Food Prices Rising, Again

vintage housewife grocery shopping at the butcher shopYou’re not imagining it- food prices rising faster than wages.

Inflation is a tax on the poor.  But the gov’t doesn’t count food or utility prices when it calculates the cost of living.

Not all that long ago, a can of tuna was less than .50 at my discount grocer- and sometimes I could get it on sale for less.  Today it was on sale- a slightly smaller can for a dollar a can.

A can of black olives was just under .70 cents.  1.69 now.

Butter was 1.99, now it’s 2.99 and sometimes more.

If you want to eat ‘clean,’ organic, nonGMO foods, meat and dairy products from pastured reared animals, there are some tips here.  It’s helpful, but honestly, with the husband working part time and going to school, we just can’t even do that for the most part. I do buy raw milk, but our raw milk is not that much more than pasteurized.  But I couldn’t even do that if we were not buying with a group to help with transportation costs.

You can look for wild, local foods- there’s a list here (not all the foods listed are listed for food purposes, some are useful as dyes, or have medicinal applications, so read carefully).

day lily, edibleI do eat day lilies- the flowers and pods- raw and in stir fries. I’ve read the tubers are also edible but I haven’t ever tried them.

I eat lambsquarters (I like them in omelettes, I think I will try them green smoothies.

I like purlsane raw and in stir fries.

Also look for fruit trees in the neighbors yards- fruit trees where they aren’t gathering the fruit.  Often if you ask, they are willing for you to take it, or at least some of it.

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The Four Moms once discussed keeping the food budget under control.

And here I shared some tips for finding organic foods on a budget.

Other ideas here, with the reminder that you’re not a bad person if you cannot afford organic.

What about you? What are some of your best budget saving meals?  Do you have any wild foods you eat?


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Illegals and Math Problems

border kidsThis is just a collection of links to stories where some sort of effort is made to quantify the issue of illegal border crossings.  I am making no claims about this, I just found it all interesting:

1/4 of those at the border have criminal records, only a small fraction are unaccompanied children. Story here.

Senator Dan Patrick said there are at least 100,000 illegal immigrant gang members in Texas and they have committed crimes such as rape and murder (they’ve been charged in nearly half a million crimes in four years, including several thousand rapes and 2,000 murders). But also, 60,000 illegal immigrant children have been apprehended since October of last year. Story here.

Perry sending Guard to the border because unaccompanied minors only make up roughly 20 percent of those being apprehended illegally crossing the border. Story here.

Indeed, “Nearly all of the illegal immigrant children who have been apprehended along the U.S.-Mexico border in the last two years have been teenagers.
According to a new Pew Research report, in fiscal year 2013, 91% of illegal immigrant “children” apprehended at the border were teenagers. Of the nearly 60,000 illegal immigrant “children” who were apprehended since October of last year, 84% have been teenagers.” Story here.

There’s a reason, or several thousand reasons, why Texas is legitimately concerned about this:
“Each week, more illegal immigrants enter Texas than people who are born in the state during the same time period.
On Monday’s The Laura Ingraham Show, Dan Patrick, the Texas state Senator who is the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, said two weeks ago, Border Patrol agents “apprehended almost 10,000 people crossing the border, in one week.”
“Every week, week after week, we’ve been averaging for the last year apprehending between six and ten thousand people a week,” Patrick said hours before Texas Gov. Rick Perry formally announced that he would be sending National Guard troops to the border. “If we apprehend eight or nine thousand a week, that’s more people than are born in Texas each week.”
Patrick also said law enforcement officials have told him that somewhere between one in five and one in ten illegal immigrants are actually apprehended.
“Now, we think we catch one out of every five. That means twenty five or thirty thousand are crossing the border, that we don’t catch,” he said. “Don’t focus on the numbers that are apprehended, that’s the ones we catch.”" Story here.

Children 12 and under fastest growing group of unaccompanied minors at the border (okay, I do have an opinion about this one- somebody is trying to muck about with statistics to make this a bigger crisis than it already is).  Story here.

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A Buffet of Books, Books, Beautiful Books

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Historic Tales, Vol. 12 (of 15) The Romance of Reality

Historic Tales, Vol. 12 (of 15)
The Romance of Reality, Japanese and Chinese, by CHarles Morris

The year 1 in Japan is the same date as 660 B.C. of the Christian era, so that Japan is now in its twenty-sixth century. Then everything began. Before that date all is mystery and mythology. After that date there is something resembling history, though in the early times it is an odd mixture of history and fable. As for the gods of ancient Japan, they were many in number, and strange stories are told of their doings. Of the early men of the island kingdom we know very little. When the ancestors of the present Japanese arrived there they found the islands occupied by a race of savages, a people thickly covered with hair, and different in looks from all the other inhabitants of Asia. These in time were conquered, and only a few of them now remain,—known as Ainos, and dwelling in the island of Yezo.

In the Japanese year 1 appeared a conqueror, Jimmu Tennō by name, the first of the mikados or emperors. He was descended from the goddess of the Sun, and made his home at the foot of Kirishima, a famous mountain in the island of Kiushiu, the most southerly of the four large islands of Japan. As to the smaller islands of that anchored empire, it may be well to say that they form a vast multitude of all shapes and sizes, being in all nearly[Pg 6] four thousand in number. The Sea of Japan is truly a sea of islands.

By way of the sailing clouds, and the blue sky which rests upon Kirishima’s snowy top, the gods stepped down from heaven to earth. Down this celestial path came Jimmu’s ancestors, of whom there were four between him and the mighty Sun goddess. Of course no one is asked to accept this for fact. Somewhat too many of the fathers of nations were sons of the gods. It may be that Jimmu was an invader from some foreign land, or came from a band of colonists who had settled at the mountain’s foot some time before, but the gods have the credit of his origin.

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Bellaria di Rivergaro: The story of an Italian country inn and the family that made it their home

Blurb: Bellaria di Rivergaro is the story about a family that lived in a beautiful valley in northwest Italy and the country inn they built in 1901 that was their home. Emilio and Evangelina meet in a small hamlet between the towns of Rivergaro and Bobbio along the Trebbia River. They fall in love, marry and raise a family of eight children in the place they name Bellaria di Rivergaro (Bellaria). Within a few years, their two oldest children, Luigi and Elisa, immigrate to America where they confront the challenges of assimilating into a different culture. Meanwhile, life at Bellaria continues through the turbulent events leading up to and through World War I, while sadly tragedy strikes Elisa and her family in the immigrant section of New York City.

Later, during the fascist period of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, the family finds it must deal with economic hardship, terror and danger. However, they are saved from harm by an unsolicited memento from a notorious personage in the fascist government. The family at Bellaria confronts even greater danger during World War II when family members face possible execution because occupying German forces suspect they are engaged in partisan activities. In America, Luigi achieves success in industrial construction, but feels a deep sense of guilt for never fulfilling his promise to return to Bellaria to see his family.

The years pass with the economic fortunes of Bellaria rising and falling. Emilio and Evangelina pass on leaving Bellaria to their children. In 1980, after almost eighty years, Bellaria is sold to acquaintances of the family. However, in America, the grandson of Luigi makes contact with the family in Italy and with his wife determines to fulfill his grandfather’s promise, but in an unexpected way.

Reader Review: This novel begins as a love story between the two main characters, Emilio and Evangelina. However, it soon evolves into a compelling drama laced with interesting historical detail, challenge, heartbreak and tragedy, humor and danger. The author tells the true story about how his ancestors built a country inn and restaruant in northern Italy and about the human drama they experienced through the early to late 1900s as they operated the facility and dealt with the hardships two world wars, including life under the Fascist regime of Benito Mussolini. This is a well-told story that will be enjoyed by men, as well as by women.

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Reader Review: I found the book very interesting and helpful in understanding the history of japan since it’s existence on earth up to the end of the nineteenth century. The book illustrates the events of japan in chronological order with fair explanation. I was particularly amazed of the internal conflict between the different warlords and the share of power with the imperial family. Another interesting subject in the history of japan is the introduction of Christianity and Buddhism and the exchange of dominance depending on the warlords preferences. It is an easy read book with full of interesting information of japan history.

Exerpt: Chapter IX. Toyotomi Hideyoshi.

The death of Nobunaga in the forty-ninth year of his age left the country in a critical condition. Sakuma and Shibata had been his active retainers and generals for many years, and they had the most bitter and envious hatred toward Hideyoshi, whom they had seen advance steadily up to and past them in the march of military preferment. It was to Hideyoshi that the country looked to take up the work which Nobunaga’s death had interrupted. Akechi began to realize when too late that he must reckon with him for his terrible crime. He appointed two of his lieutenants to assassinate Hideyoshi on his way back to the capital. He sent word to Mōri Terumoto, who was trying to raise the siege of the castle of Takamatsu, concerning Nobunaga’s death, hoping that this tragedy would encourage Terumoto to complete his designs.

In the meantime the news had reached Hideyoshi. Terumoto had heard of the starting of Nobunaga with additional troops, and had determined to make peace with Hideyoshi. He had sent messengers with a proposition for peace. The measures [pg 194] for taking the castle had succeeded and it was surrendered. In this state of things Hideyoshi160 pursued a course which was characteristic of him. He sent word to Terumoto that Nobunaga was now dead and that therefore his proposition for peace might, if he wished, be withdrawn. You must decide, he said, whether you will make peace or not; it is immaterial whether I fight or conclude a treaty of peace. To such a message there could be only one answer. Peace was at once concluded and Hideyoshi started for Kyōto to deal with the traitors.

The attempt to assassinate Hideyoshi on his journey came very near being successful. He was in such eagerness to reach his destination that he hurried on without regard to his army which accompanied him. A small body-guard kept up as well as they could with their impatient chief. At Nishinomiya in this journey Hideyoshi, when in advance of his body-guard, was attacked by a band of the assassins. His only way of escape was by a narrow road between rice fields, leading to a small temple. When he had traversed part of this lane he dismounted, turning his horse around along the way he had come, and stabbed him in the hind leg. Mad with pain, he galloped back with disastrous effect upon the band which was following him. Meanwhile Hideyoshi hurried to the temple. Here the priests were all in a big common bath-tub, taking their bath. Hastily telling them who he was, and begging their protection, he stripped off his clothes and plunged in among the naked priests. [pg 195] When the assassins arrived, they could find nothing but a bath-tub full of priests, whom they soon left in search of the fugitive. As they disappeared, the anxious body-guard arrived, and were astonished and amused to find their chief clad in the garb of a priest and refreshed after his hurried journey with a luxurious bath.161

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Organic Lotion: Recipes for Beginners: How to Create Homemade Organic Lotions For Beauty, Nourishment, and Skin Healing (Treat Your Skin Naturally with … Organic Lotion Recipes Made for Beginners)

Blurb: Have you ever been filled with discontentment at the sheer sight of your own skin? If you answered yes to this question, then you are not alone. People all over the world must deal with a number of skin ailments, including dry skin, oily skin, aging skin, rashes and itching, and various skin conditions. What’s worse is that many people have haphazardly invested their faith in synthetic lotions designed to suffocate the outer layer of skin. Luckily, there is a solution to this, and it entails creating your very own, homemade lotions. With homemade lotions, you can actually control the course of your own skincare regimen.

First, as you delve into this book, you will learn about the critical importance of organic skin care as opposed to chemically based products. In the next chapter of this book, you will receive a brief review of essential skin care tips. Sometimes, owning the right product is not sufficient. If skin care is not executed properly, this can culminate in skin damage and irritation. The next section of the book will discuss the topic of lotion making tips so that you are adequately prepared for the lotion making process. Next, you will learn about the most popular lotion ingredients and essential oils, as well as their most important functions in the context of lotion. In the remaining chapters of the book, you will learn simple lotion making recipes for general skin care, youth and age prevention, as well as healing lotions for specific skin ailments.

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Paleo Frozen Desserts: 35 Delicious Homemade Dairy Free, Gluten Free Paleo Frozen Treats

Blurb:Summer is here, however if you are on the road to health and decided to rid your diet of the processed and refined foods, eating dessert may pose a bit of a challenge. Today’s supermarkets, ice cream shops and even desserts served by our neighbors are laden with refined sugars, soy, dairy as well as artificial flavors and preservatives that further contribute to weight gain, obesity, diabetes and heart disease. What if you could enjoy delicious, mouth-watering dessert in the comfort of your own home knowing it is 100% natural so that every guiltless bite could be enjoyed to the fullest?

You are in luck because Paleo Frozen Desserts will get you through the hot summer months! This book contains proven steps and strategies on how to make desserts that are in step with the Paleo diet and taste great. Not only are the desserts you are about to make creamy, rich and delicious- they are made without eggs, gluten, soy or refined sugar! Some of the treats you’ll enjoy include homemade ice cream, gelato, sherbet and popsicles!

