Really Bad Girls of the Bible: A Review


Adultery, murder, wanting to be top dog in the corporate world, sounds like the soap operas that air daily on television. Guess what they could be but these are about the “Really Bad Girls of the Bible” by Liz Curtis Higgs. And yes, they are minus some important characteristics like a heart, for one and compassion for another and absolutely no remorse for their actions. Take that back, the author offers examples of her not so clean past but she does show remorse and has moved forward by the grace of our Lord.

Who should I mention first? The woman who was brought to Jesus to show him up. She had been caught in the act of committing adultery. I guess the holier than thou thought they were being slick. Those Pharisees crack me up. They wanted to punish her by stoning her as was the law back then. Jesus didn’t fall for it. Smart man. Instead, he threw it in their faces. He dared each of them to admit they had never sinned in their lives. Too funny and you know, they couldn’t . I get it, don’t play that dumb game when you yourself are not exactly spotless. Actually Jesus takes it step further and tells her she is forgiven and to stay clean. How about that?

Here’s another example one heartless, um, person? Althaliah wanted nothing more than to be queen, I think she was power tripping. She tried to kill everyone in her way, family included. She coached her son to follow her footsteps and boy did he.They took sacred objects from a temple and used them to worship their false god, Balls. Talk about a wack job! But then, the would be queen herself met her fate and was killed. So much for ruling the world.

 Higgs also weaves in modern day fictional stories to help provide some explanation for the Biblical. There are lessons to be learned and here are some: First, these ladies didn’t care what others thought of them. Nope, they were most important and that was that. Second, they did their best to accomplish their goals, however disgusting they were. Third, I honestly believe some were proud of themselves. We, too, should not let opinions of others stand in the way  of what our life goals are. Second, we need to take the steps to meet our goals in life whatever they may be. Most important, though, we should never ignore the Big Man upstairs. We should let Him live in our hearts and minds everyday. High five, sister! You did good.

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Jefferson’s America: A Review

jeffersonsamericaWanting to expand America’s horizons, Jefferson made sure there were several people out there doing just that. Lewis and Clark, to name the most familiar. He wanted the United States to grow, to become more than a few states. Julia M. Fenster does a  great job of explaining in great detail how this was accomplished.

In Jefferson’s America, we learn that there are some sore spots between the U.S. and Spain and France.  The latter two not wanting to give up what they claimed for themselves without much arguing and negotiating. They had some sneaky ones telling all sides what was going on. Can’t trust anyone.

Lewis and Clark, in addition to others such as William Dunbar, set out to explore the  infant land to see what lay beyond what they already knew. And not without hardship, either. Many got sick or died due to various reasons, such as frostbite and  hunger. MIssion was accomplished, though. Jefferson being the stubborn one that he was, got Lousiana and set the pace for more expanding. Gotta love a guy who wants to  send explorers on a wild field trip.


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There’s no Room

Hate, why is it part of our dna? Why do some feel it necessary to be so vile that they harm another person or go even further and kill them? Yes, I am in shock over the Stanford rape case and the Orlando shooting. My jaw is still on the floor from the so called outrage from the rapists parents who have their heads in the sand about what their son did. They actually believe the young lady is lying. How?  Two university students discovered her unconscious with Brock assaulting her.

How is she lying when she woke up not knowing what happened until she was informed. I am so glad those two students called the police and attacked Brock. He made his choice, knowing better. And, no the flimsy excuse of college culture cannot be blamed for his despicable behavior. Not all students drink and not all take drugs either. There is no shame in the lady wanting to remain unknown, She is traumatized and will be for the rest of her life.

In Orlando, 49 people lost their lives and there is a preacher who is mad because he didn’t “finish the job” Seriously? You call yourself a man of God and you vomit hate out of your mouth? You accuse anyone who is part of the LCBT community of being a child molester? Where is your proof, you evil person. This is the same as racial profiling. Suggesting that just because one is of a different race they are automatically a criminal? And you wonder why so many laugh at Christianity? Well, duh.

I would like to know how Brock’s family would feel if someone close to them were raped? Would they just accuse the victim? Would they brush it off? I want a world where hate is ripped out of our beings and love and companssion and kindess rule. But I guess that’s in a fairy tale book. Where do I find this land?

