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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Friendly Felines 16 November 2018

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1. I can’t wait to have anything Suzanne cooks on Thanksgiving ( if not in the USA, substitute your next holiday).

This year it is just going to be Suzanne and myself at home for Thanksgiving.  We will have whatever she fixes. No matter what, it will be great.
2. I am thankful for my family-.

I only know what one of our children will be doing this year for Thanksgiving.  Suzanne and I are thankful for them. We are thankful for food on the table, a roof over our heads, and that we don’t live in Kansas City, Missouri.

As we understand it, city officials poured bleach over food so that homeless people could not eat it because the people providing the food did not have a food permit.

Kansas City, Missouri, once was a great place to hold conventions with the Hallmark Crown Plaza.  Shouldn’t all businesses that would be holding conventions there pull out?




3. When it comes to pie, that is a long story but, I don’t mind tellin’ it.

When I was growing up, every year my Granny-For-Short made all kinds of pies.  There would always be pecan pie. I could look at pecan pie and tell I would not like it.  So, I never ate one, until one day I was working at Kell-Co Grocery Store in Spartanburg, South Carolina.  The ONLY thing there was to eat in the store without having to open a can or cook it was those little 2 for $1 Lance pecan pies.  I was starving so I bought one. It was good.

I thought, “If these robot-made pecan pies are so good, how much better must Granny-For-Short’s be?

I also love me some egg custard pie, peach pie, apple pie, you name it.

4. A feast is not a feast without the one you love the most.

A feast should have turkey, dressing, green bean casserole, squash casserole, ham, cranberry sauce, macaroni pie, deviled eggs, rolls, and dessert.

We hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving. Stay out of the stores. Why reward big retail for taking away our holiday?

Have a blessed week, y’all.

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Book Review: Nanny in the Nursery by LM Azpiazu ISBN: 9781974144921



If you are tired of the books that are available for children these days, Nanny in the Nursery by LM Azpiazu  may well be for you.

This collection reminds me very much of the collections I grew up with. The book does offer fresh poems and stories but, it doesn’t lean so heavy on the graphics.  Don’t get me wrong, the graphics are there and they are very good. Too often today we see books published that rely too much on the colorful pictures and don’t give the child anything to imagine.

If you really want to help your child stretch their imagination like kids used to do, Nanny in the Nursery is the book for you.

We like it because it talks to children about using their minds.  We think this is a very refreshing and outstanding way to help your child learn to learn.


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Friday, November 9, 2018

Book Review: Creating Sales Stars: A Guide to Managing the Millennials on Your Team by Stephan Schiffman with Gary Krebs ISBN: 978-0-8144-3938-8

Many of we baby boomers see the Millennial Generation as a bunch of work-brittle, entitled, lazy, people who expect to be paid for not working. Many of us have experienced this first hand.

In the book Creating Sales Stars: A Guide to Managing the Millennials on Your Team by Stephan Schiffman with Gary Krebs, we are told that nothing could be further from the truth.

So, the question here is, do you trust what you see and experience or what an author tells you is the truth?

Readers are also told why we should adapt our way of looking at this generation.  The tone of the book appears to be, “Just deal with it”. We are given a lot of WHY we should just deal with it and only a little of HOW to deal with it.

There may be a little truth to what the author teaches. The fact remains that we are in a job seekers’ market because this generation switches jobs often and expects to be paid well while being trained. This book could well make the case that we have developed a new career, “Trainee”. Meanwhile, more and more jobs go overseas to places where people WILL work.

The book is well written and does provide some excellent advice.  However, reading this book won’t solve your problem. What it will do is make you feel a lot less empowered and, if you are the owner of a company, will probably make you want to close up shop or move to another country.

In the book, the author speaks of how ethical this generation is.  There may be some validity to that but, readers should trust what they see in the real world and not what they read in a book.  This is the same generation that often cheated on tests in college and also expected good college grades for very subpar work.

We can only give this book a mediocre rating and very little in the way of recommendation.  This isn’t so much because the writing is flawed; it isn’t. We give it an average rating because the premise is flawed.


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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Friendly Felines 9 November 2018

This is a fun meme co-hosted by 15 and Meowing and Four-Legged Furballs. Be sure to visit and join in the fun!

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Here are the fill-ins:

1. I just want one day where we don’t have to go anywhere or do anything.
It seems like we have to work harder now that we are retired than we ever did before.  There is always something going on.

2. My next car  will probably be bigger than this one.

Don’t get me wrong.  I love Zoomie. He is fuel efficient and fun.  But, he is just too small. We have gotten a load of two by fours in him before.  We just need more room.
3. The sound of one of our kids calling my name makes me cringe.

They are never calling for something good. It is always something like the toilet overflowed or there is someone at the door.  I hate to deal with people at the door. It is always some yahoo that wants to sell something I don’t want or need. Why can’t it be someone giving away a million dollars?  

4. Right now, I am craving Shrimp cocktail.

I just finished reading a book where the author painted such a good word picture of the meal the main characters were eating that I could taste the shrimp cocktail.  We can get fresh shrimp in our hometown if you want to buy it off the back of a beat up pickup truck.

