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niceEshop(TM) Leaf Pendant Pandora Beads Leather Bracelet Adjustable Wirstband-Brown
niceEshop(TM) Leaf Pendant Pandora Beads Leather Bracelet Adjustable Wirstband-Brown
Offered by World Pride Incorporated
Price: $4.59

4.0 out of 5 stars Fun to Wear!, January 26, 2014
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In fact, I am wearing it now! The bracelet looks exactly like the photograph, so you will know what you are getting, and is of high quality. Plus, it is just fun to wear!

The band is adjustable to fit any size wrist. For some reason, I find it more comfortable to wear the thick "knotted" part to the side of my wrist, rather than directly on top. Play with it and see what works for you.

As mentioned by other reviewers, this piece goes with so may outfits that you will be sure to be wearing it often! Both my funds (and therefore my wardrobe) are limited at the moment, so the great price made this extra-special! If you are looking to treat yourself, or family and friends, you really cannot go wrong! Wear it in good health...and good style!


Vintage, Retro Colorful Crystal Owl Pendant and Long Chain Necklace with Antiqued Bronze/Brass Finish
Vintage, Retro Colorful Crystal Owl Pendant and Long Chain Necklace with Antiqued Bronze/Brass Finish
Offered by CandyFashion
Price: $2.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wise Choice!, January 18, 2014
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Along with being both colorful and vintage (as mentioned in the description) this owl necklace is just so much fun! It is both a great deal for the price and a great conversation starter, as everyone is sure to notice and comment on it! No doubt your friends and family and co-workers will want one for themselves as well!

Now I must admit, this piece is far different from what I usually tned to wear, but I made a New Year's resolution to buy something that was absolutely not my style and dare to wear it! Thanks to the variety of colors, it can be worn with many different outfits (and I can say that it looks especially nice with green!) True, the chain has no clasp, but it still goes on and off easily.

The price is certainly right, and I must also give feedback on the shipping...it arrived several weeks ahead of schedule! That made me happy as I could begin wearing it right away. Whooo else will like it? If you try it, I think you will! Amazon has so much to offer, and this is one of my favorite finds yet! Enjoy!


Cat 2014 Gallery Calendar
Cat 2014 Gallery Calendar
by Workman Publishing
Edition: Calendar
15 used & new from $3.41

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If You Love Cats...., January 6, 2014
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There is a reason that this calendar has earned so many 5-star reviews! The photography (both black-and-white and color) is exquisite, the captions both informative and entertaining, and the expressions on the cat's faces...well, those speak for themselves! In other words, the 2014 Gallery Calendar is the cat's meow!

Although it is difficult... if not impossible... to choose a favorite, just consider the following as an example: "If stretching were wealth, the cat would be rich." (African proverb) The picture that accompanies this is so cute that you will not want to turn the page, but when you do, you will find that the next one is equally good or better! Every day is a wonderful surprise.

You will learn fun facts about your favorite breeds, cat care tips, and if you would like to increase your vocabulary, use this calendar to discover the meaning of the word 'vellus." Hint: it has something to do with a Sphinx! The captions also may be just one word, for example; "Gotcha!" Now, after reading that, you have to buy the calendar, right? Check it out to see if the actual photo matches the picture in your mind!

Check out all the close-ups too....an ear, a paw, the tip of a kitten's tongue.

With so many great fatures, it is possible to go on and on, but it is time to feed my own cat. By the way, she likes this calendar, too, especially if the day's photo features a calico like her! So to sum up, if you love cats, you will love the Cat Gallery Calendar! Highly recommended!


The Middle: Season 4
The Middle: Season 4
DVD ~ Patricia Heaton
Price: $19.99
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Funny! (Repeat in Whisper..."So Funny!"), December 31, 2013
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This review is from: The Middle: Season 4 (DVD)
Oh so exciting to find out that Season Four of The Middle will soon be available! This is one of the best shows on TV, and a perfect compliment to Modern Family on Wednesday nights. Because, if you think about it, the Hecks are a modern family as well...struggling to pay bills, to "do for family," to fight and make up again. Frankie, Mike, Brick, Axl, and Sue (put in this order, because, as loyal viewers know, the youngest member does not like being referred to as "and Brick') may be fictional but they are also very real, and for that we should be grateful!

The "Summer of Sue and Dad" episode alone makes the purchase price worthwhile. Poor eternally optimistic Sue wants nothing more than to spend quality time with her father, only to hear him say that Axl is in fact his favorite child. But as stoic and unemotional as Mike can be, we know that of course he loves Sue equally, and the montage and song at the end prove this in a way that will melt your heart.

Season Four also introduces Axl's tutor Cassidy, and without giving away anything to those who may not have seen the show to this point, trust me, she is a delightful addition to an already outstanding cast!

Speaking of Axl, although far from an outstanding student, he does shine in the episode in which Frankie goes back to school. We may sometimes have to wait for him to do the right thing, but he always comes through. After all, he is part of a family...and a great family it is!

