PTSD: Self-Talk

By way of updates, I didn’t see my therapist the last two weeks because. Family drama, another horrid medical emergency for her family. I get that. I don’t especially love it when the emergency happened in the wee hours of the morning, but rather than a phone call so I don’t drive 9 miles into town, I find out when I get there over 12 hours later and see a note on the door.

Kind of par for the course- she gave me the number to call and the name of the therapist she wanted me to see. The number was for their suicide hotline prevention and the therapist is the case manager and doesn’t see new patients.

By way of other updates, I am seeing the new therapist for the first time perhaps as you read this. I’m really nervous. It’s an hour away and Jenny has to take off work to take me. I am also not convinced they take my insurance, nor do I know what they charge if they don’t.

This appointment is supposed to take two hours.

But anyway, about this particular post. I think there’s probably a better word for this topic than self-talk. It also applies to plenty of other situations beside PTSD.

It’s about the negative stuff you say to yourself- all the ‘nobody likes me, everybody hates me, guess i’ll eat worms stuff.’

One of the things I was told to do is to tell myself the counter stuff, proving this isn’t true, or reminding yourself that it isn’t true.

But the problem is some of the negative stuff, I can’t tell myself it’s not true and believe in that counterpoint. I know better because….. well, I can’t tell you that. But I am not basing that on how I feel.

There’s another little ‘issue’ of mine that the therapist made the mistake of trying to talk me out of being afraid of it. “Come on,” she said, “chances are that’s never going to happen again.”

Problem is, statistically on that one, she’s actually wrong. Chances are pretty good that it will happen again. I’ve done my homework. I rattled off a recitation of the statistics for her. She sat there open mouthed and finally just said, “Wow. I’m sure glad you weren’t in the room when I was counseling another client of mine who is afraid of the same thing.”

So I had to figure something else out, because standing in the gaping maw of the dragon of “Nobody Loves You Everybody Hates You” in the kingdom of Eat Worms is not a good time to come up with a list of ‘it’s not real’ when there really are unsurmountable logical justifications for the existence and complete reality of that dragon.

I can’t pretend those things that are triggering some meltdowns and heartache aren’t real, arent’ there, can’t happen. I can’t use the coffee filter exercise and just talk away negative stuff with positive stuff, because some of these things are as real as the nose on my face.

This hurts, it hurts so hard and so deep I am struggling with words and my head is pounding, so I am not going to edit this or fix this post any further. I’m just going to share this, in case you, too, are in a place where the negative things that crush your soul are also actually true and realistic things.

What has been helping enough to put a stave in the dragon’s mouth and escape while he’s distracted is this:

“It doesn’t matter if it is true. It doesn’t change anything to think about it.” And then I think about something else. Sometimes it’s something big and important but sometimes it needs to be something ridiculously trivial because I don’t have the emotional energy to manage to address myself to anything deeper or more important than the soft texture of the well washed cotton of a favorite nightgown, the smell of an orange peel, the sound of Enya or Big Bang.

The thing is, it does matter, it’s part of the problem. But howling like the misbegotten offspring of a banshee and a werewolf, choking on the massive, hard, peach pit of pain in my chest, those are things that don’t matter, because they don’t change anything. Over time, my therapist has come to understand this as well, that some of these things are real, they are true, and I can’t fix them.

She acknowledges that given these realities, recovery is actually going to take much, much longer than it would if those external realities were not the way they are. It’s going to be harder than it needs to be, and it probably won’t be what it could have been if things were different. In fact, some of these realities made things worse then they otherwise would have been. But it is what it is.

“Yes, it’s true. It doesn’t matter. Think about something else.”

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Free Kindle Titles, Various and Misc.

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Books are free at the time I found the links and pasted them here. This changes sometimes, so be sure to note the price before you add it to your cart.

Sometimes, for some reason, the links get stuck while loading. Just refresh the Amazon page and that should help.

You don’t need a Kindle to read these. More at the bottom of the post.

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The Coconut Flour Recipes for Optimal Health and Quick Weight Loss: Gluten Free Recipes for Celiac Disease, Gluten Sensitivities & Paleo Diets (FREE BONUS): low carb, celiac disease, weight loss

Coconut flour is gluten-free. You could probably find most of these recipes on line, but sometimes it’s handy to have them in your handheld device all in one convenient spot, too, without the searching. Probably not so useful for those who avoid eggs.

69 pages, 13 readers have written reviews so far, none below a four star.

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Low Carb Slow Cooker: 25 Essential Low Carb Crockpot Recipes

About a dozen reviews, none below a four star.

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The Idea of a University Defined and Illustrated: In Nine Discourses Delivered to the Catholics of Dublin

Classic educational philosophy.

Random excerpt:

I have said that all branches of knowledge are connected together, because the subject-matter of knowledge is intimately united in itself, as being the acts and the work of the Creator. Hence it is that the Sciences, into which our knowledge may be said to be cast, have multiplied bearings one on another, and an internal sympathy, and admit, or rather demand, comparison and adjustment. They complete, correct, balance each other. This consideration, if well-founded, must be taken into account, not only as regards the attainment of truth, which is their common end, but as regards the influence which they exercise upon those whose education consists in the study of them. I have said already, that to give undue prominence to one is to be unjust to another; to neglect or supersede these is to divert those from their proper object. It is to unsettle the boundary lines between science and science, to disturb their action, to destroy the harmony which binds them together. Such a proceeding will have a corresponding effect when introduced into a place of education. There is no science but tells a different tale, when viewed as a portion of a whole, from what it is likely to suggest when taken by itself, without the safeguard, as I may call it, of others.

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Ontario Teachers’ Manuals: Household Management

This is a teacher’s guide for teaching a home-ec class in 1916. It includes two sets of lessons for each topic covered- one for younger girls and one for older. It includes lessons on hygiene, caring for the sick, pasteurizing milk for babies, buying and cooking meat (and other foods), cleaning house, and more.

I thought it was fun and interesting to skim through.  I think it would take a bit of work and research to adapt some of the lessons to home-teaching- some of the advice is out of date.  But other advice is absolutely on target and you won’t find it in many home-ec resources today (how to use leftovers, how to make cake from scratch, how tell if your eggs are fresh or stale)

Here’s the cake-making recipe (what interested me about this is this is essentially how my 9th grade home-ec teacher taught us about making quick-breads):



1. Classes of cake:

(1) Cakes without butter.—These mixtures contain no heavy ingredients and have little weight depending on the framework. They are lightened by air and steam only. Examples: sponge cake, angel cake.

(2) Cakes with butter.—These are mixtures having ingredients of greater weight; and the three lightening agents—air, steam, and carbonic acid gas are used to raise them. Examples: pound cake, chocolate cake, nut cake, etc.

Note.—Practice should be given in making at least one of each kind of cake, to demonstrate the method of mixing employed.

2. General directions for making cake:

(1) Attend to the fire, so as to have the oven at a proper heat.

(2) Grease the pans thoroughly; greased paper may be used to line the bottom of the tin, but, in the case of fruit cake, the whole tin should be lined.

(3) Have everything ready, so that the mixing may be quickly done.

(4) Use pastry flour.

(5) Use fine granulated sugar to ensure its being dissolved.

(6) Blend the ingredients thoroughly, and at the same time incorporate as large an amount of air as possible.[172]

(7) Fill the pan about two-thirds full, pushing the mixture well to the corners and sides, so as to leave a depression in the centre.

(8) Attend carefully to the baking.

3. General rules for mixing cake:

(1) Cake without butter—

(a) Separate the yolks and whites of the eggs.

(b) Beat the yolks until thick and lemon-coloured.

(c) Add sugar to the yolks gradually and continue beating; add the flavouring.

(d) Beat the whites until stiff and dry, then fold them into the first mixture.

(e) Gradually sift and fold in the flour until well mixed.

(2) Cake with butter—

(a) Cream the butter by working it with a wooden spoon.

(b) Add the sugar gradually by stirring it in.

(c) Beat the eggs until light, and add to the first mixture. (The eggs may be separated and the whites added later.)

(d) Add the liquid and beat until the sugar is thoroughly dissolved.

(e) Mix the flour and baking-powder in a sifter and gradually sift and beat it into the mixture until it is thoroughly blended.

(Liquid and flour may be added alternately.)

(f) Fold in the stiffly beaten whites, if the eggs have been separated.[173]

(g) If fruit, peel, nuts, etc., are used, they should be floured out of the quantity allowed for the cake and added last.

4. General directions for baking cake:

(1) Small, thin cakes should be baked in a hot oven.

Examples: cookies, layer cake.

(2) All loaf cakes require a moderate oven.

(3) In baking cakes, divide the time stated in the recipe into quarters as follows:

First quarter—mixture should begin to rise.

Second quarter—mixture should continue rising.

Third quarter—mixture should begin to brown and to stiffen into shape.

Fourth quarter—mixture should finish browning and stiffening and shrink slightly from the sides of the pan.

(4) Mixture is cooked when a slight pressure leaves no dent, or when a small skewer or fine knitting-needle put into the centre comes out clean and dry.

