You Have A Brain by Ben Carson, MD – Book Review

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This book’s full title is You Have A Brain, A Teen’s Guide to T.H.I.N.K.  B.I.G.  In this book Dr. Carson tells about his life and how he overcame many obstacles to become one of the leading neurosurgeons in the world.  Although the book is purportedly written for teens, I found it a great book and I believe it can be inspiring for anyone – no matter what your age may be.  I had first heard of Dr. Carson when I saw the movie, Gifted Hands, on Netflix, so I couldn’t wait to read this book, already having been inspired by Dr. Carson through the movie.  The T.H.I.N.K.  B.I.G. portion of the title is an acronym for points he makes about living well, doing your best and achieving your goals.

Dr. Carson and his brother were raised in a single-parent home by their mother.  She was the inspiration for them to do better and make something of themselves.  The phrase ‘You Have A Brain’ which became the title of this book, was something that Dr. Carson’s mother would tell them in order to encourage them to make right choices.

Dr. Ben Carson is an inspiration to anyone who thinks their goals are unachievable because of background, race, home situation, etc.  Dr. Carson not only proved that anyone can overcome anything and become anything they want to be, he did it with integrity and character, managing to achieve his goals without ever compromising his standards.  This book is truly a good read and will inspire you.

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

A Wonderful Surprise!

I just had to write and share what arrived in Saturday’s mail from my blogger friend, Happyone.

SLIPPERS!  These are the warmest, most toastiest (is that a word?) slippers I have ever worn.  And in my favorite colors, too!  Happyone wrote about them in this post and posted a picture of them here, but she knows a lot of people and I didn’t know how many Karens she knew, so I was surprised and happy to find the slippers in my mailbox.

Thumbs up for warm, cozy, hand-knit, beautiful slippers.  Thank you, Karen :)

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone.  I hope your day is happy and filled with love :)

Things have been busy here.  I got another cookie order which I finished and shipped out yesterday.  These are going to Texas, and these too were covered with prayer to arrive safely and unbroken!  Here they are drying.

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Here they are sealed and ready for packing.  I heat seal each one in a cello bag and then tie the tops with a string just to make it purty, then they are packed in groups of two in bubble wrap.

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In other news, I have decided it was time to get back on the eating-like-I-have-some-sense wagon.  It started around Christmas when I figured that a cookie or treat here or there wouldn’t hurt.  Well, it’s now February and I have no excuse!  Some poundage is creeping back on and it’s time to get back on track.  I also haven’t exercised in a while and that needs attending to, also.

We had a dusting of snow the other day and I was thankful.  It was beautiful to watch.  I’m still going out on the porch in the mornings for my first cup of coffee.  Yesterday morning it was 12 degrees.  Some days I’ll have my second cup out there, too, but yesterday wasn’t one of those days!  This morning was a little better at 22 degrees, but still a one-cup day.

I have read three books for review so now I need to get those reviews written and posted.

Today I plan to work, hopefully get the reviews written and do some much-needed housecleaning.  We don’t have any special plans for Valentine’s Day.  We just enjoy every day.  I believe every day can be a holiday if you choose; it’s your attitude that makes the difference.

Happy Valentine’s Day, and Happy Saturday :)

 

 

Hello, again!

Howdy!  I am actually writing a post!  Yay!  With many exclamation points!  Yay!

Okay, enough with the silliness! (bonus exclamation point for ya).  Things have been busy around here.  My work slowed down at the end of December so that gave me time to open an Etsy shop for cookies, something I have been wanting to do for a while but didn’t have time.

I got my first order a couple weeks ago.  The customer who ordered them was very, very nice.  Even though I have packaged and shipped cookies before, I was nervous about it this time because there were three dozen, and I’ve never shipped cookies that someone actually paid me to make for them!  Believe me, that package was sent with massive prayer covering!  They arrived intact, and in fact, the customer left a review for me that said it was packaged like Fort Knox!  Yay!  More exclamation points!

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Here are some of the cookies as the icing dried.

My neighbor and I haven’t been walking but I’m ready to just bundle up and go.  I miss being out in the fresh air and sunshine, even if it is cold.  We use the woodstove in the basement to heat our home and it makes it a little too warmish to use the treadmill down there.

I was hoping for a measurable amount of snow, but we only have had dustings a couple of times.  The winter’s not over yet, though, and I’m still hoping.  Some of you might remember my post from last year about my snowman flag – well, I hung that flag back out two weeks ago and now I’m just sitting back waiting for snow.  Or for my snow-hating neighbors to take down my flag.

I am currently in the middle of reading a very good book for review.  I hope to finish it tomorrow and then you’ll know about it, too.  Oh yeah – I was contacted by another company to review books for their authors – of course I said yes!  Because I apparently don’t have enough to do….

I have also been finally selling stuff on eBay.  We can finally move all of this stuff that has been taking up real estate in our home.  It is proving to be a challenge, though.  I just love some of the old stuff that I come across and have trouble letting it go.  Where exactly is the line between hoarder and collector?!   Actually, I’m thinking of starting an Etsy shop for vintage items because we have a whole lot of beautiful vintage stuff that would be better showcased there.  Because I apparently don’t have enough to do….

Anyway, just wanted to catch you up on happenings here.  If anybody needs cookies, my Etsy shop is Cookiesbykaren – yes, all one word – Etsy doesn’t put spaces in shop names.  You will recognize the cookies there as ones I’ve featured on my blog before.  Sometime this weekend I hope to be adding mitten cookies.

I hope everyone has a wonderful rest of the week, and for those of you with snow, could you please send some my way?  Happy Wednesday :)

 

No Need To Git Preachy by Gerald P. Jackson – Book Review

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This book is subtitled Parables for the Twenty-First Century.  In this book Mr. Jackson has written short entries pertaining to lessons we can learn from everyday life.