In addition, this book provides you with more than just a list of recipes for Paleo Desserts; you will find out how dessert fits into the Paleo diet plan. You will also find hints and tips for how to manage portions so that you can control the amount of sugars in your diet, plus an explanation of the types of desserts and when it is best to make and serve them.

The following are just a few of the types of treats you’ll enjoy:

Strawberry Ice Cream

Vanilla-Hazelnut Ice Cream

Mint-Avocado Ice Cream

Coffee Ice Cream

Coconut Ice Cream with Raspberries

Coconut Pineapple Sherbet

Strawberry Lemon Sherbet

Lime Coconut Gelato

Peach Banana Gelato

Apricot-Raspberry-Banana Gelato

Blueberry Apple Gelato

Creamy Berry Popsicles

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Green Clean Your Oven: 4 Easy Ways to Clean Your Oven Without Using Toxic Chemicals

This new book introduces 4 Easy Ways to Clean Your Oven Without Using Toxic Chemicals. These methods will show you how to clean a very dirty oven without exposing your family to those harsh, toxic chemicals.

A couple of methods I’ve included:

- Baking Soda To The Rescue
- Baking Soda, Salt & Water

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Homemade Body Scrubs: 25+ AMAZING Body Scrub Recipes to Hydrate, Soften, Nourish and Exfoliate Your Skin!

Blurb: In the Homemade Body Scrub Recipes eBook you will discover:

::What are body scrubs and what are the health benefits that they bring

Find out what body scrubs really are, what’s the history behind them, and what health benefits they bring.

::How body scrubs are made and used

Learn about the basic principals of how body scrubs are made – what they consist of and how they are mixed. And also find out how they are used.

::A variety of amazing body scrub recipes

Recieve [sic] a wide variety of wonderful body scrub recipes

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Homesteading Essentials (4): From Garden Plot To Soup Pot! Modern Homesteading & Easy Tasty Soups – 2 Book Bundle

Blurb: Living A Self-Sustainable Lifestyle:
Whether growing your own vegetables or raising chickens; Homesteading is self-sustainability are all about consuming the fruits of your own labour – whether in the form of energy that you have produced or vegetables that you have grown, or indeed chickens that you have raised for eggs and meat.

In this 4th book in the ‘Homesteading Essentials’ series, Norman & Fay have combined to offer some great tips on the essentials of homesteading, and how to produce some fantastic tasty soups from your growing and rearing efforts.

Homesteading ‘Quick Bites’ Include:

Volume 1: Canning & Food Preservation

Volume 2: Raised Bed Gardening

Volume 3: Raising Chickens – 5 Top Tips

Volume 4: Growing Organic Vegetables

Volume 5: Vermin Control

‘Easy and Tasty Soups’ Contains 18 tasty soup recipes that are both simple to make and delicious. These include soups for the slow cooker that are mouth-wateringly moreish!

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There is quite a nice collection of these titles, all free, all best for the Kindle Fire or any other color option you have. i’m not even listing all of them.

Twenty-Four Claude Monet’s Paintings (Collection) for Kids

Twenty-Four Gustav Klimt’s Paintings (Collection) for Kids

Twenty-Four Johannes Vermeer’s Paintings (Collection) for Kids

Twenty-Four Paul Cezanne’s Paintings (Collection) for Kids

Twenty-Four John Singer Sargent’s Paintings (Collection) for Kids

Twenty-Four Mary Cassatt’s Paintings (Collection) for Kids

Twenty-Four Hokusai’s Paintings (Collection) for Kids

Twenty-Four Edgar Degas’s Paintings (Collection) for Kids

Twenty-Four Leonardo da Vinci’s Paintings (Collection) for Kids

Twenty-Four Marc Chagall’s Paintings (Collection) for Kids

Twenty-Four Andy Warhol’s Paintings (Collection) for Kids

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The Prepper’s ‘Lights Out’ Guide to Surviving with the Grid Down (Survival Family Basics – Preppers Survival Handbook Series)

reader review: We all hope we may never need this book but the reality is that we all depend on the grid and it could go down.
This book will teach you what to do if that ever happens. Contains essential information you need to know…
from water to hygiene to lighting. An essential survival reference.
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Homemade Cosmetics: Over 100 Recipes You Can Make at Home
blurb: Over 100 recipes for homemade cosmetics using primarily basic kitchen ingredients. Quality control, fresh and organic ingredients, no preservatives or additives, lower costs, better for the environment – these are some of the reasons to make your own cosmetics. Includes recipes for facials, toners, flower waters, lip balms/gloss, pine needle bath, bath salts, bubble baths, shower gel, mouthwash, tooth powders/paste, shampoo, hair rinse, dandruff cure, hair conditioner, sunburn remedies, rash remedies, body powders, body scrubs, athlete’s foot treatments, foot baths, foot tonics and lotions, fake “vasoline,” glitter body/hair gel, aftershave, cologne, perfume, bug repellents, fake “tigerbalm,” natural deodorant, rose petal beads, dream pillows, herbal suppliers, educators, links and resources. Includes special babies’, children’s and women’s herbals section and 31 photos by the author of herbs in nature and herbal processing techniques. Recipes come from the author’s 30+ years’ experience making her own cosmetics. Special bonus sections about herbs, women’s herbals and herbals for babies and children. Includes 31 photos by author of herbs in nature and herb processing procedures. The author has over 30 years experience making her own herbal cosmetics. She has raised her son using almost entirely medicinal herbs for any medical problems he incurred, and had a home birth, using herbs, from midwives during and after pregnancy. Much of her herbal knowledge comes from work with women’s groups, wilderness guides, midwives and herbalists, while most of the book explains her first-hand methods for using herbs.

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The Feral Spy: Shot down, with no contacts and no way home… (Sequel to A Gathered Radiance)

Lady Helena Templeton Forsyth has been arrested for stealing cat food, resisting arrest and faces additional charges of assault and actual bodily harm. Helena is living in dire poverty and cannot afford to pay a fine. She is persuaded by her defence solicitor to recall the story of her disastrous time in the S.O.E. in the hope of gaining sympathy from the magistrate. What follows is a tale of profound sadness, bravery, love, sacrifice and betrayal, Forced to bail out when her plane was shot down on the way to the dropzone, with no wireless, no contacts and no way home, Helena became a hunted fugitive with a price on her head. Yet she still risked her life to help the resistance. Will the magistrate even care, or will he still want to make an example of a woman he sees as a crafty old battleaxe? Just when she thinks things can’t get any worse, a long buried secret is unearthed in the grounds of Templeton Hall, her ancestral home, and she can’t talk her way out of this one…

The Feral Spy By Joyce Weaver.

Reader Review: Having thoroughly enjoyed A Gathered Radiance, I was anxious to read this sequel. It is indeed another fascinating time slip story. Set initially in the present and then going back in time intermittently, to before and during the war, we follow Helena Templeton’s dramatic life story. As a young, rebellious, vengeful girl in the early 1930s she has an uncanny knack of getting herself into all sorts of trouble.
Educated at home initially by a scheming governess, whom she strongly dislikes, things go from bad to worse, when the woman later becomes her step-mother. By which time, Helena and her cruel, insensitive father Edward Templeton have become totally alienated.
Eventually her own mother takes her away to France, where her grandparents live. There she gets expelled from a brutal convent school in Grenoble for her mutinous behaviour. She’s then sent to a boarding school in Geneva, but is kicked out after blowing up the science lab and nearly immolating herself in the process. This act alone is to bring her future ramifications.
When Helena learns that her father, has allowed his petulant step-daughter Marguerite and scheming step-son Luke, to become his lawful heirs, yet another rancorous facet to Helena’s story begins.
Indeed, throughout the book, Helena displays constant vitriolic resentment towards them, their mother Joan and her father, and this turns her into an even more revengeful young woman… who is always flying into rages, using venomous, bad language!
Helena is an extremely well drawn, feisty character, but owing to her sometimes offensive temper, she’s quite hard to warm to, particularly in the first half of the book. However, I have a feeling that this is intended by the author.

Book one of this set is also free at the moment: A Gathered Radiance

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Keeping Chickens: A Beginner’s Guide

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The Budget Cookbook: 57 Delicious Recipes You Can Cook at Home to Have Restaurant Quality Meals on a Shoestring Budget

The dishes in this book are easy to make but taste absolutely amazing. We are all trying to save money where we can these days and with the price of food increasing all the time its hard to cut back in this area but Sophia shows us how it can be done easily. I have tried two recipes so far – the pesto infused quinoa (wow!) and the chicken curry. I have Sophias quinoa book also and I have to say I am loving the style of her writing. I am looking forward to her next book already :)
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The Prodigal Father: “I Faked My Own Death” (Life after Death Book 1)
I read the sample pages of this one and it looks really interesting.
Blurb: ” I faked my own death and lived under other names for almost three years. I was the prodigal son, prodigal husband and prodigal father. I left my mother and father, ten brothers and sisters, and my wife and three children. I knew I couldn’t live a deceptive life and take God with me. I couldn’t take my family and live a deceptive life, so I verbally told my God goodbye. He left me alone. The children of Israel wanted meat in the wilderness. God gave it to them, but He sent leanness to their souls.——I got the freedom I wanted, but leanness to my soul. Through a series of miracles, however, God visited me again and persuaded me to come back… Himself and my family. That was over forty years ago.”

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Modern Homesteading – Self Sufficiency. 5 Books Bundle Beginners Guide: Canning & Food Preservation; Raised Bed Gardening; Raising Chickens; Growing Organic … Vermin Control (K.I.S.S Quick Bites Book 6)

Anyone that wants to get back to their roots and learn to live as our elders did… THIS IS the book you need to start with. Love the diverse content and the writing style that makes it easy and fun to read. As our society evolves into a spiraling mess of speedy convenience this and that…we are quickly losing site of the value and importance of this basic food storage and survival knowledge. This special collection is the perfect re-introduction into these practices. I have and will recommend to all my contacts.

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How to Declutter Your Home and Simplify Your Life: Tips and Techniques for a Clutter-Free Home

There may have been various instances in your life when you’ve looked around your home and felt rather weighed down by the clutter that was reigning over it. Naturally, nobody wants to live in a home that’s so filled up with clutter that it makes you feel like you’re living in some kind of a pig sty. As your home plays an important role in determining the physical and mental health of your dear ones, ridding it of clutter should be your first and foremost priority; you can’t be entirely happy unless you’re living in an environment that makes you feel good.
Once you’ve decided to make your home clutter-free and adopt a simpler lifestyle, the first question that pops into your mind is, “Where to start?” This is a very crucial question as people who are unable to answer it often tend to find themselves in a bit of a jam, leading to even more clutter in the house.
Thus, to help you get back the house of your dreams and transform it into a squeaky clean haven, this book will provide you with a step-by-step guide to hassle-free organization. The tips provided within this eBook will help you effectively clean and de-clutter your home and keep it clutter-free for months!

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Sometimes when you click on a link, for some reason it won’t finish loading. Just hit refresh and it should work.

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.

Same for reduced price titles.

Shameless money grubbing: I thought this was common knowledge, but it turns out it’s not- these are affiliate links. If you click on a free title and download it, I get….. nothing.  If you click on a free title and while you are at Amazon also buy something else, I get….. something.  Depending on what you buy, it will probably be somewhere between 4% and 7.5% 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.

Also, Swagbucks remains my favorite source for free Amazon gift cards. And if you haven’t joined, please click on the link and join so that I can keep getting free Amazon gift cards because I am still shameless.

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.

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

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Sausage and Cheese Turnovers

Makes 10 sandwiches

1 can refrigerated biscuits, the big, flaky ones (or make your own)


1/2 lb bulk sausage OR ground beef, browned and drained (if you use ground beef, add spices and herbs to flavor it = I’d use sage, basil, onion and garlic powder)
four ounce can mushrooms, diced, or dice fresh mushrooms
1 cup shredded cheese (provolone or mozzarella recommended, but really, it will be tasty if you use cheddar or swiss, too)

1 slightly beaten egg
a couple tablespoons Parmesan cheese

Heat oven to 350

Grease your cookie sheet
Spread biscuit mix out into 10 five inch circles.
Combine the filling ingredients in a bowl, mix well
Spoon about 3 Tablespoons meat mixture onto the center of each biscuit circle. Fold dough in half over filling. Press the edges with a fork to seal them (or just pinch them).
Brush tops with beaten egg, top with Parmesan. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown.

