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Forgetting to Be Afraid: A Memoir
Forgetting to Be Afraid: A Memoir
by Wendy Davis
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $20.93
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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I am Texas Woman hear me roar, September 9, 2014
I admit I had not initially been a Davis fan. Merely talking for hours on end against a bill is something an elected official does as part of that job It does not auto-make a good Texas Governor. I was worried we were getting another 'media star' elected official who looked great on camera--but would not be tough enough when the publicity went away. However limited, the Texas Governor does have some power. Davis's life story demonstrates she does have experience with difficult circumstances and situations.

I dislike and don't read through a lot of campaign memoirs because they are 'light' lest they scare away undecideds. The entire point of releasing these books is to win voters and the most votes! But there's no chance of that here, Davis not only tells us about her two abortions performed on non-viable fetuses. She also shares that her mother--lacking access to adequate social service support had attempted to kill her and her siblings in the garage after their father walked out on them. Only a neighbor's timely intervention prevented tragc end. Being able to remember and share all of this really made me admire and respect her. She's had a rough life herself.

But I think that this memoir...etc should have been released earlier. Prior to this point, she had been talking about other things. She had not been talking about what MADE her speak. or WHY she is a fighter. This is what voters want to hear. And I worry that it's too late to just start trying to figure this out now.
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Chicago Fire: Season 1
Chicago Fire: Season 1
DVD ~ Jesse Spencer
Price: $20.49
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Alarm, August 23, 2014
This review is from: Chicago Fire: Season 1 (DVD)
None of the actors is particularly destined for breakout status. And, yes this the small screen, but I don't see how Randy "Mouch" McHolland would actually be allowed to remain on an actual fire fighting squad--even if he is the station's union representative. This means he can get the Chief to do favors when necessary. Since his past time is sitting on the couch eating and watching TV, he might not really be in top shape to save lives around the designated service area. I've never been a firefighter, and even I can see the BIG plot hole.

But that said, there were some good episodes this season which do make the series tolerable.

"Leaving the Station' has Mills become upset about the young body he recovers at a scene. Receiving training at the fire academy is not the same thing as later encountering it first hand in the field. Paramedics Dawson and Shay also are tested between wanting to save children from danger and doing what they are supposed to in this urban workplace.

Of course, this choice always does not work out as nicely as anticipated.

Firefighter Jose Vargas has to go on disability because of workplace injuries. He is no longer able to properly perform the job which he loves to do and the career which he has trainned to do ( "It Ain't Easy"). Not wanting to have his own career shattered, Lieutenant Kelly Severide attempts to hide his own injury throughout a very (almost overly) dramatic multi-episode arc. It is okay for 'others' to leave, but because of his ranking, he should be allowed to still remain at the station and in service. He even enlists the help of the paramedics--who have emergency-room grade drugs on hand. It violates professional standards, but they reluctantly play along until Severide himself decides to tell the chief. Like any bureaucracy, there is a pecking order of seniority.

If it's on your TV this isn't horrible to watch. But it's not something you have to purchase for yourself.

Hippie Chic
Hippie Chic
by Lauren D. Whitley
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $26.16
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3.0 out of 5 stars Trip Down Memory Lane??, August 15, 2014
This review is from: Hippie Chic (Hardcover)
This book is okay. It certainly has lots of pictures and descriptions. But because it is not an academic work, it does not examine how the counterculture became 'mainstreamed'. Once designer houses realized how profitable bohemian wear really was, they came out with million dollar designs. Was this what we were talking about re: 'chic'? The author does not really delve into this area. I felt it would have added a little more depth.

The Search for an Abortionist: The Classic Study of How American Women Coped with Unwanted Pregnancy before Roe v. Wade (Forbidden Bookshelf)
The Search for an Abortionist: The Classic Study of How American Women Coped with Unwanted Pregnancy before Roe v. Wade (Forbidden Bookshelf)
Price: $9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars The Bad Old Days, July 21, 2014
The depths and lengths which these women went to surpasses any research I did on my graduate research papers. I can't ever imagine being so determined to risk my own healh--or life in order to obtain something. Yes, I liked horror movies as a little kid, but I would not want to be in a real-life verision of one, where there is no director yelling 'cut'. Not my idea of fun at all. The writing itself is good. It's just really difficult subject matter to get through. Not leisure reading.

Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age
Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age
by Virginia Eubanks
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.20
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2.0 out of 5 stars Fight For A Better Read, July 17, 2014
There seemed to be several themes in the book. First the author went into a YWCA presuming that the women using the community organization had reduced computer skills because they had less access to personal computer. Not the case. She learned the community organization provided a space for the women to learn computer skills and network with both the internet/computer resources and each other.