To the inexperienced minds of the girls in the Fourth Form, to whom the study of flour mixtures is new, the number and variety of these seems very large. All cook books give an almost endless collection of recipes for cakes, cookies, muffins, etc., and to the pupils each of these seems an entirely new mixture. In reality, many of them are but slight variations of the same type. A certain mixture of materials is used for a foundation, and numerous varieties are made from this by addition, subtraction, or substitution of ingredients. The original mixture is called[174]a basic recipe. Instead of teaching isolated mixtures, it will be found an excellent idea to give the class the basic ingredients for a recipe and encourage them to suggest variations, either original or from memory.

Typical basic recipes for cake and biscuits are given below:


1/4 cup butter 1 1/2 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar 1/4 tsp. salt
2 eggs 2 tsp. baking-powder
1/2 cup milk 1/2 tsp. vanilla.


1. Spice cake:

To the basic recipe add 1 tbsp. of spice. Sift in the spice with the flour.

2. Nut cake:

Add 1/2 cup of chopped nuts. Increase the baking-powder by one third. Put a little of the flour on the nuts and beat them in at the last.

3. Fruit cake:

Add 3/4 cup of currants, raisins, figs, or dates, or a mixture of all. Increase the baking-powder by one third. Flour the fruit and add it last.

4. Chocolate cake:

Add 1/2 cup grated chocolate. Increase the milk by 2 tbsp. Heat the chocolate in the milk just enough to dissolve it. Cool the mixture and use in place of milk.

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Similar to above, but with more emphasis on food: Foods and Household Management A Textbook of the Household Arts

From the Introduction:
“This volume, like its companion, Shelter and Clothing, is intended for use in the course in household arts in the high school and normal school, whether the work be vocational or general in its aim. It is hoped that both volumes will prove useful in the home as well, including as they do a treatment of the homecrafts, and the related topics now so significant to the home maker,—the cost and purchasing of foods and clothing, the cost of operating, the management of the home, and questions of state and city sanitation vital to the health of the individual family.

The volume treats specifically of foods, their production, sanitation, cost, nutritive value, preparation, and serving, these topics being closely interwoven with the practical aspects of household management, and they are followed by a study of the household budget and accounts, methods of buying, housewifery, and laundering. It includes about 160 carefully selected and tested recipes, together with a large number of cooking exercises of a more experimental nature designed to develop initiative and resourcefulness. Shelter and Clothing deals with the organization and ideals of the home, house sanitation, decoration, and furnishing; and treats in full, textiles, sewing, costume design, and dressmaking.

Some of the recipes here given are adapted from those of such authorities as Mrs. Lincoln, Miss Farmer, and Miss Barrows, and others are original and from private sources.”

On the cost and use of eggs:
The cost of eggs and how to buy.—The demand for fresh eggs is great, and so many eggs are exported, that the price is high, even in the summer. Twenty-five cents a dozen is a reasonable price, but this is below the average at the present date. The thirty-five or forty-cent daily allowance for food will permit the moderate use of eggs at thirty-five cents a dozen, but not a liberal use in cakes and desserts. They should be used at such a price and with that allowance as the main dish for breakfast or luncheon at times, and not in sweet dishes calling for three or four eggs. If a recipe for soft custard calls for three eggs to a pint of milk, leave out one egg or even two, and use one or two tablespoonfuls of cornstarch instead. Select eggs with a hard shell, and yolk of rich yellow. If the shell is soft and the yolk pale, these deficiencies should be reported, as they can be corrected by the poultryman. The difference in color of the shells, whether white or brown, is not of great consequence. If you can buy eggs by the crate direct from the poultryman, this is a saving, provided the eggs can be used before they deteriorate. A small crate holds fifteen dozen; the usual size thirty dozen. Some express companies have a special rate for eggs, and parcel post should aid in this method of buying.

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Teaching Mitzvot: Reciting the “Shema”

only 12 pages.

A description of the mitzvah of reciting the shma, it’s meaning, laws and symbolism. Lists of activites to help students connect to the mitzvah are suggested for students at each age level (primary, intermediate, secondary) as well as for group teaching of mixed ages. Additional resources for more in depth study are included for both teachers and students.

Features include
Teacher Resources
Student Resources

Similar: Teaching Torah: Beresheet

Also just about a dozen pages.
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51 Ways to Love Your Enemies: How to love others when they are hurting you (Spiritual Self Help)

We don’t have to like them but we do have to love our enemies. How do you love someone you don’t even like? It’s not easy. And at first glance it may seem impossible. Let “51 Ways to Love Your Enemies” be your guide. “51 Ways to Love Your Enemies” offers an easy to follow list of practical ways to express love and kindness toward enemies. The list is not only comprised of scriptural principles like forgiveness and compassion, but also practical everyday ideas like buying a cup of coffee and greeting with a smile. “51 Ways to Love Your Enemies” is an enlightening little book with a big message of love.

Forty or so highly positive reviews. The two most negative reviews were from somebody who agreed with the book but just didn’t really like her enemies, and somebody who thought the book was too basic and didn’t address dealing with extremely serious issues such as severe bullying.

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Twenty-Four Mary Cassatt’s Paintings (Collection) for Kids
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Winds of Change (Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches Book 1, 10th Anniversary Edition) (The Keeper Martin’s Tales)

Blurb: The 10th anniversary edition of the reader favorite. Nearly a million people have read the Ruin Mist books — available via Amazon, Audible, Playaway, OverDrive, and more than a dozen other retail and library partners.

Discover a magical world and be swept away in the adventure of a life time!

After the Great War that divided the peoples, the five kingdoms of men plunged into a Dark Age that lasted 500 hundred years. To heal the lands and restore the light, the great kings decreed that magic and all that is magical, be it creature, man or device, shall be cleansed to dust. From their thrones, the kings watched as creatures born of magic were hunted to extinction by heroes chosen to honor their clans in the blood games. The cleansing raged for so long that no human could recall a time without it and it is in this time that the Dark Lord Sathar returned from the dark beyond. The one hope of the peoples of Ruin Mist was Queen Mother, the elf queen of old. She saw a way out of everlasting darkness, a path that required the union of the divided peoples.

“Dramatic illustrations draw the reader into the Tolkienesque world of Ruin Mist, plunged into darkness after a Great War five hundred years past. Blaming magic for their demise, the Kings of Men have decreed that all things magical be destroyed. Yet despite their efforts, the magical Dark Lord is slowly returning to power. Another bloody battle is foreshadowed for Ruin Mist when Adrina, the spoiled and lonely princess of Imtal, is visited by a mysterious woman who predicts Adrina’s ghastly future. Meanwhile in the kingdom of Elves, Seth, devoted First of the Red Order of the Queen Mother Elf, is sent on a journey across the Great Sea to prevent war. Stuck somewhere in the middle is Vilmos, a young magical boy-who-would-be-mage, abducted for his own safety by a Yoda-like guide named Xith. All three journey to an unknown fate against treacherous and sometimes supernatural foes. Stanek augments the beginning of this complex tale with illustrations that are sure to attract fans of graphic novels and classic Tolkien alike-the only weakness in the illustrations is their scarcity. Stanek will likely draw a cult following, but his work is not for the novice fantasy reader. A complicated glossary at the end includes twenty-two pages of “People, Places, and Things in Ruin Mist,” complete with geographical references, family lineages, and extraordinary sketches. Despite the sophisticated plot, however, this cliffhanger guarantees fans, and those fans will be ready to wield their swords against the Dark Lord in Stanek’s next installment.” — YA Librarian Staff at VOYA, February 1, 2007
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The Olive Fairy Book

Table of contents:

The Blue Parrot
Geirlaug the King’s Daughter
The Story of Little King Loc
‘A Long-bow Story’
Jackal or Tiger?
The Comb and the Collar
The Thanksgiving of the Wazir
Samba the Coward
Kupti and Imani
The Strange Adventures of Little Maia
Diamond cut Diamond
The Green Knight
The Five Wise Words of the Guru
The Golden-headed Fish
The Satin Surgeon
The Billy Goat and the King
The Story of Zoulvisia
Grasp all, Lose all
The Fate of the Turtle
[Pg xii]The Snake Prince
The Prince and Princess in the Forest
The Clever Weaver
The Boy who found Fear at last
He Wins who Waits
The Steel Cane
The Punishment of the Fairy Gangana
The Silent Princess

Also at Gutenberg, with illustrations.
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An Ideal Husband
by Oscar Wilde, funny, sharp, witty, social satire, a fun play.

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The Canterville Ghost

Also by Oscar Wilde. At 69 pages it’s either longer short story or a novella.

The ghost is an established haunt, the remains of a once terribly wicked man. He has met his match, however, in the form of Canterbury’s new tenants, the very practical, stolid American ministry and his equally susceptible family. They like having a ghost around, find it quaint, and all that. They just don’t want him disrupting their lives unduly.

