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Modern Family: Season 1
Modern Family: Season 1
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Truth Be Told"....This is Great!, August 14, 2014
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Modern Family has something for everyone! Great acting, clever, orginal scripts, and warmth and humor combine to make this a great series that can (and should) be watched over and over again. As you will see in this Season 1 DVD, the show hits the ground running and has only gotten better as it goes along.

It is great to see the interactions between the characters...parents-children, husbands-wives, in-laws, brothers and sisters, and so on. We get to know them, along with their hopes and dreams, wants and needs, and yes, flaws or quirks, which only serve to endear them to us even more. While we may not understand exactly what attracted the young, fiery Gloria to Jay, or how Cam from Missouri happened to stumble into the Pritchett clan, just be glad they did!

Just to select a favorite episode or two...The Incident (which could more accurately be titled The Calamity) and Up all Night both keep the laughs coming. Airport 2010 makes you wonder if the family will ever get on board the plane, but even if they are not having fun during the seemingly-endless wait, the viewers certainly are! Finally, listen carefully during Coal that REALLY what Claire was saying?

Oh, that was four episodes, wasn't it? Well, as each viewer will see, it is very difficult to narrow down! The DVD also includes deleted and alternate scenes, gag reels, and interviews.

We all need a laugh every now and then, and Modern Family provides them in abundance! If you watch Season 1, you will then be hooked on Seasons 2, 3, 4, and all that follow! Enjoy!

Treasures Left Behind: Remembering Kate Wolf
Treasures Left Behind: Remembering Kate Wolf
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Woman's Heart...and Legacy, August 13, 2014
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"Give Yourself to Love," sings Kathy Mattea on the opening song on this beautiful CD, and that sets the tone for all that follows. The tribute to Kate's legacy and music from many and varied artists--Rosalie Sorrells, John Gorka, Utah Phillips--are pure and simple, and will touch each listener in a deeply personal way.

Admittedly, I spend so much time listening to Kate's Looking Back at You CD, which is in a class all its own, that I sometimes neglect this one, and that is a mistake. The time and effort of each singer-songwriter involved is obvious, as each selection is polished like a fine diamond. Or maybe it is more appropraite to say that it is polished like a shell washed up on the beach, or a speckled bird's egg in the nest, or a perfectly round, smooth rock that fits just so in the palm of your hand.

The CD includes a booklet with notes from each performer sharing memories of Kate, the significance of her songs, and why they chose the selections heard here. "Here in California" by Lucinda Williams is another favorite...sweet, clear, and achingly beautiful. I am listening to that as I write, and will likely play it over and over again.

"Oh, you would have loved it, Kate," Eric Bogle wrote, when describing a gathering of friends around a campfire in his "Katie and the Dreamtime Land." Just look at her smile in the photograph on the last page of the booklet. Kate Wolf also would have loved this tribute, and I like to think that she is listening along with us.

Vintage Silver Cross Bracelet Infinity Love Black Leather Rope Infinite Bangle
Vintage Silver Cross Bracelet Infinity Love Black Leather Rope Infinite Bangle
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gentle Message, August 13, 2014
Really very nice! Bracelet looks just like the photograph, and should fit most wrist sizes comfortably. It mixes and matches with many and varied clothing styles, and of course, the gentle message of faith and love is perfect for all occasions! A great purchase for the price!

I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats
I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats
by Francesco Marciuliano
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Even if asked to pick a favorite, it would be impossible to do so, August 13, 2014
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Oh the amount of laughs squuezed into this little volume! Even if asked to pick a favorite, it would be impossible to do so. A few examples: "This is My Chair" reminds us of what we already know...that all things belong to cats. "Who is That on Your Lap?" with reference to "my friend the throw pillow" makes your heart go to out to the poor neglected (not!) little kitty, and the "Sushi" haiku is hilarious. There are also various and assorted poems on the relationship between cats and dogs which will make you laugh as well as reflect on the human condition.
The book is filled with accompanying favorite happens to be the black-and-white alongside the poem "Nectar of the Gods" but again, how can you choose?
Cheers, Mr. Marciuliano! Give your own kitty a treat of some extra catnip for me!