You can also flash freeze them- freeze them on the cookie sheet. As soon as they are frozen, put them in ziplock bags, or wrap well with foil or saran wrap. To cook, unwrap, defrost on a cookie sheet (or pie pan if you’re just baking one), and once defrosted, bake as directed above.

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A Budget of Books, Mystery, Suspense, Christian,Self-help

The City of Man: Inferno

Book I of a trilogy based on a true story of the Italian Renaissance.

Renaissance Florence celebrated its Golden Age during the late 15th century under Lorenzo de’ Medici, the Magnificent. This was the age of artists, philosophers and poets like Leonardo, Michelangelo, Botticelli, Pico della Mirandola, Poliziano, and Machiavelli.

But a societal crisis was imminent by the century’s last decade. The Italian peninsula was surrounded and threatened by imperialist powers, trade declined and poverty increased in the face of obscene wealth. Avaricious popes made a family business of the Church while floods, droughts, famines, and the plague all combined to create an atmosphere of overwhelming fear and anxiety.

As chaos loomed, an obscure Dominican friar arose to restore order. Fra Girolamo Savonarola was a charismatic preacher and prophet who advocated religious and political reform. His mission was to transform his corrupt and decaying society into St. Augustine’s mythical City of God. At the height of his short reign he orchestrated the infamous Bonfire of the Vanities, riding a wave of popular discontent to become the most influential religious, political, and cultural figure of the age. The Savonarolan theocratic republic left its indelible mark on the face of Florence, Italy, and Western history.

The City of Man is the dramatic story of this preacher’s fantastic rise and tragic fall, symbolizing a critical juncture in the conflict between Church and State in the Christian world. More dramatized history than historical fiction, the story integrates the art, religion, and politics of this glorious period.

Young Niccolo Machiavelli provides the counterpoint to Savonarola as he develops his new political philosophy. Their momentous clash illuminates the transition from the Age of Faith to the Age of Reason, heralding the birth of our modern age.

In Book I: The Inferno, Fra Savonarola damns the societal decay of Florence under the rule of the Medici, first Lorenzo the Magnificent and then his son Piero the Unfortunate. With his prophecies and charismatic preaching, Savonarola helps drive out the Medici after Lorenzo’s death and Piero’s mismanagement. He foretells the coming of the Scourge of God to cleanse the city and restore Florence as the City of God. Niccolo Machiavelli enters the scene as an ambitious young political operator.

Formatted for the Kindle, the digital version of The City of Man incorporates special features to explore the world of Renaissance Florence, including maps, family trees, art images, dozens of internal and external hyperlinks to biographies and historical events on Wikipedia, an extensive glossary and selected scene index.

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Not free, it’s 2.99, but Sally Wright’s Ben Reese mysteries are very readable Christian mystery fiction:
Publish And Perish (The Ben Reese Mystery Series Book 1)

Pride And Predator (Ben Reese Mystery series Book 2)

Pursuit And Persuasion (Ben Reese mystery series Book 3)

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Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free

By Tullian Tchividjian

Blurb: In this world, one thing is certain: Everybody hurts. Suffering may take the form of tragedy, heartbreak, or addiction. Or it could be something more mundane (but no less real) like resentment, loneliness, or disappointment. But there’s unfortunately no such thing as a painless life. In Glorious Ruin, best-selling author Tullian Tchividjian takes an honest and refreshing look at the reality of suffering, the ways we tie ourselves in knots trying to deal with it, and the comfort of the gospel for those who can’t seem to fix themselves—or others.

This is not so much a book about Why God allows suffering or even How we should approach suffering—it is a book about the tremendously liberating and gloriously counterintuitive truth of a God who suffers with you and for you. It is a book, in other words, about the kind of hope that takes the shape of a cross.

REader review: I can’t say enough about how reading Glorious Ruin has been a tremendous blessing to my life. Tullian’s love for the Gospel is truly contagious and I would highly recommend this book to anyone.

Tullian addresses the reality of suffering in the first 3 chapters of Glorious Ruin. His section on the Theology of Glory vs. the Theology of the Cross is excellent. Tullian says, “A theology of the cross defines life in terms of giving rather than taking, self-sacrifice rather than self-protection, dying rather than killing.” I would highly recommend this section. It has a lot to offer. Also, Tullian’s comparison of the Law and Gospel in chapter 2 really shows that, “when we finally come to the end of ourselves, there God will be.”

Moralizing and Minimizing suffering is what the next two sections discuss. Moralizing suffering says that because of your bad behavior or particular sin is why you suffer. Minimizing suffering says to downplay or reduce the pain of the suffering that you are dealing with. However, we realize that the Gospel liberates us from feeling like we have to moralize or minimize our suffering. This is extremely important. Because of what Jesus Christ has already done, we are free to be honest and confront our suffering head on.

The last section shows us how we are saved by suffering. The Gospel is for defeated, not the dominant. God is truly found in the weak things of the world
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21 Steps to a CLEAN & WELL-ORGANIZED Home: A Supermom’s Guide to Completely Turn Your Place Around & Make it Spotless

Reader review: 21 Steps To A Clean And Well Organized Home by Robyn Reiter is a helpful little book about exactly what it says. The subtitle is “A Supermom’s guide to completely turn your place around and make it spotless”. The book goes through the house room by room – entry way, kitchen, communal living space, bathroom, laundry room, bedrooms. Until I got this book I was in despair about how to keep my home straight. She has encouraging tips all through the book. And tips on homemade do-it-yourself cleaning aids. (Hint: lots of lemon, vinegar and baking soda.) Her suggestions are simple, easy and cost effective. Like using baskets and hooks. I tried some of her suggestions already and my entry way is already tamed. I am retraining my husband and kids to keep thngs off the kitchen counter (as per her suggestion). A quick read.

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The Monkey Trial – Evolutionary Politics in the post-Traditional Age

Blurb: The Monkey Trial examines the political and social consequences of the Theory of Evolution. By utilizing the brilliant closing statements of William Jennings Bryan in the Scopes Trial, known as the Monkey Trial, Morse highlights the relevance and impact of the theory of evolution on society today. This book is not about creationism per se but rather focuses on the Theory of Evolution as a political idea and as a governing principle. While the author draws into question the validity of the science of evolution, The Monkey Trial focuses instead on the post-evolutionary emergence of Eugenics, Nazism, and Communism and the role that the evolutionary idea played in those political movements.

Chuck Morse is the host of the nationally syndicated radio talk show “Chuck Morse Speaks” and is the author of “The Nazi Connection to Islamic Terrorism” published by WND Books and “A Whig Manifesto” published by TrineDay Books. Morse columns have appeared in The Boston Globe, The Washington Times, The Providence Journal, WND, Newsmax and elsewhere. Morse, who lives in Boston, ran for Congress in 2004 against Rep. Barney Frank.

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Hometown Favorite: A Novel
Blurb: Talented, handsome, and personable, Dewayne Jobe rose from humble beginnings in rural Mississippi to play college football in Southern California and beyond. One of the best wide receivers in college ball, Dewayne is assured a promising career in professional football and easily finds success both on and off the field. Not only is he a great player, he’s got the wife, the kids, and the pristine white picket fence to boot.
But catastrophe looms right around the corner and ultimately strikes with a crushing vengeance. Will Dewayne’s faith and character stand the test of such tragedy? Or will he lose everything–including the love of his life? This modern retelling of the story of Job will capture readers with the age-old question of why bad things happen to good people–and how good people can survive.

Reader Review: I wouldn’t have chosen this book to read for pure entertainment. My major reason is football. I’m not only not a fan, I don’t get the game. I also do not care for omniscient point of view. The authors vocabularies and talent resulted in some overwriting as well. That said, I was won over by the story.

Though I skimmed football details fairly often, football non-fans can find something to enjoy in this story. I’m not going to give away many details since they would be spoilers. I will recommend this novel to folks who wouldn’t have issues like mine as stated above, and who are looking for edgy Christian fiction. There are usages of slang and a smattering of curse words in this novel. Heavy subjects like child endangerment, violence, sexuality,drinking and drug use give the book a solid PG to PG-13 rating depending on your sensitivity.

The authors paint a picture of grace and hope. Despair pops up, forgiveness and restoration are covered. It’s not a light read, but it could be just the ticket for some folks. Those who are fans of Creston Mapes novels may want to check out Hometown Favorite.

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Love Letters from the Edge

Downloaded this one for me.
Blurb: Millions of women in the United States battle with after-effects of suffering so great they’ve developed post-traumatic stress disorder—the same suffering experienced by soldiers who’ve gone through war. Sexual and physical abuse, catastrophic accidents, abandonment, natural disasters, invasive medical procedures, and many other painful and overwhelming events can trigger symptoms they are little equipped to deal with and hard-pressed to recognize. Love Letters from the Edge provides a voice for those struggling to express this pain and reveals intimate encouragement for those in desperate need to hear God’s words of love and deliverance. This heartfelt devotional focuses on the profound laments in the book of Psalms. Each meditation begins with a letter from someone in the throes of despair and then offers a tender response to their pain from God’s perspective.Fresh, honest, and intimate, Love Letters from the Edge will reach readers who never expected to hear good news from where they are and point them toward the hope and healing of Christ.

Reader Review: This book is a brave, authentic lifeline to the hurting. If you have experienced loss, abuse, or pain- you need to read this book. Authors Wanda Sanchez and Shelly Beach invite you into their thoughts and hearts, asking questions that many wrestle with and few dare to speak. In the pages of this book you will come face-to-face with hope for your broken places. This book is refreshing, unique and an important asset to the literary world. Love Letters from the Edge can help you heal as you get real, listen well and let God’s love wash over afresh.
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Love is for Eternity

Blurb: Love matters. Loving God and our neighbor is essential to the Christian life, but who is our neighbor and when do they become our neighbors? Join the author for a journey of faith and discovery in the arena of life. Encounter the riches of Scripture and learn what the Bible teaches about life’s source, beginning, purpose, dignity, worth, and inherent value. This daily devotional is more than a pro-life study using Scripture, fetal development, and history, it’s an invitation to become more Christ-like. Spend a few minutes each day contemplating God’s counsel on life and discover that love, like our life, is for eternity.

Reader review: Great daily devotional with life as it’s central theme. The Bible teaches that life in all forms in precious and should be cherished and this daily devotional helps keep this fresh in your mind, and with it being through Kindle reading software, it makes it very easy to look at anytime of the day on my Android phone (HTC EVO 4G LTE)!

I encourage any Christian looking for a pleasant life affirming message to pick this up and share with friends and family!

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75 Secrets Revealed on Time Management Skills: The New Organized You In Just 3 Hours (10 Mins A Day)

Reader review: I found this book to be full of great advice and actionable tips. If you are serious about mastering time management you will want to read every chapter and take the time to implement each tip that applies to your situation. I know I will be prioritizing at least ten to start that will make the biggest difference in my time management now and then add the rest later. Otherwise I would just be overwhelmed and be right back to procrastinating.

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Not free, a Kindle daily deal for 1.99:

Austerity Britain, 1945-1951 (Tales of a New Jerusalem)

Blurb: As much as any country, England bore the brunt of Germany’s aggression in World War II, and was ravaged in many ways at the war’s end. Celebrated historian David Kynaston has written an utterly original, and compellingly readable, account of the following six years, during which the country rebuilt itself. Kynaston’s great genius is to chronicle the country’s experience from bottom to top: coursing through through the book, therefore, is an astonishing variety of ordinary, contemporary voices, eloquently and passionately evincing the country’s remarkable spirit. Judy Haines, a Chingford housewife, gamely endures the tribulations of rationing; Mary King, a retired schoolteacher in Birmingham, observes how well-fed the Queen looks during a royal visit; Henry St. John, a persnickety civil servant in Bristol, is oblivious to anyone’s troubles but his own. Together they present a portrait of an indomitable people and Kynaston skillfully links their stories to bigger events thought the country. Their stories also jostle alongside those of more well-known figures like celebrated journalist-to-be John Arlott (making his first radio broadcast), Glenda Jackson, and Doris Lessing, newly arrived from Africa and struck by the leveling poverty of post-war Britain. Kynaston deftly weaves into his story a sophisticated narrative of how the 1945 Labour government shaped the political, economic, and social landscape for the next three decades.

Reader Review: Written for a British eye more than for an American, this American learned a stronger respect for the people of Britain for the way they won the war and then won back their share of industry and prosperity. Having won a glorious victory, within hours the victorious citizens of the country that sustained almost six years of war following on a prolonged depression realized that the trials of war time would be extended by the austerity of post-war Europe. While England won the war, they paid a high price. More important, the collective, heroic efforts of the large working class produced a tide of enthusiasm for nationalisation of industry, housing to replace the hundreds of thousands displaced by German bombing, and a broad social welfare plan focusing primarily on health care.