I read this one several times as a child and it always stayed with me. I daresay most of philosophy and moralizing went right over my head, I just enjoyed the story very, very much, particularly the bit about the recurring blood stain and the diminishing amount of Vermillion in poor Virginia’s paintbox.

e next morning, when the Otis family met at breakfast, they discussed the ghost at some length. The United States Minister was naturally a little annoyed to find that his present had not been accepted. “I have no wish,” he said, “to do the ghost any personal injury, and I must say that, considering the length of time he has been in the house, I don’t think it is at all polite to throw pillows at him,”—a very just remark, at which, I am sorry to say, the twins burst into shouts of laughter. “Upon the other hand,” he continued, “if he really declines to use the Rising Sun Lubricator, we shall have to take his chains from him. It would be quite impossible to sleep, with such a noise going on outside the bedrooms.”

For the rest of the week, however, they were undisturbed, the only thing that excited any attention being the continual renewal of the blood-stain on the library floor. This certainly was very strange, as the door was always locked at night by Mr. Otis, and the windows kept closely barred. The chameleon-like colour, also, of the stain excited a good deal of comment. Some mornings it was a dull (almost Indian) red, then it would be vermilion, then a rich purple, and once when they came down for family prayers, according to the simple rites of the Free American Reformed Episcopalian Church, they found it a bright emerald-green. These kaleidoscopic changes naturally amused the party very much, and bets on the subject were freely made every evening. The only person who did not enter into the joke was little Virginia, who, for some unexplained reason, was always a good deal distressed at the sight of the blood-stain, and very nearly cried the morning it was emerald-green.

The second appearance of the ghost was on Sunday night. Shortly after they had gone to bed they were suddenly alarmed by a fearful crash in the hall. Rushing down-stairs, they found that a large suit of old armour had become detached from its stand, and had fallen on the stone floor, while seated in a high-backed chair was the Canterville ghost, rubbing his knees with an expression of acute agony on his face. The twins, having brought their pea-shooters with them, at once discharged two pellets on him, with that accuracy of aim which can only be attained by long and careful practice on a writing-master, while the United States Minister covered him with his revolver, and called upon him, in accordance with Californian etiquette, to hold up his hands! The ghost started up with a wild shriek of rage, and swept through them like a mist, extinguishing Washington Otis’s candle as he passed, and so leaving them all in total darkness. On reaching the top of the staircase he recovered himself, and determined to give his celebrated peal of demoniac laughter. This he had on more than one occasion found extremely useful. It was said to have turned Lord Raker’s wig grey in a single night, and had certainly made three of Lady Canterville’s French governesses give warning before their month was up. He accordingly laughed his most horrible laugh, till the old vaulted roof rang and rang again, but hardly had the fearful echo died away when a door opened, and Mrs. Otis came out in a light blue dressing-gown. “I am afraid you are far from well,” she said, “and have brought you a bottle of Doctor Dobell’s tincture. If it is indigestion, you will find it a most excellent remedy.”

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Don Quixote

Needs no introduction, surely.

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How to Speak and Write Correctly


Reader reviews are largely positive. This is from a 2 star review:

“Every person of intelligence should be able to use his mother tongue correctly. It only requires a little pains, a little care, a little study to enable one to do so, and the recompense is great.”


* Lots of good information without wasted words

* Contains more than just grammar, such as the history of the English language

* Huge list of the best authors, poets, and books


* Some outdated usage of words, such as “thou” and “thee” (was written in 1917)

* Entire sections are now almost irrelevant, such as the letter writing section

* Not enough examples to solidify definitions and usage

* Becomes tedious and hard to concentrate on towards the middle of the book

* Much of the advice is common sense, such as “read the masters”

“In employing the long sentence the inexperienced writer should not strain after the heavy, ponderous type. Johnson and Carlyle used such a type, but remember, an ordinary mortal cannot wield the sledge hammer of a giant. Johnson and Carlyle were intellectual giants and few can hope to stand on the same literary pedestal.”

The book starts out as a nice refresher on the parts of speech, something almost all of us learn but few remember. The usage of these words, such as adverbs and prepositions, came back to me with relative ease after reading the short definitions provided. The problems arose when the book got into more technical detail, such as instead of simply “verbs”, there are “transitive/intransitive verbs” + the tenses, etc. One example to describe what a noun is is fine, but only one example for the more tedious parts of speech simply isn’t enough. It got to the point where I was lost because he was using terms that he didn’t solidify into the reader’s mind, making me skim large portions of the book.

The first half of the book is pretty much grammar review, then it goes into letter writing, which is almost completely useless today. The most interesting part of the book was actually the end where it went over the history of the English language and how it developed. There is also a very large section where he goes through the works of literary giants such as Shakespeare and Milton and shows that they are surprisingly filled with mistakes that the average person wouldn’t notice. This part, although slightly interesting, was much too pedantic for me.

My favorite part of the book was actually the short list of greatest authors, poets, and books. The problem is, he merely listed names instead of explaining why they were included. It would have been nice to hear his reasoning on why he chose who he chose, such as what makes each writer uniquely great, or what makes certain books stand above the rest.

Overall, I would not recommend this book unless you absolutely don’t want to spend any money. There are probably far better and more updated books for less than $3. The book does a lot of things, but none of them particularly well, and too much of it is useless for the modern reader.

“In the works of Shakespeare, the most wonderful genius the world has ever known, there is the enormous number of 15,000 different words, but almost 10,000 of them are obsolete or meaningless today.”

Exerpt: The three essentials of the English language are: Purity, Perspicuity and Precision.

By Purity is signified the use of good English. It precludes the use of all slang words, vulgar phrases, obsolete terms, foreign idioms, ambiguous expressions or any ungrammatical language whatsoever. Neither does it sanction the use of any newly coined word until such word is adopted by the best writers and speakers.

Perspicuity demands the clearest expression of thought conveyed in unequivocal language, so that there may be no misunderstanding whatever of the thought or idea the speaker or writer wishes to convey. All ambiguous words, words of double meaning and words that might possibly be construed in a sense different from that intended, are strictly forbidden. Perspicuity requires a style at once clear and comprehensive and entirely free from pomp and pedantry and affectation or any straining after effect.

Precision requires concise and exact expression, free from redundancy and tautology, a style terse and clear and simple enough to enable the hearer or reader to comprehend immediately the meaning of the speaker or writer. It forbids, on the one hand, all long and involved sentences, and, on the other, those that are too short and abrupt. Its object is to strike the golden mean in such a way as to rivet the attention of the hearer or reader on the words uttered or written.

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Wothlondia Rising: The Anthology: Book 1 (Realm of Ashenclaw, Beginnings)

Reader Review: I really enjoyed this collection of short stories from Ashenclaw. The characters were well detailed for such short tales, but it really didn’t feel as though much was left out. Instead, by the end of the book you’ve got a pretty good handle on the back stories of all the important characters- enough to look into the rest of the Ashenclaw series and move forward. This was definitely a great read. If you enjoy Mercedes Lackey, you’ll enjoy this! 4.5 out of 5 stars!

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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.  Deals were reduced prices at time of listing, but these prices generally don’t last more than the day they were listed.

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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 7.5% 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.

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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 because I am a crank like that.

If you like these free listings, you should also like my Facebook page, because I list other free titles there several times each week.

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.  Now that I have my tricksy little new phone, I have added it to my list of devices to which I can download devices.  Woot!

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Illegal Aliens and Illnesses

On the one hand, I think it is legitimate to be concerned about the possibilities of allowing floods of illegal aliens across the border unchecked for contagious illnesses, and then allowing the children to go to public schools, again, unchecked as the normal enrollment processes are being waived for the floods of illegal minors.

On the other hand, there are so many things wrong with this article and the unconnected items the reporter imagines she connects, that it’s hard to know where to begin.

Here’s the big, scary headline:

Surprise: After Illegal Immigration Wave, Tuberculosis Plagues El Paso Hospital

So I read it, expecting to see some connection between the illegal immigrants and TB, and I am sure some such connection does exist somewhere, it’s not a stretch.  However, here, in this story? I can’t find one.

But there are other problems:

“…Border Patrol agents working inside processing facilities reported cases of Tuberculosis, scabies and other diseases being brought into the United States by unvaccinated illegal aliens.”

While it is true that some of the illegals had scabies, it’s just weird* to group scabies with TB and other diseases brought in by unvaccinated population. You don’t vaccinate for scabies.  It’s not a disease, either. It’s a skin parasite, similar to lice.  We got it from our newly adopted kids 20 years ago, and they were fully vaccinated at the level required for their age, and they were home-grown, not illegal aliens.   Vaccination (or not) has bupkiss to do with scabies.

It appears the reporter doesn’t understand much about the TB vaccine, either.  There’s this:

Though BCG gives some people protection against TB, it cannot prevent everyone who comes into contact with it from getting ill.

The BCG, which stands for Bacille Calmette-Guérin, is a weakened strain of a form of the TB germ. It works by encouraging the body to fight TB by building up immunity. While BCG can give some people some protection against TB it does not protect everyone it is given to. It is thought to protect up to 80% of people for a maximum of 15 years. Most people in this country who get TB have already had the BCG. It is less effective in countries nearer the equator – where TB is often more common.

It is not possible to control the disease using the BCG as there will always be people who get ill despite having had the vaccine, and they will continue to pass it on. Until a better vaccine is developed the best control we have for TB is to make sure people know what the symptoms are so they visit a doctor and get diagnosed as early as possible, and to make sure they take all their tablets until the TB bacteria are killed off.

