Educating Yourself on Predatory Grooming

child abuse casts a shadowBelow is an article by Valerie Jacobsen, posted to her FB, which I hope everybody can read and share with others.
This is not a subject people feel comfortable discussing, but it’s important. This grooming is also about making you doubt your own instincts. Boundaries aren’t broken right away, they are barely touched, a nudge here, an almost imperceptible pressure applied there- and one of the reasons for that is to make you question your own concerns. When you do notice something, you second guess yourself because you have been trained to trust this person, you have been trained to be ashamed of yourself for wondering if you are just being overly suspicious.

I first saw this on Carmon Friedrich’s FB status just because that was the order I checked. She introduced it with:

This is super important information for parents. You MUST understand how abusers “groom” their victims. This information can prevent your family from being taken in by a clever predator:

NOTE: Valerie updated her article and you can read it here.  Please, please, do read it. Share it with your family members and church friends, family, and leadership.

“Grooming is presenting a very appealing persona to both children and adults in the target community, including anyone in authority.

Grooming convinces everyone in the community that the abuser is especially trustworthy, very safe, lots of fun, very helpful, and (in Christian contexts) very godly with a servant’s heart, etc. Time and again when abusers are found out, adults will say, “I can’t believe it! There must be a mistake. He is the godliest man in the whole community! Are you sure that the victim isn’t confused, or lying? This is just unbelievable.”

A child molester will be very helpful with the children. He will look for opportunities to help them with their needs–change their diapers, take them to the bathroom, comb their hair, help them get ready to swim, help them towel off, lift them up, fill their plates, tie their shoes. It’s the extra helpful male who feels like a godsend to a harried mother.

He may be very free with compliments–the children are beautiful, their parents are wise. He may want to be Facebook friends with children, or send them encouraging e-mails or cards. He may tell the children stories or true histories of relationships with a wide disparity in ages. (For example: “I’m 20 and you’re 10? Wow! Isn’t your dad exactly 10 years older than your mom? That’s so cool!”)

Grooming includes “can’t refuse” offers–candy, treats, trips–”come ride my horses”, free tickets to desired events, gifts etc. Depending on the child and the age of the child, it may include items that parents have forbidden–cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, movies, porn.

Grooming includes keeping secrets. Giving the child something forbidden and making it “our secret”. This may include encouraging the child in a lie and then using the guilt against the child. It may escalate to threats, “If you tell, I’ll….”

Grooming can include treating the child like an equal, like a confidant, telling the child secrets about the perpetrator’s life and problems and telling the child that he is the abuser’s most trusted friend, the one he counts on most, the one who always keeps his secrets. Religious figures will tell the child that he is a gift from God, and a blessing to the abuser. He makes the child feel loved, trusted, honored, wanted, needed. He may say flamboyant things like, “My life was never so happy until I met you.”

Grooming starts with mild suggestions, mild touching, loving affection, all sorts of things that will be easily explained if anyone gets alarmed. Hugging, back rubs, tickling, etc. It progresses slowly, over time, gradually pushing boundaries. It includes promises that this isn’t bad, everyone does it, it’s “grown up”, it’s educational, etc.

Grooming can include separating children from parents and wearing away trust–they don’t love you like I do, they don’t trust you like I do, I heard what they said to you and that wasn’t respectful, their rules are not appropriate for someone as mature and wise as you. Your parents don’t understand your needs, they don’t understand how mature you are, etc. Anything to divide, encourage doubt, foment a little rebellion.

At some point an abuser may use porn to normalize behaviors and convince the child that this is what his friends and family members are doing too.

With sexual abuse, the offender doesn’t just grab a child and touch him. He takes a great deal of time convincing the child of his love, his affection, his honor, his godliness.

He gives the child things that the child does not want to forfeit if he tells–not just things but “love”, “respect”, “trust”, etc. The point is to elicit the child’s love, affection, and trust. The point is to create a relationship that the child does not want to lose.

Negatively, grooming includes telling the child he won’t be believed, that people will blame the child, that people will be disappointed or disgusted with the child, that the child was the real seducer, that the abuser (whom the child feels loved by and feels that he loves) will go to jail if the child tells, that friends or family members or friends will be hurt if the child tells, that other people don’t understand what they share, etc.

Child molesters include pastors, youth pastors, Sunday School teachers, parents, grandparents, uncles, older brothers, psychologists, school teachers, police officers, all kinds of people in positions where they are especially trusted. Child molesters can be married and seem to have happy marriages. Some seem immature and focused on children’s activities, but not all.

For a child molester, part of the excitement, sometimes most of the excitement, consists in the number of people who are taken in by his elaborate and often grandiose web of lies, the number of people who think he is awesome, amazing, indispensable, etc.”


As appealing as it may be, I don’t want us to become so paranoid we move to a hut in the woods where you will never have to deal with another human soul again, but it’s long past time we stopped being ignorant.

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I think I’m in big trouble

This is pretty much totally, freakily, bizarrely insane:

I think it’s the onion that makes the entire video for me.
And I just let my one year old grandbaby watch it.

On the one hand, it’s not nearly so bad as the time my father tried to let my four year old watch Platoon.

On the other hand, they don’t grade on a curve, so they may never let me babysit again anyway.

Candy, by Japanese artist Kyary.

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Our Lives This Week

Doozy of a week.  What do you mean, it’s only Wednesday?

My husband was down to working only about 10 hours a week at the school because it’s summer, so he asked his old boss for a job and he got it. He’s working as an assistant manager at the grocery store and working at the school.  Both jobs are part-time, but combined they are full time, and this week they are more than full time.  He left for work at 8 this morning and doesn’t expect to be home until 11.

As most of you know, The Equuschick had a bad fall on Monday and possibly cracked her tailbone.  She felt worse and worse, so they ended up in ER.  She had an ultrasound and the baby is in good health, and probably due mid September- and is a girl.

The Dread Pirate Grasshopper’s reaction was not on the same scale as this poor boy’s, but he did let it be known to the universe that actually, he had only wanted two little sisters and he had them, so now he wanted a brother.  His mother feels, and I think wisely, that it probably turned out for the best for him to know now that he’s getting a third little sister so that he has time to process his always strong and complicated emotions before she arrives.

I suggested maybe he could discuss with his uncle the possible advantages of being the oldest brother to a group of little sisters vs being the baby of the family with six noonas (big sisters).  His mother said she was holding back on encouraging the whole oppa thing (big brother to little sister(s)) because recently he hit the Ladybug “because she wasn’t sharing her food with the Bumblebee, and the Bible says to share.”