It is not a pretty story. Post-war England was drab, lacking many basics, watching its empire dissolve, and driven by a strong, centralized plan to restore the economy that changed the basic way people looked at business and government. And, with the continuing pressures of rebuilding the rest of Europe, the threat of further communist expansion, and the rise of American power, perhaps Britain went too far in moving towards a benevolent but often clumsy and experimental form of socialism. It would be almost another forty years and the decisions of the Thatcher government, that saw the maturity and, in some cases, the reversal of this social and cultural experiment.

This is a long, dense and colorful book, full of first-person details and observations, many of them from the surveys and observations of the government itself. Chapters focus on various aspects of the cultural and social revolution, in the classroom, on the factory floor, in the (mine) pits, in the shops, in the media, and more.

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Herbal Hair Remedies from Natures Pharmacy

Do you want exotic hair without paying an exotic price?

Possessing healthy hair that is full of body and shine is easy to achieve&if you just know how.

Every woman wants hair that is equivalent to a super models – shiny, smooth, voluminous, and, of course, manageable. We see these super models selling a variety of shampoos, conditioners,
and hair treatments while flaunting their beautiful hair in magazines and on television ads.

But did you know that using these products can actually do more harm than good? Commercial shampoos contain a variety of chemicals and unnecessary additives and preservatives that cause damage, not only to your hair, but also to your entire body. One of the most commonly used ingredients is Triethanolamin…

Genre: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Alternative Medicine, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Crafts & Hobbies, Nonfiction
Size: 83 pages

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Sometimes when you click on a link, for some reason it won’t finish loading. Just hit refresh and it should work.

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.

Same for reduced price titles.

Shameless money grubbing: I thought this was common knowledge, but it turns out it’s not- these are affiliate links. If you click on a free title and download it, I get….. nothing.  If you click on a free title and while you are at Amazon also buy something else, I get….. something.  Depending on what you buy, it will probably be somewhere between 4% and 7.5% 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.

Also, Swagbucks remains my favorite source for free Amazon gift cards. And if you haven’t joined, please click on the link and join so that I can keep getting free Amazon gift cards because I am still shameless.

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.

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

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By Law, Border Patrol Houses Violent Gang Members With Other Illegal Immigrant Minors

Crimes committed and confessed by gang members currently housed at Nogales include murder and extortion.  Are these creeps near the kids?


Answer: Yes. Criminals and violent gang members are housed with innocent children:

“By U.S. legal standards many gang members operating in Central American countries and traveling north are classified as minors due to being under the age of 18. However, many young males are actively engaged in violent cartel and criminal activity, yet are treated as children when processed through the Department of Health and Human Services or Department of Homeland Security systems. Due to current policy, these “minor” gang members cannot be separated by Border Patrol agents from the rest of the general population of children. According to the FBI, MS-13 regularly targets middle and high school students for recruitment. The FBI also lists 18th Street as one of the most violent gangs in the country. Business Insider describes 18th Street as having special focus on document fraud and homicide.”

This article, and the slideshow called ‘Children’s Journey’ (toward the end of the article) are sobering.

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School bans Bible, makes excuses, backtracks, lifts ban

bible readingIt was free reading time- not assigned reading of specific books, but free reading.  Fifth grader Giovanni took out his Bible.  The teacher took umbrage and called him out during class, told him to put that book on her desk.

He refused.

Normally what happens in these situations is that the teacher makes up some story about how that’s not really exactly what happened, and it’s a kid said-teacher said situation and most people believe the teacher.

This teacher called the child to the front of the classroom, had him call his dad, and she left a message on the parents’ phone- during classtime and in front of the whole class! She actually told the child, in front of his peers, ‘get your dad on the phone’ that minute. She left a message where she said that the boy had a religious book in her classroom and children were not allowed to read religious books in her class.

She also made reference to reading books in the curriculum, but that wasn’t the issue- it was free reading period (the school later said it wasn’t free reading, but their story there also doesn’t hold water, more on that below), and there doesn’t seem to have been an assigned list of literature to choose from.

The school district doubled down on the dumb by sending out a letter on April 16th saying that any student could read religious books before or after class. I’m guessing their lawyer saw that after the fact, because on May 5th they put out another statement saying the kids could read religious books before or after class and during free reading time and that this had been communicated to the parents involved.

IT’s not clear to me that the May 5th letter actually went out to the students and their parents. It could have, but it reads to me like a press release rather than parent-school communication.

Giovanni and his parents want the teacher to apologize, since she humiliated their son while also violating his civil rights.

Note that the school later said it wasn’t free reading time, it was time that was part of the ‘Accelerated Reading Program,” only approved books were allowed, and the Bible isn’t on the list. But this also turns out not to be true- even if it was ARP time, almost all of the 66 books of the Bible are on the ‘approved’ list.

The AR program also is based on the student’s choice:

“There are three steps to using Accelerated Reader. First, students choose and read a fiction or non-fiction book, textbook, or magazine. Teachers monitor the reading. Second, students take a quiz. Teachers can create their own quizzes. Third, the teacher receives information that is intended to assist, motivate reading, monitor progress, and target instruction. Reports regarding reading level and comprehension skills are available through the software.”

Now, I can think of a couple of scenarios in the school’s favor (although not the teacher’s for the way she called out the child in front of the class). It looks like the approved reading list specifies NIV versions and perhaps the child was reading another version.*

But oops- that’s not what the teacher said. She said that no religious books were permitted in her classroom. That’s also not what the school said, even in their last permutation of excuses and justifications.

To use the AR program, the school has to purchase the software to keep track of the student scores, and usually tests for the books (although teachers can also write their own tests). It’s entirely possible that the school did not choose to purchase any tests for religious books (which is odd and a problem in itself, because there are quite a few included in the AR collection), but the thing is, if that were the case, then the school would have clarified that from the beginning. Instead, they first sent out a letter which stated only two times religious books could be read by the students- before and after school. Free reading wasn’t included. Their later statement was substantially different in including free reading, as well as in singling out the family and saying that this had been clarified to the family involved. So clearly, they cannot use that excuse.

At any rate, the school has now backed down, and says religious books are allowed during free reading and during the accelerated reading program.

We should all be so bold and firm about what’s right as this fifth grader was, and I wish all kids had parents as supportive as his.

*It should be noted, btw, that from what I can tell, books are on the approved list mainly because they’ve been rated, scored, and quizzes written for them. More are added all the time, and there is a process for requesting a book be added to the program.

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Baked Chicken with Orange Soy Sauce

chopsticksplainServes 4

2 1/2 pounds chicken parts

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon celery seed

1/2 tsp or more garlic powder

1/4 tsp ground ginger

2/3 cup of orange juice

Preheat oven to 400

Put chicken pieces in a casserole dish

Mix other ingredients, pour over the top.

Bake 40-45 minutes, or until the chicken is done.

You can put all the ingredients in a ziplock bag or sealed baking dish and freeze until serving day, then defrost and bake as directed.

You can also sprinkle with sesame seeds and add snipped green onions if desired.

Serve with sides of rice, seaweed, and green beans or broccoli steamed and tossed with a touch of sesame oil.

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Why Not Adoption for Some of the Border Kids?

I am fully aware of the problems we have created with some of our international adoption drive- we’ve created ‘poverty orphans,’ given incentives for bribery and corruption and put poor foreign mothers in an even harder bind. Often, supporting the parents in their efforts to survive at home would be a much better, nobler choice than taking their kids off their hands with the smiling promise that we can give them better ‘stuff.’

horror-at-the-borderBut this situation is different. We aren’t going into their country to take their kids, they are sending their kids to us, often alone, or in the company of the coyotes, paid to transport human flesh. Of course, a lot of these ‘kids’ are teen-aged gang members who have already killed in their own country. But that’s a different issue. I’m talking about the children who are obviously children. I think we’re all worried about them and the deplorable conditions they have left, and the deplorable conditions in which they are currently housed, we just all have different ideas about the best solution for the problem.

There should be required DNA testing for those ‘family’ members showing up to take the unaccompanied children and then some parenting classes and oversight. I mean, after all, if we arrest an American citizen because she let her 9 year old play at a park behind her workplace during work hours, what are we thinking releasing an 11 year old child to a woman who says she’s his mother, but has been living without him in the US since he was 2, and left him under supervision so lax that he was able to leave for another country on his own?

border kidsThose children who do not have a DNA connection or some serious paperwork showing a relationship to the adults picking them up should be asked, at least if they are grade school age, if they would rather be deported or adopted, and nstead of deporting the youngest children, we should consider domestic adoptions. After all, they went through great hardships to come to America, let’s give them the best America has to offer- a family. This is completely different from going into their own countries and creating poverty orphans. They came to us.

Guatamala closed its borders to international adoption a couple years back, in favor of local adoption. I favor local adoption when possible, too, but Guatamalans don’t- they adopted 35 kids in a single year. I think it’s reasonable to wonder how many of these kids are the result of Guatamala’s anti-adoption policies.

We should continue humanitarian responses like this one, but I think we should add the option of adoption to the list of responses. In Florida, they are placing these kids in foster homes. Wouldn’t permanent homes be better? There are probably thousands of families who have already completed home-studies, are fully adoption-ready, who are waiting for an adoptable kid right now. They won’t all be interested in or a good fit for an older kid who doesn’t speak English, but a lot of them would be. Why not put those families who are looking for a child together with those unaccompanied children who are looking for a new life?

This would also spread the children around more evenly, so that states like Maryland, whose Democrat governor wants full asylum for all the kids, he just doesn’t want then in his state, wouldn’t be overwhelmed by a demand for services.

It would help reduce the pressure and work load of the Border Patrol so they can focus on catching the criminals and potential terrorists slipping through with the children.

And there’s something very wonky about the way the gov’t is handling this now.

Governor Mary Fallin (R-OK) told Maria Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures that the feds sent 1,200 illegal immigrant children to Oklahoma to hold for 120 days. 90 of those illegal children were from India.”

IT’s not a perfect solution and it won’t take care of every single one of the nearly 70,000 kids that have come through so far, but it would certainly help some of them, and it would give those who believe in total amnesty a chance to put real hands and feet to their compassion. I think the quicker the children are out of the control of the government and in loving, permanent new family homes the better.

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A Miscellany Collection of Free for Kindle Titles

Prepper Barter Items: How To Stockpile & Barter For SHTF Scenarios

Blurb: Bartering seems like a skill that belongs exclusively to the ancient past or when you’re on vacation in Mexico trying to bring down the price of a bead necklace, but trading goods for goods, or goods for services, has never died out since its origin thousands of years ago. Many people have found a way to live without money and whenever currency is weakened through economic recession, trading goods becomes the only way to get the resources needed to survive. Between the World Wars in Germany, the value of money was so weak that people had to bring wheelbarrows spilling over with coins just to buy a loaf of bread. During the Great Depression in 1940s America, people had less money and so turned to bartering off their possessions to get what they needed. Our modern society is just as vulnerable to economic collapse as it was in the past, so learning how and what to barter now is extremely valuable.
REader Reviews note some editing and other errors (placing the Great Depression in the wrong decade) but: “Prepper Barter Items” is an interesting read about the unusual concept of bartering. I didn’t know much about the subject, so I found this short, quick book informative and useful. Author Robert Duncan describes bartering techniques, as well as categories of commonly exchanged items.

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Under the Chinese Dragon, by F. S. Brereton, A Tale of Mongolia

.99 at Amazon, free at Gutenberg; Under the Chinese Dragon


Author of “The Hero of Panama” “Tom Stapleton, the Boy Scout” “The Great Aeroplane” “Indian and Scout” &c.


If ever David Harbor had felt inclined to play the coward it was at the precise moment, on this adventurous night when he came so abruptly, and so unexpectedly, face to face with one of the men who were engaged in robbing his employers’ store. Behind him, in the office, he had left Henricksen and the ruffian known as the ‘Admiral’ busily engaged with their oxy-acetylene flame, eating a hole into the safe which they hoped and imagined was well filled with gold. Upstairs was the man Ovanovitch, clearing the cases of all their portable valuables, while here, on the main floor, was Spolikoff, a Russian—a man given naturally to deeds of violence—placed there to watch for the very police whom it was our hero’s object to summon. The very man from whom he wished to keep farthest away was stealing towards him in the semi-darkness.

David drew in a deep breath. His hand clutched the revolver he had managed to secure. With an effort he controlled his muscles.