And according to the CDC:

TB Vaccine (BCG)

Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) is a vaccine for tuberculosis (TB) disease. This vaccine is not widely used in the United States, but it is often given to infants and small children in other countries where TB is common. BCG does not always protect people from getting TB.

BCG Recommendations

In the United States, BCG should be considered for only very select people who meet specific criteria and in consultation with a TB expert. Health care providers who are considering BCG vaccination for their patients are encouraged to discuss this intervention with the TB control program in their area.


BCG vaccination should only be considered for children who have a negativeTB skin test and who are continually exposed, and cannot be separated from adults who

  • Are untreated or ineffectively treated for TB disease, and the child cannot be given long-term primary preventive treatment for TB infection; or

  • Have TB disease caused by strains resistant to isoniazid and rifampin.

So most American kids are also unvaccinated when it comes to scabies and TB- one because it’s not a disease, and the other because the vaccine is clearly not that effective and not all that safe, since even the CDC doesn’t think kids who tested positive should automatically be vaccinated.

*I said that sentence was weird. That’s me being kind.  It’s really, really sloppy insofar as any attempt at conveying accurate information.

She then talks about how people have characterized concerns about the unchecked illegal wave and the possibility of increasing disease as fear mongering.  And then she offers her proof that this is now happening:

Fast forward now to September and thousands of illegal minor children have been shoved into the public education system without meeting normal immunization requirements (because after all, they’re entitled to it according to the Department of Education) and into local hospitals for medical care. As a result, cases of Tuberculosis are popping up with five confirmed infections and at least 700 children being put at risk.

Sounds bad.  Except…. the five confirmed infections are babies.  And they didn’t get it from their school or their siblings’ school.  They got it from a health care worker at the hospital.

The 700 children who are exposed?  Also not exposed at school.  They are likewise, infants who were in that hospital and had some contact with the hospital employee- many, if not all of them, were exposed to TB when they born in that hospital (meaning the babies are legal residents, whatever their parents are, and they whatever legal status their parents might have, the babies contracted it here in America from a hospital employee):

Parents of potentially infected children received a letter from the El Paso Department of Health last week, according to ABC News. They include children born at the hospital between September 2013 and August of this year, when officials discovered that the unnamed female employee had the illness.

I am not seeing the connection between this outbreak of TB and illegal immigration, unless the hospital employee is an illegal immigrant, in which case the hospital has broken the law.

Katie (the reporter) decries the fact that nobody in the media is making the connection here between the wave of illegal immigration and this outbreak, but at this point, that’s pretty much because there is no such connection.  The hospital doesn’t know where their employee was first infected.  Since in 2010 60% of all TB cases in the US were foreign born,  the source of the infection could easily prove to be from an illegal immigrant, but that hasn’t been proven at this point.

There is a story that does a better job of supporting the narrative Katie Pavitch wants to tell.  It happened last February in Sacramento, California.

First the school admitted students had been exposed by another student who had TB, but assured the public it wasn’t easy to catch, and the kids were so unlikely to have contracted it from their classmate that they weren’t even making testing mandatory.  Testing was optional, for those who just wanted reassurance:

“We do not anticipate that there is anyone else who has contracted the disease,” said Sacramento County Public Health Officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye. “The risk of contraction is low.”


The health department is offering the test to all students who shared classes with the infected teenager.

Because of the low risk, the test – a needle prick just under the skin – is not mandatory. No students will be excluded from school if they don’t take it, Kasirye said.

Read more here:

That went well.  How well?  This well:

Sacramento County public health officials say 64 more Grant Union High School students have been diagnosed with latent tuberculosis.  

This brings the total number of students and staff with the diagnosis to 111 since February.

Read more here:
The number of infected student reached over 120, and they are testing again this school year.

While most of the kids had the inactive kind, which can lay dormant for decades and isn’t contagious, four of them had active TB.  But testing was never made mandatory, so not all students have been tested.

One article I found said that some of the first student’s other relatives also tested positive.  None of the news stories mentioned where the student got it from in the first place, which is suspicious.  I’ve read a comment by somebody claiming to know that the original student contracted it from a relative from South America.

The information below was also taken from a comment, quoting the CDC at

* Virginia reported 235 TB cases in 2012, a slight increase from the 221 cases reported in 2011.

* Since 2000, more than half of TB cases in Virginia each year have been reported among the foreign born. In 2012, 78% of TB cases were foreign born.

* Over 40 different countries of birth are represented among Virginia‘s reported TB cases in 2012. The top five countries of origin are Viet Nam, India, South Korea, Mexico and the Philippines.

* Tuberculosis (TB) among US born persons is at an all time low in Virginia. In 2012, 22% of TB cases were among the US born.

* TB cases in 2012 ranged in age from less than a year to more than 90 years, with 67% of the cases reported among those aged 25-64.

* Diabetes is a risk for tuberculosis and is seen more frequently than HIV among Virginia‘s TB cases. In 2012, 27 TB cases were reported with diabetes as compared to 12 cases with HIV co-infection.

* Active tuberculosis disease can occur anywhere in the body. Symptoms of active TB can include productive cough, fatigue, weight loss, fever and night sweats with other possible symptoms dependent on the site of the disease. Clinicians should consider TB disease in the differential diagnosis when these symptoms are present.

* Targeted testing is a TB control strategy used to identify, evaluate and treat persons who are at high risk for acquiring TB infection (LTBI) or at high risk of developing TB disease once infected with M. tuberculosis. Virginia has a TB Risk Assessment form that aids in identifying an individual‘s risk factors for acquiring TB infection or progressing to active TB disease and helps determine the need for further testing and evaluation.


There’s video here- the reporter also comments on his surprise that we don’t vaccinate for TB in the US. He didn’t know that before the story.  Here they also share that the first student is a girl, but still don’t say anything about how she caught it.

According to this website, the school’s population is:

 The school is 40% Latino, 24% Asian, 24% black, 7% white, and 3% Hawaiian Native.

For three years I attended a high-school that was 70% Latino, but then, we were just a dozen miles from the border.  We didn’t have any Asian students that I recall, but we did have a number of Native Americans. I remember getting TB screenings, but I don’t recall any cases of TB.  Doesn’t mean they didn’t happen, I had other things on my teenage lizard brain at the time.

Anyway.  According to this story, there were a total of 9 active cases of TB discovered, and the health officer:

Public Health officer Dr. Olivia Kasirye says she’s not sure if the first identified case was picked up through travel abroad or from an adult whose latent infection became active.


I find it pretty suspicious that they continue to claim they have no idea where the student contracted TB.  And while they talk reassuringly about treatments and cures, while this is true, it’s also a pretty complicated treatment:

“TB is difficult because you can’t depend on just one test,” Kasirye said. “And you have to do them in a certain order.”

There’s the initial skin test, followed by a pulmonary X-ray and a sputum diagnostic. An abnormal X-ray can show large cloudy areas where TB bacteria has eaten into the lungs, but isn’t always definitive. And Kasirye said a sputum culture can take five weeks to return from the lab, and it’s often necessary to push treatment before that final confirmation comes in.

To treat the active strain, medical practitioners usually prescribe a four-drug cocktail that has to be administered daily for a minimum of six months, with public-health nurses visiting patients every day at home, work or elsewhere to make sure it’s done right. “They just spend the whole day going from one house to another,” Kasirye said of her nurses.

Aside from the daily visits, patients also come in for monthly blood tests to monitor their status and detect potential side effects from the drugs, which can sometimes affect liver health.

Every collected bacteria specimen is sent to a reference lab for fingerprintlike genotyping that can discern transmission patterns across multiple jurisdictions, Kasirye said. Public-health spokeswoman Laura McCasland compared the process to a criminal investigation, making people like Dixon something of a disease detective. At times, that’s meant interviewing upward of 200 people, including homeless individuals exhibiting mental-health issues. “One thing that you need to be careful of is that you’re targeting the right people,” she said.

However the ground zero student at Grant school contracted TB, the fact is that officials didn’t expect to find any other cases and in the first round of testing found fully a quarter of the people they tested were positive for inactive TB.  That alone indicates that it’s not scaremongering or over-reaction to be concerned about unscreened and unchecked illegal immigrants  possibly breaking in infectious diseases, especially when the children are sent to public schools. At Grant school it was a shared ventilation system which caused so many to be infected.

I just wish that the first reporter had been more accurate and more cautious about how she reported.

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Science and the Boy

The Boy’s most recent narration included a considerable amount of science.  He did a pretty creditable job.  So creditable, in fact, that when he finished, he coughed and gagged a bit and then said,

“Excuse me.  I need to go wash my mouth out with soap.  I just spat up some Nerd there.”

