart. He figures the only truthful is the devil .He does not hide his intentions .In fact,he does not tell him what it is.He makes Young Goodman Brown believe that the way he feels comes completely from him.Besides his weak spirit, the fact he is led away from faith ,his mind is weak. He crumbles before The Enemy .

20 Pull Ups

A pull-up is an upper-body compound pulling exercise. Although it can be performed with any grip, in recent years some have used the term to refer more specifically to a pull-up performed with a palms-forward position. This video will teach you 5 pull up strategies that will help you to do more, faster and better pull ups. It will also give you tips on how to get stronger in the pull up, and how to increase endurance. Exercising daily can help you stay healthy, fit and positive!

The Perfect Push Ups

I’ve been executing push ups for awhile now, they have worked on my chest, triceps and core. The action requires for you to push yourself off the ground using your arms. Keeping the back straight and arms shoulder width apart. Push-ups exercise use the pectoral muscles, triceps, and anterior deltoids, with ancillary benefits to the rest of the deltoids, serratus anterior, coracobrachialis and the midsection as a whole.

Here is a video below on how to perfectly execute a push up and how to avoid wrist injuries as well.