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Now Foods Glucosamine, MSM & Arnica Liposome Lotion, 8 Oz
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, healing lotion, June 30, 2015
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This is a wonderful lotion. I find it to be both healing for muscle pain and soothing to the skin. It is thick in texture, non-greasy, and it doesn't have any bad ingredients. I use it as an excellent body lotion as well as for helping with my fibromyalgia pain.

I like this lotion so much I have purchased it several times and will again.

The Tao of Tea Lemongrass, Certified Organic Herbal Tea, 1-Pounds
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good for the health, but the taste isn't the greatest, June 30, 2015
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I got this tea to drink because it has terrific anti-inflammatory properties and is good for the health in general. It has a bit of a "grassy" taste, as one might expect. Thus I mix it with other types of tea to disguise the taste and sweeten it with honey or stevia.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The best I've found so far for water applications, June 30, 2015
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I have used this product for years to tape together styrofoam used in float devices for water recreation activities. It does work better than any other tape I've used in the water, but not as well as advertised. It sooner, rather than later, starts to lose its ability to stick. However, until I find a better tape, I will continue to use this brand.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the cost, June 30, 2015
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This is a decent product, which I bought to aid in the digestion of legumes, because Beano is so expensive. However, it turned out to also be quite expensive in terms of the amount of pills per bottle. As a result, I have switched to using seaweed in my bean soups. It eliminates the gas-producing qualities of beans very well. In addition, it is healthy, delicious and very nutritious--and massively more cost effective than legume-digestive pills. I won't be buying this product again.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Convenient gift-giving option, June 30, 2015
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I think the Amazon gift card is a very convenient way to give a gift to a hard-to-please family member or friend. Everyone I know uses Amazon frequently, so this has become a go-to source for last-minute gift buying for me.

Sincerely Nuts Dried Pineapple Chunks 3 LB
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delicious snack for a good price, June 30, 2015
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I eat a lot of dried pineapple, and it's not available locally in my grocery store. I had previously purchased the NOW brand, but it comes in a much smaller size, and the price for this product is great. The pineapple is in bite-sized chunks, and it is chewy and delicious. I have purchased it three times now and will again.

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3.0 out of 5 stars The water container leaks, June 13, 2015
I got this mop locally for a really good price, and it was packaged with a free refill mop head.

On the plus side: The handle grip is excellent. The sprayer shoots out well. It is easy to remove the water bottle and fill it. The mop moves smoothly across the floor.

Unfortunately, there is a big negative: The sprayer bottle leaks. The sprayer shoots water in a forward direction, but the leak drips in a little trail as one moves forward pushing the mop. This results in spots of water on the floor which are difficult to mop up with this mop--since it continuously makes more spots. They are unsightly when they dry.

Sackett's Land: The Sacketts, Book 1
Sackett's Land: The Sacketts, Book 1
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of audiobook version of Sackett's Land (The Sacketts Book 1), May 13, 2015
I am posting this audiobook review using the format that Audible recommends:

Overall: 5 stars
Performance: 5 stars
Story: 5 stars

Q. If you were to make a film of this book, what would the synopsis be?

A. In Elizabethan England in the year 1599, Barnabas Sackett, who is the son of an intelligent, literate, highly skilled soldier and a beautiful Welsh woman with second sight, is in his early 20's. He has been on his own for several years since his parents' deaths, living on a farm in the Fens, a marshland in eastern England. He has made his living as a fisherman, farmer and day laborer and stands to become quite well off in the future because the Fens are scheduled to be drained by the Crown, which will leave him the owner of a great deal of rich farming land. Unfortunately, he is forced to flee England after he instinctively defends himself with only a wooden staff against the deadly sword thrust of an arrogant, easily offended nobleman, and the nobleman decides that only Barnabas's death will heal his wounded pride. In the course of his precipitous flight, Barnabas survives imprisonment on a pirate ship, becomes a captain on the high seas, and makes a new home in the wilds of America in what later becomes known as North Carolina.

Q. What was one of the most memorable moments of Sackett's Land?

A. It is hard to pick a single moment. Barnabas is an extremely sympathetic hero because he continually gets into trouble because he is a kind of knight-errant who is always looking out for the underdog. He is a highly skilled fighter whose father trained him in the use of guns, swords, knives, staff, bow and arrow (including making his own), and various forms of hand-to-hand combat. In addition, his father was a scholar and educated Barnabas, teaching him not only how to read, but how to be a critical thinker, since a sharp mind can often save a warrior in a tight situation. Due to Barnabas's leadership abilities and versatility as a fighter, the fight scenes in this book are very exciting.

Q. Which character--as performed by John Curless--was your favorite?

A. Barnabas himself, who is Welsh. John Curless is British, and he does a wonderful job with the unique accents of 400 years ago. Each character is given a distinct voice. Barnabas is a man of great intelligence, sensitivity and compassion. I personally love protagonists, of either gender, who are MacGyver type survivors who are never at a loss. I greatly enjoyed the believable way that Barnabas frequently acquires allies who, like Barnabas, are multiply skilled, trained, experienced warriors. Barnabas and his allies find hope and inspiration in the freedom and opportunity to be found in the New World for those willing to work hard.

Q. Any additional comments?

A. I read the whole Sackett series in paperback some 20 years ago, and I'm now re-experiencing the series listening to it in audiobook format. I was grateful that John Curless is the reader for all of the first four books in this series, set in the 1600's. It creates a wonderful consistency of listening experience for readers.