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Vintage Beginning Cookery Book and Milk Pasteurization

Foods and Household Management A Textbook of the Household Arts

Also available at Gutenberg.

vintage cow house commonroomblog watermark“The question of preservation and pasteurization can be treated here but briefly. Preservatives are forbidden by law in most states. Pasteurization is heating at a temperature sufficiently high to kill any disease germs present, but not high enough to give a cooked taste. This process, while it destroys most of the bacteria, does not kill the spores of all. The chief arguments against pasteurization are (1) that on a commercial scale it is difficult to really accomplish this, and (2) that it is easily used to cover the sale of unclean milk.  (emphasis added)

The argument for it is, that it is impossible to obtain as yet an ideal supply for a large city in hot weather, and that pasteurization, if properly conducted, kills nearly all of the dangerous bacteria and saves the lives of many babies. Clean milk that needs no pasteurization is our ultimate aim, (emphasis added) and we must remember that milk pasteurized under unknown conditions needs to be kept cold and treated with even more care than fresh milk, for it “spoils” quite as easily, only we may not know it because it may not taste sour.

In the last few years the question of pasteurization has been studied with very great care. It is found best to heat the milk for 20 to 30 minutes at a temperature of 140° to 155° F. If it is certain that this method has been used, one need not hesitate to trust the milk, for the arguments against pasteurization do not properly apply here.

Milk Bottling Room 1918

Milk Bottling Room


3. Uses of sour milk.
Do not throw away any sour milk that is clean and not stale. Milk that has soured enough to set, is a delicious dessert, with cream and sugar. The acid is very pleasant, being the same as that of buttermilk. Sour milk is better for griddlecakes and muffins than sweet milk. (See Chapter XI.) Another excellent use for sour milk is to make it into cottage cheese. (See below.)

Matzoon and other similar preparations are essentially soured milks, prepared under controlled conditions. These preparations are the common form of milk in certain parts of the Orient, where milk is never used sweet.

Kumyss is milk slightly soured and fermented with one species of yeast. This is a Russian method. These preparations are excellent for invalids and exhausted people, for they can sometimes be assimilated because of the fine curds when sweet milk cannot.


Cheese.—Cheese is made from the curd of milk, and contains the most nutritive parts of the milk in highly concentrated form. In the process of manufacture, the milk is first curdled by rennet, and the whey strained out. The curds after preliminary treatment, varying according to the style of cheese to be made, are finally pressed together very slowly in a cheese press, which is screwed down more tightly as the cheese becomes dryer. The cheeses are then covered with cheesecloth and “ripened” slowly, the ripening process giving characteristic consistency and flavor. This ripening is due to the action of bacteria and molds. (See page 97.) Foreign varieties of cheese, made originally in some one locality, have marked colors, quality, and flavors, as Brie, Camembert, Roquefort, and the Swiss cheeses. Parmesan is an Italian cheese, excellent with macaroni and spaghetti.

American cheeses vary in color, in strength of flavor, in creaminess, and in degree of hardness. Much the greater part is, however, of the general type known as “American cheddar” or “standard factory” cheese.

Club cheese is an American cheese of good quality, put up in small jars. It is a soft cheese, excellent to serve with crackers, but is too expensive for common use.

Cottage cheese is a home product made from sour milk, and used at once.


The cost of cheese.—The foreign cheeses are expensive, but American cheeses may be classed among the moderate priced foods and they compare favorably with other protein foods.

Cheese costs more than beans, and less than most cuts of meat. A good American cheese costs about twenty-five cents per pound. Taking account of composition as well as cost per pound, we find that a given amount of money buys about twice as much food value when spent for cheese as it would if spent for beef.


Care of cheese in the pantry.—Cheese should be kept dry and covered, that its odor may not be noticeable. Soft cheese should be kept in the ice box. The receptacle for cheese should be thoroughly sterilized before each new purchase is put away.



1. Uncooked cheese.—Serve a cream cheese with a salad of lettuce, and the imported cheeses with crackers and fruit for dessert. American cheese may be thinly sliced and used in sandwiches. A small piece of cheese with apple pie or pudding is an old-fashioned combination that is always agreeable, but sometimes difficult of digestion.
2. Cottage cheese.—Use sour milk that has set. Other ingredients: salt to taste, cayenne pepper or paprika, if liked. Quality and flavor are improved by the addition of a tablespoonful of butter or two tablespoonfuls of cream to a pint of the curd, but these are not necessary.
Warm the milk slowly, until the whey begins to separate from the curd. If this process is continued too long, and the milk becomes hot, the curd will be tough. Place a piece of cheesecloth over a bowl, pour in the curds and whey, and lift the cloth carefully, allowing the whey to run through. Squeeze out the remaining whey. Add the seasoning and other ingredients to the curd, shape in balls, and chill before serving. It is delicious served with lettuce and dressing as a salad, or with gingerbread for dessert at luncheon or supper.
Principles of cooking cheese.—The fat in the cheese is melted by heat. The protein is toughened by a high temperature, therefore a low temperature process should be used.
3. Cheese cooked with other food materials.—A creamy cheese should be selected for cooking. Cheese may be grated and sprinkled on the top of potato on the half shell, or any other mashed potato; or it may be sliced and placed with each layer in escalloped potato. Its use is common with macaroni; and a dish of macaroni with milk and cheese is a good meat substitute, and may be used as the main dish of a luncheon or simple dinner. Those to whom cheese is agreeable will find many places for its use. Its flavor harmonizes with celery and with tomato. The Italians serve grated Parmesan cheese with soup, and with spaghetti that has a tomato sauce.
4. Cheese crackers.—Select crackers of a firm quality that will not crumble or flake easily, and of a small size. Spread very thinly with soft butter, put the crackers in a pan, and sprinkle grated cheese upon each one. Set the pan in a moderate oven until the cheese is melted. A sprinkling of paprika may be used. Serve with lettuce, celery, or other green salad.”

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Chiefly, of course, I found it fascinating that in 1918 the goal was to produce milk from clean sources that didn’t need pasteurization, and this was seen as obvious.  The large milking barn and bottling rooms of 1918 didn’t quite fit with the picture I had in mind of milk production in that era.

I also found it interesting in a sad way, how long American cheeses have been so embarrassing. No wonder the suggestions for using cheese here are so unimaginative.

The storage advice for cheese surprised me, although I know that you really don’t have to refrigerate the hard cheeses as long as we think you do.  I learned this when doing some research on camping foods for one of our tent camping trips. I wanted to minimize use of the ice-chest as much as possible.  I wrapped a couple of hard cheeses in paper towels and then waxed paper and stored them in pastic containers in shady spots at our campsites (unless we were camping where bears might be expected, then they were kept in an ice-chest).  The flavor deepens when the cheese is stored at the ambient temperature rather than chilled.  It did keep well for about a week, which is all the time I intended for it to last.

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Experienced Math Tutor Disturbed By What She Sees in Common Core

Form nuclear sub engineer turned homeschool mom turned math tutor on Common Core:

“Cognitive development proceeds not in a smooth curve, but in jumps and plateaus.  Just as most babies learn to walk at twelve months, so most adolescents become capable of logical operations such as algebra at twelve years.  And just as whether a baby walks at nine months or fifteen months has no bearing on whether he plays football in college, so whether a student learns algebra in 7th or 9th grade has no bearing on whether she becomes a National Merit Scholar…save that a child who is pushed and flounders and fails is unlikely to love an activity.

That is what I am seeing with my tutoring students: the math-bright ones are being encouraged to take honors pre-algebra at age eleven.  In prior years, this would have meant that they first had a thorough, final review of arithmetic: adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing whole numbers, decimals, and fractions; long division; changing fractions to decimals to percents and back.  Then for a treat, they would be introduced to the glories of algebra, the fun stuff: Rene Descartes’ brilliant invention, with plenty of lists of points that, if properly executed, form an outline of a fish or a dinosaur.  They would be taught signed numbers, order of operations, distributive property, and how to solve for x, and that would be about it.  They would finish the year happily aware that math is fun and that they are good at it.  If they were fortunate enough to be taught from Jacobs’s Mathematics: a Human Endeavor, they would learn about sequences and mosaics and logarithms and even networks, but all with a very concrete development, suited to the emergent logical thinker.

The reform mathematicians who put together Common Core are ignoring cognitive development.  My Common Core pre-algebra students are hurried through the arithmetic review and taught the coordinate system.  They graph lines and parabolas.  They do transformations, exponents (including zero and negative exponents), and a truly horrendous percentage of percentage problems.  The homework can be finished in an hour if the student’s parents can afford to hire a BS mechanical engineer to sit at his elbow and remind him when he takes a wrong turn.  Otherwise, he is up ’til midnight.  Students work hard at tasks beyond their strength; they flounder; they fail; they learn that math is no fun.

This isn’t education. This is child abuse.”

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The Altar of Moloch “Poet: I would have died for my aborted daughter’s right to choose, just like she died for mine.”  Key difference- she selfishly chose to sacrifice a human being on the altar of her choice. Her dead victim had no such choice.

Her dead child was no martyred heroine of the pro-choice movement. She was a human sacrifice on the altar of Moloch.

