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Review: That Perfect Someone


That Perfect Someone
That Perfect Someone by Johanna Lindsey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read this in only two days!! I nearly forgot HOW much I love Johanna Lindsey!! Her books might be very predictable, but she is a delightful and engaging storyteller! Always such a breathe of fresh air and fluff for my brain! 🙂 🙂 I had to put this away before I finished it in one day so that I might relish in the story longer…

This book as well as her other books was fun, light-hearted, full of funny moments and real life situations and lessons. She does have small lovey scenes that if you are sensitive, you might want to skip over, but they are really pretty mild.

In addition, I’ve decided I am going to finish my crazy hard end of months with a great fluff book. 🙂 Totally makes it better! That is going to be my little treat to myself. 🙂

(Finished 30 August 2013)

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Review: The Help


The Help
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m one that has a really hard time giving in to read really ‘popular’ books… so I procrastinate and procrastinate simply because I don’t want to simply follow the crowd. Well I have to admit on this one, it was a simply amazing book! What courage, dedication and resolve these strong women showed in the face of adversity. I don’t know that I would have had the same courage and conviction, if I were in any of those roles, to be the difference, I pray that I would, but I just don’t know.

The writing style was well done in this book, easy to follow and most definitely engaging! Once I got into it, it did take a minute, I couldn’t put it down. I found every opportunity I could to read, and found myself laughing and crying all the way through. Definitely heart wrenching.

I am curious though, I know it was based on a true story. But if that’s the case and this is the story about them writing their story, and their story in the book is titled “The Help” then where is the other book??

I wish I would have had the few minutes to write the review when I finished this book. However, I delayed because I wanted to give it the time and dedication in writing a review it deserved, and unfortunately I’m writing it 3 months later and not giving it the love I wanted it because it’s faded a bit.

Regardless, fantastic read everyone should put on their list, popular or not.

(Actually Finished June 3rd,2013)

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Review: The Five Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People


The Five Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People
The Five Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace: Empowering Organizations by Encouraging People by Gary Chapman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve been a fan of Gary Chapman and his 5 Love Languages since I was introduced to them at the age of 18 in 1999. How grateful I am to my friends and their recommendation! It’s been one of the best blessings in my relationships & life!

Naturally because of my admiration of Dr. Chapman

English: Gary Chapman speaking at an Associati...

English: Gary Chapman speaking at an Association of Marriage and Family Ministries conference in 2010. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

‘s work I was intrigued with this idea and concept. I found that it was very applicable and fun learning more about each of the 5 languages and how to more effectively communicate appreciation to my colleagues that I spend so much time with, even if I am a bit of a hermit at work. I am very aware of those that assist me and so appreciative of their efforts! I also know that I am happier in my workplace and with the efforts that I also put forth when I know that I’m also appreciated. I’m very hard on myself and expect a lot out of myself. Unfortunately I’m not always my own best friend. Positive reinforcement and appreciation goes a LONG way with me!

My love languages are acts of service and quality time, which are not always easy to express or receive in the work place. Especially with me sticking to myself until I don’t feel like I’m the new girl trying to prove that I am capable and make a difference.

I think this book is a great asset to have under your tool belt and I can definitely see the the many positive affects that it might place in motion when implemented throughout a company, albeit slightly awkward at first.

The first 3/4 of the book, was great and hard to put down. It moved quickly was engaging and fascinating. It all remained fascinating and very easy application steps and follow. The last 1/4 of the book moved very slowly. But still really great book! Highly Recommend. I actually immediately bought myself a audio and print version of this book upon completion! 🙂

(Actually Finished August 8th 2013)

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Review: Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health


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Wheat (Photo credit: kewing)

Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health
Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health by William Davis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

January of 2012, I started on a fitness challenge through Gold’s Gym with the encouragement of my personal trainer. I was hesitate and felt that whatever I did, I wouldn’t stand a chance in the competition but it made sense to me to pay $20 and receive 3 extra training sessions for free. I joined and honestly gave it a shot. Figured if I had any chance what so ever I had to cut more nutritionally even though I already ate really ‘healthy’ the only thing I had left to cut was my wheat bread, wheat pasta, brown rice, very few processed food and my weekly ‘treat’. I figured that I could maintain this for three whole months, even though I’ve never been one to do a ‘diet’, I thought I’d at least give it a chance.

