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Fellowes M5-95 Laminator with Pouch Starter Kit (M5-95)
Fellowes M5-95 Laminator with Pouch Starter Kit (M5-95)
Price: $29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly Easy to Use!, March 3, 2015
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I was first reluctant to get a small laminator but the opportunity was too good to pass up. A free personal laminator actually worked out better than I thought.

I just received it today and already laminated two sheets. The provided sheets for lamination are letter sized. My pictures were from an old calendar featuring Chicago and Los Angeles views.

I am used to working a large laminator at school so I was hesitant at first. Still I am glad to have it. It was easy to install and use. Just remember that this product does get hot and will have a smell starting up. Children shouldn't work this product without an adult present to prevent any accidents.

Classic Soft Rock: California Dreamin'
Classic Soft Rock: California Dreamin'
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4.0 out of 5 stars It Never Rains In Southern California!, March 2, 2015
This compact disc is an assortment of music on California living of sun, fun, and beaches. This music is inspired by the Golden State.

The CD opens with the classic Mamas and Papas song, "California Dreamin." I thought the Beach Boys song "Kokomo" should have been replaced by their signature tune, "California Girls." The classic "Hotel California" should be included here but isn't unfortunately.

There are other less popular songs included here. I loved Wilson Phillips' hit, "Hold On." In fact, Chynna Phillips is the daughter of Mamas and Papas John Phillips. Wendy and Carnie Wilson are the daughter of the Beach Boys' Wilson.

The CD should have also included Randy Newman's hit, "I Love L.A." There were other songs inspired by San Francisco as well like Otis Redding's "Sitting on The Dock of The Bay" and Jefferson Starship's "Nothing Gonna Stop Us Now" that should be included here. They should also have included Christopher Cross classic like "Sailing" or "Swept Away." Perhaps they will be a second volume of California inspired music.

T.S. Shure Daisy Girls Horse Pals Wooden Magnetic Dress-Up Set
T.S. Shure Daisy Girls Horse Pals Wooden Magnetic Dress-Up Set
Price: $19.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Now Dress Poppy the Girl and Her Horse Clover!, March 2, 2015
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T.S. Shure does produce first rate products for young children. The Daisy Girls Sets usually have two girl characters and forty accessories to dress them up. This set has a girl named Poppy and her horse Clover.

This set has also forty accessories including props for Clover. It includes medals, saddles, trophy, oats, a hay bucket, and horse brushes. There are two pieces that seem out of place. Clover is a fine looking horse.

If only T.S.Shure produced a male version of the product. Dressing up boys may not be as popular as dressing up girls but it is more of a challenge.

I have to say that I love these Daisy Girl dress sets and wished they were around when I was growing up. Young children will have lots of fun dressing up Poppy and Clover and the other Daisy Girl products as well.

The Illusionists: A Novel
The Illusionists: A Novel
by Rosie Thomas
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $22.56
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4.0 out of 5 stars All People That On Earth Do Dwell Sing To The Lord With Cheerful Voice!, February 28, 2015
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Rosie Thomas Victorian novel begins with the colorful multi dimensional character named Devil Wix (born Hector Crumhall) who begins the Palmyra Theatre Company in London, England. The author paints the main characters with colors and dimensions.

The author covers the Palmyra Theatre from 1885 to 1897. The novel has plenty of characters and the author has studied the Victorian era in detail. Devil's relationship with Eliza is intense and complicated. They survive so much during their relationship.

The Devil actually has a soul and secret buried in his past in Stanmore. I preferred if the reader wasn't told about it up front but rather later in the novel. The novel also could use some more editing out some of the boring parts. The novel doesn't always connect in some areas and this draft is over 400 pages.

If you want to read Victorian era literature, you will enjoy a trip to the past in London's vast theatre world.

Bristol: Pevsner City Guide (Pevsner Architectural Guides)
Bristol: Pevsner City Guide (Pevsner Architectural Guides)
by Nikolaus Pevsner
Edition: Paperback
Price: $36.00
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5.0 out of 5 stars If I Had to Show a Foreigner One English Give Him a Balanced Idea of EArchitecture, I Should Take Them to Bristol, February 25, 2015
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I was looking for a specific book about Bristol architecture. The city is lesser known than London and nearby Bath. This book is for research purposes with hundreds of captivating photographs along with detailed information about architecture landmarks.

This book also includes colorful maps to help identify the landmarks. My only complaint is that the Bristol Old Vic Theatre is not listed in the index under Theatre Royal. When reading about Theatre Royal, it is actually the former name before it closed in 1942 during World War II. It reopened as the Bristol Old Vic Theatre in 1946. I also actually wished there was more information listed here.

The author focuses on the city's architecture and history since the Royal Charter in the 1300s. The city is one of the country's seaports and has been for centuries.

Bristol is a beautiful English city. The book does a beautiful job in respecting and understanding the city's history. The book is a worthy asset in studying about Bristol, England.

She Must Have Known: Trial of Rosemary West
She Must Have Known: Trial of Rosemary West
by Brian Masters
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Folie A Deux, February 23, 2015
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The Crown Case against Rosemary West in 1995 was a highly publicized sensational trial. Until now, I believed Rose to be guilty of the murders with her late husband, Frederick West. He committed suicide in prison with hopes the case against his wife fell apart. The case against Rose was largely circumstantial and possibly tainted by the British press who paid for stories.

While Rose was found guilty, this book opened my mind to the possibility that she was unaware of her husband's crimes of kidnapping, rape, and torture of young women including their daughter, Heather.

