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Lest We Forget

A Tribute to a Veteran of Vietnam by Julie K. Weber-Torres is labelled as an ode to the heroism of a daughter’s father, but after reading I can’t help but be amazed by the compassion, resolve and love of a father’s daughter. When a parental figure has spent more time out of your life than … Continue reading

I May Be Cynical But I Refuse To Be Blind

“In my life everything was temporary. Love came the least, pain came the most and happiness sometimes didn’t come at all. Rage was my only unconditional friend. It moved with me, and slept with me; everywhere I went it was their walking with me as if it did not want to let go of the … Continue reading

And You Thought New York City Apartment’s Were Small

“The civil dead, that’s what I am in this hellish monstrosity, civil dead. Hitler’s regime had more civil liberties than this sinister stinkhole. Caesar and the Romans tolerated the Christians more under their laws. Romans – when in Rome, do as the Romans. Living among psychos, I’ve become a psycho.” Richard Dube lives in a … Continue reading

Exile Is Strangely Compelling And Sure Beats Death By Polonium

“This isn’t a country in transition but some sort of postmodern dictatorship that uses the language and institutions of democratic capitalism for authoritarian ends.”  A 21st century expose on Vladimir Putin’s Russia from the beginning of his tenure to present day.This book demonstrates through extreme prevalence that as much as the national leaders change, the … Continue reading

Stability…….? What’s That?

  First off this book is a non-fiction and is intended for the ages 14 and up demographic. For me I guess I would fall into the “and up” category. The Young Adult genre is generally one I am not drawn toward, simply because of my will to achieve a relative sense of intellectual stimulation, … Continue reading

Children May Be Small, But They’re The Biggest Test Of Patience

SUMMARY When your son wakes you up at 3:00 A.M. because he wants to watch Caillou, he’s an a-hole. When your daughter outlines every corner of your living room with a purple crayon, she’s an a-hole. When your rug rats purposely decorate the kitchen ceiling with their smoothies, they’re a-holes. So it’s only natural to … Continue reading

It Takes a Village to Raise a Child

The presence of family is a recurring theme throughout the novel. When I say family, I don’t mean family as the government census bureau would suggest. In this novel Bernard talks of a family with respect to, how he coined it “mentee’s” or mentors throughout his life. From neighbourhood overseers, to adopted pastors found through … Continue reading

Heart Says Go, Mind Says Stay: A Young Woman’s Search For Happiness

SUMMARY 13 Years in America is a story of hope, sacrifice, and the modern search for happiness that is at once a moving personal journey and a sharp, hard look at the American Dream. After moving to the United States from Canada, a free-spirited young woman rejects the status quo and embarks on a journey … Continue reading

“Over My Dead Body.” “Sounds Good, I Happen to Have a Few Hours to Kill.”

A little perspective about the main character to set the scene before I get rolling along. Edith’s favourite cookie is shortbread, but not just any shortbread, Walkers Pure Butter Shortbread cookies. Forget all the glitz and glamour brought on by sprinkles and icing, sometimes the best things in life are best achieved with simplicity. This … Continue reading

A House is Not a Home

“In Guyana the night is dark, true dark. In Guyana the night piles thick and velvet. Prussian blue from the ground beneath your feet to high above your head. It is all around you, not confined just to the sky, but laying too along the ground, at the side of the road, in the air … Continue reading

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