Anyhow.   They all came to our house so the parents could nap after their late night early morning ER visit and we could play with the babies and feed them, and by we, mostly I mean the FYG, because yesterday was also the day the FYB was clipping the wings and moving his 50 now not-so-cute young chickens from the garage to the coop out back.

Meanwhile, I had a therapy appointment with a new therapist for the PTSD stuff, an appointment the wonderful Shasta had made for me and he drove me there and back.  When I left, the therapist was crying.

Also, Cornelius the goat had to be put down last night, which everybody agreed was time,  but the timing left much to be desired, and now the horse is lonely and broke into the chicken feed, which is annoying to the Boy and bad for the horse.

Meanwhile, cracked tailbone or not, the EC’s pain continued and it worsened and it wasn’t the tailbone anymore.  She and the babies stayed with us last night just in case, and that’s a good thing. Her husband had to go to work and she’s in no shape to be caring for these whirlwinds of adorable on her own.  At midnight she called the midwife and it sounded to her like kidney stones.  At 6 the nurse showed up with an IV of pain-meds and fluids and the EC is now on her second one.

It’s been an educational morning.  I am astonished, for instance,  at the seemingly impossible volume of shredded toilet paper one 17 month old can produce by shredding a few squares of said toilet paper.

The DPG’s balloon got a small hole in it and the air seeped out. If you have taken the DPG’s measure accurately via the stories we share here with all our nearest and dearest internet strangers, you know this was a Shakespearean level tragedy. On the plus side, I pointed out, it was perhaps good sign that his disappointment over the fact that he’s going to have a third sister seemed to be a little less than his shattered worldview over a hole in his balloon.

“This is the DPG we’re talking about,” said the DPG’s mama. “He doesn’t have an emotional scale for these things. They are all equally tragic.”

In other news, the biggest incision in the FYG’s leg is just not closing and now it looks infected. When I say biggest incision, we’re talking about a circle in her knee a little smaller than a dime. It’s a little smaller than a dime when I am looking right at it.  When I am only thinking about it, it begins to grow and before too long it’s the size of a silver dollar and on its way to dinner plate proportions.

It’s oozy and red, and it’s the red that concerned me. We asked the EC’s nurse if she minded looking at it and just sharing her general opinion on what she’d do if it were her leg,  and she agreed that if it were her, she’d go to the doctor because she didn’t like the redness one bit.

So, the FYG, all big girl like and grown up, made herself an appointment and will take herself in on her own (the second time this month) to have it looked at.  And at three-ish, the Equuschick has an appointment to have another ultrasound to look for kidney stones.

Last night I went to the grocery store and bought a bunch of junk food.  When I got home my son asked how I was doing and I said kind of emotional.  There was a tender interlude of a few seconds. He opened the van door to get the groceries, and when he saw the stuff I bought his eyes grew as big as saucers and he said something like, “I see what you mean.”

Then, the Boy being the Boy, he grinned and said, “Don’t take this the wrong way, but could you be this emotional at the grocery store more often?”

Ob la di, ob la da



Update: Three of the four incision sites on the FYG’s leg are infected.

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Low Carb Mini Fritatas

breakfast trayIngredients:

1/2 of a 10 oz package of frozen, chopped spinach, thawed

1 cup of ricotta cheese, or use cottage cheese if it’s drained well

3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese

2/3 cup diced fresh mushrooms

2 tablespoon minced onion

1/2 tsp dried oregano

1/4 tsp salt

1 egg

Pepperoni slices (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 F.

lightly grease mini muffin cups

Take the thawed spinach and squeeze as much liquid out as possible (I squeeze it over a bowl and use the liquid for a light soup, or you could add it to a green smoothy)

Combine all ingredients except the pepperoni.  Mix well. If you’re using pepperoni, put one pepperoni slice in the bottom of each muffin cup.   Spoon spinach/cheese mixture into each cup.  Bake for 25 minutes.  Cool for 10.  Loosen with the top of a knife to remove.  Serve warm, hot, or cold.  Top with a bit of sour cream.  If you like fry some bacon and crumble it into the sour cream, or dice some pepperoni and mix it into the sour cream.

This recipe makes 2 dozen.  You can freeze them after baking.  To reheat, bake for 6 minutes at 375.


This recipe was submitted to the May/June, 2003 edition of Home Cooking magazine by Eleanor Craycraft of Sequim (pronounced Squim), Washington.

It looks delicious, and like a great recipe to make for for lunches, for traveling, and to have on hand when you’re doing low-carb dieting.

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More about my kombucha

kombuchaA couple people asked me today to explain what exactly kombucha is.  In Russia kombucha is known sometimes as tea kvass.

Basically,I would say it’s fermented sweet tea, made using a ‘mother.’  Mother kombucha is a couple cups of already fermented kombucha along with a scoby.   Scoby is an adorable sounding acronym for the far less charming “symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast” which is what it stands for.  Really.  The scoby is pretty ugly. Incidentally, I am not a fan of black tea in any form, including sweet tea, but kombucha doesn’t taste like tea at all.

You can be all professional and health conscious CDC style and test your steeping kombucha for readiness by using thermometers and ph papers and stuff, or you can be less odiously CDC and FDA like, but still cautious and stick a plastic spoon or a glass eye dropper in it and taste it.  I just stick my finger in it and lick it.  I do wash my hand first.

If it’s too sweet, it needs to steep longer. If it’s too vinegary, it’s probably done, and if you like, you can add sweet juice to it to cut the tartness, if that’s what you really, really want.  Me, I like it at the point where I can smack my lips and say, “hmmm, this has a bit of a bite to it, I believe I’ll have some more.”

Last week I put a couple cups of completed kombucha in a jar with raisins and ginger in it, put a lid on it, and let it set for another day.  I meant to make it two or three more days, but I was too impatient to wait, so I drank it the next day.  There was some fizz, but just a little.  it was still delicious.

Last week I also started this week’s batch.  I combined 2 cups of my already finished kombucha, four cups of black tea sweetened with one cup of sugar, which had cooled to room temp, and six cups of water in a gallon tea jug with my scoby on top.  I let it set for four days, when the EC tasted it and said she thought it was done.  I tasted it and thought it was still too sweet.

She, or somebody else, suggested that the top of my gallon jar was too narrow, that kombucha did best with a wider top so that  more of the scoby could cover a wider surface- the scoby grows to fit the surface space it has, and then it grows down, often producing another scoby or two which you can share with your friends if you like.

