Sep 21


WEIRD NEWS WEDNESDAY–According to the Telegraph kissing kittens can kill you.—

Cuddling a kitten will always make you feel better – but it could be dangerous to your health, according to experts.

Doctors from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the US conducted a large-scale survey of the cat-borne bacterial disease cat scratch fever.

They found the scope and impact of the potentially deadly disease was larger than they thought.

The disease causes fever, pustules and in extreme cases, the complications from the illness can cause death.

The doctors have warned that hands should always be washed after touching cats, and to avoid kissing felines where possible.

Dr. Christina Nelson of the CDC said: “The scope and impact of the disease is a little bit larger than we thought.


“Cat-scratch is preventable. If we can identify the populations at risk and the patterns of disease, we can focus the prevention efforts.”

Kittens and strays are more likely to carry the disease. The disease is spread when you are scratched by an infected cat, or when you don’t wash your hands and touch your mouth after stroking an infected cat.

Kissing and rough play with stray cats and kittens should also be avoided where possible.

Cat owners should also be careful about their animals interacting with stray cats where possible.

However, the disease is relatively rare, with the survey finding that annual incidence was 4.5 outpatient diagnoses/100,000 population.

Sep 20

The Hike is Monty Python for The Soul!


Fantasy fiction at its best. I don’t know if Drew Magary popped back some LSD or smoked some peyote while writing The Hike, but it reads like a wild adventure should read; exciting, interesting, creative, adventurous, inventive, stimulating, fun. No other book is like The Hike or will any book be like it. The Hike is in a category by itself. It stands alone. No other author has written a book like this.

The Hike is not a book written about a woman eking out a living in New York City. For once, a writer had the guts to write about a story that crosses the boundary of fiction, fantasy, and a child’s book to an adult’s book. And it isn’t The Hunger Games or Divergent series.

The Hike is such an awesome read, it really should be made into a movie. This could be a new idea for a completely different TV show—something we’d see on Showtime or HBO, not on regular cable TV. The Hike is a cross between Alice in Wonderland and a Monty Python movie. It’s different, out there, fun, funny, has a friendly, hungry giant, a path that never ends, dog-faced men, a talking smart-ass crab and Ben who just wants to get back home.

Ben goes to an old hotel in Pennsylvania, decides to take a walk along a path in back of the hotel, and is soon pulled into a strange new world of odd, scary, funny, life threatening adventures where he must figure things out so he can escape death defying situations. Ben sees old friends along his hike, goes boating on a luxury yacht with spectacular seafood, sees his one son along the path at his home watering the lawn, in his pajamas.

The Hike is not a comfortable adventure to read, it gets wickedly scary, but also is so different that I found myself reading along at a quick pace, propelled along by the speed of light trying to find out if Ben not only survives his hike but is he makes it back home to his family.

Sep 20


TACO TUESDAY–How to get food into your kids at school with no time to eat—-

Exactly how do you get somewhat decent food into your kids’ bodies so they can feel well enough to learn after lunch with the bullshit the schools are throwing at our kids?


Considering the 30 minute lunch most kids are permitted in school, it’s almost impossible for kids to stand in long lines for 20 minutes and wolf down a pre-made, gross lunch. Besides the fact that kids who get reduced or free lunches stand in line and can’t eat their free lunch because time ends very fast. My daughter who is a senior this year, can’t eat lunch at school. WHY? After waiting in line for 20 minutes or longer, she has ten minutes to eat lunch and talk to her friends. Her once hour lunch was cut to 30 minutes. Seniors are no longer allowed to go out for lunch and my daughter will not eat sandwiches. So what does a caring, loving, concerned mother do?


With the school shortening lunches and not allowing kids to go out of the school to eat, we went back to little kid lunches. As asinine as this sounds those Lunchables, crackers with cheese, and Hello Kitty fruit snacks are considered to be food, fills our daughter’s stomach so she can continue on with her day of lugging heavy books around. Another way to solve this problem would be giving the kids laptops like other schools have. My daughter’s school allows three minutes between classes and not one kid goes to their locker during the day because there isn’t any time!
We’d like to have our daughter take leftovers from last night’s dinner to school, but where can she warm it up?