In that three month time I shed 22 lbs and 10 1/2 inches, and was so busy that my working out had even decreased, my main difference was my nutrition. I found that I felt better, my brain worked better, I had more energy, my stomach aches nearly vanished and I just overall felt better!!! What a surprise!

At the end of the challenge I went back to allowing myself a sandwich once a week and rice here and there, pasta I have never been super fond of so that kinda stayed away. The next month I only shed one pound and felt like crap the whole month! From that point on I made a oath with myself to only allow things into my body that make me feel good and to listen to my body on everything.

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Bread (Photo credit: CeresB)

At that point I became really dedicated and excited about what I was doing, I started researching and learning more and more and started up with “Real Food Only” type groups. I would occasionally hear oh you must have read “Wheat Belly” or that I should read it… I kept brushing it aside. Eventually I ended up finding the Paleo Lifestyle and realizing I was already there. I’ve been 100% dedicated since May of 2012, and at this point shed 75 lbs!!

This spring it came up on my availability list and I decided to go ahead and see what it said, boy was I amazed at the teachings this book holds! I was amazed that the things that I had already learned on my own. I was also grateful for a few things that I was in the middle of figuring out, different triggers that would take me down or affect me immensely whenever I gave into temptation. At this point, it’s rare when I give into temptation, but the adverse effects are immediate. One of the most fascinating points I found was the affect that wheat played on the mental state of our brains. As a woman, we all have those moments when and where we feel a bit crazy (thanks a lot hormones) but I feel it might be the moment that we stop thinking we might be crazy that we’ve officially crossed over and joined the crazy train. Sorry for my digressing. The point is that they tested patients with schizophrenia and very sensitive brains and how the reacted on days with wheat and days without. The study was astounding! I noticed in addition, my days that I ‘felt crazy’ were days that I had cheated… well if that’s not enough to cure you of the addiction?! 😐

A note from my progress points; “Ok, just finished Chapter 11 on Brain functions and Vertigo. It says that it’s un-reversible and that once the damage is done its done. I can’t believe this. The body is amazing at healing itself so is the power of belief. In the book it said that stopping the wheat will only prevent further damage, and not reverse itself like everything else. Reason in that alone says no! But, this is good to know! It makes sense”

Really this book was fascinating in the studies, the research, the science and everything to back it up. Maybe a few things were a little overboard, or maybe I’m just not there yet. However, I think this book holds an immense amount of truth and that we need to take a closer look. This was another book that I bought after finishing. Highly highly recommend! Save your own life and that of your body’s! Also start researching Paleo and Autoimmune reversals. I’m here to testify that your body really does start healing itself from the inside out when you give it the nutrition it needs and purge all of the toxic crap out of your life! Good luck! Follow my blog at www.jenniferadventures.wordpress.com

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(Actually Finished May 23rd 2013)

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Review: Explosive Eighteen


Explosive Eighteen
Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich
My rating: 0 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed the little change in the plot adding in Hawaii and her even more ‘complicated’ status to her Morelli & Ranger relationships. The Hawaii part was a lot of fun since I was actually blessed with the opportunity to go to Hawaii this last spring! It also made me incredibly grateful that I didn’t have any major issues! Somehow I can see my life altering just slightly to be as chaotic as Stephanie’s and while I thoroughly enjoy her stories and life, I’m grateful it’s not mine! 🙂 Only one more book to read until I’m waiting like the rest of the world. I’m not one that re-reads many books unless it’s over an expanse of like 10 years, however, I might have to make an exception so that I don’t go through complete withdrawals.