I wanted to like this book, but in all honesty, I had trouble keeping focused while reading it.  While some of the entries were good and held my attention, I thought that many of them wandered and I found myself trying to find the conclusion and purpose of some of the stories.

I also felt that the stories that he chose to begin the book with should have been relegated to further into the book, after the reader has had a chance to take in some of his messages.  The reason for this is that, while we all know children can and will say anything, the (very light) potty humor that he started the book off with (in his defense, he was repeating things that children had said), made me hesitant to continue reading.  It did get better though, and some of his points were valid and well stated.

If you read this book, stick with it.  There are some gems here, but you have to look for them.

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

It’s A God Thing Volume 2 – Book Review

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It’s a God Thing 2 is another compilation of stories of how God has worked in the lives of everyday people.  This book is just as enjoyable as the first It’s A God Thing book.  Some of the stories will bring tears to your eyes.  When I received this book I had intended to use it more or less as a devotional and read a story a day, but that didn’t work out as the stories were so good, once I started reading I couldn’t stop!  I recommend this book to anyone who wants an easy, uplifting read that confirms the fact that God is indeed with us.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

 

Welcome, 2015!

Happy New Year to all of my faithful readers – all three of you!  Just kidding – Happy New Year to everyone.  May 2015 be a year filled with blessings for all.

Happy New Year, y’all!

 

 

We Interrupt this Blogging Break for a Post!

Hello again!  I have missed writing and time goes by SO fast!  I will recap briefly what we’ve been up to.

My husband is finally home and is no longer working out of town.  He has been home almost a month now, and I’m so glad.  This house took WAY longer than anyone expected it to.  There were many setbacks, but the Lord was in control and it eventually got done, and my hubs is finally home for good.   Here is the finished house.  These are pictures of pictures so they are kind of fuzzy.  Sorry about that.

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Near the end of October I ran a 5K with our sons.  As always, we had a great time, and Starbucks afterwards was our reward.  Here is my standard post-run red-faced picture.

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And here’s a picture my smarty-pants son took as I was stretching afterwards.  In my defense, I was careful to have my spandex-covered posterior aimed away from any eyes, but my sons thought it was funny anyway.

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My neighbor and I were walking pretty regularly until it got cold.  Now I’ve been back on the treadmill.  I’d like to invest in some warm clothing for walking though, because I miss being outdoors in the mornings.   Here is a picture of a little turtle we saw on one of our walks.  That is my index finger next to it to give you an idea of how little the turtle was.

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Then there was Thanksgiving, which as usual was very nice.  It was the four of us plus a neighbor who was by himself this Thanksgiving.  We all had a good time.  But I forgot to get pictures!  I can’t believe I did that.  I ALWAYS get Thanksgiving pictures.

And my picture collage.  Now this is interesting.  I got a bunch of frames with the intent of creating a family picture collage on the wall.  I arranged them just so on the floor first until I got an arrangement I liked, then I hung them on the wall.  I wanted to live with how they were on the wall before I put any pictures in the frames to make sure I liked them.

Well, it’s been way too long now and the people whose picture came in the frames are still hanging on my wall.  When my son walked in the door for Thanksgiving he just kind of stared for a minute and then wanted to know who these people were!  Then, while he was here Thanksgiving weekend I went through pictures and was trying to decide which ones to put up.  This caused a problem because the ones I liked of them, my sons said they didn’t like.  The ones they liked, I didn’t.  So, these strangers are still living in these frames.

I have promised myself to have something in the frames other than these strangers by this weekend.  One of Jerry’s friends came by a couple of weeks ago and bless his heart, he glanced at the pictures but didn’t say a word.  I, of course, was totally mortified when he left.  These people have been on my wall so long now I’m forgetting about them!

Meet my faux family.

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Now we’re quickly moving on to the Christmas season.  Well, most everybody else is already in it.  We usually wait until two weeks or so before to decorate, so we will be doing that this weekend.

So, that’s about it.  Between working, my wonderful husband being home, and having strangers hanging on my wall, it’s been kind of busy around here.  And now you’re caught up.  Happy Monday, everyone!

 

 

 

 

Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary – Book Review

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Oh, where to start with this review!  So many adjectives to use to describe this book – wonderful, detailed, beautiful, informative… I love this Bible dictionary.  It is so much more than just a dry, boring dictionary.  The illustrations are wonderful.  I read this dictionary like a novel – starting at the beginning and being fascinated all the way through.  The definitions are so detailed also.  For instance, the word “dress” is defined not just as “garments” but is actually broken down into the different types of garments that would have been worn during biblical times.  Many of the entries are like this, detailed, and with illustrations.  There are pictures of modern day biblical sites as well as archeological findings made.

I use Nelson’s Study Bible, King James Version, as my daily reading bible and Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary is just the perfect companion.  This book is a must-have if you study the bible at all as it will give you a much better insight into the history of Bible times.  I very, very highly recommend this big (1224 pages!) book.  You wont’ be disappointed.

 

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Andywear Plays Again!

andywearpic Andywear.  I love that name.  That’s what our son calls himself online when he is participating in the Extra Life charity event, which he is doing again this year starting tomorrow.  Participants play video games for 24 hours straight and raise money for a children’s hospital.  You can choose which hospital you want to play for and he has chosen Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C.  This is because his brother had a two-week stay there as a baby and Andy himself had to be checked out there as a 2-year-old.

His goal this year is $300.00.  He met his goal last year and hopes to meet it again this year.  My job during his 24 hours of gaming time is to keep him in food, beverages and moral support!

There is a link below to his site where you can read more about it, donate, or watch his game play live if you want.  He is still having some technical issues getting the live feed working, but hopes to have it resolved soon.

Happy gaming, son!  We are proud of you.

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