The sound quality of this audio recording is excellent and it is an unabridged version of the book. In my experience of listening to audio versions of books, very few of them can stand up to the intense focus of being read aloud, which is much slower than reading silently to oneself. This relative snail's pace acts to draw attention to every problem of dialogue, pacing and plot. I am happy to report that under that intense spotlight, I never felt bored with this book, never wished I could skim ahead, which has happened to me before with other audiobooks.

Louis L'Amour was an avid historian, and as is the case for all of his books, it is obvious this book is extremely well researched.

I will admit freely that in the plotting of this action-adventure story, there are frequent instances of coincidences, either to get Barnabas into trouble or out of it, but in each case the author motivated either Barnabas's bad luck or good luck, so I didn't mind. I also noticed that the romantic subplot of this book features the bugaboo of those of us who are fans of the romance genre, what is these days called "instalove." But that seems to be the case in all of LL's romantic subplots, which I think is probably the case because of two reasons: (1) there is too much action going on to have time to pause and describe the hero's courtship of his future wife but (2) since this series is a family saga, and wives are needed to produce offspring, then the acquiring of a wife has to be part of the book in some form.

I was pleasantly surprised that LL, as a man born in a far from liberated era, is very respectful of both women and characters from many different cultural backgrounds. LL never stereotypes any social group, making it clear that when a character is an evil villain, he or she is that way not because of ethnicity or religion, but because of arrogance, greed, or an inability to see other human beings as anything but objects to be used for his or her own gain.

I appreciated as well that LL includes not just evil villains, but antagonists who simply have a different view of honor than people of Barnabas's background. For example, LL shows how Native American males of that era proved their worth as a man and warrior by seeking out and fighting worthy opponents. In this book, they consider Barnabas as the best of the best among warriors. LL also utilizes the American wilderness itself as the source of a great deal of "man against nature" types of conflict throughout this book.

Below is the chronological order of the Sackett series per the official Louis L'Amour website:

01 Sackett's Land, copyright 1974, Barnabas Sackett, circa 1599
02 To the Far Blue Mountains, copyright 1976, Barnabas Sackett, 1599-1620
03 The Warrior's Path, copyright 1980, Kin-Ring Sackett, Barnabas's eldest son, 1620's
04 Jubal Sackett, copyright 1985, Jubal Sackett, Barnabas's third son, 1620's
05 Ride the River, copyright 1983, protagonist Echo Sackett (aunt to Orrin, Tyrel, and William Tell Sackett), 1840's
06 The Daybreakers, copyright 1960, Orrin and Tyrel Sackett, 1867-1872
06.5 End of the Drive, short-story collection containing "The Courting of Griselda," a story featuring Tell Sackett
07 Lando, copyright 1962, Orlando Sackett, 1873-1875
08 Sackett, copyright 1961, William Tell Sackett, 1874-1875
08.5 War Party, short-story collection contains "Booty for a Badman," a short story written in 1960 featuring Tell Sackett
09 Mojave Crossing, copyright 1964, William Tell Sackett, Nolan Sackett, 1875-1879
10 The Sackett Brand, copyright 1965, William Tell Sackett, 1875-1879
11 The Sky-Liners, copyright 1967, Flagan and Galloway Sackett, 1875-1879
12 The Lonely Men, copyright 1969, William Tell Sackett, 1875-1879
13 Mustang Man, copyright 1966, Nolan Sackett, 1875-1879
14 Galloway, copyright 1970, Flagan and Galloway Sackett, 1875-1879
15 Treasure Mountain, copyright 1973, William Tell and Orrin Sackett, 1875-1879
16 Ride the Dark Trail, copyright 1972, Logan Sackett, Em Talon (born a Sackett), 1875-1879
17 Lonely on the Mountain, copyright 1980, William Tell, Orrin, Tyrel Sackett and Logan Sackett, 1875-1879

Large [3.35"] Sharp Ergonomic Anti-Slip Nail Clippers and Smooth Glass Nail File in one set with Gift Package - Clean and Precise Cut for Toenails and Fingernails with Only Gentle Pressure - for Men and Women - High Quality Stainless Steel - by Klick Professional
Large [3.35"] Sharp Ergonomic Anti-Slip Nail Clippers and Smooth Glass Nail File in one set with Gift Package - Clean and Precise Cut for Toenails and Fingernails with Only Gentle Pressure - for Men and Women - High Quality Stainless Steel - by Klick Professional
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Attractive and functional, suitable for men or women, May 13, 2015
This is an attractive nail clipper with a unique nail file made of glass. I personally had never seen anything like this nail-care set. It comes in a gift box and would make a nice stocking stuffer.

I think both men and women would be comfortable using this nail clipper. It is neither particularly masculine nor especially feminine but rather somewhere in between.

This clipper is made of brushed steel, and it feels light and comfortable in my hand. It doesn't slip when I am using it in my left hand, as some nail clippers do. Though this clipper is as large as a typical toenail clipper, it works well on fingernails, too.

The glass nail file works fairly well, though for toenails, I ultimately had to finish up with an emery board.

Reviewer disclosure: I received a sample of this product from the merchant who sells it here on Amazon in order to test it out before writing an impartial review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent price in a handy, large size!, May 6, 2015
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I was delighted to see McCormick is offering almond extract in an 8-ounce size. In the past I've only seen it in the tiny 2-ounce bottles, and they run out far too quickly.

I love using almond extract in baking, but especially when I make anything with chocolate. It seems to really make the chocolate flavor pop. But as a test for the quality of the flavor of this particular brand, I decided to use it in one of the blandest things I could think of--vanilla pudding. I substituted this almond extract entirely for the vanilla extract the recipe calls for.

I am happy to report the flavor of this extract is outstanding. It really made the pudding taste terrific. I will very likely make vanilla pudding with this almond extract from now on.

Highly recommended!

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