Another daughter told me she didn’t think it mattered- she’s been making her kombucha with apple chai tea and ginger in just the same sort of jar and is pretty happy with the fizzy results.

But out of curiosity, I moved my kombucha to a soup tureen I have that is sort of oval, and thus has a greater surface area than the tea jug.  I put the lid on it and then covered it with a towel since the lid has an opening for the soup ladle.

Kombucha in soup tureen

Yesterday and the day before I fetched myself a glass of the still brewing stuff by ladling it out (with a plastic ladle, I have read it reacts to metal).  I put in a glass of ice with some lime juice and some minced ginger and stirred well.

It was delicious.  The HG had come up for a visit and I gave her some to take home and she tells me she wishes she had taken more home with her, it was fabulous.

The EC makes her by putting strawberries and mint leaves in the bottom of a jar of finished kombucha.  I haven’t had it yet, but her husband Shasta thinks it’s delicious, and he mostly refuses to drink anything but Pepsi.

My married daughters all love kombucha.  Only one of their husbands is a fan. My husband tried a glass of mine and said it was good, but I think he was just being polite because he didn’t want more than a swallow and he doesn’t ever ask for it.   Jenny doesn’t mind it if it’s not too strong, but she doesn’t care for the fizzy version, which is my favorite.

This grandbaby is a fiend for Kombucha:

Bumblebee grandbaby

She’s also a fiend for mulberries, which are ripe now and she’s been eating some.

My youngest two children refuse to drink it.  In fact, my son says, “Drink it?  I won’t even look at it!”


It is true that the scoby looks rather disturbing.

kombucha scoby


The soup tureen is pretty and all, but it does have a bigger foot print on the counter, so next time, I’ll probably just go back to the taller but narrower gallon tea jug.

There’s a coffee version, too, that I know nothing about and don’t want to know, either.  The Equuschick points out, when I objected to the idea of coffee kombucha, that ‘we are drinking a beverage that comes from a live fungus that resembles a jellyfish. I feel that we all have crossed a certain threshhold here anyway.’

Coffee is coffee for me, and should not have its essential coffee-ness tampered with, so I won’t be trying that one out.

As for the jellyfish fungus that creates my kombucha, I have long been accustomed to compartmentalize and engage in emotional numbing, so I just refuse to think about it and that works for me.


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Free4Kindle: Smoothies

we love free books

BURN THE EXCESS FAT IN FEW DAYS!: Fat-Melt fruit Recipes

Amazon blurb: The good news here is that you can lose inches around your waist, reduce your big tommy to flat and burn down some excess fat by eating more rather than less, if you choose your ingredients correctly.
The recipes and ingredients discussed here are packed with calorie-burning nutrients, specifically targeted at melting abdominal fat.

Most fruit actually contains excessive quantity of natural sugar that instantly converts into fat when taken in excess and of course there are some other fruits that actually work to help burn or melt down fat. Therefore, including more of the latter fruits into your diet helps with fat loss.
This book provides recipes of some of the most powerful detox smoothies which can be incorporated into any detox program that you’re following, or just simply enjoyed for their health benefits.
The potent combinations of detoxifying and healing properties that will remove fattening toxins from your body, boosting your metabolism and allowing your body to burn fat more effectively.
They will also help you greatly with a lot of other health benefits such as;
Prevention of cancer.
Preventing and cutting down the risk of heart disease.
Giving the liver some boost.
and a lot more

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Green Smoothie Recipes For Weight Loss and Detox Book

Blurb: The book 40 Green Smoothie Recipes for Weight Loss and Detox is a collection of green smoothie recipes for those who seek an effective weight loss program that does not put a strain on their health. It is a great companion for dieters who want to lose a few inches and pounds while enjoying their journey to a healthy body.

The book contains 40 different green smoothie recipes that incorporate only greens and fruits, those that use non-dairy milk and yogurt and grain-filled mixes for an indulgent way of losing weight with green smoothies.

Each recipe also offers recipe variations and a note explaining the weight loss benefit of key ingredients used to make the reader better understand why each fruit or vegetable is ideal for losing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Recipes are easy to follow to encourage even a smoothie newbie to begin and carry on a healthy and effective way to lose weight.

The book 40 Green Smoothie Recipes for Weight Loss is ideal for those who want to start on a juice diet and even for those who are already juicing for weight loss and want to keep it healthy all the way.

Reader Review: I’m on a health binge, and this book was on free promo, but if you are reading this review and it isn’t free anymore, it’s worth the price. I’ve tried several of the 40 recipes, with FIVE favorites that keep me running with energy and feeling great. Combined w/Elle Garner’s new Fruit Infused Water book, I am hydrated and feeling sassy! :) I know there are a lot of smoothie recipe books out there, but this one is worth it.

Reader review: I was able to get may ideas on what to mix to make smoothies. I liked how alternative ingredients were given and also a side note on the nutritional aspect of either the entire smoothie or a specific ingredient.

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Smoothie Recipes for Weight Loss – 30 Delicious Detox, Cleanse and Green Smoothie Diet Book

Includes ingredients like green matcha tea powder, which many may not have around. Some of the negative reviews were freaked out by the use of coconut milk because it’s high in fat so ‘everybody’ knows that can’t help with weight loss.

Other reviews admit what you can see by the title- it’s only 30 recipes.

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Smoothies and Juices for Newbies

Blurb: A juice or smoothie a day is the easiest and fastest way to start transforming your life. Satisfy your nutritional needs and quench your thirst with fresh, uber healthy, vitamin-rich fruit and vegetables combined in mouthwatering recipes.
Smoothie and Juices for Newbies gives you all of the recipes and tools to get started. Delicious and easy recipes, tips and advice from personal experiences.
In this ebook, I’ll teach you all of the basics, the guidelines, and the golden tips and tricks of juicing and smoothies the easy way. You’ll be introduced to delicious recipes that are as rewarding for your health as they are for your taste buds.
Everything in this ebook has been deliberately designed to be as simple and easy to follow as possible, so you can begin juicing and making smoothies with ease. It is my hope that you too will be able to benefit from the wonders of juicing and smoothies, just as I have.