The Naturalist: A Review


Hobbies can have amazing results. Some may enjoy creating paintings and sell them for a living, while others may enjoy cooking and publish cookbooks and maybe teach others how to prepare delicious meals. For Theodore Roosevelt, nature was his thing. At an early age, Mr. Roosevelt developed a love for all animals, great and small. He had asthma and was limited in what he could do. Staying indoors was the safest option at the time. Didn’t stop him from being curious about animals, though. He even carried the love into his presidency.

Mr. Roosevelt would kill animals and then stuff them and keep a collection. He’d study their physical features as well as their habitats. He eventually contributed the Natural History Museum in New York and the Smithsonian in DC. The specimens were carefully prepped for shipping from expeditions in Africa and in the Midwestern United States. At the time, hunting for sport was accepted.

Mr. Roosevelt was the first to think about establishing national parks and also limiting the duration one could hunt. Hence, the hunting seasons we have today. He didn’t believe in wiping out entire species. He did, however, believe in bring the animals to the people to observe and see firsthand what they were like. His passion was passed down to his son, Kermit, who accompanied him on an African hunting trip.

Mr. Roosevelt didn’t allow his poor health to stop him from enjoying all of his interests. He kept moving forward. Darrin Lunge, the author, did an excellent job of presenting our former president in a humane light. Now, we know he was a pioneer of sorts, turning a hobby into something real for everyone to enjoy.

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A Flight of Arrows: A Review


Learning to forgive oneself for a horrible deed is very hard on a person, even when others have forgiven you and moved on. The pain that Reginald Aubrey feels from switching two infants causes him to keep everyone at a distance. For him, if they get close, the hurt will just magnify that  much more. In the second novel of the Pathfinders Series, a year has passed since Aubrey revealed to his adopted son, William, his true identity, that William is actually half Oneida. William has gone to fight in the Revolutionary War.  Everyone is fighting against on another and that just makes the whole situation worse.

Reginald uses his pain as a shield  from those who want to be closer to him, including his adopted daughter Anna and Lydia, a woman who has fallen in love with him. William has fled his heritage, knowing his true ancestry is that of half Native American and half white. But both seem to working this conflict in their souls with help from others. Anna wants to marry Two Hawks but he wants Reginald to heal first before they do. William is in turmoil and wondering if this fighting is even worth it. He has a change of heart once he sees his twin, Two Hawks and his father, Stone Thrower.

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Stone Thrower’s ultimate sacrifice of his life in exchange for Reginald’s  seems to be the moment that Reginald and his son William let go of the pain, the guilt and learn to love those around them with new hearts and healed souls.


Is That All?

My jaw dropped when I saw the article. Old Navy has an ad featuring an interracial couple with their handsome son. Gasp, it’s considered “controversial” by some who actually think that interracial marriages are wrong. Some are claiming a type of “genocide” to white people. LOL, yes I find this mentality funny. First of all, most of us are of mixed ancestry. Go check your family frees and do the research on your ancestors. Second, there is nothing wrong with couples of different races being attracted to one another and marrying.

I’ve heard the argument that the kids won’t know who to identify with or that some from each race might not approve. For the child, I’d say be proud of your multi heritage and embrace it. Learn all you can. For the naysayers, shame on you, it’s your loss. Their gain. I can kind of identify with this situation since I am sister to a special needs brother and have a special needs son myself. Yes. prejudice runs rampant everywhere. In ideal world, we would have no need for hate, for discrimination and all the negative stuff that we bring into the world.

I hope Old Navy stands upright, and doesn’t back down from the  narrow minded few. Multi racial families and friends are everywhere and they are not going to disappear. We are all of one race. The human one, unless some have forgotten and it’s time to put the ignorance aside, to kick the bigotry to the curb, and welcome acceptance, kindness and compassion into our hears. That’s all.

Here’s a Thought

For all the political goings on, with new presidential candidates fighting one another for supremacy, why not just focus on what you have accomplished instead of bashing one another? I  know, radical and probably just no fun. But, I can always read about what  your opponent has or has not done. Tell me what you are going to do to make the United States and foreign relations better and actually, gasp, follow through!!!

Tell me what you have done so far that convinces me to vote for you. Every election year, it seems to get harder do choose. I expect promises not to be kept, because that is what most politicians do. Some are good and will be men and women of honor. Most, not so much.

