I’m like most women, I love purses. Love ’em, can’t afford to feed that passion, though. I have one (yes, only one) Coach purse. Coach purses are beautiful, but outside my price range. The one I have, I was lucky enough to win in a giveaway a few years ago. Handbags are something I do a lot of window-shopping for but am rarely able to justify purchasing for myself.
And then came Duct Tape Bags by Richela Fabian Morgan into my life. I’d heard of duct tape wallets before and thought they were kinda neat. But, I’d never considered expanding the concept. Flipping through the pages of this DIY tutorial book, however, inspired me to try this out for myself. Continue Reading
My son is obsessed with reading anything he can get his hands on. He will read cereal boxes, carry-out menus, catalogs, and especially books! I encourage this obsession because it develops his mind, expands his vocabulary, and cultivates his imagination.
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: AMACOM (July 12, 2016)
I keep hearing on social media, television, and on the internet about the fact that switching to a plant-based diet is healthier for us, can get rid of leaky gut syndrome, and can reduce disease (or the risk of certain diseases) among other benefits. As with most such topics, Googling terms like “healthier eating”, “plant-based diet” or other similar keywords will return results that, quite frankly, just boggle my mind. It’s total information overload.
A Plant-Based Life: Your Complete Guide to Great Food, Radiant Health, Boundless Energy, and a Better Body by Micaela Cook Karlsen appealed to me not only because of the fantastic and colorful cover art but also because reading the synopsis of what the book contains it seemed to be a single source of information that would discuss the topic in a fairly complete manner.
Hardcover: 490 pages
Publisher: AuthorHouse (2015)
I love a good historical fiction novel. One of my favorite authors of all time is Jane Austen because I love to read about the era that she lived in and wrote about. There are many good contemporary writers bringing fantastic historical fiction to readers, as well.
I rarely read books where the subject matter is largely political in nature, as the bulk of the historical novels I’ve read have tended to focus on interpersonal relationships, societal issues or other such subject matter — until I picked up Teresa Irizarry’s Rekindled. Continue Reading
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Age Range: 11 – 13 years
Grade Level: 5 – 8
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Sky Pony Press (August 2, 2016)
I am really excited to share my thought with you, dear reader, about a wonderful book that I read recently. The Last Cherry Blossom by Kathleen Burkinshaw (from Sky Pony Press) is a fiction novel set during World War II. It is based on the real-life experience of the author’s mother who was a Japanese teen living in Hiroshima at the time that the atomic bomb was dropped on that city.
This premise immediately caught my interest as I had not previously considered what that experience must have been like for Japanese citizens who were subjected to it. Like me, if this is the first time you are looking at this historic event from that perspective, you may be shuddering a bit, and a bit chastened as well to think about it from this unfamiliar perspective. Continue Reading
Age Range: 8 – 12 years
Grade Level: 2 – 7
Paperback: 280 pages
Publisher: Sky Pony Press; Reprint edition (August 9, 2016)
I have really enjoyed reading A Blind Guide to Stinkville by Beth Vrabel because the story and the characters are so unique. I have never read anything quite like it. The main character lives with albinism and the blindness that comes along with that physical condition, but she never lets that keep her down. She is fierce and brave and ready to tackle any challenge that life throws her. She’s a strong female and I appreciate that about her, because young girls need to hear that message. Continue Reading
This summer marks a time of big transition for my son. Next month, he will graduate from Preschool and have to leave behind the teachers and friends he’s come to know and love. In the fall, he will be starting Kindergarten within the school district where we live. These changes are a lot to absorb for such a little guy. I know he’s apprehensive about a new school, different teacher, and unfamiliar classmates.
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Regan Arts.; 1 edition (December 29, 2015)
Have you found yourself gaining weight (even just a few pounds) year after year, despite trying to live an active lifestyle? Do you crave sugar and other snacks to the point that it feels like you can’t control your cravings? Are you experiencing increasingly aggravating issues with your digestive system? Pick up a copy of Become A Fat-Burning Machine: The 12-Week Diet by Mike Berland (with Gale Bernhardt) and give the pages a perusal and you may find your life described within.
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (April 5, 2016)
“Szalavitz is one of the bravest, smartest writers about addiction anywhere. Everything she writes should be read carefully — I guarantee you’ll have a lot to think about.” — Johann Hari, New York Times bestselling author of Chasing the Scream
Addiction (no matter which form it takes) is something that is everywhere around us. No matter who you are or where you live, chances are that you know someone who struggles with some sort of addiction to drugs, alcohol, sex, gambling or other substances or behaviors, even if it’s a silent struggle that no one else other than the person suffering through it knows about.
I found it to be an interesting perspective, as proposed by author, Maia Szalavitz in her new book Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction, that addiction is not something that is medically or psychologically based but a learning disorder (one more like autism, ADHD or dyslexia than cancer or Alzheimer’s). The more I think about it, I feel that this may be the best way to look at the issue.
Consider this, humans are a species that is in constant evolution. We are constantly learning, processing, making inferences and drawing conclusions from new information with which we are presented on a daily basis. From the moment we draw our first breath until we gasp our last we are learning, adapting and changing. Continue Reading
Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Ulysses Press; annotated edition edition (March 15, 2016)
If you’re considering adding weights to your workout routine, Freeweight Training Anatomy by Ryan George can help you maximize the results strength training can provide by helping you to understand what muscles you are exercising, the movements needed to get the most out of your workout and how those movements can have either a negative or positive effect on the outcome. Continue Reading