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NO LONGER A SLUMDOG by K.P. Yohannan

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This is a very heartfelt nonfiction book. K.P. Yohannan took me into the world of Asian children. Sadly, most of these children are still living within the caste system. In the caste system, you can not move up or down. If you're of low estate, you remain that way always. In parts of Asian society where caste is no longer looked upon as productive,the ideas do not go away easily. A child may be given chores to do at school like scrubbing the floor, etc. 

These Asian children live very hard lives. Some parents are not able to take care of their children. So they sell their children to other people hoping the people will treat their children well: feed the children well, get them to school and get good health care for the children. It is not easy for these parents to give away their children. Like we in the West love our children, they love their children too. The way these Asian children live is hard to swallow: These children starve. These children get no education. These children …

Saving Amelie by Cathy Gohlke

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This Christian Fiction novel is full of wonderful and brave characters. Since it takes place in Germany during the war years, WWII, there are also cruel cowards in the novel. Men like Hitler, Goebbels and Mengele who all of a sudden found themselves with the power to choose death over life for certain people. These men hated any one not of Aryan blood. Those people not of Aryan blood were seen as bringing weakness to the German bloodline. Adolf Hitler wanted a pure race. This pure race could not include Jews, Negroes, ill children or handicapped children or the elderly. 

This brings me to little Amelie. Amelie is deaf. Her father is a German officer. His name is Schlick. He hates his child because of her weakness. She can't hear. He can't see pass her affliction to love her. He can only think of getting her away and sadly, burnt to death. Thank God there are always a remnant of kind souls left in these societies who want to save the weak and helpless. 

These brave souls can neve…

Saving Amelie by Cathy Gohlke

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In June, as the Germans marched toward Paris, the last evacuation ship loaded with British and French forces left Dunkirk for England's shores."

Necessary Proof by Camy Tang

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Necessary Proof by Camy Tang is full of suspense. This novella is also Christian Fiction. One of my favorite parts of the novella  is Jane's struggle to relate to two men in her life. One is Derek, her boss. The other is her dad. Derek uses Jane for his career benefit. While her father constantly compares Jane to her brother. It's painful to read the father's words as he puts down any thing Jane does in her life. These two men lead Jane to believe she is unlovable. She can't believe God loves her either. 

While all these emotional problems are going, Jane hooks up with Alex for a high octane chase from a Fillipino gang. This gang is involved with meth labs. Alex, a friend of the detective, is set up to look like he has shot a cop. I loved this story line too. I also loved the budding romance between Alex and Jane.

However, I did feel uncomfortable with so much written about the insides of a computer. Words like Hard Drive, Blue Tooth, etc. strained my brain. I don't …

31 Days of Gratitude

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Day 31

I am grateful for the spring season: rain showers, flowers, blooming trees, green grass, etc.

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I am thankful for all the children who are rescued from kidnappers.

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I am grateful for medicines in hospitals to keep the sick well.

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I am grateful that we have schools which teach girls as well as boys.

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I am grateful for our soldiers who fight and sacrifice their lives to keep our country safe from terrorism, etc.

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I am grateful that we can worship in the way we please.

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I am grateful that we don't have to feel afraid to go to the voting places in our area.

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I am thankful for the friends and family in my life who are honest with me. 

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I am grateful for the ability to laugh.

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I am grateful for my arms. Couldn't type or....without arms. 

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I am grateful for my brain. 

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I am grateful for …

Cruisin' Through The Cozies

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I am joining Socrates' Cruisin' Thru the Cozies Reading Challenge 2014. I really enjoy visiting her blog any time. This is the level I've chosen for 2014.

1. Choose the level you wish to participate:

Level 1 - Snoop - Read at least 6 books
Lucy Stone, Sue and Pam have just returned from a trip. They traveled from the United States to England. I enjoyed reading about England in Leslie Meier's English Tea Murder cozy.Lucy Stone and her group are traveling along with another group. One of the men has a serious case of Asthma.One man, Dr. Cope, is a Medical doctor. There are two or three college students. One young man's mother is along for the trip and a few other people. I enjoyed their travels around England because Leslie Meier writes about the foods, the historical sites and the hotels in such a realistic way. Believe me, the author doesn't romanticize England like I might …

Day 12 31 Days of Gratitude

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Day 12

I am thankful for my telephone. It helps me stay in touch with family or in case of an emergency I could get help for myself or someone else.

First Chapter First Paragraph

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"It was half past midnight on a Friday night--the witching hour, my dead grandma used to call it. I was tending bar in a gangster's suite in a glitzy Atlantic City hotel. I'd stuffed myself into a black silk sheath as snug as it was expensive like a fool. But I was scared."http://bibliophilebythesea.blogspot.com

The Cats That Surfed The Web by Karen Golden

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I enjoyed this cozy mystery so much. It's about a woman named Katherine. When she receives word of an inheritance from a great aunt for over forty million dollars, she finds herself leaving New York to live in Erie, Indiana for at least one year. If she doesn't live in her great aunt's huge Victorian mansion, she will forfeit the inheritance. So she take her three cats, Iris, Scout and Lilac and a friend named Colleen and heads for Erie. What happens there is shocking and bewildering. There is all sorts of murder and mayhem going on which drive her cats nuts. I never did figure out the solution to the mystery. However, I did love the solution. It made perfect sense. I am looking forward to another cozy mystery by Karen Anne Golden. By the way, there is a logical reason for the title The Cats That Surfed The Web.http://www.amazon.com/Karen-Anne-Golden

Wondrous Words

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http://bermudaonion.wordpress.com Jimson Weed - a poisonous tall annual weed (Datura stramonium) of the nightshade family with rank-smelling foliage, large white or violet trumpet-shaped ..merriam-webster
"Jimson Weed causes all sorts of problems. It can cause severe hallucinations. In other victims, symptoms can be falsely diagnosed as the flu."