Other than that, you would have to get a shrimp ring at the Walmart.  I don’t know of any restaurants for 30 miles that sell shrimp cocktail.  If we did have one, we could not afford it. We can’t even afford to pay attention.  


Have a blessed week, y’all.


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Book Review: BRAIN HACKS: Life-Changing Strategies to Improve Executive Functioning by Lara Honos-Webb PhD ISBN: 978-1-64152-1-604



Recently we have been asked to review many books regarding brain health and/or brain functioning.  The overall opinion of all these brain experts is that there are things we can do to improve our brain functioning.

One thing that seems to be absent in BRAIN HACKS: Life-Changing Strategies to Improve Executive Functioning by Lara Honos-Webb PhD is how important diet and nutrition are in our brain health.

Other than that, the advice in this book seems to support all the other information we have read.

The book presents readers with multiple ways to increase our brain function.  All of these hacks are simple to do and, for most of them, no one will know you are doing them. That way you can improve and no one has to know you perceived you had a problem.

Brain Hacks is well-written and well-presented. As we age, we can expect some diminishing of brain function.  This book can help you avoid that.


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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Book Review: The Anti-Inflammatory Diet Slow Cooker Cookbook: Prep-and-Go Recipes for Long-Term Healing by Madeline Given NC ISBN: 978-1-64152-251-9



The beginning of the book explains a lot about anti-inflammatory eating and what should make up a good part of our diet.

We live in a fast-paced world where everyone eats fast on-the-go.  The book will help with that. Instead of grabbing a quick burger from the local fast food drive thru, we can have a hot, delicious, healthy meal.

Prep time is kept to a minimum and most of the cooking takes place slowly while we are doing other things. If you don’t have enough time to fix the recipes in this book, you don’t have enough time to go tell a clown head what you want to eat, either.

We think you will really like The Anti-Inflammatory Diet Slow Cooker Cookbook.  It will make a great present for any would be cook on your list.


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Book Review: Annie Russo: Tenacity Born by J L Baumann ISBN: 978-1-941880-14-2



As all of our readers know, we don’t normally review fiction. The reason for this is that fiction can be very subjective and we often feel like we might provide spoilers.

The book Annie Russo: Tenacity Born by J L Baumann is a work of fiction and could possibly be called historical fiction since it is based around the time of the war in Vietnam.

This book is not like most of the “mind candy” fiction books that are out these days.  We live in a world of TLDR. Many young readers today will pick up a short book and say, “Too long, didn’t read.”  Well, this book is long and it isn’t mind candy. We feel that it is very much written in the style of Tolstoy.

The author uses many descriptive words to paint a word picture of events. It simply would not be the same if left to a word limit like so many of today’s authors use.

This is a book that is written in such a way as to paint a very vivid word picture that causes the reader to see, feel, and hear everything that the characters in the book do.

Baumann paints such a vivid mental picture of the scene in a fine dining establishment that has me still tasting the shrimp cocktail. Very few works today do that. I wish I had the money to buy shrimp cocktails for me and Suzanne.  The author made me hungry throughout the fine dining scene.

We do need to disclose that there are at least two incidents in the book where the characters use the Lord’s Name in vain.  Readers of our blogs expect us to tell them this and we would be shirking our duties if we did not tell them this.

This author is a craftsman that displays his craft on every page of the book.  If one can get through this book without going through every emotion that there is, they weren’t paying attention.

There is a very funny story in this book regarding a meeting with a nun and one of the professors working under her that is worth the total cost of the book just by itself.

We give Annie Russo all five stars and think any person who is a true bibliophile will love this book.  Yes, it is longer than most modern books. Just like a Mozart composition, it simply would not be the same if you cut any of it.  This will make a great Christmas present to any reader on your Christmas gift list. +

 

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Trump Aftershock: The President's Seismic Impact on Culture and Faith in America by Stephen E. Strang ISBN: 978-1629995557

Available November 6, 2018





Whether you voted for Donald Trump or you didn’t, you have to admire the accomplishments he has made in his short time in office.  That is what Trump Aftershock: The President's Seismic Impact on Culture and Faith in America by Stephen E. Strang is all about.

Strang has definitely done his research. He cites multiple surveys and studies in his new book.  The information given is amazingly detailed.

All this detail does not mean the book is boring or that you will zone out when you read it.  It is an interesting book that makes one think, “I did not know that.”

Strang had several interviews with top Christian leaders like Franklin Graham and Dr. James Dobson to try to shed some light on this phenomenon that is sweeping the nation.  That phenomenon is how a US President could make more progress in his first 500 days in office than any other president in the history of the USA and very little of it making it into the mainstream media.   That which does make it is spun in such a way as to make it look trivial or bad.

As a way of disclosure, we have to say that we did not vote for Donald Trump.  We cast our vote for Castle. I, David, actually believed that Trump was meant to do for Hillary what Ross Perot did for Bill.

This same author wrote God and Donald Trump.  We have not read that one, yet. Trump Aftershock  is very well-written, well-researched, and detailed.  It is extremely eye-opening and would make a great read no matter whether you lean blue or you lean red.

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By now you have to know we give this book all five stars and know you will, too.  



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