So yes, I am telling you to buy your kids semi-food of lunchables, fruit snacks, fruit drinks in containers, granola bars, crackers with real cheese in them or sandwiches to combat the total bullshit going on at our kids’ schools!!

Another action schools could take is allowing longer lunches, giving more lunch times, not just two like our daughter’s throw back school does! They could also have two or three lines to stand in except just one, that might!

Sep 19



Patrick J>Adams has spent a glorious six seasons starring as Mike Ross in USA’s Suits. I have to admit I thought Suits seemed stupid, but once I started watching it on Netflix, I truly enjoy watching this drama of testosterone fueled lawyers sparing and joking around.

Born in 1981, Patrick Adams is an avid photographer, owning 25 cameras. Adams was born in Toronto Canada and moved after his parents divorced at 19, where he moved to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California gaining an MFA.
Soon becoming a triple threat, Adams can write incredibly well, act honorably and takes award winning pictures of his popular TV show, Suits.
Starring as Mike Ross in Suits, he learns how to play nasty with Harvey his boss, and carries on from there to come right back at Harvey with a vengeance.

Adams has appeared on numerous TV shows such as NCIS, Lost and many more as do all other actors who star on one show and then soon become stars on acclaimed TV shows. Adams has also starred in Pretty Little Liars, Friday Night Lights and in many movies we will not remember the names of.

Adams became engaged to Troian Bellisario in 2014, who also starred in Pretty Little Liars. She is 30, Adams is

Sep 19



COMMONWEALTH is written so well that each chapter is an individual story about two families joining together when two parents have an affair and get married. Each chapter is its own story and could have been a book length story.

What bothered me about this Ann Patchett book is that Commonwealth is all over the place. This is not a continuing story. It’s numerous stories all thrown in at different time periods. I loved the first chapter and thought if Patchett had continued telling the story in that vein then this would have been more of an epic book. Plus it would have been a lot easier to follow.

What I do not understand is why Ann Patchett seemingly threw all the chapters in the air and served them up where they lie. Commonwealth is all over the place. First the book starts out with a party for the baby who has been baptized and the one Dad who is a district attorney and refuses to take any responsibility at home and with his four kids, finds Beverley very attractive. Then the next chapter throws the story and readers about forty or more years ahead.

Then we are thrown back in time to when the kids are in their teen years, then we go to where Franny is cocktail waitressing and has failed the bar in her quest to become a lawyer. This is the way Commonwealth goes; all over the place. I found this continual jumping through time, and boundless blathering by the author to be irritating. Patchett was obviously into writing this book, but it makes for a difficult read. I felt like I was thrown into the middle of an ongoing TV series from the 1970’s like Dallas.

For me there were too many characters to keep up with and Commonwealth was too confusing. There are two families that are fused together due to one man’s lack of morals. There are six kids; four from one family and two or is that three from the other family. Throw in stepparents and Grandparents and there is a confusing tale to be told.

Commonwealth is a bestselling book, and I truly do not understand why. I like a story to flow, to keep my interest to move the action along, not to confuse, irritate and tell numerous different stories that do not go together.

Sep 15



17 year old Russian Ivan Isaenko lives in a hospital which he calls an asylum for children. He has been living in the hospital since he was an infant due to his infirmities. He only has one arm, no legs and translucent skin. He is very intelligent and continually reads to not only occupy his time, but to learn more about the world into which he can’t go in due to his infirmities.

The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko, written by Scott Stambach, is supposed to be a true story according to the author who he says he had translators and editors help figure out exactly Russian Ivan wrote in his daily journal. But I’m not believing it is a true story. I believe this to be a work of fiction. It is too heart wrenchingly written. It is almost too much to bear. Ivan’s book also is written a little too conveniently to be believable. Ivan’s life story is irresistible. It is a must read for the year! It is not a simple fun summer read.

The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko’s description does not do it justice, because it is so much more than Ivan finding a girlfriend who is his equal. It’s more an intimate look at how Ivan tells his story because a nurse he is very close to tells him to keep a daily journal. The Invisible Life is not a beautiful book, it is emotional, gross at times, direct, upfront, serious, funny at times and a story about a teenager’s life inside a terribly traumatic lifetime.