The axolotl; etymol. Nāhuatl āxōlōtl or āxōlōmeh "water monster", also known as a Mexican salamander or a Mexican walking fish, is a neotenic salamander, closely related to the tiger salamander. Although the axolotl is colloquial… en.wikipedia.org


ne·ot·e·ny[ nee óttənee ]
juvenile features in adult animal: the existence of juvenile features in an adult animal, e.g. the retention of gills in some salamanders Bing DictionaryAnd for an everlasting Roof
The Gambrels of the Sky –

A gambrel or "barn" style roof is simply a gable roof with a change in slope partway up the roof.

Teaser Tuesday

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"She was having second thoughts about staying in Indiana. At this point, she didn't give a damn about the inheritance. She had her own money. But she did care about Abby, and didn't want to leave her."http://shouldbereading.wordpress.com

Day 11/12 31 Days of Gratitude

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Day11

Thankful to all the family who made my Mother's Day the best one I've ever experienced.

Day 12

Thankful for the pleasant memories in my heart.

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

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I didn't finish any book this past week. Sad. I read my books just didn't finish one. I really like Saving Amelie by Cathy Gohlke. It's Christian Fiction. It takes place during WWII in Germany. I am also reading a cozy for one or two of my book challenges. The title is The Cats That Surfed The Web by Karen Golden. I have to think of Lillian Braun,  the author of The Cat Who Series. Karen Golden's cozy is mayhem in an old mansion in Erie. If I sit still, I can finish this one in an hour or less. I have to get another one by Karen Golden. Having so much fun discovering dead bodies in this house. I can't figure out who is the murderer. I know Iris, Scout, lilac and Abigail know. Those are the cats owned by Katherine.


I I am a little confused. Lost my What To Read Monday. It really keeps me on schedule. Anyway, I need to start The Antigone Poems Marie Slaight.The poem looks very interesting. Also, I need to start No Longer A SlumDog by k. p…

Day 10 31 Days of Gratitude

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Day 10 I am grateful for doctors and nurses. 

Day 9 Gratitude

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Day 9

I am grateful for my fingers. Used daily to pick up eating utensils, type, hold a book, bathe, etc.

Blog Tours with Book Reviews

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There is nothing like falling in love with the characters and place in a novel. This is what happens in Casting The Net by Pam Rhodes. From Neil, the priest, to his wanna be fiancees, Wendy and Claire, there is love, loss and almost any emotion possible to name. The novel takes place in Dunbridge, England. Almost the whole town goes to St. Stephen's. The congregation is very close to one another feeling the joy or sadness of one another. I will never forget Margaret. She is the woman in the church who has a deep understanding for those who are grieving. However, when Margaret suffers personal loss, the death of her husband, the congregation waits anxiously to see if she can pull herself up and go on with her life. Through her battle, I learned the lesson that it is impossible to foretell how we will react to hurt when it comes our way.

Another character who will stay with me is little Ellen. Baby Ellen suffers with eye cancer. Having a child was not easy for Ellen…

Day 5-8 31 Days of Gratitude

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Day 5

I am grateful for free libraries. Libraries are very helpful when I need to research a topic. Also, the book are free. 

Day  6

I am grateful for pets that have entered my life at different times. 

Day 7

I am grateful for friends who have come and gone in my life. Each perfect for that particular time.

Day 8

I am grateful for small trips taken up and down the coast throughout my life.




31 Days of Gratitude

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Day Four 
I am grateful for friendly bloggers who love to read books.

Casting The Net by Pam Rhodes

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There is nothing like falling in love with the characters and place in a novel. This is what happens in Casting The Net by Pam Rhodes. From Neil, the priest, to his wanna be fiancees, Wendy and Claire, there is love, loss and almost any emotion possible to name. The novel takes place in Dunbridge, England. Almost the whole town goes to St. Stephen's. The congregation is very close to one another feeling the joy or sadness of one another. I will never forget Margaret. She is the woman in the church who has a deep understanding for those who are grieving. However, when Margaret suffers personal loss, the death of her husband, the congregation waits anxiously to see if she can pull herself up and go on with her life. Through her battle, I learned the lesson that it is impossible to foretell how we will react to hurt when it comes our way.

Another character who will stay with me is little Ellen. Baby Ellen suffers with eye cancer. Having a child was not easy for Ellen's parents. …

31 Days of Gratitude May 3, 2014

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31 Days of Gratitude

3rd Day

I am grateful for health(family, friends, me).

31 Days of Gratitude

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Day 2

I am grateful for flowers in the spring and summer.