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The Paleo Diet Cookbook: 101+ Delicious Paleo Recipes for Every Occasion – Lose Weight, Reverse Disease, and Live Healthy (Paleo Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners, Snacks, and Beverages)

Over 100 recipes. Blurb: In this cook book you will find:

Quick and Delicious Paleo Recipes

In today’s fast paced society, we often find it hard to find time to prepare ourselves a proper, healthy and delicious meal. That’s why it is essential to have a list of paleo recipes that can be quickly and easily prepared.

Paleo Snack Recipes

Do you ever crave to have some cookies or a bag of chips when you are on the go? Do you ever feel like surrendering to these cravings? Well now you will be covered. Under this section you will find snack bar recipes, snack recipes for kids, delicious finger food ideas and sweet paleo snack recipes.

Affordable Paleo Recipes

Whoever said that paleo diet recipes are quite expensive?! Perhaps to somebody that’s new to paleo. In this section you will find inexpensive paleo recipes for when you are on a budget. In this section each recipe has a price estimate for your convenience.

Almond Flour Recipes

Almond flour is a great, healthy and gluten-free alternative to the traditional wheat flour. In this section there are many easy, delicious and gluten-free recipes that you will enjoy.

Paleo Slow Cooker Recipes

Here you will find multiple delectable soup recipes as well as many main meal slow cooker recipes. They are healthy, delicious and, best of all, easy-to-make slow cooker recipes.

Paleo Baking Recipes

Under Paleo Baking Recipes you will find some great baking recipes that will be fantastic substitutes for your traditional pizzas, breads, cakes, muffins, cookies and more. This part is designed to offer you a wide selection of baked goods that are paleo-approved.

Change is never easy. There is always a steep learning curve ahead. Our goal is to make that learning curve easier to navigate by giving you a can’t-lose meal plan strategy

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Some people really do have trouble putting on weight, and they get socially stigmatized about that, to the point where it’s awkward for them to even ask for advice or admit that it’s a struggle. I am not one of those people, not by a long shot. I am one of those people whose very presence in the room makes it embarrassing for other to talk about struggles putting on weight.

For those who struggle with that, maybe this will help: Low-Cost Smoothie Recipes to Gain Weight & Bulk Up

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Paleo Smoothies: Recipes to Energize and for Weight Loss

Blurb: The Paleo diet may seem restricting but with this cook book, the reader can find a variety of smoothie recipes that are acceptable meals or snacks in the paleo diet. Recipes for the following smoothies are included: Vegetable and green smoothies, fruit smoothies including strawberry, banana, rhubarb, coconut, and pineapple, detox smoothies.

Also included in the book are:
Nutritional facts for each recipe and some fun and interesting facts on ingredients used in the recipes.
Book helpful for those following the Paleo diet, but it also provides variety for anyone who is interested in eating healthy.
Ingredients used in these smoothies are not uncommon, but are easily obtained ingredients; this makes creating these smoothies enjoyable, easy and delicious.

Reader Review: This book begins with an explanation of the paleo diet and its benefits. The author then lists each recipe with detailed ingredients, all of which are readily available at the local store. Nutritional information is provided for each smoothie and I really enjoyed the extra tips on concepts ranging from differences in milk substitutes to the nutritional value of Kale and Chia seeds.

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Pretty sure Daniel didn’t have a blender, but…:

Daniel Fast Smoothies: 50 Easy, Quick, Smoothie Recipes for Health, Vitality and Weight Loss

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Reader review: Fast, diverse and full of flavorful combinations… this ebook of deliciously healthy smoothies is a pleasant surprise. Who knew you could get so many health benefits from such an assortment of liquid goodness. Thanks to Grace Williams, I know now.
And even if you have trouble digesting the Biblical underpinnings, the philosophy is sound. Eat of the earth, eat natural and eat well.
I only wish the table of contents was hyperlinked for quicker access to specific smoothies recipes. As it is, you have to click through each individual recipe page to get to any particular one you want at even given time. But, then, once you’ve done that,you could always bookmark a section for later and faster reference.
All in all, this is was a good find and well-presented. Also, it’s completely doable!

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Subject to change without notice: Free Titles were free at the time I copied and pasted the links. But they don’t always stay free.

Same for reduced price titles.

Shameless money grubbing: I thought this was common knowledge, but it turns out it’s not- these are affiliate links. If you click on a free title and download it, I get….. nothing.  If you click on a free title and while you are at Amazon also buy something else, I get….. something.  Depending on what you buy, it will probably be somewhere between 4% and 7% of what you spend (I don’t get a percentage on penny sales) but I don’t pretend to understand how all of that side works.

Also, Swagbucks remains my favorite source for free Amazon gift cards.

If you like these listings, you should also like my Facebook page, because I list other free and bargain priced titles there several times each week. Most of the blurbs and book descriptions above are not mine, but come from  reviews on Amazon’s page.

Don’t have a Kindle? : You don’t have to have Kindle to take advantage of these offers. You can read them on various free reading apps. I often read mine on my laptop if they are short enough books, even though I have two kindles.  That’s because my kids keep taking off with the Kindles to read their school books and they don’t remember to recharge them before returning.  I wouldn’t say I’m bitter about it, but I might be a little disgruntled. If you’re curious, this is the Kindle I have, and I have used others and mine remains my favorite. Mine has Keyboard 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi and I don’t have commercial screensavers.  The second Kindle is actually one I was given in exchange for some writing work, and I gave it to my two teens.  It does not have 3G, which is why it’s their Kindle.  Personally,  I don’t like Kindle Fires.

Yes, my Kindle gets slow because I stuff it too full.  You can left click on a title on your Kindle anddelete it from your device, while still keeping it in your list of titles at Amazon in case you want to add it back to your Kindle later without paying for the title all over again.  Don’t delete it from folder at Amazon unless you want to rid yourself of it permanently.

Happy Reading!

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Changing Stories of Benghazi

Benghazi suspect has been captured from location where he’s been giving public interviews to American media for months.   The WaPo says it’s a major victory of Obama.

I’m sure we all so o relieved this man won’t be making any more youtube videos. Right?

What?  He has nothing to do with the youtube video we were told was behind this protest that ran amuck?  But, but…?

And wait- how can it be a major victory to capture the key figure in a ‘phony scandal created by Fox news?’   How can there even be a prime terrorist/murder suspect if it’s a phone scandal?

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Prayers for our friend J. and his shipmates

When we moved to Washington almost 16 years ago, somebody put us in touch with our friend Tootlepip before we got there.  She wrote me a few letters- she had a daughter the same age as our older girls, and three sons the same age as three of our younger girls.