The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook
The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook
by Cheryl Day
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4.0 out of 5 stars Delicious from Start to Finish!, August 13, 2014
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From Brown Sugar Banana Bread to Herbed Tomato-Chive Tarts to Peppermint Marshmallows, the Back in the Day Cookbook has it all! The photographs are absolutely mouth-watering, and the recipes very detailed, with step-by-step instructions that can be understood even by beginning bakers. In fact, as I am so inexperienced as to barely be able to find my way around a kitchen, I purchased this cookbook hoping for inspiration, and was rewarded tenfold!

The Baker's Tool Kit list of essential gadgets is well-detailed and thought out, and the list of resources for spices, chocolates, notions, and gifts invaluable! I also appreciated the extras, such as suggestions for adding one's personal touches to table setting. Included is a section showing ways to package food gifts...I already have it bookmarked so as to find again at holiday time!

Along with sweet bakery items, the book also includes recipes for such main dish comfort foods as White Bean Soup with Bacon, and Roasted Chicken and Vegetable Cobbler. Another recipe that caught my eye is for Salted Caramel Apple is two full pages long, but I hope to try it some fine day!

Even before beginning to bake, I feel better informed just by reading the tips, such as how to turn plain custrad into creme brulee or the benefits of fennel pollen! I may never make it to Savannah for Happy Hour Cupcakes (more's the pity) but thanks to the Days for sharing this and more in a great book!

Anne Klein Women's 109229CHRM Swarovski Crystal Accented Silver-Tone Charm Bracelet Watch
Anne Klein Women's 109229CHRM Swarovski Crystal Accented Silver-Tone Charm Bracelet Watch

5.0 out of 5 stars The Definition of "Exquisite!", August 7, 2014
Five starts is not enough for this bracelet! I love, love, love it! The workmanship is superior, the many and varied charms such a conversation piece, and the versatility makes it perfect for all occasions. If you are fortunate enough to buy, or to be given one as a gift, you will never want to take it off!

The accompanying photo well represents this bracelet, but believe me, it is even better in person! The colors of the attached flower and butterfly charms are bright and vibrant, the watch keeps good time, and the ladybug...oh, the ladybug is just so cute! Although heavy, it fits well, and the clasp is safe and secure.

Of course, I appreciate comments when friends notice different eariings, necklaces, etc. that I might wear, but I have received more compliments on this item than everything else combined! It is truly lovely, and truly one of my most precious keepsakes. The word "exquisite" is defined as "of special beauty or charm; rare and appealing" and this charm bracelet is indeed exquisite. Six stars! Thank you.

White Crosses
White Crosses
by Larry Watson
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4.0 out of 5 stars Temptation, August 7, 2014
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White Crosses is a novel worth reading, and Larry Watson an author worth following. Mr. Watson weaves a compelling tale of a small Montana town in the 1950s, the citizens, the secrets, and the twists and turns as numerous as the back roads which snake around the mountains, leading to places both unknown and unexpected.

The main character is Sherrif Jack Nevelsen, who, on the night of the local high school graduation, is called to the scene of an auto accident with two fatalities. After a too-brief investigation, he makes a presumption about the relationship of the people involved, and decides for the sake of the town, and the families of the deceased, that by creating a cover-up, he can protect the reputations of all concerned, and after a period of mourning, allow everyone to return to their quiet, normal, day-to-day lives. One lie leads to another...and another and another...and needless to say, nothing will ever be the same again.

Nevelsen is not exactly likeable, but he is compelling. As his world spins out of control, he knows he only has himself to blame, but also knows there is no way of going back. It is the realization that the same might happen to any of us, under the wrong set of circumstances, one hasty decision, one blurted secret, that will keep the reader turning pages late into the night.

Speaking of which...a word of warning: as tempting as it may be, please do not skip ahead to the last page. The ending comes as a shock and in effect, grabs you by the throat. Allow it to do so...then lean back, take a breath, and if still able to speak, quietly say "Wow!"