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May Byron’s Vintage Vegetable Cookery Book, Part 1

vintage-vegetables-206x300May Byron’s Vegetable Book: Containing Over 750 Recipes for the Cooking and Preparation of Vegetables


In Europe, with the fall of the Roman empire, vegetables seem to have declined in popular favour ; and, apparently, they did not regain their old footing until after the Renaissance. The spread of classic literature was also the spread of classic vegetables. Exhumed out of long neglect, from the fourteenth century onward, one finds vegetables being more and more cultivated, and slowly, very slowly introduced from one country to another. We, after our usual habit, were the last of all to profit by these developments, although a large number of the vegetables in question already grew freely as wildings in this fruitful isle.


Our ancestors of the Middle Ages—such as were well-to-do—did not, indeed, take much notice of vegetables, except as salads. The robust and sturdy Elizabethans added copious ” salletings ” to their bill of fare, but even the potato was at first regarded as a mere medium for conveying the Elizabethans’ beloved and all-important sugariness. They expended their ingenuity and their appetite upon fish, flesh, and fowl, elaborately spiced and seasoned ; all very well for those to eat vegetables who could get nothing better. Gerarde experimented, in his Holborn garden, with the ” loveapple,” or tomato ; Parkinson interested himself in new and rare productions like the cauliflower. But those who could afford it, preferred meat; and ginger was ” hot i’ the mouth, too,” with most meat dishes.

Meanwhile the poor folk made shift to eke out their scanty meals with any sort of greenstuff. I have myself spoken with a man who, in his childhood, before the repeal of the Corn Laws, had subsisted largely on charlock, young nettles, and other such free gifts of field and hedgerow.

During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, culinary vegetables became a continually more frequent addition to the dinner-table; during the nineteenth century they reached, perhaps, their maximum of variety, for a great many which were cultivated for a decade or so after the ” hungry Forties ” have dropped out of use, and have not been replaced by new ones. The list available in the greengrocer’s shop, like the number of individual vegetables grown in the average garden, is quite extraordinary in its limitations. On the Continent, and in the United States, a much wider range is proffered.


But whereas in former days a vegetable was strictly seasonal, so that you could not obtain, let us say, a new potato born out of due time, nowadays the seasons are very nearly negligible, by reason of (a) foreign products and (b) improved methods of storage. I don’t maintain for a moment that the expensive forced vegetable is half so good as that which arrives naturally at its authentic date. The former seems to have missed just that much of sun and rain and sweet influences which went to make up the latter. And the stored vegetable cannot, in reason, be equal to the fresh one: we may here except potatoes.

The fact remains, however, that owing to all these increased facilities, strict vegetarianism has become, not only a fad or a fashion, but a cult and an obsession with very many people. Some persons it suits; some it doesn’t. You cannot tell till you have tried. In any case it is no use dogmatising : chacun d son gout.

Although this book is not written for the professed and rigid vegetarian (for some such might cavil at the meat stock and animal butter employed in many of the recipes), yet the professed vegetarian will find it of considerable value in the number and interest of dishes here presented; whilst the ordinary housewife, desirous of combining variety with economy, and pleasing her family into the bargain, will here find suggestion of the widest scope—of which the gardener may also take advantage, in supplying her with something more liberal in his seasonal range of foodstuffs. The present enhanced price of meat makes the wise choice of satisfying vegetables a matter of extreme importance.

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Income Inequality

Those statistics on income disparity may not mean what you think they mean. Definitely not what the NYT imagines they mean:

“Recently, the US Federal Reserve (“The Fed”) published their regular report on the country’s income distribution (.pdf). Here’s a New York Times article reporting on it, which says,

“For the most affluent 10 percent of American families, average incomes rose by 10 percent from 2010 to 2013.”

Well, that’s not right. The Fed didn’t actually study how family income changed over time. Instead, they looked at one random sample of families in 2010, and a *different* random sample of families in 2013.

The confusion stems from how they gave the two groups the same name. Instead of “Oakland A’s,” they called them “Top 10 Percent”. But those are different families in the two groups.

Take the top decile both years, and call it the “Washington R’s.” What the Fed report says is that the 2013 R’s hit for an average 10 points higher than the 2010 R’s. But that does NOT mean that the average 2010 R family gained 10 points. In fact, it’s theoretically possible that the 2010 R’s all got poorer, just like the 1974 Oakland A’s all got worse. ”

That doesn’t mean it’s all roses and whoopsy daisies:


“Now, even if you agree with everything I’ve said so far, you could still have other reasons to be concerned about the Fed report. For me, the me, the most important fact is the discovery that 2013′s poor (bottom quintile) have 8 percent less income than 2010′s poor.

You can’t conclude that any particular family dropped, but you *can* conclude that, even if they’re different people, the bottom families of 2013 are worse off than the bottom families of 2010. That’s real, and that’s something you could certainly be concerned about.

But, many people, like the New York Times writer, aren’t just concerned about the poorer families — they worry about how “income inequality” compares them to the richer ones. They’re uncomfortable with the growing distance between top and bottom, even in good times where the “rising tide” lifts everyone’s income. For them, even if every individual is made better off, it’s the inequality that bothers them, not the absolute levels of income, or even now fast overall income is growing. If the “Washington R’s” gain 20 percent, but the “Oakland P’s” gain only 5 percent … for them, that’s something to correct.”

You should also take a look at the links here.

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Free4Kindle Titles; Nonfiction

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Algebra – The Very Basics

Blurb: If you’re looking for a gentle introduction to basic mathematics, look no further. This book picks you up at the very beginning and guides you through the foundations of algebra using lots of examples and no-nonsense explanations. Each chapter contains well-chosen exercises as well as all the solutions. No prior knowledge is required.

Topics include: Exponents, Brackets, Linear Equations and Quadratic Equations. For a more detailed table of contents use the “Look Inside” feature. From the author of “Great Formulas Explained” and “Physics! In Quantities and Examples”.

Reader Review: My daughter is taking Algebra 1 and I wanted to be able to help her with homework. This book is a great introduction and refresher. The explanations are short but clear and are demonstrated with lots of helpful examples. Definitely worth a try for students (or parents) struggling with math.

Me: According to the reviews and Amazon links, if you like this book, you might also be interested in this 3 dollar title: ALGEBRA in WORDS: A Guide of Hints, Strategies and Simple Explanations

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Twenty-Four Vincent van Gogh’s Paintings (Collection) for Kids

This is just what it says it is, no more, no less. 24 color images of Van Gogh’s paintings. There’s not really any information other than the title of the paintings. I think it’s a neat project (he has plenty of other artists available, too). I suggest first just letting kids look at them, and then playing a sort of ‘I Spy’ with them. At some point you and your child could try to draw sketches of them (nothing fancy, just a kind of map or diagram of what’s in the image and where). Or you could take turns describing the images and guessing the names of the paintings.

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CK-12 Middle School Math Grade 6, Volume 1 Of 2

Blurb: CK-12′s Middle School Math Grade 6 covers the fundamentals of fractions, decimals, and geometry. Also explored are units of measurement, graphing concepts, and strategies for utilizing the book’s content in practical situations. Volume 1 includes the first 6 chapters.

Reader Review: The kindle version does not give you the answers and im not sure if the website does, but I have to say for being free. It has a ton of good lessons in it that are great for anyone refreshing themselves or learning algebra for the first time. I put the lessons on my phone and have been working on them at work. The only down side is not having an answer key but you can still get allot out of the lessons plus its free. And there is a web site you can go to that is also very helpful that goes along with the material. This actually would be great for home school kids and anyone that wants to improve on there education.

Reader Review: This book gave me a helping hand , because my 5th grade daughter is not the best @ math . But she bought this book on her Kindle fire and she worked on this book for hours and she really liked it ! But that’s not the best part yet…… when she entered middle school her grades went way up !!!! :) thank you so much!!!!! and please please pleas continue to write these awesome and helping books!!!!!

Negative reviews mostly complained that it was boring, or too easy.

Here’s the second volume:

CK-12 Middle School Math Grade 6, Volume 2 Of 2

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CK-12 Basic Geometry, Volume 1 Of 2

reader review: With this purchase of the CK-12 Basic Geometry, Volume 1of2 in Kindle digital format, I feel I made a good choice over a college text and am now relearning geometry. It provides the reader a good explanation of the concepts and gives some good examples to work in problem solving. It is written like a textbook, without the formal academic puffery the typical college engineering text can give. I feel it is like normal classroom conversation in it’s delivery and I feel the author is talking to me. It also has good learning and practice questions and answers, so you can follow up with testing yourself. It is an easy read for learning this subject, that I remember being tedious in High School and I’m glad it is in Kindle digital format, as I use the Kindle PC App I downloaded from Amazon just for this kind of learning from a Kindle book. It’s a great reference in this form and on the PC and a good tool for learning. This Basic Geometry format gives the reader many working and study problems and then follows up with review work for the reader. If you are the student who would like to attempt this subject and will need it for a follow up with other math uses, it is a good read.

Reader Review: I made a good choice by selecting this book to help a youngster with geometry homework problems. Provides good explanations and examples. I was able to find the information I needed to help my nephew with solving problems.

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Money, Budgeting, and Consumer Math: with Examples, Problems, and Explained Solutions

Blurb: Money, Budgeting, and Consumer Math: with Examples, Problems, and Explained Solutions is a crash course in all things money. Real life scenarios and problem sets teach the broad financial concepts of saving, budgeting, investing, managing credit, recognizing risk, and understanding how businesses work. Recommended for Grades 5 and up.

