Two Great Books to Read and to Own

HEALTHY HIGHWAYS by Nikki & David Goldbeck


For those of us who like to travel by car, finding a decent place to eat can be a challenge. Road food is often tasteless, expensive, and often not healthful. But that challenge has been met and conquered by Nikki and David Goldbeck’s Healthy Highways: The Traveler’s Guide to Healthy Eating. With 1900 choices of cafes and restaurants, as well as natural food stores and food co-ops that sell good-for-you snacks, sandwiches, and restaurant fare, the traveler who wants to eat well on the road can sit back and thumb through this handy guide with confidence.

In the introduction the authors state: “Healthy Highways offers real alternatives to the stock fare of supersized, fatty, calorie-laden, repetitious fast food and restaurant meals. Moreover, it provides an opportunity to explore new territory, as you take the healthy highway rather than the fast food lane.”

The book is organized by states, alphabetically, with symbols to indicate, for example, whether the listing is a restaurant and/or store, handicap accessible,
a clock for hours the eatery is open, etc. Accompanying each entry is a list of attributes, describing the type of food, service, and simple driving directions from local highways to keep travelers from getting lost. (See sample entry below.)

Each entry includes the address, phone number, and times of operation, as well as the symbols and descriptive terms mentioned above. Each state map is printed on the first page of that state, with numbered arrows for the different cities. For example, California, the mecca for natural foods in my estimation, has 146 numbered arrows on the map. The arrows point to the city or town and the number on the arrows correspond to the listings below, alphabetically by city.

Peppered throughout the book are what the Goldbecks call “Eat it or Not: Fascinating & Far-Out Facts About Food.” For example, on page 129, interspersed with the entries for Idaho is a box with this question: Which has more nutrition, chunky or creamy peanut butter? The answer (upside down so you have to think about it first): Actually, it’s a tie. But be sure to buy the “natural,” “old-fashioned” or freshly ground kind, since regular peanut butter has sugar and hydrogenated fat added.

Below is a sample entry for an eatery that I worked in when I lived in Seattle. I picked this one, because I can verify that Nikki and David have described it accurately.

LUCKY PALATE (followed by a criss-crossed fork and knife, their symbol for restaurant) 307 McGraw St. (phone symbol) 206-352-2583; (clock symbol for hours of operations) M 9-6, Tues. 9:30-6, and various other times, so call to see if someone is around.
Primarily home-delivered meals, but the storefront sells the healthy vegetarian and vegan “Grab-and-Go Meals,” along with other homemade items. Their website is
deli vegetarian vegan-friendly organic focus take-out

This is an invaluable resource for all of us who take to the road. (The compact 5” X 8” size should fit in your glove compartment or console.) Borrowing a commercial tagline from another product, I can readily say, “Don’t leave home without it.”

If you are unable to find the book in your local book store or natural food store, you can order it directly from the Goldbecks by sending a check for $18.95 plus $4.75 (and if you are a NY resident, sales tax) to: Ceres Press, PO Box 87, Woodstock, NY 12498 or online at The book comes with free periodic online updates. If you buy it directly through the website or register on the site, you can receive email notices of changes in the listings and new postings.

Be sure to get a copy before your next road trip. It’s the perfect restaurant reference for those of us who want to travel with a happy stomach!

SEX & HAPPINESS: The Tantric Laws of Intimacy


Last fall I profiled Laurie Handlers and mentioned that her book was almost ready for publication. Then, last week, I received a copy with a luscious cover of a man and woman kissing. Below is information on the book that is now available for purchase.

In this book Tantra yoga is explained by a true Tantra goddess. Laurie’s take on Tantra, Tantric sex and how they relate to intimacy will have you laughing and possibly crying – you will definitely look within. You may even find a way to transform your relationships in the process. That’s what Tantra is all about according to Sex & Happiness author Handlers – Tantra = transformation through pleasure!


“Terrific! A great time. Growth and awareness, kindled by Laurie’s wisdom and sense of humor, await you.” – Dr Judy Kuriansky. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Tantric Sex

“SEX & HAPPINESS puts the innocence an love back into sex and gives Tantra the respect it deserves in the West. Take charge of your life – emotionally, physically and spiritually. A wonderful meditation on the self.” Alan Steinfeld , producer/host New realities TV

“Authentic! Handlers offers you a priceless opportunity to ‘grow your love’ in a playful way. Her down to earth style captures the depth and profundity of Tantra. SEX & HAPPINESS will make you smile inside!”