‘Run! Shout for help!’ some one seemed to scream in his ear. ‘Steady,’ he told himself, summoning all his pluck. ‘Steady, my boy; play the game. No use bolting; he’ll be just as surprised as I am.’

But, as it turned out, there was no question of surprise. While David was prepared for anything—to shoot at the man, to knock him to the ground with his fist, to rush over towards the door and bang upon it—Spolikoff sidled up to him, and spoke in a whisper that almost cloaked his foreign accent.

‘That you, Admiral?’ he asked. ‘They’ve passed again, those policemen; but I didn’t signal. There’s no need; no one can see the glare now. You’ve pulled the curtain round so well.’

David nodded. He was wondering whether he could trust himself to answer the fellow, for it was obvious that his own identity was not even suspected. Then, emboldened by that fact, he answered the man in a hoarse whisper.

‘I came along out here to make sure. It’s fine, ain’t it? Them police couldn’t suspect that we’d got a hot flame going against the safe. Look here, my boy, Henricksen wants you to go along up to Ovanovitch and give him a hand. When you’ve cleared the jewels, get away up to the next floor. He says some new furs came in yesterday, and you could carry away in your arms enough to keep you for a year. Get along quick.’

The Russian looked at him for a moment as if he suspected, though, as a matter of fact, he was merely puzzling to translate the meaning of the words, for as yet he was not an excellent English scholar.

‘Get along up and help Ovanovitch, yes,’ he repeated. ‘Then—I did not follow—you said?’

‘S-s-sh! The police!’

‘Got ‘em,’ David could have shouted, though he restrained himself, hugging his arms instead. ‘Got ‘em, I do believe. Now for the rest of the business.’ His brain had been working hard in the last few minutes, and already he had mapped out a course of procedure. After all, that was exactly like the young fellow; his friends knew him to be exceedingly practical. Edward Harbor, his father, had endeavoured to train his boy to conduct matters of any moment with sense and discretion.

‘Decide first of all what you’re going to do,’ he had often said. ‘Don’t start without a plan, all haphazard, and find when you are half way through that matters aren’t promising. Stand away a bit, as it were, and have a clear view; then make your plans, and set to at the business.’ Practical? Of course it was. Common sense management? Who can doubt it? A little advanced for one of David’s age? Certainly, if you wish so to describe it. But that is worth remedying. Others can be trained as our hero had been, and the training has its undoubted advantages; for a practical young fellow is of infinitely greater value in these strenuous days than a lad always wool-gathering, who lacks energy and initiative, who begins a task only to fail, who succeeds only where a course of procedure has been already laid down, and when previous practice has made perfect. It is the uncertainties we want to train our lads to face, as well as the hum-drum certainties of this life.

By the same author, Under the Star-spangled Banner: A Tale of the Spanish-American War is also .99 at Amazon, Free at Gutenberg

Excerpt: The city of Birmingham was wrapped in a mantle of fog so dense that the inhabitants found it difficult to move about. The thick, soot-laden atmosphere covered everything, and only a few faintly glimmering lights showed that they really existed.

The clock in the church tower had just struck two, and yet the street lamps were ablaze.

The pedestrians moved with the utmost care. Trudging along the soppy pavements, their footsteps sounded hollow and unreal, and were heard long before they themselves put in an appearance.

One of the inhabitants, however, contrived to find his way with comparative ease, for he was such an old resident that his feet would not go astray, however absent-minded their owner happened to be. There was a certain air of authority about him; yet there was that about the stern, calm features that denoted a warm heart and a kindly disposition. But still, as if the fog was not in existence, he hurried on, turning from the main street to the lower part of the town.

Ordinarily he could never accomplish this walk without meeting many an acquaintance, for Mr. Thomas Marchant was a well-known man. He was one of the magnates of this busy town, a wealthy employer of labor, and it was to the work his foundries gave that many of the inhabitants owed their prosperity.

Mr. Marchant was troubled; for only a year ago he was one of the wealthiest men in the city. His foundries were working night and day, and even then could hardly keep pace with the orders.

“I’ve never known such a rush,” he said to his manager when discussing the matter. “It gives me great satisfaction, for our men will benefit by the increased orders as well as ourselves.”

That was a short year ago, and now there was a different tale to tell. True, the iron foundry was still in full swing, but cotton mills, which Mr. Marchant owned in addition, were losing money every day, and in those few months he had been ruined; and he knew that the world would know him and speak of him as a bankrupt, while his possessions would be seized upon by the creditors.

Excerpt: Stretched in hammock chairs, Mr. Brindle cigar in mouth, and all dressed in white, relieved in Dora’s case by a sash of palest blue, they chatted in low voices, now and again lapsing into silence and listening to the sounds that came from other ships across the placid water and from the dimly lit streets of the town. Some sailor lad aboard the Maine was delighting his fellows with banjo and song, and our hero and his friends listened as if enchanted.

“Ah, honey, my honey”—the words came clear and strong; then they died down and became merged with the notes of the banjo, only to burst forth again as the audience took up the chorus, and sent it swelling across the harbor.

“How nice it sounds! How peaceful!” exclaimed Mr. Brindle, thoughtfully. “God grant that this visit from America to a Spanish port may settle every squabble. I am sure braver and more agreeable fellows could not have been sent; and if only the Dons are as friendly, all will be well. Listen! How those lads love that song! They would sing it by the hour if they were able. But there sounds the bugle, and away they go to their hammocks. I think, Dora dear, that it is time you and Gerald also went to your bunks. Remember, we have a long and tiring day before us to-morrow, and you will be in need of all your energies. Now, off with you! Hal and I will stay on deck a little longer, as I wish to speak to him.”

The two young people looked somewhat disappointed, but strict obedience being amongst their virtues, they said “good-night” and retired.

Excerpt:He glanced at his captives, favoring them with a malicious grin as he outlined their probable end. Then he went to a door close at hand, and, having knocked upon it, entered, and closed it behind him.

“I suppose he has gone to explain matters,” said Hal coolly. “Keep up your pecker, Gerald. The case looks precious bad, but we’ll pull through, depend upon it.”

“Right. I hope we may. But things look ugly. That pleasant gentleman who has just done talking to me is good enough to tell me that we shall soon be hanged. If it comes to that, Hal, why, we must face it out, and die as those at the hacienda would have us do.”

He looked into his companion’s face and smiled bravely, for Gerald was determined to show his friend that he, too, possessed a fund of pluck which would carry him through an unpleasant difficulty.

“We will, old boy,” Hal answered cheerily; “but let us hope that it will not come to that. Hallo! Who’s this?”

At this moment an officer, who was dressed in the usual Spanish uniform, emerged from the inner room, and was walking hurriedly across to the door, being bent evidently upon the performance of some special duty, when his eye fell upon Hal and Gerald. Almost instantly a startled cry escaped him, and he sprang backwards in astonishment.

“What! You!” he exclaimed, in tones of surprise, surveying them with an air of delight. “You two from the hacienda! Idiots! You have played into my hands. Men, close round your prisoners, and take the best care of them, for I can vouch for it that they are Americans. They are spies, and have come here to find out our secrets.”

He strode towards them, and grasping Hal’s hat, tore it from his head. Then he laughed sardonically in his face, and, with a triumphant glance at the two prisoners, turned upon his heel, and re-entered the room from which he had emerged a minute before.

“What bad luck! What hard lines!” exclaimed Hal, with something approaching a groan. “That fellow José d’Arousta again!”

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Training for War: An Essay

Blurb: An essay and manual on training for war by retired Army lieutenant colonel Tom Kratman, creator of the popular Carrera military science fiction series, including novels A Desert Called Peace, Carnifex, Come and Take Them, and The Rods and the Axe. Kratman’s contention: an army is for winning wars. And to win wars, you have to train men (and some women) to be warriors, not police or social workers. Herein Kratman gives guidance and a practical plan of action to officers tasked with training troops—advice than might be equally applied to other crucial training situations, as well.

At the publisher’s request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).

Tom Kratman is a former infantry colonel who served in the U.S. Army for many years before becoming a lawyer in Virginia. He’s now a full-time writer.

Reader Review: This is an essay on military training and contains the personal experiences and musings of the author (who is ex military and a writer of military science fiction). He points out the disconnect that exists particularly between government bureaucracy (and elected officials) and the people that serve in (the US) armed forces. There are several insights on the nature of military training and what military training needs to accomplish — and how it can be improved.

I think Tom Kratman is spot on when describing the difficulty the military has explaining the “why” of some of its training to civilians and how difficult it can be for civilians to understand legitimate military needs. Thankfully, he has both the education and experience to explain things in a way that the inexperienced reader will understand. For that reason alone this work is worth your reading.

If parts of the essay appear politically incorrect (fair warning) keep in mind that the author is speaking from the viewpoint of having a competent and capable military. Regardless of the pursuit of social policy (or equality or access) the author’s focus is what the military is and will be called upon to do in real life (and death) circumstances.
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Reader Review: This book was quite interesting. Told from the perspective of an Englishman [Note: I think Scotts Canadian] who was living in Korea at the time the Japanese invaded and began their “colonization” of Korea. It can get a little bogged down in names as people come in and out of what’s happening and there are many different names thrown at you, but the information was very enlightening. The author’s final caution and call for action in the Asian theater is frighteningly prophetic when we look at the time this book was published and the series of events that would lead to WWII in the Pacific

Excerpt: Chee-chong was, up to the late summer of 1907, an important rural centre, containing between 2,000 and 3,000 inhabitants, and beautifully situated in a sheltered plain, surrounded by high mountains. It was a favourite resort of high officials, a Korean Bath or Cheltenham. Many of the houses were large, and some had tiled roofs—a sure evidence of wealth.

When the “Righteous Army” began operations, one portion of it occupied the hills beyond Chee-chong. The Japanese sent a small body of troops into the town. These were attacked one night on three sides, several were killed, and the others were compelled to retire. The Japanese despatched reinforcements, and after some fighting regained lost ground. They then determined to make Chee-chong an example to the countryside. The entire town was put to the torch. The soldiers carefully tended the flames, piling up everything for destruction. Nothing was left, save one image of Buddha and the magistrate’s yamen. When the Koreans fled, five men, one woman, and a child, all wounded, were left behind. These disappeared in the flames.

It was a hot early autumn when I reached Chee-chong. The brilliant sunshine revealed a Japanese flag waving-over a hillock commanding the town, and glistened against the bayonet of a Japanese sentry. I dismounted and walked down the streets and over the heaps of ashes. Never have I witnessed such complete destruction. Where a month before there had been a busy and prosperous community, there was now nothing but lines of little heaps of black and gray dust and cinders. Not a whole wall, not a beam, and not an unbroken jar remained. Here and there a man might be seen poking among the ashes, seeking for aught of value. The search was vain. Chee-chong had been wiped off the map. “Where are your people?” I asked the few searchers. “They are lying on the hillsides,” came the reply.

[...]At first Yan-gun seemed deserted. The people were watching me from behind the shelter of their doors. Then men and boys crept out, and gradually approached. We soon made friends. The women had fled. I settled down that afternoon in the garden of a Korean house of the better type. My boy was preparing my supper in the front courtyard, when he suddenly dropped everything to rush to me. “Master,” he cried, highly excited, “the Righteous Army has come. Here are the soldiers.”

In another moment half a dozen of them entered the garden, formed in line in front of me and saluted. They were all lads, from eighteen to twenty-six. One, a bright-faced, handsome youth, still wore the old uniform of the regular Korean Army. Another had a pair of military trousers. Two of them were in slight, ragged Korean dress. Not one had leather boots. Around their waists were home-made cotton cartridge belts, half full. One wore a kind of tarboosh on his head, and the others had bits of rag twisted round their hair.

I looked at the guns they were carrying. The six men had five different patterns of weapons, and none was any good. One proudly carried an old Korean sporting gun of the oldest type of muzzle-loaders known to man. Around his arm was the long piece of thin rope which he kept smouldering as touch-powder, and hanging in front of him were the powder horn and bullet bag for loading. This sporting gun was, I afterwards found, a common weapon. The ramrod, for pressing down the charge, was home-made and cut from a tree. The barrel was rust-eaten. There was only a strip of cotton as a carrying strap.

The second man had an old Korean army rifle, antiquated, and a very bad specimen of its time. The third had the same. One had a tiny sporting gun, the kind of weapon, warranted harmless, that fathers give to their fond sons at the age of ten. Another had a horse-pistol, taking a rifle cartridge. Three of the guns bore Chinese marks. They were all eaten up with ancient rust.

