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Shattered Wings by Bryan Healey
Shattered Wings

onyx95, July 31, 2011

Overcoming so much in his life, John had finally found happiness with his partner Charlie and their adopted daughter Cassie. Having already put his life back together from drinking once, being laid off from his job, a job he loved and did well, led John to make bad decisions. Not telling Charlie that he was laid off, John was convinced that he could get another job before his severance pay ran out. Leaving everyday like he was heading out to work when in reality he was spending most of his time looking for a job. As option got less and job offers got even worse, John found other ways to spend his time. Even after Charlie found out what had been happening, John continued to make a string of poor choices that led to fewer options, for them all.
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While I did have a difficult time getting into this story (don‘t really know why), I liked the character interaction and even the flashback type sections that gave the story of how his life had progressed and how he had come to be in a good place. To bad he couldn’t realize that he had more options from the beginning. There wasn’t’ enough of Charlie for me, and some of the decisions that John made actually annoyed me but for a time the loving relationship was nice to see (I prefer the happy every after stories). The end was not shocking to me, it probably was suppose to have been, but I could kind of see it coming.
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Teach Your Kids to Think! : Simple Tools You Can Use Every Day
Teach Your Kids to Think! : Simple Tools You Can Use Every Day

onyx95, May 27, 2011

Working as a compilation of strategies to help parents and other caregivers of children. To have and to offer the tools children will need to become independent thinkers. Teaching this to kids falls on the parents just as much as it does on the teachers at school. Learning the difference between analytical thinking, creative thinking, social and emotional thinking or practical thinking is the start to understanding how to help our children think for themselves. The approach used to help children learn all these aspects only slightly differ from each other. For any person to have the thoughtful intelligence that it takes to truly succeed, one needs to have use of all theses skills in combination with each other. Learning that helps the child and the caregiver too.

The author has compiled a vast amount of skills and tools into a concise and easy to comprehend book. The background as a teacher comes through with the adaptability of each lesson. This book is filled with definitions of these thinking patterns as well as suggestions for conversation starters and examples. I was startled by the abrupt ending. So much effort was put into an introduction and each of the sections. I expected a wrap up but it never came, just bounced right into notes and references. The reference guide in the back gives you locations for further information.

Seems to be great information, and so easy to implement. Some of the suggestions are commonly used with out even realizing that it is a thinking strategy. Other are more obviously a learning opportunity but all of them are fun to think about. That is the point, to get your mind thinking and the children’s minds around you. I am eager to start using a few that I haven’t used before and to re-assess the ones I use on a regular basis.
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The Magic of Finkleton by K. C. Hilton
The Magic of Finkleton

onyx95, May 26, 2011

Their house burning down left few choices for the Finkle family. Taking over their recently deceased Uncle Harry’s general store in Finkleton was their only option. Arriving in the small England village after hearing father’s stories of Uncle Harry and his store, each of the three children were intrigued just enough to be looking forward to exploring everything. After a modicum of unpacking, they all wanted to look at the store and the house, Jack was the oldest and was looking forward to learning more of the workings of the store and finding the office in disarray, organizing was his first priority. The middle child and only girl was an avid reader and since the fire had consumed her store of books, she was only interested in the promised room of books. Once there, she quickly figured out how they were organized and selected her first nights reading material with the promise to return for them all at some point. As the youngest, Richard was trying to find his own place when he found something much more interesting. The lever under the counter seemed to control the rain. Astonished at his find, Richard wanted this to be his secret from everyone, but as the consequences started making themselves clear, her realized he needed hop to make sure Mr. Bad Guy never found out the true secrets of the success of Finkleton.
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What an adorable story. Some of the dialogue and wording felt a bit awkward at times, but I was hooked from the start and simply enjoyed it all the way to the end. While it was set approximately 100 or so years ago, this is one of those timeless fantasies. Simply adored all the children even with their sibling rivalry and teasing. This would be a fun book to read with younger kids (5-8) or to let older kids (8 and up) read on their own. It makes for a wonderful story, creative with some great characters, truly a story for all ages.
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Fire in the Hole: A Year in the Life of the World's Sorriest Stuntwoman by Kelli Colleen Kelli
Fire in the Hole: A Year in the Life of the World's Sorriest Stuntwoman

onyx95, May 12, 2011

Fire in the Hole: A Year in the Life of the World's Sorriest Stuntwoman
By: Colleen Kelli

Making the decision to separate from her long time love, who she calls Pickle, was a drastic move. Choosing to move from Los Angeles, California to Albuquerque, New Mexico may be the change that Colleen, also known as Pea, needed to finally reach her goals. Getting a new life consisted of getting a place to live, alone, going back to school and finding a job. As an actor, Colleen looks for acting jobs and finally finds a job at a local theme park only to find that they wanted her to do stunts, like falling off buildings. After a family tragedy, Colleen starts to fall apart, starts to struggle with her choices, and then finally starts to find the determination, with the help of a few good friends, to make it alright for herself.

*** "Dysfunction Junction, so that's your function." ***

Labeled as a memoir (which I don't read many of), this reads like a fictional story. One year, showing the ups and downs in her life - sounds like a life that is more interesting than the story portrayed it to be. There were a lot of people who entered her life during this transition time and while they may have played a large roll in her life, their characters in the story seemed to blend together some. I either needed less characters or more of each of them because as I read it, I found that I just didn't care enough about so many of the characters / people to know what happened next. Tough times in life can bring interesting stories and this is one example of that. I would be interested in seeing how she writes her 'previously published' novel.
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Fire in the Hole: A Year in the Life of the World's Sorriest Stuntwoman by Kelli Colleen Kelli
Fire in the Hole: A Year in the Life of the World's Sorriest Stuntwoman

onyx95, May 12, 2011

Fire in the Hole: A Year in the Life of the World's Sorriest Stuntwoman
By: Colleen Kelli

Making the decision to separate from her long time love, who she calls Pickle, was a drastic move. Choosing to move from Los Angeles, California to Albuquerque, New Mexico may be the change that Colleen, also known as Pea, needed to finally reach her goals. Getting a new life consisted of getting a place to live, alone, going back to school and finding a job. As an actor, Colleen looks for acting jobs and finally finds a job at a local theme park only to find that they wanted her to do stunts, like falling off buildings. After a family tragedy, Colleen starts to fall apart, starts to struggle with her choices, and then finally starts to find the determination, with the help of a few good friends, to make it alright for herself.

*** "Dysfunction Junction, so that's your function." ***

Labeled as a memoir (which I don't read many of), this reads like a fictional story. One year, showing the ups and downs in her life - sounds like a life that is more interesting than the story portrayed it to be. There were a lot of people who entered her life during this transition time and while they may have played a large roll in her life, their characters in the story seemed to blend together some. I either needed less characters or more of each of them because as I read it, I found that I just didn't care enough about so many of the characters / people to know what happened next. Tough times in life can bring interesting stories and this is one example of that. I would be interested in seeing how she writes her 'previously published' novel.
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