The Girl in the Glass– A Review

When you are subjected to trauma and need a way to cope, what do you do to survive? In the lives of both Meg Pomeroy and Sofia Borelli, both have their own survival skills that they use to live each day. Meg, whose parents have been divorced since she was a child, and are now with other partners, is still of the belief that her dad will take her to Florence, Italy as he always promised her. Sofia, an individual she meets through photographers she Skypes on a regular basis for her book company, lives in what you could call her own world.

Meg gets a chance to go to Italy but without her dad whose has mysteriously skipped town but left her the means with which to go. She meets up with Sofia and then Lorenzo and his sister Renata and her whole perspective on life changes. Seems Sofia’s story about being connected to the Medici family is not true but made up, but rather convincing at first. Sofia’s trauma is her family background at having been orphaned by an abusive father who has ended her mother’s life. She was adopted by another family but never told until we read about it at the end of the novel.

Ms. Meissner kept my attention on every page as I wanted to know what would happen next, and how each character was going to react to their situations. You can tell she wrote carefully and respectfully, with regard to the mental issues that Sofia was experiencing. Can’t help but feel sorry for her and understanding her logic for the world that her adopted father helped to create for her. You know, some fantasy is good, a bit of escape to unwind and renew ones self. It’s when the fantasy is confused with reality that problems occur and intervention is needed. That intervention saves both Sofia and Meg and they grow stronger from their salvation.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for reviewing it from Waterbrook Press.

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Um, Now What?

Okay, so the presidential debate is over and Mitt Romney and President Barak Obama have had their say on the issues that matter the most to the voters. Poor moderator kept getting interrupted by both men and I  kept wondering where their manners were. She remained poise throughout the whole discussion. Gotta appreciate her for that.

What I noticed consistently as both Romney and Obama answered questions from the audience was that neither  would explain how they were going to solve any of the problems such as tax cuts, gas prices, education, health care, need I say more?? My son and I were waiting for a detailed plain of steps each was going to take to say lower gas prices, make certain that students graduating from college did get jobs, (Did you see Romney promise Jeremy one for the year 2014 if elected?) and how to lower the ever-increasing debt that we have incurred.

If you stop and think about it, if we are behind on  our bills, collection agencies hound us, or we file bankruptcy. Of course another option is to get credit counseling and consolidate into a small monthly payment if possible. For some, it’s hard choice each month of paying the electric bill or buying groceries, making a repair on the house or doing without. College loans are outrageous and while an education is a wonderful asset to one’s future, one must be able to pay that debt off. ( I know, I am still paying mine off for online classes I took for three years.)

Both the President and Governor Romney hurled accusations at one another after each stated their responses to questions posed by young people in the audience as well parents and others. Seems they just resist acting childish and jumping up before the other finished a sentence. Too funny. Reminds me of kids on a playground trying to figure the rules of a game. No one wants to listen, they each want it their way and compromise is out of the question. I’m with my son when he says, “I don’t know who to believe or vote for.” Well, you know if they made sense it would be easier, but that is too hard for a politician to do and they will never make good on anything they promise.

All we can do at this point is make informed choices on election day and if we don’t like who’s in office, wait four years and kick them out! It’s the American way!

Now Children!

Election time is here and the politicians are doing their best to convince us that they are the best candidate for the job of running our country and local governments. Well, some will win the majority of the votes and some will lose. Now one thing I have noticed among the many years of viewing the ads and reading the commentaries in the newspaper is that most like to participate in mudslinging. Hmmm.. is that a prerequisite for being a politician? To see just how many insults and accusations you can hurl at the other person?

We can always brush up on our knowledge of who has done what by researching the past performance and also keeping current on what each candidate is doing now. They don’t have to tell us in the ads that we see every day.  I do like one advertisement that perfectly states what everyone should be doing, just state what you can do for the country,  and stop complaining about the other guy! No finger  pointing!

Amusing to watch adults acting like bickering children, blaming one another for the problems that we have and for what might happen if elected into office. Well, whose to say that the accuser won’t be trouble causer?? I don’t know who will win the presidential election, but I know in the end, the voters will determine who should run the country. After all, it’s our money they will be spending and they  had better spend wisely. Wonder if they know how to live within thier means? Do they really know what the term “budget” means in real world terms? Nah, they like the power trip that comes with being in charge.

I just hope whoever wins does an honest job and keeps the promises they make. Hate to hear the excuses for why they couldn’t keep their word. Haven’t we been told it’s not nice to lie? Okay, I’m dreaming, but I do think they  all need a big time out, don’t you?

The Gospel of Yes- A Review

When you agree to follow the path that God has planned for you, your life is a positive thing. How? You allow Him to use your gifts to minister to others in your own unique way and in turn make Him and yourself happy. Think about it, while helping others see how life with Jesus can be meaningful, and peaceful and loving, through your own example, a certain amount of curiosity is ignited.

Author and Pastor Mike Glenn writes about how God and his word are not all gloom and doom, which they are not. There are a lot of good things to know about the wisdom of the Bible and the lessons inside if we just take the time to read and learn them. We’re created in the image of the Lord; we are put here on this earth to enjoy the wonderful creation that’s all around us, and to take care of it.

Our lives can be transformed by changing our attitudes and opening up our hearts, staying quiet long enough to really hear what God’s plan is for each of us. We are all unique and have different talents, and He expects us to use those in positive ways. There are people out there who form ministries to help people in need of things such as bedding, and clothing, and food. Leadership. You have those who can make crafts to cheer others up in the form of cards or homemade gifts. Simple, sweet, but compassionate ways to reach out and touch the lives of many. Can you say yes to that? Fantastic job, Mr. Glenn!

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Picking on Big Bird! What’s Next?

Have you heard the latest? Romney has stated that if elected he will cut funding to PBS even though, and get this, he says he “loves big bird.” Excuse me, How dare he pick on a loveable, sweet yellow pal of our childhood! Now this is why politicians don’t necessarily win the approval of voters. Saying terrible things like threatening to take away educational programming that most of us grew up with is just outrageous. Oh and let’s not forget the “47%” of us that he claims are freeloaders and don’t want to find work.

Too Romney doesn’t understand the people who are job hunting in earnest, standing in the unemployment lines, trying to figure out where to go next. There are men and women are working low paying jobs because the ones they really want are not available or their companies have been downsized. Oh, yeah, and the college graduates trying to pay off the huge debt of loans isn’t exactly a smooth ride either.

Sometimes I think politicians just want to say what they think the voters want to hear and in other cases, maybe do dumb things to draw more attention to themselves.  Romney has succeeded in the later.  Here’s a thought, let’s  set up a reality show where all the hopefuls get to live in our world, the real one. A month, two months, then come back and tell us again that you understand and have a clear vision. But leave the bird alone!

P.S. Big Bird, You Rock! Don’t listen to Mr. Romney!