Whomever your favorite may be, you will enjoy every Season Four moment! Relax, sit back, laugh, cry, enjoy, but watch it today! ("Today...")
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Green and Black Striped Witch Socks
Green and Black Striped Witch Socks

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Feet!, November 3, 2013
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So cute...and so much fun to wear! The socks fit comfortably, and the bright neon green really "pops!" I wore them as part of an overall witch costume on Halloween at school, and the socks got most of the attention from the 7 and 8 year olds! Too cute to limit to just once a year, so I will be looking for other occasions to wear and show off! At this price, you can't go wrong! Highly recommended.


Mr. Putter & Tabby 19 Book Collection (Mr. Putty & Tabby: Bake the Cake, Fly the Plane, Pick the Pears, Pour the Tea, Row the Boat, Take the Train, Toot the Horn, Walk the Dog, Stir the Soup, Make a Wish, Catch the Cold, Feed the Fish,...) (Mr. Putter and Tabby)
Mr. Putter & Tabby 19 Book Collection (Mr. Putty & Tabby: Bake the Cake, Fly the Plane, Pick the Pears, Pour the Tea, Row the Boat, Take the Train, Toot the Horn, Walk the Dog, Stir the Soup, Make a Wish, Catch the Cold, Feed the Fish,...) (Mr. Putter and Tabby)
by Cynthia Rylant
Edition: Paperback
2 used & new from $102.83

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Best Series....EVER, September 8, 2013
The Mr. Putter and Tabby books by author Cynthia Rylant are simply delightful. Actually, so are Mr. Putter and Tabby themselves! As a teacher and tutor of young children, I have read the books numerous times over the years...and sometimes read them myself just for fun! The stories are original, sweet, touching (never overly sentimental) and entertain while teaching gentle life lessons that we all need to learn.

The first book in the series, Mr. Putter and Tabby Pour the Tea, tells us how this kind-hearted lonely elderly man finds a furry friend at the local shelter and brings him to his "forever home"...a lovely old Victorian, with everything that a cat could hope for: a porch with a swing, gardens, birds, and most of all, love. The many and varied expressions on Tabby's face during those initial days, as illustrated by Arthur Howard, are as true-to-life as any I have seen, and therefore pricless. The ending will bring tears to the reader's eyes (in a good way, of course) and although the story would have been complete here, these two have so many adventures to share that we rejoice as each new book comes along.

To mention just a few, Mr. Putter and Tabby Walk the Dog is laugh-out-loud funny, as they care for their neighbor Mrs. Teaberry's "good dog" Zeke. Mr. Putter and Tabby Feed the Fish is also a favorite, as a visit to the pet store results in many sleepless nights for poor Tabby. In Mr. Putter and Tabby Fly the Plane, we get a glimpse of Mr. Putter as a young boy (with whom many children, boys and girls, will be able to identify)and a gentle reminder that no act of kindness is ever wasted.

The books, while easy to read, also offer realistic dialogue, character traits, settings, and problem solving in a fresh, original way that make learning fun.

Please...do yourself, your children, grandchildren, students, or anyone you know, a favor, and read any or all of these books. They are each in their own way, magical, wonderful, unforgettable. If you can have a cat, or any shelter animal, by your side or on your lap as you read, so much the better! Enjoy!


A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France
A Train in Winter: An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France
by Caroline Moorehead
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.82
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3.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary Women, September 6, 2013
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A Train in Winter is subtitled "An Extraordinary Story of Women, Friendship, and Resistance in Occupied France." Because of their work in the French Resistance, these women, of varying ages, backgrounds, and careers, but all equally courageous, are arrested, jailed, and eventually transported to Auschwitz, where their friendship is the bond that offers the hope to survive. So yes, absolutely, the women are extraordinary. But the writing itself, not.

As other reviewers have noted, there are so many names, introduced in such close proximity, that it is difficult if not impossible to distinguish one woman from other. The fact that the author occasionally (and seemingly without rationale)inserts random phrases in French, which is not translated, means that the reader simply has to make his or her best guess at what is being said, based on previous context, but misses what could be a very important part of the narrative.

Part Two of the book, which takes place during the women's time in the camp, details, in a horrific (indeed, unspeakable) way the atrocities that they had to witness and themselves endured. While brutally hard to read (I often had to set the book aside, take a breath, and calm myself) it also increases our respect and admiration for these women and girls who have become a family.

Photographs are included, with one of the Auschwitz gurads, men and women alike, posing for a group picture. Above all, that one picture has haunted me. To erase this image of evil, I instead try to see the women of the convoy, helping each other, holding each other, praying, hoping, waiting for rescue, determined to survive and tell their story. Ms. Moorehead was doubtless well-intentioned, but due to the above-mentioned issues, and a lack of editing, just falls a bit short. This is a story that would have been better were it 100 pages shorter.

So the three stars given this book are in recognition of women, those on the train in winter, and those others, whose names may never be known.