What makes this book even sadder is that Ivan does not have any parents. He never has anyone come to visit him in the hospital. He lives alone except for making a friend in Polina who is dying of cancer in the hospital and with a kind, sympathetic nurse who mothers and befriends him. He even admits he only received three hugs his entire life, no kisses and certainly not any sex.

I have to say I was drawn and repulsed at the same time to The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko. It’s gross and intriguing at the same time. I was wondering if things would get any better for Ivan and if any of his family members ever come to visit him at the hospital.
Overall The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko is a fast, good, moving read that drives readers to the heart wrenching end.

Sep 14



MY take is we are raising a nation of wimps! Suck it up, Cupcake and move on!!

Students in at least one Rutgers University residence hall are being encouraged to use only language that is “helpful” and “necessary” to avoid committing microaggressions.

The display, photos of which were obtained by Campus Reform, is titled “Language Matters: Think,” and was placed in the College Avenue Apartments by a resident assistant, according to a current resident of the building who does not wish to be identified.

Victims of microaggressions are “more at risk for illness & decreased immune system.”

Erected as part of the university’s “Language Matters” campaign, the bulletin board instructs students to ask themselves whether their choice of words is “true,” “helpful,” “inspiring,” “necessary,” and “kind” before speaking out, and also includes a list of potentially-offensive terms, such as “retarded” and “illegal aliens.”

The board warns students that failing to follow these guidelines could lead them to commit a microaggression, which include “microassaults,” “microinsults,” and “microinvalidations.”

Also included on the bulletin board is a flyer from the “Language Matters” campaign, an initiative launched by the Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities some time during the 2015 fall semester.

The flyer, which was adapted from the University of Maryland’s “Inclusive Language Campaign,” lists various terms that some people might find offensive, presenting scenarios such as saying “he looks like a terrorist” to someone who is “a United States veteran;” using the phrase “that’s so ghetto” around someone who “grew up in poverty;” and commenting that an “exam just raped me” in the presence of “a survivor of sexual assault.”

The “Language Matters” website includes a presentation similar in nature to the flyer, outlining the “big impact” of “little things” and providing examples of the three types of microaggressions.

A microassault may include “avoiding someone,” for instance, while an example of a microinsult is telling someone they are strong for a girl. A microinvalidation, meanwhile, could involve asking an Asian or Latino person where they are from.

Simply avoiding offensive language, however, is not enough according to Rutgers, which claims that microaggressions can also be “nonverbal” and “environmental,” but fails to elaborate further.

Rutgers also has a Bias Prevention Education Team that handles reports of microaggressions and other “bias incidents,” which experienced a surge of reports after alt-right commentator Milo Yiannopoulos visited campus last semester, the anonymous student claimed. Liberal students memorably protested the event by covering themselves in fake blood, but still complained vehemently that the university had tolerated what they deemed “hate speech.”

Rutgers president Robert Bachi defended Yiannopoulos’ right to speak on campus despite expressing views that may be considered offensive, but the “Language Matters” campaign contradicts that message through 60- to 90-minute workshops examining how “negatively charged words…create a damaging environment for all of society,” during which presenters seek “to demonstrate how microagressions hinder our ability to have a diverse and inclusive society/community.”

Sep 12


GIRL IN THE AFTERNOON BY SERENA BURDICK—Most Magnificent book of 2016!!

The description for Girl In the Afternoon does not do this magnificent book justice. Serena Burdick does a lot more than write a story about a young woman trying to gain independence in a man’s world back in Paris in the late 1800’s. Aimee Savaray and her family become involved in a drama of epic proportions. Turns out Aimee’s mother, Colette has numerous affairs, one with Henri who Aimee has fallen in love with.

I have to admit I did not want to enjoy reading Girl in the Afternoon because I guess it would be easier to simply read it and put the book aside. But no, Burdick does such an incredible job of creating an interwoven web of misdeeds and complications that I became entrenched in the book staying up way too late to finish devouring Girl in the Afternoon which became a very fast read once reaching page 100.