When we went to church there for the first time, Tootlepip ran to meet me first, eyes sparkling, engaging grin, and lots of love and warmth.  We did a lot of things together over the next 2 1/2 years that we lived there. We went on the insane field trip to Canada to see the Michaelangelo exhibit.  We went to the art museum in Seattle (where two of my little country girls managed to get on elevator in the parking garage without me and be whisked away to a different floor).  We went on nature walks and hikes in a wetlands reserve run by a relic of the sixties who interspersed his knowledgeable and informed talks about ponds and wildlife with comments about the government shooting mind rays into people’s heads that made visitors to his reserve become afraid of him.  the boys wrote get well cards for me when i was pregnant and incredibly sick.  We lost kids and found them again.  We went to the beach.  The last week we had in town before we moved on, we stayed at our house.  Two of the boys made me a going away present of some polished twigs that they sanded smooth and beautiful and then wrote sweet messages on them for me.

Their daughter lives a few hours away from us now and has come to stay with us for weddings and Thanksgiving from time to time. Other holidays, too, I think.  The youngest boy is the same age as our FYG and he just graduated from their homeschool.  The two older boys graduated a little bit ago and they both joined the military, one the Navy, one the Air Force (IIRC).

J, the one in the Navy, is on this ship.  He was able to email his mama and tell her the family might see him on the news soon.   They turned on the news, and they did, indeed, see him.   He’s on his way to Iraq.

Our son-in-law Shasta, you may remember, went to Iraq at the very beginning.  We loved him, and were thankful for him and we wanted him home as fast as possible and hated all of it for him.    We worried for his Mama, we worried for him.  Other friends who served have asked for prayers for the Iraqi people, especially the ones they knew and served with when they were there- it’s truly brutal and ugly what they are enduring right now.

We’re worried for J, too, and all his shipmates.  We’re worried for his parents, for his siblings, for his wife.

My nephew is in Kuwait.  My niece is expecting their first child the end of this summer, and they are hoping he can come home in time.

Thanks for your prayers as well.


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Trees Tall as Mountains (The Journey Mama Writings: Book 1)
For eight years Rachel Devenish Ford has been writing about her not quite normal life at her blog, Journey Mama, telling stories about her days with characteristic honesty and humor. Now for the first time, this writing is captured in book format in the Journey Mama Writings Series.

In Trees Tall as Mountains, Rachel writes about her life of volunteering in an intentional community in the woods of Northern California with her Superstar Husband and three young children, cultivating joy and her faith in God despite a continuing fight with anxiety and very simple means. She is candid and hopeful, intimate and humorous. Because Rachel’s explorations of faith are not trite or churchy, her writing is beloved by believer and non-believer alike. Her bright, honest words make strangers into friends, and Rachel’s attempts to truly understand the love of God radiate hope to others who are searching for him in the sometimes dark, sometimes beautiful world.

Rachel Devenish Ford is the wife of one Superstar Husband and the mother of five incredible children. Originally from British Columbia, Canada, she spent seven years working with street youth in California before moving to India to help start a meditation center in the Christian tradition. She can be found eating street food or smelling flowers in many cities in Asia. She currently lives in Northern Thailand, inhaling books, morning air, and seasonal fruit. She is deep in the revisions of her second novel and the compilation of the second Journey Mama book.

There are 30 five star reviews, 6 one and two star reviews, and a handful or two more in between. The one and two star reviews all sounded like they were written by people I wouldn’t like very much at all, so I downloaded this one.

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Troubled Sea

Hetta and Jenks Jenkins live a life a life many only dream of aboard their 42-foot boat in Mexico’s hauntingly beautiful Sea of Cortez. But their chosen sea has a serpent: Mexico’s out-of-control drug trade.

After witnessing a drug-deal gone wrong, they set off a deadly chain of events that lands them in a sea of intrigue involving a best friend, the Mexican Federal Police, the DEA, US Coast Guard, the INS, and a nasty drug cartel.

This fast-paced adventure is a must-read for anyone who has ever dreamed of cutting the lines and shoving off to adventure.

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THE VIRAL CHRIST…Why the Message of the Cross Continues to Persist, Proliferate and Thrive in a Fallen World…and Why it Matters

In this age of rapidly advancing technology and internet connectivity, the world has effectively become smaller. Never before has it been so easy to share our thoughts, a message, a song, video or product with the world. The internet has enabled us to ‘reach’ every corner of the globe, with the click of a mouse. This new technology has enabled some information, products and even entertainment, to ‘go viral,’ and spread from person-to-person at a rate unprecedented prior to this point in history.

But it is the propagation of another historic event, that intrigues Dr. Kelley more than all of the modern day advances which abound. Two thousand years ago, Jesus Christ walked this earth. He preached a message of a new Kingdom to come, and He offered the hope of salvation through His death upon the cross. Despite the disparity between our technology today and the lack of technology in the day that Jesus walked this earth, His message…the message of The Gospel, has ‘gone viral, ‘ and continues to spread in a supernatural and divinely guided manner, to the farthest reaches of our planet. In ‘The Viral Christ,’ Dr. Kelley delves into why he believes the Gospel of Jesus Christ will continue to spread unimpeded, until the day that Jesus returns for His followers, and why the continued proliferation of this message is so important to us all. For those who may be searching, and asking the question, “Is there a God,” The Viral Christ seeks to open both the heart and eyes of those readers who may be struggling to find their faith.

Dr. Kelley is an independent writer and practicing physician in Austin, Texas. His writing interests center primarily on The Gospel of Jesus Christ, as well as fitness and nutrition, and children’s stories written which teach valuable life lessons to kids.

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Fighting Temptation

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The Hazeley Family
Victorian morality literature. It’s the story of the Hazeley family and some of their extended acquaintances and friends. In the beginning of the story, Mr. and Mrs. Hazeley are indifferent and somewhat indolent parents (especially the Mrs.) who send their daughter Flora to live with two maiden aunts, mainly so they don’t have to be bothered with her. One aunt is a Christian, a kindly and generous of heart, the other is selfish and a church member rather than a believer.
The kind aunt dies when Flora is 16 and she must return to her parents and brothers. She first finds home a very untenable place to be, but her friend Ruth, a girl who takes care of her home and little sister and lives behind Flora’s house, suggests that maybe she could be the one to work at setting things to right, and so she does, gradually bringing about a change in her home and family members through her sweet, womanly ways, her prayers, and her deft touch at making their home more comfortable and cheerful (You know the sort of thing if you read these books- twitching the curtains just so, giving a charming and domestic touch to the fireside with the right artistic touch to the mantle decorations, training a sweet potato vine to grow around the windowsill, and so forth.