Let Him Have It [VHS]
Let Him Have It [VHS]
VHS
Offered by bigeddie55
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Watching....Again and Again, September 6, 2013
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A friend once explained the difference, in her opinion, between a "movie" and a "film." A movie, she said, is something seen for entertainment, to while away a few pleasant hours, then likely forget as you move onto whatever comes next. A film, on the other hand, is intense, thought-provoking, inspires conversation, exchange of ideas and debate, and stays with you long after the final credits. Let Him Have it, on all levels, is a film.

Based on a true story, and set in 1950s England, Let Him Have It tells of Derek Bentley, a young man with learning disabilities, who falls in with the wrong crowd and becomes involved in more and more serious crimes. One night, he is out with a friend who points a loaded gun at a police officer. As the officer tries to defuse the situation, by persuading them to surrender, Derek suddenly cries out. "Let him have it, Chris!" The question of what he actually meant by these words (was it to follow directions and hand over the weapon, or to fire at the officer, shooting him and therefore allowing their escape?) leads to riveting courtroom and jailhouse scenes of Derek's arrest, trial, and sentence.

Christopher Eccleston is outstanding as Derek. Although I have seen him in other roles since, this may be his finest hour. Equally noteworthy are Clare Holman as his loving, supportive, determined sister Iris, and Tom Courtenay as Derek's father. In one of the most memorable scenes, Mr. Bentley stands in the road, mute, motionless, awaiting the arrival of the postman with the letter that will reveal Derek's fate. Although he appears to be alone, he is not...everyone who has watched to this point, and come to know and love and care about this family, will be right there alongside him.

As "quiet" as Let Him Have It may appear to be, it uses its voice to the utmost, to present a strong and compelling case against capital punishment. Please take the time to see it, think about it, talk about it, and recommend it to someone else. This is a 110 minute hidden gem of a FILM.

Thank you.


Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge
Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge
by Peter Orner
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $25.00
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Eclectic Collection, September 1, 2013
What a happy surprise this book turned out to be! I picked it up quite by accident, and am so glad that I did! The characters, many and varied (from an lonely immigrant mother to a minister in 1940s Czechoslovakia to a war bride awaiting her husband's return) jump off the pages and into the reader's heart and memory.

Peter Orner writes in such a way that the reader feels he or she is there: at the kitchen table listening to a campaign manager encourage a hapless candidate, to a home for railroad men, "a kind of Greek temple" to the Sagamore Bridge of the title. The dialogue is so realistic that it seems you are eavesdropping, and while new and crisp and original, it also seems you have heard it all before; the speaker could be your aunt, your neighbor, your co-worker, or the person you pass on the street, never see again, who is keeping deep, dark secrets that you could never imagine.

Although the collection is classified as fiction, we also meet real people (the convicted killer Nathan Leopold) and travel to real places (the Cocoanut Grove nightclub on the occasion of the fire.) Mr. Orner's details are so compelling that I researched both of the above for additional information, then returned to reread with new insight and understanding.

Each of the stories immediately engrosses you, as Mr. Orner is the master of the opening sentences. If I may quote just two (without any spoilers): "In the unquiet of his shoebox study, amid the noises of his house, Walt tries to read." Also: "On the Mission bus today, I sat across from Uncle Horace, who has been dead for twenty-odd years." In a word, perfection.

This book is for anyone who loves to read, loves good (make that great) writing, or who wants to write. Mr. Orner shows us how it should be done. I would put "Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge" on any of the "Best-of" lists, and now can't wait to read his other works as well.

Bravo!


The Middle: Season 3
The Middle: Season 3
DVD ~ Patricia Heaton
Price: $15.49
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Endearing, August 23, 2013
This review is from: The Middle: Season 3 (DVD)
The Middle is, quite simply, a story about parents, children, and their everyday funny/sad/crazy/ordinary/extraordinary experiences. It is also the absolutely funniest show currently on TV. Although I used to like to eat dinner while I watched, I gave up this practice when I began to laugh so hard that I actually choked, and much to my dismay, missed the next few lines of dialogue because of prolonged coughing. This was back in Season One (the "Spelling Bee" episode, to be exact) and I have been laughing ever since.

The actors, writers, producers, and all involved have found the perfect recipe for comedy by sprinkling a touch of sweetness---that "aww" moment--into each episode. This particularly refers to Axl, the oldest son, who can be stubborn, irritating, clueless, self-centered, you name it, then turn around and do something that you never saw coming, and that will just melt your heart. Mike and Frankie raised him right!

The other selling point is the great cast of revolving supporting characters. The aunts, the Donahues, Rev. Tim Tom (and his guitar) and Brad! The only way this show could be better would be to see more of Brad.

As much as most episodes make me laugh, the ones involving Mike and the quarry cats, and the aunt's 100th birthday, which I believe are both in Season Three, made me cry. But that is okay...because it is what the Heck's life, and ours as well, is all about. Laughing, crying, caring, trying, failing, and then trying again, knowing that our friends and family are right there to support us through it all.

October 8th is circles on my calendar...the day the Season 3 DVD will be available. As Sue would say, "Yay!" The rest of the show speaks for itself.


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