(Actually finished August 11th 2013)

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Review: Smokin’ Seventeen


Smokin' Seventeen
Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

What can I say, I LOVE Stephanie, Joe, Ranger, Lula and Grandma!!!
I’ve been trying to space out reading them, but I generally miss my friends, but always welcome them back with such relief! I know it’s essentially the same stories with different variables, however they warm my heart and make me laugh. What more is needed? I just finished Stephanie Plum 17. I can’t believe there is only two more left until the release of the new book in November… not sure how I’m going to deal with this. I’ve read all of Janet’s books already… but I can’t seem to get enough! 😐

(Actually finished June 30th 2013)

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Review: The Goose Girl


The Goose Girl (novel)

The Goose Girl (novel) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Goose Girl
The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I wasn’t sure what to think when Kylene recommended this to me. Honestly I took a look at it and said yeah, I probably won’t be super into it, but probably won’t hate it. Kylene hasn’t led me astray yet with decent books, so I thought I’d give it a chance, besides I don’t get too many recommendations from people, just the online library that certainly does lead me astray! In addition, I was surprised to find so many friends who had already read this unknown book. So I put the book on hold and found it surprisingly engaging from the first chapter. It was fun to learn about the fantasy and folklore of people who have underlying ‘language skills’ of the animals, birds, people, wind, fire, etc. Fascinating concepts frankly. I found myself connecting quickly with the Princess Anidori, and certainly falling in love with her prince as well. I love the depth the book displayed so elegantly of the princess. She was highly capable and incredibly loving, she took her bad situations in stride, but never gave up, she was enticing, witty, engaging and smart! Great book, I highly recommend as well. I’m excited to read the rest of the series, and grateful the story goes on!

(Actually finished July 7th 2013)

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Review: The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business


The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business
The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business by Terence Lau
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Really fascinating! Again, I’m grateful that the books I’m required to read for my degree are actually interesting. I continually find myself putting down the other books I’m reading or listening to so that I can go back to these. They are easy to understand, very logical and straight forward. The wording is strangely captivating as well as their application stories. The books are concise and do not ramble on saying the same thing over and over. They teach you what you need to know, in a manner that sticks and moves on. Highly recommend for all.

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Fitness Transformation Update!


Moment of truth!
Here are a few pics of how I’m doing on my fitness transformation!  I found some biking gear on clearance.  🙂 who knew I looked so good in spandex! 😛

I’m so excited it has started to warm up so I can bike again!

In these picture I’ve shed 66.4lbs since January 2012! 😀

This also means I’ve
Decreased 9.1% Body Fat!
Shed 39.4 lbs of Fat Mass
Got rid of overall 34.75 total inches!
I only have 18lbs to go to be the same weight I was when I was in high school and a swimmer (solid muscle) size 4! (Pictures at the bottom)

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Here is a picture of me the day I started my first body transformation challenge.  28 Jan 2012

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22 April 2012
(Difference of 22 lbs & 10 1/2″)

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August 2012

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November 2012

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December 2012

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January 2013

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February 2013

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Today 6 March 2013!

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I’m so proud of myself!  I’ll never stop I’ll never go back to where I was before!

I have PCOS, and I have conquered it!  I’m here to share with others its possible!
What made the difference for me was consistent working out & changing my nutrition.  I don’t eat processed food,  refined carbs,  un-natural sugar, red meat,  or GMOs. What do I eat? Lots of veggies, fruit, chicken, fish, beans, oatmeal,  etc!

Take on a challenge and set new goals for yourself today!  🙂

Here is a reminder of what I know many body is capable of achieving!

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Christmas Magic & The Festival of Trees


I love Christmas! I love the season, the smells, the feel of everything, the taste in the air and the energy all around! For years I have dreamed of having that perfect storybook Christmas, my family never had that. Oh we had our own type of Christmas Magic, but never what I knew was waiting out there…. somewhere.