These were the men—think of it—who for weeks had been bidding defiance to the Japanese Army! Even now a Japanese division of regular soldiers was manoeuvring to corral them and their comrades. Three of the party in front of me were coolies. The smart young soldier who stood at the right plainly acted as sergeant, and had done his best to drill his comrades into soldierly bearing. A seventh man now came in, unarmed, a Korean of the better class, well dressed in the long robes of a gentleman, but thin, sun-stained and wearied like the others.

A pitiful group they seemed—men already doomed to certain death, fighting in an absolutely hopeless cause. But as I looked the sparkling eyes and smiles of the sergeant to the right seemed to rebuke me. Pity! Maybe my pity was misplaced. At least they were showing their countrymen an example of patriotism, however mistaken their method of displaying it might be.
The villagers told me what was evidently the true story of the fight. They said that about twenty Japanese soldiers had on the previous morning marched quickly to the place and attacked two hundred rebels there. One Japanese soldier was hurt, receiving a flesh wound in the arm, and five rebels were wounded. Three of these latter got away, and these were the ones I had treated earlier in the morning. Two others were left on the field, one badly shot in the left cheek and the other in the right shoulder. To quote the words of the villagers, “As the Japanese soldiers came up to these wounded men they were too sick to speak, and they could only utter cries like animals—’Hula, hula, hula!’ They had no weapons in their hands, and their blood was running on the ground. The Japanese soldiers heard their cries, and went up to them and stabbed them through and through and through again with their bayonets until they died. The men were torn very much with the bayonet stabs, and we had to take them up and bury them.” The expressive faces of the villagers were more eloquent than mere description was.

Were this an isolated instance, it would scarcely be necessary to mention it. But what I heard on all sides went to show that in a large number of fights in the country the Japanese systematically killed all the wounded and all who surrendered themselves. This was not so in every case, but it certainly was in very many. The fact was confirmed by the Japanese accounts of many fights, where the figures given of Korean casualties were so many killed, with no mention of wounded or prisoners. In place after place also, the Japanese, besides burning houses, shot numbers of men whom they suspected of assisting the rebels. War is war, and one could scarcely complain at the shooting of rebels. Unfortunately much of the killing was indiscriminate, to create terror.
Torture! Who talks of torture in these enlightened days?

Let me tell you the tale of the Conspiracy Case, as revealed in the evidence given in open court, and then judge for yourself.

When the heads of the Terauchi administration had made up their minds that the northern Christians were inimical to the progress of the Japanese scheme of assimilation, they set their spies to work. Now the rank and file of spies are very much alike in all parts of the world. They are ignorant and often misunderstand things. When they cannot find the evidence they require, they will manufacture it.

The Japanese spies were exceptionally ignorant. First they made up their minds that the northern Christians were plotting against Japan, and then they searched for evidence. They attended church services. Here they heard many gravely suspicious things. There were hymns of war, like “Onward, Christian Soldiers” and “Soldiers of Christ Arise.” What could these mean but that Christians were urged to become an army and attack the Japanese? Dangerous doctrines were openly taught in the churches and mission schools. They learned that Mr. McCune, the Sun-chon missionary, took the story of David and Goliath as the subject for a lesson, pointing out that a weak man armed with righteousness was more powerful than a mighty enemy. To the spies, this was nothing but a direct incitement to the weak Koreans to fight strong Japan. Mission premises were searched. Still more dangerous material was found there, including school essays, written by the students, on men who had rebelled against their Governments or had fought, such as George Washington and Napoleon. A native pastor had preached about the Kingdom of Heaven; this was rank treason. He was arrested and warned that “there is only one kingdom out here, and that is the kingdom of Japan.”

In the autumn of 1911 wholesale arrests were made of Christian preachers, teachers, students and prominent church members, particularly in the provinces of Sun-chon and Pyeng-yang. In the Hugh O’Neill, Jr., Industrial Academy, in Sun-chon, one of the most famous educational establishments in Korea—where the principal had made the unfortunate choice of David and Goliath for one of his addresses—so many pupils and teachers were seized by the police that the school had to close. The men were hurried to jail. They were not allowed to communicate with their friends, nor to obtain the advice of counsel. They and their friends were not informed of the charge against them. This is in accordance with Japanese criminal law. Eventually 149 persons were sent to Seoul to be placed on trial. Three were reported to have died under torture or as the result of imprisonment, twenty-three were exiled without trial or released, and 123 were arraigned at the Local Court in Seoul on June 28, 1912, on a charge of conspiracy to assassinate Count Terauchi, Governor-General of Korea.

“The character of the accused men is significant,” wrote Dr. Arthur Judson Brown, an authority who can scarcely be accused by his bitterest critics of unfriendliness to Japan. “Here were no criminal types, no baser elements of the population, but men of the highest standing, long and intimately known to the missionaries as Koreans of faith and purity of life, and conspicuous for their good influence over the people. Two were Congregationalists, six Methodists and eighty-nine Presbyterians. Of the Presbyterians, five were pastors of churches, eight were elders, eight deacons, ten leaders of village groups of Christians, forty-two baptized church members, and thirteen catechumens…. It is about as difficult for those who know them to believe that any such number of Christian ministers, elders and teachers had committed crime as it would be for the people of New Jersey to believe that the faculty, students and local clergy of Princeton were conspirators and assassins.”

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Don’t Survive, Thrive! How To Flourish When Disaster or Crisis Strikes.

Blurb: Think a crisis or disaster won’t hit you? Think Again! Remember 9/11? The Greek budget crisis? Remember the London riots? What about Hurricane Sandy? The fact is that the world has become a much more unpredictable and unsafe place and a crisis can hit anytime…This book prepares you not only to survive but thrive:

- How to find food when disaster strikes
- Dealing with poison when medical help is not readily available
- Preventing heat stroke and exhaustion when ‘bugging out’
- and many more life-saving tips that could help you and your family…

Reader Review: I read this book when my husband had been unemployed for 6+ months (he ended up being unemployed for 10+ months). Although I did not learn anything “new” per se, I was reminded that “this too shall pass.” which gave me hope.

If you have never thought to prepare for worst case scenarios in any manner, this book is a good starting point. It gently points out things which can happen to everyday people and provides assistance in developing coping skills. It’s not a psych book or an ultimate prepper/survivalist book, but just good solid practical advice to help you think about “what if.”

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A Generation in Transition: Religion, Values, and Politics among College-Age Millennials

Blurb: Step into the future with Public Religion Research Institute’s 2012 Millennial Values Survey. Find out what college-age Americans have to say about the most pressing issues facing the nation today and learn about the number of Millennials who are leaving their childhood religions. Here young Millennials weigh in on the country’s moral, social, and economic agendas as well as the 2012 election.

Mainly this is a collection of facts (America-centered), so not light reading, but it might be useful or interesting for some.

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The Joy and the Challenge

blurb: Articles and resources from SENG’s National Parenting Gifted Children Week. Topics include identifying and recognizing giftedness, the challenges of parenting a gifted child, underachievement issues and twice exceptionalism, gifted minorities and gifted boys and girls, misdiagnosis and depression in gifted youth, advocacy, and parenting supports and resources.

Reader Review: This is a compilation of essays and resources from the leaders in the field of social and emotional needs of the gifted. I like how links are provided so that much more information can be easily accessed. Both research and practical application are represented, making it a great resource for educators and parents alike.

Reader Review: Because there are so many authors included in this book, there are several different perspectives on raising a gifted child. So many times while reading, I’d stop and say, “Ohhh! That explains it!” or “So, that’s NORMAL for gifted kids!” or “Of course! Now I get it!” Raising a gifted child truly is full of joy and challenges. Unlike most special needs children, there aren’t support groups, National Awareness day/week/month, or even much understanding for their particular educational, emotional, social, and/or physical needs. This collection helps the parents of gifted children understand that we’re not alone, we’re not without support, and we’re truly blessed by our amazing kids.

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St. Mallory’s Forever! (A YA English Boarding School Mystery)

Blurb: When fourteen year old Helen Stroud finds herself starting yet another new school, miles away from her friends, she’s not happy. This time she won’t even get to see her old friends at weekends, let alone after school. Somehow her mum has got a job as music teacher at an elite girls’ boarding school, St. Mallory’s, and Helen is to be one of the boarders.

From “scuzzy comprehensive” to a world of Latin, lacrosse and ladylike pursuits, Helen blogs about her experiences, determined to reveal the truth about girls’ boarding schools to an unsuspecting world. Meanwhile her appointed “buddy” Abby has similar ideas. The two girls completely fail to hit it off, and it looks like lacrosse sticks at dawn.

But an unexpected mystery involving a missing teacher, a piece of music written by a composer after he died, and a boy from a neighbouring school who isn’t at all what he seems, brings the girls together.

With the aid of another new girl, Confucius-spouting Xuan, and the irrepressible Don Pedro, Helen and Abby set out to show Miss Marple and Sherlock Holmes how real detectives work. With hilarious results!

Jointly written by the award-winning, best-selling Saffina Desforges partnership and two schoolgirl debut novelists (just 16 and 17 at time of publication), St. Mallory’s Forever! is the first of the St. Mallory’s comedy-mystery series that aims to prove one thing:

That everything you thought you knew about English girls’ boarding schools is wrong.

Yes, even that bit!

St. Mallory’s Forever!

Reader Review: Nancy Drew goes to boarding school: Reading is an act of writer-abetted imagination; good writers can take you to places you’ve never been, introduce you to characters you’ve never met, pitch you into situations that you would never in a million years get into,and make you see, experience, and feel the story as if it happened to you. The collaborative team of St. Mallory’s Forever! pull it off nicely; being completely unfamiliar with what is apparently a whole body of literature (boarding school stories), I still finished the book with a chuckle and the enjoyment of getting to know four unusual girls–Helen, Abby, Xuan (pronounced “Shin” in Mandarin), and the Don (pronounced “Teresa”, don’t ask). The story unfolds through a series of blog posts as the girls get to know each other and uncover the mystery that drives the plot, with, of course, the moments of comic misunderstandings and embarrassments that forge friendships. St. Mallory’s Forever! is a light and engaging read, perfect if you have a lazy weekend ahead.

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The Real Scandal of the Evangelical Mind SAMPLER

Enjoy these SAMPLE pages from The Real Scandal of the
Evangelical Mind-

What is an evangelical . . . and has he lost his mind?
Carl Trueman wrestles with those two provocative questions and concludes that modern
evangelicals emphasize experience and activism at the expense of theology. Their
minds go fuzzy as they downplay doctrine. The result is “a world in which everyone
from Joel Osteen to Brian McLaren to John MacArthur may be called an evangelical.”

years ago in The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind, historian Mark Noll warned
that evangelical Christians had abandoned the intellectual aspects of their faith.
Christians were neither prepared nor inclined to enter the intellectual debate,
and had become marginalized. Today Trueman argues, “Religious beliefs are more scandalous
than they have been for many years”-but for different reasons than Noll foresaw.
In fact, the real problem now is exactly the opposite of what Noll diagnosed¯evangelicals
don’t lack a mind, but rather an agreed upon evangel. Although known as gospel people,
evangelicals no longer share any consensus on the gospel’s meaning.

and persuasive, Trueman’s indictment of evangelicalism also suggests a better way
forward for those theologically conservative Protestants once and formerly known
as evangelicals.

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NOT FREE: 2.99, The Derision of Heaven: A Guide to Daniel
by Michael Whitworth
Reader Review: I am so thankful for this book by Michael Whitworth. As he himself says in so many words, the book of Daniel is largely ignored saved for the “Vacation Bible School stories” of Daniel and the Lions’ Den and The Fiery Furnace. What does the average person know about this book not counting these two historical events? It is high time for the church to pay close attention to the message of Daniel. Contained herein is a pertinent message for the modern church. As Whitworth says in the introduction, “In short, the book of Daniel teaches the church how to behave while exiled in a hostile culture.”

If you are familiar with Whitworth’s writing, you expect the material to be engaging, easy to read, compelling, often funny, and always biblically balanced. This book fits that bill. He has an ability to cover vast amounts of material, as well as complicated subjects, in such a way that you actually enjoy reading it. This is no small task, but it is part of what makes his books so great.

The Derision of Heaven is certainly not a commentary in the normal sense, as it is not a verse-by-verse examination of the text. Rather, it is exactly what the subtitle states – a guide. Whitworth guides the reader through all the major sections of the book, highlighting the most intriguing aspects and mentioning the contentions of the scholars. The work is made more substantive by the copious amount of endnotes (one could really dig deeper by following the leads in these notes).

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Death Cart (The Yorkshire Dales Mystery Series Book 2)

Blurb: Student archaeologist Millie Sanderson is hoping to uncover an ancient chariot burial site in Wensleydale but work is interrupted when her housemate, Vrishti Bhatt, disappears. Inspector Ernie Brown is not concerned and dismisses a hit-and-run accident that involves her lecturer as an ‘unfortunate coincidence’.