I don’t know why I get such a kick out of reading these things, but I do. It’s a pretty big step above Elsie Dinsmore, who I cannot bear, but quite a bit below Grace Livingston Hill, and if that’s ‘damning with faint praise,’ I am sure I don’t know what is. Sort of a Horatio Alger for Christian Endeavor girls.

I had fun reading it, found it quaint and some of it touching, some of it too easily mockable, and some of it thought provoking.

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Freedom From the Lies You Tell Yourself (Ebook Shorts)

William Backus in his unashamed way and speaking out of his Christian worldview weaves together his background in cognitive-behaviour therapy with his spirituality and presents a concise piece on the impact of truth upon the soul and yet more than the soul, mind-body-soul. I’m grateful.

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Forsaken Dreams (Escape to Paradise)

Historical romance, Christian fiction,

Embark on a seafaring adventure in a brand-new series from bestselling author MaryLu Tyndall. After witnessing the death and destruction caused by the Civil War, Colonel Blake Wallace is eager to leave his once precious Southern homeland for the pristine shores of Brazil and the prospect of a new utopian community. Widow Eliza Crawford seeks passage on Wallace’s ship harboring a dirty secret—and a blossoming hope for a fresh start. But will dangers from the sea and from man keep them from the peace and love they long for?

The negative reviews are mainly concerned that the author is too sympathetic to the south and pretties up slavery, so I pass, but my neoconfederate friends may like it.

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Make House Cleaning A Breeze: Giving Your Home A Cleaning Makeover

Just 33 pages.  Here’s the blurb:

Does the thought of home cleaning send a chill down your spine?

Are you putting your life on hold on the days you undertake cleaning?

Do you seek an easier and better way to clean your home

If the above sentences describe you, then this e-book is for you.

This easy to use home cleaning e-book seeks to teach you easy ways of cleaning your home. The author has been able to put together this comprehensive guide basing his advice on real life home cleaning issues they have had to face. The author seeks to teach you a better and easier way of cleaning your home.


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Life Reader

Blurb from Amazon:

Fifteen-year-old Raven Wishmore was supposed to snatch a cauldron. Instead she accidentally blows up a library.

When Raven’s father—a spy for Kingdom Quest, a secret society devoted to protecting magic and punishing magic abusers—is charged with finding a priceless cauldron, Raven is coerced into joining the investigation. Raven—forced into a gum snapping, skirt wearing, ditzy disguise—is employed at Saint Cloud Library, which is ruled by a tyrannical library director who has declared all book sections closed. Her coworkers are wary, unfriendly, and unconcerned that the library’s magic is taking on the disposition of a chained monster.

It gets worse. Thanks to a cyber security leak an organization of magic abusers know the cauldron is at Saint Cloud. They will burn the library to the ground to get the cauldron if Raven doesn’t find it first. The only things Raven has going for her is her friendship with the mischievous Montamos brothers, who specialize in breaking and entering, and her dubious magic, the ability to read things to life. However, Raven is unwilling to use her power, as she knows firsthand that her magic-based creations are willing to destroy her.

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Herbal Remedies: 190+ Natural Remedies for 50 Common Ailments (Herbal Medicine, Natural Cures, Natural Medicine) (Herbal Remedies for Ailments A to Z)

This book makes a perfect reference guide that will be of use for years to come. Treatment for 50 of the most common ailments is given. Ailments are as follows:
Acne, anxiety, arthritis, asthma, blisters & burns, body odor, bursitis & tendonitis, canker sores, chronic fatigue, cold sores, colds & flu, constipation, dandruff, depression, diabetes, diarrhea, ear infections, eczema, fibromyalgia, fungal skin infections, glaucoma, gout, hangover, headaches, heart disease, hemorrhoids, herpes, high blood pressure, hypothyroidism, insect bites & stings, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, kidney stones, libido problems, menopause, nausea, nerve pain, obsessive-compulsive disorder, osteoporosis, pinkeye & styes, pneumonia, poison ivy/oak/sumac, shingles, sinus infection, sore throat, sunburn, toothaches, ulcers, warts.

Herbal remedies can save you a lot of money in the long-run. They are much safer than pharmaceutical drugs and can sometimes be much more effective. They are relatively inexpensive to purchase, and it is typical for one herb to have a multitude of uses. Having natural remedies handy can save you a lot of stress, time, and money. A book like this is worth keeping around for many years.

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The Picture of Dorian Gray
Oscar Wilde. Well written, but not at all funny, unlike those of his plays that I’ve read. Not for every reader, certainly. Dorian Gray is no hero, but Wilde didn’t mean for him to be.

Reader Review: Dorian is a perfectly nice, well-meaning young man when we first meet him in the studio of the painter Basil Hallward. Hallward in fact is so drawn to the youth that he draws his greatest inspiration from painting him and just being with him. It is the influence of Hallward’s friend Lord Henry which leads to Gray’s downfall. There are few characters in literature as decadent, witty, and somehow enchanting as Lord Henry. He is never at a loss for words, fatalistic observations of life and people, sarcastic philosophical musings, and brilliantly devious ideas. Among his world of social decadents and artistic do-nothings, his charm remains redoubtable and highly sought-after. Gray immediately falls under his spell, soon devoting himself to living life to its fullest and enjoying his youth and beauty to the utmost. He solemnly wishes that he could remain young and beautiful forever, that Hallward’s exquisite picture of him should bear the marks of age and debauchery rather than himself. To his surprise and ultimate horror, he finds his wish fulfilled. Small lines and creases first appear in the portrait, but after he cruelly breaks the heart of an unfortunate young actress who then takes her own life, the first real signs of horror and blood manifest themselves on his portrait. His love for the ill-fated Sibyl Vane is a sordid, heartbreaking tale, and it marks the culmination of his descent into debauchery. He frequents opium dens and houses of ill repute, justifying all of his worst actions to himself, while the influence of Lord Henry continues to work its black magic on his soul. He hides his increasingly grotesque portrait away in an upstairs room, sometimes going up to stare at it and take pleasure in the fact that it rather than he bears the stains of his iniquities. In time, his obsession with his secret grows, and he is constantly afraid that it will be discovered by someone. For eighteen years he lives in this manner, moving among the members of his society as a revered figure who magically retains his youth, but eventually he begins to see himself as he really is and to curse the portrait, blaming its magic for his miserable life of ill-begotten pleasures and loss of moral character. The final pages are well-written, and the climax is eminently satisfying.