I grew up all over the US, my dad works for the Federal Government in the Bureau of Land Management. Therefore, we lived in every small podunk town known to mankind. Ok, not really, but it sure felt like it! I ended up going to 11 different schools by the time that I graduated from high school, so I’ve been around. We never lived close to our extended family and we always just celebrated our quiet little immediate family holidays by ourselves. Which I ultimately grew to appreciate VERY much! After college, I ended up moving back East, New York City, Vermont & then was in the Philadelphia suburbs for nearly a decade. (While on that subject I think the state of Pennsylvania simply has something incredibly magic about it – but especially during Thanksgiving to Christmas to the New Year!) Which again put me far away from extended and immediate family. As I’d always done, I adopted new family(ies). This also comes with invitations to spend holidays with other families and get a glimpse into other people’s worlds and traditions. From this I have gleamed some of the best ‘magic’ I have witnessed, and implementing their traditions and magic into my own traditions – and hoping that someday when I have a family of my own I’ll be able to continue to add to that great Christmas Magic!

However, here I find myself close to family once again and some holidays are celebrated, while most are not. If they are celebrated it’s generally because I’m hosting the whole shebang. Most the time though, I find myself ignoring the things about the holiday’s that I love so very much – in order not to be once again heart-broken. I stopped putting up decorations, I don’t want to cook my big fabulous meals, and I look forward to the quiet day off with no one bugging me, no phone calls or texts beyond Happy whatever holiday! It breaks my heart knowing this. I even do it for my own birthday anymore (I’m a Christmas week baby) no one cares, no one will come and if they do, they do stupid stuff that makes me wish I never attempted to throw myself a party in the first place. 😦 This I know all stems from the years of heartache and let downs of having hopes so high that just maybe this year might be a fraction better. In addition in all likeliness its that awful voice of my ex-husband telling me everything was horrible because of me, and my wanting each moment to be great – even if it’s horrible – I continue to believe that there can be goodness found in all things even if it’s just a micro or nano thing… Of course I find myself just wanting to take myself on some fabulous vacation that I can’t afford; far away from everyone and everything…. and it’s warm of course!

Despite my jaded view on this subject, there are a few things that bring me such great joy!

I have been an Auction Host at the Festival of Trees now for 3 years! It’s hard to believe I’ve even been around here that long! I was first introduced to the Festival of Trees from my girlfriend, Andrea. (Andrea’s Main Blog & Andrea’s Second Blog – Things you will not believe!! Regarding the Health of her Children)  These are amazing stories that you need to read!) The Festival of Trees  is a fabulous non-profit organization that donates 100% of their proceeds back to the children at Primary Children’s Hospital. Each year the first week after Thanksgiving they hold a gigantic auction at the South Towne Expo Center. People and organizations donate their time, talent and resources to providing a fabulous environment and things to auction. You can find Large Trees, Medium Trees, Small Trees, Centerpieces, General Decorations, Wreaths, Quilts, Statues/Sculptures, Paintings,

Photography, not to mention all the baked goods and other gifts that you can purchase there and MUCH more! It’s quiet the experience  Auction night is always quite elite and has a formal attire dress code. Andrea & I are Auction Hosts for whatever section we might be assigned to each year answering questions and facilitating the silent auctions in our area. What fun this is! Not only do we get to dress up in our beautiful formals, but we also get to make new friends, meet interesting people and serve! What energy fills the air here! In this one place my Christmas Magic has returned and ignited such a fire of hope and joy all around! I’m so grateful that Andrea invited me three years ago! This

is truly one of my most favorite events of the year! I’m so glad that my little effort actually makes a difference in someones life! It’s amazing to see what some of these items go for – and it’s all really for the children!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So whatever it might be that you love about the Christmas Season… I hope you find it this year. I hope you grab onto it and hold it tight. Find people around you in every capacity that you can serve in either the littlest of ways – most people are so in need of a genuine smile and a hello, or in big ways – but do it just because.

May you be blessed with the Love of our Lord and remember exactly WHY we have Christmas after all… because someone gave us the greatest of all gifts!

I’ll post a few photos from our night. 🙂 Later when I am working on a better computer… 😉

 

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Review: Lady Susan


Lady Susan
Lady Susan by Jane Austen
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I am SO grateful this book was so short!! It was dreadful! Now it is no secret that I am not a Jane Austen fan. I don’t understand remotely why so many women in the world think she is the best ever. I don’t like the books and I don’t like the movies either. Now, that being said, I have not attempted one of her books or movies for many many years. I came across this one in my path at the library and thought I’d give Jane Austen another chance hoping that maybe my life perspective had altered and I might get what all the fuss was about seeing how it wasn’t a main stream of her works and one I was not familiar with. Well at this point my opinion of Ms. Austen is set in stone.