Since the book was published first in 1996, the author should update on the subject. As somebody who has read about the West case, this book helps understand the depravity in this case and the circumstances leading to their crimes.

The concluding chapter, "Folie A Deux," is essential in understanding how couples like Fred and Rosemary operated as a married couple. I have to wonder now if she didn't really know about the dead bodies after all.

I only wished the book included maps and photographs as well.

Social change and everyday life in Ireland, 1850-1922
Social change and everyday life in Ireland, 1850-1922
by Caitríona Clear
Edition: Paperback
Price: $23.40
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4.0 out of 5 stars Erin Go Bragh!, February 22, 2015
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Catriona Clear's non fiction book is based upon social changes and everyday life in Ireland between 1850 and 1922. I am using this book as a resource for my own novel about Irish characters. The book includes a chronology of Irish politics, maps and statistics in the appendix section, and an index.

The author has chapters entitled "Agriculture;" "Non-Agricultural Work;" "Education;" "Emigration and Immigration;" "Marriage;" "Public Health;" "Institutions;" "Extreme poverty: vagrants and prostititutes;" and "Houses, Food, Clothes." The chapters are difficult to read if you don't have the background information. There is either too much information or not enough to understand the analysis.

I would have liked illustrations or photographs in this book too. The pictures would have helped visualize Irish life. If you're looking for a serious book about Irish life during the time period, this book is for you. I found this book to a difficult to read at times but will be on my bookshelf for awhile.

Roseanne: Season 2
Roseanne: Season 2
DVD ~ Roseanne
Price: $2.96
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can You Spare an Aspirin? Dan asks with an Axe in his Head!, February 22, 2015
This review is from: Roseanne: Season 2 (DVD)
Roseanne's second season is perhaps one of the best seasons ever in this groundbreaking series. This DVD includes extras like a John Goodman interview, audition, Michael Fishman (playing DJ) now all grown up, best of the season, and Wacky Jacky. This season had Natalie West's Crystal to a recurring character. There are classic episodes like the Halloween, the family Thanksgiving with guest appearances by John Randolph, Ann Wedgeworth, Ned Beatty and Oscar winner Estelle Parsons as Dan and Roseanne's parents.

Big changes happened in this season where Roseanne, Jackie, and Crystal don't work at the Wellman Plastics company anymore. Roseanne, Jackie and Crystal quit in the first season's finale. Roseanne is having trouble finding work. Jackie becomes a police officer. Crystal sells cosmetics. I enjoyed the series much better on DVD where television has the series in marathon sprees. Here on DVD, they include the complete episodes with the memorable credit endings as well.

Roseanne Conner is a mother of three; wife; and working lady. She tries to sell magazine subscriptions by telephone but it doesn't work out. She works at a fast food restaurant and finally at a beauty salon as a shampoo lady. Roseanne series was best known for being more about the working class and realistic living in 1980s America. The series lived for several seasons in the top ratings spot. John Goodman and Roseanne Barr were perfectly matched as a working class couple in fictional Lanford, Illinois. Laurie Metcalf was perfect as Roseanne's younger single sister, Jackie Harris. The child actors, Lecy Goranson, Sara Gilbert, and Michael Fishman were believable as Becky, Darlene, and DJ. Natalie West returned in a recurring role as best friend Crystal.

There are the memorable episodes like the Halloween where the family gets dressed up. It's their first Halloween episode and they went all out for it. The Thanksgiving episode has Dan and Roseanne's parents and others come over for the holiday. It's perfect casting! There are memorable episodes where Becky gets drunk with a friend and Roseanne works at the salon. Still the extras are the highlights for the series as well.

William McKinley: The American Presidents Series: The 25th President, 1897-1901
William McKinley: The American Presidents Series: The 25th President, 1897-1901
by Kevin P. Phillips
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $18.30
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Honorable President and Man, February 22, 2015
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Kevin Phillips has written a biography of President William McKinley. He was the 25th United States President from 1897 to 1901 where he was assassinated in Buffalo, New York. He was elected first in 1896 and re-elected in 1900 with Vice President Theodore Roosevelt.

The book is written more about his political biography than his personal biography. We know a little about his wife and daughter. McKinley was a devoted husband to his epileptic wheelchair wife, Ida. He would read the Bible to her. His devotion to her was honorable. As a man and politician, McKinley was a likable human being. In reading this book, you understand how he was one of the great second tier presidents.

Unfortunately, the book doesn't include any photographs or maps. The book does not delve into his assassination in 1901. The writer could have also delve into his personal life as well but there was little besides his marriage to Ida.

Storm Front
Storm Front
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5.0 out of 5 stars We Didn't Start The Fire but the World Goes On and On..., February 20, 2015
This review is from: Storm Front (Audio CD)
Billy Joel's Storm Front CD has some of the most memorable songs in his catalog. The song, "We Didn't Start the Fire," displays his genius in offering a history lesson on the twentieth century. You try your best to sing along with him. It's one of my personal favorites from him.

The second song, "I Go To Extremes," is another memorable hit. It has a great sound, style, and melody.

The song, "Down Easter Alexa," is personal to him and a love song to the fisherman in Long Island. Billy Joel is Long Island born and raised. The song tells a story about fisherman fighting for their survival there. It's a moving song overall and displays his passion for the struggling working class being out priced and driven out.

"Leningrad" is another great song with a history lesson about the former Soviet Union and the Cold War. It's just a moving emotional song about bridging former enemies together in a time.

The last song is "And So it Goes" which is moving, emotional, and simpler than his other songs. This song is a good example of his talent as a singer and songwriter. This song leaves a lasting impression.

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