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Edgar Rice Burroughs:

A Princess of Mars

Reader review: This novel was a complete surprise for me. First, I saw a movie on TV called John Carter. I thought it was great. Next, I noticed it was based on a novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs- of Tarzan fame? No way, I thought. So, when my family bought me a tablet for Christmas, I decided to look for it. At the ridiculous price of $0.00, I bought it. I am now on the third of his series of books. What is so interesting for me is that this series talks to the future in the same manner of Jules Verne or H.G. Wells. He published this first book in 1917 I believe. Flight was a very young idea back then. He deals with it in a very delightful and adventurous manner, along with other ideas that I am sure stretched the imagination. And that is the point. I was used to the idea of seeing Johnny Weissmuller swinging through the jungle belting out his Tarzan yell and summoning all his animal friends in the jungle to confront “man” and save the day. Here was a man transported to the planet Mars to interact with many types of beings and many forms of their beliefs. In a wonderful salute to parody, Burroughs alludes to human civilization and its beliefs and faith in those beliefs in a delicate manner. On Mars for instance, one creatures Heaven may be another creatures dinner! Read it and see.

Reader Review: It is true that the hero of the story, John Carter, can’t fail, but that is no different than the hero/heroine in a lot of movies or TV shows. One of the things I like about the book is the colorful description of Mars and its inhabitants. The “world” Burroughs has created is quite interesting.

The Gods of Mars

Reader Review:After reading this book i realized 2 things. First; its a small wonder why this mans work has survived and remained relevent for close to and over 100 years. This book is how you do things right! Second; its a small wonder why the movie failed so hard, had they followed the book instead of cutting a bloody path through the first 3 booksto make the John Carter movie Disney would have a new(ish) franchise that could have surpassed the likes of Tron and Pirates of the Caribbean in how loved it could have been. I saw the movie first and liked it so much that its what made me wanna read the book (i guess the movie did its job in that respect) so it was nice having a primmer of sorts and hearing how the names are supossed to be pronounced but looking back on the movie its just so very disappinting.

Reader review: I read the first book in the “Barsoom” series as a story in the “Steam Punk Megapack” collection. It is pure action/adventure and I really enjoyed it! I then went to Wikipedia and discovered there are eleven books total in the series. The last book is really two separate stories. These books are all fun and easy to read.

I discovered that many of the individual titles in the series are free at Amazon for the Kindle, particularly the first five. Then the stories seem to come in collections for a price. I suggest avoiding the collections based on the negative reviews that I read. I was able to acquire all of the books eventually as single Kindle books.

Two books, numbers 8 and 10 (I believe), I was able to get by googling the titles. They were in Kindle format and free! Check out I did not know before this that the Kindle format is available outside of the Amazon Web Site. I could not get these two books through Amazon.

Book eleven is available at Amazon Kindle but the Title is listed as: “John Carter on Mars.” In Wikipedia it is listed as: “John Carter of Mars.” I believe the two stories: “John Carter and the Giant of Mars” & “Skeleton Men of Jupiter” can be acquired for free as separate titles at if you prefer “free”.

Tarzan of the Apes

Review: First published in 1914, Edgar Rice Burroughs’s romance has lost little of its force over the years–as film revivals and TV series well attest. Tarzan of the Apes is very much a product of its age: replete with bloodthirsty natives and a bulky, swooning American Negress, and haunted by what zoo specialists now call charismatic megafauna (great beasts snarling, roaring, and stalking, most of whom would be out of place in a real African jungle). Burroughs countervails such incorrectness, however, with some rather unattractive representations of white civilization–mutinous, murderous sailors, effete aristos, self-involved academics, and hard-hearted cowards. At Tarzan’s heart rightly lies the resourceful and hunky title character, a man increasingly torn between the civil and the savage, for whom cutlery will never be less than a nightmare.
The passages in which the nut-brown boy teaches himself to read and write are masterly and among the book’s improbable, imaginative best. How tempting it is to adopt the ten-year-old’s term for letters–”little bugs”! And the older Tarzan’s realization that civilized “men were indeed more foolish and more cruel than the beasts of the jungle,” while not exactly a new notion, is nonetheless potent. The first in Burroughs’s serial is most enjoyable in its resounding oddities of word and thought, including the unforgettable “When Tarzan killed he more often smiled than scowled; and smiles are the foundation of beauty.”

[Burroughs has] a gift very few writers of any kind possess: he can describe action vividly. Gore Vidal –Gore Vidal

The Chessmen of Mars
Reader review:
Conventional wisdom has it that the first three books of Burroughs’ Martian series, “A Princess of Mars,” “The Gods of Mars,” and “The Warlord of Mars” form an excellent trilogy and all the rest of the Martian tales are quite poorly done in comparison. I disagree.
I will cite two examples as to why “Chessmen” is Burroughs’ best work in this series.
[1] You can hardly conceive of a more ghastly creature than a spider-being who lives as a parasite on headless human bodies, but that is a perfect description of Ghek the Kaldane, one of the central figures of the book. Burroughs takes this repulsive monstrosity and makes him such a loveable character that you cannot help but like him.
[2] Burroughs not only wrote a good yarn, he wrapped his tale around a striking boardgame that he had invented–jetan, or Martian chess.
It’s no real trick to invent a chess variant. There are thousands of them, and most of them are rubbish. What is so singular about jetan is that it is a good chess variant. I read “Chessmen” as a child, and after reading it, the first thing I had to do was make a jetan set and play the game. I whiled away several enjoyable hours with the game. John Gollon, a noted authority on chess variants, had a similar experience when he was writing “Chess Variations.” He thought he’d include a chapter on jetan for some comic relief, so he made a jetan set and played a few games. He found jetan “quite good–very playable and interesting.” He then pronounced jetan “not a mere novelty, but … a respectable game.”
These two singular achievments (Ghek & jetan) are not the only details that make “Chessmen” so enjoyable. Gahan of Gathol (aka Turan the Panthan) makes for a satisfying hero, and Tara of Helium fills the bill quite nicely for a damsel in distress.
The heros are noble, the villians are wicked, the cause is just, and the action is nonstop. Great escapist reading.

There are a bunch more of ERB’s books for free at Amazon.