I HATED this book! I couldn’t stand the characters or the plot. It goes on my list along with “Gone With The Wind“. In fact I think that the Lady Susan, her sister-in-law and Scarlett O’Hara could all be great friends, or as close as any would actually be capable of having. Full of conniving, manipulating and gossiping women. Who have nothing better in life than to bicker, talk behind the backs of others and backstabbing. No wonder some men have so much negativity about some of the women in this world! Because so many women find Jane Austen so wonderful! But that’s all I could ever see in any of her other books.

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Review: Full Tilt


Full Tilt
Full Tilt by Janet Evanovich
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I probably wouldn’t have read this as part of the continuing Full Series, if it hadn’t been for a couple things:
1) If I hadn’t already been on a quest to read all of Janet’s books
2) If my Aunt hadn’t told me how much she loved this series.

That being said, I also think I actually read this one once before about 5 or 6 years ago. As a random book that I found at the library before I really ‘discovered’ Janet Evanovich.

This book was MUCH better than the first book of the series!! MUCH!! You can tell how much Janet’s skills had developed over the years in-between the first and second book. I’m glad that I continued on with this series. It provided more smiles and giggles and something other than Bounty Hunting. I do like the path that she takes with this series as well. Although I complained that the first book was very corny I missed the presence of the two original characters in the first book. There were also some major disconnects and inconsistencies in the details. That was annoying, but I soon got over it (had to lol). Oh another thing, I didn’t like the whole two men scenario… My ex-husband had fidelity issues and so I tend to be sensitive to such things. Overall good book, fun and I’m excited for #3.

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Review: The Memory Keeper’s Daughter


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Josephine Mills Awards celebrate Down syndrome research (Photo credit: BC Gov Photos)

The Memory Keeper's Daughter
The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow!!! Simply one of the best books I have ever read! Very well written. Absolutely Heartbreaking and Encouraging all at the same time! You will find your self questioning the characters actions and reflecting upon your own decisions in life. Really shows the impact that one seemingly small decision can make on your life and the lives of those around you. Also shows how lies and deceptions will literally eat you from the inside out, and how showing a little love will change it around. I work with Special Needs Kids (12-100 years old) it is the most amazing blessing in my life, how incredibly grateful I am for it. This fact alone and how much I love our sweet friends with special needs might have been a factor of why I feel so strongly about this book. But I honestly believe that EVERY individual in the world needs to read this book, gain a greater understanding of somethings – but ultimately take a look inward. This book, the words, the events, the people will change your life and never leave your heart or mind. It is definitely one of those books that you will randomly think of in random places and change your life for the better. More than highly recommend!

In addition…. One of the biggest things to me was to watch how Caroline fights and fights for her daughter! Yes, all mothers do, however watching her refuse to give Phoebe to the ‘institution’ and to get people to treat them both with respect to fighting the school systems to get her daughter enrolled and helping her daughter get the best available future and life for herself… from education, to some sort of work to having a place in the community! It really gave me so much more of an understanding and respect for the mothers of my wonderful

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Down Syndrome Foundation (Photo credit: MyLifeStory)

Group who are very Tough and are still fighting for their children to still have a chance. What a tough situation and battle. But look at the difference that this made in the world! We have come such a long way and by having these sweet and wonderful souls around us more each day – we become a little better learning how simple and true the small and simple things are in life.

I also enjoyed that the author told the story from the views of all the main characters… By doing this she was able to tell so much more of what was really going on and how the lies, deceit and continued miss-communication can turn wonderful lives and situations into pure tragedies.

Wonderful, wonderful book!

