About Maria Langer

I am a freelance writer, commercial helicopter pilot, and serious amateur photographer.

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  • Maria shared from The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan
    I traced a few of the items in my Whole Foods cart back to the farms where they were grown. I learned, for example, that some (certainly not all) organic milk comes from factory farms, where thousands of Holsteins that never encounter a blade of grass spend their days confined to a fenced “dry lot,” eating (certified organic) grain and tethered to milking machines three times a day. The reason much of this milk is ultrapasteurized (a high-heat process that damages its nutritional quality) is so that big companies like Horizon and Aurora can sell it over long distances. I discovered organic...
    Note: In this excerpt from "The Omnivore's Dilemma" you can see why I'm skeptical about the real value of "organic" food.
  • Maria shared from The Silent Sea (The Oregon Files) by Jack Du Brul, Clive Cussler
    In the cockpit, the pilot hit the turbine starter. There was a loud pop followed immediately by the steadily increasing whine of the helo’s main engine. In seconds, the chorus was joined by the second motor. It would take more than a minute for them to reach the proper temperatures to engage the transmission and start the blades turning overhead.
    Note: I've never started an EC-135, but I don't know any helicopter that requires a specific turbine temperature to "engage the transmission." Is this anywhere near real? And I don't know about that "loud pop," either. (I hate when authors get helicopter stuff wrong.)
  • Maria shared from 59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot (Borzoi Books) by Richard Wiseman
    When people work on their own, their success or failure is entirely the result of their own abilities and hard work. If they do well, the glory is theirs. If they fail, they alone are accountable. However, add other people to the situation, and suddenly everyone stops trying so hard, safe in the knowledge that though individuals will not receive personal praise if the group does well, they can always blame others if it performs badly.
    Note: This explains so much about the effectiveness of successful freelancers.
  • Maria shared from 59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot (Borzoi Books) by Richard Wiseman
    To achieve your aims and ambitions, there are four key techniques that will help you succeed:
    Note: Great scientific study-based advice on setting and achieving goals. No new age nonsense here.
  • Maria shared from 59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot (Borzoi Books) by Richard Wiseman
    The message is clear—those who do not feel in control of their lives are less successful, and less psychologically and physically healthy, than those who do feel in control.
    Note: Finding a lot of truth in this book.