But even Inspector Brown cannot ignore the next incident in the Archaeology Department. Baffled, he turns to DS Mitch Turner for support, ignoring Nina, a new young constable, who is working systematically through the evidence.

Meanwhile Millie and her friends are pursuing their own investigations……..

Reader Review: Not only the historical information being interesting; but, the core of the mystery with the Death Cart added lots of interest. I didn’t read it in one day but I did have a bit of a problem putting it down when it was time to fix supper, do laundry and that stuff. If you like this type of history, read the book.

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The Life of Flavius Josephus

49 pages

Reader Review: Apparently Josephus was very full of himself. He goes on and on about how the world and its people constantly do him wrong, and get on his nerves. His life was not nearly as interesting as his world history book, Thrones of Blood. Still it is a must-read for anyone who has read Thrones, to give a fuller context of this self-grandizing person, who manages somehow to still give the reader a sense that he was not the most principled person in that brutal, barbaric time.

Reader Review: Josephus is probably the most interesting historian of the Roman emperor, not least because his first-person account of the life of Jesus is the single most reliable contemporary account that has survived to the present. He lived for 63 years, and during much of that chronicled the events of the Eastern Roman empire, first as a loyal Roman, and later as a more independent voice.

Born Joseph ben Matityahu, Josephus was part of the failed first Jewish revolt against Rome and thanks to his literary skills, ended up as a prisoner and servant to Vespatian instead of being killed or sold into slavery. He proved a loyal hagiographer, telling the story of the struggle from Rome’s point of view in “The Jewish Wars,” and was freed on the death of the Emperor.

But later in life , as a free man, Josephus regained his Jewish identity, and made it his mission to educate Rome as to the ancient history and the philosophy of the Jews, and to this end produced his “Antiquities of the Jews.” He followed this with “Against Apion,” which argued against the belief of some Romans (notably Apion) that Judaism was a recent cult without a strong philosophical and moral tradition.

Whiston’s translation is a bit on the archaic side and tries to capture the peripatetic style familiar to reader of the King James Bible, in which the sentences go on and on, with clause after clause, and so on and so on and….. But Whiston’s choice of words is more modern than archaic, and the result is that this is not a difficult read. I’ve been told that the Brill translation is the best, but to my eyes, at least, there’s not a tremendous difference between his and Whiston’s; both keep the archaic style. At any rate, given the price of the Kindle edition I’m not complaining.

See also: The Wars of the Jews; or the history of the destruction of Jerusalem
534 pages

Reader Review: For any student of history, Josephus is absolutely essential reading. The content of this volume is essential to understanding Roman history, Jewish history, and the rise of Christianity; it is insightful, written shortly after the events happened, and by someone who was both fully Jew and fully Roman.

Unfortunately, this particular version appears to be a scanned reprint. It has many, many errors in spelling that appear to have been introduced by an unedited (or carelessly edited) scanning process. The confusion introduced by misspelled place and people names wore me down after the first hundred and twenty pages, and made me go looking for a more expensive (but more carefully edited) version of this essential content.

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Internet Security: How to Protect Yourself online from Social Media Data Mining – How to be Anonymous (Social Analytics Series Book 2)

Blurb: How to Protect Yourself online from Social Media
Data Mining – How to be Anonymous

This book is about how big Social Media websites use your information to make millions of dollars
by gathering peoples personal information and selling it to third parties.

Understand how to protect yourself from the possibility of becoming a victim to website manipulation and possible identity theft.

By following four simple steps, you can be more confident that all your data remains secure at all times and that it is safe.

Reader Review: This is a reasonable overview of various forms of online deception. It was an amazing book, detailing the many ways in which corporations intentionally deceive the public and their competition by intentionally posting false and misleading information on their websites. Fuller also touches on the various scams that we all know and love, but the corporate angle was the most eye opening information for me. I wish to send this book to everyone on my social media feeds when they post (and believe) everything they see and read online.

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Revolution Is a Dinner Party — Rogue Pluralism in China

Blurb: Download a copy of M. Eigh’s Revolution Is a Dinner Party — the Rise of Rogue Pluralism in China, a briskly paced and frequently hilarious account of today’s fads and parlance in China. In no time, you will be working expressions such as “My Dad is Li Gang” and “Watch Uncle” into casual conversations and amaze your interlocutors. You can go beyond name- or phrase-dropping too: The book is jam-packed with entertaining anecdotes that attest to the burgeoning pluralism in China, the good and beautiful, and the ugly and ridiculous alike.

If you would like to sound witty and well-studied on China, but can’t ever drag yourself through the dreary pages of an academic tome, this book is perfect for you.

One reader says: Witty and irreverent, as well as scholarly and insightful, M. Eigh’s new book Revolution is a Dinner Party offers readers a rare insider’s view of China’s shifting political and cultural climate. For many Westerners, China remains an enigmatic land, so some American readers may be surprised to see clear parallels between the less desirable elements of this “rouge pluralism” in both cultures. If you’ve ever secretly wished you had the power to rid American television of Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and its ilk, you’ll enjoy reading Chew’s account of the Chinese government’s attempt to suppress the career of comedian Guo Degang. Spoiler alert: It didn’t work. There’s also much to be learned from Eigh’s stories of “ordinary” Chinese citizens. I’m embarrassed to reveal that I was surprised to learn of the relaxed and tolerant attitude that the Chinese have regarding homosexuality; and both impressed and amused by the story of Luo Baogen, a man who refused to sell his home below market value in order to make way for a new highway. Revolution is a Dinner Party is must read for anyone seeking insight into the 21st Century Chinese psyche. If you’re thinking, however, that you’re settling in for a slow, if well-reasoned read, nothing could be further from the truth. Revolution is a Dinner Party is briskly paced and frequently hilarious. Personally, I can’t wait to start working expressions such as “My Dad is Li Gang” and “Watch Uncle” into my daily conversations. This book is not only a pleasure to read, it’s great to look at. The cover design is colorful and clever, and the author highlights the text with historical photos and original artwork throughout. The book is a quick read, but don’t let the page count fool you. M. Eigh conveys in 80 pages what a lesser author would fluff into 500. There’s no word wasted here. This book is a fast, fun, and fascinating read that’s not to be missed.
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The Interpreters: Stories of interpreters who served the US military, as told to VICE News.

just 67 pages

Blurb: Language interpreters played a vital role in the recent US campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. These men served alongside American soldiers in parts of the world where doing so meant they could not go back home safely. They served with the promise of support, visas and better lives in the US and abroad after the fighting was over and for many, those promises went unfulfilled.

VICE News host Ben Anderson traveled to Afghanistan and Iraq to meet with several interpreters—to document the stories of their service and their struggle for justice firsthand.

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Blurb: I was deployed in 2013 to southern Afghanistan as part of a route clearance team. During my time there I made friends with the linguists (or terps, short for interpreters) that were attached to us. This is their story of the struggles receiving what was often promised to them: a life without fear, a visa to the United States. I left Afghanistan feeling sorry for the Afghani people and our linguists because while the war was over for me; for them, as long as they remain it will never end. What ever happened to no one gets left behind?

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Chasing the Avatar: Descent (Descent (Destiny Image))

Maya is a young woman with extraordinary prospects drowning in intense discontent. In the midst of this discontent, she meets Cha Ma, a guru. Immediately, she comes to believe that Cha Ma is an avatar – a human incarnation – of the goddess Kali, the most malevolent, destructive of all Hindu deities. Spellbound, Maya runs off to India to live in Cha Ma’s ashram as a Hindu. Her choice hurls her parents, Paul and Marie, into a battle far beyond their wildest imagination for they must fight for their daughter’s life, and even her soul, as she teeters on the edge.

About the author: From 1995 to 1997, Jovan Jones lived in a South Indian ashram and traveled around with a Hindu guru. She earned her MA in Political Science from Harvard in 1998. Soon thereafter, she moved to North Carolina in order to be near her parents, Ryven and Brenda, and to raise her son, Isaiah. She taught Social Studies and Language Arts in Cumberland Countys public schools, where she was chosen to be the countys Teacher of the Year and NCs Southeast Regional Teacher of the Year Runner-Up. Presently, she serves as the Mentor Facilitator in the large public school system, working with mentors and beginning teachers to increase teacher retention and efficacy.

Reader review: Author, Jovan Jones, has used parts of her personal testimony to write a novel that exposes the lies and destruction of Hinduism. In her novel the character, Maya, seeks for the truth through a human incarnation. Maya’s born again parents pray and fight for the spiritual life of their child in far away India. The book exposes how seeking the things that are not of God invites evil. The author shares in her novel and introduction how Jesus is intensely alive and is the one True God. If you enjoy novels and seeing the power of prayer the book will be one that will interest you.

Reader Review: Of all the books that I have ever read, Chasing the Avatar (and its sequel, Dancing with the Avatar) are two– aside from the Bible and a few other choice books– that I definitely plan to read for a second time. The author, who fictionalized her own experiences in these books by changing all the names of the characters and so on, makes each and every one of the characters come to life so clearly that you’ll think that you are actually picturing the real people in your mind as you read. In the same way, you’ll feel transported to that ashram in India so vividly that it’s like reliving your own personal experiences rather than hearing Maya’s own account. And woven into the story is just enough romance and humor to keep almost any reader engrossed throughout. Rather than my providing a summary of these fine books, I’ll just say this–you’ve got to buy both of these books! Not only are they works of truly masterful writing but they also will be eye-opening to anyone who ever even thought of abandoning their lives in their own country and journeying to India to live in an ashram with a Hindu guru. Your reading Chasing the Avatar and Dancing with the Avatar also will make you think twice the next time you think that prayer is simply reciting to God some superficial wish list rather than the essential discipline that it truly is–you’ll dare not neglect fervent prayer on behalf of your loved ones again! These first two books in the series truly are masterful works of fiction, yes, but also true-to-life accounts of the dangers that one faces when drawing close to the forces of darkness. I must commend the author not only for her fine works of writing but also on her willingness to share with the world her incredible–and nearly fatal–journey to a foreign land.

See also: Dancing with the Avatar (Descent)

Bound by the Avatar (Descent)

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Caught in the Middle (Ladies of Caldwell County Book #3)

It has 58 five star reader reviews. However, the lower reviews point to historical inaccuracies of the sort that make some of us itch, so be forewarned.

Blurb: She Wants the Freedom of the Open Plains.
He Wants the Prestige of a Successful Career.
Neither is Ready for What Comes Instead.

The train to Garber, Texas, is supposed to bring life’s next victory to Nicholas Lovelace. Instead, it gets held up by robbers who are thwarted by the last person Nick ever expected–Anne Tillerton from back home in Prairie Lea.

Anne’s been hiding away as a buffalo hunter. She’s only in town to find their runaway cook, but the woman flees–leaving Anne with her infant son. With Nick the only person Anne knows in town, the two form an unlikely team as they try to figure out what to do with the child.

But being in town means acting and dressing for polite society–and it’s not going well for Anne. Meanwhile, Nick’s work is bringing new pressures, and being seen with a rough-around-the-edges woman isn’t helping his reputation. Caught between their own dreams, a deepening relationship, and others’ expectations, can the pair find their way to love?

“[Jennings is] a fresh voice in Christian historical romance…” Library Journal

See also Sixty Acres and a Bride (Ladies of Caldwell County Book #1)
for 5.38

Love in the Balance (Ladies of Caldwell County Book #2)

for 5.38

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The Brigade – A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

Blurb: The Raymond family allows the Boy’s Brigade to use their vacation home for a week long camping trip. The Brigade is church sponsored, so Gary and Charity Raymond feel comfortable in allowing their sons to attend. What they do NOT know is that the leader of the Boy’s Brigade is NOT the person he appears to be and the boys are in real danger. Read this story about the importance of watching for “Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing.” Be assured that God will have severe punishments for those whom harm His precious children. This is a book of fiction, but it is based on a true story. Names and locations have been changed to protect the innocent.

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A Chinese Wonder Book

chinese folk talesAlso free at Gutenberg, where there are lovely illustrations as well.
It’s a book of Chinese folk and fairy tales
Exerpt: ust outside the walls of a Chinese city there lived a young woodcutter named T’ang and his old mother, a woman of seventy. They were very poor and had a tiny one-room shanty, built of mud and grass, which they rented from a neighbour. Every day young T’ang rose bright and early and went up on the mountain near their house. There he spent the day cutting firewood to sell in the city near by. In the evening he would return home, take the wood to market, sell it, and bring back food for his mother and himself. Now, though these two people were poor, they were very happy, for the young man loved his mother dearly, and the old woman thought there was no one like her son in all the world. Their friends, however, felt sorry for them and said, “What [121] a pity we have no grasshoppers here, so that the T’angs could have some food from heaven!”