Cynthia Taylor Lamborne, Nectar Products, Tantric Tools for Sexual Healing

Excerpts from Sex and Happiness: The Tantric Laws of Intimacy

“Even after listing sexual expansion techniques, I would still say, “Come to the bedroom with no expectations, but rather with openness in your heart for whatever happens.” And you would probably say, “Yeah, well, if I could do that I wouldn’t need to read this book, now would I?” And you would be right. This whole book is about regaining the unguarded openness of your heart and bringing it to sex.

Have you heard the Zen expression, beginner’s mind? It’s a way of being in the world like everything in it is new. There is no expectation, no pain from a history of hurts and humiliations. Everything is experienced from an alert yet unguarded place. It’s a fresh, open, childlike state of mind. Practicing Tantra is one path to this clear, childlike place, but it doesn’t just happen. It takes work and training to come back to the open and loving place that is our natural state, because there’s so much grief and rage to be dealt with between now and then, so much shame and guilt, and so many ideas about how we should be in love, in relationship, and in sex.”

“Intimacy with someone else requires, first and foremost, coming to peace with your own emotional and physical life. This is not a small task, but it is a crucial one. It takes time and courage and forgiveness, coming from you to you. If you want a love affair that is sexually electric and truly intimate, you have to begin by unblocking and unleashing the sex force that is already inside you and learning to feel safe expressing it, in whatever way feels right to you. In order to do that, fear and rage and grief – feelings that you’ve learned to resist – have to be acknowledged and cleared out on a regular basis, and that alone can be one heck of a ride.
What I’m trying to say is that this whole process is going to take time. It’s going to take some time, a lot of tolerance, and a lot of deep breathing. Fasten your seatbelt and settle in for the ride.”

The chapters are based on the Ten Tantric Laws of Intimacy Laurie Handlers has taught in her Ecstasy Advanced Tantra course. They are:
Law 1: Be Your Own Witness
Law 2: Please Yourself
Law 3: Practice Emotional Release
Law 4: Honor Your Anger
Law 5: Speak Your Truth
Law 6: Set Your Boundaries
Law 7: Look in the Mirror of Your Beloved
Law 8: Practice Full Contact Confrontation
Law 9: Surrender
Law 10: Make Love in the Unknown

In her Tantra workshops, Laurie often begins dinner with desert first so in her book Sex & Happiness: The Tantric Laws of Intimacy she begins with Law 10: Make Love in the Unknown and then works you all the way through the rest of the other Intimacy Laws in order 1 – 9 so that you can arrive back at the sweetest part Law 10. The book is a “how to” look into modern intimacy establishing a new paradigm at a time when 50% of marriages fail. It includes tips, real life examples and chapter summaries for you to follow in your own life.

The book sells for $19.99 plus shipping and handling
The eBook sells for $14.99
The audio book will be available soon!
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Bio: Laurie Handlers is a Tantra Teacher, an intimacy coach and a Spiritual Leader. She holds a Masters degree in Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology. Her career includes over thirty years as a corporate change consultant, individual empowerment coach and international seminar leader. She is a dynamic speaker, facilitator and has taught Butterfly Tantra workshops for women, men, couples and singles since 1999 on ancient Indian, Tibetan and Egyptian Tantric techniques and secrets that are the basis of healing the body, releasing past emotional trauma, stopping the aging process, and reducing stress. Pod casts from her internet radio show Tantra Café can be accessed through Laurie is a global citizen and currently divides her time between the US , India and the UK .

Her Vision: “Women and Men Dancing in Eternal Ecstasy on Earth Now!”

Butterfly Workshops, Inc.
“Women & Men Dancing in Eternal Ecstasy on Earth Now!”
(202) 686-7440

4 thoughts on “Two Great Books to Read and to Own

  1. Hi Jill,
    I was very happy to read your review of “Healthy Highways,” one of my most favorite books. When I started the research on my “California Healthy” book in 2004, their book just came out and I thought there might be a conflict, but soon realized, after purchasing their book, that mine was quite a bit different. For one, it has hundreds of color photographs I took, covers California (this edition is just SoCal, CentralCal and NorCal to follow in 2008) only with the health food stores and restaurants. But I’ve added farmers markets, farm tours and other agri-tourism, plus culinary and cultural tourism for ‘green’ tourists. PLUS healthy recipes from Chef Biron, an executive chef at Stanford University and wine pairings by the former sommelier at Pebble Beach. PLUS walking opportunities nearby so you can get some exercise and scenic tours in before getting back on the road. PLUS lots more! May I send you a free copy for a possible review on your site? Would love to! Thanks, Patricia

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