Aimee wants a life of painting beautiful paintings and not being just another model or getting married at a young age to do the right thing of getting married to someone she doesn’t love and having numerous babies to carry on a family line. She wants to live life to the fullest by doing what she adores. It’s just that she falls in love with the same young man her mother has taken as a lover. You see, Colette is something of a ho and will stop at nothing to ruin other people’s lives, even if she ruins her daughter’s life, and essentially her entire family’s life to get what she wants.

Not exactly a model of motherhood, Colette routinely has affairs with whomever she pleases to cure her dire boredom. But then the plot thickens and readers are sent on a whirlwind of plot twists that outnumber any soap opera.

I highly recommend Girl in the Afternoon to all women who want a good, emotional, better than any soap opera read! Truly a masterful, brilliant book, take time to read Girl in the Afternoon. Most Magnificent book of 2016!

Sep 12



Tim Tebow is regarded as perhaps the greatest college football player who had a promising start to a great NFL career. Despite playing great with his strength, heart and soul and being very religious every pro team he’s been on has literally dumped him after a few short seasons. Even though Tebow plays with his heart, he never really seems to be given a chance to prove himself. Maybe the team’s owners demand miracles from a guy who gets down on one knee at football games to pray–a trend called Tebowing in the early 2010’s.
Recently Tebow signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets as an outfielder.

I’d rather have a player who respects America and is religious than the current players who refuse to stand during the national anthem!!

Tim Tebow was born in the Philippines to Baptist missionaries. Before his mother became pregnant with him, she contracted amoebic dysentery. During her pregnancy, the medications used to treat the dysentery caused a severe placental abruption, a condition in which the placental lining separates from the uterus. The Tebows decided to carry the baby to term as abortion is against their faith. Tebow and his mother appeared in a pro-life commercial funded by evangelical group Focus on the Family during Super Bowl XLIV (2010) which stirred national controversy.

Tim began playing football when he was 6 years old. He and his siblings were home-schooled by their mother at the family’s farm outside of Jacksonville, Florida. Taking advantage of a state law passed allowing home-schooled students to compete in high school sports, in 2003, he and his mother moved to Ponte Vedra so he would be eligible to play for Allen D. Nease High School. He was named Player of the Year as a junior (playing his last game that season with a broken fibula), and Mr. Football his senior year after he lead Nease to the Class 4A title. On December 13, 2005, three days after Nease won state, Tebow announced he would be playing for his parents’ alma mater, the University of Florida, where Tebow dominated the sport of football.

Sep 09

GOOD MORNING, MIDNIGHT Better Than Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey!


Starting with the ending—ARGHHH!!
The ending of Good Morning, Midnight leaves readers hanging. We are left not really knowing exactly what happens. There could have been more to the story, but perhaps Dalton is coming out with another book to tell what happens to the survivors of earth’s possible demise. I was left with so many questions I feel I need them answered.

Good Morning Midnight is a science fiction tale so intense, I read as fast as possible to find out what happened. I for one need some questions summed up like: does Sully meet her father or is it too late? Where exactly did Iris come from or was she just a figment of Augustine’s imagination? Exactly what happened to the earth, did a disease or a war wipe out all human life?

Good Morning, Midnight is intense, emotional, interesting, intriguing and also intellectually stimulating. It’s also a love story. Good Morning Midnight at times reminded me of Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, because it involves a science fiction element, and things that can’t possibly ever be explained. It’s also weird, like 2001 was beyond weird. But, Good Morning, Midnight is better than 2001 because it is more emotional, involves two love stories, and involves people who discover they are real people.

Lily Brooks-Dalton pulls readers along on an intense thrill ride of having to find out what happened and what happens next. The way in which Dalton describes the stars, the sky, arctic hares, wolves leaves one wondering if she lived a life of isolation so extreme where she becomes one with nature as her characters do. Dalton’s writing is beautiful, wonderful and gifted with immense storytelling prowess. Two stories combine having the characters involved meet from millions of miles away. Beautifully written, I highly recommend reading Good Morning Midnight, it is a book to be devoured and then savored.

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