One day young T’ang got up before daylight and started for the hills, carrying his axe on his shoulder. He bade his mother good-bye, telling her that he would be back early with a heavier load of wood than usual, for the morrow would be a holiday and they must eat good food. All day long Widow T’ang waited patiently, saying to herself over and over as she went about her simple work, “The good boy, the good boy, how he loves his old mother!”

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Daniel Diet Comfort Foods: 50 Easy to Prepare Comfort Food Recipes

Blurb: Daniel Diet Comfort Foods::50 Easy to Prepare Comfort Food Recipes

Are you a fan of delicious, scrumptious and yet nutritious food that satisfies your cravings at odd hours? How many times you feel like eating something that is extremely delicious but don’t feel like going out? Nothing beats the joy of being able to enjoy great food, right?
Everyone loves food, we all do. But wouldn’t it be great if you could eat all the amazing food that you crave for and not have to worry about the weight you will gain afterwards? Exactly! This is what this book is all about.

In this book you will find:

1. Easy Recipes to All the Amazing Comfort Food

2. Ways to Reduce Calories from Your Food Portions

3. How you can be creative while cooking your food.

But this is not all that this book has to offer. In this book you will also find recipes and ingredients that have been added to these recipes especially so that you can keep check on your weight, cholesterol and physical well-being. Be assured that with help of this book you will enjoy cooking more than usual.

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Shadow Soldier (The Shadow Saga Book 1)

Blurb: Some legends don’t begin with a hero. They start with the villain.

100 years in the future, after a series of brutal wars have changed the face of the globe and destroyed civilization as we know it, the majority of the planet has fallen under the control of a single government known as the World System.

At the age of ten, every citizen documented by the World System is required to take the Operations Potential Exam (OPE), a test that determines what job they will occupy for the remainder of their lives.

It has been eleven years since 301-14-A tested into the soldier class. Loyalty and service are all that he knows.

Until a group of freedom fighters emerge from the untamed Wilderness and incite rebellion in the capital city. Until he witnesses the atrocities of his government with his own eyes.

Until her.

Now everything is different. Now nothing is certain.

Reader Rewiew: Thouroughly enjoyed this book. In an era where post-apocalyptic style stories-both in print and on screen- are a major hit and many have elements of religion, philosophy, and theology thrown in, this book in unique in my experience. It expresses a distinctly Christian worldview without the cheesey, “all ends well in the short-term for the Christians” tendencies prevelant in pro-Christian works. Along with that, it sucks you into the storyline quickly, and intently. While yes, there are moments that are predictable (I’ve yet to find a book or story that isn’t at least somewhat predictable), it is intriguing. It gets the reader egaged… hoping for one outcome and being at times dissapointed with a charecter’s decisions, and other times excited. It is also a good blend of sci-fi and futuristic nature with an explanation of how the new state has come to existance and basic physics of how these new elements function. Again, i truly enjoyed it and am looking forward to the completion of the series.

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The Joy of Life

Blurb: If you have never read a book about Theodore Roosevelt, read this one first. If you have read other books about him, read this one to discover more about his philosophy and spirituality based on his own works. It covers his entire life from birth to death.
The Joy of Life distills the personality of Theodore Roosevelt into one medium-sized book. Quotes appear in this book which show him to be funny, hyperactive, energetic, exciting, enthusiastic, entertaining and lovable. His contemporaries say such things as: the more I see him the more and more I love him; work was an entertainment with him there; it was love at first sight; never have we laughed so much as when T.R. was our host.
The book shows what motivated him at each stage of his life. During his Police Commissioner days he said to Jacob Riis, author of How the Other Half Lives, “I have read your book and I have come to help.” Charging up San Juan hill he realized that he was destined to become a great leader of people like his Rough Riders: a mixed group who included cowboys, Indians, Ivy Leaguers, hispanics, marshals, negroes and Texas Rangers. His greatest effort was in conservation. He preserved millions of acres of land including wildlife refuges, national parks, national monuments and irrigation projects. He accomplished many things in his life but would have obtained a place in history for that alone.

Reviews were wildly mixed on this one- some thought the author did a great job, others thought she was too haphazard and overly into speculating about Teddy’s mental health and how he and she may have shared a similar mental disorder (ADD or Bipolar, depending on review). So, like all the rest, download at your own risk.=)

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Cinderella (Fairy eBooks)

beautiful silhouette illustrations by Arthur Rackham

ARthur RACKHAM, did you see that? Arthur Rackham!

Optimized for Kindle Fire

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Can I Have Joy in My Life (Crucial Questions Series Book 12)

R.C. Sproul

Joy is a popular topic in Western culture today. Books explain how to find joy in a wide variety of activities. We speak of “joyous” occasions such as weddings and births. We sing about “Joy to the World” at Christmas. “Joy” remains a popular name for girls. But given the extent to which joy seems to be on our minds, few people seem to have it or even know what it is.

In this Crucial Questions booklet, Dr. R.C. Sproul cuts through the confusion surrounding this popular but misunderstood attribute, showing the one sure path to deep, lasting joy—a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. By abiding in Christ, Dr. Sproul shows, we may experience fullness of joy—a joy that transcends unhappy circumstances and even permits us to rejoice with others because of the blessed hope Christ provides.

Reader Review: After the death of my husband, joy seems to have been pretty elusive. Sometimes you just need permission to feel the way you feel – even in the midst of the pain. A focus that is honed in on Jesus is the only way to get thru the maze of grief in this old world. It is a short read.

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Daughter of Joy (Brides of Culdee Creek Book #1)

Blurb: In this spectacular new series, Morgan, an acclaimed writer of historical and futuristic romances, turns her deft pen to the Christian market to reflect a personal change. Abigail Stanton, who recently lost her husband and child, moves to Culdee Creek to become a housekeeper for Conor MacKay, a man whose previous housekeepers warmed more than dinner. Abby makes it clear that she won’t tolerate any disreputable advances on his part, but she feels God led her to this ranch and this family for a purpose. As she grows to love Conor and his daughter, her faith inspires Conor to believe that there might just be something to this idea of religion. This wonderful start is for all collections.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Daughter of Joy is a beautiful story of redemptive love. Abby’s walk of faith, sometimes followed by sheer force of will alone, resonated in my heart. And Conor’s painful journey back to the safe harbor of a loving and forgiving God brought me to tears. Thank you, Ms. Morgan, for such a memorable read. — Robin Lee Hatcher, author of The Forgiving Hour

It’s got over a thousand five star reviews, and only a handful of one star reviews, but to be honest, the one star reviews made me think I probably would not enjoy it much. YMMV

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Easy Popcorn Recipes: Delicious and Fun Popcorn Recipes for the Whole Family to Enjoy! (The Easy Recipe)

We like to make our popcorn with different kinds of seasonings, so this book looks kind of fun to me.

In This Recipe Book You’ll Find:

- Parmesan Popcorn
- Spiced Caramel Popcorn
- Italian Flavored Popcorn
- Coconut Curry Popcorn
- Oreo Popcorn
- Kimchi Popcorn

- And Much, Much More…

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Jochebed: A mother’s decision that saved a nation

62 pages, by Joyce Tilney

Blurb: As a mother, you have the opportunity to mold minds, nurture growth and develop potential, like no one else. You are a mother! Jochebed raised three leaders. She was a housewife, living in slavery, yet she trained and led her children into the purpose of God for their lives. God brought miracles to earth through the lives of her children. Her life speaks through her children, Moses, Aaron and Miriam; and she is listed with the “heroes of faith” in Hebrews 11. The world she lived in was different in many ways from ours and our fore mothers, but we are dependent on the same God, have the same enemy and fight the same battles. We can learn much from Jochebed!

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Write Your Way to Glad: How Journaling Can Bring You Joy

Blurb: Are you feeling stressed, anxious, or tired? Do you constantly feel like no one understands you? Are you taking depression medication and just want a way to feel better?

More and more individuals are turning to journaling as a way to relieve stress, combat depression, and just start living again.

In Write Your Way to Glad, you’ll discover how keeping your own personal journal can help bring you the peace you’ve been seeking and the tranquility you’ve been hoping for.

Whether you’re dealing with depression, anxiety, death, divorce, postpartum depression, or something job-related, maintaining a journal can help you deal with your thoughts, emotions, and pain.

In Write Your Way to Glad, we’ll cover topics like:
What is journaling?
How can journaling help me deal with stress?
How can I get started?
What should I write about?
What if I’m not a good writer?
What if I’m not sure what to write about?

What are you waiting for? Start journaling today!

Only 17 pages

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My Dreams, Challenges and Joys: Raising an autistic child to adulthood

Blurb: “My Dreams, Challenges and Joys” is a heartwarming story about a family’s struggle in their mission to find happiness for their autistic daughter, Diana. Their uncertaintly and fear of change lead to a turn-around in communication, and their prankster daughter’s antics will not only have you laughing, but inspired as well. They came a long way as a family, as this child gave them their unending strength to go on. Despite society’s views and discriminations, Diana has become her own person.

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Review: Simon SongJoy Defends His Melody

Blurb:Do you know somebody who has a deployed loved one? Perhaps your own family is trying to make sense of life after having a family member return from Iraq or Afghanistan…
Roby Dean-Blest, an adult child of Vietnam veteran, Chuck Dean, creates a unique, school-age children’s story addressing the complicated issues of wartime PTSD, -Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Often, kids cannot understand the volatile emotions they experience during the long months of waiting and wondering..finally coming to a head with the return of their veteran.
-Then the real “adjustment period” begins…
Written as a tool for military personnel and their families, “Simon” bridges the gap for readers who may be experiencing their own delayed stress symptoms, confusion or lack of coping skills to deal with the aftermath of their Homecoming.

Reader Review: I ordered and read Simon Songjoy and loved it. I feel the topic of this book targeted to younger readers is meeting such a huge need right now. The book goes even beyond vets as so many are going through trauma related incidents and having difficulty coping. This book gives much needed answers along with acceptance of the situation of PTSD and the time it takes for all involved to understand the dynamics of heart wrenching circumstances. I know I have a better understanding after reading this delightful and creative book.
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Don’s Great Escape: Life in a German POW Camp

Don’s Great Escape is one man’s story of being in a German POW camp in WWII. Don’s plane went down over occupied France in 1943. He was captured and sent to Stalag Luft III made famous by the 1963 movie The Great Escape. On January 28, 1945, Stalag Luft III was evacuated so the camp would not be captured by the Russians. After several days of walking and being transported by boxcars, the prisoners eventually ended up in Stalag VIIA at Moosburg. Don was liberated on April 29, 1945. His story is told by letters written home to his parents.

Reader Review: This book is well worth the read. It is a personal account of a man in prisoned during WWII after being shot down in his plane and his parachute catching in a tree. The family puts this book together from letters written home to parents of the young man. Somehow he always seems to show hope versus despair and has hopes dashed several times as he thinks he will be home by the next Christmas, the next Thanksgiving, his next birthday. Don is from the country and family and crops are shown in his letters…his love for family and especially the new babies coming along as he is away. I would recommend this to anyone I know. It is a hopeful gutsy story.

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The Great Corporate Escape

About the Author
Michael J Holley writes comedy fiction. He is the author of The Great Corporate Escape and The Christmas Number One (and other Christmas Stories). He was born in Southampton, England in 1977, and since then has lived in Liverpool and Manchester, but now he rests in Cowes on the Isle of Wight with his wife and two children. Having been the taller half of the rhythm section for the indie-rock band Aura4, Michael still enjoys listening to proper music and tinkering around on his guitars. He also loves watching and playing football, watching comedy, reading things that are either going to enrich his life or make him laugh, and he still finds time to be a raconteur in the local hostelries. His next full-length novel, Plaster Scene, will be out in the summer of 2013. You can follow him on Twitter @mjholleywriter Or, visit his website

Blurb: Ben Jenkins’s corporate career is killing him slowly with boredom whilst his boss, Rupert Savage, has the potential to kill him quickly with his bare hands.

It seems as though he has everything; a good job, a loving family and great friends, but the thought of spending the next thirty years in the corporate world is making him desperately, desperately miserable.

He’s lost but dreams of escape, and the only refuge he has is his imagination. The more obsessed he becomes the more his imagination takes hold, until he’s only left with one option…

… to take freedom into his own hands.

The Great Corporate Escape is a comedy for anyone who has ever had trouble finding out what’s important in their life.

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