Then she writes how--instead of the great utopia earnestly envisioned. the electronic age created more ways to produce more barriers on low income women, especially women of color. Records from community service and/or law enforcement organizations can be linked together with great ease. A key feature of welfare reform was the introduction of an EBT card. These electronic cards contained all of the data of a recipient, and could not be traded for extra food or 'other' items. Purchases would now be closely monitored by computer.

So where is the problem?? Well, the two very important ideas within this same book are never really woven together. They seem to be sitting side by side in the same book. It would have been better to write two entirely separate books. Develop each much more throughly in order to provide adequate discussion and documentation. This would have prevented trying to jump between two points of what she apparently felt was a very important topic.

And the book title/cover itself looks misleading. It looks like it is going to personally tell people how to fight things in their own communities. Instead, it's very dry and academic. Which is the type of book wich my graduate women's studies and/or government courses could asign us to read. It's not at all leisure-casual reading for somebody wanting to be a grassroots activist. Which is what the title and existing cover work honestly looks like. It's also who she earnestly thought she was writing for (hmm). Yes, I did understand the material and professional words. But it does not mean everybody opening up the book will have the same experience. Make sure you know your audience!!

The Michael J. Fox Show: Season 1
The Michael J. Fox Show: Season 1
DVD ~ Michael J. Fox
Price: $41.39

2.0 out of 5 stars Must Not See TV, July 13, 2014
I grew up on Alex P. Keaton and Mike Flaherty. So when Michael J. Fox announced his TV return, I was estatic. And after he did return, I am heartbroken.

My personal (and only issue) with the series was that he was now a 'dad'. This is weird even while several friends have now become parents.

And a stuffy uptight dad at that--not a cool one who wants to give the kids the keys to the car. "Interns" had Mike openly worrying his daughter Eve was being exploited in the workplace. Instead of letting her decide if things in that environment are too bad, he simply wants her to quit.

Honestly, I did not mind the disability references (where Mike has to self-monitor his stamina...etc). The pilot itself referenced that going to work gives a sense of empowerment for people with disabilities. I understood all of this--and very well. It spoke to me.

It likely did make them a 'real person' throughout scripts, but I as an individual did not like seeing Mike goof up and get in his kids...etc personal business after being empowered.

That's what sunk watching the show for me. Sorry.

Suave Naturals Moisturizing Body Wash, Creamy Apricot & Orange Blossom, 12 Ounce Bottle (Pack of 6)
Suave Naturals Moisturizing Body Wash, Creamy Apricot & Orange Blossom, 12 Ounce Bottle (Pack of 6)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yummy!!, July 13, 2014
This stuff works great and smells great.. I can't find it in the local stores any more (I wonder why??). Thank goodness it's still being made and is available somewhere. The price is good for the cost--not to mention that it is a lot. You don't have to use a lot of the stuff at a time. It is very effective. Infact, it works just as well as the 'name brand' products which do cost much more and are still on the shelves. Enjoy!!

Suave Naturals Body Wash, Rainforest Fresh, 12 oz
Suave Naturals Body Wash, Rainforest Fresh, 12 oz
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not going to use again., July 13, 2014
This smells like dish detergent. Ick. Not appealing at all.

Singing the Living Tradition
Singing the Living Tradition
by Unitarian Universalist Association
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars For All That Is Our Lives, July 13, 2014
This is the hymnal used by Unitarian Universalists. It contains a wide variety of traditions. The diversity/plurality of songs and passages mean so much to me. It provides guidance and inspiration, solace and comfort. They were carefully chosen for inclusion by the committee.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Bring Back Mork And Buffy!!, July 13, 2014
Whoever thought this series up is a genius. I'm actually reviewing the entire first season/complete series--which should have been renewed (phoey on the networks!!).

All of the episodes are included in the download if you program if for all episodes. Common sense here people. My favirote episodes are ' The intern' just because having to do at least one internship now is a virtual right of passage for anybody trying to get anywhere in anyjob now. Nobody will look at you with just a college degree. The episode takes a 'comedic' look at what the private sector intern does in the office--and themselves can expect to go through. It's not fun and games at all.

I also liked "Sydney, Australia". A stumped ad company managed to turn annoying messages to one of their executives into a catchy ad campaign--which saved 'the difficult client account". Is this good multi-tasking or what?? This is the song I still remember about the series for some reason--even without having seen it in months. I can still sing it off the top of my head.

Having grown up watching him on TV, I was thrilled to see Robin Williams return to TV. He was still able to do a weekly sitcom. It is great to find out that Sarah Michelle Gellar has a good comedic side. I appreciate her so much more now as an actress. Both of them should band together and find the network executive who cancelled this series. When so many other series had just settled for toilet humor, this sitcom WAS crazy, it tried to engage audiences with a personal/work family who loved eachother despite everything. It should have never been cancelled.

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