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Thinking in Pictures by Temple Grandin


Even after being published for more than 25 years, Thinking in Pictures remains one of the most well-known books written from an autistic perspective. I had little to no clue about the inner workings of an autistic person’s mind and TIP was very enlightening.

I learned that different forms of autism have different advantages and disadvantages. In some ways, as with Gradin’s extraordinarily accurate visualization skills, autism seems to be almost some sort of super power. It has enabled her to become the world’s leading expert on slaughterhouse design–something that seems so cringeworthy, yet on second thought, is also so important.

Grandin is the self-labeled “Lady that Thinks like a Cow.” Her autism has given her the unique ability to separate thought from emotion and thus see the world from a cow’s perspective. This has been extremely beneficial to the meat-processing industry because it calms the animals before death–making their last moments peaceful rather than terrifying.

The book seems to vacillate between her contributions to the cattle of world and how autism has affected her life. She is clearly a brilliant person, but the outline of the book seemed a bit scattered, and honestly I would’ve liked to know more about her personal life rather than her cow-friendly design-work. She has a completely different publication devoted specifically to cattle and I feel she could’ve shared the information in there rather than in her memoir.

Because I felt it was equally enlightening but slightly off-topic, I’ll give it…

3 cattle chutes of 5

Cruise Ink–Gainesville, FL


“A tattoo is a true poetic creation, and is always more than meets the eye.  As a tattoo is grounded on living skin, so its essence emotes a poignancy unique to the mortal human condition.”

-V. Vale and Andrea Juno, Modern Primitives

Hey Cracking Spines fans!

For all of you out there who are inked and inspired (or wannabe inked and inspired) my friend Collin Jordan is a great up and coming tattoo artist known as Cruise Ink and he’s based out of Clockwork Studios in Gainesville, FL. His unique style is a blend of traditional meets modern whimsy and he’s definitely a rising star to keep your eye on. I know where I’ll be the next time I’m in Florida. Collect your own original Jordan before it’s too late!



6 Harsh Truths That Will Make You a Better Person via

6 Harsh Truths That Will Make You a Better Person via

I absolutely love the writers of Not only are they HILARIOUS, but they’re also extremely smart. You need to read this. It inspired me today, maybe it will inspire you too…

Happy New Year!



May 2013 be full of the hopes and dreams you’ve always desired. It’s time to put the past behind you and move on to bigger and better things. 2012 was a wonderful year for me, but I know my life will be even more glorious with the coming new year.

I wish you nothing but the best, Cracking Spines fans! 🙂


Merry Christmas!


Merry Christmas, Cracking Spines fans! ❤

Born to Die by Lana Del Rey

I know, I know. This is a book review blog. But every now and then an artist comes up who is impossible to ignore. Near the end of my stay in England I discovered Lana Del Rey and her first album Born to Die.

And immediately I was hooked.

LDR’s voice is mentholated smoke–soothing and dangerous. Her unique sound combines old Sinatra-esque croons with sharp morbid lyrics. She often talks about death, drugs, and makes allusions to sex with strangers. To look at her pretty polished image, you’d never expect her hand tattoos or her obsession with the macabre.

I absolutely love her. The whole CD is nothing but pure awesomeness.

Some of my favorites are:

Get with it, children.



Paris 9-22-12

We just got back from our weekend in Paris and it was absolutely amazing! We got to see Notre Dame, the Louvre, the Arch of Triumph, and even climb the Eiffel Tower. There were delicious pastry shops everywhere and everyone seemed to be carrying a baguette. (Haha… No lie.) Every morning I’d eat a fruit tart or some bread for breakfast. They had gorgeous open-air markets full of fresh meat, fish, cheese, olives, and produce. I loved it. Everyone had a great sense of style and the atmosphere was great.

Jason and I even visited the famous Love Lock Bridge, where couples hook locks to a fence to symbolize their unbreakable bond. We left something of our own behind 🙂 

If I spoke French it’d be a perfect place to live. As it was, we were kind of bumbling American tourists, but everyone seemed friendly about it.

Below is a slideshow of our trip for your viewing pleasure. 🙂

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Amazon Affiliation

Hey Cracking Spines fans!

Moving forward, Cracking Spines is Amazon affiliated and if you click on the book cover within the post, it will redirect you to my store. You’ll be able to buy any book you’re interested in through my blog 🙂 

I have post-dated several popular titles I have already reviewed but please let me know if you have any questions.

Click on the picture of Lost Voices at the bottom of the post for an example.

And a link to the store itself can be found here 🙂

Hope all is well, my lovelies!


Click on the picture of Lost Voices to the right for an example.

And a link to the store itself can be found here 🙂

Hope all is well, my lovelies!


The Greatest Speech Ever Made… Ironically, by silent film star Charlie Chaplin

My cousin initially introduced this to me about a year ago and I immediately loved it. It is still one of the most touching and poignant speeches I have ever heard.

I entreat you to start your day by listening to it, and maybe it will inspire you to commit one random act of kindness–which I would love to have you comment about. Listening to this never fails to refocus my perspective each and every time.

(And, if by chance it doesn’t make you a little misty-eyed… Well… You’re a stronger person than I am.)

Enjoy 🙂

Hello from England, my loves! <3

I just landed early this morning in London, and now I’m residing in my boyfriend’s oh-so-posh flat in Mildenhall. This building is almost 1100 years old! Isn’t that incredible?? The weather is beautiful today, and not a cloud in the sky. I can actually see a tea garden here from my window.

Just wanted you to know that I made it here safely and give you a small glimpse into my new world 🙂