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Review: Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy


Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy
Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy by Donald B. Kraybill
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow! What a great book! I feel that the authors did a great job researching the subject, the interviews and base knowledge greatly added to to understanding of the Amish people and their belief systems and ultimately more of who they are. I actually love books about the Amish. I used to live within 45 minutes of Lancaster and have always been amazed at these wonderful people. In addition I think that they authors did a fabulous job compiling all the research, and interviews together. The book flowed very well and kept me engaged, yearning to read just a little longer and when I finished with the strengthened desire to improve my own weaknesses and let go of things.

I started this a few months ago, then life got so busy I wasn’t able to finish it by the time it expired. By the time that I received it again from the library hold it was only a few days before the Aurora, Colorado Shooting at the Premier of the Batman movie. What a surreal moment it was finding out about the devistation in Colorado. I had already been reliving the horror of the 2006 Amish Masacre near my home. I remember thinking back then thoughts like, “Are you kidding me?” “Who would ever want to hurt any of the sweet Amish that wouldn’t even hurt a bug?! Let alone 10 harmless little girls!” “Wow, if that can happen there – none of us have an ounce of safety.” It was amazing to see my exact thoughts echoed in the book. That Friday morning when Aurora was announced (I saw it on Facebook – I generally don’t watch the news). I remember thinking is this a joke because I’m reading this book? What horrible events.

It was amazing to see the different responses though Lancaster vs Aurora. In Lancaster it was an outpouring of outrage, but also love and forgiveness… In Aurora it was outrage again, but this time mixed in with hatred and vengenouce. Of course anyone who commits this sort of horendous act is obviously very mentally ill (that should never really be a plea…) they would have to be mentally ill to even conceive of such actions. Of course justice needs to be met. But all the hatred, vengence, retaliation, etc. Isn’t healthy for anyone. The person that commits these acts don’t care, in fact they kind of get off on it. Those feelings merely eat the person/people feeling it from the inside out creating worse situations down the road. My point is, when these horrid things happen, or even smaller every day actions. How are we responding to them? How are we chosing to be? When we look in the mirror at night, is that the person we want looking back at us.

I highly recommend this book to everyone. Let us offer a little mercy, understanding and forgiveness to all those we come in contact with.

As a side note to the massacre’s check out Glenn Beck‘s comments and how and when I learned of the incident. http://www.glennbeck.com/2012/07/20/twelve-dead-at-midnight-screening-of-new-batman-movie/

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Review: Eragon


Eragon
Eragon by Christopher Paolini
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really really enjoyed this book! I thought it was well written, great imagery and character sketches. The story flowed very well. I didn’t get lost or overwhelmed. It kept me engaged and obsessed the whole time! Glad I already have book 2 ready to go! There was always something new around every turn and the author took the time to give the necessary back story when needed. There was just the right amount of self-growth on Eragon’s part and action. Just really great! Highly recommend. The only thing that caught me really as a bit off was the last battle of the book. It kind of hit me from left field, like the author was going somewhere else, stopped then redirected, but it was ok. If I didn’t know there were a couple more books I would have been more upset at the edge I was left on. In comparission to other middle-earth type books aka Lord of the Rings (hated) I LOVED this!!!

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At Home on the Road

Full Time Living in an RV

The Nomadic Nurse

Charting my way across the U.S.A.

101 Books

Reading my way through Time Magazine's 100 Greatest Novels since 1923 (plus Ulysses)

A Holistic Journey

Finding my way back out of motherhood -- while mothering

Live Laugh RV

Our next Chapter

We're Doing This

Living simply. In an RV. With a family of 4. Collecting coffeehouse insights.

The Two Who Wander

All Who Wander Are Not Lost. J.R.R. Tolkein

The Forever Learner

Seeking a Life of Learning, Wellness and Adventure

Retro Days

Musings about life and style

Adventures of Auntie M

I'm a new kind of old-fashioned girl.

a is for adventurista

seeking out the most spectacular of life's endeavors through the eyes of a twenty-something from tennessee.

A Girl Called Louie

Extraordinary adventures of a studious engineer, coffee/cookie enthusiast, and Jesus follower

Travel Abrodge

A One Way Ticket Around the World

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