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Rice Flour Recipes – 40 Gluten Free Rice Flour Recipes For All Occasions

Are you looking for a versatile gluten-free flour that doesn’t need special treatment or added ingredients? Do you love baking and want to enjoy your food without worrying about your waistline?

Rice flour is easy to use and widely available. It can be used to thicken sauces, coat meat and is great in any stovetop or oven-baked recipe. Brown and white rice flour are both naturally gluten-free and suitable for those with celiac disease.

Rice flour has less calories than wheat, a lower glycaemic index and is a good choice of flour for dieters. Containing a wide range of B vitamins and essential minerals for optimal body performance, brown rice flour is hard to beat.

The following delicious recipes are just a taste of what this book has to offer.

* Banana Rice Bread
* Ace Flour Base
* Berry Peach Cobbler
* Almond Honey Drops
* Coconut Sticky Rice Cakes
* Spicy Thai Chicken
* Persian Cupcakes
* Wholemeal rice Crepes
* Mexican Rice Tortillas
* Chicken Nuggets in Mango Sauce

From breakfast to dessert, rice flour is the number one gluten-free flour. These recipes are sure to become quick family favorites. Enjoy!

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Cappuccinos :The Ultimate Recipe Guide – Over 30 Delicious & Best Selling Recipes

You can get a great cappuccino, a coffee drink made of espresso, steamed milk and foam, at a cafe or coffee house for a few dollars a cup. Or if you’re willing to learn, you can make cappuccinos yourself at your home or office using an espresso or cappuccino machine purchased from any home and garden or retail store. We have collected the most delicious and best selling recipes from around the world. Enjoy!

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Homemade Energy Drinks :The Ultimate Recipe Guide – Over 30 Delicious Recipe Alternatives

With just a little preparation, homemade energy drinks fuel the body with multiple servings of long-term energy. Quenching the mid-morning thirst with a sugary and caffeinated rush only leads to more caffeine and sugar. Manufactured energy drinks spike blood glucose levels and cause fatigue. Don’t throw off the whole day with empty calories and chemical additives. Give the body an energy boost that is healthy as well as hydrating with nutritional homemade energy drinks.

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Cleansed: Exposing the Lies and Dangers of the Cleansing Fad
Is Your Colon Really in Need of Cleansing?

Coffee enemas and green smoothies. Colonics and laxatives. All the so-called “cleanses” that are out there today are meant to make you healthy, clean, and pure…but do they actually work? Can you really expel gallstones by drinking olive oil and citrus juice? Should you be consuming Epsom salts? No one seems to be asking if we should be doing these cleanses in the first place, though…until now. Author Joey Lott lays it all on the line with his latest book, Cleansed. He digs into the most popular cleanses today, sharing tales of his own experience, that of his clients, and the results of his extensive research on the subject.

A Better Way Than Eight Glasses a Day

What happens to your cells when you drink too much water? Shouldn’t you be eating as much fiber as possible? Are you really burning fat with all that cardio? You may think that more is better when it comes to fiber, water, and exercise, but Cleansed will reveal the truth behind the hype being dished out today by leading health experts…including the 8-glasses a day rule. Discover the healthy way to cleanse that doesn’t involve excessive exercise, deprivation, pills, or magic. Work with your body’s wisdom and be amazed by the results instead of jumping from cleanse to cleanse and only feeling worse.

Coffee Enema? Or is Coffee Best Taken Orally?

Did you know that a shot of espresso might be just as effective–and a heck of a lot more enjoyable–than a coffee enema? The author explains the science (and lack thereof) behind this and many other popular cleansing techniques. Get answers to your most burning questions, including what “mucoid plaque” is actually made of. A brief discussion of anatomy blows apart many of the dubious claims made by the marketers of these cleanses and gets readers in touch with the wisdom of their own body, which turns out to have its own innate mechanisms for cleansing.

Ultimately, cleansing doesn’t need to be extreme. Find out the best way to support your body’s natural detoxification processes by reading this book.

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Subject to change without notice: Free Titles were free at the time I copied and pasted the links. But they don’t always stay free.

Same for reduced price titles.

Shameless money grubbing: I thought this was common knowledge, but it turns out it’s not- these are affiliate links. If you click on a free title and download it, I get….. nothing.  If you click on a free title and while you are at Amazon also buy something else, I get….. something.  Depending on what you buy, it will probably be somewhere between 4% and 7% of what you spend (I don’t get a percentage on penny sales) but I don’t pretend to understand how all of that side works.

Also, Swagbucks remains my favorite source for free Amazon gift cards.

If you like these listings, you should also like my Facebook page, because I list other free and bargain priced titles there several times each week. Most of the blurbs and book descriptions above are not mine, but come from  reviews on Amazon’s page.

Don’t have a Kindle? : You don’t have to have Kindle to take advantage of these offers. You can read them on various free reading apps. I often read mine on my laptop if they are short enough books, even though I have two kindles.  That’s because my kids keep taking off with the Kindles to read their school books and they don’t remember to recharge them before returning.  I wouldn’t say I’m bitter about it, but I might be a little disgruntled. If you’re curious, this is the Kindle I have, and I have used others and mine remains my favorite. Mine has Keyboard 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi and I don’t have commercial screensavers.  The second Kindle is actually one I was given in exchange for some writing work, and I gave it to my two teens.  It does not have 3G, which is why it’s their Kindle.  Personally,  I don’t like Kindle Fires.

Yes, my Kindle gets slow because I stuff it too full.  You can left click on a title on your Kindle and delete it from your device, while still keeping it in your list of titles at Amazon in case you want to add it back to your Kindle later without paying for the title all over again.  Don’t delete it from folder at Amazon unless you want to rid yourself of it permanently.

Happy Reading!

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He Turned Me Into a Newt

vintage border babiesToday, the Equuschick informed me, she had to break up a fight between the Dread Pirate Grasshopper and his little sister Ladybug.  Ladybug was outraged because her brother turned her into an animal (they have been reading Shakespeare tales, and DPG was King Oberon).

“Ladybug,” her mother sternly asked, “Look at yourself.  Are you an animal? Do you still have your fingers and toes?”

Ladybug stopped sobbing to cautiously look herself over.

The DPG put in his nickle’s worth, “Do you have wings?  NO, you don’t.  It’s just PRETEND.”

Ladybug acknowledged that perhaps she was not really magicked into an animal after all.

The Equuschick believes this is too much drama before breakfast.  The EC’s older sister believes that maybe Shakespeare isn’t the best choice for a young man of the DPG’s imaginative and persuasive powers.



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