It should be added that I purchased this book as a resale item from Amazon, and it arrived quickly, well-packaged, and in very good condition with little signs of wear or tear. I am now torn between keeping it on my shelf, for rereading on a rainy, self-indulgent indoor weekend, or passing along to a friend, neighbor, or co-worker. Oh, let's be honest (as we have just seen what difficulty lies can cause)...I will no doubt keep it, but use this review to recommend to others. And I will definitely be reading more of what Mr. Watson has to offer!

Kill Your Darlings (2013)
Kill Your Darlings (2013)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, August 7, 2014
Wow! I did not know what to expect from this film (being unfamiliar with most of the principal characters, and the incident that both brought them together and tore them apart while at Columbia) but it blew me away! The 1940s setting and atmosphere draw the viewer in and will not let go, and the acting from all involved, is, in a word, brilliant.

Daniel Radcliffe portrays the poet Allen Ginsberg during his freshman year at Columbia. A chance meeting with classmate Lucien Carr brings introductions to William Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, and others who will lead the Beat Generation. It also brings a shocking involvement in a (seemingly un-premeditated) murder...but the question of motivation, "honor killing," and exactly who was controlling whom will haunt the viewer long after the final credits roll.

It is mesmerizing to see Radcliffe take risks, push the limits, and grow as an actor. He is definitely not just Harry Potter anymore! The chemistry between him and actor Dane DeHaan, (who portrays Mr. Carr) becomes stronger and more intense with each scene, and causes the viewer to feel as if he or she is not simply watching, but...actually there.

As other reviewers have mentioned, please watch to the very end, to see photographs of all the real persons, learn what happened after the event in question, how it lead (albeit indirectly) to the writing of On the Road.

The film is dark, and very R-rated, so may not be for everyone. Admittedly, I did not think it was for me, but am now enriched by having watched. yourself a favor, take a chance, and do the same. It is so worth seeking out, and even watching more than once. Four stars to the actors, writer, director, and all involved...and a thank-you to them for taking a chance as well.

We Are Called to Rise: A Novel
We Are Called to Rise: A Novel
by Laura McBride
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection, August 7, 2014
Oh, what a beautiful book! Achingly beautiful, as if one had a tender new bruise, but understanding that the ministrations of a loving caregiver would heal and make it better. This is a book about healing, for the lost, the lonely, the neglected, the forgotten, the hopeless. But with her carefully woven tapestry and cast of characters whose lives intersect at a crucial point, debut author Laura McBride reminds us...there is always hope. Hope is the gift that we give one another, often in the most unexpected circumstances.

Based in part on a true story that occured in Las Vegas several years ago, the story is told from the viewpoint of different characters: an immigrant Albanian family (through the voice of 8-year-old son Bashkim) along with Avis, a woman whose marriage is abruptly ending, social worker Roberta, and wounded soldier Luis. Each of these characters is as real as any person I have ever met, and each reader will have his or her favorite, to cry with, to pray for, to want to hold close and make the world a little bit warmer, a little bit better, which is what, ultimately, they do for each other.

The letters between Bashkim and Luis were, in a word, perfection. Ms. McBride captures both the voice of a timid 3rd grader, who loves being line leader, sitting next to the shark tank in science lab, and having his mother, his Nene, pick him up at school, and a soldier who is undergoing therapy but may choose not to remember why he is in Walter Reed Hospital. The change and growth in Luis, as flawed as he is, will quite simply take your breath away, and remind you, that in the end, it is quite often those who are flawed who make a difference, when they are "called to rise." Quite simply, I loved them both, Bashkim and Luis.

We Are Called to Rise is reminiscent of Kent Haruf's Plainsong, another of my all-time favorites. That book, too, told of ordinary, extraordinary people coming together in want and need to ultimately move forward and become a new kind of family. Yet Ms. McBride's work also stands on its own, and I am confident, will soon deservedly become a classic in its own right.

Finally, the author's note in the afterward, to the people involved in the real events, cannot help but touch one's heart as well. Although there is tragedy at the center of this story, there will hopefully, ultimately, be peace. I join her in wishing them peace, and in wishing you the experience of reading this wonderful book.

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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!

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