Short post for today but thought I’d rock the boat a little. Hope I don’t sink.

The Girl From the Paradise Ballroom: A Review


Arranged marriages were the norm as late the early twentieth century. You married within your race, city, and country. Heaven forbid you fall in love with someone outside of your ethnic circle. That’s exactly what happens to Antonio, a nightclub singer and dancer, Olivia. They meet in secret behind their spouses backs. There’s a war raging with Hitler in the lead, terrorizing and killing Jews and deporting all who don’t fit his mold.

Antonio is from an Italian family, who believe in keeping strong ties to one another and staying close by. Antonio meets Olivia outside of a dance hall, she in pain after having had an abortion. They don’t forget each other all throughout the war. Olivia’s husband, Bernard, helps Antonio improve his singing by paying for lessons. Antonio is married to a woman he loves but she doesn’t seem to share the same for him. His sister, Filomena, is betrothed to marry someone she has no love for. She stays single because she loves someone her family forbids her to marry, an Englishman. War makes survival the only goal in order to endure the castrophe it produces. For Antonio, singing in clubs and at special events was his way of managing and for Olivia, a marriage to someone was hers, their affair was never discovered although I think they’d be relieved it had been. Filomena eventually sees her lost love again after the war has ended. Antonio never does. Sad, tragic and unfair how others dictate how you live, and who will you love.

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Beauty Begins: A Review


Wrinkle free and skinny seem to be the main objectives of our youth obsessed society. Magazines, newspapers, and even on the screen, we are presented with enhanced ideals of what we females should look like. No wonder there are so many tragic cases of anorexia nervosa, binging and purging among woman of all ages. Really sad that we are made to feel less than attractive because we are overweight, or should have “work done” on our bodies to make ourselves more alluring and acceptable to the rest of the world.

In their book, Beauty Begins, mother and daughter duo, Chris Shook and Megan Shook Alpha say all the media ideal is hogwash. They remind us that we are beautiful because of what’s in our hearts, our character. They are absolutely correct. I have witnessed this myself among people I have met over the years. The gorgeousness of others is dictated by the kind of person they are. But I do confess, I don’t necessarily think of myself as attractive. Like most young girls and woman, we struggle with our self image, we compare ourselves to others and maybe wonder if someone may one up us on looks and even dress.

To be honest this book could have been written for the male population too. Boys and men often have the same problem. The ideal man is portrayed in various media form. Perfect body, hair, dress, by what they possess. You see the fragrance ads where the handsome, rich man gets the beautiful lady. There are plenty of handsome men in this world, we just need to stop creating unrealistic images of what they look like when we meet them. Disappointment will certainly happen if  brush off a potentially  wonderful guy without giving them a chance.

Of course, The Big Man upstairs made us all in his image and that to me is explanation enough for why we are beautiful. Just look at nature, it ain’t exactly ugly, know what I’m saying?

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How to Weep In Public: Feeble Offerings on Depression From one Who Knows: A Review


Depression, sad disorder than many, including myself, have to deal with every single day. We can’t “get over it” or “snap out of it” as some well intentioned folks might suggest. However, this mental illness can be handled every day with care and medication if need be. With Jacqueline Novak’s book, How to Weep In Public: Feeble Offerings on Depression From One Who Knows, you can find humorous ways to cope.

She writes a very tongue In cheek guidebook to managing everyday life while being a “depressor” as she calls herself and those like her. She offers insight into how one become a “child-depressive-in-training: with her top lists, ala David Letterman. One such example is: Zip Line: Have fun but keep your feet out. Learn the art of flying with exuberance while always remembering  to be afraid of slamming into a tree.” (Page 64) Heck yeah, just ante up the fear that you might get hurt and boy, oh boy, that’ll make a memory of fun you won’t forget!

Although reading the book, one might think that Ms Novak doesn’t have a sensitive side about her depression, she does. She suggests that we can succeed in this world in spite of our daily sadness that haunts us. We can conquer the struggles of just waking up and getting out of bed. In her own words, “It’s accepting your depression and living with yourself where you are, not where you want to be.” (page 193) I get it. Be me and allow depression to be a part of my life, but not let it overrun it.

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