86 pages

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Parenting ADHD Children: What you can do to really make it easier (adhd child, Parenting adhd, Adhd Children, adhd Nutrition, Child Care, Attention Deficit Child)

Blurb: You’re are out of resources?
You don’t really know what to do anymore?

In this book, you’re about to learn how to use simple and powerful techniques that will truly help you parenting a child with ADHD. Let’s face it, this situation is not the case of everybody and you must handle it with all the knowledge possible. This book contains information of quality that will help you and your child on this journey.

If you are suffering from this situation and haven’t been able to change it, it’s because you are lacking an effective strategy to make this easier for your child and you.
With the knowledge in this book, you’ll get the tools needed to improve your capacity to deal with a lot more situation that might arise in the future!
Do yourself a favor, read this book and act on it!

Here Is A Glance Of What You’ll Learn in this Book..

ADHD, what is it
The Behaviors and what you can do
Important foods for ADHD’s child
Helping them in their social life
How should you handle it yourself
And much more!

Reader Review (there were six five star reviews): This book was extremely helpful… A lot of strategies to helping your child manage their ADHD symptoms, from every angle — How to manage daily tasks and chores, relationships, self-esteem and uncontrollable behavior. And teaches you how to harness the hidden TALENTS that come with ADHD by employing strategic discipline. It is not impossible!! I highly suggest this book for parents who are struggling, you have solid advice here.

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The Gospel of Mark: Bible Trivia Quiz & Study Guide – Education Edition (BibleEye Bible Trivia Quizzes & Study Guides – Education Edition Book 2)

I’ve downloaded a couple of these. I like them for a change of pace with our Bible reading and study for school. There’s a chapter from the bible, then a list of questions on the chapter with answers. The format is one multiple choice question per page, followed by the answer and the complete text of the verse(s) where the answer is found.

I generally just read the questions aloud in order to avoid the multiple choice format, which isn’t my favorite, and to spend a little bit of extra precious time with my teenage son. This isn’t all he does for Bible study, and this isn’t something we use all the time, just every once in a while.

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Paleo Kids Recipes and Raw Paleo Recipes: 2 Book Combo (Caveman Cookbooks)

Welcome to the Caveman Cookbooks!
A series of Paleo Cookbooks for home cooks and food enthusiasts!

Looking For New Paleo Ideas That Actually Taste Great?
Explore the world, and make cooking an easy task with Angela Anottacelli, as she takes you through different cultures and cooking techniques all carefully designed to please the avid Paleo follower!

Busy Moms Listen Up!
Angela delivers delicious recipes for the entire family. She was a working mother when she decided to write these books, she understands the constraints that come with the territory.

Hungry? Excited? There’s More!
You’ll never have trouble coming up with meal ideas again. The Caveman Cookbooks provide you with everything you need to go Paleo, stay Paleo, and LOVE PALEO:

Vitamix Recipes – Soups, Smoothies, Juices, and Sauces – don’t have a Vitamix? A blender will do just fine!
A Collection of Your Favoruite Foods (All Paleo Style) – miss the pasta, pizza, burgers, and desserts from your diet? It’s all one click away!
Italian, Indian, Greek, Mexican recipes, and many more!
Always on the go? Check out the On-The-Go Recipe Book or the Freezer Recipes Book to save time!
On a budget? Paleo doesn’t have to be more expensive than it already is – check out the Quick and Cheap Paleo Recipes – with every recipe taking 10 minutes or less!
Slow cookers, pressure cookers, and baking galore – you’l find it all with this amazing set of cookbooks!
All recipes are family-friendly, and Angela goes a step further by providing her very own set of Paleo Kids Recipes – great for the whole family – even better for the little ones!

Me: There are no reviews as of yet. I looked over the free sample, and the recipes do look good. You need a juicer for several of them. Many of the ones I could see used almond flour as well, so keep that in mind.

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Simply Raw: Easy Raw Food Recipes For Beginners

Paleo Cravings : 50 Barely Allowed Paleo Recipes I Shouldn’t Be Telling You About

Blurb: Are you on Paleo diet, but still want to eat well?
Do you walk around craving really good food, the kind that makes you drool?
Maybe you think this is not possible while on Paleo diet.

Well I’ve got good news for you!

No need to settle for just OK food. You crave GREAT food, and the Paleo Cravings book is here guide you on your way to some really delicious, crave-satisfying food.

Some examples of the recipes you will find inside:

- (Over) Loaded Paleo Hash
- Protein Packed Paleo Breakfast Biscuit
- Paleo Tortillas
- Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Skewers
- Paleo Spaghetti Bolognese
- Paleo Shepard’s Pie
- Swedish Meatballs Paleo Style
- Paleo Friendly French Bread
- Loaded Paleo Nachos
- And much more!

If you want to stick to your Paleo diet, you MUST have a way to satisfy your cravings…as we all know that cravings have the potential to ruin every diet.
Pick up this book today and make sure you use it and always satisfy your cravings – without breaking you Paleo diet rules.

Reader Review: I love eating paleo and this book has a TON of recipes. There’s ones for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, desserts, and the list goes on. Lots of recipes to try out. So far, my favorites would be the “hummingbird bread”, “pumpkin chocolate chai protein shakes” and the “paleo lasagna”. This book will keep you busy!

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Easy Family Meals: 50 recipes for everyday cooking (Family Menu Planning Series Book 4)

Reader Review: This superb cookbook is lovingly created by an author who understands that nutritious meals must be great tasting for family members to enjoy the meal and ask you to make the recipe for them again!!!!!
For me, I cook for people that are very PICKY eaters and prefer the old standard not so good for you recipes. Sound familiar? So when I happened upon this cookbook while searching in the Kindle store under family meals, this one caught my attention. Now I use it alot and list below why I love this cookbook:

+ Each recipe is given: Prep time, Cooking Time, Yield in Servings.
+ The recipes are much more nutritious and tasty too!
+ Very well illustrated cookbook (most of the recipes have a picture of the finished recipe, but not all).
+ Easy to read even on a small 7 inch Kindle.
+ Recipes have just a few ingredients and easy to find ingredients. (Many of the ingredients I have on hand always, these are staple foods that I keep in my pantry and fridge at all times.
+ Recipes that are meat and potatoes that most families will like!

Some of my favorite recipes in this book are:
* Macaroni Salad – This is great cold or even heated! Used fat free mayo instead of the vegan.
* Baked Fish – Finished in just 35 minutes and a great substitute for the fried fish I made before! So much flavor!
+ Chicken Tenders – This baked version uses crushed corn tortillas for the coating and they are tasty and crispy and it is ready from start to finish in just 40 minutes!
+ Cheesy Stuffed Potatoes – This one has baked beans for extra protein and it is more filling.

So I found this to be a family friendly cookbook, it is the best of two worlds: Taste and Good Nutrition!

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Paleo Dressings and Dips – 25 Delicious Paleo Condiment, Dressing and Dip Recipes (Quick and Easy Paleo Recipes Book 10)

Avocado dressing; hoisin sauce; pineapple salsa; substitutes for the usual salad dressings. In looking at the preview, the avocado and pineapple recipes looked great. The BBQ sauce looked good, no added sweeteners, does have liquid smoke (You have to read labels, most have added ingredients, but Wrights Liquid Smoke doesn’t). So there may be other recipes that won’t fit with your ideas of paleo or clean eating, but there should be plenty that do.

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Sarmale – Romanian Old Recipes from Rustic Cuisine (Delicious Romania)

Romania is a very interesting country from Europe. Don’t smile, I know you think something like this if you read that Bram Stoker’s wellknown book about Dracula in the past, but that country it’s not the vampire’s domain. Belive me, I still live there! From ancient times to present days, visitors can find just hospitality and good, realy good food in Romania.
About good Romanian food is this book, too. Sarmale means a common rustic dish prepared in all Romanian homes. It’s so simple and low cost to make the food, but it is so tasty and impressive when you eat it… Sarmale means little chopped food, mixed with some grains, packaged in different leaves and boiled. Can be this complicated? Of course not, even a child can do it. You can feel the special taste and smell, too. Just try some recipes! Everything about preparing sarmale is step-by-step described and I hope you like this.
This book is the first part of “Delicious Romania Series”, containing original old rustic recipes, selected and compiled by a Romanian journalist after visiting local monasteries, simple homes in Romanian villages and after reading some secret family documents about cooking tips and tricks in these families. And after every recipe was prepared at home by the author, too!

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Asian Paleo Recipes: 30 Classic Asian Comfort Foods Made Healthy Without Grains, Legumes, or Dairy

30 Healthy Asian Paleo Recipes The Whole Family Will Love

Utilizing a paleo diet isn’t just a fad – it’s a great way to eat in order to lose weight and improve your health. You will enjoy better digestive health, more energy, and a host of other positive changes, including lowering your risk for many serious health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and others.

But Asian recipes typically can be full of carbohydrates and are not paleo friendly, as they contain rice, noodles, and other grains that can hamper your health and weight loss goals.

Asian Paleo Recipes is full of healthy, delicious, Asian-inspired meals that you will love!

Some of the Asian paleo recipes included:

* Chinese Cashew Chicken
* Thai Chicken Satay
* Sweet & Sour Pork
* Korean Beef & Eggplant Appetizer
* Chinese Shrimp-Fried Cauli Rice
* Korean Bulgogi
* Spicy Chinese Noodles
* Crab Avocado Rolls
* Vietnamese Lime Shrimp with Carrot Slaw
And many more …

Cook yummy, Asian-inspired paleo meals with these easy-to-prepare, delicious recipes!

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Paleo Asian Recipes: Delicious, Breakfast, Lunch, Snack, Dinner and Dessert Recipes

Paleo Asian Recipes: Delicious, Breakfast, Lunch, Snack, Dinner and Dessert

Bacon and Avocado Omelet

Shrimp and Mushroom Quiche

Filipino Style Roasted Chicken with Veggies

Beefy Japanese Curry

Chinese Orange Chicken

Shabu-Shabu Paleo Platter

Duck Paleo Okonomiyaki

Pork Aloha Skewers

Salted Duck Eggs with French Beans

Steak Lettuce Wraps with Quick Pickles

Awesome Ais Batu Campur (ABC)

Milky Melon with Sago

And Jelly Mountain Paradise, amongst others!

Aside from these great recipes, you will also learn why you should use the ingredients mentioned in this book and how each of these dishes can be healthy for you. Interesting

Facts about some of the recipes can also be found here.

It’s important to get informed about your health—and it’s even better to be able to create healthy dishes that will surely get everyone’s attention. Start reading this book now and eat your way to a healthy life!

You may also be interested in this book for . 99 for Kindle; Delicious Dim Sum: A Collection of Simple Chinese Dim Sum Recipes
Price goes up a dollar tomorrow.

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The Korean Table: 25 Easy-to-Prepare Korean Recipes

Korean cuisine is simple yet exotic, and very easy to prepare. A balanced combination of vegetables, meat and rice, Korean cuisine is flavorful, varied, healthy and fulfilling. A proper Korean meal will always have a variety of dishes served in a platter including boiled rice, soup, a main dish and a selection of side dishes that include pickled vegetables, salads and other delights. While it might seem like too much to prepare such a meal, the fact is the Korean recipes are some of the easiest to master.

If you wish to learn Korean cooking, this book offers 25 different traditional recipes to help you out. Covering a variety of side dishes, soups and main dishes, this book can help you prepare the perfect Korean platter right at home in the easiest way possible. So, get started with your new culinary adventure and start making these exotic Korean dishes at home right away!

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I looked at the sample, and they look good, many of them even paleo friendly

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Soapmaking From Scratch – 25 Unique Soap Making Recipes That Make For Great DIY Projects or Gifts

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How to Crochet: 16 Quick and Easy Granny Square Patterns

When you’re short on time and yarn, crochet granny square patterns are just the way to go! With this eBook you’ll learn how to crochet granny squares that are as unique as they are easy. Featuring a range of pattern styles and crochet stitches, you’ll be able to create quick and easy granny squares in no time. This eBook will help you with:
• Step-by-step tutorials
• Detailed materials lists
• Clear, large photos
• Easy-to-understand instructions

Reviewers largely agree these are cute patterns but they are not for raw beginners.

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Declutter: 30 Simple Habits for Getting your Life, Schedule and Home Decluttered: An easier way to simplify your life, organize your home and make the … (Armin Bergmann’s 30 Simple Habits Book 5)

Do you feel overwhelmed by your day to day life? Does it seem like your to-do list grows perpetually longer rather than shorter? Do you long for life to be more simple and to have more time in your day? Could you use a little motivation and some practical advice to help you simplify your life, organize your home, and make the most of your time?

At some point after childhood (where time seems to always go slowly), life picks up pace. While we enjoy the experiences of adulthood, it can also become overwhelming as the weight of our responsibilities becomes apparent.

This can be exhausting and frustrating. Whether you are preparing for it, in the midst of the struggle, or feel like you are drowning, there are some simple habits, coupled with some stick-to-it attitudes that can help you get your life, home, and schedule de-cluttered.

In this concise book, I’ll show you 30 simple habits that are utilized all the time by people who strive for simplicity in their lives. The habits in this book aren’t magic. All I’m suggesting is that if you gradually implement these super simple habits into your routine, you’ll be pleased with how manageable your life will seem.

It may take some trial and error as you work to determine which habits will be most effective in your specific situation. You may also discover that a combination of multiple habits will help you make progress. Your individual personality coupled with the particular needs of your situation will help you determine which of these simple habits will work best for you. Consistency and the willingness to sacrifice momentary ease for the longterm good will be necessary.

I wish you all the best on your journey and I hope the content of this book provides the perfect spark of motivation that you need as you march down the road to being clutter-free.

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Minimalism for Grandparents: Decluttering for Health, Happiness, and Connection in the Golden Years

The golden years should be a time of freedom, celebration, and new adventures. But if your garage, attic, closets, and surfaces are filled with clutter, all that extra stuff can get in the way of a full experience of life as it was meant to be lived. Minimalism for Grandparents covers not only techniques for decluttering, but how to fill your newfound space with meaningful, fulfilling activities that leave a lasting legacy for future generations.

This guide to simplifying for improved health, happiness, and relationships teaches:

• Why you should define your own sense of minimalism
• How to create your “Minimalist Mission Statement”
• How to find your decluttering “champion”
• How to use the techniques of “blazing” and “gazing” to declutter
• Why decluttering now can lead to a happier, healthier life
• How to deal with sentimental items without losing their meaning
• Why you should use your newfound space to leave a living legacy

And much more…

Reader Review; I truly enjoyed this book and walked away with a very different, and new, view of decluttering. It honestly made me think of decluttering in a new light and inspired me to act sooner rather than later. And to act in a different way. And with new reasons to act sooner rather than later.

The book flipped my concept of decluttering upside down, which is a bit of a surprise and a nice relief for me. Instead of an effort to discard, decluttering should be an effort to discover the meaningful items in my life and to give them prominence in the sacred spaces I should create for them. I hadn’t really thought much about pulling out the meaningful nuggets for legacy or about creating sacred space with the items that create the memories I want to hold on to. I tend to resist the stress of making the thousand decisions to discard, or not, in the decluttering process. I hadn’t considered that decluttering could be a treasure hunt, like a squirrel thrashing through a pile to find the good seeds, tossing the rest aside without giving it a second thought. I like this approach and have already started.

The path to decluttering should lead to treasure, not trash; to meaning and legacy, not loss. That’s the message I took away from “Minimalism for Grandparents”.

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Keep It Simple Stupid! Cutting Back and Simplifying Your Life Like The True Minimalist Masters (Simplified Life Book 1)

Reader Review: In the busy modern world of consumerism and rapidly changing technology, it is easy to lose sight of simple pleasures. This book gives insights into minimalism, a concept beyond owning fewer belongings, but also taking time for friends and self. It is a thoughtful book, and I can see several areas of my own life where I can simplify, declutter both my home and mind, and find even more contentment. Nicely done!

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SIMPLE STEPS – THE AMAZING HOUSEWORK METHOD: You Are Doing Your Housework Wrong – How to declutter, organize, and tidy your home the easier way

You are doing your housework wrong

For years, I’ve used a cleaning method that’s very efficient. I teach it in my successful book, The Easy Way To Clean.

Despite this, up until recently, I always found a large task daunting and intimidating. It filled me with dread when I looked at that pile of ironing, untidy room, cupboard, drawer, etc. I could do these things efficiently but they were still daunting. It used to make me feel tired just looking at it.

Recently, something occurred to me. It changed the way I looked at household tasks. My mind is now completely relaxed when I approach any task. I tackle it with comfortable ease.

It’s all about the way you see it. There are also certain efficient processes I follow that allows me to complete each task a lot faster.

Household tasks, organization, and decluttering always looks daunting. This is because of the way you look at it and tackle the task.

There is a better way. I call it Simple Tasks.

Here’s the benefits…

- No mind panic.

- Complete any household task easily and efficiently. This turns anything into something super simple. You can do it without hardly any motivation.

- Tidying that untidy room is a cinch.

- That pile of ironing is as simple as ironing one thing.

- Declutter, organize, and tidy an area in super simple steps.

- Keeping your home continually tidy is as simple as putting one thing away.

- This amazing method turns all your housework into super simple steps.

Make it easy on yourself. Give it a try.

Reviewers either rave or say there’s nothing new here.

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The Minimalist Mindset: How To Declutter, Downsize, And Get More Fulfillment From Life

Very good and concise book on getting control of your life. Most of the suggestions are common sense, and nothing that is hard to do, but not really many new ideas. It’s sort of like things you forgot that you already know.
With all that I think it is a very good book, and gives you good tips to organize your home and your life.

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Container Gardening with Kids: 7 Easy Steps to Bountiful Harvests for Everyone

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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.  Now that I have my tricksy little new phone, I have added it to my list of devices to which I can download devices.  Woot!

Most of the blurbs and book descriptions above are not mine, but come from  reviews on Amazon’s page.

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